Biden arrives in Brussels to participate in NATO and EU summit

U.S. President Joe Biden arrived in Brussels on Sunday in Belgium, where he plans to participate for two days of summits with leaders from the NATO military alliance and the European Union.

The presidential plane Air Force One landed at the Airport of the Belgian capital at 20:49 (18.49 GMT), where he was received by Prime Minister Alexander De Croo.

On Monday, Biden will attend the NATO summit to “reaffirm the commitment of the United States” to the alliance and prepare for his meeting with Putin on the 16th in Geneva, Switzerland.

On the sidesteps of the meeting, Biden will hold a bilateral meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which will follow Ankara’s purchase of Russian defense systems, which has irritated Washington.

He will also have a bilateral meeting with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, against the backdrop of the diplomatic crisis with Morocco, although it is unknown whether they will address this issue in their conversation.

To prepare for the NATO meeting, the secretary general of the alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, met with Biden on The 7th at the White House.

Russia’s “aggressive” behavior and its “rejection of the rules-based international order” will be one of the main points that NATO leaders will address at Monday’s summit, Stoltenberg said sunday in Brussels at a news conference.

Since the start of his Presidency in January, Biden has insisted on his willingness to restore his country’s traditional alliances, following the tenure of his predecessor Donald Trump (2017-2021), who questioned nato’s usefulness and insisted allies raise their military spending.

After the NATO forum, Biden will take part in the first U.S. summit on Tuesday. U.S.-EU since 2014, where some thorny issues will be touched on, such as the tariffs on aluminum and steel inherited from the Trump era and the dispute over subsidies to Airbus, to the detriment of Boeing.

The security of 5G, emerging technologies and their regulation will be other points that will be addressed.

Biden arrives in Brussels from the UK, where he attended the G7 summit in Carbis Bay and has been received by Queen Elizabeth of England at Windsor Castle.

This is Biden’s first international tour since he was sworn in as president on Jan. 20.

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