President Joe Biden is optimistic that he will meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin face-to-face this summer in Europe.
“That is my hope and expectation. We’re working on it,” Biden said at the White House on Tuesday.
Biden is flying to the United Kingdom next month to take part in the G-7 summit from June 11-13 and sideline meetings with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other world leaders. He will then travel to Brussels, Belgium, for the NATO summit on June 14 before a separate United States–European Union summit.
Biden invited Putin in April during their second phone conversation after Biden’s inauguration to meet him in person in a neutral third country. The pair spoke before Biden’s swearing-in when Biden, a onetime Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman, was President Barack Obama’s vice president.
“I was candid and respectful. The conversation was candid and respectful,” Biden