| 22 June 2021, Tuesday |

Biden to press Putin on respecting human rights in Geneva

U.S. President Joe Biden announced on Sunday that he will press Russian President Vladimir Putin to respect human rights when the two leaders hold a meeting in June.

“I’m meeting with President Putin in a couple weeks in Geneva making it clear we will not, we will not stand by and let him abuse those rights,” Biden said during a speech honoring the U.S. holiday Memorial Day.

On Friday, the White House said it was planning to move ahead with the summit between the 2  leaders after Microsoft flagged a cyberattack on U.S. government agencies by Nobelium, the group behind last year’s SolarWind hack that originated from Russia.

The Kremlin has said it has no information about the latest attack.

As it announced the June 16 meeting, the White House noted that Biden and Putin are set to discuss a range of issues with the goal of restoring “predictability and stability” in the Washington-Moscow relationship.