Ex-US President Donald Trump had still questioned the alliance. His successor Joe Biden and NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg are now finding a common line.
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According to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the USA and NATO will coordinate their stance on China and Russia before the North Atlantic Alliance summit. The Chinese government does not share “our values,” said Stoltenberg after a meeting with US President Joe Biden in the White House. NATO also supported the United States’ approach to Russia and welcomed the dialogue between Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Biden and Stoltenberg also agree that NATO must be strengthened in a time of global competition. Together we are stronger and safer in this “more unpredictable world”, in which we have to be prepared for a range of different challenges and threats.
As part of his first trip abroad as US President, Biden will take part in the meeting of the heads of state and government of the NATO member states on June 14th. Stoltenberg said he was pleased to receive Biden in Brussels. “A strong NATO is good for Europe, but it is also good for the United States. No other great power has as many friends and allies as the United States has in NATO.”
Planned meeting with Putin
Relations between the United States and many allies were severely strained under Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump. Biden has promised to bring the tense relationship back to normal. After the White House meeting, Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Biden had expressed a firm determination to work closely with allies to build on NATO’s seven decades of success in protecting transatlantic security and democratic values.
During his first trip abroad as US President, Biden will also take part in the summit of the seven leading industrialized nations (G7) in Cornwall, UK, June 11-13. The first meeting between Biden and Putin is scheduled for June 16 in Geneva. It is still unclear whether there will be a joint press conference after the meeting, said US security advisor Jake Sullivan.