Biden to attend NATO summit in Spain after final G7 meetings in Germany

On Tuesday morning, Biden will meet German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the sidelines of the G7 in Bavaria. The President will then take part in the closing session of the summit on “the multilateral and digital order,” according to the White House, and deliver a speech.

The President will leave for Madrid in the afternoon. Leaders present at the NATO summit are expected to endorse a new “Strategic Concept” that sets out the defense alliance’s goals for the next decade. These priorities include “building resilience to transnational threats, including cyber and climate” and “deepening partnerships with democratic partners in Europe and Asia to strengthen the rules-based international order,” the White House said in a statement.

On Tuesday, Biden will meet with Spanish President Pedro Sanchez and His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain, according to a schedule provided by the White House. Biden and Sanchez are expected to hold a bilateral meeting to discuss coordinating support for Ukraine, as well as combating the global climate crisis, improving global health security, and promoting economic prosperity in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa.

Then on Tuesday evening, President and First Lady Jill Biden will attend a dinner for leaders attending the NATO Summit, which will be hosted by King Felipe VI of Spain and Her Majesty Queen Letizia.

The summit comes as the Russian invasion of Ukraine enters its fifth month and the US hopes to keep its allies united in its support for Ukraine and put pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin.

But it also comes as leaders grapple with the threat of a global recession and the Biden administration grapples with rising inflation and high domestic prices and interest rates. Growing economic concerns have raised the question of whether a united Western response to the conflict in Ukraine can be sustainable in the long term as long as the war continues.

The American assessment of the war is increasingly suggesting a long and grueling battle in eastern Ukraine, which will lead to heavy losses of personnel on both sides. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told G7 leaders during a virtual meeting on Monday that he wants the war in Ukraine to end by the end of 2022, a source familiar with his remarks said.
US and European officials are also monitoring the summit for potential progress in advancing Finland’s and Sweden’s NATO bids. The two countries formally applied to join the security alliance in May, helped by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. But Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would not support the bids and accused the two countries of harboring members of the separatist militant Kurdistan Workers’ Party, also known as the PKK, which Turkey considers a terrorist organization.

Jake Sullivan, National Security Adviser to the President of the United States, told reporters.


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