Vladimir Putin: Biden says Russian President is right that US-Russian relations are “at a low point” ahead of summit
“I think he’s right, that’s a low point. And it depends on how he reacts to acting according to international standards, which he hasn’t done in many cases,” Biden said. to reporters at a press conference before leaving the Group of Seven. Cornish summit.
“We’re looking to resolve actions that we think are inconsistent with international standards, number one. Number two, where we can work together, maybe we can do it in terms of strategic doctrine that could be worked together, we’re “There may be other areas. There is even talk of the possibility of working together on climate,” Biden said.
Biden defended the decision not to hold a joint press conference with Putin after their high-stakes meeting, arguing that such an appearance would only undermine the United States’ goal of working towards a stable and predictable relationship with Russia.
“This is not a competition to see who can do better in front of a press conference or try to embarrass themselves. It is about telling me very clearly what the conditions are for getting a better relationship with Russia. “,
The president said: “I don’t want to be distracted by the handshake, how far did they stand, who spoke the most and the rest. Now he can say what he said on the topic of the meeting and I’ll say what I think the meeting was about. That’s how I’m going to handle it. “
Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov was recalled from Washington about three months ago after Biden called Putin a killer and United States Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan left Moscow nearly two months ago after Russia suggested he return to Washington for consultations. Not having an ambassador in either country has made the conduct of grassroots diplomacy even more difficult at a time when relations are already very strained.
When asked why Putin didn’t seem to change his behavior after these sanctions, Biden laughed.
“It’s Vladimir Putin,” Biden said.
He added: “I’m not going to go into much more than that because I have to sit with him but I’ll be happy to talk after that.”
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday that the summit with Putin was the start of determining whether relations between the two countries can improve.
“This is a start of testing the proposal, whether Russia is interested in a more stable and predictable relationship and in finding areas to work together. We are not going to get the answer from just one meeting. “We’ll have to see what comes out of this meeting,” Blinken said.
CNN’s Kylie Atwood and Jennifer Hansler contributed to this report.