US-Russia connections are at their lowest point in years.
In April, Biden proposed holding a summit with Putin to go over issues fueling the anxieties.
President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin are scheduled to meet in Geneva, Switzerland, on June 16, the White House announced Tuesday.
Both world leaders will”discuss the complete assortment of pressing problems, as we seek to restore predictability and stability into the U.S.-Russia relationship,” according to a White House announcement.
The meeting will come through Biden’s first trip abroad as president, and with US-Russia tensions at the highest level observed since the Cold War.
The controversial dynamic has been driven by an array of variables, including Putin’s unilateral annexation of Crimea in 2014, the ongoing war in eastern Ukraine involving Kremlin-backed rebels, Russian interference from US elections, the SolarWinds hack, and the poisoning and imprisonment of Russian resistance chief Alexei Navalny.
With the US and Russia more at odds over a selection of major geopolitical problems, Biden at mid-April proposed holding a summit with Putin in a third nation. The deal came as Russia built up a massive number of troops along Ukraine’s boundaries, igniting fears of a potential invasion.
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Biden will even travel to Cornwall, England, from June 11 to 13 to get a G7 summit. After that, the president will visit Brussels for a NATO summit and meetings with EU leaders.
“This trip will emphasize his commitment to our alliances, revitalizing the Transatlantic relationship, and working in close collaboration with our allies and multilateral partners to deal with global challenges and better secure America’s interests,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in an announcement in April.