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Pres. Biden To Hold Meetings With Key Allies And Putin

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President Joe Biden will embark on his first overseas trip to Europe on Wednesday, aiming to reset relations with some of America's closest allies.

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WILLIE JAMES INMAN: President Joe Biden will use his first overseas trip in office as a chance to restart friendships with European and NATO allies after four years of tense relations under former President Donald Trump.

JAMES SULLIVAN: The trip, at its core, will advance the fundamental thrust of Joe Biden's foreign policy to rally the world's democracies, to tackle the great challenges of our time.

WILLIE JAMES INMAN: The president is scheduled to attend the G7 summit in Cornwall, England from June 11 to the 13th, where ending the pandemic, providing assistance for developing nations, and corporate taxes will be at the top of the agenda. After that wraps, he and the first lady will meet with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle.

From June 14 to the 15th, President Biden will attend a NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, where talks are likely to focus on countering Russia and the ongoing drawdown of forces in Afghanistan. And the last day of his trip will include a stop in Geneva, Switzerland for a highly anticipated one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

JAMES SULLIVAN: Joe Biden is not meeting with Vladimir Putin despite our country's differences. He's meeting with him because of our country's differences. There is simply a lot we have to work through.

WILLIE JAMES INMAN: The high stakes sit down with Putin comes amid recent ransomware attacks on US companies by Russian-based criminals and continued political interference in US elections. The White House has consistently said they are working to have a stable and predictable relationship with the Russian leader.

TODD BELT: What he has to do is he has to establish where we are diplomatically, economically, and militarily with our allies before he goes in and starts talking to Vladimir Putin. I think that really sets the groundwork for what he can do diplomatically, what cards he can play.

WILLIE JAMES INMAN: As a veteran of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee when he was in Congress, now President Joe Biden is known to some of the world leaders he will be meeting with. But the week-long trip will be his first face-to-face with many since the start of the pandemic. Willie James Inman, Newsy, Washington.