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Biden's to-do list on foreign trip: Rally allies against COVID, Putin

Economy Jun 07, 2021 06:51PM ET
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By Andrea Shalal, Humeyra Pamuk and Steve Holland

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -President Joe Biden's meeting with leaders of the G7 leading industrial economies in an English seaside village this week will usher in a new focus on rallying U.S. allies against common adversaries - the COVID-19 pandemic, Russia and China.

New COVID-19 variants and rising death tolls in some countries will loom large during the gathering from Friday to Sunday, alongside climate change, strengthening global supply chains and ensuring the West maintains its technological edge over China, the world's second-largest economy.

Biden, a Democrat, vowed to rebuild relations with allies after four rocky years under former President Donald Trump, who pulled Washington out of several multilateral institutions and threatened at one point to quit NATO.

"The trip, at its core, will advance the fundamental thrust of Joe Biden's foreign policy to rally the world's democracies to tackle the greatest challenges of our time," White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters at a briefing on Monday.

The gathering will put Biden's "America is back" motto to the test, with allies disillusioned during the Trump years looking for tangible, lasting action.

TENSIONS WITH RUSSIA

Russia will be at the forefront of attention at the G7 summit in Cornwall, England, and the days afterward when Biden meets with European leaders and NATO allies in Brussels, before heading to Geneva to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin.

U.S. officials are considering sharper action against Russia after two incidents. These are the recent ransomware attack on JBS, the world's largest meatpacker, by a criminal group likely based in Russia. Also Putin gave financial backing to Belarus after it forced a Ryanair flight to land so it could arrest a dissident journalist on board are pushing.

Biden's meeting with Putin is not a "reward" for Putin but instead the most effective way to hear directly from him to understand and manage the differences between Washington and Moscow, Sullivan said.

"There is simply a lot we have to work through," he said.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met Biden at the White House on Monday and told reporters afterward that the challenges the allies will confront at their summit will be Russia, China, cyberhacks and climate change, among others.

He said a rising China with its military buildup poses a problem because "they don't share our values."

"We see that in the way they crack down on democratic protests in Hong Kong, how they deal with minorities... and how they coerce neighbors... Taiwan. So we need to stand up for the rules-based national order," he said.

On Russia, Stoltenberg said, "we agree on the dual-track approach, meaning deterrence, defense and dialogue with Russia."

Sullivan said Biden will stress the importance of NATO countries' burden-sharing and the need for allies to contribute to alliance exercises and operations. He added that the United States will respond if Russia's "harmful" activities against Washington continue.

Sullivan said Biden spoke with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Monday and reassured him that he would defend Ukraine's sovereignty in his talks with Putin.

According to Sullivan, he also said he hoped the G7 nations would come up with an "action plan" to increase their collective defenses against ransomware attacks and deal with the challenges posed by cryptocurrency, which, he said, "lies at the core of how these ransom transactions are played out."

On the sidelines of a NATO summit in Brussels on June 14, Biden is also expected to meet with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, a crucial session between the sparring NATO allies after Ankara's purchase of Russian defense systems angered Washington and risked driving a wedge within the alliance.

Sullivan said the talks with Erdogan would be expansive, covering the eastern Mediterranean, Syria and Afghanistan as well as how to deal with the differences that have arisen between the two countries.

He said that Biden and Erdogan, who have known each other for many years now, were looking forward to having a "business-like" opportunity to have a broad review of bilateral ties.

Biden's to-do list on foreign trip: Rally allies against COVID, Putin
 

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Ad Cline Jun 08, 2021 4:23AM ET
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Rachele ... I see you're not working the late night streets of Minsk anymore. got yourself a nice worm cubicle at the institute in St Petersburg, good for you.
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Biden well lay down the law on Putin. Putin like most bullies is a coward. he should bow down to the will of the American President. if Putin fails to do as he is told, its lights out in St Petersburg.
Rachele Bonded
Rachele Bonded Jun 07, 2021 9:19PM ET
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putin and biden center stage....lol..... putin will expose biden incompetence. go putin!!!
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Vlad Lozovskiy Jun 07, 2021 7:45PM ET
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So Biden closes our pipelines and opens Russian. And now he will rally against Putin? Lord! And COVID! Dude! There is like no COVID left!
Trevor Roberts
LimitUp Jun 07, 2021 7:17PM ET
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Russia Russia, another diversion from our real enemy CCP
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Russian aggression is real and will be delt with. Putin must be put down if the Russian people are to have a future. Putin and his henchman are corrupt and incompetent .
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the only thing the Putin regime is capable of doing well is stealing, lying, and ***
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Peemil Nicho Jun 07, 2021 5:55PM ET
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first thing control crypto instead our currency ,our pround.we have history and history pass to national currency.national currency for everybody not for anyone or group.Cant.creat by someone or by company.
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Peemil Nicho Jun 07, 2021 5:55PM ET
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if we accept crypto instead our currency ,we will loose history ,loose history ,loose our unique and valuation.
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Felipe Daniel Jun 07, 2021 4:40PM ET
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Didnt Biden approve the Nord Stream pipeline giving Putin full access to EU market?
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felipe... there are times in politics that you have to give into an allie's precieved needs, no matter how much it's against your better judgement. Trump might have been able to stop the pipeline project if he had supported his allies instead of bullying them.
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Felipe Daniel Jun 07, 2021 4:40PM ET
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Ad Cline Biden is already more pro Russia by his actions than Trump ever was. Prove me wrong.
Dennis Touey
Dennis Touey Jun 07, 2021 4:22PM ET
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America was already coming "back" under President Trump. Biden is screwing it up. How many of you truly believe he is running the country? He's NOT!!!
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America's reputation was dropping like a rock under Trump. America was viewed as unreliable and lead by an government, lead by Trump, as incompetent and corrupt.
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Will Back Jun 07, 2021 4:19PM ET
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Great leader
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Peteymcletey Jun 07, 2021 1:29AM ET
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Biden is a joke. Makes Russia out to be massive threat. Meanwhile Russia has dominated with Bidens actions. oil is skyrocketing. their pipelines are flowing again.Biden says Russia bad, but he's helping them like noone else ever has. he is their pawn
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peteymcletey..you sound desperate. Biden must be doing to good of a job.
 
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