Ahead Of The Biden And Putin Meeting, This Is The History Of Their Feud – US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet in Geneva, Switzerland next week.
It was their first meeting as fellow presidents, and is likely to be tense following the recent spate of conflict between the two. Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to discuss human rights issues with US President Joe Biden when they meet in June.
The issues in question include the persecution of those behind the Capitol Building riots, Biden earlier on Sunday (05/30/2021) vowing to pressure Putin to uphold human rights, when they met in Geneva in mid-June for the first conference.
Ahead Of The Biden And Putin Meeting, This Is The History Of Their Feud
One of the most heated feuds was when Biden agreed to call Putin a murderer and the following is a brief history of the Biden-Putin conflict prior to their meeting.
- Biden vows crackdown on Russia
Shortly after taking office, Biden addressed the US State Department with a promise to take tough action against Russia, contrary to Donald Trump’s policy. “I explained to President Putin in a very different way than my predecessors, that the days of the United States rolling in the face of Russia’s aggressive actions, disrupting our elections, cyber attacks, and poisoning its citizens are over,” Biden said in February.
The Kremlin later denounced Biden’s speech as “aggressive and unconstructive”. “We have said we will not heed this kind of demeaning statement. We will not,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
- Biden calls Putin a killer
In an interview with ABC News broadcast in March, Biden said Putin would face the consequences for allegedly trying to trip him up in the 2020 US election. Then when asked if he thought Putin was a murderer, Biden replied “Yes.”
The comments sparked the biggest crisis between Russia and the US in years. Russia then summoned its ambassador for consultations, warning that relations between the two countries were on the verge of collapse. Putin then hit back at Biden by mocking him, saying “you are just as bad as me.” “We always see our qualities in another person, and feel he is the same as us,” added Putin.
Russia Doesn’t Expect Much From The G20 Summit
Late May Biden announced that the G20 Summit would take place on June 16 in Geneva. In his remarks Biden also reiterated his crackdown on Moscow, saying the US would demand Russia’s explanation of its human rights record. “I’m going to make it clear that we’re not going to stand by and let him abuse those rights,” Biden said.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow did not expect a major breakthrough in talks next week. “We are not under any illusions and we are not trying to create the impression that there will be a breakthrough, decisive historic decision,” he said.
The effort to de-escalate tensions came in April when Biden, after announcing sanctions against Russia, said it was time for the two countries to de-escalate. In a phone call, Biden said “Obviously with President Putin we can go further”, but added that the US “does not want to start a cycle of escalation and conflict with Russia.” He proposed the two leaders hold a summit in a neutral country to discuss Russia’s military deployment in Ukraine, the treatment of imprisoned Putin opposition Alexei Navalny, and other points of conflict.