The NATO summit that will start on Tuesday in Vilnius, Lithuania, has provoked a diplomatic frenzy that has led several of the leaders of the member countries of the military organization to make a stopover in other allied territories. The most notorious case is that of the President of the United States, Joe Biden, who on his way to the Baltic country has stopped in London. There he has met with the British Prime MinisterRishi Sunakwith whom he has discussed military support for Ukraine and, specifically, the shipment of controversial cluster munitions.
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Subsequently, Biden has traveled by helicopter to the ostentatious Windsor Palace to meet with King Charles III in what is the first meeting between the two since the coronation ceremony last May, which the US president did not attend, but the first lady, Jill Biden, and her two daughters did.
The two leaders have greeted each other with a warm handshake. Later, they have listened together to the US anthem before the Honor Guard before entering the building to drink tea and talkmainly on issues related to the environment and the climate crisis. This is a topic that they already discussed during the World Climate Summit (COP26) held in Glasgow in 2021.
The meeting is part of a joint effort to demonstrate the “strong ties” that unite the US and the UK. “The relationship is solid as a rock,” Biden declared in the morning before his brief conversation with the premier in 10 Downing Street.
In this way, Sunak and Biden eased the tensions that have divided NATO allies for weeks over how to incorporate Ukraine’s membership promise at the summit in the Latvian capital. On the one hand, Washingtontogether with partners like berlinsuggest vaguer wording that suggests that when the war ends kyiv will be able to enter following the protocol. For another, London It is committed to being more forceful and making it clear that Ukraine will be within the Alliance regardless of what Russia thinks.