White House says president will attend NATO summit and meet with EU leaders
FILE PHOTO: Joe Biden walks off of Air Force One at Mather Airport in California, September 13, 2021 © Getty Images / Justin Sullivan
US President Joe Biden will visit Europe next week to attend a NATO summit in Brussels, convened in response to Russia’s military offensive in Ukraine, and meet with EU leaders to discuss sanctions on Moscow, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday.
Biden will join the leaders of NATO in Brussels, Belgium next Thursday to “discuss ongoing deterrence and defense efforts” and “reaffirm our ironclad commitment to our NATO allies,” Psaki told reporters at a press conference.
The meeting was convened in response to Russia’s ongoing military offensive in Ukraine. In a separate press conference in Brussels on Tuesday, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that the Ukrainian conflict has given rise to a “new security reality” in Europe, that NATO must prepare for by increasing defense spending and positioning more forces on the continent.