Russian President Putin has still not responded to the US offer for a joint summit. However, US President Biden is not giving up.
On his first trip abroad to Europe next month, US President Joe Biden is hoping for the summit he has proposed with Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin. “That is my hope and expectation,” Biden said in the White House on Tuesday. “We’re working on it.”
So far, Putin has kept the decision on such a top-level meeting open. Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov accused the United States of “taking hostile steps” on state television last Thursday. That is why it is difficult to agree to a possible summit, he said.
Several EU countries have offered to host the event
Biden had already proposed a summit to Putin in a phone call in mid-April. According to the White House, the aim of the summer meeting in a European third country should be “to discuss the full range of issues facing the United States and Russia”. Several EU countries have already offered to host.
Shortly after Biden’s summit proposal, the US expelled ten Russian diplomats and imposed new sanctions in retaliation for hacker attacks attributed to Moscow and meddling in US elections. Russia responded by expelling ten US diplomats and imposing sanctions on the US. In addition, the government in Moscow issued an entry ban for high-ranking US government officials.
Biden had promised a stronger course against Russia
In an interview previously, the US president had already answered yes to the question of whether he considered Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin to be a “killer”. Biden has repeatedly emphasized that he does not want an escalation with Russia, but that Moscow’s actions have consequences. Biden – who has been in office since January 20 – had already announced a tougher course towards Russia during the election campaign.
Biden’s first trip abroad takes him to the G7 summit (June 11-13) in Great Britain and to the top NATO meeting (June 14th) in Belgium. A top meeting of the USA and the EU is also planned in Brussels. According to the White House, Biden wants to use the trip to underline his goal of reviving transatlantic relations and cooperation with allies.