Biden 'confident' meeting with Putin will take place soon

Biden 'confident' meeting with Putin will take place soon
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President BidenJoe BidenMellman: Trump voters cling to 2020 tale FDA authorizes another batch of J&J vaccine Cotton warns of China collecting athletes' DNA at 2022 Olympics MORE said Friday that he’s “confident” he and Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinHillicon Valley: Big Tech critic Lina Khan named chair of the FTC | Lawmakers urge Biden to be tough on cyber during summit with Putin | TSA working on additional security regulations following Colonial Pipeline hack Overnight Defense: Top admiral shoots back at criticism of 'woke' military | Military guns go missing | New White House strategy to battle domestic extremism Lawmakers urge Biden to be tough on cybersecurity during summit with Putin MORE can meet in June, though the details of any face-to-face have yet to be agreed upon.

“I'm confident we'll be able to do it. We don't have any specific time or place. That's being worked on,” Biden said at the White House on Friday.

The White House has indicated there's a possibility of a Biden-Putin meeting next month while the president is in Europe for the Group of Seven (G-7) summit.


Biden is traveling to Cornwall in the United Kingdom for the summit, and he also plans to stop in Belgium for meetings with European and NATO leaders.

While both sides have said a meeting would take place in a country other than the U.K. and Belgium while Biden is in Europe, discussions on a summit are ongoing, White House spokeswoman Jen PsakiJen PsakiLawmakers urge Biden to be tough on cybersecurity during summit with Putin Fox's John Roberts says for media, no Biden-Putin presser is a loss Harris highlights COVID-19 vaccination safety, efficacy in SC event to kick off tour MORE told reporters.

"We're working through the question of some logistics, place, location, time, agenda, all the specifics, that was always going to happen at a staff level. It's really up to them what they want to achieve," Psaki said Friday.

A Biden-Putin summit would likely hit on an array of topics, including Russia’s beefed up military presence along its border with Ukraine, the treatment of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and Moscow's interference in recent U.S. elections.

However, the White House said Russia’s widely criticized handling of those issues will not stop a meeting between the two presidents.

"Obviously, human rights, freedom of speech, freedom of expression, values are all issues the president, Secretary Blinken, National Security Adviser Sullivan raised with their counterparts,” Psaki said, referring to Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenDemocrat says he won't introduce resolution to censure Greene after her apology Biden expanding program for allowing young Central Americans into US US, EU establish trade and technology council to compete with China MORE and Jake SullivanJake SullivanBiden must be firm, but measured, in his message to Putin on cyberattacks NATO members agree to new cyber defense policy NATO tackling climate change for first time MORE

“But the invitation to have a discussion and have a meeting was not offered with the prerequisite that every issue is resolved in advance. We expect we will still continue to have disagreements.”