“I’m going to the G-7, then to the NATO ministerial, and then to meet Mr. Putin to tell him what I want him to say,” Biden said at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, England. Wing and site of Biden’s first presidential speech on foreign soil.
Biden has strongly called for the restoration of American alliances in Europe, calling them a cornerstone of global security. And he said he would not back down on his meeting with Putin.
“We are not seeking a conflict with Russia. We want a stable predictable relationship,” he said. “I am clear: the United States will respond in a strong and meaningful way if the Russian government engages in harmful activities. We have already demonstrated this. I am going to communicate that there will be consequences for violating the sovereignty of democracies. . in the United States and Europe and elsewhere.”
Before meeting Putin in Geneva next week, Biden is consulting with European leaders at the G7 in Cornwall and NATO summits in Brussels.
“Our unmatched network of alliances and partnerships is and has been the key to American gains in the world,” Biden said. “They have made the world safer for all of us and that is how we are going to face today’s challenges, which are rapidly changing. We are going to face it from a position of strength.”
“I believe we are at an inflection point in world history, the moment where it comes down to us to prove that democracy will not only endure, but to seize the vast opportunities of the new era. Will rise up, but they will excel,” Biden said. “We have to discredit those who believe that the era of democracy is over, as some of our fellow nations believe.”
“I only wish that my Major was also here to thank you,” he said.
Biden’s next stop is Cornwall, where he will stay until Sunday to attend bilateral meetings with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the G7 summit.