Russia tells U.S. to expect 'uncomfortable' signals ahead of Putin-Biden summit


President Joe Biden (L) and President Vladimir Putin.

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Russia stated on Monday it could ship what it described as “uncomfortable” signals to the United States ahead of a summit between the two countries’ leaders subsequent month and introduced it was beefing up its western border militarily.

The feedback got here a day after U.S. President Joe Biden stated he would press Russian President Vladimir Putin to respect human rights when the 2 leaders meet in Geneva on June 16. Relations between the 2 powers are at post-Cold War lows.

“The Americans must assume that a number of signals from Moscow … will be uncomfortable for them, including in the coming days,” Sergei Ryabkov, Russia’s deputy overseas minister, was quoted as saying by the RIA information company.

Ryabkov stated Russia could be ready to reply to Biden’s queries about human rights in Russia and stated that Moscow was being extra versatile than Washington when it got here to drawing up an agenda for the summit, RIA reported.

Russia’s ties with the West are acutely strained over the jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, a army build-up close to Ukraine in addition to allegations of election hacking.

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu stated on Monday that the United States and the NATO transatlantic alliance had lately elevated army exercise to the West of Russia, which required a response from Moscow.

“The actions of our Western colleagues are destroying the world’s security system and force us to take adequate countermeasures,” the Interfax information company quoted Shoigu as saying.

“Around 20 military formations and units will be formed in the Western Military District by the end of the year,” he was quoted as saying.