Jens Stoltenberg will visit Washington to discuss the agenda, including Russia’s security challenges and cyber-attacks.
US President Biden will meet with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House ahead of the June 14 NATO summit in Brussels.
Biden and Stoltenberg will discuss “many issues on NATO’s agenda, including strengthening transatlantic security in the face of challenges from Russia and China,” White House spokesman En Psaki said on Friday.
“They will consider adapting NATO to counter cyber-attacks and climate change threats while continuing to ensure a fairer distribution of responsibilities among allies,” Psaki told reporters.
He said Stoltenberg would meet with Biden at the White House on Monday, June 7.
Afghanistan will almost certainly be on the agenda, as the US and NATO work withdraw forces by the Biden deadline.
The United States has about 3,500 troops in Afghanistan and about 7,000 in NATO. It is to take back behaving quickly, according to an agreement reached by Washington with the Taliban.
The US State Department announced on Friday that the Biden administration was providing $ 266 million in new humanitarian aid to Afghanistan amid fears of an uncertain future after the withdrawal of US forces.
The funding is intended to help vulnerable groups, including IDPs, women and girls at “special risk”, the State Department said in a statement.
Following the NATO summit in Brussels, Biden is scheduled to meet face to face with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“The president expects to raise a number of issues, including Ukraine, what we consider to be aggressive behavior by the Russians on the border,” Psaki said.
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“We expect tough talks to move forward, but it is an opportunity to discuss areas where we have a mutual interest, such as nuclear safety and stability,” the White House spokesman said.
Earlier this week, Stoltenberg met with British Prime Minister Boris John Onson and separately with Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simone.
NATO wants to see sanctions are fully implemented Stoltenberg told a news conference with Belarus on June 2, following a forced landing of a Ryanair flight from Greece to Lithuania in May.
Biden will leave for Europe on June 10 a series of high-level meetings to include Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain.
Speaking at a Russian economic forum in St. Petersburg on Friday, Putin said he does not expect a breakthrough news from the summit, but hopes that it will help create conditions for the future normalization of US-Russian relations, Reuters reports.
Following the annexation of eastern Rome in 2014 and the ongoing hostilities in eastern Ukraine, US and European countries imposed economic sanctions on Russia.
Ahead of the summit announcement, the Biden administration lifted sanctions on Russia for the construction of the Nord Stream II natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany. Putin said on Friday that the last section of the pipeline would be completed soon as the United States seeks good relations with “key partners in Europe.”