President Joe Biden pledged Sunday to inform Russian chief Vladimir Putin at their June summit that Washington won’t let Moscow “abuse” human rights.
The face-to-face assembly with the Kremlin chief comes amid ranges of stress not seen for years, with Washington now dialing again its ambitions to little greater than establishing a relationship by which each side perceive one another and might work collectively in particular areas.
“I’ll be meeting with President Putin in a couple of weeks in Geneva, making it clear that we will not — we will not stand by and let him abuse those rights,” Biden stated in a speech on the summit, which is ready for June 16.
Since taking workplace, Biden has imposed new sanctions in opposition to Moscow over what US authorities say was the Russian function within the huge SolarWinds cyber assault and repeated meddling within the 2020 presidential election.
In addition, Washington has harshly criticized Moscow for the near-death poisoning and subsequent imprisonment of one of many final open opponents to Putin, Alexei Navalny.
Tensions are additionally excessive over Ukraine, the place Russia already controls swaths of territory and lately massed troops on the border in a brand new present of pressure.
Yet one other focus is on Russian-dominated Belarus, which induced an uproar this week after authorities compelled an airliner passing overhead to land, then arrested an opponent to President Alexander Lukashenko who had been aboard.
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