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Biden, Putin Set to Meet

Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, left, geatures as he meets Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, March 10, 2011.The talks in Moscow are expected to focus on missile defense cooperation and Russia's efforts to join the World Trade Organization. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)


Peter Jerome

American President Joe Biden and his Russian Counterpart Vladimir Putin will be meeting on the 16th of June 2021 at a third country; Geneva in Switzerland, after Austria and Finland had offered to host.

This will be the first meeting of the two world leaders since Biden became the President of America.

Speculations are that although the U.S.-Russia relationship has become increasingly adversarial, there are some areas for potential cooperation: nuclear arms control, the Iran nuclear deal, North Korea, and stability in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of U.S. and coalition forces. Putin took part in a virtual climate summit Biden held last month.

Also reviving the Open Skies Treaty, an international pact allowing observation flights over military facilities, could come up. Both countries have pulled out of it but appear willing to seek a restart.

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