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Biden Says He’d Meet Putin to Discuss Griner, But Not Ukraine

  • US and Russian leaders both expected to attend G-20 in Bali
  • Biden says Ukrainian leaders must be involved in war talks
A Ukrainian 2S1 Gvozdika self-propelled howitzer fires a shell on the front line in Donetsk region on Oct. 10.

A Ukrainian 2S1 Gvozdika self-propelled howitzer fires a shell on the front line in Donetsk region on Oct. 10.

Photographer: Anatolii Stepanov/AFP/Getty Images

US President Joe Biden said he’d meet with Vladimir Putin to discuss the release of detained basketball star Brittney Griner, but would not talk with the Russian leader about resolving the war in Ukraine without Kyiv’s involvement.  

“Look, I have no intention of meeting with him,” Biden said Tuesday in an interview with CNN. “But for example, if he came to me at the G-20 and said I want to talk about the release of Griner, I’d meet with him. I mean, it would depend.”