Biden says he's confident he can meet Russia's Putin soon

Reuters

Posted at May 08 2021 03:05 AM

US President Joe Biden expects to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin soon. Jonathan Ernst, Reuters; Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via Reuters

WASHINGTON - US President Joe Biden said on Friday he expected to be able to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin soon, adding that the time and place for their encounter were still being worked out.

Biden told reporters at the White House he wanted to meet Putin despite Russia's build-up of military forces near Ukraine.

"It does not impact my desire to have a one-on-one meeting and you'll notice he had more troops before. He's withdrawn troops," he said.

Asked about a meeting, he said: "I'm confident we'll be able to do it. We don't have any specific time or place. That's being worked on."

The United States has said it supports Ukraine amid what US Secretary of State Antony Blinken this week called Moscow's "reckless" troop build-up.

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