Biden says Putin is ‘really in trouble’ for being on ‘an economy that has nuclear weapons and oil wells and nothing else’
- The President Delivered His First Address to the Intelligence Community as President
- Visited the office of the director of national intelligence in Virginia outside of DC?
- He warned Putin is in ‘real trouble’, which makes him ‘more dangerous’
- Mentioned the oil-dependent nuclear energy economy
- He said the next big-power ‘shooting war’ could be triggered by cyber
President Joe Biden said in a speech to the US intelligence community on Tuesday that he referred to Russian President Vladimir Putin as a cornered adversary, making him potentially “more dangerous.”
At the office of the director of national intelligence, for his first time as president, Biden spoke about the state of Russia’s oil-dependent economy and issued a dire warning about the risks of cyberadventurism.
“He knows he’s in trouble and that makes him more dangerous,” Biden said, a few weeks after meeting Putin in Geneva for a summit.
“He knows he’s in trouble,” President Joe Biden said of Russian President Vladimir Putin
“When I was with Mr. Putin, who has a real problem,” he said in a calm and calm tone. He sits on top of an economy that has nuclear weapons and oil wealth and nothing else. Nothing else. Their economy is now the eight smallest in the world – the largest in the world. He knows he’s in real trouble, which in my opinion makes him even more dangerous,” he said.
Biden spoke after a string of ransomware attacks — many of which are believed to have originated in Russia, although the government has failed to pin the most recent massive attack on the Kremlin itself.
‘I can’t guarantee this. and you are as knowledgeable as I am,” he told members of the intelligence community. “But I think it’s more likely — if we get into a war — we’re going to be a real high-power shooting war, as a result of a high-impact cyber breach,” he said.
Biden referred to his recent summit with Putin in his first address to the intelligence community as president as
“He’s on top of an economy that has nuclear weapons and oil wealth and nothing else,” Biden said.
Biden also spoke about the capabilities of US intelligence agencies. The nation has been unable to prevent ransom hacks, although the Justice Department did say it was able to recover more than $2 million in cryptocurrency ransoms following the Colonial Pipeline hack.
“He knows you’re better than his team, and it bothers him,” Biden said of Putin.
Biden’s comments about Putin come as Russian chess grandmaster and activist Gary Kasparov called on the US to increase sanctions directly against Putin and Russian oligarchs. Politics: ‘It is not an extreme measure. It’s the only effective one.’
He added: “Putin doesn’t care about Russia or Russians. There are no national interests, only his.’
Biden also accused Russia of spreading “disinformation” in the 2022 elections after US intelligence found that Russia had interfered in 2016 and 2020.
“Look at what Russia is already doing about the 2022 elections and about disinformation,” he said. “It is a pure violation of our sovereignty.”
He called on US intelligence to “address the widespread misinformation that makes it increasingly difficult for people to assess the facts and make decisions.”