US President Joe Biden said on Sunday (13) that his Russian counterpart was right when he examined the relationship between the two countries at its worst historic moment – and took the opportunity to suggest that Russia is weaker than it is. it seems.
The Democrat has scheduled a meeting with Vladimir Putin, whom he described as an autocrat, next Wednesday (16) in Geneva, Switzerland.
The list of disagreements for debate is enormous and includes espionage, hacker attacks, interference in the electoral process, Ukraine, Belarus and human rights.
Analysts, however, don’t expect any major breakthroughs at the summit between the two nations – which make up more than 90% of the world’s nuclear arsenal.
“Autocrats have tremendous power and they don’t need to respond to the public and the point is that it can happen if I respond to them [Putin] on a related note, as I will, I still can’t talk him out of it, “Biden said on the English coast, where he met with G7 leaders.” He wants to continue.
Biden, who has previously called Putin a murderer for poisoning Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalni, also drew attention to the “dilemmas” being experienced in his country – the post-Soviet economic collapse and the problems linked to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Russia has been involved in activities that we believe violate international standards, but it also has serious issues that it is struggling to cope with.”
When asked why Western sanctions over the years haven’t arrested the Russian president, who has ruled the country since 2012, Biden joked: “It’s Vladimir Putin.”
The White House and the Kremlin have had a turbulent relationship since becoming rivals at the end of World War II, and the United States currently places Putin alongside China’s Xi Jinping as its two biggest strategic threats.