Biden makes a trip visiting UK and Finland and heading to Vilnius to attend the NATO summit in the Lithuanian capital


The US President Joe Biden intends to attend the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, on July 11 and 12.

On his trip to Europe, Biden will also stop in Britain and Finland, the White House announced Sunday.

The White House said Biden would meet King Charles III and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in London before the summit.

After the NATO summit, the US president will head to Helsinki, where he plans to meet the leaders of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

Biden, who has been in office since January 2021, hasn’t yet visited Germany as president of the United States.

Bloomberg news agency reported that Biden’s visit comes against the backdrop of escalating tensions in Russia after a short-lived rebellion by the leader of the private Russian Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, shook the authority of President Vladimir Putin.

Infighting is spreading within Moscow’s security establishment as the Russian president moves against major actors believed to have supported the insurgency.

In addition, there are signs that Washington senses opportunity, even as it insists it’s taking a hands-off approach in Russia’s internal affairs, according to Bloomberg.

In Vilnius, the focus will be on Ukraine and whether members of the military alliance have charted a clear path for the war-torn country eventually join NATO, at the invitation of President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Biden’s visit to Britain may provide a welcome distraction for Sunak, who can focus at least briefly on diplomacy after a series of painful domestic setbacks.

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