Biden to meet with Putin in first trip abroad

Joe Biden speaking during 2020 presidential debate
Joe Biden speaking during 2020 presidential debate

President Joe Biden plans to make his first international trip as president in June. On the docket: Meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva.

The fraught relationship between the United States and Russia has worsened since Biden became president, including multiple rounds of new sanctions, and the White House is mostly hoping to restore some stability. 

The agreement to meet comes the week after Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with his Russian counterpart in Iceland. 

What will they talk about? Biden and Putin will likely discuss Russia’s aggressive actions toward Ukraine and relationship with Belarus, as well as efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden is also scheduled to attend a Group of Seven meeting in Britain and a NATO summit in Brussels during the trip.

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