Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a session of the St. Petersburg Worldwide Financial Discussion board (SPIEF) in Saint Petersburg, Russia, June 4, 2021. Sputnik/Vladimir Smirnov/Kremlin through REUTERS
June 4, 2021
MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin stated on Friday that solutions the Russian state was linked to excessive profile ransomware assaults in america had been absurd and an try and stir bother forward of his summit this month with U.S. President Joe Biden.
A hack of Brazilian meatpacker JBS’s amenities in america, reported this week, is the third such ransomware hack within the nation since Biden took workplace in January.
JBS instructed the White Home it originated from a felony organisation possible based mostly in Russia.
The White Home stated on Wednesday that Biden, who is because of maintain talks with Putin in Geneva on June 16, was anticipated to debate the hacking assaults with the Russian chief to see what Moscow may do to stop such cyber assaults.
U.S. officers have spoken of felony gangs based mostly in jap Europe or Russia because the possible culprits. However Kremlin critics have pointed the finger on the Russian state itself, saying it will need to have had data of the assaults and presumably even be directing them.
Putin, talking on the sidelines of the St Petersburg Financial Discussion board, instructed Russia’s state TV Channel One which the thought of Russian state involvement was absurd.
“It’s simply nonsense, it’s humorous,” stated Putin. “It’s absurd to accuse Russia of this.”
He stated he was inspired nonetheless, by what he stated had been efforts by some individuals in america to query the substance of such allegations and attempt to work out what is actually happening.
“Thank goodness there are individuals with widespread sense who’re asking (themselves) this query and are placing the query to those that try to impress a brand new battle earlier than our assembly with Biden,” stated Putin.
Praising Biden as an skilled politician, Putin stated he anticipated the Geneva summit to be held in a constructive environment, however didn’t anticipate any breakthroughs.
The assembly could be extra about making an attempt to chart a path to revive battered U.S.-Russia ties that are strained by all the pieces from Russia’s jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny to Ukraine to Syria, he stated.
Earlier on Friday, Putin instructed the identical financial discussion board that america was overtly making an attempt to carry again Russia’s improvement and accused Washington of wielding the greenback as a software of financial and political competitors.
“We have now no disagreement with america. They solely have one level of disagreement – they need to maintain again our improvement, they discuss this publicly,” Putin instructed the discussion board.
“All the pieces else stems from this place,” he stated.
Putin additionally questioned what he stated was the cruel method U.S. authorities had handled some individuals detained throughout the storming of the Capitol in January by supporters of Donald Trump.
(Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova and Tom Balmforth; modifying by Andrew Osborn)