Rep. Stewart’s statement on President Biden’s upcoming meeting with President Putin

This week, President Biden is meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva. Congressman Chris Stewart (R-UT) released the following statement ahead of the first summit between the U.S. and Russian presidents.

“It should come as no surprise that Russian President Putin is denying any involvement in the recent surge in cyberattacks against America’s infrastructure. It would be foolish to take him at his word. These cyber-terrorists are trained, funded, and protected by Russia. Putin is hiding behind criminal groups and attacking American infrastructure, businesses, and citizens with impunity. They must start paying a price.

This week, during this administration’s first U.S.-Russia summit, President Biden has a valuable opportunity to send President Putin a message: If Russia continues supporting cyberattacks against America, we will strike back. That message doesn’t only need to be clear, though – it needs to have teeth. Republicans and Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee stand ready to make sure that’s the case.”