Biden rallies allies in Europe

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Biden told reporters Wednesday that the trip is meant to show the leaders of China and Russian Federation that the United States and Europe are still close. The sole objective put forward is to further enhance the relationship between the two countries "Stable and predictable".

Biden will depart for Europe on Wednesday and be making his first stop across the pond in the United Kingdom.

The President will kick off his trip by meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday before attending the G7 summit in Cornwall, England.

The president first travels to Britain for a summit of the Group of Seven leaders and then Brussels for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit and a meeting with the heads of the European Union. Those meetings come as some observers say Europeans are expecting less from US leadership on foreign issues.

The European Union is hoping its summit with the U.S. will bring an end to trade disputes. France, meanwhile, has taken the tack that the US can't be trusted as it once was and that the European Union must pursue greater strategic autonomy going forward.

Following his summit with allies, Biden is slated to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on June 16. The charge accuses Russian hackers of spreading hostile messages through code amongst broadly-used software, which gave them access to at least nine US agencies.

US officials are considering sharper action against Russian Federation after two incidents. According to AlJazeera, Biden stated that "I made it clear to President Putin, in a manner very different from my predecessor, that the days of the United States rolling over in the face of Russia's aggressive actions - interfering with our election, cyberattacks, poisoning its citizens - are over".

There are several potential areas of tension. On climate change, the US wants to regain credibility after Trump withdrew from the Paris climate agreement. "Biden's desire to be reunited with him must not only remove the scars of the past four years, but also pending questions about the health of American democracy", he writes. Biden's ramping up of vaccine donations around the world also follows what critics saw as a long period of hoarding.

Travel restrictions will ease, eventually: Trudeau
Every month since March 2020, Canada and the USA have extended the border restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19. But last week, two Liberal MPs - Nathaniel Erskine-Smith and Wayne Easter, co-chairman of the Canada-U.S.

Another central issue will be China. "The United States is committed to working on global vaccination with the same urgency that we have shown at home", Biden said. Biden and the other G-7 leaders will announce an infrastructure financing program for developing countries that is meant to compete directly with Beijing's Belt-and-Road Initiative.

Biden will also press Putin about saber-rattling on the Ukrainian border, the imprisonment of opponent Alexei Navalny, and his support for Alexander Lukashenko, the Belarussian strongman who forced a Ryanair airliner to land in Minsk, then arrested an opponent on the flight.

Trump pulled out of the pact a year ago, arguing that Russian violations made it untenable for Washington to remain a party, and the United States completed its withdrawal in November. In that call, he told the Turkish leader that he would formally recognize the systematic killings and removal of Armenians in the early 20th century as "genocide".

Biden has irked Erdogan, a sometimes Trump ally, by highlighting Turkey's dire human rights situation and recognizing the Ottoman Empire's genocide against the Armenians.

However the Biden-Putin meeting goes, it is unlikely to end with the kind of performance Trump put on in 2018 after meeting the Kremlin leader in Helsinki. First as the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and then as vise president.

America is back, he said.

Jonathan Lemire and Aamer Madhani reported on this story for the Associated Press.

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