Geneva (AP) —Supported by the days of partnership-building sessions with US Democratic allies, Joe Biden arrived in Geneva on Tuesday and was the most notable and tense part of his first European tour as president. Was: Meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin. Biden is trying to dismiss the value of NATO and other long-standing US alliances
Geneva (AP) —Supported by the days of partnership-building sessions with US Democratic allies, Joe Biden arrived in Geneva on Tuesday and was the most notable and tense part of his first European tour as president. Was: Meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin.
Biden is trying to dismiss the value of NATO and other long-standing US alliances and restore tensions in European relations under former President Donald Trump in search of Putin and other dictators. Biden will hold a long meeting with global leaders at the Group of Seven, NATO and US-EU summits this week to secure a joint communiqué to express concerns about Russia and China, and a groundbreaking agreement on Tuesday. I chaired it. We are conducting a US trade dispute with Europe.
But Wednesday’s meeting with Russian President Biden is his most anticipated.
Biden calls Putin a “worthy enemy” and he I want to find a field of cooperation With the President of Russia. But he also warned that “we will respond in kind” if Russia continues its cyberattacks and other offensive actions against the United States.
Biden hopes to find a small area of agreement with the Russian president, including potentially returning the ambassador to Washington and Moscow, according to government officials who were allowed to disclose internal discussions anonymously. .. Both countries have been without senior diplomats for months.
Biden is also aiming to develop a new arms control agreement between the two countries, following Russia. Agreed to extend for 5 years Of the current agreement in January. And Biden not only plans to raise issues ranging from cyberattacks to alleged involvement in Russia’s aerial piracy, but also with political retaliation against him for what he said to the Russian president. Putin’s treatment of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was imprisoned and poisoned for what was considered.
Before leaving the Brussels stop on Tuesday morning, US officials announced a major breakthrough with the European Union in a 17-year trade dispute centered on rival subsidies to aircraft manufacturers.
Both sides have reached an agreement on how much government subsidies each can provide to aircraft manufacturing giants Boeing in the United States and Airbus in the EU. The announcement was made when Biden met with President Charles Michel of the Council of Europe and President Ursula of the European Commission. Von de Araien.
U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai told reporters that the deal requires a five-year suspension of tariffs on aircraft, stressing that it is time to set aside the fight and focus on China’s economic claims. did.
“Today’s announcement solves a long-standing trade stimulus in US-Europe relations. Instead of fighting one of the closest allies, we are finally facing a common threat,” Thailand said. .. “We have agreed to work together to challenge and counter China’s non-market practices in this sector in specific ways that reflect the standards of fair competition.”
Indeed, US-EU relations face other trade-related friction. Continent leaders are impatient that Biden has not yet worked on Trump’s 2018 decision to impose import taxes on foreign steel and aluminum.
The White House created a joint US-EU Trade and Technology Council on Tuesday to coordinate standards for artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and biotechnology, and to coordinate efforts to strengthen supply chain resilience. Was announced. Biden has appointed Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, and Thailand as co-chairs of the United States.
The White House also said both sides would discuss efforts to set up a group of experts to stop climate change and determine the best way to safely resume travel as the coronavirus pandemic declines.
The US-EU Summit will also include a communiqué to address concerns about China’s provocative behavior later on Tuesday.
The statement will follow Monday’s NATO summit, declaring China a constant security challenge and stating that China is working to undermine global rule-based order. On Sunday, a group of seven countries said it was a forced labor practice in China and other human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims and other ethnic minorities in the western Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.
In addition to scolding China, NATO leaders at the communiqué on Monday swiped Russia extensively, aggressive military operations and snap wars near the borders of NATO countries, and 30 countries by Russian plane. Lamented repeated violations of the airspace.
Since taking office in January, Biden has repeatedly pressured Putin, taking action to thwart Russian cyberattacks on businesses and governments in the United States and around the world, and accusing Navalny of imprisonment. Biden also publicly aired information suggesting that Moscow provided a bounty to the Taliban to target US troops stationed in Afghanistan.
Both Biden and Putin state that US-Russia relations are the worst in history.
Europeans are keen to set up a “high-level dialogue” between Russia and the United States to counter what they say Moscow is flowing into deeper authoritarianism and anti-Western sentiment.
At the same time, the blocks of 27 countries are largely divided by their approach to Moscow. Russia is the EU’s largest supplier of natural gas and plays an important role in international conflicts and important issues such as Iran’s nuclear trade and the conflict between Syria and Libya.
According to EU officials, the Biden-Putin talks could be profitable and there is hope that everyone in Brussels does not want to undermine the international unification show that has been exhibited at the G7-NATO summit. ..
However, Republicans in Washington did not reflect such concerns. House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy accused Biden of postponing Putin on his current trip abroad and weakening the United States on Tuesday.
“I don’t care about fascinating Europe and I think you’re one of them,” he said. “Biden is strengthening our enemies. Today Russia is stronger under the Biden administration than it was under the past administrations. Today, China is stronger.”
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