Russian leader Putin says hundreds of Americans arrested for rioting at US Capitol are being subjected to 'persecution for political opinions,' ahead of his meeting with US President Biden in Geneva
Russian President Vladimir Putin , who is to meet US President Joe Biden in Geneva, says hundreds of Americans arrested after Capitol Hill insurrection have been subjected to 'persecution for political opinions.'
Although the protests that erupted across Russia after Navalny's arrest in January were unsanctioned, demonstrators were largely peaceful and did not enter government buildings or cause significant property damage, unlike the Capitol riot.Putin also reiterated denials that the Kremlin was behind last year's poisoning of Navalny with a nerve agent that nearly killed him.
"We don't have this kind of habit, of assassinating anybody," Putin said."Did you order the assassination of the woman who walked into the Congress and who was shot and killed by a policeman?" Putin said, referring to Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt, who was fatally shot by a Capitol Police officer as she tried to climb through a window that led to the House floor.
Biden calls Putin a 'worthy adversary'At a news conference after a NATO summit on Monday in Brussels, Biden declined to assess how he'll measure the success of his meeting with Putin because "the last thing anyone would do is negotiate in front of the world press." headtopics.com
Biden described Putin as "bright," "tough" and a "worthy adversary." But he indicated he would remain wary of any commitments coming out of their meeting, saying he would "verify first and then trust" the Russian leader.
He also suggested he'd be looking for areas of agreement with the Russian president, while also warning him against continued aggression towards the US."I'm gonna make clear to President Putin that there are areas where we can cooperate, if he chooses, and if he chooses not to cooperate and acts in a way that he has in the past relative to cybersecurity and other activities, then we will respond, we will respond in kind," he said.
READ MORE: Putin rejects cyberattack accusations In his NBC interview, Putin sharply dismissed the cyberattack allegations against the US as baseless."Where is the evidence? Where is proof? It’s becoming farcical," Putin said. "We have been accused of all kinds of things — election interference, cyberattacks and so on and so forth — and not once, not once, not one time, did they bother to produce any kind of evidence or proof, just unfounded accusations."
In April, the United States announced the expulsion of 10 Russian diplomats and new sanctions connected to the so-called SolarWinds cyberattack in which several US government branches experienced data breaches. US officials blamed the Russian foreign intelligence service. headtopics.com
In May, Microsoft officials said the foreign intelligence service appeared to be linked to an attack on a company providing services to the US Agency for International Development.At the summit, Biden also is expected to raise the case of two Americans imprisoned in Russia: Paul Whelan, who was convicted of espionage, and Trevor Reed, convicted of assaulting police while drunk. US officials say both were convicted in biased trials on flimsy evidence.
Putin said of Reed, a 29-year-old former Marine: “He's just a drunk and a troublemaker.”Putin brushed off one possible source of tension in the upcoming summit: Biden's claim that he once told Putin he considered the Russian leader soulless."I do not remember this particular part of our conversations," Putin said.Read more: TRT World »
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Putin likens Russian crackdown to arresting Capitol riotersRussian President Vladimir Putin , who is to meet President Joe Biden this week, is suggesting that the hundreds of people arrested for rioting at the U_S_ Capitol are being subjected to “persecution for political opinions.” Try inside job
Vladimir Putin fears cyberattack from U.S., NATO planning against RussiaThe Russian President will meet Joe Biden at a crunch summit in Geneva, Switzerland. The Ukraine, as well as jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny , will be on the agenda. PEWT-N IZ AH BAD’D DEW’D! BYDEN’Z NAW’T GUNNA PLEY GAYME’Z VWYTH EEM! 👍🇺🇸 Why fear when you run a vindictive government.
Biden will warn Putin the US will respond 'forcefully': BlinkenBiden will warn Putin the US will respond 'forcefully' if Russia continues its 'reckless and aggressive actions,' Blinken says Putin is not a wolf playing these games... He's a black panther Be careful Joe Adesso Putin trema 😛😛 So scared rn
French President Macron says US is 'definitely' back, welcomes Biden to 'the club'The warmth between Pres. Biden and French Pres. Emmanuel Macron was on full display on day two of the G-7 summit—with the leaders sitting down for a one-on-one beachside bilateral meeting and Macron agreeing that America is 'definitely' back. Up close and personal no masks God,I love that civility is back.
Biden, unlike predecessors, has maintained Putin skepticismPresident Joe Biden frequently talks about what he sees as central in executing effective foreign policy: building personal relationships. The American president, who is set to meet with Putin face to face on Wednesday in Geneva, is mindful of Putin ’s ability to survive even as his country has diminished as a world economic power. Biden has repeated an anecdote about his last meeting with Putin , 10 years ago when he was vice president and Putin was serving as prime minister. A Sounds the same as in dealing with GQP authoritarian Kleptocrats!
Transcript of NBC News' exclusive interview with Russia's Vladimir PutinFull transcript of the NBC News interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin , which took place in Moscow on June 11, 2021. fo nbc tldr lies lies lies lies more lies No thanks, I’ll pass on him, just as I passed on Trump back in the days...