US President Joe Biden said he was open to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposal to extradite cybercriminals to the United States if Washington did the same to Moscow, just days before the two leaders met at a summit in Geneva.
Biden and Putin Will sit in Switzerland on Wednesday for First face-to-face meeting Since Biden was sworn in as President of the United States. The two leaders said over the weekend that relations between their countries were at a low point, but Biden’s recent comments suggested there might be room for cooperation.
Speaking at the conclusion of a meeting of Group of Seven leaders in the United Kingdom on Sunday, Biden told reporters he accepts Putin’s proposal for the reciprocal extradition of cybercriminals responsible for ransomware attacks.
Earlier on Sunday, Russian state television broadcast an interview with Putin in which the Russian president said that Russia and the United States should “take equal obligations.”
“Russia will do so naturally but only if the other party – in this case the United States – agrees to the same and will also extradite the corresponding criminals to the Russian Federation.”
Asked about Putin’s comments, Biden said: “Yes, I am open to, if there are crimes committed against Russia, the people who commit these crimes are harbored in the United States, and I am committed to holding them accountable.”
“I was told as I fly here, this ، [Putin] That said, Biden added. “I think that might be a good sign of progress.”
An increasing number of daring ransomware attacks have paralyzed businesses in recent weeks. These included disable colonial pipeline Which provides petroleum supplies to most of the East Coast of America, as well as operations in JBSBrazilian meat processing company. The White House said it believed both attacks originated in Russia.
Putin told NBC News in an interview broadcast on Friday that relations between the United States and Russia were at “the lowest level in recent years.” Biden said Sunday that he agreed with the characterization, but also indicated areas where he believed the two countries could work together.
The White House confirmed Saturday that Biden will hold a one-on-one press conference following the summit with Putin on Wednesday, rather than sharing a stage as his predecessor Donald Trump did with the Russian president in Helsinki in 2018.
“This is not a contest about who can do better in front of a press conference or trying to embarrass each other,” Biden said. “It’s about making myself very clear on the terms needed to have a better relationship.
He added, “Russia has engaged in activities that we believe are contrary to international norms. But they have also bitten off some real problems that they will have a hard time chewing. For example, rebuilding Syria and Libya.”
“I hope we can find housing that can save people’s lives, for example, Libya.”
Biden spoke at the conclusion of several days of meetings with other G7 leaders in Cornwall, shortly before meeting Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle. Then he will travel to Brussels, Belgium, where he is scheduled to participate in a summit NATO leaders before flying to Geneva on the last leg of his first foreign trip as President of the United States.