U.S.-E.U. Summit Latest Updates: E.U. Leaders Welcome U.S., Joe Biden Back to 'Global Scene'

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President Joe Biden arrived in Brussels Tuesday for the U.S.- European Union summit.

Biden aims to restore relations with EU leaders after four years of tension under former president Donald Trump.

"America is back," Biden said. "We are committed —we have never fully left — but we are reasserting the fact it is overwhelmingly in the interest of the United States to have a great relationship with NATO and with the EU."

He added that he has "a very different view than [his] predecessor."

This sentiment was echoed by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

"The last four years have not been easy," Von der Leyen said. "The world has dramatically changed, Europe has changed, we want to reassure you, your friends and allies."

After gaining renewed support with leaders at the G7 and NATO summits, Biden was determined to build more goodwill with Europe.

During the talks, Biden warned against the rise of "phony populism" that threatens the U.S. and Europe's shared values and democratic norms.

The U.S. and the EU also settled a long-standing dispute over government subsidies for Boeing and Airbus, agreeing to suspend tariffs levied on each other for five years.

In a press conference following the meeting in Brussels, European Council President Charles Michel called President Biden a "partner we can rely on."

"We're very pleased with this renewed commitment of the Americans and I think today's very intensive session has been very good," Michel said. "It's only the beginning, we shall continue to step up our cooperation to promote our shared values."

Biden has arrived in Geneva ahead of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin Wednesday.

Biden and European Union Leaders
(From L) President of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen, US President Joe Biden and European Council President Charles Michel arrive for an EU - US summit at the European Union headquarters in Brussels on June 15, 2021. BRENDAN SMIALOWSK/AFP via Getty Images

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The United States and the European Union released a joint statement outlining their "renewed Transatlantic partnership" in a post-pandemic world following their summit Tuesday.

"We have a chance and a responsibility to help people make a living and keep them safe and secure, fight climate change, and stand up for democracy and human rights," the statement said.

The leaders outlined their shared commitment to end the coronavirus pandemic; "protect our planet and foster green growth"; strengthen trade, investment and technological cooperation; and "build a more democratic, peaceful and secure world."

"We are committed to uphold the rules-based international order with the United Nations at its core, reinvigorate and reform multilateral institutions where needed, and cooperate with all those who share these objectives," the statement added.

Ahead of President Joe Biden's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the joint statement noted that the U.S. and the EU support human rights and "reject authoritarianism" and its efforts to undermine liberal democracies.

"We stand united in our principled approach towards Russia and we are ready to respond decisively to its repeating pattern of negative behavior and harmful activities, which Russia must address to prevent the further deterioration of relations, including on the list of so-called unfriendly states," the statement said.

The statement also condemned Russia's actions undermining Ukraine's and Georgia's sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence, and it called on Russia to end its crackdown on the political opposition and to release its political prisoners.

Read the full statement from the White House here.

President Joe Biden is meeting with Swiss President Guy Parmelin in Geneva a day ahead of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

When asked if he is ready for talks with Putin tomorrow, Biden responded "I'm always ready."

Biden, in meeting with Swiss leader, is asked if he is ready for Putin summit tomorrow. His only response:

“I’m always ready” pic.twitter.com/GkZ5hEyaKW

— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) June 15, 2021

U.S. officials aboard Air Force One said that Biden will meet with Putin at 1 p.m. local time.

The first meeting will include Biden, Putin, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

The meeting with Biden and Putin will then expand to a five-member delegation on each side. It is unknown who will be included in the U.S. delegation.

The talks are expected to last at least four to five hours without any scheduled meal together.

"No breaking of bread," a senior administration official told CNN.

The two leaders will hold separate press conferences following the meetings.

Nuclear stability and other arms control agreements may be sources of agreement between the two leaders, while ransomware attacks and human rights issues are expected to also factor heavily into the talks, officials said.

European Council President Charles Michel said U.S. President Joe Biden is a "partner we can rely on."

"It was a pleasure to host President Biden today. We share a long history with the United States, we shaped much of the last century and now it's time to shape this century," Michel said during a press briefing.

"There will of course still be sensitive, delicate issues to be dealt with between us, but we're in listening mode, we're listening to each other, and we can see our way forward to meet solutions and mutual benefit," he added.

The EU & US share a long history.  We shaped much of last century.
 
Now it’s time to shape this century…based on our shared democratic values.
 @POTUS first foreign trip is to Europe. A strong symbol of our transatlantic bond. #EUUS Summit 🇪🇺🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/cxqTqxn3Qx

— Charles Michel (@eucopresident) June 15, 2021

Michel said the talks with Biden focused on cooperation on the coronavirus pandemic, climate change, technology and trade.

"We're very pleased with this renewed commitment of the Americans and I think today's very intensive session has been very good," Michel said.

"It's only the beginning, we shall continue to step up our cooperation to promote our shared values," he added.

President Joe Biden left Brussels after speaking with EU officials and has now landed in Geneva ahead of his meeting with Vladimir Putin Wednesday.

Biden will meet with Putin in two sessions tomorrow; one with a smaller group and one with a larger contingent of aides, a White House official told CNN.

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov are expected to attend the talks.

Biden Arrives in Geneva
Swiss Federal president Guy Parmelin (4th-R) welcomes US president Joe Biden (3rd-R) at Cointrin airport in Geneva on June 15, 2021, on the eve of a US - Russia meeting. MARTIAL TREZZINI/AFP via Getty Images

Biden met with a group of Russian experts earlier this month to prepare for his meeting with Putin.

Among the attendees were: Angela Stent, former National intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia at the National Intelligence Council, former US ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, former National Security Council senior director for Russia Fiona Hill, former ambassador to Russia John Teft, the controversial Russia expert Matthew Rojansky and former Deputy Secretary General of NATO Rose Gottenmiller.

Axios was first to report the meeting and attendance of McFaul, Hill, Teft and Gottenmiller.

Vice President Kamala Harris shared pre-recorded remarks at the Brussels Forum Tuesday.

She echoed Biden's sentiment that "America is back" and ready to work with its western allies to combat collective issues.

"The truth is we face many shared challenges: the pandemic and the resulting economic uncertainty, climate change, cyber threats, and the resulting security concerns," Harris said.

The White House announced Tuesday the creation of a joint U.S.-EU trade and technology council to work on coordinating standards for artificial intelligence, quantum computing and bio-technologies, as well as coordinating efforts on bolstering supply chain resilience.

Biden is appointing Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and Tai to co-chair the U.S. side of the effort.

Harris also stressed the importance of combating the "outright assault on democracy" around the world.

"Democracies require constant intentionality, constant vigilance, constant effort. It is when we stop doing that work, when we neglect democracy, it is when we take democracy for granted, that the attacks are able to grow," she added.

She added that democratic nations should work together to address corruption and human rights violations.

"And that is why wherever, whenever human rights are violated, we must stand together," Harris said. "Just as we did when the United States and the EU issued joint sanctions against China for abuses in Xinjiang. Just as we did when we stood up to Russia for its attack on Alexei Navalny...We must stand together for democratic principles."

The U.S. and EU settled a long-standing disagreement over government subsidies for their respective aircraft manufacturers.

The 17-year-long dispute over government support for Boeing and Airbus came to a head when former president Donald Trump issued $7.5 billion in tariffs on European products. The EU responded with their own tariffs on the United States.

Both sides agreed to suspend tariffs for five years.

"Today's announcement resolves a longstanding trade irritant in the U.S.-Europe relationship," U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai told the Associated Press. "Instead of fighting with one of our closest allies, we are finally coming together against a common threat."

Tai added that the U.S. and EU agreed to work together "to challenge and counter China's non-market practices in this sector in specific ways that reflect our standards for fair competition."

According to a statement from the White House, the agreement "signals a mutual determination to embark on a fresh start in the relationship." However, the agreement also retains flexibility for the United States to reapply tariffs "if we're no longer competing on a level playing field."

Tariffs can be implemented if the U.S. determines that U.S. companies are not able to "compete fairly" with the EU's, Tai told the AP.

"A renewed trade and investment partnership with the European Union is a top priority for the administration and our early efforts have been successful," Tai said.

At a meeting with EU leaders, U.S. President Joe Biden warned against "phony populism" spreading in America and Europe.

Biden quoted Yeats saying, "we're in the midst of a terrible beauty having been born."

"A great shift in technology. A great shift in development in the world. It's causing great anxiety in our countries," Biden said.

"It generates some folks, who are somewhat more like charlatans, trying to take advantage of those concerns," he added. "We see that in Europe and the United States, we see that around the world — the phony populism. It seems to me the best answer to deal with these changes is to have a circumstance where our economies grow and they grow together."

Biden also doubled down in his commitment to work with Europe.

"Europe is our natural partner, and the reason is we're committed to the same democratic norms, and they are increasingly under attack," he said.