According to TASS, Putin instructed state TV channel Rossiya-1 that each Russia and the US should “assume equal commitments,” including that “Russia will naturally do that but only if the other side, in this case the United States, agrees to the same and will also extradite corresponding criminals to the Russian Federation.”
During a press briefing on Wednesday, State Department spokesperson Ned Price stated that the “issue of ransomware attacks” can be mentioned throughout the assembly between the 2 leaders in Geneva.
“We have raised the issue of ransomware attacks with any number of countries and that includes Russia. I suspect, as you have heard from the White House, that this activity will be a topic when the two presidents meet next week in Geneva,” Price stated.
During his interview with Rossiya-1, the Russian President stated he hoped his assembly with Biden would serve to restore relations between Russia and the United States and set up a “functioning mechanism” for direct dialogue on “areas of mutual interest,” together with regional conflicts, financial cooperation and environmental safety, TASS reported.
“In general, there is something to talk about and there are common issues to discuss,” the Russian President added.
On Thursday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki instructed “CBS This Morning” that Biden can be elevating a number of problems with concern throughout his assembly with Putin.
“The President’s focus is on delivering messages that are important to the American people and using this meeting as an opportunity to move our interests forward,” Psaki stated.
“The President’s going to raise areas where he has concern — whether it’s the ransomware attacks or the aggression on the border of Ukraine, or human rights abuses. But, there are also areas we think we can work together,” she added.
CNN’s Allie Malloy contributed to this report.