December 7, 2022

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Decisive summit in Geneva: The meeting between the United States and Russia began as a last resort to avoid conflict in Ukraine.

Anthony Blingen and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov (Reuters)

Diplomatic leaders of Russia and the United States met in Geneva on Friday Last attempt to defuse crisis in Ukraine, Despite warnings of retaliation against Moscow, Washington fears an invasion.

Ahead of the meeting, which lasted less than two hours, the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blink, Said The United States continues to seek a diplomatic solution To the situation in Ukraine. In turn, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, Moscow acknowledged that it “did not expect progress” from the conversation to ease tensions.

The meeting comes eleven days later between its No. 2 in Geneva. These are They agreed to negotiate when Russia deploys tens of thousands of troops on the Ukrainian border.

Unlike the January 10 meeting, which lasted about eight hours, Blingen and Lavrov will have a very brief exchange. The purpose is to determine if the diplomatic route is still possible.

The two are senior diplomats who have known each other for many years; Blinken is known for his uncontrollable silence and Lavrov for his biting intensity. The summit will take place at the luxurious President Wilson Hotel on the shores of Lake Geneva., Named in memory of the US President who intervened against the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blingen
US Secretary of State Anthony Blingen

“We are facing difficult times and resolving them will not be done quickly. I do not expect them to settle in Geneva, “said Blingen, a Swiss bureaucrat.

But we can move forward in mutual understanding, ”he added. He estimated that if Russia eased tensions on the ground, “it would take us out of the crisis in the coming weeks.”

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Washington’s vision was dark. President Joe Biden commented Wednesday Vladimir Putin will probably “advance” towards Ukraine And threatened severe sanctions that would cause “catastrophe for Russia.”

The Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded that their “unstable views” and “could lead to utterly mistrust among the Ukrainian delegation” that “they may try to forcibly resolve the problem in the south-east of the country.”

There, Since 2014, the Ukrainian government has been facing insurgency by pro-Russian separatists, backed by Moscow. More than 13,000 have died.

Russia promises to maintain its military because of its sense of threat to its security and asks NATO for assurances that it will not accept entry into the former Soviet republic or expand into Moscow’s former sphere of influence.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

The United States rejected this idea outright Russia has accused Russia of undermining the post-Cold War order Persecutes another country to subjugation.

This Friday, Russia has also demanded the withdrawal of foreign NATO troops from two member states, Bulgaria and Romania., Within the measures it calls for to achieve an escalation of the Ukrainian crisis. In response to a question from the media, the Russian Foreign Ministry wrote, “There is no ambiguity.” “It was about the withdrawal of foreign forces, material and weapons and other operations to return to the 1997 status of non-NATO member states. This is the situation in Romania and Bulgaria.”

Did the Cold War return?

Blingen arrived in Geneva after a solidarity visit to Kiev and talks with the United Kingdom, France and Germany in Berlin, marking the transition to Europe after the fall of the Iron Curtain.

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If Russia violates Ukraine’s regional sovereignty, “when the continent is divided into two, we will be plunged into a dangerous and unstable period … and the threat of a full-blown war looms over our heads,” Blingen said.

Despite his opposition to Russian demands, The Biden administration says it is ready to talk to Moscow About your security concerns.

A US proposal is to re-establish control over missiles in Europe under an interim nuclear deal signed during the Cold War and abandoned by former President Donald Trump.

Russian troops near the Ukrainian border
Russian troops near the Ukrainian border

The White House provided greater transparency in military exercises. Russia has not ruled out these concessions, but says its main concern is Ukraine, while on Thursday announced important military exercises in the Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic and Mediterranean.

Blinken asked Putin to choose the “peaceful path” of diplomacy He also promised that Russia would not respond to Lavrov’s demands made last month.

The two diplomats will appear in front of cameras to explain the course of their meeting.

The United States assures that the time for that is urgent. According to your ingenuity, Russia is soon preparing for an invasion that could precede a “false flag” operation Should serve as an excuse to enter Ukraine.

(With information from AFP)

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