Blinken’s warning for Putin: he will have to answer for ransomware attacks

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Foreign Secretary Tony Blinken warned that Vladimir Putin will have to answer for the ransomware attacks that sent meat and gas prices skyrocketing when the Russian president meets with President Joe Biden next week.

“We prefer a more stable, predictable relationship with Russia. We have made that clear. But we made it equally clear that if Russia chooses to act aggressively or recklessly towards us or our allies and partners, we will respond,” Blinken said. axiosMike Allen in an interview that aired on HBO.

The series of cyber attacks, including hits on the Colonial Pipeline and meat processor JBS USA, were carried out by hackers in Russia.

“Of course, when it comes to these ransomware attacks, we’ve already discussed it with the Russians. One of the things we see is that criminal enterprises seem to be involved in these attacks. And it is an obligation of any country, including Russia, if it has a criminal enterprise that is acting against someone else from its territory, to do whatever it takes to stop it, to bring it to justice,” the minister said. of Foreign Affairs.

Secretary of State Tony Blinken warned Vladimir Putin will be held accountable for ransomware attacks on US companies

Secretary of State Tony Blinken warned Vladimir Putin will be held accountable for ransomware attacks on US companies

President Joe Biden

Russian President Vladimir Putin

President Joe Biden will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva on June 16, at the end of his trip to Europe; it is his first meeting with Putin since he was elected president president

Biden is set to meet with Putin in Geneva next Wednesday for their personal meeting since Biden became president. Tensions between Washington and Moscow have risen as Biden has taken a heavy-handed approach to dealing with Russia. He has held Russia accountable for its meddling in the US elections; Moscow’s aggressive stance towards Ukraine and the government’s treatment of dissent, Alexei Navalny.

Blinken said one of the reasons Biden is meeting his Russian counterpart is because of the ransomware attacks, “to tell him directly and clearly what to expect from the United States if aggressive, reckless actions against us continue.”

He said the meeting would be a test of the government’s goal of having a “stable, predictable relationship” with the Kremlin.

“I can’t tell you whether I’m optimistic or not about the results of that test, but it’s important to do that. And I don’t think we’ll know after one meeting either, but we’ll have some clues and we’ll see. We’re prepared no matter what,’ Blinken noted.

“If Russia chooses to continue to act recklessly and aggressively – we are willing to deal with that, as we have done – on the other hand, if it chooses a different course, we are ready to commit.” , he added.

Last week, Biden did not rule out retaliation against Putin for the series of cyber attacks on US companies.

“We are looking closely at that matter,” Biden said when asked if he would retaliate. But he dismissed concerns that he was being tested by his Russian counterpart.

“No,” he said when asked if he thought Putin was testing him.

The Biden-Putin meeting will take place at the end of the president’s first foreign trip, ending his nine-day trip to Europe.

Biden’s first stop is for the UK to visit US troops. He and First Lady Jill Biden will visit U.S. Air Force personnel and their families based at Royal Air Force Mildenhall on Wednesday. RAF Mildenhall is home to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, the United States Air Force’s only permanent air refueling wing in the European theater.

Biden will hold his first face-to-face meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday as the two leaders line up for the G7 meeting.

Schedule for President Biden’s Europe Tour

President Joe Biden will take a seven-day trip to Europe next week. This is the itinerary so far:

June 9: Visit to United States Air Force personnel and their families stationed at Royal Air Force Mildenhall

June 10: Meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

June 11-13: Attend the G7 Summit in Cornwall

June 13: He and Dr. Jill Biden Meet the Queen at Windsor Castle

June 14: NATO summit in Brussels

June 15: US-EU summit in Brussels

June 16: Meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva

Since it is Biden’s first international trip as president, he has a packed schedule: the G7 meeting, a NATO meeting, an EU summit and sitting with Putin.

Biden has postponed foreign travel due to the coronavirus pandemic, but is making up for it with this trip that includes meetings with foreign leaders, Queen Elizabeth II, the King of Belgium and his Russian counterpart.

First lady Jill Biden will accompany him for the British leg of the journey, but will return to the United States next Sunday after the first couple meet the Queen at Windsor Castle.

Biden becomes the 13th U.S. president to meet the Queen since he took the throne in 1953.

There is speculation that the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will also meet the American couple one day during their visit to the UK.

During his talk with Johnson, Biden will “confirm the lasting strength of the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement last week.

Biden and Johnson have spoken on the phone several times since Biden was elected president.

“There are a number of issues of mutual interest,” Psaki said during her White House press conference on Thursday when asked about the sit-down. “From the future of economic growth in the world to tackling the COVID pandemic to security issues around the world, so they have a range of topics to discuss clearly.”

Johnson will also ask the US president to exempt vaccinated British and US travelers from quarantine restrictions to facilitate travel between the two countries.

Prime Minister wants to create a ‘green channel’ for those who are fully vaccinated, The times reported as the summer holidays approach.

After their meeting, Biden will attend the G7 summit, where he will hold bilateral meetings with fellow G7 leaders. The G7 includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union.

After meeting the Queen, Biden travels to Brussels, Belgium, to participate in a NATO meeting and an EU summit.

President Joe Biden

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

President Joe Biden will hold his first face-to-face meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday, June 10

Jill Biden

Queen Elizabeth II

First lady Jill Biden will join President Biden when he meets the Queen at Windsor Castle on Sunday, June 13

Cornwall's Carbis Bay Hotel 'still looks like a construction site' with just weeks before it hosts G7 summit

Cornwall’s Carbis Bay Hotel ‘still looks like a construction site’ with just weeks before it hosts G7 summit

The hotel - where US President Joe Biden and Boris Johnson will stay - is littered with building materials

The hotel – where US President Joe Biden and Boris Johnson will stay – is littered with building materials

There the president will discuss the transatlantic security and collective defense of Europe.

He will also meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Biden will also attend the US-EU summit in Brussels. That meeting with a focus on global health and the global economy. Leaders will talk about climate change, trade and democracy.

President Biden will also meet with His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium and the Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo.

Biden then travels to Geneva for his June 16 meeting with Putin. He will also meet with Swiss President Guy Parmelin and Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis.

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