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Biden to attend Brussels Nato and EU summits on 24 March
US President Joe Biden will travel to Brussels next week to meet with Nato allies and take part in a European Union summit, reports Luxembourg Times.
The White House told reporters on Tuesday the president will “discuss ongoing deterrence and defence efforts in response to Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified attack on Ukraine, as well as to reaffirm our ironclad commitment to our Nato allies.”
The announcement of the trip came just before Biden held an event to sign into law a government spending bill that earned bipartisan support and includes an additional $13.6 billion for Ukraine.
The president will take part in the 24 March “extraordinary summit” called for by Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to discuss the Russian invasion and demonstrate support for Ukraine.
“We will address Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, our strong support for Ukraine, and further strengthening NATO’s deterrence & defence,” Stoltenberg wrote on Twitter.
The trip will be Biden’s first to Europe since Russia began the invasion on 24 February.
Photo: Joe Biden at Nato headquarters in 2009 © Belga/Olivier Papegnies