Biden Says He Warned Putin Against Cyberattacks on U.S. Infrastructure

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    U.S. President Joe Biden said he confronted Russian President Vladimir Putin about human-rights violations at a summit on Wednesday, including imprisoned opposition leader Alexey Navalny, and warned him against further cyber-attacks on American infrastructure.

    Biden said he gave Putin a list of 16 kinds of “critical infrastructure” that should be “off limits” for cyber-attacks, and warned Putin the U.S. would respond “in a cyber way” if they were targeted by hackers.

    But he also said he saw the possibility that relations between the countries may improve.

    He said that in nearly three hours of meetings in Geneva, the two leaders agreed to work together to reduce the threat of nuclear war, ensure Iran doesn’t obtain nuclear weapons and to avoid conflict in the Arctic.

    In a contrast with his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, Biden led off his summary of the summit by describing an admonishment of Putin for his human-rights record. Trump avoided or minimized human-rights issues in his discussions with foreign leaders like Putin and China’s Xi Jinping.

    “How could I be the president of the United States of America and not speak about the violation of human rights, I told him,” Biden said in a news conference after the meetings in Geneva. “That’s why we’re going to raise our concerns about cases like Alexey Navalny.”

    Biden said he made clear to Putin that if Navalny dies in prison, “the consequences of that would be devastating for Russia.”

    The Russian president branded Navalny an instrument of the U.S. effort to contain his country, hit back at Washington’s own human-rights record and denied accusations of Russian hacking.

    Biden and Putin met to try to defuse tensions that they agreed had reached the highest in years between the former Cold War adversaries.

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