After meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, US President Joe Biden said the two leaders "share a unique responsibility to manage the relationship between two powerful and proud countries, a relationship that has to be stable and predictable."
"Where we have differences, I want President Putin to understand why I say what I say, and why I do what I do, and how we'll respond to different actions that harm America's interests. I told President Putin my agenda is not against Russia or anybody else. It's for the American people," Biden said.
The US President said his agenda includes fighting Covid-19, rebuilding the US economy, re-establishing relationships around the world with allies, and protecting Americans.
Biden said he told Putin that they will always focus on human rights. In his words, the main point is not that they must persecute Russia as it breaches human rights; the main point is ''who we are.''
According to Biden, he made Putin realize that he will always fight against the violation of human rights.
Biden also underscored the importance of freedom of speech and the press and raised the issue of the American citizens detained in Russia.
Biden also stressed that Putin is aware of the possible repercussions if they further interfere in the elections or carry out cyberattacks.
Biden stressed that the meeting with Putin was important as he did not want his words to be misinterpreted or mangled.