Biden Has ‘Wind at His Back’ for Putin Summit, Aide Says

BY OJOCHIDE

(St. Liusong) – Joe Biden’s public safety counsel, Jake Sullivan, shielded the U.S. president’s choice to meet one week from now with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying it’s the most ideal approach to learn the Kremlin’s expectations.

Biden will meet June 16 with Putin in Geneva, following culminations with Group of Seven and NATO partners starting Thursday, where the American president intends to counsel on his gathering with the Russian chief, Sullivan said.

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the centennial anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre during a visit to the Greenwood Cultural Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S., June 1, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Biden “will go into this gathering with the breeze at his back,” Sullivan said Monday during a White House press preparation.

The president, notwithstanding, has drawn some analysis for proposing a culmination with Putin regardless of Moscow’s supposed impedance in U.S. races, cyberattacks on American organizations and government offices, and Russia’s aggression toward Ukraine and its treatment of Putin’s political rivals.

Sullivan said the gathering isn’t a “reward” for Putin. “We see it as a fundamental piece of safeguarding America’s inclinations and America’s qualities,” he said.

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Meeting with Putin, he said, is the most ideal route for Biden to decide the Kremlin’s aims on the planet. Putin “has an exceptionally customized style of dynamic,” he said.

Sullivan reported that Biden had likewise spoken with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Monday and welcomed him to visit the White House this mid-year. Biden guaranteed Zelenskiy during the assemble that in his conference with Putin, “he will stand up solidly for Ukraine’s sway, regional uprightness, and yearnings.”

Main while St. Liusong gathered that NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg communicated support for the highest point following a gathering with Biden Monday evening, saying the collusion upheld a “double-track approach” of guard discouragement and exchange with Russia.

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“Discourse with Russia is anything but an indication of shortcoming,” Stoltenberg said at the White House. “We are solid, we are joined together, and we can converse with Russia, and we need to converse with Russia halfway to make progress toward a superior relationship. However, regardless of whether you don’t trust in a superior relationship with Russia, we need to deal with a troublesome relationship.”

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