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Biden and Johnson to Approve New Atlantic Charter

Biden and Johnson to Approve New Atlantic Charter

The White House said the document will be an updated statement of principles for the U.S.-UK relationship.

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson are expected to approve Thursday a new Atlantic Charter to promote democracy and collective security in Europe and the United States.

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said the charter will be modeled after the historic declaration adopted by U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1941. The document outlined U.S. and British goals for the post-World War II world.

“The Atlantic Charter, which is 80 years old, will be updated to have an updated statement of principles for the relationship between the United States and Great Britain as free societies and free people standing for what we believe in in the 21st century,” Sullivan said.

The charter would outline priorities such as protecting democracy, reaffirming the importance of collective security, building a fairer and more sustainable global trading system, fighting cyberattacks and overcoming the coronavirus pandemic.

“Just as our countries worked together to rebuild the world after World War II, we will apply our collective strength to address the enormous challenges facing the planet today from global defense and security to effective recovery from coronavirus and an end to climate change,” the British government said in a statement.

Biden and Johnson are also expected to announce the creation of a new travel working group that will make recommendations for the safe resumption of international travel in the face of pandemic COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Biden said Wednesday that the United States is not seeking conflict with Russia, but added that if the Russian government continues to engage in malicious activity, Washington’s response will be “tough and targeted.”

Biden flew to Britain Wednesday, beginning an eight-day visit to Europe during which he will attend a summit of NATO leaders and meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Speaking to U.S. military pilots serving at Britain’s Royal Air Force air base in Mildenhall, the White House chief said he was going to make clear Washington’s unwavering commitment to the transatlantic partnership.

“We do not seek conflict with Russia,” the president said, speaking to the troops. We want a stable and predictable relationship. But I have made clear that if the Russian government engages in harmful activities, the response of the United States will be tough and targeted.

Biden’s June 16 summit with Putin is expected to be intense, as the two leaders will discuss election interference, cybersecurity, the situation in Ukraine and Belarus, U.S. sanctions and other issues.

The U.S. president said he specifically planned the talks with Putin after the G-7 summit and meetings with EU and NATO leaders.

“Only after these meetings with our closest democratic partners to develop a common agenda and renewed purpose will I go to Geneva to meet with the man I have spent time with before, President Vladimir Putin,” Biden said.

In talks with Putin, he said, he will convey to the Russian leader what he wants to convey.

President and First Lady Jill Biden will also meet with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle before heading to the NATO summit in Brussels.

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