Russian President Vladimir Putin has officially accepted the invitation of his US counterpart Joe Biden to hold a personal summit meeting in the future, reported the Russian daily Kommersant.
The invitation would have been accepted by a number of representatives during the high-level diplomatic talks in Geneva.
In them, the Secretary of the Russian Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev, met with the National Security Advisor of the United States, Jake Sullivan, to discuss the summit in detail, among other things.
“The meeting is a big step in preparation for the United States-Russia summit to clarify the possible date and location, which will be announced later,” the White House said in a statement.
Patrushev is one of Putin’s closest allies and both have served as heads of the federal security service. The meeting between the parties is the second high-level meeting between Russia and the United States and took place in Iceland on May 20 after the meeting of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on May 20.
The Putin-Biden summit is slated to take place in a “third country” in mid-June, although it is currently unknown when the meeting will take place.
The White House has emphasized that the talks have been “constructive despite the differences” and that a “normalization of relations (…) in favor of stabilization on a global level” will be.