Biden engages in a risky fight with Putin over Ukraine
Columnist Julian Borger published an article in The Guardian in which he concludes that Russian President Vladimir Putin has actually delivered an ultimatum to the President USA to Joe Biden in Ukraine. Allegedly, Moscow is concentrating its forces on the border with Ukraine, showing that it can really start an “invasion”. But it can be left if Biden refuses military assistance to Kiev and puts pressure on Zelensky on the Minsk agreements in the version that Ukraine does not like.
The White House has not yet confirmed the virtual meeting between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin. However, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki stressed that “high-level diplomacy is a priority for the president.” and cited as an example Biden's video session with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. & nbsp;
By virtue of this, Borger concludes that Biden is still preparing for a conversation with Putin and the main topic of conversation will be the Ukrainian issue. At the same time, the author emphasizes that now China is also threatening Taiwan. And as a result, the United States can be drawn into both conflicts, which is fraught with “ catastrophic consequences. '' .
He notes that Biden continues to speak of “ unwavering support for the sovereignty and & nbsp; territorial integrity of Ukraine. '' The material explains that such statements from the American side are a “deterrent and & nbsp; deterrent” Moscow. But Borger asks what will Biden do if Putin catches him bluffing.
For example, the professor of political science at the City University of New York Rajan Menon & nbsp; noted that such statements put the United States in front of a situation where they will be obliged to defend Ukraine, and if they refuse, it will be regarded as a shameful weakness, and then the situation of the administration will be very difficult.
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According to her, Putin could be reassured by an agreement that Ukraine will not join NATO and will be limited in military potential. However, this, Hill says, turns Ukrainian sovereignty into nonsense.
She emphasizes that Ukraine cannot be a subject of bargaining on the part of the United States. Washington can talk to Moscow about strategic stability, but it cannot sacrifice Ukraine.
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