Two days after this meeting, the United States halted and froze a military aid package to Ukraine that included defensive weapons. That package was worth upwards of $100 million — as Russia amassed troops on Ukraine’s border.
The move looks a lot like an accommodation to Putin’s demand that the United States remain out of the growing conflict. But the US media rang no alarm bells. Almost nobody suggested that Biden had caved to Putin, or that Putin must have some kompromat, some secret embarrassing information over the new Commander-in-Chief.
Then this week, on July 2, REvil once again took credit for a massive cyberattack against Synnex, a third-party provider used by the Republican National Committee. Meanwhile, the single largest global ransomware attack on record occurred — for which again a criminal network believed to be operating out of Russia took credit.
Other than a few scarce reports in the New York Times, these attacks barely registered in the American media. Recall again the feverish levels of Russia paranoia in the Trump years. Now consider that Putin and his criminal allies are clearly testing the new president, and we are only six months in. Biden is refusing to act as Russian attacks become more ambitious and more aggressive. American journalists are looking the other way.