World Biden open to Vladimir Putin proposal on swapping cybercriminals
Blinken's warning for Putin: He will answer for ransomware attacks
Secretary of State Tony Blinken warned that Vladimir Putin will have to answer for the ransomware attacks that caused meat and gas prices to skyrocket.'We would prefer to have a more stable, predictable relationship with Russia. We’ve made that clear. But we’ve made equally clear that if Russia chooses to act aggressively or recklessly toward us or toward our allies and partners, we’ll respond,' Blinken told Axios' Mike Allen in an interview that aired on HBO.
signaled an openness to swapping with ahead of his meeting with Russian President on Wednesday.
"Yes, I'm open to, if there's crimes committed against Russia that, in fact, people committing those crimes are being harbored in the United States, I'm committed to holding them accountable. I was told as I was flying here that he said that. I think that's potentially a good sign of progress," Biden said at a post-G-7 summit press conference in theon Sunday.
Putin had raised the possibility during an interview over the weekend.
Biden leaves Washington to meet allies -- then Putin
Joe Biden departs Washington early Wednesday on the first foreign trip of his presidency, launching an intense series of summits with G7, European and NATO partners before a tense face-to-face with Russia's Vladimir Putin. Biden, 78, heads from the White House first to Britain ahead of a G7 summit in a Cornish seaside resort from Friday to Sunday. From there, in rapid succession, the veteran Democrat will visit Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle, fly to Brussels for summits with the NATO military alliance and European Union, then finish up in Geneva, where he meets Putin next Wednesday.
"If we agree on the extradition of criminals, then Russia will naturally do that but only if the other side, in this case, the United States, agrees to the same and will also extradite corresponding criminals to the Russian Federation," Putin said according to Russian news agency.
"In an overwhelming majority of cases, they are equitable. Both sides assume equal commitments," he continued.
Biden is expected toof Russia-based ransomware attacks with Putin during their summit, the White House said after critical infrastructure in the U.S. fell victim to another attack.
A recent ransomware assault shut down the U.S.-based meat plants of the world’s largest meatpacker, Brazil-based JBS. The White House said the hack was likely carried out by a criminal group based in Russia.
Putin: Russia's relationship with US at its 'lowest point'
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the relationship between his country and the US is at its "lowest point" ahead of his meeting with Joe Biden. © Other Vladimir Putin spoke to NBC News ahead Pic: NBC News In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Mr Putin said: "We have a bilateral relationship that has deteriorated to its lowest point in recent years."The two leaders will meet in the Swiss city of Geneva on 16 June.
Pressed at the Sunday news conference on why Putin has not changed his behavior after waves of U.S. sanctions, Biden replied with a laugh. "He’s Vladimir Putin."
Biden will hold a solo press conference in Switzerland after his meeting with Putin.
"While we are still finalizing the format for the meeting with President Putin and his delegation, we can confirm a few details, including the plan for both a working session and a smaller session, as well as a solo press conference by President Biden following the meeting," a White House official said.
Biden's meeting with Putin will happen Wednesday and be the culmination of his Europe trip. Biden before then is participating in summits with the United Kingdom, the G7, NATO and the European Union.
Biden held a bilateral press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday morning and did the same with United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson Thursday.
What Putin really wants from Biden
The Geneva summit on 16 June between the Russian and US presidents will not be a friendly encounter. © Reuters Joe Biden (left) and Vladimir Putin will meet as presidents for the first time For a start, Russia recently included the US on its official list of "unfriendly states".
Joint press conferences are often used to show unity between foreign leaders.
On Sunday, Biden faced questions about why he was having a solo press conference after the Putin meeting.
"I don't mean to suggest that the press should not know, but this is not a contest about who can do better in front of a press conference or try to embarrass each other," Biden said.
Biden and Putin now face choices about how and when to restart a dialogue over arms control priorities, even as Biden faces pressure from Congress on China's growing military might and North Korea's nuclear ambitions.
Despite its importance, the arms control issue may get overshadowed at the Biden-Putin summit, given heightened U.S. focus on ransomware attacks, alleged Russian interference in U.S. elections, Russia's military buildup on Ukraine's border and allegations that the Kremlin was behind the SolarWinds hacking campaign.
Fox News' Tyler Olson and Brooke Singman and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
Vladimir Putin Says Joe Biden is 'Intelligent, Collected, Does Not Miss a Thing' .
Russian President Vladimir Putin gave high marks for U.S. President Joe Biden after their meeting in Switzerland this week—despite their rocky relationship of the past. © PETER KLAUNZER / POOL / AFP/Getty Images US President Joe Biden (R) talks to Russian President Vladimir Putin prior to the US-Russia summit at the Villa La Grange, in Geneva on June 16, 2021. "Biden is a professional, and you need to work very carefully with him so as not to miss something," Putin told reporters Thursday—a day after they met in the neutral site of Geneva, Russian state-owned media TASS reported.