Daily US Times: President Biden told a hangar of US soldiers on Wednesday he was in Europe to defend the very concept of democracy, setting high stakes for his first overseas trip as US president and warning Russian President Vladimir Putin he planned to raise touchy issues during their upcoming summit.
Biden said at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, England: “I’m headed to the G7, then to the NATO ministerial and then to meet with Mr. Putin to let him know what I want him to know.”
President Joe Biden spoke forcefully about restoring American alliances in Europe, describing them as a cornerstone of global security. And he said he would not hold back in his meeting with Putin.
“We are not seeking conflict with Russia. We want a stable predictable relationship. I have been clear: the United States will respond in a robust and meaningful way if the Russian government engages in harmful activities. We have already demonstrated that. I am going to communicate that there are consequences for violating the sovereignty of democracies in the US and Europe and elsewhere,” he said.
Before he meets his Russian counterpart Mr Putin in Geneva next week, President Biden is holding consultations with European leaders at the G7 in Cornwall and the NATO summit in Brussels.
Joe Biden laid out a lofty goal for his first international trip, suggesting no less than democracy itself was at stake as he works to convince the world that, after four years of Donald Trump’s presidency, the US commitment to trans-Atlantic ties is back for good.