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Biden raises election meddling with Putin call in first phone call

Added 01-26-21 04:04:02pm EST - “The conversation was Mr Biden's first with the Russian leader since taking over for Mr Trump.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “Biden raises election meddling with Putin call in first phone call”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

US President Joe Biden has spoken to Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for his first time as president, warning him about 2020 election meddling.

The wide-ranging call on Tuesday afternoon also included a discussion about the ongoing opposition protests in Russia and the Start nuclear treaty.

It comes after criticism that former President Donald Trump was not forceful enough in his condemnation of Mr Putin.

A readout of the call from the White House said that the two presidents also discussed the SolarWinds hack, reports that Russia placed bounties on US soldiers in Afghanistan, and the poisoning of Alexei Navalny.

"President Biden made clear that the United States will act firmly in defence of its national interests in response to actions by Russia that harm us or our allies," a US statement said.

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