President BidenJoe BidenTulane adds Hunter Biden as guest speaker on media polarization Trump discussing resumption of MAGA rallies: report Biden’s unavoidable foreign policy crisis MORE said Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinFive takeaways from Biden’s address to Congress Biden on Russia: ‘I told them I would respond and we have’ Top Russia diplomat: At least during the Cold War, there was ‘mutual respect’ with US MORE “understands” that actions by Moscow against the U.S. will incur consequences, pointing to a host of sanctions imposed on the Russian economy and individuals over election interference and a massive cyber hack of government and private businesses.
“With regard to Russia, I know it concerns some of you, but I made very clear to President Putin that while we don’t seek escalation — but their actions will have consequences if they turn out to be true, and they turned out to be true,” the president said during a speech to a joint session of Congress.
“I responded in a direct and proportionate way to Russia’s interference in our elections and cyber-attacks on our government and businesses – and they did both of these things and I told them I would respond and we have.”
Biden in April imposed sanctions on Russia targeting the country’s sovereign debt. He also blacklisted a handful of technology companies, expelled Russian diplomats in the U.S. and sanctioned dozens of individuals over election interference and cyber-hacking.
The president spoke with Putin by phone two days before the sanctions were announced and offered an in-person summit in a third-party country “to discuss the full range of issues facing the United States and Russia.”
The president has sought to walk a fine line in maintaining relations with Russia, a nuclear power and member of the United Nations Security Council.
Biden hopes to work with Moscow on nuclear-nonproliferation efforts and steps to combat climate change.
On Wednesday night, he said the U.S. and Russia “can also cooperate when it’s in our mutual interests.”