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Auto Shows biden-Putin in Geneva: a face to face under high voltage

10:15  11 june  2021
10:15  11 june  2021 Source:   leparisien.fr

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Joe Biden et Vladimir Poutine doivent se retrouver le 16 juin à Genève. Vu les nombreux sujets de discorde, peu de chances que le tête-à-tête soit harmonieux. AFP/Eric Baradat/Pavel Golovkin © AFP / Eric Baradat / Pavel Golovkin Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin must meet on June 16 in Geneva. Given the many topics of discord, unlikely that the head-to-face is harmonious. AFP / ERIC BARADAT / PAVEL GOLOVKIN

"I do not trust Putin". That's what Joe Biden said, then simple Senator of Delaware in June 2001 ... 20 years exactly after President George W. Bush, who had just met the Russian President in Slovenia, found him, He, "very direct", and even "trustworthy" ...

Ten years later, became Vice President of Obama, Biden had met Putin and told him, eyes in the eyes, "he says," "I do not think you have a soul" ... and just recently, when a journalist had asked him if he thought "Putin was a killer (a

Killer )", he had answered yes.

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Why did Joe Biden propose this meeting at the top in Geneva, during a phone call at mid-April? For the White House, it's simple, it is impossible to avoid dealing with Russia. "It's not a reward for Putin," says Jake Sullivan, National Security Advisor. We want to be able to watch President Putin in the eyes and tell him: here are the American expectations.

"Manage what will continue to be a difficult relationship"

biden considers that "Putin is a thug", recently confided a former senior official of the State Department at Politico magazine. "He sees him as a rational, not interested in questions like human rights, a cold, hard, realistic man" ... Difficult in these conditions to imagine a harmonious head-to-head in Geneva On June 16, even if it will take place in the villa La Grange, an 18th century building located in the beautiful bright water park and enjoys a spectacular view of Lake Geneva.

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The subjects of discord do not lack:

Russian interference accusations in the American elections

, cyber attacks led by gangs apparently based in Russia against American companies, the fate of Alexei Navalny, the Russian opponent imprisoned since Several months, the sounds of Russian boots on the border with Ukraine , the lack of nuclear stability agreement, Belarus, etc. But above all, as he said a few days ago, biden wants to fight corruption in the world a priority and he accuses Russia to export corruption and use it as a weapon against vulnerable societies, everywhere. American side we deliberately placed the very low bar. "We have no illusion," said a close to Biden, for us, this summit is an important tool for

to manage what will continue to be a difficult relationship. "

First Summit Biden / Putin on 16 June in Geneva .
© Provided by the point L e US President Joe Biden will meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on June 16 in Geneva, in Switzerland , in a period Very strong tensions - on multiple fronts - between Washington and Moscow. This first head-to-face between the two men since the arrival of Joe Biden in power will take place in the wake of the G7 and NATO leaders' meetings, in the United Kingdom and Belgium , which will be beautiful in the display of a Common Front Anti-Moscow.

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