March 22, 2023

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Biden meets European leaders and NATO Secretary General in Brussels |  Ukraine and Russia

Biden meets European leaders and NATO Secretary General in Brussels | Ukraine and Russia

The President of the United States, Joe Biden, on Thursday (24) met in Brussels with the leaders of the member states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Secretary-General of the Military Alliance in Brussels, Belgium, for the organization’s extraordinary summit on the war in Ukraine.

Leaders of NATO member states gather at the start of the military alliance summit on Thursday (24th) in Brussels – Photo: Wolfgang Rathai/Reuters

Biden will participate in meetings throughout the day with other European leaders, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron. On Friday, he will head to Poland, neighboring Ukraine, which is now spearheading what some experts call the “new Cold War.” On Saturday, the US leader will meet Polish President Andrzej Duda.

Biden’s intense diplomatic agenda will focus on confronting Russian President Vladimir Putin, who wants to force Ukraine to abandon its pro-Western stance.

US President Joe Biden (left) with French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the entrance to the NATO summit in Brussels on Thursday (24) – Photo: Reuters

Britain agrees to sanctions

Earlier, the UK expanded the sanctions package to include Russian entities such as Gazprobrank, Alfa Bank and state-owned Sovcomflot.

A NATO summit on Thursday is expected to agree a new joint package of sanctions against Moscow in a bid to pressure Russian President Vladimir Putin to stop bombing Ukraine and reach a deal with the neighboring country. However, both sides acknowledge that there has been no progress in the peace dialogue that has been going on for more than a week.

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