The White House and the Kremlin have confirmed that United States President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet on June 16 in Switzerland.
The meeting is expected to include discussion of Russia's action in neighboring Ukraine, this week's forced diversion of a Ryanair plane bound for Lithuania by Russian ally Belarus, efforts by both Washington and Moscow to contain the COVID-19 pandemic and more, according to Associated Press.
Earlier this month, Biden said he expected to personally have a dialogue with Putin during what will be his first overseas trip, when he will also make a stop in Britain and Belgium for the NATO, Group of Seven, and European Union summits.
The Kremlin said Putin and Biden would discuss "the current state and prospects of the Russian-U.S. relations, strategic stability issues and the acute problems on the international agenda and settlement of regional conflicts," The Guardian reported.
The two presidents will have plenty to talk about, according to BBC. A short list of subjects includes arms control, Russia's cyber-hacking activities, including the 2020 SolarWinds attack on U.S. government and private computer networks, and the attempted poisoning and jailing of Putin critic, Alexei Navalny.
Biden and Putin last met when the former was still Vice President in President Barack Obama's administration in 2011. Since he assumed office in January this year, Biden has had two telephone calls with Putin, proposing a summit on the call that took place in April.
U.S. State Secretary Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met in Iceland last week in the first high-level talks between the two nations.
"The president of the United States is not afraid to stand up to our adversaries and use a moment of in-person diplomacy to work together in areas where we have mutual agreement," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told a news briefing.
Geneva last hosted American and Russian presidents in 1985, when Ronald Reagan met Mikhail Gorbachev -- a meeting seen by many as lacking in substance but critical in promoting what would become mostly friendly ties between the two leaders through their tenures.