Global Political Calendar: NATO summit, Biden meets Putin, and Iran election
The upcoming week will see a busy time with several high-attention political events on the agenda. U.S. President Joe Biden will refresh the U.S.' position with NATO allies and grab headlines with his U.S.-Russia summit, and Iranians will welcome their new president who needs to bring more hope in the economy to the country.
NATO summit with Joe Biden
On Monday, the leaders of NATO's 30 member countries will meet in Brussels, Belgium, the headquarters of the 1949 security alliance, to set an ambitious plan for transatlantic security in a competitive world through their NATO 2030 initiative.
It will also mark Joe Biden's first NATO summit as U.S. president, who is eager to reassure his allies that "America is back" after a tumultuous four years of former President Donald Trump.
When Biden finishes his agendas with his NATO allies and EU countries, he will begin his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, which has gained worldwide attention as the two nations are at a time of increased tensions.
The summit with Russia comes just weeks after hackers, which Biden alleged are located in Russia but not backed by the Russian government, disabled the Colonial Pipeline - a major pipeline bringing energy to millions of Americans. The pipeline said it paid the hackers $5 million in ransom to get the major energy distributor online again.
The summit also comes as Russia's space chief on Monday threatened to pull out of the International Space Station Program (ISS) - the biggest scientific research collaboration in space - if Washington does not reverse its sanctions.
Seven heavyweights vie for Iran's president
On June 18, Iranians will elect a successor to President Hassan Rouhani from seven candidates - the list comprises Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi, former nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili, Secretary of Iran's Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei, lawmaker Alireza Zakani, Deputy Parliament Speaker Amir Hossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi, Governor of the Central Bank of Iran Abdolnaser Hemmati and former Vice President Mohsen Mehralizadeh.
The presidential candidates once again clashed during their third and final televised debate on Saturday especially over the country's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and United States sanctions.
Meanwhile, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has kept calling on the candidates to focus on the country's economic woes.
The upcoming elections are expected to be characterised by low turnout amid public disillusionment, with some polls putting turnout at below 40 percent – which would be the lowest since the country's 1979 Islamic revolution.
Day by day:
Monday: NATO summit in Brussels, the 18th EU-Canada summit in Brussels, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan visits Azerbaijan, trials for Myanmar's detained President U Win Myint and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi begin, South Korean President Moon Jae-in visits Austria.
Tuesday: EU-U.S. summit takes place in Brussels, Brunei hosts the 15th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Defense Minister's Meeting (ADMM) and the 8th ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus) virtually ( to June 15), South Korean President Moon Jae-in visits Spain, the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
Wednesday: U.S. President Joe Biden meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland.
Thursday: Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei visits Russia, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier visits Poland.
Friday: Iran holds presidential election, Lanting Forum of the 50th anniversary of the restoration of the lawful seat of the People's Republic of China in the United Nations is held.
Saturday: A quiet day in politics.
Sunday: Armenia holds snap parliamentary election, World Refugee Day.