Biden Argues for Democracy and Diplomacy as He Starts Europe Trip

RAF MILDENHALL, England — President Biden started his first abroad journey by telling American troops in Britain that the way forward for the world will depend on restoring the longstanding alliances with European nations which have been “hardened in the fire of war” and constructed by “generations of Americans.”

Speaking to troops at RAF Mildenhall, he referred to as his weeklong diplomatic overture “essential,” saying that no nation appearing alone can meet the world’s challenges. But he additionally vowed to face as much as adversaries like China and Russia, pledging to inform President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia “what I want him to know.”

On the eve of assembly with European leaders rattled by Russia’s aggressive motion of troops alongside Ukraine’s borders, Mr. Biden pledged to “respond in a robust and meaningful way” to what he referred to as “harmful activities” carried out by Mr. Putin.

Mr. Biden additionally solid his journey in broader phrases, as an effort to rally the United States and its allies in an existential battle between democracy and autocracy.

“I believe we’re in an inflection point in world history,” Mr. Biden stated, “a moment where it falls to us to prove that democracies not just endure, but they will excel as we rise to seize enormous opportunities in the new age.”

Mr. Biden referred to as out autocrats just like the Russian president for selling false tales concerning the failings of democracies.

“We have to discredit those who believe that the age of democracy is over, as some of our fellow nations believe,” he stated.

The RAF base at Mildenhall is used virtually completely by American forces and is a important air refueling wing. Its historical past reaches again into World War II, and it was a key base within the Cold War for the United States’ Strategic Air Command, which maintained its nuclear deterrent. In the ’70s and ’80s, it was additionally a frequent web site of antiwar and antinuclear protests.

But these are largely gone, and in 2015 it appeared like the bottom can be closed. Two years in the past it bought a reprieve, and stays one of many strongholds of U.S. forces in Britain.

Mr. Biden will maintain his first face-to-face assembly of the journey with Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain on Thursday, forward of the formal begin of the Group of seven assembly.