Summer summit between Biden and Putin?

US President Joe Biden has repeatedly expressed interest in a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. One possibility would be a summit during Biden's European trip in mid-June. Russian media discuss which topics are conducive to consensus and how much leg-work the West needs to do in the run-up to a meeting.

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Nezavisimaya Gazeta (RU) /

A chance for selective cooperation

Nezavisimaya Gazeta outlines the agenda and possible results:

“Without cooperation between Russia and the US, many international problems are unsolvable. ... In the regional problems to be discussed, such as Ukraine, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan and North Korea, the interests of both Moscow and Washington shine through. The issues of so-called Russian interference, cyberattacks, human rights and Navalny are also in the US's field of vision. A dialogue in which both sides adopt a harsh tone is to be expected. ... The two leading nuclear powers are being given the chance to implement a new relationship model: competition paired with selective cooperation to the exclusion of direct conflict.”

Radio Kommersant FM (RU) /

Peace is the lowest common denominator

It's high time the Western countries addressed the question of Russia's international role, Kommersant FM demands:

“The West needs peace. For that it is willing to make some concessions. ... But peace won't hurt Russia either, if only because it's not easy to achieve stable development goals while burdened with sanctions and under Cold-War-like conditions. ... The only problem is that the Western partners themselves don't quite know what place they should give Russia in their world. They're not averse to obtaining material goods from Russia, but at the same time they want to punish and reprimand it for all manner of violations.”