President Biden on Tuesday said he plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin next month during his first overseas trip since taking office.
Biden said he expects to add the Putin summit to his agenda while making two other stops in Europe.
“That is my hope and expectation. We’re working on it,” Biden told reporters at the White House in response to a question.
Biden already is booked for stops at the G7 summit in England, which runs June 11-13, and at a NATO summit in Belgium on June 14.
Biden in April offered Putin a summer summit in Europe during a phone call in which he informed the Russian leader of US plans to expel diplomats and apply new sanctions as punishment for the SolarWinds hack and alleged Russian meddling in the 2020 election.
A summit carries significant political risk for Biden, who would have to avoid appearing weak during any public engagements, while also advancing his stated