US President Joe Biden said on Monday that his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin will take place, APA reports citing TASS.
Biden delivered a speech at the White House on the economic effects of the pandemic.
At the end of the speech, a reporter asked Biden whether he thinks that Russia was involved in the recent cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline fuel pipeline operator.
"So far, there is no evidence based on from our intelligence people that Russia is involved," Biden said. "Although there is evidence that the actor’s ransomware is in Russia."
The US president added that he will be meeting with the Russian president.
On April 13, Biden had suggested in a phone call with Putin a summit meeting be organized in a third country within months. Later, Biden explained he had suggested a meeting be held in the coming summer in Europe, when he comes to Europe to attend the Group of Seven and NATO summits in mid-June.
Earlier, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the US’ hostile steps towards Russia complicate the analysis of the situation for making the decision on a meeting with Biden.
The G7 summit will be held in the seaside resort of Carbis Bay, Cornwall, the UK, on June 11-13, and a NATO summit is scheduled for June 14 in Brussels.