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Biden hopes to meet with Putin during June Europe trip

Biden hopes to meet with Putin during June Europe trip
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President BidenJoe Biden28 Senate Democrats sign statement urging Israel-Hamas ceasefire Franklin Graham says Trump comeback would 'be a very tough thing to do' Schools face new pressures to reopen for in-person learning MORE on Tuesday said he hoped to meet with Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinTime for jaw-to-jaw with Moscow Hillicon Valley: Colonial pipeline is back online, but concerns remain | Uber, Lyft struggle with driver supply | Apple cuts controversial hire Menendez calls on Biden to support Armenia amid rising tensions with Azerbaijan MORE during a June trip to Europe for the Group of Seven (G-7) summit.

"That is my hope and expectation. We’re working on it," Biden told reporters after remarks on the pandemic.

Biden is scheduled to take his first overseas trip since becoming president when he attends the G-7 summit, which is being hosted this year by the United Kingdom in Cornwall. The trip is also tentatively scheduled to include a stop in Belgium for meetings with European and NATO leaders.

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The G-7 summit, from June 11 to June 13, will be the first in-person meeting of the leaders in two years after former President TrumpDonald TrumpFranklin Graham says Trump comeback would 'be a very tough thing to do' Man suspected in wife's disappearance accused of casting her ballot for Trump Stefanik: Cheney is 'looking backwards' MORE postponed last year’s summit, which was supposed to be held in the United States. Leaders instead met virtually.

While no meeting between Biden and Putin has been finalized, the White House has said officials are working to make it happen after Biden suggested holding a summit in a third country during a call last month.

The president in mid-April spoke with Putin over the phone and raised concerns about Moscow's aggression toward Ukraine, discussed the extension of the New START nuclear arms treaty, and warned Russia against cyber intrusions and election interference.