On Wednesday, the world-expected first personal meeting of the two presidents – Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden, who took office as head of state in January this year – will take place. Both power leaders speak of a stalled relationship.
On Sunday, the American president said he agreed with Putin – relations between the countries are at the lowest level. Tensions, Biden notes, are on a range of important issues, from human rights to Ukraine and from alleged Russian interference in the US presidential election to hacker attacks. Therefore, the first face-to-face meeting of the two presidents on Wednesday is crucial.
In response to a question from a Cornwall journalist after the G7 summit, the American president commented on Putin’s statement to NBC News a few days ago that the years of “bilateral relations” had “deteriorated” to the point that they had “reached their limit.”
“I think he’s right that we’re at the bottom.”
Joe Biden also commented on the decision to hold a separate press conference after the meeting:
“We are not competing for who will perform better at a press conference or who will put another in a difficult position. I will be very clear about the conditions that we have set to improve relations (…). We do not seek conflict. I will clarify how I think the meeting went from my point of view, and he will do the same. “