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Biden Begins his European Trip with a Warning to Russia against Harmful Activities

US President Joe Biden began his first official overseas trip abroad along with a warning to Russia that it has to face robust and meaningful consequences if it gets engaged in harmful activities.

Mr. Biden addressing thousands of US military soldiers and their families at a British airbase stated that he would give a clear message to Russian President Vladimir Putin at their meeting. The president will converse with Mr. Putin after the separate summits with G7, NATO, and European leaders.

The US Does not Seek Conflict with Russia

At the start of the eight-day trip to Europe, the Democratic president said that they are not seeking any conflict with Russia. They want to have a stable as well as predictable relationship. He further added that he has been very clear that if the Russian government performs any harmful activity, then the US will respond in a strong and meaningful way. He is quite determined to rebuild the trans-Atlantic ties along with reframing bonding with Russia after four rocky years during the former president Donald Trump rule. Under former president Trump, the relations with allies were strained due to the tariffs and withdrawal from treaties.

Ties between the US and Moscow are at an extremely low point over a variety of problems. In April, Vladimir Putin blamed western powers for trying to victimize Russia and warned all of them not to cross a red line.

At all points along the path, they are going to make it very clear that the United States has returned back, said the president. He also stated that democracies across the world are standing together to handle the toughest challenges and the problems that matter most for the future of the country.

He will meet UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to agree on a new Atlantic Charter. The pact is just the modern version of the one that was agreed between Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill in 1941. It will focus on challenges, including security and climatic changes.

Biden told the reporters while leaving for Europe that his aim is to strengthen the alliances while clearly symbolizing to Putin and China that the US and Europe have strong relationships. His summit with President Putin on June 16 in Geneva is the peak of the trip. It is an opportunity to raise US concerns with the Russian leader directly about ransomware attacks emerging from Russia. They can be other discussions too about the aggression of Moscow against Ukraine and a host of several issues.


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