U.S. President Joe Biden said on Sunday he hoped to reach understandings with Russia on Libya that would allow the United States vital assistance to the people facing a real problem there.
Biden's remarks came on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Britain and in anticipation of his upcoming meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin next Wednesday in Geneva.
The U.S. president said that Washington and Moscow can work with on many issues, including Libya.
"There is a lot going on where we can work with Russia, for example, in Libya, we must cooperate to provide food and economic assistance to a population facing a real problem," Biden told reporters at the conclusion of the summit. In reference to the fact that one of the areas of bilateral cooperation between the two countries could be addressing the humanitarian crisis in Libya.
"Russia has committed itself to many activities around the world, but is intervening aggressively in Libya and Syria," he said, noting that it has engaged in activities that he believes are "contrary to international standards."
Biden vowed to be "very clear" with Putin on the differences between their two countries, adding, "there are no guarantees to change the behavior of any country, and Russia may have crossed some boundaries but has done well in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic."
"I will be very frank with the Russian President and he is right that relations with Russia are at their lowest," Biden said, while accusing Putin of "not recognizing international norms".
A summit between Putin and Biden is expected to take place on June 16 in Geneva, the first meeting since the U.S. president took office, and highlights bilateral relations, strategic stability, regional conflict resolution and cooperation in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.