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President Joe Biden spoke for a few minutes on Monday with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan before the start of the NATO summit in Brussels.
The American leader spoke with the Turkish president in a huddle of half a dozen people before NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg arrived and both he and Biden went to their seats.
Biden sat between Stontenberg and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Minutes earlier, on his way to the room where the summit is being held and after watching a video with the other leaders on NATO’s goals, Biden spoke briefly with the presidents of Spain, Pedro Sanchez, and Bulgaria, Rumen Radev.
Once inside the room, Biden greeted Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, and shortly afterwards he spoke for a while with Johnson and NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Goeana.
Biden also spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron. Biden participated on Monday in the NATO summit in Brussels, where, upon his arrival, he warned of the new challenges posed by Russia and China to international security.
In the margins of the meeting he plans to hold a bilateral meeting with Erdogan, where they will discuss Iran, Syria and Nagorno Karabakh, among others.
The meeting will follow Ankara’s purchase of Russian defense systems, which has angered Washington.