Russia stirs the specter of a “Cuba 2.0” crisis


If the agitated specter is a Cuba 2.0 crisis, evidently the Geneva and Brussels talks were not a reason for great satisfaction for Moscow, in the light of today’s declarations by Russian diplomacy. Nor are the Vienna consultations with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe a harbinger of hope. A clear sign of dissatisfaction emerges from the words of Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, who led the Russian delegation in Monday’s talks with the United States in Geneva, and who today in a televised commentary did not rule out the possibility that Russia could send resources military in Cuba and Venezuela.

Words that sadly recall the period of the most bitter Cold War and opposition between the US and the USSR in the early 1960s. And although the talks of these days have been defined as “professional” by Sergei Lavrov, the head of Russian diplomacy did not keep quiet about what he thought of the “hard and arrogant” position of the West. While acknowledging that “hard” words have also come from the Russian side.

Ukrainian tensions and the screeching of relations between Russia and the West appeared again on the table of the OSCE meeting. Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, noted that “the risk of a war in the OSCE area is now greater than ever in the past 30 years.”

Certainly a key point is the deployment of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border. “If Russia wants to have diplomatic success, it must deescalate,” said US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman in a very clear and concise press release yesterday, specifying that at the end of the meeting Moscow was not ready to take any commitments, but it hasn’t excluded them either. They are a “powerful” country, says the deputy secretary of Russia. If Moscow feels threatened by Ukraine, a “small country” according to Washington is strange. “It does not lead to a diplomatic solution” massing troops at the border, he commented.

And this is the knot. Moscow, which in the meantime today has begun the withdrawal of the troops sent for the crisis in Kazakhstan – without specifying where they will be relocated – clarifies that it does not intend to discuss with NATO or the United States the issue of moving the contingents through Russian territory, including those nearby. to Ukrainian territory: the request to “take them back to the barracks” will not be considered, Lavrov said.

The Ukrainian crisis had never strained relations so much. Infuriating the Kremlin, a 25-member US Senate group from the Democratic Party, led by Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez, has tabled a bill on new sanctions against Russia and Vladimir Putin, which Washington could adopt if the situation in Ukraine worsens. The threat of symmetrical retaliation from Moscow is immediate. “The Russian Federation and the United States have disagreements on fundamental issues: this is bad,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov summed up in the early hours of the day. As if to say, a good morning starts in the morning.


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