US President Biden and Russian President Putin will meet in Geneva on June 16 (File photograph)
MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin has stated Russia would be prepared to hand over cyber criminals to the USA if Washington did the identical for Moscow and the 2 powers reached an settlement to that impact.
Putin made the feedback in an interview aired in excerpts on state tv on Sunday forward of a June 16 summit with US President Joe Biden in Geneva. Ties between the powers are badly strained over an array of points.
The Russian chief stated he anticipated the Geneva assembly to assist set up bilateral dialogue and revive private contacts, including that vital points for the 2 males included strategic stability, Libya and Syria, and the atmosphere.
Putin additionally praised Biden for having proven “professionalism” when the USA and Russia agreed this yr to lengthen the New START nuclear arms management treaty.
The White Home has stated Biden will carry up ransomware assaults emanating from Russia on the assembly. That situation is within the highlight after a cyber assault disrupted the North American and Australian operations of meatpacker JBS USA.
A Russia-linked hacking group was behind that assault, a US supply aware of the matter stated final week.
Requested if Russia would be ready to discover and prosecute cyber criminals, Putin stated Russia’s behaviour right here would rely on formal agreements being reached by Moscow and Washington.
Each side would have to commit to the identical obligations, he stated.
“If we agree to extradite criminals, then of course Russia will do this, we are going to do this, however provided that the opposite facet, on this case the USA, agrees to the identical and can extradite the criminals in query to the Russian Federation,” he stated.
“The query of cyber safety is one of an important in the intervening time as a result of turning every kind of techniques off can lead to actually tough penalties,” he stated.