President Joe Biden dismissed suggestions Russian President Vladimir Putin is testing the boundaries of their tense relationship as a second company grapples with a Russia-based ransomware attack.
Biden offered a one-word response, accompanied by a wry grin, when asked by reporters whether he believes Putin is “testing” him before the pair meet for the first time in person as presidents at a summit this month in Switzerland.
“No,” Biden said Wednesday at the White House after providing a COVID-19 update.
The president added that he and his administration are “looking closely” at whether to retaliate against Russia after one of the world’s largest meatpackers, JBS SA, reported its IT systems were compromised last weekend by the cybercriminal group known as REvil. The Brazil-based beef company closed many of its processing plants, including those in the United States, before reopening them on Wednesday.