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Biden says Putin has ‘real problems’ because he’s sitting on ‘an economy that has nuclear weapons and oil wells and nothing else’
- The president made his first speech to the intelligence community as president
- Visited the office of the Director of National Intelligence in Virginia outside of DC
- He warned that Putin had “real problems” which made him “more dangerous”
- Mentioned the oil-dependent economy of nuclear energy
- He said the next “shooting war” with a major power could be triggered by cyber
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President Joe Biden said in a speech to the US intelligence community on Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin was a cornered opponent, potentially making him “more dangerous.”
Speaking in the office of the director of national intelligence for his first time as president, Biden commented on the state of Russia’s oil-dependent economy – and issued a stark warning about the risks of cyber-adventurism.
“He knows he’s in trouble and that makes him more dangerous,” Biden said, speaking weeks after meeting Putin in Geneva for a summit.
“He knows he’s in trouble,” President Joe Biden said of Russian President Vladimir Putin
“When I was with Mr. Putin, who has a real problem,” he said, speaking calmly and calmly. “He sits at the top of an economy that has nuclear weapons and oil wealth and nothing else. Nothing else. Their economy is like the eight smallest in the world today – the largest in the world. He knows he’s in real trouble – which makes him even more dangerous, in my opinion, ”he said.
Biden spoke after a series of ransomware attacks – many of which are believed to have originated in Russia, although the administration has not identified the latest mass attack on the Kremlin itself.
‘I cannot guarantee that. and you are as informed as I am, ”he told members of the intelligence community. “But I think it is more likely that we will end – if we end up in a war – a real shooting war with a major power, it will be the consequence of a cyber breach of great consequence”, he said. -he declares.
Biden referred to his recent summit with Putin in his first speech to the intelligence community as president
“He’s sitting at the top of an economy that has nuclear weapons and oil wealth and nothing else,” Biden said
Biden also spoke about US intelligence capabilities. The nation was unable to prevent ransom hacks, although the Justice Department said it was able to recover more than $ 2 million in ransom paid in cryptocurrency after the hack by Colonial Pipeline.
“He knows you’re better than his team, and that bothers him a lot,” Biden said of Putin.
Biden’s comments on Putin come as Russian chess grandmaster and activist Gary Kasparov called on the United States to target more sanctions directly against Putin and the Russian oligarchs, telling Politico: “This is not a extreme measure. It is the only effective one.
He added: “Putin doesn’t care about Russia or the Russians. There are no national interests, just his own.
Biden also accused Russia of spreading “disinformation” in the 2022 election, after U.S. intelligence services assessed Russian interference in 2016 and 2020.
“Look at what Russia is already doing about the 2022 elections and disinformation,” he said. “It is a pure violation of our sovereignty.
He called on US intelligence services to “tackle the widespread disinformation that makes it increasingly difficult for people to assess the facts and make decisions.”