In a notable departure from the 2018 summit between then- President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, U.S. President Biden will hold a solo press conference following his first in-person meeting with Putin next week in Geneva, The Hill informs.
White House official pointed they can only confirm few details while they’re finalizing the format for the meeting with President Putin and his delegation, including the plan for both a working session and a smaller session as well as a solo press conference by President Biden following the meeting.
The meeting with Putin will be the culmination of Biden’s Europe trip during which he’ll participate in summits with the UK, the G7, NATO and the EU.
The solo press conference is notable confirmation of Biden’s decidedly tougher stance toward Putin considering that joint press conferences are often used to show unity between foreign leaders. In line with that practice, U.S. President did a bilateral press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday morning with British PM Boris Johnson Thursday.
According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Putin would also talk to the media unaccompanied by his American counterpart, pointing they’re aware of Biden’s announced solo press conference.