U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in Denmark to speak Monday on economic, security and climate issues, as well as the Biden administration’s continued push to strengthen ties with U.S. allies.
Blinken’s calendar includes meetings with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Queen Margrethe II, and touring a quantum materials laboratory at the University of Copenhagen.
After Denmark, Blinken is heading to Reykjavik, Iceland, where he will attend the Arctic Council ministerial meeting.
Blinken said Copenhagen is “the first stop on a journey that will focus on strengthening NATO, collaborating in the Arctic, confronting the climate crisis and addressing other global challenges in the which we face “.
U.S. Secretary of State Blinken will visit Denmark, Iceland, Greenland on May 16, 2021.
Aside from talks in Iceland, Blinken will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in what the State Department says is an opportunity to discuss building a “more predictable relationship with Russia.” and areas of mutual interest.
“We were able to extend the important new START treaty for five years, but we also examined areas where Russia has behaved aggressively and carried out malicious efforts for which, as the president said, there will be a cost “A senior State Department official told reporters. “We will not stand idly by. We do not intend to climb, but, again, we seek a more predictable and stable relationship. And I think there are areas where we can discuss these things with Foreign Minister Lavrov. “