Politico: Helsinki set to miss out on Putin-Biden summit

The meeting is expected to be held in the middle of next month, according to news outlets.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) speaks with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (R) during their meeting in Moscow, Russia 10 March 2011. Image: Maxim Shipenkov / EPA

An anticipated summit between the US and Russian presidents next month will probably be held in Geneva, Switzerland, an unnamed American source told news outlet Politico.

There has been speculation that the meeting was to be hosted in Helsinki, which was the venue for a summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and then-US President Donald Trump in July 2018.

In April, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö's office said that Finland had offered to host such a meeting.

However, Politico reported (siirryt toiseen palveluun) on Tuesday that a summit between US President Joe Biden and Putin would be held in the middle of June, coinciding with Biden's trip to meet with leaders from Nato and the EU.

The publication also noted that the plans to hold a summit were still up in the air. According to media reports, Russia has tentatively accepted an invitation from the US to meet.

Citing official sources, the Associated Press reported on Monday that the White House and the Kremlin had started making arrangements (siirryt toiseen palveluun) for the summit, and that the two countries were planning to hold the meeting in Geneva.

AP reported that the summit was being planned for 15-16 June, with official announcements about the meeting expected in the near future.