According to TASS, Putin told state TV channel Rossia-1 that both Russia and the US “should assume similar commitments,” adding that “Russia would naturally do so, but only if the other side, in this case in the United States, agrees to do the same and will also extradite the criminals concerned to the Russian Federation.”
During a press briefing on Wednesday, State Department spokesman Ned Price said the “issue of ransomware attacks” would be discussed during a meeting between the two leaders in Geneva.
“We’ve taken up the issue of ransomware attacks with any country, and that includes Russia. I suspect, as you’ve heard from the White House, that this activity will be a topic when the two presidents meet in Geneva next week,” Price said.
During his interview with Rossiya-1, the Russian president said he expected his meeting with Biden to restore ties between Russia and the United States and direct talks on “areas of mutual interest,” including regional conflicts. will work to establish a “working mechanism”. , economic cooperation and environmental protection, TASS reported.
“In general, there is something to talk about and there are common issues to discuss,” said the Russian president.
On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told “CBS This Morning” that Biden will raise a number of issues of concern during his meeting with Putin.
“The president’s focus is on delivering an important message to the American people and using this meeting as an opportunity to advance our interests,” Psaki said.
“The president is going to raise the areas where he concerns – whether it is ransomware attacks or invasions of Ukraine’s border, or human rights abuses. But, there are also areas that we think we can work on together, ” He said.
CNN’s Eli Malloy contributed to this report.