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US News Summit Biden-Putin: the limited ambitions of Russian diplomacy

22:30  15 june  2021
22:30  15 june  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

biden ensures the Europeans of his support before meeting Putin

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Lors de la rencontre Biden-Poutine, on se contentera à Moscou du service minimal: pas de communiqué commun, pas même de conférence de presse conjointe. © Reuters - Sputnik Photo Agency At the meeting Biden-Putin, we will satisfy Moscow minimal service: no joint press release, not even press conference joint.

Russia is not waiting for the meeting between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin this Wednesday in Geneva that few concrete results. The Kremlin addresses the summit with modest objectives: to renew the dialogue, at the lowest since the end of the Cold War, and restore appeased diplomatic relations.

of our correspondent in Moscow,

The Kremlin has continued to repeat it in recent weeks: we should not expect a major diplomatic breakthrough on the banks of Lake Geneva. Nevertheless, the spokesman for Vladimir Putin, Dmitri Peskov, ensures that the importance of this summit must not be minimized.

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For Russia, the simple fact that the meeting takes place, and that Joe Biden was the initiator, is already a first result. It is the sign, is we feeling in Moscow, that Russia is taken seriously by the new American president - and that's enough to forget, or to make a mine to forget, the very hard statements that could have Have Donald Trump's successor with regard to Vladimir Putin.

"The potential of these discussions should not be overestimated, esteem Andrei Kortunov, Director of the Russian Council for International Affairs, as the two countries have very different states of mind and vision. But one must prevent the bilateral relationship from determining even more, and put an end to the diplomatic war between the two countries.

an American destroyer in the Bosphorus, Russian aircraft above Denmark, day of tension on the European continent

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Exchange of prisoners

According to the Russian press, the Kremlin set at least two concrete objectives for this summit: revive the dialogue on the control of nuclear weapons, and resume normal consular activity in both countries. A return of the American and Russian ambassadors to their respective positions - they remain vacant since Joe Biden last March, said that Vladimir Putin could be considered a "killer" - would be considered a good start.

"Several regional crises can also be subject to constructive discussions, adds Andrei Kortunov. "Not Ukraine, Belarus or Libya ... but an agreement can be envisaged on Afghanistan, North Korea, or even Syria. Asked about a possible exchange of prisoners during the interview granted at the beginning of the week at the NBC American television channel, Vladimir Putin also allowed, on this point, the possibility of an agreement, which would allow Trevor Reed. And Paul Whelan to recover the freedom and go home.

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A "Coriace" Negotiator

But for the rest, we will settle in Moscow minimum service: no common communiqué, not even joint press conference. For the Kommersant newspaper, never in 30 years the two countries had approached a summit with little ambitions. "It's a first meeting in difficult conditions", concedes Iuri Ouchakov, Counselor of Vladimir Putin on international issues, which considers this summit with "practical but low optimism" according to the comments reported by the France-Presse agency.

"The summit is organized in Geneva, like that of 1985 between Gorbachev and Reagan, but the comparison stops there, Analysis Andrei Kortunov. For Putin, who is a coriace bargaining, it is not so crucial to get along with the West that it was the case for Gorbachev! And we do not know yet if Joe Biden will be an American president as hard as Ronald Reagan. Of course, we all hope there is an important result, and that a new page can open in relations between the two countries .... But it's still too early for that. »

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