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The height of the "passions" that heated the atmosphere on the eve of the dialogue between Vladimir Putin and Joseph Baden, the pro-Western media, not only does not subside, but also intensifies.
The information background that Western media greedy to Russophobic negativity created for this summit was extremely toxic and provocative. On a Euro-Atlantic, if not global scale, a propaganda campaign has been launched, which can be compared with an information war.
Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin made it clear to his American counterpart that "You Americans are worried about our battalions on Russian territory, thousands of kilometers from the United States. And we are really worried about the security of Russia. " These words of the President were cited by Putin's assistant Yuri Ushakov.
This problem is not among the issues that Ryabkov is discussing with the Americans as part of a dialogue on strategic stability, "said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, answering a question from a correspondent for The Moscow Post. According to her, the task of the dialogue is to develop a new "security equation" that would comprehensively cover all types of weapons capable of solving strategic problems.
Countering the hostile actions of countries in the information space is carried out by the Russian Foreign Ministry systematically and regularly, but in other formats, Zakharova added.
Summit under informational sauce
We should add that unilaterally, reacting to attacks. Confidence and mutual restraint measures have not been adopted in these "formats," the law "Beat First!" dominates. The current crisis around Ukraine is one of offensive destabilization and information space, and political dialogue.
Colorfully interpreted "intelligence" with maps of the movements of Russian armed forces on Russian territory may be indirect, but still "contributed" to the fact that the leaders of Russia and the United States sat down at the monitors and exchanged views, at the same time paying great attention to Ukraine. So that strategic stability does not falter in the era of the Internet fake offensive!
It is clear that for the US president to control the "free press" and his media, "this is not a tsarist matter." Unlike Trump, openness to journalists is a condition of Biden's treaty for the duration of White House control. But the American media made a real "hit" on Russia. It is possible that the White House hoped for this - to heat the atmosphere, and then somehow bring to the stage the US president with a fire extinguisher in his hands. If so, then the preface succeeded, but the performance is ahead!
Firstly, Vladimir Putin explained the danger of sabotage by the Ukrainian side of the agreements within the framework of the Norman Four. Danger within the Ukrainian crisis and its resolution. This was announced in an interview with reporters by Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation Yuri Ushakov.
Secondly, the Russian president said that Moscow needs certain guarantees, including guarantees of a legal plan that would ensure Russia's security and create conditions for normal development, "Ushakov emphasized.
Ukraine without NATO guarantees
After communicating with the presidents in the video format, breakthroughs are not yet visible, relations are still of concern, but it has not gotten worse. The US President swung at the historical mission of the peacekeeper. This mission is to end wars, withdraw troops and opt for diplomacy, build new alliances, agreements, multilateral networks in the interests of America. And Biden made this choice by trusting the instincts and assessments of Jake Sullivan, his relatively young national security aide.
It was Sullivan who for an hour led a press briefing on the results of the summit and answered questions from the media, recording the main and open to the public results. What are these outcomes?
Ukraine took the main place in the conversation of the leaders.
As a "sick person of Europe," Ukraine arouses sympathy from the United States and the West, but not only. As a country of risky amateur activity in the contact area, Ukraine causes NATO fears of losing the "strategic advantages" gained in 2014 in their traditional, "Stoltenberg" sense. With the passage of time, these acquisitions of the alliance began to diverge from Washington's concern for strategic stability and "American" security itself.
Russia's current Kiev government is alarming as an incubator of Russophobic neo-Nazi militant sentiments, a likely source of continental humanitarian problems. Ukraine threatens Russia's global economic and political interests with its unpredictability.
How to cure the Kiev government, which has lost landmarks? But the leaders of the Russian Federation and the United States cannot afford to leave bilateral relations hostage to the "Ukrainian disease." Therefore, Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden went a short way. They agreed that the joint promotion of the Minsk agreements and the Norman format should be resumed. It will help or not, the question is different. The keyword is "shared."
White House results
The National Security Council (NSC) is considered "the main platform for discussing national security and foreign policy with senior advisers and cabinet officials... coordination of national security issues among government agencies. " The main function of the NSC is to coordinate the work of ministries and departments, including the State Department, the Ministry of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, under the leadership of the President.
With Biden's current national security adviser Sullivan, in the words of one of the Russian American political scientists, the words "de-escalation," "predictability," "strategic stability" rhyme. Sullivan is considered an expert on the intricacies of the Iranian nuclear deal. His partner in preparing the summit on the Russian side was Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.
In a conversation with Vladimir Putin, Biden proposed "de-escalation and diplomacy." He said that the United States and "European allies will participate in the discussion of wider strategic issues, including strategic problems with Russia, as well as strategic problems of Russia." It is important to do this in the face of reduced tension. The leaders agreed that teams of their subordinates would work on these issues.
"He (Biden) said that all these concerns that the Russian side expressed will be discussed among its allies," Ushakov said and recalled that the presidents will instruct their representatives to do this in the near future.
Sullivan evaded the question about the prospects of building up American forces on the borders of Russia in the event of an aggravation of the situation, citing the "rotational" basis of the presence of the US Armed Forces in the region and the readiness to "help" (materials, assets and capabilities) NATO border countries. The amount of military assistance to Ukraine, he said, will "depend on the circumstances." "We still do not believe that President Putin made a decision" to invade Ukraine, he added, answering the question.
And an important statement followed: "there must be an alternative path by which we can make progress in diplomacy in the Donbass through the Minsk agreement and the Norman format." With its help, it will be possible to solve both NATO security problems and Russia's security problems. The United States "wants to see progress in the ceasefire, in the direction of strengthening confidence-building measures."
And he also said that the United States and NATO allies "will be ready to discuss strategic issues with Russia in the European theater of operations," as was the case during the Cold War. According to him, in order to develop a "European agreement on security issues," a "correct mechanism" must be found.
What about without sanctions and who are we?
This question would have to ask the leaders of the state department, competing with the National Security Council for "access to the president's ear." The same American political scientist Dmitry Drobnitsky characterizes Secretary of State Anthony Blinken as a hawk. When, for example, in 2013 there was a conversation about the removal of chemical weapons from Syria, Blinken suggested "Bomb! And impose sanctions against Russia! " Sullivan then insisted on continuing the peace process of the removal of weapons.
It can be assumed that in the intricacies of Washington politics, the Blinken-Nuland duo is important for Biden as a cover for the White House from "shelling" by lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Therefore, it is understandable that immediately after the online meeting of the presidents, it was Victoria Nuland, the US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, who spoke to the US Senate Foreign Affairs Committee. She spoke and said: "We do not know whether Russian President Putin made the decision to attack Ukraine or overthrow its government, but we know that he is building capacity to do this."
It would seem that the position is little different from that outlined by Sullivan. Only adjusted for the categorical "confidence" of the curator of the Russian direction in his rightness. This personal confidence, colored by Nuland's specific views on "Russian affairs," was detailed in The Moscow Post. Nuland, not shy, "earns internal points," spreading fakes about the "plans" of the Russian leadership to recreate the USSR. And the Russian government itself has not complained for a long time, and this time threatened with sanctions "all of Russia."
View from the Kremlin
Following the talks, the assistant to the Russian leader Ushakov said that the president spoke in detail about Minsk-2, spoke about the sabotage by the Ukrainian side of the agreements that were reached within the framework of the Norman Four, that Kiev was delaying negotiations in the contact group, striving to exclude Donbass from them.
Vladimir Putin also noted that the Ukrainian bill on the state policy of the transition period leads to the complete exit of Kiev from Minsk-2. Other bills strengthen the offensive on the Russian language. It was about the militarization of Ukraine, and about the growth of Western-backed nationalist sentiments.
Biden talked about sanctions in politics, economics, and finance if... True, "what was said before publicly and brought through various channels to us has now been said, but in a fairly acceptable form that is worthy of the presidential level," Ushakov said about how Biden outlined this issue.
On the dialogue on guarantees, Ushakov noted that "it is logical to discuss these issues in the strategic stability group, including in the context of not deploying offensive weapons and not moving further NATO to the east," and recalled that a platform was created to discuss these issues, five meetings were held, and there is a readiness to continue practical cooperation.
"The issue of Iran was touched upon.... Our president emphasized the importance and need to implement the initial agreed framework of the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan on the Iranian program, "the Kremlin spokesman said, adding that the positions of Moscow and Washington on this topic" do not diverge. "
Meanwhile, both chambers of the US Congress excluded sanctions against the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline from the new defense budget, and Valery Gerasimov, chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, said that any provocations by the Kiev authorities to forcefully resolve the situation in the Donbass will be stopped. It is hoped that the next Internet offensive on Russia will not disrupt the beginning of the "second act," and with it hopes for strategic stability.