US President Joe Biden said that on Tuesday he hopes to hold a summit with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during his June trip to Europe.
“It’s my hope and hope,” Biden said.
In April, Biden offered a meeting in a third country to discuss growing tension over the treatment of Russian saber around Ukraine, jailed Putin rival Alexey Navalny and other flashpoints.
A summit has not been confirmed, but a Putin advisor, Yuri Ushkov, has said that the plan is ongoing.
Biden is scheduled to attend a G7 summit in the UK in mid-June, followed by NATO and the EU summit in Brussels, opening the door for the logistics of a separate Putin meeting.
Austria and Finland have expressed interest in hosting the summit.
In April, Washington expelled 10 Russian diplomats, saying it was Russia’s massive cyber attack on American computer systems and interference in the 2020 presidential election. Moscow responded with a Tit-for-Tet expulsion.
However, the Biden administration has insisted that it wants stability in the relationship and that Washington and Moscow need to cooperate on key areas such as nuclear weapons and the climate crisis.
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