War Over Ukraine? Putin Gives Biden a Reality Check


Yesterday’s online talks between the presidents of Russia and the United States lasted two hours, with a summit agenda including bilateral relations, strategic stability, plus the situation in Ukraine, and NATO expansion.

What did they discuss?

The Kremlin described the conversation between Vladimir Putin and Joseph Biden as businesslike and frank. The Kremlin press service said in a statement that Ukrainian themes prevailed among the topics, in particular, Moscow noted the lack of progress in implementing of the 2015 Minsk agreements on Donbass.

“The President of Russia, with specific examples, illustrated the destructive line of Kiev <…>, expressed serious concern about Kiev’s provocative actions against Donbass,” the statement read.

For his part, Biden spoke about the “threatening” nature of Russian troop movements (inside Russia!) near the Ukrainian borders and outlined sanctions measures that the United States and its allies would be ready to apply in the event of further escalation of the situation.

“In response, Putin stressed that the responsibility should not be shifted onto the shoulders of Russia, since it is NATO that is making dangerous attempts to conquer Ukrainian territory, and is building up its military potential at our borders,” the Kremlin said in a statement.

Also, the Russian president told his American counterpart that Russia is interested in reliable legal guarantees that exclude NATO expansion to the east and the deployment of offensive strike weapons in neighboring states. According to the Kremlin, the presidents agreed to instruct their representatives “to enter into substantive consultations on these sensitive topics.”

When discussing the bilateral agenda, Putin and Biden agreed that cooperation between the two countries is in an “unsatisfactory state”, in particular, due to restrictions on the work of diplomatic missions.

“The Russian side proposed to nullify all the accumulated restrictions on the functioning of diplomatic missions, which could serve to normalize other aspects of bilateral relations,” the Kremlin said.

The presidents also agreed to expand cooperation on cybercrime, in particular, in the operational and technical area. Putin and Biden agreed on the need to continue the dialogue.

Presidential aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters after the talks that both Putin and Biden said the strategic and cybersecurity dialogue was “building up quite satisfactorily.”

At the same time, Ushakov also said that the discussion of Ukraine took a long time, and Putin “informed in sufficient detail about how Kiev is not fulfilling the relevant Minsk agreements.”

Also, the Russian president brought up the “strengthening the offensive against the Russian language” in Ukraine, and the militarization of the country.“He said bluntly that we are worried about the buildup of military activity by Ukraine and NATO members in the immediate vicinity of the Russian borders.

In this regard, of course, he outlined our views on the need for certain guarantees,” said the presidential aide.The issue of restrictions on the work of diplomatic missions, according to Ushakov, was raised by Biden.

To this, the Russian president replied that this situation had arisen from actions of the United States, which began mass expulsions of diplomats and closed real estate that was in the use of Russian diplomatic missions.The talks did not discuss energy, climate change and the pandemic.

Answering the question about who, besides Putin, participated in the negotiations with Biden, Ushakov said: “As for our representatives, we also followed what was happening on the screen and were ready, if necessary, to take the floor and make some suggestions.”

Washington’s official statement on the outcome of the negotiations was laconic and fit into 13 lines. According to the document, the presidents of the United States and Russia did not deviate from the previously designated agenda. The White House press service reported that Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin discussed bilateral relations, issues of strategic stability, cyber security and agreed to cooperate on regional issues such as the situation around Iran.

Biden said at the meeting that the United States and its allies are worried about Russia’s actions against Ukraine and, in particular, the buildup of military forces near the border.

“The President expressed deep concern of the United States and our European allies regarding the build-up of Russian forces around Ukraine. He made it clear that the United States and our allies will give a decisive response in the event of a military escalation in the form of serious economic and other measures, “the White House said.

The meeting began, as planned, at about 18:00 Moscow time and lasted just over two hours. The presidents contacted each other via a secure video link. Vladimir Putin from his residence in Sochi, and Joseph Biden from the White House in Washington.

Translated from RBC.RU

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1 month ago

Yes, big summit. They agreed to keep talking. Does anyone really think the big reset isn’t going to happen? They’re just setting the stage for the climax. The show goes on.

Reply to  zman
1 month ago

How would the US be worried? Their in control of the whole shit-show….

The West has clearly run out of patience experience Russia to bend the knee to them.

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