Biden warns Putin at the start of European trip: ‘We will react strongly’
US President Joe Biden arrived in the UK on Wednesday evening for his first foreign trip since taking office. During the eight-day mission, he aims to restore tense relations with Europe’s allies and make overtures to Russia. He will meet with several world leaders and will also announce a corona vaccination plan for the world.
Biden and his wife Jill arrived with Air Force One at a military base in Suffolk. They were welcomed there by American servicemen stationed there.
Before leaving, the US president told reporters that the purpose of his trip is to “strengthen the alliance and make it clear to Putin and China that Europe and the United States have a close relationship.”
On June 16, Biden will have a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland, to conclude his European trip. He will talk about the attacks by Russian hackers, the unrest in eastern Ukraine, among other things.
Biden spoke muscle to the American military in Suffolk. “I will let Putin know what I want him to know.”
Biden says he is aiming for a stable relationship between the two countries. “We are not seeking conflict with Russia,” the president said. “But the United States will respond vigorously and meaningfully if the Russian government engages in harmful activities.”
On Thursday, Biden will meet British Prime Minister Boris Johnson near Cornwall. The summit of seven leading industrial states (G7) will take place there from Friday to Sunday. Biden will then likely announce that it will donate 500 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to other countries, US media reported.
The visit to Great Britain concludes with a visit to the British Queen Elizabeth II. The queen will receive the American president and first lady on Sunday at Windsor Castle near London.
On Monday, Biden will attend the NATO summit in Brussels, where a meeting with European Union leaders is scheduled the following day. Biden’s long-awaited summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to take place in Geneva next Wednesday. After that, the American president returns to Washington.