This combination of file images, taken on June 7, 2021, shows then-Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaking on the 17th during a speech in Darby, Pennsylvania, and team members attending the upcoming Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics January 31, 2018 in the state residence Novo-Ogaryovo outside Moscow.
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US President Joe Biden will hold a solo press conference following his meeting with Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin next week as this is the most appropriate format to communicate clearly with the “free press,” a White House official said on Saturday.
Biden will meet Russian President Putin for a summit on June 16 in an 18th-century Swiss villa overlooking Lake Geneva on strategic nuclear stability and the deteriorating relationship between the Kremlin and the West.
“We expect this meeting to be sincere and straightforward,” said a White House official.
“A solo press conference is the appropriate format to clearly convey to the free press the issues raised in the session – both in areas where we may be able to agree and in areas where we are significant Have concerns. “
Putin, who has served as Russia’s pre-eminent leader since Boris Yeltsin’s resignation on the last day of 1999, said ahead of the summit that relations with the United States were at their lowest level in years.
When asked if Biden called him a murderer in a March interview, Putin said he had heard dozens of such allegations.
“This is nothing that I am in the least concerned about,” Putin said.
The White House said Biden would bring up ransomware attacks from Russia, Moscow’s aggression against Ukraine, the detention of dissidents and other issues that have irritated the relationship.
Biden said the United States does not seek conflict with Russia, but Washington will respond robustly if Moscow engages in harmful activities.
Russia says the West is gripped by anti-Russian hysteria and will defend its interests in every possible way.