Biden joined the meeting later, media reported. Speaking in Rzeszow, Poland, Biden reiterated his accusation against Putin, calling him a “war criminal.” How can Moscow react this time?
Updated at 5:30 p.m.
Biden has joined the 2 + 2 talks between the United States and Ukraine, the White House said. According to the presidential administration, Biden joined the talks an hour after they began and spent 41 minutes in the hall.
The US delegation also included Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Pentagon Chief Lloyd Austin. According to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba, the talks are aimed at finding “practical solutions in both the political and defense spheres.”
Today, Biden is also scheduled to meet with Polish President Andrzej Duda and a speech by the American president in the courtyard of the royal castle. The White House said the speech would be “significant.”
He discusses the significance of these talks and what to expect from Biden’s speech Andrei Kortunov, Director General of the Russian Council for International Affairs:
– All these numerous events, supplemented by a number of bilateral meetings, as I understand it, were reduced to three main tasks that the administration set itself. First, this is a continuation of the increase in sanctions against Russia, and Biden seems to have achieved a fairly high level of coordination here, at least compared to the previous experience of coordinating sanctions policy between the United States and its allies. The second block of issues is all that concerns assistance to Ukraine. This was, of course, about arms supplies, and as far as I understand, these supplies will continue, will increase, apparently, there will be no practical steps towards, say, closing the Ukrainian sky and the use of airfields, NATO transfers in the interests of Ukraine aviation. The third issue, which was also discussed in these multilateral formats, is the issue of minimizing and mitigating the risks that now arise for the stability of the international system as a whole, world energy, and global food security. Well, I think Biden will probably build his speech around these issues.
– There was a journalistic insider that Roman Abramovich flew to Poland to meet with Biden, he, Abramovich, we remember, participated in the first stage of negotiations, what could this mean?
– Yes, they say that Abramovich did play a role there at the initial stage, but it is unclear what role and to what extent this role remained, it is unclear, at least, no official notifications about Abramovich’s role from either Russia or from the Ukrainian side so far I have not seen. Yes, of course, Abramovich is under sanctions, he is probably uncomfortable, he would like to be perceived not as an agent of the Kremlin, but as an independent player who stands for all good against all bad.
– And to assume that Abramovich was delegated with some state task?
– Probably, theoretically, this is possible, this is not a very standard move for the Russian leadership.
Biden in Poland for the second day. The day before, he visited the Polish city of Rzeszow, 90 kilometers from the border with Ukraine. Speaking there, the American leader called the Russian president a “war criminal” for the second time.
What can Moscow’s response be now? Opinion head of the communication holding “Minchenko Consulting” Eugene Minchenko:
– It is clear that the Americans have gone on the path of radicalization in relations with Russia and, in fact, the fact that this idea of economic defeat of Russia is voiced, well, it is clear that economic defeat will lead to political defeat, that’s how it should be treated. Warned, so armed.
– Yes, going back to the previous time, he called (Putin) the killer then, agreeing with the journalist’s question, and even after that they started compiling lists of unfriendly countries, cutting diplomats. Now what can Moscow’s answer be?
– I think that in fact the relations between the two countries are already so low that it is difficult to imagine what else should happen, except for the complete cessation of diplomatic relations. But I think that the two strongest military powers in the world with the potential for mutual destruction cannot afford the luxury of a complete cessation of relations. Roughly speaking, we really need some kind of interaction mechanism, we need some kind of mechanism to warn about some incidents, we need a mechanism for quick resolution of crisis situations in case there is some misunderstanding. Well, as we had there with the clashes of military equipment of the two countries and so on. So, of course, I think that diplomatic relations should not be severed, relations should not be terminated, because it is really fraught with catastrophe. I think all brains will have enough not to do that. All these exchanges of dives are, secondarily, and primarily, how quickly the armed forces of the Russian Federation will or will not be able to solve the tasks set before them on the territory of Ukraine. There will be a point when military resources will be exhausted, then it will be the turn of real diplomacy.
Russia is not moving away from dialogue with the United States and is ready to negotiate, but strictly “on an equal footing” and subject to counter-movement, said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.
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