Biden and Putin are expected to meet in Geneva

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According to US media, US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin will likely meet in Geneva in June.

Several media outlets, citing sources familiar with the situation, reported that Biden’s first in-person meeting with Putin as president will take place in the Swiss city of Geneva.

The reports came as National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met with Russian counterpart Nikolai Patrushev. “The meeting was an important step toward a planned US-Russia summit, the date and location of which will be announced later,” the White House said in a statement on Monday.

According to the statement, the meeting between Sullivan and Patrushev was “constructive” despite “outstanding differences.” The two officials also discussed a wide range of issues of mutual interest, with strategic stability receiving special attention.

“The parties agreed that normalizing US-Russian relations would be in the interests of both countries and would contribute to global predictability and stability,” the statement continued.

Washington and Moscow have had acrimonious relations in recent years. There are clear differences between the two sides on issues such as Ukraine, cybersecurity, human rights, and US election meddling.

The Biden administration stated that it wishes to have a “more predictable, stable relationship” with Russia. During their meeting last week in Iceland, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov expressed willingness to cooperate while admitting “serious differences” in the midst of the two countries’ tense relations.

Biden stated earlier this month that he expected to meet with Putin during his June trip to Europe, which would include the Group of Seven Summit in the United Kingdom and the NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium.