Geneva’s Villa La Grange to Host Putin-Biden Summit, Kremlin Confirms

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that the 18th century Villa La Grange in Geneva will be the place to host the upcoming summit between U.S. President Biden and Russian president Vladimir Putin, Russian media report.

Previously, after posting on Twitter that Switzerland thanks the two countries for the trust expressed by choosing Geneva, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs announced that Villa La Grange, located in the city’s largest park on the banks of Lake Geneva, will host the top-level meeting between the two presidents on 16 June.

Swiss authorities informed that the villa will be closed to visitors on June 8-18 and a security zone will be set up around it that will includes Parc La Grange and its adjacent Parc des Eaux Vives, while a “no-go zone” will be in place for both people and vehicles for June 14-17.

Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport announced last week that the airspace over Geneva may be closed for civil aviation during the summit of Russian and U.S. leaders without providing more detailed information.

Among the possible measures spokesman Lorenz Frischknecht mentioned at the time are airspace surveillance, deployment of combat helicopters and ground-based air defense systems aa well as closing the airspace in the Geneva canton for civil aviation with a particular accent on unmanned aerial vehicles.

The Russian presidential press service informed that Vladimir Putin is ready for any format of communication with reporters after his meeting, including a potential joint press conference.

The talks in Geneva, on top of finding ways to mend relations between Russia and the United States, would probably focus on strategic stability, the settlement of international conflicts, as well as countering terrorism.

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