(Reuters) – The top Republican in the U.S. Senate intelligence service on Tuesday urged President Joe Biden to tell Russia that Washington will face any future cyberattacks with a strong response.
Senator Marco Rubio said he would soon introduce legislation for
"Only a strong and clear message will deter (Russian President Vladimir) Putin from engaging in behavior that is detrimental to a stable relationship between the United States and Russia." wrote Senator Rubio in a letter to Biden ahead of the presidential meeting. with President Putin.
The letter, dated Tuesday, was viewed by Reuters.
President Biden is expected to meet with President Putin at their meeting in Geneva on Wednesday over ransomware gangs reportedly linked to his country, which twice recently targeted the critical United States.
Congressmen have demanded a strong response to Russian aggression, including cyberattacks.
President Putin has called t he thought that Russia was responsible absurd.
Sen. Rubio did not provide details about the legislation in the letter, which called on President Biden to be open to imposing sanctions on officials who enable cyberattacks and arrest cybercriminals who violate US law when traveling to other countries.
"In the near future, I will introduce legislation to give your administration greater tools to address the plight of ransomware and target foreign governments that deliberately provide a haven for cybercriminals," Senator Rubio wrote.