President Biden and his aides have been cautious to decrease expectations for the blockbuster a part of his first journey overseas as president: his assembly with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

“We’re not anticipating a giant set of deliverables out of this assembly,” a senior administration official informed reporters aboard Air Drive One because the president flew from Brussels to Geneva on Tuesday forward of the summit.

However that doesn’t imply that the administration and the president haven’t considered what they hope to attain by giving Mr. Putin a world platform — one thing that critics on each the left and the precise have mentioned was a mistake for Mr. Biden to do.

Listed below are 5 outcomes that the president and the White Home are searching for:

Since taking workplace, Mr. Biden has obtained criticism for not taking a stronger stand on human rights. Some critics say he has not responded forcefully sufficient to the poisoning of Aleksei A. Navalny, a dissident and Putin critic.

The White Home disputes that criticism. However the administration sees the assembly with Mr. Putin as a possibility to problem the Russian chief on his remedy of Mr. Navalny and his nation’s assist of Belarus, which detained a journalist by forcing down a passenger airplane.

A part of Mr. Biden’s gross sales pitch throughout the 2020 presidential marketing campaign was that he would flip his predecessor’s method to Russia on its head.

Now, after 4 years by which Mr. Trump’s ties to Russia had been repeatedly scrutinized, Mr. Biden and his high advisers are wanting to current the president as a Moscow skeptic — somebody who won’t take Mr. Putin at his phrase as Mr. Trump famously did at a 2018 summit in Helsinki.

The Geneva assembly offers Mr. Biden the possibility to attract that distinction explicitly and to be seen as standing as much as the Russian president in ways in which his predecessor didn’t. (One distinction: Mr. Biden and Mr. Putin won’t stand aspect by aspect in a joint information convention, a choice that American officers made early on, within the hopes of not giving the Russian chief an opportunity to attempt to outshine Mr. Biden.)

American intelligence officers say the Russian authorities has expanded its use of cyberattacks towards the West, and the USA is likely one of the key targets.

Administration officers say Mr. Biden is set to ship a stern message to Mr. Putin about the usage of cyberweapons and the risks of an escalating on-line struggle.

Mr. Biden and the administration have been cautious to ship a nuanced message about what sort of relationship they need with Russia and its chief. The phrase they use essentially the most: “predictability and stability.”

These will not be phrases that evoke the picture of a president bracing for an all-out struggle with an adversary. Actually, White Home officers have repeatedly mentioned that Mr. Biden hopes to work with Russia the place attainable, at the same time as he stands as much as Mr. Putin in different areas.

That will show the trickiest a part of the summit.

If he can discover that steadiness, Mr. Biden is hoping to make some modest progress.

The 2 leaders may be capable of additional efforts to scale back the proliferation of nuclear weapons. They could additionally work collectively within the Center East, the place Russia helped negotiate the Iran nuclear deal. And Mr. Biden has additionally mentioned he desires Russia to be a part of world efforts to fight local weather change.