Russian President Vladimir V. Putin, speaking to reporters after a private meeting with President Biden on Wednesday, denied that Russia had played a role in an increasingly bold series of cyberattacks against institutions of the United States and consider the United States to be the biggest violator.
The Russian leader’s remarks hinted that he was not interested in discussing what Mr. Biden has said was the main goal of the talks: to set up some “barriers” on these kinds of attacks on infrastructure. The important stratum is exceeding its limit in peacetime.
For his part, Mr. Biden said he pressed the Russian president on many issues – and he will not stop doing so.
“I have made it clear to President Putin that we will continue to raise the basics human rights,” he said.
“I did what I had to do,” Biden said.
Putin has suggested that there is some sort of agreement to set up expert groups to look into these issues, but US officials are concerned that it is more than just a ploy to tie the matter up in the committee. .
Emerging from his first meeting with Mr Biden since his election as US President, Mr Putin began by saying that the talks had gone well – but it is clear that tensions between the countries are unlikely to come anytime soon. significantly cool down.
“There is no hostility,” Putin said. “On the contrary, our meeting was conducted in a constructive spirit.”
Speaking to reporters at the Geneva villa, where the meeting took place, the Russian president said: “Both sides expressed their intention to understand each other and seek common ground. The conversations were quite constructive.”
Mr. Biden said, “The tone of the whole meeting was good, positive.”
The lucrative diplomatic engagement comes at the end of Mr Biden’s week-long European tour, in which he seeks to rebuild and strengthen traditional alliances that have often underpinned the US position. during the Cold War.
It was a historic and challenging meeting.
Mr. Biden has argued that the world is at an “inflection point”, with an existential battle going on between democracy and autocracy. And with Mr Putin at the vanguard of autocrats, the US leader has faced criticism from some sections for even taking part in the summit.
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To reflect the sensibility of the symbolism, the White House insists that leaders hold independent press conferences, with Putin speaking first.
“I don’t think there is any form of hostility,” Putin said even as he went on to note that there are “different opinions” on fundamental issues. The two sides are determined to work to “understand each other” and find areas of convergence, he said.
The Russian leader said the countries had agreed that the ambassadors in their respective countries should return to their posts in the near future. He said they would also begin “consultations” on network-related issues.
“We believe that the field of cybersecurity is extremely important to the world at large – including the United States and Russia to a similar extent,” he said.
The Russian leader, who flew in from Sochi, Russia, arrived first for the summit at an 18th-century Swiss villa located on Lake Geneva. A short time later, Biden’s motorcade pulled in as the flags of Russia, the United States and Switzerland waved in the wind under a blue sky along with a U.S. entourage.
The two leaders were greeted by President Guy Parmelin of Switzerland, who welcomed them to Geneva, the “city of peace”.
“I wish the two presidents a fruitful dialogue for the benefit of both countries and the world,” he said.
The two covered a range of difficult topics, from military threats to human rights concerns.
Some have been around for a long time, others are more classical in style. During the Cold War, the prospect of nuclear annihilation led to historic treaties and a framework that kept the world from blowing itself up. At this meeting, cyber-dancers – with their own enormous destructive potential – were at the center of the agenda for the first time.
But Putin’s comments to the media show that the two leaders do not find much in common.
In addition to denying that Russia plays a destabilizing role in cyberspace, he also takes a hard line on human rights in Russia.
He said Mr Biden raised the issue, but maintained a defiant tone on the issue during his press conference as he has done in the past. Putin said that the United States supports opposition groups in Russia to weaken the country, because they see Russia as an enemy.
“If Russia is the enemy, what organizations will the US support in Russia?” Mr. Putin asked. “I think it’s not those who strengthen the Russian Federation, but the people who contain it – that’s the openly stated goal of the United States.”