United States President Joe Biden on June 9 began his official European trip since taking office with a warning to Russia against engaging in “harmful activities.”
Speaking at the Royal Air Force Mildenhall in England, Biden said that he has been clear with Russia that the U.S. “will respond in a robust and meaningful way when the Russian government engages in harmful activities.”
“I’m going to communicate that there are consequences for violating the sovereignty of democracies in the United States and Europe and elsewhere,” Biden said ahead of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva next week.
Biden said that he will let Putin know “what I want him to know.”
“We’re going to make it clear that the United States is back and democracies of the world are standing together to tackle the toughest challenges and the issues that matter most to our future,” Biden said.
Although, Biden also said that the U.S. is “not seeking conflict with Russia” and wants a “stable, predictable relationship.”
“Our two nations share incredible responsibilities, and among them ensuring strategic stability and upholding arms control agreements,” Biden said.
The White House has said that Biden intends to discuss with Putin a “full range of pressing issues,” including arms control, climate change, Russian military involvement in Ukraine, Russia’s hacking activities, and the imprisonment of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, whose political organization has been branded by the Moscow City Court as “extremist” on June 9.
Before his meeting with Putin, Biden will participate in a summit with leaders of Group of 7 countries, which is expected to include vaccine diplomacy in its agenda, in Cornwall, England.
Biden will also attend his first North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit as president in Brussels.