MOSCOW (REUTERS) – The United States and Russian national security advisers held wide-ranging talks on Monday (May 24) in what both sides described as an important step in preparing for a possible summit between US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev discussed a range of issues at their Geneva meeting, with a focus on strategic stability, according to the White House and the Russian Security Council, quoted by the TASS news agency.
“The meeting was an important step in the preparation for a planned US-Russia summit, the date and location of which will be announced later,” the White House said.
“The sides expressed confidence that mutually acceptable solutions could be found in a number of areas,” it said.
The two sides said normalisation of US-Russian ties would be in the interests of both countries.
Mr Biden said this month he expected to meet Mr Putin soon, adding that differences between the two countries would not need to be resolved in advance of a summit.
The Biden administration would like to add a summit with Mr Putin in a third country while the US President is in Europe in the middle of next month for a Group of Seven meeting in Britain and talks with Nato allies in Brussels.
A Swiss newspaper reported on Monday the two leaders will meet in Switzerland, citing unidentified sources.
The Tages-Anzeiger daily reported an advance US mission has already arrived in Geneva for that purpose. Plane spotters reported on Twitter an unusual US cargo aircraft landing at the city’s airport on Sunday.
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