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Putin-Biden meeting is important for overcoming crisis in bilateral relations - Kremlin

Choice of venue for Putin-Biden talks is a technical issue, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said

MOSCOW, May 23. /TASS/. The meeting between the Russian and US presidents, Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden, is important for overcoming the crisis in bilateral relations, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

"The most important thing is the mere fact of a meeting, because it is rather important for our bilateral relations, for leading them out of that sad situation in which they are now," Peskov told Moscow. Kremlin. Putin program on Rossiya-1 TV channel.

According to Peskov, the choice of a particular venue for talks between the Russian and US presidents is more a technical issue and the mere fact of the meeting is important.

The Kremlin spokesman noted that the meeting was being discussed now. "[Foreign Minister Sergey] Lavrov told the president in detail about the outcome of his talks with Mr. [US Secretary of State Antony] Blinken and the president will make a decision," Peskov said. "As soon as he does this, we will inform the public."

On April 13, the Russian and US presidents held their second telephone conversation after Biden took office. The Kremlin said that Putin and Biden had focused on bilateral relations and international issues. The White House said that Biden had suggested holding a Russian-US summit in a third country within the next few months. After that, the US head of state explained that he had offered to meet his Russian counterpart in the summer in Europe. The US president is scheduled to visit Europe in mid-June to attend the G7 and NATO summits.

The G7 summit will take place in the resort town of Carbis Bay on the Atlantic coast of the Cornwall Peninsula in the UK on June 11-13. NATO will hold its summit in the Belgian capital on June 14.

Strategic stability issues are part and parcel of talks between Russia and the United States and will be discussed at all levels, Peskov said.

"As for strategic stability, this is an inalienable part of Russian-US talks, and strategic stability issues in any case should and will be discussed at various levels," Peskov noted.

The Kremlin spokesman stressed that Russia had the world’s cutting-edge strategic forces and these armaments guarantee stability. "Our most advanced strategic forces into the world - they are of course a guarantee of stability because they are a deterrence element," Peskov noted.

On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin highlighted that Russia had the most cutting-edge nuclear deterrence forces out of all nuclear powers. Putin pointed out that Russia had a new type of strategic weapon - the Avangard intercontinental glider which can achieve hypersonic speed - and mentioned Russia’s possession of hypersonic weapons.

The choice of a particular venue for talks between the Russian and US presidents is more a technical issue and the mere fact of the meeting is important, Kremlin Spokesman added.

"The choice of a city is more a technical decision," Peskov noted. "The most important thing is the fact of the meeting."