Russia Willing to Extradite Cyber Criminals to U.S., Says Putin

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Vladimir Putin, the Russian President has stated his nation is willing to extradite cybercriminals to the U.S. on a reciprocal basis. According to Russia’s state-run TASS news agency, Putin mentioned that both Russia and the U.S. should be willing to “assume equal commitments,” adding that “Russia naturally do that but only if the other side, in this case the United States, agrees to the same and will also extradite corresponding criminals to the Russian Federation.”

The Russian President’s remarks come ahead of a summit with President Joe Biden on June 16 in Geneva. During a recent press briefing, Ned Price, the State Department spokesperson, said the “issue of ransomware attacks” will be discussed when the two leaders meet in Geneva. 

Price said, “We have raised the issue of ransomware attacks with any number of countries and that includes Russia. I suspect, as you have heard from the White House, that this activity will be a topic when the two presidents meet next week in Geneva.”

During an interview with Russian state TV channel Rossiya-1, Putin said he hopes his meeting with President Joe Biden will help restore relations between the two countries and establish a “functioning mechanism” for direct dialogue on “areas of mutual interest,” including economic cooperation, regional conflicts, and environmental protection. 

Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said President Joe Biden is expected to raise certain concerns when he meets Putin. Psaki said, “The President’s focus is on delivering messages that are important to the American people and using this meeting as an opportunity to move our interests forward.”

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