US President Joe Biden promised before his first on-site meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin that the US will support its European allies against Russia, but also said that he does not seek conflict and hopes to establish stable relations and cooperation with Moscow.
Biden will travel to Europe on Wednesday, and plans to participate in the G7 and NATO summits, and will meet with Russian leaders in Geneva on June 16.
The summit will be held during the most serious crisis in US-Russian relations in recent years. There will be tensions on a range of issues from hacker accusations to election interference.
In an article published for the Washington Post on Saturday, the President of the United States vowed to strengthen Washington’s “democratic coalition” to deal with more crises and growing threats from Moscow and Beijing.
“We are united in dealing with the challenges Russia poses to European security, first of all the aggression against Ukraine, and there is no doubt that the United States is determined to defend our democratic values that are inseparable from our interests,” he said. Write.
“President Putin knows that I will respond to future harmful activities without hesitation,” Biden said. “When we meet, I will reaffirm the commitment of the United States, Europe and like-minded democracies to safeguard human rights and dignity.”
Since taking office in January, Biden has increased pressure on the Kremlin, and his remarks calling Putin a “killer” have been sharply criticized in Moscow.
But both leaders expressed hope to improve relations, and the Russian president said on Friday that he expected a “positive” outcome of the meeting.
Biden pointed out in the article that Washington “does not seek conflict” and pointed out that the recent extension of the new START arms reduction agreement is evidence of its desire to ease tensions.
“We want a stable and predictable relationship in which we can cooperate with Russia on issues such as strategic stability and arms control,” the President of the United States wrote.