The Russian government has threatened to send "unpleasant" messages if they have not discussed a range of issues at their upcoming meeting.
Russia's foreign ministry has put the US on notice ahead of a meeting between American president Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart. Sergei Rybakov, the deputy minister for Russia’s Foreign Ministry warns that Putin will not be pleased if he doesn't hear these "unpleasant" messages from America about Syria at their upcoming summit with President Biden.
“The Americans must assume that a number of signals from Moscow ... will be uncomfortable for them, including in the coming days,” he said, according to reporting from Russian news agency RIA.
While we're all focused on the presidential election, it's important to remember that Joe Biden is going to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. This will be their first meeting of Biden’s presidency and Obama's vice president has publicly said he would press Mr. Putin on human rights concerns.
The Russian ambassador to NATO, Alexander Rybakov said that Russia is willing to discuss human rights issues as long as it can also talk about the increase in American and NATO forces on its western border with Ukraine.
Mr Rybakov, Russia's ambassador to the United States, said that his government is willing to discuss human rights in exchange for increasing dialogue with NATO and America.
“The actions of our Western colleagues are destroying the world’s security system and force us to take adequate countermeasures,” said Sergei Shoigu, Russia’s defense minister, according to the Interfax news agency.
In a Memorial Day weekend address, Vice President Joe Biden made it clear that the United States would not stand by and let Russia abuse its rights. "I'm meeting with President Putin in two weeks on Sunday," he said to loud applause at an event hosted by the Ukrainian World Congress of America.
This passage discusses the state of human rights in Russia. In 2019, HRW found that there were numerous violations and things have been getting worse since then. There are reports of torture which is illegal according to international law as well as election protests crackdowns and suppression of freedoms such as expression.
In an attempt to improve relations with Belarus, United States Vice President Joe Biden announced sanctions on the country after they arrested Raman Protasevich. A 26-year-old journalist and his girlfriend Sofia Sapagea were also detained for unknown reasons.
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