But the French presidency said in a statement that “the Biden-Putin summit can only be held if Russia does not invade Ukraine.”
The Elysee confirmed that US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will prepare the summit agenda, during their meeting next Thursday.
The French presidency added that this summit will later be expanded to include “all parties concerned”, and will discuss issues of “security and strategic stability in Europe.”
The statement indicated that the French president will help prepare what will be discussed in the talks between the American and Russian presidents.
For its part, the White House confirmed that Biden agreed in principle to meet with Putin again, if there was no invasion of Ukraine.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Foreign Ministers Blinken and Lavrov are scheduled to meet later this week in Europe, provided that Russia does not initiate any military action.
Psaki explained that President Biden has repeatedly stressed the United States’ commitment to pursue diplomatic efforts until the moment the invasion began.
Psaki reiterated Washington’s readiness to impose severe and rapid consequences if Russia chooses war rather than a diplomatic solution, noting that Russia appears to be continuing preparations for a large-scale attack on Ukraine in a very short time, as she put it.