Biden and Putin meet in Geneva

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US President Joe Biden said he doesn’t think that his Russian counterpart is looking for a new Cold War.

“I pointed out to him we have significant cyber capability, and he knows it. He doesn’t know exactly what it is, but it’s significant. If, in fact, they violate these basic norms, we will respond. He knows, in the cyber world. Number two, I think that the last thing he wants now is a Cold War,” Biden said.

“I don’t think he’s looking for a Cold War with the United States. I don’t think it’s, as I said to him, I said, ‘your generation and mine are about 10 years apart. This is not a Kumbaya moment as you used to say back in the ’60s in the United States, like let’s hug and love each other. But it’s clearly not in anybody’s interest, your country’s or mine, for us to be in a situation where it’s a new Cold War,'” he said.

The US President went on to say that he thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin understands but he added that it doesn’t mean Putin is “willing to lay down his arms and say come on.” 

Biden said Putin is still concerned that the US is looking to “take him down.”

“He still has those concerns, but I don’t think they are the driving force as to the kind of relationship he’s looking for with the United States,” Biden said.



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