The White House is having a big meeting about fighting ransomware. It didn't invite Russia

The two-day series of meetings seeks to find an answer to and follows calls from US president Joe Biden for the Kremlin

Notably absent from the -led group was Russia itself, which was not invited. In June Biden told Russian President Vladimir Putin that 16 US critical infrastructure entities should be off-limits

In the two days of virtual talks, India will lead discussions on Thursday about resilience, while Australia is focusing on how to disrupt cyberattacks. The ’s contribution focused on virtual currency, while discussed diplomacy. Other countries involved include , France, Brazil, , Japan, Ukraine, Ireland, , South Africa.

Although Russian officials didn’t participate, a White House spokesperson said the US is in ongoing discussions with Russia via the US-Kremlin

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