On Thursday, the Kremlin said President Vladimir Putin had yet to determine whether or not a summit with his American counterpart Joe Biden would take place, but praised talks between the two countries’ top diplomats as a promising indication.
Moscow and Washington’s relations have hit a post-Cold War low after Biden said in March that Putin is a “killer,” leading Moscow to recall its ambassador to the US.
Despite his comment, Biden has mentioned that he would like to meet with Putin during his upcoming trip to Europe.
Russia has confirmed that it is considering the plan.
The meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Iceland on Wednesday was their first face-to-face encounter.
They admitted that they had significant gaps in their perspectives on current events, but that they could nevertheless work together.
The talks, according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, would assist Moscow’s decision on the summit alternative. He told reporters that it’s a ‘good signal’.