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Biden pointedly asks Putin about cyberattacks at summit

President Joe Biden described his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin as ‘good, positive,’ adding ‘I don’t think [Putin] is looking for a Cold War with the United States’

6/17/2021 12:07:00 AM

President Joe Biden described his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin as ‘good, positive,’ adding ‘I don’t think [Putin] is looking for a Cold War with the United States’

U.S. President Joe Biden asked Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday how he would feel if someone carried out a ransomware attack on Russian oil pipelines, a pointed question during their summit that illustrated the breadth of their disagreements.

Both leaders described their first summit in a lakeside Swiss villa as professional, rather than friendly, and said they agreed to hold lower-level talks on cybersecurity and arms control and to send their ambassadors back to their capitals.But there was no hiding their differences on issues such as human rights, where Biden said the consequences for Russia would be devastating if jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny died, or cyberspace, where Washington has demanded Moscow crack down on ransomware attacks emanating from Russian soil.

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While saying he had not made any threats to Putin in their talks, which a senior U.S. official said had lasted about three hours, Biden said he had posed a theoretical question to his Russian counterpart about the dangers of cyberattacks."I looked at him and said how would you feel if ransomware took on the pipelines from your oil fields? He said it would matter," Biden told reporters at a solo news conference, itself an illustration of the tensions between the two nations.

1/12U.S. President Joe Biden and Russia's President Vladimir Putin meet for the U.S.-Russia summit at Villa La Grange in Geneva, Switzerland June 16, 2021. Sputnik/Mikhail Metzel/Pool via REUTERSRead MoreBiden said he told Putin critical infrastructure should be "off-limits" to cyberattacks, saying the list of organizations that should be off-limits included 16 sectors that he did not identify.

read moreSpeaking to reporters earlier, Putin showed little appetite for compromise, dismissing Washington's concerns about Navalny, about Russia's increased military presence near Ukraine's eastern border, and about U.S. suggestions that unnamed Russians were responsible for cyberattacks in the United States.

Putin, 68, called Biden, 78, a constructive, experienced partner, and said they spoke "the same language," but added that there had been no friendship, rather a pragmatic dialogue about their two countries' interests.Biden said he had told Putin "we need some basic rules of the road that we can all abide by."

The separate news conferences meant there was none of the joviality that accompanied a 2018 meeting in Helsinki between Putin and Biden's predecessor, Donald Trump, where Putin gave Trump with a soccer ball. There was also no shared meal.In a joint statement issued after the news conferences, the two sides said the meeting showed that they were able to make progress on shared goals even in periods of tension.

The United States and Russia will embark on an integrated bilateral Strategic Stability Dialogue to lay the groundwork for future arms control and risk reduction measures, it said, saying the talks would begin “in the near future.”Reporting By Steve Holland and Vladimir Soldatkin; Additional reporting by Humeyra Pamuk and Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva, Tom Balmforth and Andrew Osborn in Moscow; Writing by Arshad Mohammed in Saint Paul, Minn.; Editing by Mary Milliken and Sonya Hepinstall

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But US is desperately looking for a COLD even HOT War with China. Just look at how they are manipulating Taiwan Japanese racism working for with the black hills Creating Atomic bomb with the sicknes they have with blacks

Biden agrees U.S.-Russian relations are at a 'low point' ahead of meeting with Putin'Russia has engaged in activities that we believe are contrary to international norms, but they've also bitten off real problems that they're going to have trouble chewing on,' President Biden said. Russia is a bad actor on the international stage and should pay a price for it. Ха - ха - ха!!! Америка развязала огромное количество войн и ещё смеет обвинять Россию в нарушении международного права? Обезьяны, в зеркало на себя посмотрите. Вы слишком много говорите и не по делу. Сомкните уста или как у нас ещё говорят РОТ ЗАКРОЙТЕ. Не вам учить нас 😡😡😡

As Biden-Putin meet looms, Geneva to host U.S., Russian summit for third timeWith the current relationship between the superpowers at its lowest, this meeting will be a crucial step in moving forward. THE DIFFERENCE.. It’s not at its lowest. That’s stupid. Who cares. Russia isn’t worth the attention we give them.

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Biden-Putin summit live updates: 'I'm always ready,' Biden saysThe White House has called on experts to help Pres. Biden prep for his meeting with Putin—including Fiona Hill, a top Russia expert and former Trump administration official. Read more: OH GOD...Here they go again calling in those frickin SO-CALLED”EXPERTS..!! 🎯 I want to buy insurance for Biden, can the beneficiary is me?

Watch: Full NBC News exclusive interview with Russian President Vladimir PutinIn an NBC News worldwide exclusive, senior international correspondent Keir Simmons sits down with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow for a one-on-one interview, just days ahead of a critical summit with President Biden. No. Shame on you for giving our enemy a world forum to air his grievances Fuck Putin

President Biden displays 'flash of anger' as post-Putin press conference in Geneva endsReporter: 'Sitting down with you for several hours, [Putin] denied any involvement in cyber attacks, he downplayed human rights abuses...How does that account to a constructive meeting?' Biden: 'If you don't understand that you're in the wrong business.' This is what happens when you let a Alabama grad ask questions. Maybe POTUS was, eh, a lil snappy with the Reporter. But her last sentence of question was lame. Why can’t 2 people with different ideologies have a “constructive” meeting knowingly one of them denied truths (Putin). Weren’t there other topics on the Agenda for constructive mtg? Does she want the other fella? Wasn't four years of non-diplomasy enough? Biden put Putin in a straitjacket, now the US can move on from there.