WASHINGTON (Sputnik), Ekaterina Chukaeva – The much-anticipated summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden will hopefully help them better understand where their stances coincide and diverge, Clyde Prestowitz who served as a counsellor to US Secretary of Commerce in the Reagan Administration, told Sputnik.
He does not think, however, that the parties will strike any agreements or resume any defunct deals between the two nations. The spotlight is specifically on the now-defunct Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) and the Open Skies Treaty (OST), which was recently abandoned by both Moscow and Washington.
FILE PHOTO: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden during their meeting in Moscow March 10, 2011.
Rather, Prestowitz sees the top-level summit as an opportunity for Biden and Putin to build affinity.
The top-level summit will strengthen Biden’s position with NATO and other allies, Prestowitz argued.
In May, the cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline fuel transit facility triggered a gas outage crisis across the southern US states. The attack was attributed to an unknown group of allegedly Russian-speaking hackers. However, Biden said on several occasions that there was no evidence Russia was involved. Moscow, meanwhile, firmly maintained that it had nothing to do with the attack.
The Villa La Grange is pictured with Lake Leman in the background, ahead of the June 16 summit between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland, June 4, 2021
Prestowitz was a leader of the first US trade mission to China in the 1980s and served as the US trade negotiator and presidential adviser in the administration of Ronald Reagan. Now, a leading author, analyst and commentator, he recently released a new book titled “The World Turned Upside Down: America, China, and the Struggle for Global Leadership.”
The landmark summit is due to take place in Geneva on 16 June. The presidents are expected to discuss a variety of pressing issues, including strategic stability and the situations in Ukraine and Belarus.
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