| 7 May 2021, Friday | النسخة العربية

U.S. national security adviser says he discussed summit with Russian counterpart

U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said he spoke with his Russian counterpart on Friday morning on planning for a summit between the U.S. and Russian presidents.

“We are actively discussing that issue,” Sullivan told an Aspen Security Forum webinar. “In fact, I spoke with my (Russian) counterpart … this morning trying to make plans for a summit this summer.”

A summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden is likely to take place as early as June, a senior Kremlin official said on Sunday, amid hopes that face-to-face talks between the two leaders will ease heightened tension between Moscow and Washington.

Biden proposed to Putin earlier this month that they hold a summit in a third country in an effort to “normalize” relations between Moscow and the west, which have soured over new U.S. sanctions against the Kremlin, Russia’s large military build-up on the border with Ukraine and concerns over the health of jailed Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny.