Thursday June 10, 2021
“America is back”
Biden calls for synchronization ahead of G7 summit
“America is back” – Joe Biden sums it up when he comes to Great Britain with these words: America wants to strengthen alliances to defend democracy – above all a politician must stand as one.
US President Joe Biden has called for the launch of his first trip to Europe to defend democracy and underscore the US claim for leadership. “I think we are at a turning point in world history,” Biden told U.S. troops at the Miltonhall Air Force Base in the east of England, which is used by the U.S. military. “You know better than anyone that democracy does not come by accident. We must protect it. We must strengthen it.” The US President added: “We must humiliate those who believe that the age of democracy is over.”
Two days before the start of the G7 summit in Cornwall, US President and First Lady Jill Biden arrived in Great Britain that evening. This is Biden’s first foreign trip since taking office in January. A bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is scheduled for Thursday in Cornwall. Heads of state and government of the seven major western industrialized nations meet from Friday to Sunday at the seaside resort of Corbis Bay.
According to the Washington Post and the New York Times, Biden wants to announce a generous vaccine donation at the summit. Accordingly, the United States would like to purchase 500 million corona vaccines from Biotech / Pfizer at a cost to make them available to other countries. So the first 200 million should be given this year.
Meeting with Chancellor Merkel
On the sidelines of the summit, Biden also wants to meet with President Angela Merkel. At the end of their voyage to Great Britain, the US President and First Lady will be received by Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle near London on Sunday. On Monday, Biden will attend the NATO summit in Brussels, where a high-level meeting with EU representatives will take place the next day. Biden’s eagerly awaited summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva is set to take place next Wednesday, before US President Washington returns to Washington.
Speaking to US soldiers, Biden said of his plan: “At every step of the way, we will make it clear that the United States is back and that the world’s democracies are working together to tackle the difficult challenges and issues that affect our future. Most importantly.” “Our alliances are not built by coercion or by threats. They are based on democratic principles and a shared vision of the future.”
“We do not expect a confrontation with Russia.”
The G7 summit is to ensure that the new rules of conduct in cyberspace are determined by democratic values, but not by arbitrators. “I will make it clear in Brussels that America’s commitment to our NATO alliance and Article Five is rock solid. This is a sacred duty we have under Section Five.” This article states that an armed attack on one or more NATO allies would be considered an attack on all member states of the Alliance.
In view of his summit with Putin in Geneva on Wednesday next week, Biden expressed a desire for a predictable relationship with Moscow. “We do not expect a confrontation with Russia. We want a stable, predictable relationship,” he said. “Our two countries share incredible responsibilities, including ensuring strategic stability and compliance with arms control agreements. I take this responsibility seriously.” Biden also warned that the United States would retaliate if the Russian government committed “harmful acts” such as violating the sovereignty of other countries. He meets Putin “to tell him what I want to tell him” – only after meeting “our closest democratic partners”.