US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday (4 May) he would like to hold his proposed summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his June trip to Europe.
“That is my hope and expectation. We’re working on it,” Biden told reporters after a speech about the US response to the coronavirus.
Biden plans to attend a Group of Seven summit in Cornwall, England, set for 11-13 June, and then fly to Brussels to meet European Union leaders and attend a 14 June NATO summit.
US officials have been working with Russian counterparts on setting up a Biden-Putin summit in a third country during what will be Biden’s first overseas trip as president.
But whether an agreement will be reached remains to be seen.
Last April Biden called on Putin to reduce tensions stirred by a Russian military build-up on Ukraine’s border and proposed a summit of the estranged leaders to tackle a raft of disputes.
Russia answered the next day, saying it was premature to talk in tangible terms about a possible meeting between Putin and Biden, but added that Moscow will study the proposal.
Prague and Vienna have in the meantine offered to host a summit between the leaders of the two biggest nuclear powers.