US President Joe Biden has sharply criticized his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, accusing him of trying to “violate the sovereignty of the United States” by seeking to disrupt the 2022 congressional elections by spreading “disinformation”.
Biden also criticized in a speech to intelligence officials during a visit to the office of the Director of National Intelligence, on Tuesday, the economic situation in Russia, and said, “It has only nuclear weapons and only oil wells.”
The US president added that Putin knows he is in “real trouble, which in my view makes him more dangerous.”
“Look at what Russia is already doing about the 2022 election and disinformation,” Biden said, referring to the information he received during his daily press conference. “It is a pure violation of our sovereignty.”
The US president also expressed concern about the recent increase in cyberattacks, including ransomware, which usually encrypt victims’ data and then demand money from hackers to return it to its owners.
Biden talked about the possibilities of the United States entering a new war, and explained that it would be due to technology.
“If we end up in a war, a real war, with a superpower, it will be the result of a cyber breach,” he said.
The United States is scheduled to hold midterm elections for Congress in the fall of 2022, in which all House seats and one-third of the Senate seats will be on the ballot paper.
Washington recently accused China of carrying out massive hacking attacks on Microsoft last March, and the White House has repeatedly called on Russia to take action against ransomware attacks originating from within the country.