“I will meet with President Putin in a few weeks in Geneva, making it clear that we will not – we will not let him abuse these rights,” Biden said in a speech honoring Memorial Day, in which he noted that America was founded on the ideal that all men and women are created equal and declared that the United States has an obligation to speak out when it sees human rights violations.
Despite the deteriorating relationship between the two countries on issues like Ukraine and election interference, Biden hopes to establish a clear channel of communication that would avoid undue surprises.
The president also said he raised the human rights violations during an appeal with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
“I had a long conversation, lasting two hours recently with President Xi, making it clear to him that there is nothing we can do but defend human rights in the world because that is what we are. “Biden said.
Blinken also spoke directly to a series of aggressive Russian activities, including the hacking of Solar Winds which targeted private companies and the government, election interference from Moscow, the unwarranted detention of US citizens in Russia, the detention of the activist from the opposition Alexey Navalny and the expulsion of each other. diplomats, the sources said.