Biden says hopes to meet Putin during June trip to Europe


FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a video conference meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova and head of the Russian consumer health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova in Moscow, Russia April 23, 2021. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden said on Tuesday he would like to hold his proposed summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his June trip to Europe.

"That is my hope and expectation. We're working on it," Biden told reporters after a speech about the U.S. response to the coronavirus.

Biden plans to attend a Group of Seven summit in Cornwall, England, set for June 11-13, and then fly to Brussels to meet European Union leaders and attend a June 14 NATO summit.

U.S. officials have been working with Russian counterparts on setting up a Biden-Putin summit in a third country during what will be Biden's first overseas trip as president.

But whether an agreement will be reached remains to be seen.

(Reporting by Nandita Bose and Steve Holland; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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