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U.S. President Joe Biden said Wednesday the tone of his four hour face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin was “good” and “positive.”
Watch Biden’s remarks in the player above.
Biden made the comments at a post-summit news conference following his meeting with Putin in Geneva, Switzerland.
Biden said he did what he “came to do.” He said there were areas of agreement and disagreement, “but it was not done in a hyperbolic atmosphere.”
“Over this last week, I believe, I hope, the United States has shown the world that we are back standing with our allies,” the president said.
Biden said while much more work remains to be done, “we’ve established a clear basis on how we intend to deal with Russia and the U.S.-Russia relationship.”
During the news conference, the PBS NewsHour’s Yamiche Alcindor asked if Biden made any “ultimatums” regarding ransomware and cyberattacks from Russian soil.
Biden stated that he doesn’t believe Putin’s government was involved in the recent ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline.
“I don’t think they planned it in this case,” he said.
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The recent Colonial Pipeline hack was traced back to Russian soil on May 13, making it a major topic during the first meeting between the leaders with Biden as president.
Biden went on to say that we’ll have to “find out” if Russia chooses to act against the hackers and cautioned against treating them as government agents, saying that Russia could do the same to us if criminals based in the U.S. attacked Russia’s oil industry.
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