The tense relations between the United States and Russia could turn around after this Wednesday when the presidents of these two countries meet.
US President Joe Biden arrived in Geneva on Tuesday to meet with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. The meeting, which aims to ease the tense relations between the two nations, is scheduled for this Wednesday.
The first meeting between the leaders of both countries since 2018 will take place after Joe Biden meets with his closest allies from the G7 and NATO. Before he arrived in Geneva, the United States president made clear his intention to reduce the friction generated by his predecessor Donald Trump with the president of Russia.
However, the US president said he would explain to Putin the "red lines" that he should not cross and condemn Russia's "aggressive actions" in Ukraine.
"I do not want a conflict with Russia, but we will respond if Russia continues its harmful activities," he said.
President Joe Biden arrived in Geneva at around 4:23 pm local time aboard the presidential Air Force One plane. He was received by Swiss President Guy Parmelin and other local authorities.
At least 4,000 police, military, and other security agents were mobilized to ensure that everything runs smoothly.
For over a week, the Villa La Grange and the adjacent park, where Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin should meet for a few hours on Wednesday, are surrounded by metallic barriers topped by wires. Putin's last meeting with a US president took place in July 2018 in Helsinki, with Trump at the head of the world's leading power.
The summit that tomorrow will be held in Geneva by the president of the United States, Joe Biden, and of Russia, Vladimir Putin, will define whether some type of dialogue between the two powers is possible, as it was in 1955 or 1985, moments of great tension and multiple mutual threats, including nuclear, which, although not resolved, did subside in this same city, known for being the capital of peace.
Geneva, Switzerland's central French-speaking city, is fondly viewed by Russians and Americans, who are very used to meeting in these lands, either for discreet discussions or for political negotiations at the highest level, such as those that allowed them to advance in disarmament issues, closing the nuclear treaty with Iran or agreeing to eliminate the chemical weapons that Syria possessed.
The series of Russian-American political meetings in contemporary history dates back to 1955 when US President Dwight Eisenhower met with Russian leader Nikolai Bulganin in the context of a summit also attended by the prime ministers of the Kingdom. United and France, I will tell you, all the allies with which the United States had won World War II ten years before.
Those talks were influenced by the common goal of reducing international tensions and improving global security.
Thirty years later, Presidents Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev held a series of meetings during which the atmosphere relaxed. The suspicious looks at the beginning were replaced by images of conversations in which both smiled relaxedly.
If both leaders met at that time in a mansion built within a park of more than 80,000 square meters with views of the Alps, Biden and Putin chose a similar space: the Villa La Grange, located in the park of the same name, the Greater Geneva and classified as a historical monument.