US President Joe Biden makes his entrance at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit aiming to consult European allies on efforts to counter provocative actions by China and Russia.
The summit Monday comes as Biden tries to rally allies for greater coordination in checking China and Russia, two adversaries whose actions on economic and national security fronts have become the chief foreign policy concerns in the early going of the Biden presidency.
Biden will use his time at the summit to underscore the US commitment to Article 5 of the alliance charter, which spells out that an attack on one member is an attack on all and is to be met with a collective response.
The White House said the communique to be signed by alliance members at the end of the NATO summit is expected to include language about updating Article 5 to include major cyberattacks a matter of growing concern amid a series of hacks targeting the US government and businesses around the globe by Russia-based hackers.
The president will begin his day meeting with leaders of the Baltic states on NATO's eastern flank regarding the "threat posed by Russia, China and the recent air piracy in Belarus, according to Sullivan. He will also meet with NATO Secretary Jens Stoltenberg.
Biden's itinerary in Europe has been shaped so that he would first gather with Group of Seven leaders for a three-day summit on the craggy shores of Cornwall and then with NATO allies in Brussels before his much-anticipated meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva on Wednesday.