WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Switzerland on June 16, the White House announced on Tuesday.
“The leaders will discuss the full range of pressing issues, as we seek to restore predictability and stability to the U.S.-Russia relationship,” press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.
U.S.-Russia relations have been tense since Biden took office, as the White House confronted Moscow over election interference and cyberattacks, among other aggressions.
In March, Russia recalled its ambassador to the United States after Biden said Putin would “pay a price” for Moscow’s interference in the 2020 U.S. presidential election and essentially labeled the Russian leader a murderer.
The latter remark came in an interview with ABC News, when Biden was asked if he thought Putin was a killer.
“I do,” the president responded.
Biden’s national security team has sought to calm tensions since that diplomatic flare-up.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. wants a “predictable, stable relationship” with Russia.