President Joe Biden is out on his first international trip during which he is scheduled to meet with the Queen Elizabeth followed by further official meetings planned (NATO Summit, EU Leaders Meeting and a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin).
Today, Biden met with United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson ahead of G7 Summit.
Biden’s aim with his first international trip is to “strengthen the alliance.” He told the reporters about his objective stating, “Making clear to Putin and to China that Europe and the United States are tight and the G7 is gonna move.”
Other than that, President Biden has a vaccine strategy as well, which he will be announcing in his trip, but it is uncertain when. According to the reports, the President is expected to make an announcement on Thursday evening about the plan to donate 500 million Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine doses globally.
In his meeting with Boris Johnson, President Biden was expected to discuss about re-starting the travel between the two countries, which were restricted due to the wide spread of COVID-19.
After sharing the pleasantries, Joe Biden and Boris Johnson looked at the old Atlantic Charter, which was put on display for the leaders. The new Atlantic Charter will also be modeled on the historic declaration, which was made in 1941 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
Apparently, the Charter set out American and British goals for the world after the end of World War II. As told by a source, the new modified charter will outline priorities, values and challenges. It will include topics such as defending democracy, reaffirming the importance of collective security, building a more fair and sustainable global trading system, combating cyber-attacks, addressing the climate crisis, protecting biodiversity and bringing an end to the coronavirus pandemic.
Other than Biden’s bilateral meeting with Boris Johnson, which is taking place in Cornwall (England), his meeting with Putin will be another major highlight of this international trip given the recent cyber-attacks by Russia on the US.
According, White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield, President Biden is going to have a “direct” talk with Putin. “He (Biden) has every intention of having this meeting with President Putin, and what he would say is that he sits down with President Putin not in spite of our differences but because of our differences,” said Bedingfield. He added, “What he’s looking to do is to create a stable, predictable relationship with Russia,”