Joe Biden, the president of the United States, will meet Russia’s president Vladimir Putin for the first time at a summit in Geneva on 16 June. The meeting follows a tense spring that featured Russia’s military escalation in Donbas, sanctions, and diplomatic expulsions. Through it all, the White House has stressed the continued need to dialogue with Moscow – and it looks like these signals have been promptly received and reciprocated by the Kremlin.
What should we expect from the summit? And what, if anything, can one say about the longer-term perspectives for the US-Russia relationship – given the journey it has been through over the past 30 years, and the way the world has changed in the meantime?
Angela Stent, Director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, Georgetown University
Fyodor Lukyanov, Editor-in-Chief, Russia in Global Affairs magazine
Kadri Liik, Senior Policy Fellow, Wider Europe Programme, ECFR