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Putin and Biden Likely to Task Their Staff After The Summit: US Official

Putin and Biden Likely to Task Their Staff After The Summit: US Official

WASHINGTON – The US government believes that Russian President, Vladimir Putin, and the US president, Joe Biden, will hand over a number of tasks to their staff after the meeting in Geneva, however, Washington does not expect there to be any tangible results from the next summit, a senior US official told reporters on Tuesday on board Biden’s plane en route from Brussels to Geneva.
According to him, the United States “not expecting a big set of deliverables” after the summit, although it is likely that the Russian and American leaders will instruct their staff to continue the discussions, the press pool of the White House informed.
According to the US official quoted by the White House press pool, Putin and Biden plan to discuss nuclear weapons and strategic stability, especially in the context of the expiration of the new strategic arms reduction treaty (New START) in 2026. They will also discuss the possibility of signing other agreements in the field of disarmament by then.
In addition, the parties will discuss cybersecurity issues. The official warned that the United States will “respond” to cybersecurity threats Washington believes come from Moscow.
The official also said Biden plans to discuss human rights issues at the summit, however, he did not say whether the US leader plans to bring up Alexei Navalny.
“Nothing is out of place,” he said.
Previously, the Kremlin and the White House announced that the long-awaited summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his American counterpart, Joe Biden, would take place in Geneva, Switzerland, on June 16. According to the Kremlin, the heads of state will discuss the conditions and prospects for further fostering Russian-American relations, issues of strategic stability as well as urgent issues on the international agenda, which include cooperation in combating the pandemic and regulating regional conflicts. It will be the first face-to-face meeting between Putin and Biden since the 46th American president took office.

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