Biden, Putin to meet in Geneva on June 16 amid disputes

  • Biden, Putin to meet in Geneva on June 16 amid disputes

Biden, Putin to meet in Geneva on June 16 amid disputes

US President Joe Biden and Russia's President Vladimir Putin will hold their first summit next month in Geneva, both sides said Tuesday, setting the stage for a new chapter in their fraught relationship.

The Biden administration would like to add a summit with Putin in a third country while the USA president is in Europe in mid-June for a G7 meeting in Britain and talks with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies in Brussels.

"The leaders will discuss the full range of pressing issues, as we seek to restore predictability and stability to the US-Russia relationship", she said.

Biden will sit down with Putin on the back end of his first foreign trip as president, following a G7 meeting in the United Kingdom and a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Belgium, a source familiar with the meeting told reporters, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

When Biden was asked about the intelligence report, he said Putin would face consequences.

Mr Biden also cited allegations that the Kremlin was behind a hacking campaign - commonly referred to as the SolarWinds breach - in which Russian hackers infected widely used software with malicious code, enabling them to access the networks of at least nine U.S. agencies.

Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met last week in Iceland, where Lavrov proposed a new U.S. -Russia strategic dialogue. Navlany returned to Russian Federation days before Biden's January 20 inauguration and was quickly arrested.

Biden has previously said he wants Putin to stop trying to influence US elections, stop cyberattacks on USA networks emanating from Russian Federation, stop threatening Ukraine's sovereignty and release jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

In April, the administration expelled 10 Russian diplomats and placed sanctions on several dozen companies and people, an attempt to punish the Kremlin for interfering in last year's presidential election and the SolarWinds hacking that breached federal agencies and private companies.

And where Biden told an interviewer that he agreed with the description of Putin as a "killer", the Russian government has formally declared the United States to be an "unfriendly" country.

Their sole summit, held in July 2018 in Helsinki, was marked by Mr Trump's refusal to side with USA intelligence agencies over Mr Putin's denials of Russian interference in the 2016 USA election.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said after the Blinken-Lavrov meeting that repairing ties "will not be easy" but he saw "a positive signal".

A Biden-Putin meeting there could revive the reputation of the city as a hub for worldwide diplomacy, a far cry from the Trump administration - which largely shunned its globalist institutions such as the World Trade Organisation and the World Health Organisation.