Biden invites Ukrainian President Zelensky to Washington

Biden speaks with Ukrainian president ahead of U.S.-Russia summit

Embarking on the first overseas trip of his term, President Joe Biden is eager to reassert the United States on the world stage, steadying European allies deeply shaken by his predecessor and pushing democracy as the only bulwark to rising forces of authoritarianism.

The president is keen to prove that, post-Trump, the United States is once again a reliable player on the world stage.

He will then travel to Brussels, Belgium to participate in the NATO Summit, and his meeting with Putin is scheduled on June 16 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Biden will first meet with G7 leaders in Cornwall, England.

Michel said the idea that "multilateralism is back" was more than a slogan, it was a recognition that a global approach is needed to resolve issues, whether they be supply chains for Covid-19 vaccines or fairer corporate taxes in the digital age.

Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a ceremony to unveil a monument to Russian Emperor Alexander III of Russia, in Gatchina, about 45 kilometers south of St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, June 5, 2021.

The US administration hopes the summit between President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin will create a path toward reducing tensions on strategic stability and arms control, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on Monday.

Biden's pitch marks a return to a traditional USA worldview after four years during which Donald Trump flirted with autocrats and recast multilateralism as a dirty word.


The president first travels to Britain for a summit of the Group of Seven leaders and then Brussels for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit and a meeting with the heads of the European Union.

Trump argued that the United States can't afford to be the world's policeman, an isolationist stance popular with his voters.

Biden blames Russian Federation for the massive SolarWinds cyber-attack, election interference, and at the very least harboring criminals behind ransomware attacks against the vital Colonial fuel pipeline and the USA subsidiary of Brazilian meatpacking giant JBS.

In the Axios interview, Zelenskiy, a professional comedian who was elected president in 2019, said he was surprised and disappointed that Biden had not done more to prevent development of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russian Federation to Germany, which is seen by Kyiv as a Kremlin project to eliminate it from the European gas transit system.

On Monday afternoon, during the daily White House press briefing, Sullivan told reporters that he had just left the Oval Office, where Biden had been on the phone with Zelensky.

But Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that with decades in the Senate and eight years as vice president under Barack Obama, Biden has done his homework.

The most tactile of politicians, Biden has grown frustrated by the diplomacy-via-Zoom dynamics of the pandemic and has relished the ability to again have face-to-face meetings that allow him to size up and connect with world leaders.

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