Russian President Vladimir Putin told his US summit Joe Biden on Wednesday that he wanted to produce his first summit.
“Many problems have accumulated in Russia-US relations. I hope our meeting will be fruitful,” the Russian leader said at the opening of the summit in Villa La Grange.
“Mr. President, I would like to thank you for your effort in hosting this meeting,” the Russian leader said, sitting in one of the House’s libraries with Biden and the respective foreign ministers.
First face to face and shake hands with Putin and Biden as leaders # Russia Y #EEUU, High Level Summit #Geneva. What to expect from a 4-hour meeting between geopolitical rivals who have already claimed to be “killer” or “we always see our own qualities among others”. pic.twitter.com/LWY2IYJw5k
– Rolando Segura (landrolandoteleSUR) June 16, 2021
For his part, Biden said “thank you” after pointing out that his Russian opponent was expecting a production meeting: “As I always said out loud, it’s good to meet face to face.”
The US President further said that on this day we will try to determine where their mutual interests are and where their differences are.
“We can do everything we can to discuss things in a professional and predictable way,” he said.
With an agenda full of superficial issues, US Presidents Joe Biden and Russia’s Vladimir Putin will meet this Wednesday in a tense environment.
Leaders are expected to address a wide range of issues ranging from strategic stability and cyber security issues to economic cooperation and ecology.
Putin said the summit would take place “because relations between Moscow and Washington have deteriorated to a very low level in recent years.” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in turn, has previously indicated that there is no illusion that the meeting will move forward or make “historic and important decisions.”