7:15 AM 12/13/2021 - Post Link Russian president Vladimir Putin attends a concert marking the seventh anniversary of Russia’s annexation of Crimea at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on 18 March. Photograph: Alexey Druzhinin/SPUTNIK/AFP/Getty Images Sun 21 Mar 2021 03.00 EDT I t had to happen sooner or later. Repeated Russian cyber-attacks, hacks, data thefts and disinformation operations aimed at influencing American elections have finally proved too much for Joe Biden , the US president to bear. Intolerable, too, are what Washington sees as the Kremlin’s malign power-plays in sensitive conflict zones, from Syria and Afghanistan to Ukraine and the Balkans. Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, also stands accused by western countries of waging war on his own people: witness the recent crackdown on opposition activist Alexei Navalny’s pro-democracy supporters. Putin’s regime is widely viewed as irredeemably corrupt. Britain last week dubbed Russia a “ hostile state ”. The US agrees.
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Secretary of State Antony Blinken discusses President Biden's recent phone call with Russian President Putin, during an exclusive interview with Meet the Press
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