Joe Biden makes his first European tour as President of the United States and his first stop was a visit to US troops in England, to whom he said he had arrived on the old continent “to defend the concept of democracy”, while meaningfully pointing out that during his meeting with the Russian president , will ask him thorny issues. “The United States is back!”, as he said. “I will go to the G7, then to the NATO summit and I will meet with Mr. Putin to tell him everything I want him to know. We do not seek a conflict with Russia. We want a stable, predictable relationship with Moscow. However, we will respond in a strong and effective way if the Russian government engages in harmful activities. We have already shown this. “I will convey the message that there will be consequences for violating the sovereignty of democracies in the United States, Europe and elsewhere.”
He also spoke about the restoration of his country’s alliances in Europe, which he described as the cornerstone of global security.
During his tour, Mr. Biden will meet with the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the other leaders of the G7 Member States, the Queen Elizabeth (Sunday at Windsor Castle), NATO officials and finally Vladimir Putin have called him a “soulless killer” on June 16 in Geneva.
There are five issues on Biden’s agenda:
- Russia’s alleged interference in the US election with the spread of false news via the Internet and cyberattacks, which led to the imposition of US sanctions on Moscow, especially after the election of Donald Trump in 2016.
- The action of Russian hackers against American targets. The cyber-attacks against SolarWinds, Colonial Pipeline, JBS, which particularly bothered Washington, were attributed to Moscow or to Russian-based hackers.
- Human rights, the Navalny case, and Moscow’s treatment of dissidents, with Biden vowing to tell Putin he would not be left “with his arms crossed.”
- The military confrontation from Ukraine and Syria to the Arctic, the fears of a new arms race after the end of a series of agreements and the strategic balance.
- The deportations of diplomats to which Russia and the United States proceed after each new wave of sanctions.
Biden also said that during his meetings with foreign leaders, he would focus on the fight against pandemics, climate change, and protection against “the growing threat of cyberattacks and authoritarian leaders that allow them to happen.”
Finally, it is worth mentioning that the US President is scheduled to meet on June 14, on the sidelines of the NATO summit, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “To discuss the full range of bilateral and regional issues,” the White House said in a statement.