Biden warns Putin on first trip to UK as president
Joe Biden warned Russian leader Vladimir Putin on his first trip to the UK as US president. He said: “I will make sure there is no doubt that the United States will stand up to defend our deepest values and our fundamental interest.”
JOE BIDEN: And only after these meetings with our closest Democratic partners to develop a common agenda and a renewed goal, will I travel to Geneva to sit with a man I have spent time with before – President Vladimir Putin. We are not trying to come into conflict with Russia. We want a stable and predictable relationship. Our two nations share incredible responsibilities, and among them, ensuring strategic stability and enforcing arms control agreements. I take this responsibility seriously.
But I have been clear: the United States will react in a robust and meaningful way when the Russian government engages in harmful activities. We have already demonstrated this. I will communicate that there are consequences for the violation of the sovereignty of democracies in the United States and in Europe and elsewhere. I will be clear that the Transatlantic Alliance will remain vital, a vital source of strength for the UK, Europe and the US. And I will make sure there is no doubt as to whether the United States will rise up to defend our deepest values and our fundamental interest.