Russian and US Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden are aiming for a result in the negotiations, even if it is just the restoration of dialogue formats between the countries, said Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council Konstantin Kosachev.
“Important news: the meeting of the presidents of Russia and the United States, which was discussed earlier, will actually take place – it has been officially announced that Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden will meet on June 16 in Geneva,” the senator wrote on Facebook.
The range of topics for discussion is obvious and has already been announced: prospects for Russian-American relations, strategic stability, the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, and the settlement of regional conflicts, he recalled.
According to Kosachev, “on almost every point there is an opportunity to reach agreements that do not infringe on any of the parties, but at the same time can move the situation from the dead end, where it was in the absence of a direct dialogue at the highest level.” The preliminary “probe” during the meeting of the foreign ministers of the two countries confirmed this, and thus the leaders of the two countries are going with very specific goals, the politician said.
“Understanding the seriousness of the intentions of Putin and Biden, it is safe to say that for neither of the leaders, the expectations from the meeting cannot be reduced to protocol handshakes under the cameras. This means that both are focused on the result, even if it is simply the restoration of dialogue formats between Russia and the United States. This would be quite a lot at present,” he stressed.
According to the lawmaker, “we will wait for June 16 with cautious optimism.” “But it is not difficult to assume that provocations from opponents of the Russian-American dialogue may follow in the coming days. Therefore, I would not be surprised if we soon read in the media about some “Russian cyber-attack” or another “aggression” of Russia anywhere,” he added. However, the bilateral relations between the two leading nuclear powers of the world are too valuable in themselves to depend on the provocations of “spoilers” and various third figures who solve their parochial tasks, poisoning the climate in big politics, Kosachev is sure. “I think the leaders of Russia and the United States are well aware of this,” the politician concluded.