The facade of unity President Joe Biden built with European allies ahead of his Wednesday summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin required some hard-headed diplomatic wrangling.

In closed-door meetings during the NATO summit and E.U. meetings, Biden and his aides received assurances from European leaders—some wary after four erratic years with former President Donald Trump—that they would take a tougher stance on Russia sanctions to corner the Russian autocrat and to insist Putin tone down cyber attacks and rein in criminal hacking rings. The U.S. and its allies will also demand Russia pay a steeper price for territorial incursions in Ukraine and meddling in democratic elections in the west.

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