us President Joe Biden Russian head of state Vladimir Putin The summit in Geneva warned against interference by Moscow in US elections in its own words. Biden said after meeting with Putin that the US “will not tolerate” the violation of its “democratic sovereignty” and the “instability” of its elections. He also emphasized that the tone of the talks with Putin was “good” and “positive”.
Biden also said he had signaled to Putin that the US would continue to condemn human rights violations in Russia. He told Putin in Geneva that he had no agenda against Russia. “It’s not about attacking Russia when they violate human rights.”
It is about protecting democratic values. No President of the United States of America can maintain the trust of the American people if he does not do so. “It’s just part of our country’s DNA. So human rights will always be on the table, I told them,” Biden said. There should be some “basic rules” that everyone follows.
Agreement on arms control talks
As the two largest nuclear powers, the United States and Russia have agreed on new strategic arms control talks. “I am pleased that we have agreed to begin bilateral strategic stability talks today,” Joe Biden said. Military experts and diplomats of both countries should work on such a mechanism by which new and highly developed weapons can be controlled. The talks on strategic stability are seen as an important signal for global security.
The United States recently passed several agreements because Russia is said to have failed to comply with the rules. Moscow rejected this and warned repeatedly that pulling out of the agreement could lead to an arms race. For example, under Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump, the USA withdrew from the INF treaty banning land-based medium-range nuclear weapons (read more here)
cyber security advice
The US and Russia are looking to start talks on cyber security, given the heavy tension over alleged Russian hacker attacks on US government agencies and companies. Biden said he agrees with Putin that his governments initiate discussions on the issue. It should be about addressing specific cases and defining targets that should be barred for attacks. Biden said some critical infrastructure would have to be fleshed out. He again appealed that the responsible states should take action against the perpetrators of ransomware attacks.
The US blames the Russian secret services for the massive hacker attacks on government departments, agencies and companies in the US. Moscow had denied the allegations and offered to investigate the allegations and cooperate on cyber security. Putin also repeatedly complained of cyber attacks against Russian officials.
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