The White House said Friday a meeting between President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin in June is not “locked in yet.”
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White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters discussions of a potential meeting next month in Europe is still at the “staff level about what it might look like, where, the timing, the components of an agenda, those are still ongoing.”
Psaki made the comments shortly after President Joe Biden told reporters he is “confident” the June meeting with Putin will occur.
She said Biden invited Putin to a bilateral meeting in a third country “because he thinks it would be a good step forward in the relationship to de-escalate, to ensure we have a more stable relationship moving forward.”
Psaki also commented on the fourth round of high-level Iran nuclear talks which began Friday aimed at bringing the US back into the deal with Tehran.
Asked if the U.S. was frustrated by a lack of progress, the press secretary said the administration “always knew that this would be a long process and challenging.”
But she said the White House feels “that it has been a good sign that there have been diplomatic engagements over the past several weeks,” and believes both sides have “a better idea of what we need to do moving forward…to come back into full compliance.”