President Joe Biden is scheduled to meet President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, next week. The White House has said that Biden will not hold a joint press conferences after the meeting, unlike his predecessor Trump. The meeting will take place amid escalating tensions between the U.S. and Russia. Neither of the two leaders believe that there would be bonhomie between them.
When President Joe Biden spoke at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, he said that he was meeting with Mr. Putin to let him know what he wanted him to know. He got cheers from the US troops after he made this comment.
Russian President Vladimir Putin told NBC that the countries had a bilateral relationship that had deteriorated to its lowest point in the recent years.
The White House has not released details about the meeting. It has not mentioned who will be present at the smaller session between the two leaders. In the last summit between Presidents of the U.S. and Russia, when Trump and Putin met, only note takers were present.
The format of the meeting is yet to be finalized. According to an official the current plan is expected to have a working session and a smaller session. Officials from both the countries have been in constant consultation on the format of the meeting as the date is drawing closer.
On a briefing call on Friday, a senior official said that they were under no illusions that it was going to be an easy relationship and that it would be a challenging relationship. The senior official told reporters that they have been clear about that.
Although there is no final format shared as yet to the press, it is extremely likely that this summit in 2021 in Geneva, between the world leaders of two big countries will be very different from the summit meeting in 2018, in Helsinki in the message it will put forth and definitely in the visuals, which will be those of formal meetings rather than a joint press conference.
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