About the Biden-Putin long-distance meeting on December 7
On December 7, a long-distance meeting took place between US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin. This was not the first meeting between the two presidents. The first telephone conversation between the two presidents since Biden took office took place in 2021. on January 26. Another telephone conversation took place a few months later, on April 13, and on June 16 in Biden, Biden and Putin met in person within the framework of the US-Russia summit. Right after this summit, Biden stated that “nothing can replace the face-to-face meetings between the leaders.” The last telephone conversation between the presidents took place on July 9.
Prior to President Biden’s long-running meeting between President Putin and the White House, a White House spokesman had questioned that during the Biden-Putin meeting, Joe Biden would speak with his European allies to coordinate the message he would send to the President. To ensure that Biden will take part in the meeting with President Putin “with allied unity and strong transatlantic solidarity.” This meeting was preceded by intensive diplomatic work with European allies և partners և for days և weeks, as well as discussions at various levels with the Russians and Ukrainians. According to the senior official, Secretary Blinken should have had a discussion with Ukrainian President Zelensky before the meeting with Biden Putin. The latter will be followed by the Biden-Zelensky conversation. The senior administration official also said that one of the central issues of the Biden-Putin meeting was their concerns over the escalation of the situation in Ukraine. “She: [Բայդենը] “He will understand that a big price will have to be paid if Russia decides to act, but he will also understand that there is an effective way to progress through diplomacy.”
On December 6, Biden reportedly had telephone conversations with his European counterparts, including French President Emanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. According to the White House, “the leaders discussed their concern over the accumulation of Russian troops on Ukraine’s borders and Russia’s growing rhetoric. Ներն The leaders emphasized their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. [ու] agree that their teams will be in touch, including for a comprehensive position of NATO partners համակարգ coordinated with EU partners ».”
The same day, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken had a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky ahead of the Biden-Putin meeting, during which Blinken “reaffirmed US firm support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity against Russian aggression.” It should be noted that about two weeks ago, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin met with Ukrainian Defense Minister Alexei Reznikov, during which the US Secretary of Defense reaffirmed “US strong support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
Following the meeting, US Secretary of Defense Austin, during his visit to South Korea on December 2, expressed hope that the United States and Russia could work together to “resolve issues and concerns and reduce tensions in the region.” Asked if the impact on Russia would be severely economic, Austin declined to comment directly, saying only that “best practices” would be used. “Whatever we do, we will do as part of the international community. “At best, however, we will not see the Soviet Union invading Ukraine.”
On December 7, a long-distance meeting between Biden and Putin took place, during which the parties discussed a number of issues on the agenda. According to the White House, “Biden raised the serious concerns of the United States and its European partners over the escalation of Russian troops around Ukraine, and clarified that in the event of a military escalation. [ԱՄՆ] “The allies will respond with tough economic sanctions and other means.” “Strategic stability, a separate dialogue on ransomware, as well as joint work on regional issues such as Iran,” were discussed.
After the conversation with Putin, President Biden presented the details of the long-distance meeting to French President Macron, German Chancellor Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Draghin and British Prime Minister Johnson.
In fact, US President Biden and Russian President Putin remained in the same position after a two-hour discussion. Prior to the meeting at the level of presidents, there were “discussions among other officials”, in particular, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Stockholm on December 2 as part of the OSCE Ministerial Council. The Secretary of State reaffirmed the US call on Russia to withdraw its forces, return to peaceful positions and adhere to the Minsk agreements, and the ceasefire in Donbas.
The Secretary of State clarified that if Moscow chooses the path of military escalation, then the United States and its allies are ready to force them to pay a high price. Another high-level meeting took place on November 17 with US National Security Council Secretary Jake Sullivan in a telephone conversation with Russian National Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrush, discussing a number of issues on the bilateral agenda, including regional and global concerns in a “sincere” constructive environment. ».
Thus, despite the meetings at the level of the presidents and other officials, no progress was made on the issues on the agenda of Russia-US relations.
Armenian Center for American Studies
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