White House has no prediction on possible Biden-Putin meeting at G20: Jen Psaki

07 Oct 2021 05:37 STI

Washington [US]Oct. 7 (ANI / Sputnik): White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said there were currently no predictions about a possible meeting between US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin during of the next G20 summit.
“I have no predictions for you on bilateral meetings. This is something that we are still working on at this stage, every day,” Psaki said at a press conference on Wednesday (local time).
Psaki said the Biden administration did not expect it to be a “light switch” in light of the previous meeting between the two leaders.
“We have remaining concerns, but this was an opportunity to voice them at a high level, to see what work can be done in the long term to address them,” Psaki said. “I’m not sure if we’re going to do a month-to-month assessment. It’s something that we’ve continued conversations with members of the National Security Team about many of the issues we’ve raised. These are in progress. We continue to move forward towards making progress. “
The historic Geneva summit on June 16 marked the first meeting between Putin and Biden, and both presidents deemed it productive. They agreed to launch consultations on strategic stability and adopted a joint declaration reaffirming the commitment to the 1985 formula of Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan that nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.
Jen Psaki also said that the Biden administration is currently working to finalize the details of the bilateral meeting between the US president and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.

“Right now what we are focusing on is moving forward,” Psaki said during a press briefing. “As you know… they will be meeting next month. We are working to finalize the details of this.”
Biden and Macron have agreed to meet in person next month to continue to resolve tensions between the two nations, a joint statement released after a phone call in late September said.
A US delegation led by Secretary of State Antony Blinken is visiting Paris this week to discuss confidence-building measures following the recent Australia-UK-US Submarine Agreement (AUKUS) which has caused significant tension in relations with France.
Macron and Blinken met in Paris for the first time on Tuesday following the crisis in bilateral relations in light of Australia’s withdrawal from the $ 66 billion submarine deal with France over its joining the AUKUS partnership in mid-September and the decision to procure American nuclear submarines.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called the decision a stab in the back and said trust between the allies was seriously shaken. (ANI / Sputnik)

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