Sources close to President Biden say that he is set to meet with Russian President Vladamir Putin next month for their first face-to-face meeting. The meeting reportedly is set to take place on June 16th in Geneva. Sources say the two world leaders will discuss topics like Iran and North Korea’s nuclear capabilities, Syria, strategic stability, arms control, and the Coronavirus among others.
Fox News reports:
The meeting, according to the source, will take place next month while Biden is already in Europe. The source said that Biden will meet with Putin after meeting with G-7 allies, so that he can understand their concerns and perspectives on Russia.
The source said that no significant agreements should be expected from the meeting between the two leaders, but would instead serve as an opportunity for Biden and Putin to engage on intentions, plans and perspectives.
The source, though, said Biden intends to send a clear, unequivocal message to clarify U.S. intentions, while warning of a U.S. response to certain types of Russian activities.
The source underscored the importance for Biden to be able to engage with Putin directly to manage what they described as a difficult and complex relationship, and describing the meeting as a vital part to protecting American interests.
Recently, reports surfaced that Biden is waiving sanctions against Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline which will significantly increase Putin’s influence in Europe.