The president was talking about how the United States and Russia can work together to help the people of "Libya."
During a 90-minute interview, NBC News senior international correspondent Keir Simmons asked the longest-serving Russian leader since Joseph Stalin about the state of dissent in his country, the conflict with the U.S. and his thoughts on Alexei Navalny.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that it would be unacceptable if Ukraine joined NATO. The longtime leader warned that NATO missiles would be able to reach key Russian targets in just seven minutes if Ukraine joined the organization
"We have been accused of all kinds of things," Putin said, "and not once, not once, not one time, did they bother to produce any kind of evidence or proof, just unfounded accusations."
The president is in Belgium as the 30-nation alliance hopes to reaffirm its unity and discuss fraught relations with Russia and China.
"I don't want to get into being diverted by 'did they shake hands, who talked the most' and the rest," said the U.S. president.
"The president is going to make clear to President Putin is that we seek a more stable, predictable relationship," the secretary of state said.
"Human rights abuses, the jailing of individuals, of course, of Americans, will all be part of the discussion," said the White House press secretary.
The two presidents will meet in Switzerland on June 16 for their first bilateral summit since Biden came to office.
"Look, you know, I don't want to come across as being rude, but this looks like some kind of indigestion except that it's verbal indigestion," Putin said.
The Pentagon's package "includes capabilities to enhance the lethality, command and control, and situational awareness of Ukraine's forces" and comes as the Russian military tracks the movements of a U.S. warship ahead of President Joe Biden's debut summit with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
Swiss authorities made the decision to restrict airspace and deploy up to 3,000 troops and police officers ahead of next week's Geneva summit to protect against terrorist threats that remain "high in Switzerland and Europe."
Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has ordered the termination of the near 30-year "Open Lands" memorandum of understanding that allowed for the mutual easing of travel restrictions for U.S. and Russian personnel in respective host countries.
The designation prevents people associated with the groups from running for public office and exposes them to lengthy prison sentences.
Paul Whelan, whose arrest for espionage has been condemned by the U.S., is hoping to return home to his family.
"Navalny's team will not stop its activities, they shouldn't hope for that," Ivan Zhdanov, a top Navalny associate who headed his foundation, said.
Navalny was given the award for his "extraordinary courage and heroic efforts to sound the alarm about the Putin regime's grave violations of the human rights of the Russian people," the executive director of UN Watch said.
He made the comments during a meeting to discuss the country's military.
Russia stands open for "the development of our ties on the basis of mutual respect and with the emphasis on cooperation in areas such as the Arctic issues, relations between regions and business ties where our interests objectively converge," said a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry.
"President Biden was able to tell President Zelenskyy that he will stand up firmly for Ukraine's sovereignty, territorial integrity, and its aspirations as we go forward," National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said about Biden and Zelenskyy's phone call.
"Raman is a hostage. Lukashenko hijacked a passenger plane in order to capture him and subject him to that moral and physical humiliation," said Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya.
The FBI director compared the challenges posed by recent ransomware attacks to the issues presented by the September 11 terrorist attacks.
"We need to find ways of looking for a settlement in our relations, which are at an extremely low level now," Putin said.
Tom Bossert said Trump gave Russia "latitude to act and regroup" when he didn't hold the country accountable following cyberattacks.
The alliance says the Sea Breeze drill is not aimed at Russia, but the Kremlin has warned that the exercise extends well beyond what it calls Ukraine's Black Sea zone.
Navalny said he was wakened by guards every hour of the night during his stay at the penal colony so they could film him and report his presence at the prison to officially verify his location.
Khodorkovsky said that the pending election is a "theatrical performance, in which any candidates that the government isn't happy with will simply not be allowed to run."
"There is a plan to put any people with a different view under arrest, but such people already are the majority," Andrei Pivovarvo said in a letter from police custody.