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Joe Biden will travel from the G7 summit in Bavaria to join North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) leaders in Madrid as the West continues to respond to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. But a former NATO assistant secretary general has claimed the 46th president will have to pass a major test when he lands in the Spanish capital on Tuesday.

Marshall Billingslea, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and ex-president of the Financial Action Task Force under Donald Trump, told Fox News Digital: “This NATO summit is a crucial test for Biden’s leadership.

First and foremost, he must pave the way for Finnish and Swedish membership by making a deal with Turkey.

Second, he must get countries to supply significant additional heavy weapons to Ukraine, especially Germany, which has largely paid lip service to military aid.

He added: “Thirdly, he needs to move the alliance from its reactive stance to one with permanent troops in the Baltics.

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Whether he can live up to any of these is an open question.

“One last question he and his NATO counterparts need to help answer is how harsh will the new Strategic Concept be on communist China?”

Washington is widely regarded as the leading partner in NATO’s 30-strong group.

However, according to a G7 poll conducted before the Munich Security Conference, the UK is narrowly ahead of the US in its net rating in tackling the crisis in Ukraine.

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The POTUS said on Twitter: “As demonstrated at the G7 summit, the US, along with our allies and partners, will continue to hold Russia responsible for such atrocities and support the defense of Ukraine.”

Biden added: “Together, the G7 will make an unwavering, united commitment to support Ukraine and build on our unprecedented sanctions to hold President Putin accountable – sanctions that will only increase over time to further isolating Russia from the global economy.”

The US and the G7 have unveiled a five-step plan to further support Ukraine, including measures to tackle Russian military production and use tariffs on Kremlin goods to help Ukraine.