U.S. President Joe Biden said on Friday he expected to be able to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin soon and the White House said ongoing differences between the United States and Russia would not need to be resolved in advance of a summit.
Biden told reporters at the White House he wanted to meet Putin despite Russia’s build-up of military forces near Ukraine.
“It does not impact my desire to have a one-on-one meeting and you’ll notice he had more troops before. He’s withdrawn troops,” he said.
Asked about meeting Putin in June, he said: “I’m confident we’ll be able to do it. We don’t have any specific time or place. That’s being worked on.”
MOSCOW, May 7. /TASS/. The Russian side continues to analyze the situation before giving its official consent to a possible summit of the Russian and US presidents, Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden, Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov told TASS on Friday.
“We continue to analyze the situation,” he said.
White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said earlier on Friday that a possible Putin-Biden summit would help ease tension between Moscow and Washington. She noted however that the sides had not yet officially confirmed any agreement on the summit’s organization, its date and venue.
Apparently its existence has yet to be confirmed as well.