Russian President Vladimir Putin told Vice President Joe Biden he would “really like” to meet and has invited him to Moscow for bilateral talks, the White House said Friday.
A spokesman for Biden said he plans to accept the offer.
“I spoke with President Putin this morning to clarify the details and he invited Vice President Biden to Moscow to meet with him,” said Biden spokesman Josh Earnest. “It would be an excellent opportunity for the president to continue this conversation and for the vice president to assess whether there are any steps that the United States could take to improve our bilateral relationship.”
In a telephone call, the vice president and Russian leader agreed the two countries “have a number of common security interests and key areas of opportunity and potential cooperation,” Earnest said.
“The vice president is looking forward to sitting down with the president to discuss how we can strengthen our partnership and move forward together on issues of critical importance to our two countries and our mutual security,” Earnest said.
The White House said the White House expects that the two leaders will meet in the coming weeks. The next State Department-Russia talks are scheduled for Moscow on June 14-15.