Biden promises to press Putin on human rights at Geneva summit

Joe Biden has said he will press Vladimir Putin to respect human rights when the two leaders meet in June.

In a speech marking the Memorial Day holiday, Biden said: “I’m meeting with President Putin in a couple weeks in Geneva making it clear we will not, we will not stand by and let him abuse those rights.“

The White House said on Friday it was planning to move ahead with the summit between the two leaders, after Microsoft flagged a cyberattack on US government agencies by Nobelium, the group behind last year’s SolarWind hack that originated from Russia.

The Kremlin has said it has no information about the latest attack.

In announcing the 16 June meeting, the White House said the two leaders would discuss a range of issues with the goal of restoring “predictability and stability” in the relationship between Washington and Moscow.

It comes amid strained relations over US election interference that Moscow denies, as well as cyberattacks and Russian intervention in Ukraine.

Biden was speaking in Wilmington, Delaware, at an annual Memorial Day service. He and his wife Jill Biden also marked the sixth anniversary of the death of the president’s on Beau Biden, a former Delaware attorney general.

Beau Biden died of brain cancer in 2015. He was 46.

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