President Biden will meet President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia in Geneva on June 16, the White House stated Tuesday, the primary face-to-face session between the 2 leaders at a time of extraordinary rigidity over Ukraine, cyberattacks and a raft of recent nuclear weapons Mr. Putin is deploying.
The assembly is predicted to focus closely on stopping nuclear escalation. Geneva was additionally the location of the 1985 summit between Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet chief, and Ronald Reagan, additionally centered on the nuclear arms race.
But Mr. Biden can also be anticipated to use the summit to elevate the problems he talked about with Mr. Putin on the phone lately, simply earlier than the United States introduced a brand new sequence of economic sanctions in opposition to Russian officers and monetary establishments.
Those embody the prosecution and jailing of Aleksei A. Navalny, the opposition chief that Mr. Putin’s intelligence companies tried to kill with a nerve agent. And Mr. Biden plans to deal with the rising tide of cyberattacks directed on the United States, beginning with SolarWinds, a complicated entry into community administration software program utilized by a lot of the United States’ largest firms and by a spread of presidency companies and protection contractors.
Two weeks in the past Mr. Biden stated he would elevate with Mr. Putin the more moderen ransomware assault on Colonial Pipeline, which shut down practically half the provision of gasoline, diesel and jet gasoline to the East Coast. That assault arose from a prison group, however Mr. Biden accused Russia of harboring the ransomware criminals.
For Mr. Biden, the encounter will come after two successive conferences with allies, first the Group of seven allies — a bunch the Russians had been a part of for a number of years when integration with the West appeared attainable — and NATO allies. Mr. Biden will then journey from Brussels, the place NATO is headquartered, to Geneva, the place his nationwide safety adviser, Jake Sullivan, met his Russian counterpart final weekend to plan the assembly of the 2 world adversaries.
For all of the tensions, Mr. Biden has repeatedly stated that the United States and Russia should discover a means to have a “stable, predictable” relationship.