The summit between the Presidents of the United States and Russia, Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin, to be held in the Swiss city of Geneva on June 16, will take place at the iconic Villa La Grange overlooking Lake Geneva.
The Swiss Foreign Ministry announced this on Thursday and thanked the “trust” of the US and Russian governments on its Twitter account to choose Geneva as the venue for the meeting.
A source familiar with the details of the organization of the summit, quoted by the Swiss newspaper Le Temps, stated that “the delegations of the two powers have visited enough places to confirm their decision”.
The park surrounding the building has been closed for several days and the presence of police and military agents can already be observed there.
In addition, the Swiss authorities have put up a sign at the entrance stating that “the park will be closed to the public for special reasons from Tuesday, June 8th to June 18th inclusive. In addition, workers have a two-meter high metal fence built around the walls around the park, as the news agency DPA announced.
The villa was built in the 18th century and is located on a hill. From the terrace you can see Lake Geneva and the park contains trees and a meadow. The Geneva authorities normally do not use the villa for political appointments.
As stated by the White House in confirming the meeting between the two heads of state and government, Biden and Putin will discuss “the full range of pressing issues” between the two countries in order to “restore the predictability and stability of the relationship.” “between Moscow. and Washington. The Kremlin, for its part, has stipulated that the heads of state and government will discuss the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and the” solution “of regional conflicts.