Daily US Times: President Biden has told his Russian counterpart that the US will take “any necessary action” to stop cyber-attacks from Russia, the White House says.
A reporter asked the US president after the hour-long phone call if Russia would face consequences for the cyber-attacks, and he said: “Yes.”
But Russia denied Washington’s claims they had contacted the Russians repeatedly about the cyber-attacks in the past month.
Friday’s call between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin follows their meeting last month in Geneva.
The conversation between the two leaders also comes amid an increase in cyber-attacks, including one that disabled 1,500 companies this month.
After the phone call, Mr Biden told reporters: “I made it very clear to him that the United States expects when a ransomware operation is coming from his soil, even though it’s not sponsored by the state, we expect them to act if we give them enough information to act on who that is.”
When a reporter asked whether the US could attack the servers used by the hackers, Mr Biden said: “Yes.”
But after Friday’s call, Russia said the United States had not contacted Moscow about the cyber-attacks.
a statement from Vladimir Putin’s office said: “Despite readiness from the Russian side to jointly clamp down on criminal activity in the informational sphere, over the past month no requests have been received from the relevant US departments.”
An unnamed senior US official denied Moscow’s claim, telling that the Biden administration had made “multiple, specific requests for action”.
The Kremlin statement added that both sides supported further co-operation on cyber-security, which Russia said “must be permanent, professional and non-politicised and should be conducted via special communication channels… and with respect to international law”.