Biden at the G7, at the top of NATO among ‘the most serious security situation in recent decades’

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President Biden will travel to G7 and NATO summits this week to highlight the “strength” of US alliances in what a senior administration official describes as “the most serious security situation in decades” and as the front shows. Western united that supports Ukraine against Russia signs of tension.

On Saturday, the president will travel to Schloss Elmau in southern Germany to attend the G7 leaders’ summit, where he and his allies will discuss a number of more pressing global issues.

Topics will include the G7’s “unwavering support for a democratic, sovereign and prosperous Ukraine, economic and democratic resilience, addressing the climate crisis, development infrastructure, global health security and the food and energy crisis caused by war. of aggression of Russia, “the White House said.

A senior administration official said the president will begin his visit to Germany by meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

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The official said the meeting would be “a good opportunity for the president to check signals with Germany at the top, as well as to affirm the enduring ties between our two countries and our continued coordination on a wide range of global challenges. “.

President Biden talks about inflation and supply chain problems at the Port of Los Angeles on June 10, 2022.
(Photo AP / Damian Dovarganes)

The G7 is made up of the United States, Germany, Canada, France, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom.

An official said representatives from Argentina, India, Indonesia, Senegal and South Africa will also participate in selected sessions as host countries.

The official also noted that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will join leaders virtually at the G7 to discuss “ongoing efforts to help Ukraine defend itself from Russian aggression.”

During the G7, the official said, the president “will launch a concrete series of proposals to increase pressure on Russia and demonstrate our collective support for Ukraine.

“We will address the impact of Putin’s war on rising prices at home and around the world, including on energy and food security,” the official said.

“They will strengthen our cooperation on economic, cyberspace and quantum issues and, in particular, on the challenges posed by China.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy attends a meeting with military officials while visiting the Mykolaiv region on June 18, 2022

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy attends a meeting with military officials while visiting the Mykolaiv region on June 18, 2022
(Ukrainian presidential press office via AP)

The official also announced that the president will make an “official launch” of the US “global infrastructure partnership”, which is intended to “uplift our low- and middle-income partner countries while promoting economic competitiveness and national security. of the United States “.

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On June 28, the president will travel to Madrid, Spain, for the NATO summit, the fourth since Biden took office.

Biden will meet with Spanish President Sanchez and the King of Spain before the NATO summit to “check the signals”.

Administration officials said Biden’s leadership has “helped revitalize the alliance and make NATO more united and stronger than ever.”

“We are seeing new countries, such as Finland and Sweden, seeking to join the alliance, support for NATO membership and increased defense spending has increased in public opinion,” the official said.

The official said that, as far as Ukraine is concerned, one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “goals” was to “try to show disunity”.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy attends a press conference with Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa following their meeting in Kiev, Ukraine on May 21, 2022.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy attends a press conference with Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa following their meeting in Kiev, Ukraine on May 21, 2022.
(Ukrainian presidential press office via AP)

“It clearly failed because, as I said, our assessment is that NATO is stronger and more united than ever,” the official said.

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The comments come as Western unity over Ukraine is starting to show wear as war rages on for a fourth month. Reports suggest that France, Italy and Germany may hope to enter into peace negotiations with Russia.

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi traveled to Kiev last week to meet Zelenskyy.

“Russia obviously continues to be the most serious and immediate threat to the alliance,” the official said, but NATO also plans to address the challenges coming from China.

As for discussions on energy and rising gas prices, the official said Ukraine should be “at the forefront of the conversation”.

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting on the country's transport industry via video link in Sochi, Russia on May 24, 2022.

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting on the country’s transport industry via video link in Sochi, Russia on May 24, 2022.
(Sputnik / Mikhail Metzel / Kremlin via Reuters)

“I think we expect energy to be at the heart of the discussions,” the official said. “The principle that President Biden articulated there – the G7 leaders articulated since the beginning of the Russian invasion – was to maximize the pain for Putin’s regime and minimize the impact on the rest of the world.”

The official said leaders “are likely to speak to a set of shared values ​​on taking steps to reduce dependence on Russian energy.”

Biden in March announced a ban on all Russian oil, gas and energy imports into the United States, targeting the “main artery” of the Russian economy in the midst of Putin’s war on Ukraine.

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Also in March, Biden and Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, announced a joint task force to help Europe abandon its dependence on Russian gas.

Under the plan, the United States and other nations would increase liquefied natural gas exports to Europe by 15 billion cubic meters this year.

Meanwhile, the U.S. national average for a gallon of gasoline is approaching $ 5. Prior to this year, the highest national gas price average ever recorded by AAA was $ 4.11 per gallon in July 2008. .

Biden and his administration have repeatedly accused Putin’s war in Ukraine of skyrocketing prices and inflation in the United States