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“America is back!” The transatlantic alliance is once again a priority for the United States


At a video conference on security in Munich, US President Joe Biden confirmed that the United States will work closely with the European Union’s partners.

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Valdis Bērziņš, “Latvijas Avīze”, JSC “Latvijas Mediji”

Speaking at a Munich security video conference over the weekend, US President Joe Biden said “America is back” and that the transatlantic alliance is once again a US priority.

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“Let me dispel my doubts. The United States will work closely with our European Union partners, “said Biden. The US is committed to an alliance with NATO, he added, noting that the US fully supports the collective security agreement.

Biden also called on European allies to unite to face China’s strong political and economic challenges.

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“We need to prepare together for long-term strategic competition from China,” Biden said.

He also called on European allies to redouble their efforts to combat climate change, warning of a “global existential crisis”. “We can no longer procrastinate or do the bare minimum to tackle climate change,” Biden said. “It simply came to our notice then. We will all suffer the consequences. “

Turning to Russia, Biden said his president, Vladimir Putin, wanted to weaken Europe. “The Kremlin is attacking our democracies and using corruption as a weapon to try to undermine our system of governance,” Biden said.

“Putin is trying to weaken the European project and the NATO alliance. He wants to undermine transatlantic unity and our determination. Because it is easier for the Kremlin to intimidate and threaten individual countries than to talk to a strong and close-knit community, ”Biden added.

US President Joe Biden has rejected former President Donald Trump’s intention to invite Russia to join the “big seven” of rich democracies (G7), the White House said. Russia was excluded from the then “big eight” (G8) in 2014 after it occupied and annexed the Ukrainian Crimean peninsula.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg accused China and Russia of working against the international order. “Europe and North America must defend an international rules-based order challenged by authoritarian authorities,” Stoltenberg said at the Munich Security Conference.

“China and Russia are trying to rewrite the rules of the international order in their own interests,” the alliance leader warned. “As a result, NATO is deepening relations with partners such as Australia and Japan, as well as building new relationships around the world,” Stoltenberg said.

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“Only through concerted action can we encourage others to follow the rules,” he stressed.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed Biden’s promise to re-establish relations between Washington and its European partners, noting that “Germany is pushing for a new chapter in transatlantic relations”. She also said that the international community needs a common plan to work with China, which she described as a competitor and at the same time a partner.

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