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

Volodymyr Zelensky left and Joe Biden

Volodymyr Zelensky left and Joe Biden

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. Throughout the trip he'll meet with world leaders in an effort to shore up alliances and build support among allies to counter emerging threats with a united front.

Biden's meeting with Putin is not a "reward" for Putin but instead the most effective way to hear directly from him to understand and manage the differences between Washington and Moscow, Sullivan said.

Biden will begin the first foreign trip of his presidency later this week. He'll meet with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday, aimed at highlighting the "special relationship" between the USA and the United Kingdom.

The eight-day trip will start Wednesday in the United Kingdom, where Biden will visit American troops stationed there and then meet Prime Minister Boris Johnson, ahead of a G7 summit in Carbis Bay, a seaside resort, on Friday and Saturday. They will discuss shared strategic challenges, including climate change and the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

His first stop late Wednesday will be an address to US troops stationed in Britain, and the next day he sits down with British Prime Minster Boris Johnson.

Biden has set the stakes for his eight-day trip in sweeping terms, believing the West must publicly demonstrate it can compete economically with China as the world emerges from the coronavirus pandemic. While Biden himself is a veteran statesman, numerous world leaders he will see in England, including Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron, took office after Biden left the vice presidency.

Biden is the latest of a whole squadron of Presidents to touch down in Mildenhall, including Trump, Bush and Nixon. The Queen has met with every American president since she's been on the throne, except for Lyndon B. Johnson.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, pleading to meet U.S. President Joe Biden prior to Biden's talks in Geneva next week, was rebuffed by the White House on that request but was awarded a consolation phone call on Monday that included an invitation to Washington. During meetings and conversations with world leaders, President Biden will stress the importance of working with allies to confront challenges presented by Russian Federation and China.

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Central and Eastern Europeans are desperately hoping to bind the USA more tightly to their security.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed a bill to withdraw from an global treaty allowing surveillance flights over military facilities, following the US exit from the pact.

"I think the concern is real that the Trumpian tendencies in the USA could return full bore in the midterms or in the next presidential election", said Alexander Vershbow, a former US diplomat and once deputy secretary general of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

"We should not expect any sort of US-Russian reset", he said.

"He will go into this meeting with the wind at his back", National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said.

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

"There is simply a lot we have to work through", he said.

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