The White House has defended the June 16 summit between President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, arguing that it is “key” to protecting the interests of the United States.
In a press conference, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan pointed out that “in the end, the two presidents will be able to send their teams a clear signal on strategic and stability issues in order to make progress on arms control.” and other areas to ease tension. “
While lowering expectations for the meeting, from which he does not expect “significant statements”, he has made it clear that the United States will focus on “an opportunity to express the intentions of the United States and the capabilities of the country demonstrate”.
He defended the date of the summit, which will take place in the city of Geneva, and made it clear that it would have been “difficult” to find a better date after the G7 and NATO summits.
With this in mind, Sullivan emphasized the importance of the personal meeting between the two heads of state and government: “To be able to look Putin in the eye and tell him that these are our expectations.” “I think this is essential to diplomacy between the United States and Russia,” he said.
For its part, the Russian government has signaled that it hopes the summit will help normalize relations between the two countries, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Riabkov said. “As a unit, we focus on the issues where we hope it is possible to move forward and make progress,” he said, according to the Sputnik news agency.
He has expressed that he hopes that the meeting of the two heads of state or government will at least serve to “stabilize relations with the United States” and has indicated that the organization of the summit has already begun.
Her words come shortly after Biden spoke to Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelenski, whom he invited to visit the White House in July to meet with Putin after the summit.
For NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the dialogue with Russia is “not a sign of weakness”. “We have to talk to Russia, partly to have a better relationship. But even if we don’t think that’s possible, we have to deal with this bad relationship,” he said.