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

Biden speaks with Ukrainian president ahead of U.S.-Russia summit Joe Biden set to make his first foreign trip since taking office
Patty Aguilar | 10 June, 2021, 03:36

U.S. President Joe Biden arrived in Britain on Wednesday on his first trip overseas since taking office, an eight-day mission to rebuild trans-Atlantic ties strained during the Trump era and to reframe relations with Russian Federation.

Tonight it's being reported that the USA is to buy 500 million Pfizer doses to donate internationally.

Biden responded "I remember, in my childhood, when we argued in the courtyard, we used to say, it takes one to know one", and added that "We always see our own traits in other people and think they are like how we really are".

US officials are considering sharper action against Russian Federation after two incidents.

Biden will begin the first foreign trip of his presidency later this week. Now, the European Union and the United Kingdom are counting on Biden to weigh in on the delicate issue of Northern Ireland and ease tensions over an incoming new trade deal.

His push for a global minimum tax on multinational corporations faces opposition at home.

In his first three summits, Biden can at least be assured of a friendly audience.

Republicans came out against the plan this week, potentially complicating the US ability to implement a broader global agreement.

According to Sullivan, he also said he hoped the G7 nations would come up with an "action plan" to increase their collective defenses against ransomware attacks and deal with the challenges posed by cryptocurrency, which, he said, "lies at the core of how these ransom transactions are played out".

Several one-one-one meetings with other world leaders are planned along the way, including with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Queen Elizabeth II in England.

But the two have deep policy issues to discuss, with Biden set to reinforce stalwart US support for the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement that ended decades of bloodshed in Northern Ireland, according to White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan.

In March, the European Union and the US agreed to end all retaliatory tariffs on imports over their dispute linked to Airbus and Boeing for a four-month period.

The recovery from the pandemic, the fight against the climate crisis or the hegemony of China are some of the topics that will be on the agenda of the meeting.

Biden is also expected to discuss concerns over the Russian Nord Stream 2 pipeline with German officials.

President Joe Biden's meeting with leaders of the G7 leading industrial economies in an English seaside village this week will usher in a new focus on rallying USA allies against common adversaries - the Covid-19 pandemic, Russian Federation and China. But while the USA president has been quite vocal in pressuring the Kremlin on the issues of Navalny and Ukraine, he hasn't expressed himself on the issue of Belarus, where President Alexander Lukashenko has managed to stay in power despite widespread protests thanks to his alliance with Putin. The agenda is expected to be dominated by Russia, China and the perennial issue of getting North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to contribute more to the common defense.

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

The meetings are a build-up to his face-to-face meeting with Putin in Geneva on Wednesday.

Putin said last Friday he expected the talks to be held in a positive atmosphere, though he anticipated no breakthrough.

Asked by reporters if his meeting with Putin would yield some accord on cybersecurity, Biden was non-committal.

Biden will also press Putin about sabre-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. "It's going to be a subject of our discussion".

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