Joe Biden Agrees U.S.-Russia Relations “At A Low Point,” Defends Decision To Forgo Joint Press Conference With Vladimir Putin
Joe Biden, who previewed their summit on Wednesday, said he agreed with Vladimir Putin that US-Russian relations were at a "low".
"I think he is right that it has bottomed out, and it depends on how he reacts to acting in accordance with international norms, which in many cases he has not done," Biden said at his first foreign press conference in Cornwall, England. the place of the G7 meeting.
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Biden said he had previously told Putin that he would react if the Russian president was found to be involved in cybersecurity violations and electoral interference. “I did that and I checked so that I had access to all the information he was involved in these activities. I answered and made it clear that I would answer again. "
Biden answered questions from six reporters at the press conference. AP's Jonathan Lemiere asked Biden about Putin's comments, but also about the fact that there will be no joint press conference with the Russian head of state after their meeting on Wednesday, as is tradition.
“I don't mean the press shouldn't know, but this isn't a competition about who can do better and try to embarrass each other in front of a press conference. The point is to make it very clear to me what the conditions are to have a better relationship ... with Russia. We are not looking for a conflict. We are trying to resolve the measures that we believe are inconsistent with international standards. ”He said they will also talk about where to work together, perhaps on climate. He also said he was open to Putin's offer to extradite cyber criminals if the US did the same.
Biden, asked by NBC News' Peter Alexander about a change in Putin's behavior, was a little more sobering that it was going to happen. "He is Vladimir Putin."
Biden also addressed a G-7 communiqué seeking to investigate the origins of Covid-19 in China. This has been a focus of US intelligence, whether the origin of the coronavirus is from bat-to-human transmission or from a laboratory in Wuhan province or an "experiment gone wrong," Biden said. "It's important to know the answer to that," he said.
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