No concrete deal is expected from Wednesday’s meeting between Russia’s Vladimir Putin and US Joe Biden, a Kremlin aide has said but notes that the talks might be “useful”
Putin and Biden will finally be having their first in-person meeting in Geneva tomorrow after months of planning since their ties took a huge slope recently.
Nuclear stability, climate change, cybersecurity and the fate of U.S. and Russian nationals who are in prison in each other’s countries would be on the agenda, the Kremlin aide said.
“I’m not sure that any agreements will be reached. I look at this meeting with practical optimism,” Ushakov told reporters in comments cleared for publication on Tuesday.
Biden proposed the summit during a phone call with Putin in April as a way to try resolving their disputes.
Russia-U.S. ties slumped to a post-Cold War low following Russia’s annexation of Ukraine in 2014. Washington also accused Moscow of interference in the 2016 presidential elections, imposing sanctions on Russian companies and individuals.
“The situation is just close to critical. Of course, something should be done in this context,” said Ushakov, who was the Russian ambassador to the United States from 1998 to 2008.
Biden, who called Putin “a killer” in March, said on Sunday insisted that some of Russia’s activities contradict international norms.