Time places on cover Putin mirrored in Biden's sunglasses

18:16, 11 June 2021
Time places on cover Putin mirrored in Biden's sunglasses Photo: Ronen Tivony/Keystone Press Agency

The weekly magazine Time has placed on its cover US President Joe Biden wearing sunglasses mirrored Russian President Vladimir Putin in the run-up of their upcoming negotiations in Switzerland on Wednesday.

"When George W. Bush invited Putin to his Texas ranch after becoming President in 2001, Bush said he trusted Putin and he was able to get a "sense of his soul." Biden has seen more of Putin over the past 20 years—and he doesn’t trust him. In fact, Biden said earlier this year, he, too, has looked into Putin’s eyes, and doesn’t think he has a soul," the magazine wrote.

Earlier, US First Lady Jill Biden said her husband was "too ready" for the meeting with Putin because he studied political issues for weeks, and that Joe loves foreign politics, press corps of the White House cited her response during a briefing questioned whether Biden was ready to meet Russian President.

"Oh, my God, he's too ready," she said.

According to the US State Department, two leaders will discuss human rights, the situation with Alexei Navalny, and Americans arrested in Russia. The US also expressed hopes that at the summit politicians will reach an agreement on the return of the countries' ambassadors back to Washington and Moscow.

Biden and Putin are set to meet on June 16 at the 18th-century Swiss villa in the south of Geneva.