The first face-to-face summit between US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin began in Geneva, Switzerland.
After the end of the Cold War, the focus will be on how to restore bilateral relations, which is said to be the worst level.
The first face-to-face summit meeting between US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who are visiting Europe, began in Geneva, Switzerland, just after 8:30 pm Japan time.
The meeting was also attended by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Between the two countries, there are a number
of issues such as the issue of Ukraine's sovereignty such as the merger of Crimea by Russia,
the large-scale cyber attack aimed at US government agencies,
and the alleged intervention in the presidential election.
At the meeting, President Biden wants to raise concerns about these issues to the Russian side and encourage action, while Putin intends to deny the administration's involvement in cyber attacks and election intervention.
However, the two leaders have also indicated that they will seek a framework for some kind of dialogue in areas where interests are aligned, such as security issues such as arms control and nuclear disarmament, and the restoration of bilateral relations, which is said to be at the worst level after the end of the Cold War. The focus is on how to get started.
President Biden "It's better to meet face-to-face"
At the beginning of the summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, US President Joe Biden said, "It is better to meet face-to-face at any time."
He also expressed his desire to seek cooperation in areas that benefit both parties.
President Putin "Expecting Productive Meetings"
At the beginning of the summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin told President Biden, "Thank you for taking the initiative for the summit. There are a lot of problems between Russia and the United States. Our talk is in production. I hope it will be something like that. "
"Talks are a concession to Russia" criticized in the United States
Regarding this summit meeting, there are criticisms in the United States that it is a concession to Russia that the opposition Republican Party decided to go to the summit meeting while there was no significant change in Russia's behavior.
In addition, Mr. Pompeo, who was Secretary of State in the former Trump administration, wrote in FOX News, claiming that "The Trump administration has pushed Russia the strictest policy since the end of the Cold War," said President Biden. , Abandoning what he inherited from the Trump administration, revealing that he is not ready to counter his cowardice and the threat of Russia. "