Fiona Hill on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AP)
UPDATED 4:25 PM PT – Sunday, June 20, 2021
Former National Security Council Director Fiona Hill warned the Biden administration has empowered Russian President Vladimir Putin. During an interview on Sunday, Hill argued the summit with Joe Biden was a “very important symbolic win” for the Russian president.
Back in 2019, Hill testified in the impeachment hearing of President Trump as an expert on Russian affairs. Now, she claims the Russian government may continue to support alleged cyberattacks on U.S. soil and political repressions if left unchecked.
“…What we’re trying to do is try to reel that back and to basically win that back, that is, and try to get some kind of restraint here. So we’re basically, I guess, now with the dilemma of how do we do that?” she expressed. “Can we get a comprehensive cyber agreement like we do in the nuclear weapons realm or is that just going to be too difficult?”
Many lawmakers have slammed Biden’s approach on his recent summit with the Russian president. They argued Biden should have pushed back harder against Putin on matters such as cybersecurity and the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
Hill went on to say the Biden administration should press Russia on serious issues that pose “a threat” to U.S. national security.