President Biden said Wednesday he does not think Russian President Vladimir Putin is testing him with the recent serious hacks of a US gas pipeline and meat producer, as the White House said he still plans to meet the strongman leader this month.
Biden’s summit with Putin in Geneva, Switzerland, on June 16 comes on the heels of another economically disruptive hack by criminals suspected of working from Russia — this time against JBS Foods, the world’s largest meat supplier.
“President Biden certainly thinks that President Putin and the Russian government has a role to play in stopping and preventing these attacks,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at her daily press briefing.
“Our view is that when there are criminal entities within a country, they certainly have a responsibility, and it is a role that the government can play and again, that will be a discussion at the summit,” Psaki said.
Biden was asked later in the