President Biden held a Press Conference following his meeting at the Geneva Summit with Vladimir Putin. During the Press Conference, President Biden briefly explained the various topics covered by himself and Vladimir Putin. President Biden noted that the tone of the entire meeting was positive, there wasn’t any strident action taken. Where they disagreed, they disagreed and stated, but it was not done in a hyperbolic atmosphere. Below, is the portion of the Press Conference addressing cybersecurity.
ADDRESSING CYBERSECURITY: PRESIDENT BIDEN AND VLADIMIR PUTIN
President Biden said the following in his live Press Conference:
“Another area we spent a great deal of time on, was cyber and cybersecurity. I talked about the proposition that certain critical infrastructure should be off limits to attack. Period. By cyber and any other means. I gave them a list of, if I’m not mistaken, I do not have the list in front of me, sixteen specific entities, sixteen defined as critical infrastructure under U.S. policy. From the energy sector to our water systems. Of course, principle is one thing, it has to be backed up by practice. Responsible countries need to take action against criminals who conduct ransomware activities on their territory. So, we agreed that task experts in both our countries, to work on specific understandings about what’s off-limits and to follow-up on specific cases that originate in other countries – either of our countries.”
Below, is the U.S.-Russia Presidential Joint Statement on Strategic Stability from the White House:
“We, President of the United States of America Joseph R. Biden and President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, note the United States and Russia have demonstrated that, even in periods of tension, they are able to make progress on our shared goals of ensuring predictability in the strategic sphere, reducing the risk of armed conflicts and the threat of nuclear war.
The recent extension of the New START Treaty exemplifies our commitment to nuclear arms control. Today, we reaffirm the principle that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.
Consistent with these goals, the United States and Russia will embark together on an integrated bilateral Strategic Stability Dialogue in the near future that will be deliberate and robust. Through this Dialogue, we seek to lay the groundwork for future arms control and risk reduction measures.”
The Staff at the United States Cybersecurity Magazine will continue to release updates as they become available.