Before he meets with Putin, Biden warned: "I am not seeking a conflict, but we will respond if Russia continues its harmful activities."
The United States president announced that when he meets on Wednesday with his Russian counterpart in Switzerland, he will tell him which are the "red lines" that he should not cross. "It is our common interest and the interest of the world that we cooperate. And we will see if we can do it, "said the US president at a press conference.
The president of the United States, Joe Biden, announced this Monday in Brussels that when he meets on Wednesday with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in Switzerland, he will tell him which are the "red lines" that he should not cross.
"It is our common interest and the interest of the world that we cooperate. And we'll see if we can do it. And in the areas where we do not agree, make it clear what the red lines are, "said the US president at a press conference.
After participating in a NATO summit on Monday, Biden will star on Tuesday in a meeting with the top leaders of the European institutions, and at the end of the day, he will travel to Geneva, Switzerland, where he will meet with Putin.
At a press conference at NATO headquarters, Biden said that the Russian leader is a "smart" and "tough" man but pointed out that he should understand that if opponent Alexei Navalny dies in prison, that would be "a tragedy.".
In his remarks, Biden also pledged the country's support for Ukraine's territorial integrity and condemned the "aggressive actions" of Russia, which in 2014 annexed the Crimean peninsula to its territory.
"I am not seeking a conflict with Russia, but we will respond if Russia continues its harmful activities," said the US president, who also reaffirmed his "continued support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine."
Biden also said that "we will do everything possible so that Ukraine can resist aggression." However, the US president dumped icy water on Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelenski's claims to obtain from Biden support for Ukraine's rapid incorporation into NATO.
That step, Biden said, does not depend on the United States but on the 30 members of NATO.
Likewise, the US president assured that he was sincere when he called Putin a "murderer" in the past, adding that anyway," he believes that this does not matter so much, "given the summit between Switzerland.
Asked if he still thinks that the Russian is a murderer, Biden laughed into the microphone and said: "I laugh too, "referring to Putin's reaction during an interview on the statements of the American when he called him that way.
In response to another question about whether he will trust the Russian president when he meets with him, Biden said that he would first verify and then trust.
On the other hand, Biden met on Monday on the sidelines of the alliance summit with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He considered "positive" and "productive "in a meeting.
The Turkish president offered more details at the end of the interview and pointed out that they dealt "constructively with all the issues," both those in which they agree and in which there are differences.
Still, he acknowledged that they did not touch on one of the most contentious issues: Turkey's use of the Russian S-400 anti-missile system, which led to Ankara's suspension from the American F-35 fighter program.
However, Erdogan said that he had expressed to Biden the well-known Turkish position that he can use his means of defense.