Biden has no plans to meet with Putin at G-20 summit

27 October 2022, 09:31 PM
Joe Biden (Photo:REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

Joe Biden (Photo:REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

U.S. President Joe Biden has no intention to meet with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin at the upcoming G-20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, White House spokesman John Kirby told CNN on Oct. 27.

“The President said he has no intention sit down with Vladimir Putin, and that’s where we are today,” Kirby said during a press briefing.

In an earlier interview with CNN, Biden said the following: “Look, I have no intention of meeting with him, but look, if he came to me at the G20 and said, ‘I want to talk about the release of Griner,’ I would meet with him, but that would depend.”

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Previously, Politico reported the United States is taking steps to avoid any potential Biden-Putin encounters at the November summit in Bali. The White House subsequently denied the report.

Both Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy were invited to the G-20 summit, scheduled for Nov. 15-16. Zelenskyy said the exact format of his participation in the even will depend on the situation in Ukraine.

Putin did not rule out attending the summit in person, although the final decision has apparently not been taken yet.

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