Biden says he would meet with Putin

Source : 112 Ukraine

Biden made the corresponding statement in connection with the hacker attack on the largest US pipeline
22:47, 10 May 2021

U.S. President Joe Biden

US President Joe Biden announced that he would meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He announced this when commenting on the hacker attack on the Colonial Pipeline. US President's speech was broadcasted on the White House Twitter page.

"I will be meeting with President Putin. So far, there is no information from our intelligence workers for Russia to be involved in this," Biden said, answering a journalist's question about whether Russia was involved in the hacker attack on the Colonial Pipeline.

Biden also added that "there is evidence that the persons who used the malware are in Russia," and Russia "has some responsibility for this."

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The US government declared a regional emergency on Sunday after the largest fuel pipeline in the US was hit by a ransomware cyber-attack.

The Colonial Pipeline Company ships gasoline and jet fuel from the Gulf Coast of Texas to the populous East Coast through 5,500 miles (8,850 kilometres) of pipeline, serving 50 million consumers.

The company said it was the victim of a cybersecurity attack involving ransomware - attacks that encrypt computer systems and seek to extract payments from operators.

"This Declaration addresses the emergency conditions creating a need for immediate transportation of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products and provides necessary relief," the Department of Transportation said in a statement.

The emergency declaration allows for fuel to be transported by road to the affected states: Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

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