Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the upcoming Geneva summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden is not expected to achieve significant results in improving relations between the two countries.
Lavrov delivered a speech at the annual “Primakov Reading” international forum held in Moscow on the 9th, saying: “We have no illusions or high hopes for a major breakthrough at the Biden Putin Summit.”
He added that the meeting between Putin and Biden is very important in itself, and it is hoped that the leaders of the two countries can determine a solution to the issue of strategic stability. He emphasized that Russia is ready for an equal, transparent and honest dialogue.
The Russian Foreign Minister believes that any dialogue between the leaders of the two largest nuclear powers in the world is important to international security anyway, and said that it is inappropriate to use warning and sanctions language when talking with Russia.
The presidents of the United States and Russia will meet in Geneva on the 16th of this month. Recently, Biden announced that he will inform Putin that the United States will not stand by in the face of human rights violations by Russia.
On the other hand, Putin criticized the US policy towards Russia, especially sanctions.
Organize Palestine-Israel Conference
On another issue, the Russian Foreign Minister announced in his speech today that Russia is open to organizing a meeting between Israeli and Palestinian leaders in Moscow as soon as possible.
Relations with the West
On the other hand, Lavrov stated that Russia cannot ignore the aggressiveness of the West, trying to give itself an advantage over the rest of the world.
He added: “We cannot ignore the fact that the West does not want to recognize that the world has become multipolar.”
The Russian Foreign Minister also stated that the international political system is going through a stage of turbulence and contradiction.