Kremlin: Russia sets no preconditions for Putin-Biden summit
Russian President Vladimir Putin set no preconditions for the presidential summit, proposed by his US counterpart Joe Biden during the recent phone call, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists Friday.
He recalled that the idea of such a meeting was initially voiced by the Russian leader.
"President Putin spoke about holding the meeting in the upcoming days or at any time later. He spoke about no preconditions," Peskov said, answering a corresponding question.
On March 18, when speaking on TV, Vladimir Putin offered Joe Biden to hold an open dialogue live. Washington did not reply to this offer.
In turn, the US president disclosed Thursday that he offered to hold an in-person meeting in a third country in Europe this summer. He claimed that the sides currently discuss this option.
According to Peskov, it is President Putin who will make the final decision on U.S. President Joe Biden’s proposal to hold a summit in a third country.
"As for President Biden’s remarks, his proposal about a meeting closely overlaps with the one that President Putin made," Peskov noted. "It will certainly take time to assess the proposal and a response will be provided based on the head of state’s decision, at a time and in a form chosen by the Russian president," TASS cited the spokesman as saying.