November 30, 2022

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Do everything to avoid direct contact

Do everything to avoid direct contact

There has been no direct contact between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin since Russia launched a large-scale aggression against Ukraine.

then both They confirmed their participation At the G-20 summit in Bali in November, that was expected.

Iver B. Neumann, researcher and director at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, told daily newspaper He hopes and believes that they will be interested in holding informal meetings in this regard.

Report now Politico The White House is taking “all possible steps” to avoid direct contact between the two heads of state during the summit.

Avoid meetings in the corridors

The US president opened up last week about meeting his Russian counterpart at the G-20 summit – and would prefer to discuss the release of Britney Grenier, the American basketball player imprisoned in Russia.

Shortly thereafter, Vladimir Putin stated that he did not “see it necessary” to speak with Joe Biden.

At the same time, he unobtrusively answered questions about his engagement.

Russia will certainly participate. As for the formula, we are still thinking about it, he told the press during the CIS summit in Kazakhstan.

Politico sources stress that it cannot be ruled out that the two will meet at some point during the G20 meeting, but state that they have ruled out a formal meeting, and that they are taking steps to ensure that heads of state do not meet in a corridor or are photographed together in a group photo.

We know President Biden’s opinion of President Putin. William Taylor, the former US ambassador to Ukraine, tells the newspaper that he believes he is a murderer, a war criminal.

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Planning meeting with Shi

Chinese President Xi Jinping is also likely to attend the summit in November. Joe Biden had several video meetings with him there The conflict between China and Taiwan topic was.

Then the two arranged a summit face to face.

was before Congressional Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited TaiwanAnd before China vehemently objected to the US announcement that it would start formal trade talks with Taiwan for the first time.

According to Politico, US and Chinese officials have since worked quietly to arrange a meeting between the two presidents.

No such meeting has been officially announced, and newspaper sources assert that plans for the meeting may still falter.