Russia, U.S. Must Mend Relations: Putin

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Putin and Biden are expected to address global strategic stability and U.S.-Russia ties at the next meeting in Geneva, according to Moscow. The agenda, according to the White House, will cover topics such as Ukraine and Belarus, the New START Treaty, and the Iranian situation.

During a speech at the 24th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that he and U.S. President Joe Biden must find methods to improve ties between Russia and the U.S. in the upcoming discussions in Geneva.

Putin went on to say that the two presidents will talk about strategic stability, international conflict resolution, and counter-terrorism.

Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden will meet in Geneva on June 16 for a meeting, Moscow and Washington announced in late May. The two presidents will focus on the most significant problems facing bilateral ties, according to a White House statement.

The two leaders spoke for the first time on the phone on January 26, shortly after Joe Biden was sworn in as president of the United States. They struck a deal on the New START pact at the meeting, which was extended for another five years in February and is currently due to expire in February 2026.

Joe Biden’s positive response to a reporter’s inquiry about whether he thought Putin was a “killer” in March heightened relations between the two countries. Biden’s remarks regarding Putin were condemned by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as “outrageous, unparalleled hyperbole.”