NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg outlined what he called a “very good conversation” with President Biden at the White House Monday, where the two leaders discussed a range of issues including cyber threats.
Stoltenberg said both he and Biden agree on taking a dual track approach to Russia, with deterrence and defense but also dialogue.
“Dialogue with Russia is not a sign of weakness. We are strong, we are united, and then we can talk to Russia, and we need to talk to Russia, partly to strive for a better relationship, but even if we don't believe in a better relationship with Russia, we need to manage a difficult relationship with Russia,” the Secretary General said.
Stoltenberg said he is glad Biden is meeting with the NATO allies before his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The White House said Biden will meet with Putin in Geneva, Switzerland next week. The long anticipated meeting will come at the conclusion of Biden's first international trip since taking office.
Stoltenberg said the biggest challenge faced right now is that the world is much more unpredictable with more global competition than it has been in the past, pointing to the increase in cyber attacks as an example of the unpredictable security environment.