Biden urges NATO, G7 to 'stay together' against Russia
US President Joe Biden has urged NATO allies and the world's wealthiest nations (G7) to "stay together" against Russia while visiting Germany for a three-day summit of G7 countries.
According to Press TV, Biden kicked off a series of meetings with world leaders on Sunday in the Bavarian Alps, Germany, ahead of the summit.
At a meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, he urged his Western allies "to stay together."
He said that Russian President Vladimir Putin had been hoping "that somehow NATO and the G7 would splinter. But we haven't and we're not going to."
The US president met his German host in the picturesque Elmau Castle where the G7 -- Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the US -- was holding the summit.
Biden praised Scholz's leadership as current chair of the G7 at the time of the conflict in Ukraine.
"I want to compliment you for stepping up as you did when you became chancellor" and "the way you had a great impact on the rest of Europe to move, particularly relating to Ukraine," Biden told Scholz.
As G7 summit began on Sunday, the leaders had agreed to a ban on imports of Russian gold, the second-largest export after oil for Russia, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Biden has long been pushing Europe to take a stance against Russia. Experts, however, say his domestic struggles at home may impede his ability to lead the European Union against Moscow.
The meetings in Europe come as Biden is facing challenges both at home and abroad.