US President Joe Biden has stated that the US will stand with the European Union against Russia following his first face-to-face meeting with Vladimir Putin.
It is understood that Biden will be travelling to Europe on Wednesday and will attend both the G7 and NATO summits.
The US President will also be holding a high-stakes meeting with Putin in Geneva on the 16th of June.
This comes amid tensions between the two countries, which have risen over a number of issues including hacking allegations, human rights and claims of election meddling.
An op-ed from the Washington Post read that Biden will promise to shore up Washington’s “democratic alliances” following multiple crises and mounting threats from Moscow and Beijing.
Biden stated, “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 or democratic values, which we cannot separate from our interests,”.
He added that Putin is aware that the US will not hesitate to respond to future harmful activities while adding, “When we meet, I will again underscore the commitment of the United States, Europe and like-minded democracies to stand up for human rights and dignity.”
However, Biden has stressed that Washington does not want conflict.
Despite high tensions, both Biden and Putin have expressed hope that relations between the two countries will improve with Putin stating that he expects a positive result from the talk.
“We want a stable and predictable relationship where we can work with Russia on issues like strategic stability and arms control,” Biden said.