US President Joe Biden said the United States is here again, its commitment to NATO is deeply rooted, and the world’s democracies are once again coming together with the toughest challenges for their futures. He stressed, however, that Washington is not seeking confrontation with Russia.
The US president arrived in Britain on Wednesday evening for bilateral talks with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday and to attend a three-day summit of the seven leading industrial groups (G7) starting Friday in the small town of Carbis Bay, Cornwall, southwest England. Besides the United States and Britain, which holds the presidency of the organization, Canada, Japan, Germany, France and Italy belong to the group of weeks.
Joe Biden will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin next week. The US president stressed that Washington is not seeking confrontation, but rather a stable and predictable relationship with Russia. He stressed, however, that he would inform the Russian head of state that there are consequences if someone violates the sovereignty of democratic countries.
His talks in Brussels next week will also make clear that the US commitment to NATO and Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty is very solid. According to this article of the NATO Treaty, if any member state is attacked, then the alliance considers all member states to be under attack.
At the same time, the global fight against the coronavirus epidemic is high on the agenda of the G7 summit in England. Britain’s host prime minister, Boris Johnson, has previously announced that the summit will ask for concrete commitments from leaders of other G7 member states to help vaccinate the entire world’s population with coronavirus vaccines by the end of 2022.
According to previously announced plans, Joe Biden will formally announce at the meeting that the US government will purchase 500 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and distribute these vaccines to countries in need, MTI reported.