United States President Joe Biden has begun a multiday trip to Europe with one clear goal in mind: telling the world that democracy – not autocracy – is the path forwards.
Biden will meet in the UK leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) industrialised nations and in Brussels with NATO allies before ending the eight day trip with a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva.
“This is my first overseas trip as president of the United States,” Biden told troops at the airbase. “I’m heading to the G7, then the NATO ministerial and then to meet with Mr Putin to let him know what I want him to know”.
“At every point along the way, 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.”
“We’re at an inflection point in world history. A moment where it falls to us to prove that democracies will not just endure but they will excel as they rise to seize the enormous opportunities of a new age,”
Biden said on Wednesday when he landed at RAF Mildenhall in the United Kingdom.