US President Joe Biden on Wednesday began his first trip abroad after becoming the President of America.
Biden said he would deliver a clear message to Russian President Vladimir Putin when they meet next week after separate summits with NATO, G7 and European leaders.
He added that the US wants stable and predictable relationship with Russia.
Biden said he is determined to rebuild trans-Atlantic ties and reframe relations with Russia after four rocky years under Republican former President Donald Trump, whose tariffs and withdrawal from treaties strained relations with major allies.
The US President will make his first stop of the trip at the seaside village of St. Ives in Cornwall where he will participate in the G7 summit.
The meeting is expected to be dominated by vaccine diplomacy, trade, climate and an initiative for rebuilding infrastructure in the developing world.
Biden’s summit with Putin on June 16 in Geneva is the capstone of the trip, an opportunity to raise US concerns directly with the Russian leader about ransomware attacks emanating from Russia, Moscow’s aggression against Ukraine and a host of other issues.