Joe Biden will fight for what he calls a “decisive” democratic struggle in his first presidential visit abroad starting today, and will meet with the main U.S. allies in Europe before his “tricky” summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Because of the crowded agenda-attending the G7, NATO and EU summits before the meeting with Putin in Geneva-Biden will try to empower the West, which he said is at a “critical point.”
“This is a key issue of our time,” Biden wrote for The Washington Post on the eve of his trip.
“Will so many democratic alliances and institutions that have been shaped in the last century show resilience to modern threats and opponents? I believe they will. In Europe this week, we have the opportunity to prove it,” he added.
Biden’s statement is a return to the traditional American worldview four years after Donald Trump flirted with the dictator and turned multilateralism into an unpopular word.
Biden will hold talks with G7 partners (UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan) at a resort in southwest England from Friday to Sunday.
Later, he will visit Queen Elizabeth II of England. In Windsor, then fly to Brussels on June 14th, where the NATO Leaders Summit will be held. One day later, he will attend the EU summit.
At the end of the tour, he will meet Putin in Switzerland, and he recently called him a “killer.”
The roadmap symbolically sends a clear message to Putin: Biden will represent a democratic group in Geneva, not just the United States.
Jack Sullivan, Biden’s national security adviser, said: “He will go to that meeting with the wind behind his back.”
Trump argued that the United States cannot afford the role of the world’s police, and the isolationist stance is very popular among his voters.
But as the entire world emerged from the coronavirus pandemic, Biden used the United States as a mainstay for vaccine exchange and ensuring economic recovery. It has resumed nuclear negotiations with Iran and has taken the lead in resolving the climate crisis.
“The United States is back,” Biden’s slogan was. The Secretary of State said that another option is China’s rule or “chaos”:
European partners remain alert to the shock caused by Trump, but they may greet Biden with suspicion. Last month, Washington blocked France’s attempts to reach a ceasefire in Gaza with Israel and Hamas at the United Nations. On the other hand, the distribution of vaccines by the United States to other countries has been accumulated over a long period of time.
Biden’s meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the NATO summit will also be “interesting.”