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

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

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.

The villa is closed to visitors on June 8-18.

According to the Swiss authorities, a security zone will be set up around the venue, which includes Parc La Grange and its adjacent Parc des Eaux Vives, and a so-called “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 previously announced last week that the airspace over Geneva may be closed for civil aviation during the summit of Russian and U.S. leaders.

“Preparations for airspace observation are underway. We currently cannot provide more detailed information. The possible measures include airspace surveillance, deployment of combat helicopters and ground-based air defense systems, and restrictions on the airspace use for civil aviation,” spokesman Lorenz Frischknecht said at the time.

In particular, the flights of unmanned aerial vehicles have been banned in the Geneva canton.  Any demonstrations and protests on days leading up to and during the summit will be covered by these restrictions within the security zone.

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, while White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that Washington was waiting for Putin’s comments regarding communication with journalists after the summit.

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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