May 18, 2022 7:23 pm

The US tries to fix the Biden blunder that weakened the West against Russia

Washington – Berlin



The intense campaign of appeasement and contacts led by U.S with respect to Russia It has not given any result so far. The Kremlin rolled over this Friday and after contradictory messages and gestures from the White House, it issued an ultimatum to the Atlantic partners: it wants them to respond in a week to its demands to curb the expansion of the Atlantic Alliance to the east , and that they also do so in writing.

The US diplomatic chief, Antony Blink, accepted the conditions in a meeting held this Friday in Geneva with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, and now he’s back in Washington to brief the president Joe Biden, after the latter shocked the US political class already Ukraine admitting at a disjointed press conference on Wednesday that there are differences between the members of the OTAN on how to answer yes Vladimir Putin it mobilizes the troops it has amassed at the gates of the Ukraine.

In the bilateral conversation on Friday, Russian Minister Lavrov said that Moscow wants NATO to promise that Ukraine will never be added as a member, that alliance weapons will not be deployed near Russian borders and that it will withdraw its forces from Central Europe. and Eastern.

Secretary of State Blinken agreed to respond to these ambitious requests, saying he would “focus on the essential part of the proposal.” Lavrov said “there is no threat to Ukraine” and mocked what he called “imaginary threats”, adding that Russia does face a “real threat, supplied with weapons and military instructors” by NATO.

Lavrov referred in a contemptuous tone to the EU. “It is quite an interesting turnaround that we are seeing in Europe. It is not clear what they intend, perhaps to remind the rest of the world that they exist, and they are not even in these conversations, “he said, implying that his only valid interlocutor in this crisis is Washington.

Face to face with Biden

Regarding the possibility of a new meeting between Russia and the United States at the highest level, the Russian Foreign Minister added that “President Putin is always willing to meet and talk with President Biden, but these meetings have to be be very seriously prepared. Biden has also said that he does not rule out having a bilateral summit.

The US president has oscillated between warning of harsh threats Russia to admit at Wednesday’s press conference that if what is happening in Ukraine is just a “minor incursion” there may be a more limited response due to disagreements between the partners. (From the White House’s point of view, in this crisis Germany has been the most lukewarm NATO partner in its warnings to Moscow). It is true that after the press conference the White House immediately rectified and said in a statement that “if any Russian military force crosses the border with Ukraine, it will be treated as a new invasion, and will be met with a rapid, severe and United States and our allies.”

Iranian, Chinese and Russian troops take part in a joint military exercise in the Indian Ocean
Iranian, Chinese and Russian troops take part in a joint military exercise in the Indian Ocean – Afp

In that press conference, Biden detailed the threats that hang over Putin, none of which involves, at the moment, the mobilization of US troops in Ukraine. Biden threatened that Europe would stop buying the gas that comes from Russia, which accounts for 45% of that country’s economy, he said. In addition, Russia would be vetoed in operations with dollars in international markets, which would probably sink its financial system. And the US president also suggested the possibility of Finland joining NATO, given “his concern about what Russia is doing.”

Following the meeting in Geneva, Secretary Blinken rejected at a press conference Russia’s essential demand that NATO desist from expanding further into its current territory. “NATO’s doors will remain open,” Blinken said, noting that the US is “willing to discuss common concerns to ensure security and listen to Moscow, but we are not willing to back down from fundamental principles.”

This statement leaves little room for diplomatic process, but Blinken insisted that there are possible points of agreement “for example in terms of arms control, greater transparency of military activities and risk measurement.”

The head of US diplomacy rejected Lavrov’s “phantom threats” thesis and affirms that “we are not moved by feelings but by data and history: Russia continues to deploy troops, right now Putin has the capacity to attack Ukraine from several Cardinal points. We have seen plans to destabilize Ukraine and its government. Russia already invaded Ukraine in 2014 and forced a border change, seized power in Crimea.

US concessions

This American diplomatic offensive began with a bilateral meeting between the number two in American diplomacy, Wendy Sherman, and the Russian deputy minister, Sergei A. Ryabkov, last week also in Geneva. Then, North American diplomacy agreed to negotiate an amendment to the unilateral withdrawal of the United States, by decision of Donald Trump, of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, in force for 40 years and that prohibited the production, possession and flight tests of cruise missiles launched from land with a range capacity of 500 to 5,500 kilometers. The reason given by the White House for that departure, which occurred in 2019, was that Russia repeatedly violated the treaty.

In fact, President Biden already knew about these violations when he was vice president. In 2014, Barack Obama, his boss, denounced in a letter sent to Putin that the Pentagon had detected tests with medium-range missiles in Europe since 2008, which was a violation of the agreement.

The US side raised in the dialogue two Mondays ago ideas about where the missiles American and Russian intermediate range. The US has made it clear, Sherman said, that it is open to discussing “ways in which we can set reciprocal limits on the size and scope of military exercises and improve transparency about those exercises.”

After deploying his troops to Ukraine, the Kremlin recently released a proposed agreement with NATO members and a draft bilateral treaty between Russia and the US. Under both, the Atlantic Alliance would have to agree to suspend all membership plans, not just with Ukraine, but of former republics or Soviet satellites. It should also end any joint military exercises near Russian borders. In return, the Kremlin says it would lower tensions, withdraw troops from Ukraine and honor other international commitments to disarmament and conflict prevention.

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