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Washington (AP) — President Joe Biden spent his first trip abroad, emphasizing a sharp break from his destructive predecessor. European allies welcomed the pitch — and even long-time enemies admitted it.

However, Biden returned to Washington a week later across the Atlantic Ocean, where messages and deliverables are mixed, on Wednesday night, but whether those allies believe Biden really represents a long-term reset, or Russia’s. Questions remained as to whether Vladimir Putin would suppress his country. Cheating.

His Biden mantra on the rocky shores of Geneva, Brussels, and Cornwall, England, was “America is back.” The best definition of Biden’s first overseas voyage was Putin, among all, at the last moment of his trip.

“President Biden is an experienced politician,” Putin told reporters. “He is very different from President Trump.”

However, the summit meeting with Putin in Geneva masked and ended the entire trip, but also emphasized the vulnerability of Biden’s declaration that world order had returned.

Both men declared the negotiations constructive, but Putin’s rhetoric remained unchanged. He refused to accept responsibility for his country’s election interference, cyber hacking, or crackdowns on domestic political opponents. In the summit’s conclusion, Biden admitted that Putin could not be confident that he would change his behavior, despite the newly threatened consequences.

Biden’s multilateral summit (a group of seven wealthy nations and NATO), a fellow democracy, was largely due to a sigh of relief from European leaders rattled by President Donald Trump for over four years. It was interrupted. Nevertheless, there was still private disagreement over how Western countries should deal with Russia, or Biden’s declaration that economic competition with China would define the 21st century.

“Everyone at the table understands and understands both the seriousness and challenges we face and our proud democratic responsibility to step up and serve the rest of the world. “I will,” Biden said on Sunday in the United Kingdom.

As Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Biden ran around the globe for over 40 years, after which he was the first Supreme Commander to leave Air Force One and set foot in a foreign land. After giving a thank-you speech to the U.S. military stationed in the United Kingdom, he first stopped by at a rally with other G7 leaders.

Leaders consolidate their claim to bring the world out of the coronavirus pandemic and crisis, promise more than a billion coronavirus vaccines to poor countries, and support the growth of developing countries in the fight against climate change. I vowed to support the minimum tax on multinational corporations.

At a group-faced meeting for the first time in two years for a pandemic, leaders hung promises to support global health, green energy, infrastructure and education. All of these show that international cooperation has returned after the turmoil caused by the pandemic. And Trump’s unpredictability. However, there were concerns that it was not enough to combat climate change and that one billion doses would not be enough to reach the goal of ending the COVID-19 pandemic globally by the end of 2022.

The seven nations met in Cornwall and strongly adhered to Biden’s desire to meet together to declare that they would be better friends in poorer nations than authoritarian rivals such as China. A large-scale infrastructure program for developing countries intended to compete with Beijing’s efforts was commissioned, and China was called upon for human rights abuses and urged a reaction of anger from Asian powers.

However, there were still tensions, with representatives from Germany, Italy and the European Union hesitating to sternly call on China, a valuable trading partner. And in some European capitals, it was Biden, not Trump, that was the anomaly in US foreign policy, and the United States could soon return to a trading, predominantly inward approach. there is.

After Cornwall, the scene moved to Brussels, where many of the same faces gathered to gather at NATO. Biden took advantage of that moment to form a breakwater against the invasion of Moscow, but emphasized the new US commitment to a 30-country alliance, often malicious by its predecessors.

He also emphasized US commitment to Article 5 of the Alliance Charter. This indicates that at the time of this summit, attacks on all members, including some cyber attacks, are all attacks and require collective action. Trump refused to commit to the agreement and threatened to withdraw the United States from the alliance.

“Article 5 considers us a sacred duty,” Biden said. “I want NATO to know that America is there.”

When Air Force One returned to Washington, Biden again faced an uncertain future on his legislative agenda. The deadline for signing a bipartisan infrastructure contract is ticking as the president faces growing criticism from Republicans and impatience from fellow Democrats. But Biden and his aides believe he has achieved what he was trying to do in Europe.

Biden, the most tactile politician, enjoyed face-to-face diplomacy, frustrated trying to negotiate with world leaders over Zoom. Even among some disagreements, he eagerly exchanged awkward elbow ridges from most of his peers, other presidents and prime ministers, and adopted his “build better” tagline. I was warmly welcomed.

At the end of each day, Biden met with aides, including Secretary of State Tony Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, to enthusiastically review the situation of the meeting and prepare for the next. The aide filled the schedule with some downtime to adjust the pace of the 78-year-old president, but announced verbal turmoil and the Boeing-Airbus deal in front of the European Council. There were still some mistakes, such as when I simply neglected.

His summit with Putin approached when two men met in Helsinki three years after Trump supported Russian leaders over U.S. intelligence, and cable networks touted Super Bowl-level hype. Gave it. The aide wanted to confront Putin early in his presidency. He hoped to take control of Moscow and reach some degree of stability so that the administration could focus more head-on on China.

There were no fireworks on the summit near the Swiss Alps, and countries agreed to return their ambassadors to each other’s capitals and took some small steps towards strategic stability.

However, Biden was able to issue a harsh warning to Putin in a closed room, but he also made some promises. In a statement after the Russian president’s summit, he engaged in the false direction of Putin in the classics and the principles of what to undermine the moral heights of the United States.

At his Geneva press conference, Biden stood against a tree-lined lake, perfect for postcards, and when the sun was shining from behind, he took off his suit jacket and had a hard time seeing the president directly.

Once again, Biden declared the United States back, but he also calmly revealed that it was impossible to immediately know if progress with Russia had actually taken place.

“What changes their behavior is whether the other world reacts to them, which lowers their position in the world,” Biden said. “I’m not confident in anything. I’m just telling the facts.”


Tick ​​reported from Geneva.