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Biden arrives in Europe for G7 and NATO summits to keep Western allies united on Ukraine

President Joe Biden arrived in Europe on Saturday to kick off two main worldwide summits the place world leaders will focus on the subsequent steps in serving to Ukraine battle the Russian invasion.

He landed in Germany for a meeting of G7 leaders – the heads of the highest seven economies – and then heads for Madrid for a NATO summit.

Biden exited Air Force One to a crimson carpet welcome – full with flags flying and a band taking part in. A giant group of individuals in conventional Bavarian dress greeted him, together with Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Soder.

Two youngsters, additionally in conventional dress, gave hm a bouquet of flowers.

Biden additionally signed the Golden Book of the Bavarian state authorities.

The president then headed to Schloss Elmau in the Bavarian Alps, the place the G7 meeting is happening. 

His official conferences begin on Monday and embody a sit down with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, a working lunch with G7 leaders on the worldwide financial system and the household picture. 

Biden will even formally launch a world infrastructure partnership and finish the day with a working dinner alongside facet his fellow leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the European Union.

President Joe Biden arrived in Germany on Saturday night for the G7 summit, he was greeted by Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Soeder and people in traditional German dress

President Joe Biden arrived in Germany on Saturday evening for the G7 summit, he was greeted by Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Soeder and individuals in conventional German dress

President Joe Biden signs a guest book after arriving in Munich, Germany, as Markus Soder, Minister-President of Bavaria, stands next to him

President Joe Biden indicators a visitor ebook after arriving in Munich, Germany, as Markus Soder, Minister-President of Bavaria, stands subsequent to him

Children in traditional Bavarian clothes welcomed President Biden with flowers upon his arrival in Germany

Children in conventional Bavarian garments welcomed President Biden with flowers upon his arrival in Germany

President Biden arrived in Germany on Saturday night for the G7; he leaves on Tuesday for the NATO meeting in Madrid

President Biden arrived in Germany on Saturday evening for the G7; he leaves on Tuesday for the NATO meeting in Madrid

Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Soeder, right, and President Joe Biden talk with children Daniela Hauser and Marco Keller after they gave Biden a bouquet of flowers upon his arrival in Germany for the G7 meeting

Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Soeder, proper, and President Joe Biden discuss with youngsters Daniela Hauser and Marco Keller after they gave Biden a bouquet of flowers upon his arrival in Germany for the G7 meeting

President Biden waves as he steps out of Air Force One

President Biden waves as he steps out of Air Force One

President Joe Biden shakes hands with greeters in traditional dress upon his arrival in Munich

President Joe Biden shakes palms with greeters in conventional dress upon his arrival in Munich

President Biden at his arrival in Germany for the G7 meeting where the main topics will be Russia's invasion of the Ukraine, food insecurity, and China's growing influence

President Biden at his arrival in Germany for the G7 meeting the place the primary matters will likely be Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine, meals insecurity, and China’s rising affect

President Biden waves as  he board Marine One at the Munich airport, he took the presidential helicopter to Schloss Elmau in the Bavarian Alps, where the G7 meeting is taking place

President Biden waves as  he board Marine One on the Munich airport, he took the presidential helicopter to Schloss Elmau in the Bavarian Alps, the place the G7 meeting is happening

Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine will high the record of issues however the leaders will even focus on othe urgent points resembling meals insecurity, financial inflation and the priority about China’s rising affect.  

The G7 leaders intend to announce a ban on importing gold from Russia,in accordance to report. 

Gold is Moscow’s second largest export after power. The United States has already banned Russian oil and Western allies have performed partial bans in an effort to reduce off Vladimir Putin’s money provide.

‘A big focus of the G7 and the leaders are going to be, , how to not solely handle the challenges in the worldwide financial system on account of Mr. Putin’s battle, however how to additionally proceed to maintain Mr. Putin accountable and to be sure that he’s being subjected to value and penalties for what he is doing,’ White House spokesman John Kirby mentioned throughout a briefing with reporters on Air Force One in route to Germany.

Biden is below stress to do extra to help the federal government of Volodomyr Zelensky, amid accusations that he has been too sluggish to ship help.

And it comes as Ukrainian forces are retreating from the battle in Donbas, outgunned by the Russian battle machine.  Russia additionally launched dozens of missiles on a number of areas throughout the nation removed from the primary battle entrance in the east.

While prime ministers and presidents of France, the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy have all visited the Ukrainian capital, the 79-year-old U.S. president has stayed away out of safety issues.

‘Turning up in Kyiv might not make an enormous materials distinction to the battle effort however it’s symbolic of the best way European leaders suppose that Biden is doing an excessive amount of main from behind,’ mentioned a senior diplomat from a European Union state.

‘There’s a case to be made that the U.S. wants to be main from the entrance.’

Some diplomats have additionally chafed on the manner they see the U.S. has dragged its toes on supplying long-range weaponry – or fighter jets – for worry that it could anger Moscow.

‘We want Biden to be extra forthright,’ mentioned a diplomat from an allied nation.’ 

President Volodomyr Zelensky is expected to address the G7 and NATO summits. He is seen here on a video screen at the Glastonbury Festival. He is expected to demand more weapons

President Volodomyr Zelensky is predicted to handle the G7 and NATO summits. He is seen right here on a video display screen on the Glastonbury Festival. He is predicted to demand extra weapons

After weeks of Russian bombardment, Ukrainian troops are pulling out of the city of Sievierodonetsk. They say they cannot match Russian long-range firepower

After weeks of Russian bombardment, Ukrainian troops are pulling out of the town of Sievierodonetsk. They say they can not match Russian long-range firepower

American officers dispute that evaluation, stating that Washington introduced on Thursday one other $450 million in navy help. 

It included High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, tens of hundreds of further rounds of ammunition and patrol boats to assist shield the shoreline.

It brings the full help to greater than $6 billion since Russia launched its invasion.

John Kirby, National Security coordinator for strategic communications, mentioned Biden would use a string of conferences to attempt to additional isolate Russian chief Vladimir Putin and his allies.

‘Throughout the G7 summit in Germany and NATO summit in Spain, you are going to see clearly how the president’s day-one focus on revitalizing alliances and partnerships has allowed us to seize this second to profit the American individuals, help Ukraine, and maintain Russia accountable, all whereas staying centered on the opposite challenges that outline the approaching a long time, and that features the challenges posed by China,’ he mentioned.

Zelensky is predicted to handle each summits by video hyperlink.

It comes at a time when his forces in jap Ukraine are below intense stress.

They have appealed for extra ammunition, artillery and rockets to keep tempo with Russia in what has turn out to be a long-range battle of attrition.

On Friday, one in every of Zelensky’s high generals informed his U.S. counterpart that Ukraine wanted ‘hearth parity’ to stabilize the jap Luhansk area.

‘We mentioned the operational state of affairs and the supply circulate of worldwide technical help,’ Ukraine’s General Valeriy Zaluzhniy wrote on the Telegram app after a telephone name with U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley.

It got here as Ukrainian forces pulled again from the embattled metropolis of Sievierodonetsk after weeks of bombardment. 

Allies mentioned they needed Biden to deliver US management to the summits.

A spokesperson for the British embassy mentioned: ‘During the G7 and NATO, we will likely be working with the US and all our Allies in direction of united and sustained commitments to Ukraine – on sanctions, navy and financial help – to present Putin that our management is not going to falter in the face of his appalling and unlawful invasion.’

A senior administration official mentioned Biden will announce measures to enhance stress on Russia on the G7 earlier than taking steps to sort out value rises all over the world.

‘Third, leaders will even advance a imaginative and prescient of the world grounded in freedom and openness, not coercion, not aggression, not spheres of affect,’ mentioned the official.

‘They will strengthen our cooperation on financial points, our on-line world and quantum, and, in specific, the challenges posed by China.’

But Ash Jain, of the Atlantic Council, mentioned that argument – Biden’s effectively rehearsed democracy versus autocracy worldview – might show a tough promote on the G7. 

‘Other G7 nations, notably France and Germany, have been much less purchased into the thought of framing the challenges via this lens of democracy versus autocracy,’ he mentioned. 

‘There are potential downsides in phrases of alienating a number of the different companions that the US and its allies want and need to proceed to work with. 

‘So one of many questions popping out of the G7 will likely be whether or not whether or not leaders are ready to embrace this sort of framing of the challenges in its summit assertion.’ 

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