US President Biden and Russian President Putin shook hands with a conventional smile in front of the villa Barn (in translation: barn), and then the door closed behind them and they talked for exactly 204 minutes – as the Geneva diary calculated with Swiss precision. Time.
Most Western analysts believe that the main progress of the Biden – Putin summit is the agreement and expressed will that it is necessary to start exchanging information and consultations in the field of cyber security and limiting nuclear weapons.
Vladimir Putin pointed out at the press conference that both sides bear “a special (great) responsibility” in terms of limiting nuclear weapons. In early February, Vladimir Putin welcomed Joe Biden’s decision to extend the contract New Start. Now comes the question of the militarization of the cosmos.
Summing up this summit meeting, Paris The world reports “Washington focused on China: Reducing the possibility of Russia interfering with American interests in relations with China – is a sufficient reason for (this) summit,” the French daily estimates.
Geneva, Switzerland, June 16, 2021 – US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin at Villa La Grange
Separate appearances in front of journalists – first Putin
The paper reminds that this summit was planned in a completely opposite way from the Trump-Putin meeting in Helsinki in 2018. Then, the two statesmen found themselves “face to face”, without an advisor. They then held a joint press conference that turned into an American diplomatic debacle because Trump left the impression that he was on the side of the Russians, refuting the allegations of his own intelligence services about Moscow’s interference in the American elections.
This time, the American and Russian presidents held separate press conferences. The first was held by President Putin in a relaxed style, “in a good mood”, leading it himself and giving the floor to both Russian and American and other Western journalists.
All this “in a very good mood”, as – almost without exception – the reporters on the spot emphasized.
Putin also answered extremely unpleasant questions, such as: “Are you imprisoning your political opponents because you are afraid of a loyal struggle?” He said about the imprisoned Russian oppositionist Navalny that he “does not respect the law” and that he “did everything to be arrested.”
Asked about the killing of political allies in Russia and the human rights that Biden especially insists on, Putin reminded the United States and the West of the affair about secret prisons and CIA flights (). He raised the question of US responsibility in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Putin’s conference even got a somewhat surreal tone in a typically Russian way, because at one point he quoted Tolstoy with inspiration: “There is no happiness in life, there is only its illusion – love and nurture it” (approximate translation of the French version).
“Everyone defended the interests of their country in a realistic way,” Putin told reporters, assessing that the summit was held in a “constructive atmosphere” and hinting at the possibility of establishing trust. Putin said that President Biden was “balanced, constructive and experienced” and even emphasized his high “moral qualities”.
In addition to cooperation in the field of cyber security and nuclear weapons, Putin offered to help in Afghanistan on the issue of Iran.
French analysts emphasize that it is noticeable that “Russia wants to be taken seriously and as an equal to the American partner” (Le Figaro), but that Moscow “seems more attracted to others being afraid than to be respected” (Le Monde).
The two presidents meet in Geneva on Wednesday
Biden’s “good impression”
From the American side, everything was precisely measured. Biden could hear first what Putin said to the media.
Biden addressed the journalists in a romantic setting in the villa park Barn while behind it, under the sun, Lake Leman shone.
“I have a good impression after the meeting,” the American president said, noting that “nothing can replace a face-to-face meeting.” His goal during the meeting – as he said – was to define issues on which cooperation with Putin would be possible. There are also open and sensitive questions regarding areas in which the United States would not accept Russian aggression and would respond to attacks.
“I explained to him (Putin) that certain infrastructures should remain untouchable, either for cyber funds or for some other, and I gave him a list of 16 specific elements from the energy sector to our water distribution system,” Biden said, among other things. , concluded: “It’s not time to hug, but Putin doesn’t want a cold war.”
Handshake of the two presidents: the assessment was that the meeting was “good” and “constructive”
Western and Russian interpretation
American Diary Politico he reported that President Biden “tried to convince Putin that it was in Russia’s interest to treat the United States well.” Liszt estimates that Biden even left the impression that he was “doing a service to the Russian leader, giving him good advice” and specified that these advice could also be understood as semi-open threats.
Although Joe Biden welcomed the “positive atmosphere” of the meeting with Putin and said that there was no “hostile tone”. New York Times assesses that it is clear that the two countries remain deeply divided and that tensions remain apparent.
The paper adds that the Russian president acted in the usual way when asked about human rights and Navalny, mentioning the movement. Black Live Matter and a violent entry into the Capitol.
Like many European media, the American daily Washington Post compare the summit in Geneva with the Trump-Putin meeting in 2018 in Helsinki. The paper concludes that the difference was obvious and that Putin looked less “triumphant” on Wednesday in Geneva.
In return, through Russian state television in English Russia Today Joe Biden could be heard referring to stories that are not valid outside the United States. RT emphasizes that Biden’s press conference was twice as short as Putin’s and that Biden lost his temper after a question from a journalist.
“What the hell are you doing all day,” Biden said angrily, hearing a CNN reporter’s question about the “constructive” tone of the meeting and returning to reporters for more details. explain what he wanted to say.
One can imagine how much attention the Western media would have paid to this episode if a CNN journalist had been verbally “honored” by Putin instead of Biden.
Mary Civielo, portrayed by the BBC as a world expert on the interpretation of “body language”
Anecdotes and the Chinese question
The day after the summit, the British BBC even broadcast an analysis by Mary Civiello, an expert on The “language” of the movement the bodies and facial expressions of the two leaders. She explained that Joe Biden made the first move by extending his hand to Vladimir Putin, so that the Russian president went to the American one.
“From the point of view of power dynamics, they are equal,” appreciated by Čivielo.
We can expect more serious analyzes of the Geneva meeting in the future. They should show whether this US-Russian summit has opened up space for a more effective US-Russian dialogue that would encourage Russia not to throw itself into China’s arms and enter into an alliance with it that would pose a threat to US interests. .
Putin did quote Tolstoy in a great mood, Biden did drive the CNN journalist to hell, but those are, of course, just anecdotes. The meeting in Geneva is important as a confirmation of a key question for today’s world, which, it is true, no one has explicitly said: Whose side will Russia be on in the US conflict with China in which no one will be allowed neutrality?
The affair was discovered and condemned by the Council of Europe in 2007 based on a report by Swiss Senator Dick Marty – with the sympathy of European NATO members, the CIA kidnapped Islamic terrorism suspects worldwide without arrest warrants, indictments and lawyers and illegally transported them to illegal prisons including Guantanamo in Cuba as well as prisons in Poland and Romania, while Western democracies allowed overflights of their territory. President Bush then admitted that all this was true. Although he signed the closure of the illegal prison at the American military base Guantanamo at the beginning of his mandate, President Obama had to give up. The prison still exists, and President Biden has announced his intention to close it.
Source: Balkan Magazin – Aktuelnosti by www.balkanmagazin.net.
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