Biden to meet Putin 'when the time is right': White House

March 19, 2021 1:02 PM EDT

U.S. President Joe Biden talks to reporters as he departs on travel to Atlanta, Georgia to receive a CDC update on the "fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic" and later to meet with Asian-American leaders, from the South Lawn at the Wh

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ON BOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden, who said earlier this week he thought Vladimir Putin was a killer, will meet with the Russian leader "when the time is right," the White House said on Friday.

"He's not going to back off," White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters. "He's going to be very frank and very open about that relationship."

On Thursday, Putin said he and Biden should hold live online talks in the coming days.

"The president will meet with President Putin when the time is right," Jeanne-Pierre said. "President Biden and President Putin have different perspectives of their respective countries, but where they agree is that we should continue to look for ways to work together where it is in our mutual interest."

(Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt; Writing by Tim Ahmann; Editing by Dan Grebler)

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