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Biden discusses cyber attacks, diplomats' work in phone conversation with Putin

Source : 112 Ukraine

The leaders commended the joint work of their respective teams following the US-Russia Summit
22:00, 9 July 2021

Biden-Putin meeting, June 16, 2021
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US President Joe Biden held a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The presidents discussed a number of issues, including cyberattacks and the joint work of their respective teams following the Geneva summit. This was reported by the press service of the White House. 

"The leaders commended the joint work of their respective teams following the US-Russia Summit that led to the unanimous renewal of cross-border humanitarian assistance to Syria today in the UN Security Council," the message says. 

According to the White House, Biden also spoke with  Putin about the ongoing ransomware attacks by criminals based in Russia that have impacted the United States and other countries around the world.

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Biden underscored the need for Russia to take action to disrupt ransomware groups operating in Russia and emphasized that he is committed to continued engagement on the broader threat posed by ransomware.

"The United States will take any necessary action to defend its people and its critical infrastructure in the face of this continuing challenge," the satement reads.

Eaelier, US President Joe Biden instructed US intelligence agencies to investigate who is behind the ransomware cyberattack that hit hundreds of American businesses using Kaseya's software product. Biden said this on Saturday during a trip to Michigan.

Biden said "we're not certain" who is behind the attack.

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