Joe Biden says to bring up cybercrime concern in talks with Putin
Joe Biden says to bring up cybercrime concern in talks with Putin

U.S. President Joe Biden said on Thursday that the Russian government was not behind the cyberattack on Colonial Pipeline while noting he would raise the cybercrime issue in talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"We do not believe,I emphasize, we do not believe the Russian government was involved in this attack," Biden said on Thursday while speaking on the May 7 cyberattack against Colonial Pipeline. "But we do have strong reason to believe that the criminals who did the attack are living in Russia." "We have been in direct communications with Moscow about the imperative for responsible countries to take decisive actions against these ransomware networks, he noted.

"I am confident that I've read the report of the FBI accurately, and they say they were not -- he was not, the government was not," Biden replied when pressed by reporters whether Putin was behind the attack.

Biden said last week that he expected to meet Putin during the trip to Europe in June, when he will attend the G7 Summit in Britain and then the NATO Summit in Belgium.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier this week that Moscow welcomes the initiative by the US for holding a summit in June.

Relations between Washington and Moscow have been adversarial in recent years. The two countries have been bitterly divided over Ukraine, human rights, cybersecurity issues, and they mutually accused the other of domestic political interference.

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