Biden-Putin summit expected to last 4-5 hours: Reports
Updated: 2021-06-16 13:43:07 KST
The most eagerly awaited event of President Biden's trip to Europe, his first face-to-face summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, is expected to last four to five hours, perhaps even longer.
Citing government officials, U.S. media outlets say Wednesday's summit in Geneva is beginning to take shape.
They say Putin is expected to arrive first, and both leaders will be greeted by their Swiss counterpart.
Four participants will be at the first session - Biden, Putin as well as the top diplomats of both countries, Antony Blinken and Sergei Lavrov.
This will be followed by an expanded summit, and separate press conferences.
The two leaders are not expected to share a meal.
Elaborating that there are many issues on the table for talks, the media outlets say they'll likely include ransomware attacks, human rights and areas of potential cooperation.
Two days before his meeting with Putin, Biden described Putin as a (quote) "worthy adversary," highlighting that there are clearly areas for bilateral cooperation.
"I'm going to make clear to President Putin that there are areas where we can cooperate if he chooses. And if he chooses not to cooperate and acts in a way that he has in the past relative to cybersecurity and some other activities, then we will respond."
In the lead-up to the summit, President Biden has been reviewing materials and documents while engaging with numerous advisers.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.