Biden Arrives in Europe for Summits With Allies, Putin

President Joe Biden talks to reporters prior to boarding Air Force One as he departs on travel to attend the G-7 Summit in England the first foreign trip of his presidency from Joint Base Andrews Maryland

U.S. President Joe Biden looks on as First Lady Jill Biden addresses United States military personnel at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall Wednesday, June 9, 2021.

"They should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, and every responsible nation should take action against the criminals who are conducting them and should not harbor them in any way", Biden's national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters traveling with Biden on Air Force One on Wednesday.

"I had a long conversation for two hours recently with [Chinese] President Xi [Jinping], making it clear to him we could do nothing but speak out for human rights around the world because that's who we are", Biden said. Instead, he said he doesn't want a conflict with Russian Federation.

Biden went on to warn Russian Federation to not engage in "harmful activities" while stating the country may face "robust and meaningful consequences".

President Joe Biden just laughed when a reporter asked if he believes the few hours he will spend with Vladimir Putin next week will instantly change the mercurial Russian president's behavior.

As he boarded Air Force One, Biden said his goals for the trip were strengthening ties with allies, while "making it clear to Putin and to China that Europe and the United States are tight". During meetings and conversations with world leaders, President Biden will stress the importance of working with allies to confront challenges presented by Russian Federation and China.

"We're not seeking conflict with Russian Federation".

Biden also said he would be announcing a new strategy for vaccinating the world against the coronavirus pandemic.

He and first lady Jill Biden are also meeting Sunday with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle before leaving for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on Monday.

In Geneva on Wednesday, Biden is meeting with Swiss Confederation President Guy Parmelin before his potentially contentious sit-down with Putin - the first time the two leaders have met face-to-face since Biden became president. "The President (Biden) will talk to President Putin about our concerns on this front". His approach comes now, after former president Donald Trump's transactional populism defined much of USA foreign policy over the past four years.

'Although Biden's more multilateral approach to foreign policy is welcomed, there is still a widespread perception that the US mainly looks after its own interests in world affairs, ' it said.

Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Sputnik on 9 June that Vladimir Putin is ready for any format of communication with reporters after his upcoming summit with Biden.

For weeks, the White House has painted the meeting as a chance for Biden to issue stern warnings to Putin on a number of matters.

In a television interview, Biden also said he considered Putin to be a "killer", a claim Putin quickly turned against the citing its slaughter of Native Americans in the 18th century settlement of the country, and deadly abuse of minorities throughout its history.



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