“The main reason for him [to go] is the bad state of relations between our two countries. And a critical level of that relationship that requires a summit between our two countries because that is the only way … to prevent our dialogue from deteriorating further, ”Peskov told CNN.
The high-stakes summit is held in Geneva next week as relations between the two nations hit new lows in the first few months of the Biden administration.
For this reason, the summit will be “a very good opportunity” to voice the concerns of both countries, Peskov said on Friday.
He also accused the US of disrupting the dialogue between the two countries for the past five to seven years “in all areas, including those areas of vital importance to both our people and humanity, such as: [the] fight with terror [attacks] , on climate change, on economic cooperation, on vaccine cooperation, on the pandemic … they refuse to cooperate with us on fighting digital crime and so on and so on. “
“We have heard of such a possibility from our American counterparts, but are still waiting for final confirmation, but President Putin was open to all alternatives from the start,” said Peskov.
Peskov added that Putin was ready to attend a joint press conference or hold his own in Geneva.
However, Peskov told CNN that Putin has no plans to negotiate with Biden on Navalny – whom Putin never refers to by name.
When asked if Putin intends not to give in on the subject if it is brought up at the summit on Wednesday, the Kremlin spokesman said, “Well, there is nothing to discuss about that. There is nothing to discuss about this gentleman. He is on Prison, and he … is not on the agenda of our bilateral relations. “
A Moscow court ruled on Wednesday that two organizations affiliated with Navalny were “extremist” groups. Both groups deny the allegation of extremism.
“We don’t think about results at US-Russia summits,” National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters this week. “We see it as an opportunity to communicate our intentions and skills.”
Next Wednesday’s conversation will likely be tense for both heads of state and government. Cyber attacks, human rights violations and Russia’s actions in Ukraine are expected on the agenda, according to US officials.
Despite deteriorating relations between the two countries on issues like Ukraine and election interference, Biden hopes to create a clear channel of communication that avoids unreasonable surprises.
Their meeting will mark the end of Biden’s first overseas tour as US President, which begins with the Summit of the Group of Seven at a seaside resort in Cornwall, UK. After the end of the G7 on Sunday, Biden will travel to the NATO summit in Brussels, followed by his meeting with Putin.