US President Joe Biden is expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his visit to Europe next month. Biden made the remarks at a White House briefing on Tuesday on the novel coronavirus and vaccination program. The news agency AFP quoted NDTV as saying.
The Biden administration has imposed sanctions on Moscow in recent months, expelling several Russian diplomats, accusing the United States of carrying out alleged cyber-attacks and interfering in the country’s presidential election.
Russia, meanwhile, has denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating “Similar, baseless allegations concerning Russia’s intelligence have been made more than once. As a result, tensions between the two countries have been high in recent times.
Asked if he had any plans to meet with the Russian president during his visit to Europe in June, Biden said: “I hope so.”
In a telephone conversation with Putin in early April, Biden expressed interest in meeting with him in a third country.
Jack Sullivan, the U.S. president’s national security adviser, said last Friday that top U.S.-Russian leaders are expected to meet this summer. In response to his remarks, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov indicated that Moscow had responded positively to Washington’s initiative to hold a meeting between the two top leaders.