Even the Russian media in recent weeks admit that Ukraine has become the number one international topic due to the aggressive preparations of the Russian Federation.
The possible contact between the presidents of the United States and Russia in both Washington and Moscow is spoken of as an event that will surely happen. So far, only the topic is known – Ukraine.
Even the Russian media in recent weeks have acknowledged that Ukraine has become the number one international topic due to the aggressive preparations of the Russian Federation. And the fact that the presidents of the United States and Russia want to talk about resolving the situation is already good news. Just what will they say to each other? – Vitaly Portnikov writes for Radio Freedom.
Talks between US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Stockholm demonstrated that the parties can still exchange harsh statements. Blinken warned the Russian minister that in the event of a new Russian attack on Ukraine, the West could impose new sanctions against Russia – much more serious than until now. Lavrov demanded “security guarantees ” and did not hide the fact that if they were not provided to Russia, the conflict could only intensify.
But what are security guarantees? Why is Ukraine’s accession to NATO a “red line” because of some alliance troops on the borders with Russia, but the fact that a number of countries that have a common border with the Russian Federation – Latvia, Estonia, Norway, Poland – are in NATO? Why do NATO troops in Estonia pose no danger, but in Ukraine they do? And this is in a situation where Estonia has long been with NATO, and Ukraine’s accession is clearly not included in the immediate plans of the North Atlantic Alliance.
It looks like Putin wants “security guarantees ” not for Russia. He wants a ” security guarantee” for the Russian empire he is trying to reproduce. And without Ukraine, this empire is not an empire. At least in the eyes of Putin.
Ukraine’s accession to NATO, even the supply of new modern weapons to it, which will allow it to effectively defend itself against Russian aggression, will mean that Ukraine is lost forever. This is what Putin wants to avoid when he speaks of the dangers of NATO expansion to Russia. He needs Ukraine to remain defenseless. And the United States is well aware of this.
As they understand, the Russian president has practically nothing to offer his American counterpart, except to promise not to fight with Ukraine. Do not fight yet. Putin cannot make any other promises to Biden. And the fact that in an attempt to “resolve the Ukrainian question” he can resort not to political arguments, but exclusively to force, already speaks of the historical defeat of Vladimir Putin.
But historical defeat does not exclude aggressive actions. Therefore, it is so important how convincing Biden will be in his arguments regarding the readiness of the civilized world to punish Putin for aggression. Because these very arguments are the main way to stop the Russian president and prevent a new war.