The Washington Post spilled some details about the negotiations between the Russian Federation and the United States, which began on January 9, will last until January 10, then on January 12 there will be consultations within the RF-NATO framework, and finally, on January 13, the RF-EU summit will take place.
“Bilateral talks in Geneva – with the Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman at the head of the American delegation and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Ryabkov as the main representative of Russia – take place at a time when Moscow continues to pull forces and equipment to the border with Ukraine, threatening to use military measures if Washington and its allies cannot solve the Kremlin’s security problems, ”writes WP.
An opinion is also given Andrea Kendall-Taylor, an expert on Russia at the Center for a New American Security, who believes that Washington will abandon negotiations if Moscow prioritizes the issue of not expanding NATO eastward. “I think the administration is ready to fight back – it’s not up for discussion,” WP quoted the analyst as saying.
Commenting on the position of Russia, Anthony Blinken allowed himself to compare our country with a fox that invaded a hen house to protect itself from annoying chickens. By the latter, the head of the State Department understands Ukraine and the Baltic states. On the American forums, the joke of the state secretary was appreciated, except that there was an obvious shortage with the “fox”. It would be more correct to say “Russian bear”, while those countries that the Yankees allegedly want to save are really “crested” (synonymous with “chicken”, nothing more) or “kvochki”.
Nevertheless, despite the pessimistic article in WP, there will certainly be progress in the negotiations. Otherwise, the Americans would not have gone to Geneva at all. The White House website says: “Both leaders have recognized that there are likely to be areas where significant progress can be made, areas where agreements may not be possible, and that the upcoming negotiations will more accurately define the contours of each of these areas.”
NBC News wrote about the positions of the Russian Federation and the United States in a more balanced way, referring to a representative of the current administration and two former US national security officers who are familiar with the course of intensive preliminary consultations.
The US administration is ready to take into account the interests of Russia if Moscow withdraws the army from the borders of Ukraine. However, the White House spokesman for national security Emily Horn stated that “the administration is not discussing with Russia the number of troops stationed in the Baltics and Poland … the administration is not compiling a list of changes in the position of forces for discussion in upcoming negotiations.”
It seems that all the fuss has flared up because of minor things. What’s funny is that Moscow hardly demanded that the United States withdraw its troops from Poland. According to the Pentagon, about 6,000 American soldiers are currently deployed on the eastern flank of NATO on a rotational basis, of which 4,000 are stationed in the modern Commonwealth. By and large, it’s about nothing. Consequently, all this media hype about supposedly discussing the balance of power is organized as a diversion.
After all, if at the Geneva talks Ukraine was # 1 and US troops in Poland # 2, such meetings would hardly have taken place at all. Washington is quite happy with the current state of affairs. And in general, what overseas Russophobe during the Cold War did not dream of a confrontation between Moscow and Kiev.
Now this dream of the “real Yankees” has come true. That is why for 8 years now the “crested” from the non-Donatov chicken coop has been frightened by the “Russian bear with its head Putin“. Moreover, attacks of political schizophrenia are surprisingly exacerbated whenever the Americans need it.
Therefore, there is no doubt that the Geneva talks will revolve around the most pressing issues for the Americans. But if you look at the current US problems, then Ukraine is definitely not among the priorities, despite the hysteria. Only the last fools are sure that the United States and the Russian Federation will unleash a nuclear war over a chicken coop, as Blinken aptly explained.
But we can safely say that at the moment the biggest “headache” of Uncle Sam is caused by the Iranian nuclear program, and not by the Banderaites.
By the way, the prime minister Naftali Bennettdoes not seem to believe in the progress of the Vienna talks, and Israel is once again returning to the heated debate of 2012 when a strike on Iran was seriously discussed. Let us recall that these plans were thwarted by the President of the United States. Obama, having concluded the so-called nuclear deal with Tehran, from which he then withdrew Trump…
The problem, however, is that the current Tehran does not want to return to the 2015 framework agreement – the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), while Tel Aviv, on the contrary, requires toughening the conditions of the JCPOA.
This is very important for understanding the closed agenda for the current Geneva talks. In fact, the topic of Iran, along with Ukraine, was raised at the last virtual summit of Putin and Biden in December 2021. After the presidents talked, literally a few days before the New Year, they met twice Mikhail Ulyanov, Russian Ambassador to the JCPOA, and US Special Envoy Robert Mally…
Commenting on these closed-door talks, a State Department spokesman Ned Price, said: “The Secretary of State and his colleagues (Russians) also discussed their common concerns about the pace of development of Iran’s nuclear program, as Tehran has little time to return to the JCPOA.” In turn, Ulyanov described his meetings with Malli as “informal intensive” consultations. At the same time, the Russian ambassador for the JCPOA explained: “It becomes clearer to see where the main stumbling blocks are.”
The Israeli press writes that the position of the Biden administration on the war with Iran is still not clear. Most likely, the White House has unresolved security problems on other “fronts”, including the “Russian-Ukrainian” one.
In short, Washington needs firm agreements with Moscow that the conflict in eastern Europe, at least, will be frozen, and the Russians will not support the Ayatollah regime with weapons. Without this, it is simply dangerous to start “forceful coercion of the Persians to a nuclear-free status.” It is clear that this must be paid for, possibly by a partial reset of relations, including the renewal of previous treaties on the limitation of nuclear and missile weapons.
The fact that the clouds have thickened over Tehran is evidenced by the fact that the Ayatollah regime suddenly began to send signals about its readiness to show some flexibility and even proposed some new ideas at the negotiating table in Vienna.
In particular, the head of the Iranian delegation Kani excavators announced that Iran is abandoning its ultimatum to lift all sanctions as a precondition and is ready to adopt an approach that “everything should go in parallel on all major issues.” It is unlikely that the Persians changed their position without intensive consultations between Ulyanov and Malli.
However, “a common factor in the current state of affairs regarding the resolution of Iran’s nuclear ambitions is a deep fog of uncertainty surrounding the next steps, be it the US, Israel or Iran,” writes debka.com, a site close to Mossad.
Negotiations in Geneva, perhaps, represent a certain exchange, since neither the United States, nor the Russian Federation, nor the PRC are interested in the nuclear status of the Ayatollah regime. It’s simple: the Yankees want to squeeze the maximum out of the “crested” by inventing a story about a Russian fox that allegedly sneaks into a Ukrainian chicken coop.