Biden meets Putin as tensions rise
June 16, 2021 - U.S. President Joe Biden is meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland, amid the biggest crisis in ties between their two countries in recent history.
In their face-to-face sit-down in Geneva, Biden wants to pressure Putin on a myriad of issues, including cybersecurity attacks on American businesses by Russian-based hackers, the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and repeated overt and covert efforts by the Kremlin to interfere in U.S. elections.
The Kremlin said in a statement that the two leaders would discuss bilateral ties, problems related to strategic nuclear stability, and other issues including cooperation in the fight against COVID-19 and regional conflicts.
Biden and Putin are set to hold their June 16 summit in an 18th-century Swiss villa overlooking Lake Geneva, a soothing setting for what promises to be heated talks.