Joe Biden has said he will pressure Vladimir Putin to respect human rights when the two leaders meet in June.
In a speech marking the Memorial Day holiday, Biden said: “I am meeting with President Putin in a few weeks in Geneva to make it clear to him that we will not do this, we will not stand idly by and let him abuse these. rights.
The White House said on Friday that it plans to move forward with the summit between the two leaders, after Microsoft reported a cyberattack on U.S. government agencies by Nobelium, the group behind the SolarWind hack of last year, originally from Russia.
The Kremlin said it had no information about the latest attack.
Announcing the June 16 meeting, the White House said the two leaders would discuss a range of issues with the aim of restoring “predictability and stability” to relations between Washington and Moscow.
It comes amid strained relations over US election interference that Moscow denies, as well as cyber attacks and Russian intervention in Ukraine.
Biden was speaking in Wilmington, Delaware, at an annual Memorial Day service. He and his wife Jill Biden also celebrated the sixth anniversary of the president’s death on Beau Biden, a former Delaware attorney general.
Beau Biden died of brain cancer in 2015. He was 46 years old.