Biden hands diplomatic victory to Putin

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Biden hands diplomatic victory to Putin 2

In a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on April 13, US President Joe Biden proposed holding a summit between the two leaders in a neutral country, as tensions between Russia and the West increased around the issue.

Since early March, the Russian army has increased the concentration of soldiers and heavy equipment along the border with Ukraine and the Crimea peninsula.

Putin called during an online meeting on the outskirts of Moscow on December 10, 2020.

However, Russia’s troop movements make the US and its NATO allies feel insecure.

Russian officials believe that with this proposal from Biden, Moscow is finally treated with the respect it deserves.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said yesterday that the offer would be `studied`, but on April 13, Putin quickly discussed with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto about the phone call with Biden and the `conference`.

After hearing about Biden’s offer, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev compared the possible summit to his and Ronald Reagan’s meetings in Geneva and Reykjavik in the 1980s.

Others compared it to the Cold War superpower conference.

Many people emphasize that this call is America’s idea and the summary of the Biden-Putin phone call released by the White House does not include criticism of Russia’s human rights issues or Russia’s arrest of the leader of the opponent.

`It was Biden who requested the phone call, Biden took the initiative to call and expressed his desire to hold the summit,` host Vladimir Solovyov said on his morning radio show.

Referring to the US, he said: `The summary is 200 words long! But where are the human rights issues? They did not mention a word about gay people in Chechnya, the LGBT community and especially not a word about Navalny

Even the Kremlin’s opposition believes that the proposal to hold a US-Russia summit is a diplomatic victory for Putin.

Late on April 14, Turkish officials and media said the US had canceled plans to deploy two warships to the Black Sea, where the US navy regularly operates to show support for Ukraine.

Previously, Moscow warned US warships to stay away from Crimea `for their own good`, and called Washington’s plan to deploy warships to the Black Sea as provocative to `strengthen` Russia.

The decision to cancel the plan to send warships to the Black Sea is considered a US effort to ease tensions, although Washington has not confirmed this information.

Observers say part of the reason for increased tensions in Ukraine is that the Kremlin wants to test Biden, who increased tensions with Russia last month by calling Putin a `killer`.

Fyodor Lukyanov, editor-in-chief of the magazine Russia in Global Affairs, said the Kremlin sees Biden’s invitation as a 180-degree change of action.

Just a few hours after the Putin – Biden phone call, Russian state news agency TASS reported that US Ambassador to Moscow John Sullivan was invited to the Kremlin for talks.

`Shows of force near Ukraine will probably stop, because under any circumstances no one wants a military clash there,` Lukyanov added.

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