(Washington) United States President Joe Biden on Friday reaffirmed his commitment to the Atlantic Alliance, accusing Moscow of “attacking” Western democracies in his first European foreign policy speech.
Angela Merkel welcomes “Reinforced Multipartialism” at the end of the Virtual G7 Summit, the first in the presence of a new American president.
Joe Biden, who is parting ways with his predecessor Donald Trump, has promised to “come back” to America to return to the international scene.
Anxious to restore Atlantic relations, he attended the G7 on Friday, and then joined the German Chancellor and Emmanuel Macron via video conference at the Munich Conference, meeting with heads of state, diplomats and security experts at the annual meeting.
“Today, as President of the United States, I am speaking to you at the beginning of my administration and I am sending a clear message to the world: the United States is back. The Atlantic Alliance is back,” 46 declared.E President of the United States from the White House.
Democrats, on the other hand, reiterated his commitment to the fight against climate change, the “global existential crisis” and called for a fight against “China’s economic abuse.”
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg echoed his concerns about Beijing’s role: “China’s growth is a critical issue for Atlantic society, with potential consequences for our security, well – being and way of life,” he warned in his speech at the Munich conference.
The United States must respond to Iran’s “destabilizing activities” in the Middle East, even Joe Biden said without elaborating. In the same speech, the US President reaffirmed Washington’s desire to restart the 2015 Iran nuclear deal by including all signatory countries, including Iran.
A “strong” EU is needed
Under Donald Trump, the United States sometimes targeted European partners who abused him, accusing his successor Russia of “attacking our democracies” and determined to “regain” European confidence.
He accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of “trying to weaken the European project and our NATO alliance”.
[Vladimir Poutine] Wants to undermine Atlantic unity and our determination, because it is much easier for the Kremlin to threaten and intimidate states alone than to negotiate with a strong and united Atlantic community.
But Joe Biden made it clear that “this is not a question of putting the East against the West.” “We should not come back and should not come […] To the frozen blocks of the Cold War ”.
“In many places, including Europe and the United States, the progress of democracy is under attack,” warned former Vice President Barack Obama. “We’re at a crucial time.”
Faced with the progress of democracy, he stressed that “we must prove that our democracies still benefit our people.”
“We are at the heart of the fundamental debate over the future trajectory of our world. Looking at all the challenges we face from the Fourth Industrial Revolution to the World Plague, those who understand that power is the best way forward, and that democracy is needed to respond to these challenges,” continued Joe Biden.
“Democracy does not happen by accident. We must protect, strengthen and restore it. ”
The “return” announced by the United States to the heart of international alliances was well received by Angela Merkel.
He told a news conference after the summit of the seven great powers that “multilateralism will once again have more opportunities in the G7.”
At the Munich Conference, mTo me Merkel also stressed the need for a “strong” European Union, noting that “Russia is not currently working on it.”
In a special intervention, European Commission President Ursula van der Ley said that “China, which is emphasizing itself more economically” and Russia “is more provocative”, “we have a responsibility to once again strengthen our cooperation.”