US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that President Joe Biden will warn Russian President Vladimir Putin against committing what he called “reckless and aggressive acts” when he meets him in Geneva later this week.
What the president will make clear to President Putin is that we seek a more stable, predictable relationship with Russia, Blinken said.
“But if Russia chooses to continue reckless and aggressive actions, we will respond forcefully as the president has already made clear he will when it comes to election interference, a solar wind cyber attack, or attempted murder with a chemical weapon,” he added.
Blinken indicated that a definitive answer on cooperation between Russia and the United States would not come from Wednesday’s meeting between the two presidents, but said it was a start to determine if the two countries could find common ground and work together.
“This meeting is not happening in a vacuum,” Blinken said. “We are coming out of the G7 summit, we are out of the NATO summit, we are coming out of the EU summit, and our leadership and our participation is a very powerful force,” and added, “Our position is much stronger than a year ago.”
He mentions Biden’s imposition of sanctions in April on Russia for its attempts to interfere in the 2020 US election, and its role in last year’s SolarWind cyber attack.
The US has faced a number of major cyberattacks this year, including the attack on the gasoline supplier Colonial Pipeline, which caused gas shortages along the East Coast in May, and the group that breached the Colonial pipeline believed to have ties to Russia