The White House announced Tuesday that US President Joe Biden will visit Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland, in about three weeks.
Jen Psaki, Biden’s press secretary, said the conference would take place on June 16.
According to Psaki, the two leaders will address “the full range of pressing issues, as we seek to restore predictability and stability to the U.S.-Russia relationship,”
Biden said earlier this month that he planned to meet with Putin on his first overseas tour, which will also include stops in the United Kingdom and Belgium for G7, NATO, and EU summits.
Biden discussed a joint conference in another country during a phone call with Obama on April 13.
The United States and Russia plan to hold strategic negotiations on arms control and international security challenges in order to expand on the extension of the New START nuclear arms treaties.
Psaki told reporters last month that Biden was “increasingly concerned” about Russia’s violence in eastern Ukraine. Russia announced a few weeks ago that it will conclude its military buildup for drills on Ukraine’s eastern frontier, and it now claims that those forces have returned to their permanent bases.
Thousands of people have been killed in clashes between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels in the country’s east after Russia annexed Crimea in 2014.
Last week, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met in Iceland for the first high-level talks between the two countries under the Biden administration.
Blinken began his meeting with Lavrov on the sidelines of the Arctic Council meetings by threatening that the US would retaliate against Russian violence.
However, Blinken pointed out that there are many places where US and Russian interests “intersect and overlap,” such as the COVID-19 pandemic, Afghanistan, North Korea, climate change, and Iran’s nuclear programme.