United States President Joe Biden on Friday reaffirmed his commitment to the Transulsatic Alliance, accusing Moscow of “attacking” Western democracies in their first major foreign policy speech to their European partners.
Angela Merkel, for her part, welcomed “reinforced multilateralism” at the end of the virtual G7 summit, the first in the presence of the new US president.
Along with his predecessor Donald Trump, Joe Biden promised that he would promise America’s “return” to the international scene.
Eager to restore transatlantic relations, he attended the G7 on Friday and then videoconferencing with German Chancellor and Emmanuel Macron in Munich, bringing together heads of state, diplomats and security experts at an annual meeting.
“I speak to you today as the President of the United States at the beginning of my administration, and I send a clear message to the world: America is back. The Transatlantic Alliance is back,” United States from White House The 46th President of America said.
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Democrats, on the other hand, reaffirmed their commitment to the fight against climate change, a “world survival crisis”, and called for a fight against “China’s economic abuses”.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg echoed his concerns over Beijing’s role: “China’s growth is an important issue for the transatlantic community, with potential consequences for our security, prosperity and way of life”, he said at his Munich conference Warned in speech.
The United States should respond to Iran’s “destabilizing activities” in the Middle East, Biden also said, without detailing them. The US President confirmed Washington’s willingness to reissue the 2015 Iran nuclear deal by including all signatory countries, including Iran, in the same speech.
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Addressing European allies sometimes mistreated by the United States under Donald Trump, his successor accused Russia of “invading our democracies” and said he would “regain” the trust of Europe Was determined to
Russian President Vladimir “Putin attempted to weaken the European project and our NATO alliance”, he alleged.
“He wants to sabotage transatlantic unity and our resolve, because it is easier for the Kremlin to intimidate and threaten states alone than he would like to negotiate with a strong and united transatlantic community,” he said.
But “it’s not a question of pitting the East against the West”, Joe Biden clarified. “We can’t go back to the frozen blocks of the Cold War (…)”.
Barack Obama warned the former Vice President, “The progress of democracy is under attack in many places including Europe and America.” “We are at a critical moment”.
Faced with populism, “we must fully demonstrate that our democracies can still benefit our people”, he stressed.
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“We are at the heart of a fundamental debate on the future trajectory of our world. Among those who argue that totalitarianism is the best way forward, given the challenges we all face, from the Fourth Industrial Revolution to the global pandemic, and who understand that democracy is necessary to respond to these challenges. , “Joe Bedon continued.
“Democracy is not by chance. We must defend it, strengthen it, renew it ”.
This “return” of the US to the heart of international alliances was well received by Angela Merkel.
After this summit of seven superpowers, a press conference said, “Multilateralism will again have greater potential within the G7.”
At the Munich conference, Merkel also stressed the need for a “strong” European Union and said that “Russia is not currently working on it”.
Facing the “China which is pushing itself more and more economically” and Russia “more and more provocative”, “It is up to us, the United States and Europe, to once again enhance our cooperation.” To strengthen “, the chairman of the European Commission observed Ursula von der Leyen, in a separate intervention.