The US side is likely to bring up the situation surrounding Russia’s imprisoned opposition activist Alexey Navalny at the upcoming Geneva summit, and Belarus may also be discussed, according to Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov. On Wednesday in Geneva, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart, Joe Biden, will meet.
“As I have told you, the presidents may raise any topic. You and I understand that the US side is likely to raise the issue [of Navalny]. We see many signals related to this topic, including from the United Kingdom and Brussels. Of course, they will raise this,” Ushakov told reporters, asked if the situation around Navalny will be on the agenda. “The presidents may raise any issue, including Belarus. I do not rule out that the Americans can raise the issue, especially given that they discussed this with allies,” Ushakov continued.
The agenda for the upcoming Putin-Biden talks has been agreed upon, while diplomats continue to work on final documents, with some clarity expected by Tuesday evening, Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said. “Almost all of the meeting’s organisational parameters have been agreed upon. The critical point is that we have agreed on an agenda and even on the order of priority of the issues to be discussed by the leaders “Ushakov told reporters, emphasising that there had been no agreement reached on a joint press conference.
“Only one issue remains uncoordinated: this is related to final documents or one final document of the summit. Our colleagues from the foreign ministry are discussing this with partners from the Department of State, there is still some time left,” the Kremlin aide noted, announcing that some clarity on the final documents could be expected by the evening of June 15.
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