Biden presses Putin on Navalny arrest and massive cyber hack in first phone call : worldnews

“I find that we can both operate in the mutual self-interest of our countries as a New START agreement and make it clear to Russia that we are very concerned about their behavior, whether it’s Navalny, whether it’s SolarWinds or reports of bounties on heads of Americans in Afghanistan,” Mr Biden told reporters at the White House on Monday.

The Kremlin’s readout of the conversation between the two leaders characterised it as of a “businesslike and frank nature.”

The Kremlin readout added: “It was agreed to maintain contacts.”

The Biden administration in recent days has repeatedly urged Mr Putin to release Mr Navalny and his supporters who have been detained for protesting his incarceration over the weekend.

“We call on Russian authorities to release all those detained for exercising their universal rights and for the immediate and unconditional release of Alexei Navalny,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Monday, echoing a statement from the State Department from over the weekend.

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