US-Russia Relations Beyond Ukraine Crisis – Geopolitics
Not satisfied with labeling Putin a “war criminal,” Biden is public Increased His rhetorical aggression by suggesting that the Russian leader is not only a “murderous dictator” but also a “butcher”. a “Killer” Also, for good measure.
By the end of his visit to Europe in late March, Biden’s frustration with Putin had finally subsided. “For God’s sake,” Biden said Fade Outside, “this man can’t stay in power.”
This is not easy to remember Public Insult by the American president against the leaders of America’s great power rivals. President Nixon wore glasses in Beijing, and Mao Zedong, the founder of Communist China, was well aware that his aging Chinese host was the greatest mass murderer of the twentieth century. Nixon’s goal was to advance America’s national interests, building a geopolitical alliance with China to accommodate Soviet Russia.
President Roosevelt and Trump each set up a common cause with Stalin, “Uncle Joe”, one of the mass assassins of the century, for a general victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.
Shortly after the Hungarian uprising was brutally crushed by the Red Army in 1956, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev was invited to the United States by President Eisenhower and publicly honored. The honor bestowed on Khrushchev was unprecedented, helping to temporarily calm East-West tensions.
Given such examples Real political With US presidents dealing with leaders of America’s greatest power rivals, Biden’s first verbal attacks on Putin are an anomaly. His aggression against Russia for invading Ukraine appears to be justified, even if it is selective and self-serving.
Or maybe Biden is driven by fever Anti-Russian frenzy is now widespread in US domestic politics and in the mainstream media, which combined its For a long time Inability to understand foreign policy and world affairs.
However, whatever the sources of Biden’s conduct, he has ventured into dangerously close US relations with Russia. Consider: Between rounds of Biden’s verbal volley against Putin, the Russian Foreign Ministry Issued A stern and unprecedented warning that Russian-American relations are on the verge of “breaking”, a threat that has only shaken the US State Department.
But worse, because Putin pIts nuclear forces are at war Warning In February, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of Staff General Valery Gerasimov are both Reject To take military-to-military calls from his Pentagon counterpart Lloyd Austin and General Mark Millie.
This unprecedented rupture in high-level crisis management between the White House and the Kremlin should sound the alarm bells. A complete break in diplomatic relations, or an accidental US-Russian military encounter resulting in casualties anywhere, could quickly or inadvertently turn into a major confrontation with unintended consequences for both parties.
Cooling is a must in both Moscow and Washington. As a first step, Biden should stop his unscrupulous lure of the Russian president with school yard tonts. After all, direct US intervention in Ukraine – rationally rejected by Washington – is Putin who currently holds the military truce and all the cards to end death and destruction there.
But apart from Ukraine, there is a big stake in US Russia policy. First and foremost, the Biden administration could do well to restore normal citizenship in America’s relations with Russia. Russia, after all, is nuclear-armed with the ability to literally kill millions of Americans and Europeans in just a few hours. That fact must be taken into account. “
During the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962, President Kennedy quickly realized this reality: “Do you realize that 200 million people would be killed if I made a mistake in this crisis?” He Said To his press secretary Pierre Selinger.
Sooner or later, the Ukraine crisis will subside. And, despite Biden, business as usual in US Russia policy – as unlikely as it seems now – will eventually need to return. The agenda will be complete: lifting geopolitical debris from the Ukraine war, restoring Russia to its rightful place in the European balance of power, and resuming strategic nuclear arms control negotiations with Russia.
Given the current crisis in US-Russian relations, it will not be easy to agree or resolve any of these. Biden lacks Kennedy’s intuitive understanding of diplomatic subtlety and accommodation, and eats through Putin’s gut-wrenching antipathy, he assures.
Yet the challenge for the Biden administration in the coming months will be to provide a foreign policy concept that is not just for newcomers. dtente With the Nixon-Kissinger strategy of the seventies with Russia, but, above all, the chances of a confrontation between the two sides are reduced which will lead to an unspeakable global catastrophe.[Photo by Gage Skidmore]
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