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US seeks to ease tensions at Biden-Putin summit as anti-China campaign intensifies

 US seeks to ease tensions at Biden-Putin summit as anti-China campaign intensifies



Summit talks between US President Joseph Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin ended on Wednesdays with statements from heads of state that the dialogue was "good", "positive" and "constructive quantity". Amid the escalating US war campaign against China, Washington appears to be trying to ease tensions with the Kremlin.



US seeks to ease tensions at Biden-Putin summit as anti-China campaign intensifies
US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin arrive for their meeting at "Villa la Grange" on Wednesday June 16, 2021 in Geneva, Switzerland. (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky)



The ultimate goal of such an effort - over which huge question marks over - is to disrupt the hush close economic, political and military ties between Moscow and Beijing in order to isolate China for the sake of it. a war. The talks took place just after the conclusion of the G7 and NATO meetings, in which China was singled out as the main target of world imperialism.


Speaking in separate press conferences on Wednesday, Biden and Putin said their more than two-hour discussion covering a range of topics, including nuclear deals, the conflict in Ukraine, competition around the Arctic. , cybersecurity, human rights and economic ties. While providing few details, each indicated that further high-level discussions would take place with the aim of restoring "strategic stability". Relations between the ambassadors, which were severed in March after Biden called Putin a "killer," will be restored. The New START treaty will be extended until 2024. Bilateral working groups will be created to deal with arms control and ransomware attacks.


As for Ukraine, no mention was made of Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula which was allegedly seized illegally according to accusations from the United States and Europe. In addition, the two sides affirmed their commitment to implement the Minsk Protocol, agreements signed in 2014 and 2015 that lay the foundations for a negotiated settlement on the status of Donbass: a region of eastern China. Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists who seized power after the far-right US-backed coup in Kiev.


The Ukrainian government, which recently moved troops and military equipment to the disputed area and declared its intention to retake Crimea by force, has repeatedly expressed its opposition to the implementation of the Minsk accords. Minsk's approval on Wednesday follows Biden's statement ahead of the summit that Kiev was "not ready" to join NATO, to which the country hysterically called for admission. After years of strident anti-Russian rhetoric from Washington on Moscow's “violations” of Ukrainian sovereignty, it appears that the country and its extreme nationalist leaders have been sidelined - at least temporarily - in the interests of Russia. US pursuit of broader geopolitical goals.


Although have repeatedly urged him to make hostile statements against his Russian counterparts and to claim that the United States has him with "military consequences" following further alleged cyber attacks, the US president said that "no threats" were made and that the Kremlin chief had offered to "help" on issues related to Afghanistan, Iran and Syria. Relatively little has been said on the issue of Alexei Navalny, the much adored "pro-democracy" opponent, even though Biden has indicated his death will be a serious problem.


The American press at Biden's event seemed genuinely disappointed that he appeared less belligerent. Many American media and leaders predicted that Trump's replacement by Biden would be a sign of a tougher policy on Moscow.


A tactical shift in Washington's relations with Russia will provoke internal and external conflicts. We got a glimpse of it on Wednesday. Just as Putin wrapped up his press conference, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told reporters: “We believe that a renewed partnership that would allow us to realize the full potential of cooperation. close with Russia is a distant prospect. He added that the EU expects a "further deterioration of our relations" with Moscow.


Whatever tactical maneuver Washington tries to implement, its willingness to strike Moscow has also been expressed. Biden Putin warned that if he did not live up to "international standards" his "credibility in the world" would diminish and "consequences" would ensue. The United States has an immense capacity to start a cyber war, observed the American leader, noting in particular the vulnerability of the Russian oil industry.


Putin pointed to US support for Russian “democracy” building organizations, which were little more than puppets of US foreign policy. While downplaying Biden's description of him as a murderer and someone who violates human rights, the Russian president cited police murders in the United States, the deaths of innocent civilians during drone strikes, the existence of CIA black sites and the continued operation of Guantanamo Bay are all examples of American human rights hypocrisy.


Under the guise of cordiality that the two leaders tried to project on Wednesday lurk explosive tensions. As the summit unfolded, NATO was carrying out the most important military exercises in its history, explicitly directed against Russia. The United States is stepping up its military presence in Ukraine, the Black Sea and the Arctic, and the Biden government in May released a military budget proposal that would take US arms spending to record levels. Russia recently announced the creation of 20 new anti-NATO military divisions, which will be stationed at its western borders. This summer, it reviewed the combat capability and readiness of its land, air and naval forces across the country.


In his remarks on Wednesday, the US president said some expected to hear "Biden said he would invade Russia," a remark that unwittingly exposed the very real threats of war surrounding the summit. Whether through direct military conflict, the use of ethnic and national differences to dismember the country, or the promotion of internal conflicts - or all three - Russia remains in the crosshairs of US imperialism. , which views the Russian domination of much of the Eurasian landmass as an intolerable limit to the appetites of US imperialism.


But what is being emphasized, as demonstrated at the G7 summit, is the feeling that China must be the first target in America's preparation for war. The Wuhan Laboratory Theory, which over the past two months has been placed at the center of the US and European foreign policy, lays the groundwork for the argument that Beijing is responsible for the deaths of millions of people. This theory follows endless accusations that China is manipulating its currency, violating international trade conventions, seeking to control East Asian sea lanes, repealing human rights conventions, and so on.


À Washington, on craint que les États-Unis ne puissent pas maintenir une guerre sur deux fronts. Dans la mesure o la campagne anti-russe a encouragé le rapprochement entre Moscou et Pékin, cela a suscité des inquiétudes quant au fait que l'impérialisme américain pourrait avoir les yeux plus gros que la panse.


Pour sa part, la classe dirigeante russe est de plus en plus désemparée quant à l'attitude à adopter face au conflit interimpérialiste dans lequel elle se trouve prize au piège. Des divisions à l'intérieur et à l'extérieur du Kremlin existent sur les relations du pays avec la Chine et les États-Unis. La Russie est éclipsée à tous égards par son voisin beaucoup plus grand. Pendant des années, Poutine a cherché à établir des relations plus amicales avec les États-Unis, faisant constamment référence à ses "amis" d'outre-Atlantique, alors même que les tensions avec Washington s'aggravaient.


Biden lui-même a identifié la crise à laquelle Moscou est confronté lorsqu'on lui a demandé si une nouvelle "guerre froide" était en train d'émerger dans les relations entre les États-Unis et la Russie. En réponse, il a fait remarquer que la Russie avait «une frontière de plusieurs milliers de kilomètres avec la Chine. La Chine va de l'avant... cherchant à devenir l'économie la plus puissante du monde", mais l'économie de la Russie "est en difficulté". «Je ne pense pas que [Poutine] cherche à déclencher une guerre froide avec les États-Unis», a déclaré Biden.

Indépendamment de ce que chacun «cherche», la guerre a une logique qui lui est propre. Mis à part les rebondissements tactiques, il est évident que la volonté de la classe dirigeante américaine de défendre son hégémonie mondiale en déclin menace le monde d'une immense conflagration militaire.


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