US President Joe Biden called the tone of his meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin "positive", but assured him that he had warned him against any interference in the US election.
"I have made it clear that we will not tolerate any attempt to undermine our democratic sovereignty or destabilize our democratic elections, and we will respond," Biden told a news conference. after the Geneva Summitς, today.
"I did what I said" in today's meeting, he underlined.
Biden says no new Cold War is in anyone's interest and that is the last thing he wants his Russian counterpart. He admitted, however, that there is no naivety that everything is fine.
On the issue of human rights, the American president said that they will be "always at the table". "The point is not to target Russia when it violates human rights. It's about who we are. "How can I be president of the United States and not denounce human rights abuses?" he wondered.
Biden argued that the actions of the Russian leader "degrade" the country's position on the world stage. "What would it look like if we were involved in activities in which he is involved? "The reputation of a country that desperately seeks to ensure that it maintains its reputation as a major world power is being undermined."