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Just In: Biden, Putin to meet June 16 in Geneva

US President Joe Biden will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva on June 16, the first summit between the two leaders since the American president took office.

“The leaders will discuss the full range of pressing issues, as we seek to restore predictability and stability to the U.S.-Russia relationship,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement Tuesday.

A statement from the Kremlin said that the two leaders will “discuss the current status and prospects of Russian-American relations, issues of strategic stability, as well as issues on the international agenda, including cooperation to fight the coronavirus pandemic and resolve regional conflicts.”

The meeting will follow Biden’s participation in G-7 and NATO summits in the U.K. and Brussels.

Earlier Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov hailed what he called Biden administration officials’ “respectful” tone in talks finalizing the meeting over the last week.

“This allows us to hope that through starting a serious, concrete dialog on practical, not invented issues and common threat and risks, we can count on clearing away some irritants (if both sides make an effort). It won’t be fast and it won’t be easy.”

The Putin-Biden meeting will be the first summit between American and Russian leaders since July 2018, when Donald Trump’s meeting with Putin in Helsinki ended with a widely criticized joint press conference in which the U.S. president criticized his own intelligence agencies and said he believed Putin’s assertion that he didn’t interfere in the 2016 election.

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