The summit between the presidents of the United States and Russia, Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin, which will take place on June 16 in the Swiss city of Geneva, will be held at the iconic Villa La Grange, which overlooks Lake Geneva.
This was announced on Thursday by the Swiss Foreign Ministry, which thanked through its Twitter account the “confidence” shown by the governments of the United States and Russia in choosing Geneva as the setting for the meeting.
A source familiar with the details surrounding the organization of the summit, quoted by the Swiss newspaper ‘Le Temps’, has indicated that “the delegations of the two powers have visited enough places for their decision to be firm.”
The park that surrounds the building has been closed for several days and the presence of Police and Armed Forces agents can already be observed in the place.
Furthermore, at the entrance, the Swiss authorities have placed a sign stating that “the park is closed to the public from Tuesday, June 8, until June 18, inclusive, for a special occasion.” Also, workers have erected a metal fence around the walls that surround the park, about two meters high, according to the DPA news agency.
The villa was built in the 18th century and is located on a hill. From the terrace you can see Lake Geneva and the park contains trees and a meadow. The Geneva authorities do not usually use the villa for political appointments.
As specified by the White House when the date of the meeting between the two leaders was confirmed, Biden and Putin will discuss “the full range of urgent issues” between the two countries, as they “seek to restore the predictability and stability of the relationship” between Moscow. and Washington. For its part, the Kremlin specified that the leaders will discuss the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and the “resolution” of regional conflicts.