Putin on summit with Biden: direct dialogue should be established
Russian President Vladimir Putin expects the upcoming summit with his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden in Geneva on June 16 to restore personal contacts and establish dialogue on issues of mutual interest, the Russian leader said in an interview with the program, Moscow. Kremlin. Putin, on the Rossiya-1 TV channel.
A fragment of Putin’s interview was posted on the smotrim.ru website on Sunday.
"[It is planned] to restore our personal contacts and relations, establish a direct dialogue and create really functioning mechanisms of interaction in the areas of mutual interest," the Russian president said.
The Russia-U.S. summit can be viewed as efficient, if it manages to create mechanisms of interaction in various areas, the Russian leader said in an interview with the program.
Among the issues of mutual interest, Putin named strategic stability, the topic of regional conflicts, nature conservation measures and environmental protection as a whole, on the global scale, and economic cooperation.
"That is, there are issues where we can effectively work," the Russian president stressed.
"If we create mechanisms of work in all these areas after this meeting, it seems to me that it would be good. It could be said that the meeting has been useful," Putin said.
"[It is necessary] to restore our personal contacts and relations, establish a direct dialogue and create really functioning mechanisms of interaction in the areas of mutual interest," the Russian president said, responding to a question by journalist Pavel Zarubin about the summit’s expectations.
The Russian leader also focused on both countries’ economic interaction.
"There is mutual interest. Many American companies want to operate in Russia but they are being pulled by the ears from our market and they are ceding their place to rivals. Does this benefit the U.S. economy?" Putin remarked.
"In general, there is something to talk about and there are common issues [to discuss]," the Russian leader said.
However, the fact that the U.S. has abated its negative rhetoric towards Russia in the run-up to the summit should not be misled, Putin said.
"In the run-up to summit meetings, both sides always try to reduce some negative rhetoric to create the corresponding favorable atmosphere for work. There is nothing special in that. I would not be misled on this issue," the head of state said.
In Putin’s opinion, this is the manifestation "of a professional approach" from the U.S. "We are doing the same on our part," Putin stressed.