An aide to the Russian president Ushakov made a reservation that the final decision will depend on “many factors.
President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin may meet in June, RIA Novosti reported on Sunday, citing presidential aide Yuri Ushakov.
“Depending on many factors, we will make a decision, of course,” said Ushakov, Putin’s foreign policy adviser, who served as Russia’s ambassador to the United States in 1998-2008.
In addition, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Sunday that Biden’s summit proposal was received “positively” and is being studied, RIA Novosti reported.
Earlier this month, Biden urged Putin to reduce tensions caused by a Russian military buildup near the border with Ukraine and suggested holding a summit to discuss a range of contentious issues.
At the time, the Kremlin said the summit would depend on U.S. action and reportedly urged Washington to drop plans to impose new sanctions against Russia.
U.S.-Russia relations fell to a new low after the Cold War when Biden positively answered a question in an interview about whether he considered Putin a “murderer” and Moscow summoned its ambassador from Washington for consultations.
Despite Moscow’s protests, the U.S. this month imposed a series of new sanctions against Russia for interfering in the 2020 election, cyberattacks, intimidating Ukraine, and other malicious acts.
The other day, Putin attended a virtual climate summit hosted by Biden.