Biden will meet Putin in Geneva on June 16 to discuss a full range of issues, a first face-to-face interaction between the two leaders amid escalating US-Russia tensions.
“Russia won’t alienate Chi-na over the US,” Russian Ambassador to China Andrey Denisov told China’s state-run Global Times on Thurs-day.In his virtual media in-teraction with the foreign media on June 3, Putin told Xinhua news agency that Russia-China relations have reached an “unprecedentedly high level” and the two sides have extensive shared interests between them.
But there is considerable anxiety in Beijing over the Biden-Putin summit as Washington may try to soften the Russian leader’s efforts to forge close ties with China against the US and EU.
On his arrival in London for G-7 summit on Wednesday, Biden said, “I will tell Putin what I will tell him. I am going to communicate that there are consequences for violating the sovereignty of democracies in the United States, Europe and elsewhere. ”Reflecting China’s concerns, the Global Times quoted analysts as saying that while it would be hard to break the ice in US-Russia relations, the US may stabilize relations and ease tensions with Russia so as to concentrate on dealing with China.
As a result, the Geneva meeting may become an opportunity to lobby Russia, it said. In response to this view, Denisov told the daily that the idea that Russia would alien-ate China over the possibility of the US temporarily easing tensions with Russia is “very short-sighted.”“Russia is smarter than Americans think,” he said.He said Russia does not expect impossible outcomes from the Biden-Putin summit and the two sides are unlikely to resolve important issues at the meeting.
The ambassador noted that if the two leaders talk about issues related to China during their meeting, Russia will discuss them with the Chinese side. He stressed that Russia-China relations will not change no matter what attitude the US takes toward Russia.