World Biden calls Putin a 'worthy adversary' after Russian prez calls him 'career man'
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.
called Russian President a "worthy adversary" at a press conference following a NATO summit in Brussels on Monday — days after Putin praised former president Donald Trump and called Biden a "career man" in an interview.
"He's bright, he's tough, and I've found that he is — as they say when I used to play ball — a worthy adversary," Biden said of Putin.
"I believe that former U.S. president Mr. Trump is an extraordinary individual, talented individual, otherwise he would not have become U.S. president," Putin recently told NBC News in hiswith a U.S. news network since 2018. "He is a colorful individual. You may like him or not. And, but he didn't come from the U.S. establishment, he had not been part of big-time politics before, and some like it some don’t like it but that is a fact."
Biden to champion democracy in first foreign trip
Joe Biden will fight what he calls a "defining" battle for democracy on his first foreign presidential trip, meeting top US allies in Europe ahead of a tricky summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin. "This is a defining question of our time," Biden wrote in The Washington Post ahead of his trip. "Will the democratic alliances and institutions that shaped so much of the last century prove their capacity against modern-day threats and adversaries? I believe the answer is yes. And this week in Europe, we have the chance to prove it.
Biden, meanwhile, "is radically different from Trump because President Biden is a career man. He has spent virtually his entire adulthood in politics," Putin said.
The two leaders will meet in Geneva on Wednesday.
Biden made several comments on Monday that could play into the meeting. He brought up the issue of jailedopposition figure Alexei Navalny.
"Navalny's death would be another indication that Russia has little or no intention of abiding by basic fundamental human rights. It would be a tragedy. It would do nothing but hurt his relationships with the rest of the world, in my view," Biden said.
Biden also brought up Ukraine, whose president has pushed forinto NATO after Russian amassed troops at the two countries' border.
Vladimir Putin Calls Accusations of Ordering Assassinations 'Verbal Indigestion'
"Look, you know, I don't want to come across as being rude, but this looks like some kind of indigestion except that it's verbal indigestion," Putin said.Accusations that Putin disposes of the people who challenge him have dogged the Russian president throughout his reign. During the 90-minute interview, Simmons at one point asked Putin straight out: "Mr.
"I shared with our allies what I'll convey to President Putin, that I'm not looking for conflict with Russia, but that we will respond if Russia continues its harmful activities. We will not fail to defend the transatlantic alliance or stand up for democratic values. As allies, we also affirmed our continued support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine," he said.
The press conference started roughly two and a half hours late with no explanation, although Biden apologized to reporters..
Trump was a frequent critic of NATO, but Biden hasthe U.S.'s commitment to NATO.
Biden is coming off his first G-7 summit as president. During a press conference on Sunday, he harped on the theme of democracies versus autocracies when asked about G-7 leaders' response to China's alleged human rights violations in the Xinjiang Province.
"As you know, the last time the G-7 met, there was no mention of China. But this time there is mention of China. The G-7 explicitly agreed to call out human rights abuses in Xinjiang and Hong Kong," Biden said. "I know this is going to sound somewhat prosaic, but I think we're in a contest, not with China per se, but a contest with autocrats, autocratic governments around the world, as to whether or not democracies can compete with them in the rapidly changing 21st century."
Fox News' Morgan Phillips 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.