‘America is back’: Brussels upbeat on eve of Biden’s Europe trip

Biden speaks with Ukrainian president ahead of U.S.-Russia summit

Joe Biden set to make his first foreign trip since taking office

The busy agenda - with G7, NATO, and European Union summits ahead of the Putin sit-down in Geneva - will see Biden fly the flag for a West he sees at an "inflection point".

The president will first attend the G7 summit in Cornwall.

The eight-day trip will start Wednesday in the United Kingdom, where Biden will visit American troops stationed there and then meet Prime Minister Boris Johnson, ahead of a G7 summit in Carbis Bay, a seaside resort, on Friday and Saturday. Leaders are expected to discuss the pandemic, economic recovery, climate change and trade.

President Joe Biden salutes as he steps off Marine One before boarding Air Force One upon departure, Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. He will face world leaders still grappling with the virus and rattled by four years of Trump's inward-looking foreign policy and moves that strained longtime alliances as the Republican former president made overtures to strongmen.

As he left for Europe, Biden told reporters he planned on announcing a vaccine plan for the world.

Biden's meeting on the sidelines of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promises to be especially prickly. The Queen has met with every American president since she's been on the throne, except for Lyndon B. Johnson. 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.

Sullivan on Monday said the Biden administration does not expect significant deliverables from the summit.

Central and Eastern Europeans are desperately hoping to bind the US more tightly to their security.

Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a ceremony to unveil a monument to Russian Emperor Alexander III of Russia, in Gatchina, about 45 kilometers south of St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, June 5, 2021.

But Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that with decades in the Senate and eight years as vice president under Barack Obama, Biden has done his homework.

"We do not regard a meeting with the Russian president as a reward".

U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said at a White House briefing that Biden told Zelensky that he "looks forward to welcoming him to the White House here in Washington this summer".

The meetings are a build-up to his face-to-face meeting with Putin in Geneva on Wednesday. "There is simply a lot we have to work through".

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 blames Russian Federation for the massive SolarWinds cyber-attack, election interference, and at the very least harboring criminals behind ransomware attacks against the vital Colonial fuel pipeline and the United States subsidiary of Brazilian meatpacking giant JBS. Biden also wants to nudge outlying allies, including Australia, to make more aggressive commitments to the worldwide effort to curb global warming.

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