President Biden won’t scrap his summit this month with Russian President Vladimir Putin in response to suspected Russian cybercriminals disrupting work at a major US meat producer, the White House says.
JBS Foods, the world’s largest meat supplier, was crippled by a cyberattack just weeks after hackers suspected of residing in Russia attacked the Colonial Pipeline, causing US gas prices to surge as stations across the Southeast ran dry.
“We do not regard, as you can imagine, this meeting with the Russian president as a reward, right? We regard it as a vital part of defending America’s interests. President Biden is meeting with Vladimir Putin because of our country’s differences, not in spite of them,” White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Tuesday.
JBS controls an estimated 20 percent of the US slaughtering