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U.S. President Joe Biden meets Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez

by Kolkata Today

U.S. President Joe Biden met with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Tuesday before making remarks to the media as leaders gathered for the NATO summit in Madrid.

At the top of the agenda for leaders in meetings Wednesday and Thursday is strengthening defenses against Russia and supporting Ukraine.

U.S. President Joe Biden, who arrived with the aim of stiffening the resolve of any wavering allies, said that NATO members were “standing together in our shared security.”

“I said before the war started if Putin attacked Ukraine the United States would enhance our force posture in Europe and respond to the reality of a new European security environment,” Joe Biden said.

In a tweet U.S.President Joe Biden said,”This morning I met with President @Sanchezcastejon and thanked him for hosting the NATO Summit and for Spain’s 40 years of contributions to Transatlantic security.

Together, we launched a joint declaration reaffirming our close partnership on addressing global challenges.”

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in turn said Putin’s invasion of Ukraine in February “represents a violation of international law,” and said his actions confirm Spain’s backing of “a rules-based international order.”

In a tweet Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez said ,“Thank you, @POTUS for this meeting on your first visit to our country as president. Twenty years later, Spain and the US adopted a new Joint Declaration to update and strengthen our strategic relationship. The unity of the Allies is key to the security of Europe.”

Seven decades after it was founded, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is meeting in Madrid this week with an urgent need to reassert its original mission: preventing Russian aggression against Western allies.

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