"The United States Is Back": Biden On First Day Of Europe Tour

Andrew Cummings
June 10, 2021

As he makes his first foreign trip as president, Joe Biden is keen to emphasise his priorities - climate change, relations with Russian Federation and China and the Covid vaccine.

During the preplanned call, Sullivan said, "they had an opportunity to talk at some length about all of the issues in the U.S. -Ukraine relationship, and President Biden was able to tell President Zelensky that he will stand up firmly for Ukraine's sovereignty, territorial integrity and its aspirations as we go forward".

After meeting with the Queen, Biden will head to Brussels to meet with the leaders of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Biden will first meet with G7 leaders in Cornwall, England.

In an interview conducted remotely on Friday with the online Axios news site, Zelenskiy implored Biden to meet with him "at any moment at any spot on the planet" prior to the US president's visit to Geneva, Switzerland.

Biden will wrap up his trip by meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland.

The EU and Russian Federation disagree on a wide range of issues including human rights, Russia's intervention in Ukraine and Moscow's treatment of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, and Michel said that relations between them had reached a low point.

With the world still crawling out from under the wreckage of Covid-19, Biden is casting his diplomatic marathon as a return to badly needed United States leadership.

The week-plus journey is a big moment for Biden, who traveled the world for decades as vice president and as chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and will now step off Air Force One onto worldwide soil as commander in chief.

Trump argued that the United States can't afford to be the world's policeman, an isolationist stance popular with his voters.

But as the world crawls out of the coronavirus disaster, Biden is positioning the United States as the lynchpin for vaccine sharing and ensuring economic recovery.

Still reeling from Trump shock, European partners may eye Biden's vows with skepticism.

On Monday afternoon, during the daily White House press briefing, Sullivan told reporters that he had just left the Oval Office, where Biden had been on the phone with Zelensky.

Biden blames Russian Federation for the massive SolarWinds cyber-attack, election interference, and at the very least harboring criminals behind ransomware attacks against the vital Colonial fuel pipeline and the U.S. subsidiary of Brazilian meatpacking giant JBS. Sullivan told reporters Biden would press the Russian president on USA priorities and values. The face-to-face meeting will take place in Geneva, with expected discussions including nuclear proliferation, the COVID-19 outbreak and the recent rise in cyberattacks.

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