Russian President Vladimir Putin has told his US counterpart most cyberattacks in the world are perpetuated by the US (Image: Mikhail Metzel/TASS)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin said most cyberattacks in the world are at the hands of the US.
The Russian president made the remarks during his first meeting with US President Joe Biden, who he met in Geneva.
During the bilateral meeting, Putin said he would be willing to work with the US to start consultations on cybersecurity.
He also claimed Russia is not on the list of countries named as the key source for cyberattacks.
The meeting comes at a time when relations between the superpowers has never been so icy.
The summit meeting follows comments made by the US President, where he branded Putin a "killer" in a TV interview, and said the relationship between their two countries was "very bad".
Putin and Biden have agreed to start consultations on cybersecurity
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The two leaders are meeting when relations between Russia and the US have never been so icy
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In the ABC interview, which aired in March, President Biden warned Putin would "pay a price" for trying to undermine the 2020 election.
Both have said they hope their talks in a lakeside Geneva villa can lead to more stable and predictable relations, even though they remain at odds over everything from arms control and cyber-hacking to election interference and Ukraine.
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"We're not expecting a big set of deliverables out of this meeting," a senior US official told reporters, saying the two are expected to talk for four or five hours.
Putin said Russia is not on the list of countries named key sources of cyberattacks
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"I'm not sure that any agreements will be reached," said Putin's foreign policy adviser Yuri Ushakov.
Relations have deteriorated for years, notably with Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, its 2015 intervention in Syria and U.S. charges – denied by Moscow – of its meddling in the 2016 election that brought Donald Trump to the White House.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said whether or not to send back ambassadors would be decided by the two presidents.
"Today the presidents will need to determine how to proceed with the heads of the diplomatic missions," Peskov was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies.
White House sources have told the Mirror the US leader will go into the meeting with open eyes and well-prepared to confront Putin over Russia’s aggressive conduct and to lay out consequences for further provocations.
Although expectations are low, you can read what the meeting means here.