United States President Joe Biden said the American government wants a stable and predictable relationship with Russia. He announced this on Saturday, June 5.
At the same time, Biden noted that he would defend part of American interests in the face of democratic values, and also expressed his readiness to respond to possible harmful actions of Moscow.
“In my telephone conversations with President Putin, I was frank. The US is not looking for conflict. We want a stable and predictable relationship in which we can work with Russia on issues such as strategic stability and arms control. That is why I immediately took action to extend the new START-3 treaty for five years, to strengthen the security of the American people and the whole world, “the American leader is quoted as saying. The Washington Post…
He also said that at the upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, to be held on June 16 in Geneva, he once again focuses on the commitment of the United States and Europe to respect human rights and dignity.
Prior to the bilateral summit with the Russian leader, Biden intends to visit Europe and meet with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and attend the G7 summit.
The day before, on June 4, Vladimir Putin announced that he did not expect any “breakthroughs” following the results of his Geneva meeting with Joe Biden. The head of state also pointed to the existence of coinciding interests that figure in bilateral relations between the United States and the Russian Federation.
Earlier in the day, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that at the upcoming summit the American side does not intend to make concessions to the Russian one, but nevertheless the US government is focused on stable relations with the Russian Federation.
Also on June 4, Eric Green, Senior Director for Russia and Central Asia of the National Security Council at the White House, said that Washington does not see great opportunities at the current stage for establishing constructive interaction with Moscow. He also noted that Joe Biden will exchange with Vladimir Putin at a meeting in Geneva, including assessments of threats, views on the prospects for further disarmament. Greene stressed that the American leader would reaffirm the United States’ commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. At the same time, the topic of Belarus will be touched upon.
In turn, the President of the Russian Federation noted on the same day that he plans to discuss with his American counterpart strategic stability, disarmament, ecology and the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as conflicts in hot spots. According to Putin, Moscow and Washington must find ways to regulate bilateral relations, which are at an extremely low level.
Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said on June 4 that the Kremlin does not expect a significant improvement in relations between Moscow and Washington after the Putin-Biden summit. He recalled that relations between the countries are in crisis.
The meeting of the Russian and American leaders will take place on June 16 in Geneva. This will be the first personal meeting of heads of state since Biden took office as President of the United States. The trip to Geneva will be the first foreign visit of the President of the Russian Federation since January 2020.