US President Joe Biden (left) and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet during the US-Russia summit in Villa La Grange on June 16, 2021 in Geneva, Switzerland.
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The President Joe Biden “In principle” accepted a meeting with the President of Russia Vladimir Putin in what may be the latest effort in diplomacy to combat tensions around Ukraine and a possible way to prevent an impending Moscow-led invasion.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Sunday night that the summit of the two world leaders would take place after a meeting between Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. This meeting is scheduled for the end of this week.
“As the president has repeatedly made it clear, we are committed to diplomacy until the invasion begins,” Psaki said in a statement. “President Biden basically accepted a meeting with President Putin after this participation, again when the invasion did not take place. We are always ready for diplomacy. “
News of a possible bout between Biden and Putin comes at a time when the White House is warning that a Russian invasion of Ukraine could happen at any moment. Moscow has been building up its military on its northern and eastern borders for weeks, with a recent Russian force of about 190,000.
The possibility of inevitable conflict is forced Earlier on Sunday, Biden abandoned plans to return to his home in Delaware after a two-hour meeting with the national security team.
A rare Sunday meeting of the National Security Council began around noon and lasted just over two hours, according to reporters who watched the participants arrive and then leave the White House building.
– Christina Wilkie from CNBC spoke in a report