Biden on his first overseas visit for G7 summit


President Joe Biden salutes as he steps off Marine One before boarding Air Force One upon departure, Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.

As he boarded Air Force One, Biden said his goals for the trip were strengthening ties with allies, while "making it clear to Putin and to China that Europe and the United States are tight".

First Lady Jill Biden gave a brief speech in which she paid tribute to service personnel and their families, then 14-year-old Sydney Glascock, whose mother and father are both service personnel, introduced the president.

U.S. President Joe Biden looks on as First Lady Jill Biden addresses USA military personnel at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall Wednesday, June 9, 2021.

The Geneva summit will see Putin and Biden meet in person for the first time since Biden's inauguration.

As he left for Europe, Biden told reporters he planned on announcing a vaccine plan for the world.

This weekend, the President and Dr. Biden will meet with Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle. During meetings and conversations with world leaders, President Biden will stress the importance of working with allies to confront challenges presented by Russian Federation and China.

Security officers stand outside the Villa La Grange, ahead of the June 16 summit between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, in Geneva, Switzerland, June 4, 2021.

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The UK visit - the first stop on his eight-day trip - comes ahead of a meeting next week with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva and with leaders at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters in Brussels.

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The crowd, which included the service personnel's families, stood for the United Kingdom and USA national anthems, before the president addressed his audience. "We regard it as a vital part of defending America's interests and America's values", said Sullivan.

For weeks, the White House has painted the meeting as a chance for Biden to issue stern warnings to Putin on a number of matters.

Speaking on CBS, Psaki predicted a candid conversation and noted the two leaders have a lot of disagreements, while also citing areas where we can work together such as on issues like the Iran nuclear deal and disarmament.

That list includes recent ransomware attacks on companies that provide gasoline and meat products to millions in the United States, Moscow's aggression in Ukraine and across Eastern Europe, and its disinformation campaign in many countries - including the USA, with its 2016 election meddling.

When asked if he would reach an agreement with Putin on cyberattacks, Biden did not make any commitments.

"Who knows at this point", he said. "It's going to be a subject of our discussion".