On Wednesday, Joe Biden, the President of America, meets with Vladimir Putin, Russian President, for the first time in Geneva, Switzerland, for face-to-face talks. Russia and the United States say they want more stable two-sided relations between their nations.
The meeting takes place in the final hours of Joe Biden’s tour as President, during which Biden has already attended the 47th G7 summit in Cornwall, England, and meeting with EU and NATO leaders in Brussels, Belgium.
Biden talks tough ahead of Putin meet, says no conflict with Moscow. The US president referred to Putin as a “worthy adversary”, who he is set to meet in Geneva on Wednesday. The meeting comes in amid what is being called the lowest point in US-Russia relations. @SaroyaHem pic.twitter.com/ZH28UHwLHn
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On Tuesday (June 15), in response to a question about the meeting soon after he arrives in Geneva, Joe Biden said that he is always ready.
In an interview with NBC broadcast, Russia’s Putin said that Russia-America ties had worsened to their ‘lowest point’ in past years.
Furthermore, on Saturday, the White House stated that Joe Biden would appear alone at a post-summit news conference, unlike Donald Trump, the former US President, who addressed the media together with the Russian President following their 2018 Russia–US summit.
Trump contradicted his intelligence agencies at that time by saying he had no reason to doubt Vladimir’s statement that Moscow didn’t interfere in the 2016 American Presidential elections.
The White House said that a solo press conference is a suitable format to well communicate with the free press the topics they have raised in the meeting, both in terms of areas where they have significant concerns and in areas where they might agree.
On Tuesday, regarding expectations, United States official told media that Mr. Biden would intricate.
They were going to allow him to express that when he concludes the meeting the coming day. The President would clarify that if they see significant types of cyber activity such as whey did with SolarWinds, he would respond as they did for SolarWinds.
Furthermore, American President expelled ten Russian diplomats and imposed new sanctions on 6 Russian tech firms that assisted in the cyber program run by Vladimir’s intelligence services connected to the hacking of SolarWinds Inc.
Two major US businesses, the meat-packer JBS and Colonial Pipeline, were targeted in cyber-attacks believed to have been instigated in Russia. Both companies paid millions of dollars in ransom to restore operations.
On Tuesday, a senior US authority said that ransomware would be a major topic of the meeting. Moreover, they would also discuss the broader subject of cyber norms.
Both leaders are also likely to cover strategic atomic stability and souring relations between the West and Russia.