Need a clear policy! Joe Biden warned he will struggle to confront Putin as meeting looms

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The two presidents will meet face-to-face later this month in Switzerland for the first time since Mr Biden was inaugurated into the White House. The summit will be held at the end of the US President’s visit to Europe and after he meets with American allies in NATO and the European Union.

Mr Biden – who raised the prospect of a summit with Mr Putin earlier this year – previously expressed the important roles that personal relationships play in foreign policy.

However, Frank Furedi, author and emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Kent, said the US still does not have a clear policy towards Moscow.

He told Express.co.uk: “From what I can tell, the state department in the US is not clear what its Russian policy would be.

“To what extent it would continue to adopt its confrontational attitude towards Russia and that’s not clear.

“I think that it’s possible given the uncertainties in the world, they might come to an agreement.

“You have to remember Biden met Xi Jinping but that came to blows because neither side actually thought out what they were trying to do.”

Mr Furedi said Mr Biden will attempt to demonstrate he is a “global statesman” but warned it may not succeed against Mr Putin.

He continued: “I think he will want to demonstrate he is a global statesman.

“But whether that would succeed is an open question.

“I would be very surprised if Biden succeeds in laying down the law to Putin.

“I don’t think very much will come out of this.

“I would be very surprised if anything serious or anything long-term will come out of this meeting.”

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement announcing the summit: “The leaders will discuss the full range of pressing issues, as we seek to restore predictability and stability to the US-Russia relationship.”

The Kremlin, in its own statement announcing the meeting, said that the presidents will discuss “the current state and prospects of the Russian-US relations, strategic stability issues and the acute problems on the international agenda, including interaction in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic and settlement of regional conflicts.”

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in May: “In the most general terms I can say that, as Russian President Vladimir Putin has stressed more than once, we are prepared to consider and address any issues on the bilateral agenda and also to work together on settling regional problems and regional conflicts and crises.”

Mr Biden has been a vocal critic of Mr Putin and in February he was asked whether he thought the Russian president was a killer to which he replied: “I do.”

However, Mr Putin hit back at the remarks and said: “I remember in my childhood, when we argued in the courtyard with each other we used to say: ‘It takes one to know one’.

“And that’s not a coincidence, not just a children’s saying or joke.

“The psychological meaning here is very deep.

“We always see our own traits in other people and think they are like how we really are.

“And as a result, we assess (a person’s) activities and give assessments.”

Mr Biden was previously slammed by Republicans with accusations of being “weak” on Russia.

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