Russian President Vladimir Putin (April 21, 2021)
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“Recovering our personal contacts, our relationships, establishing a direct conversation, creating mechanisms that really work in areas of common interest,” Interfax quoted an excerpt from Putin’s interview with state television, which was later aired.
In an interview with NBC News on Friday night, Putin said the current relationship between the United States and Russia was “the worst in many years.” However he acknowledged that their numbers were not enough to defeat Obama’s bid for supremacy in Russia.
With Biden, Putin wants to discuss, among other things, strategic stability, regional conflicts and the environment. According to the Russian president, there are areas where the United States can work effectively with Russia.
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He expressed his willingness to extradite the hackers to the United States if Washington did the same after the two countries concluded an agreement to do so.
Putin also spoke about the Russian-American economic interests. He said many US companies want to work with Russia, but there are problems because of that.
“Is this good for the US economy?” Putin said the meeting would not be “in vain” if there was an agreement on “working mechanisms” for different parts of Geneva.
Biden said this week that the United States was not seeking a confrontation with Russia. “We want stable and predictable relationships,” he said. However he acknowledged that their numbers were not enough to defeat Russia’s government.
The first private meeting of the two top officials since Biden took office as President of the United States will take place in Geneva. According to Putin, this visit to the Swiss city is his first foreign trip to Israel and Palestine since January 2020.