“President Biden will meet with President Putin on June 16, 2021, in Geneva, Switzerland. The leaders will discuss the full range of pressing issues as we seek to restore predictability and stability in relations between the United States and Russia,” Psaki said in a statement released on the White House website.
In mid-April, Biden suggested that Putin meet in person during a phone call. No exact dates were given. The Biden administration has proposed a third country as a location. Later, the Russian side said that the summit could be held in one of the “European diplomatic capitals.” Washington, in turn, did not rule out that the meeting could take place in June.
Relations between Russia and the United States have become much more complicated in recent months. In mid-March, Biden gave a scandalous interview in which he answered in the affirmative to the question of whether he considers Putin a “murderer,” and threatened Moscow with payback for interfering in the American elections. A month later, the United States imposed additional sanctions against Russia. Moscow responded by expelling ten American diplomats, and US diplomatic missions were banned from hiring citizens of the Russian Federation and third countries. In addition, the American ambassador John Sullivan temporarily left Moscow – he was recommended to hold consultations at home. The press secretary of the Russian leader, Dmitry Peskov, previously said that relations between the two countries are at a “low point.”