Ukraine’s Place in the Biden-Putin Talks

Vladyslav Faraponov, journalist and analyst at UkraineWorld and Internews Ukraine, has analysed what Ukraine can expect from the Biden-Putin talks in Geneva.

US President Joe Biden is set to meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. What will they discuss, and what can Kyiv expect from the upcoming US-Russia summit in Geneva?

First, it should be said that the intention to hold a summit between the heads of the White House and the Kremlin was announced a long time ago. However, it took almost 2 months for the parties to agree on a date and place, to say nothing of the agenda. Though matters may change by the time of the summit, it appears now that each president intends to offer a separate briefing rather than standing with his counterpart for a joint one, which means that their delegations are not sure if there are any points that they can really agree on.

This meeting is unlikely to be especially historic. The Cold War has long passed, and both presidents have offered significant messaging in the leadup to the summit through the media.

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