Biden to meet Putin at summit in Geneva

Biden is due to meet his Russian counterpart Putin at a highly anticipated summit in Geneva.

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Biden is due to meet his Russian counterpart Putin at a highly anticipated summit in Geneva.

Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, left, shakes hands with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, March 10, 2011. The talks in Moscow are expected to focus on missile defense cooperation and Russia’s efforts to join the World Trade Organization. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

The summit is aimed at preventing further rivalry between the two nations. Biden is trying to maintain a stable relationship despite Putin’s interference in the US elections.

Putin will bring in a list of all his grievances including the matter of Ukraine to the summit. Moreover, the expansion of NATO forces in Eastern Europe will also be discussed.

While the two sides may seek common ground on issues such as nuclear arms control, numerous tripwires could derail the conversation. Both sides need to be very careful while initiating conversation.

The two presidents are to meet senior diplomatic and military advisers at an 18th-century villa in Geneva’s Parc de La Grange before holding separate press conferences on Wednesday evening. Hundreds of journalists have flown in for the talks, which will shut down much of the city center, including the picturesque coastline of Lake Geneva.

Putin appeared defiant in a US television interview last week, refusing to give guarantees that the opposition leader Alexei Navalny will get out of prison alive and comparing his movement to the US protesters who stormed the US Capitol on 6 January.

The summit is expected to cover a wide range of topics, including strategic stability, regional conflicts, climate, the coronavirus pandemic, cybersecurity, and more. The two sides, if able to conduct the talks stably, might reach a good ending.