The Biden administration is aiming for a June meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Given the current lows in the bilateral relationship, presidential-level talks are an essential communication medium. But Russian acts that violate human rights or international norms, as well as those that endanger international stability or the protection of Russia’s neighbors, should be condemned by the US. However, Washington must realize that active pressure and deterrent efforts are a critical but insufficient tool for reining Russia’s bad conduct. To achieve more favorable results for the US and its allies, the Biden administration should broaden the reach of statecraft in Russian diplomacy.