President Joe Biden has said the United States will stand by its European allies ahead of his first face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Biden will be attending the G7 and NATO summits next week, all before the crucial meeting Putin in Geneva on the 16th of June.
The US President has vowed to strengthen Washington DC’s relationship with Europe in the face of mounting threats from Russia and China.
The summit comes as tensions between the two superpowers are high, due to the many issues from Russia in recent years, such as the human rights and election meddling allegations, as well as the hacking scandals.
“We are standing united to address Russia’s challenges to European security, starting with its aggression in Ukraine, and there will be no doubt about the resolve of the United States to defend our democratic values, which we cannot separate from our interests,” Biden said.
“President Putin knows that I will not hesitate to respond to future harmful activities,” he continued.
Biden went on to say that when they meet, he will underscore the US, Europe and like-minded democracies to stand up for human rights.
Although Biden has put pressure of Moscow since taking office in January, Putin said he believes the talks between both nations will be positive.
The US President highlighted that the United States does not seek conflict.
He went on to say that America wants a stable and predictable relationship with Russia.