A meeting between President Vladimir Putin and US counterpart Joe Biden is due to take place in early June, a Kremlin official said on Sunday, amid hopes the face-to-face talks between the two leaders would be easier. exacerbating problems between Moscow and Washington.
Biden asked Putin earlier this month to hold a meeting in the third world in an attempt to “establish” relations between Moscow and the West, which has hampered new US sanctions against the Kremlin, Russia’s largest military group on the border with Ukraine and concerns about health of Russian anti-Semitic activist Alexei Navalny.
Yuri Ushakov, Putin’s foreign policy adviser, told Russian television “he is talking about June, there are specific dates,” considering the conference, adding: “I will not talk about this again, but it is June.”
While Ushakov said the meeting would take place “depending on a number of factors”, his remarks were a strong indication that the Kremlin was working to prepare for the conference. Some Russian officials say Biden’s request to hold a conference in Europe has been “well received”.
Biden wants to stay in Europe in June for his first foreign trip since taking office, to attend the G7 summit in the UK from June 11-13 and the Nato summit in Belgium on June 14.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment on Sunday.
Ushakov’s comments follow a week in which Russia appeared to be resolving the crisis over its western strike.
Last week Moscow announced that military personnel deployed near the Ukrainian border had said so back to their parts and allowed ordinary doctors to go to the prison in Navalny, where he did it’s raining a 24-day strike Putin also agreed to take part in a conference on climate change in Biden on Thursday.
The Biden summit came two days before announcing a series of sanctions against Moscow, as part of a crackdown on Putin in the past, such as disrupting US elections and cyber attacks and promising a future partnership.
The move comes a month after Biden told the interrogator that he agreed with Putin’s actions as a “murderer”, a statement that angered the Kremlin and saw Russia remind its ambassador to Washington.
The ambassador did not return, while the US ambassador to Moscow also returned home for questioning last week, meaning the ambassadors of both countries do not have senior representatives while the negotiations are under way.
Prior to Ushakov’s remarks, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov announced earlier this month that the Kremlin would “take some time to investigate [Biden’s] mempholo. ”