US President address about his planned in Geneva summit with Vladimir Putin in Thursday began like any other on Russia’s 24-hour state news channel, with a piece about the ageing president of the United States battling cicadas and then giving a “confused” .
After a cutaway scene of Biden swatting his neck before entering Air Force One this week, he stated, “I’ll let [Putin] know what I want him to know.”
A lot is riding on the Geneva summit between Presidents #Biden and #Putin. Both sides are keen to bury the hatchet even if for disparate reasons. My take on the decades-long kabuki being enacted between the US, Russia, China and India (Original Quad)https://t.co/SzrwL2B3zW
— Ambassador Vishnu Prakash (@AmbVPrakash) June 15, 2021
Different views on Biden’s fear of Russia
Signs of thawing relations between Russia and the United States aren’t immediately visible on state television ahead of Wednesday’s meeting, but then again, that’s the last place they’d be. For years, belligerent news segments regarding the west, particularly Ukraine, have been surpassed only by even louder news debate shows, in which Russian specialists compete to deliver the loudest, most hawkish assessment of recent political developments. Liberals who join them are ritually exterminated.
Russia’s TV experts are more eager to flatter the leadership from all aspects, portraying Biden as a doddering grandfather, first as an aged statesman surrendering to the need to meet with Putin, and last as a schoolboy fearful of his approaching fight with the Russian president.
The anchor of one show, 60 Minutes, mocked the White House’s claims about Biden’s preparations for the discussions, saying, “Poor and miserable [Biden].”
Biden’s team has made no secret of his meticulous preparations; in fact, his wife, Jill, has described him as “over-prepared.” The White House insists that Trump has no illusions about a “Russian reset,” but Biden argues that there are some issues that the two leaders must discuss, such as arms control and possibly the climate emergency, and is pushing to reestablish a regular strategic dialogue between US and Russian officials.
Both presidents are seeking a settlement
On Sunday, the president stated, “We are not searching for conflict.” First and foremost, we want to settle those actions that we believe are in violation of international rules. Second, we could be able to work together in terms of some strategic doctrine that – that might be able to be worked together. We’re all set to go.
Putin said he would consider establishing such a dialogue based on the outcome of Wednesday’s geneva summit in an NBC News interview broadcast on Monday.
In the real world, the last week has tipped off a potential breakthrough. The judgment by a Russian court to declare Alexei Navalny’s organization “extremist” on Thursday evening will reestablish the topic of human rights in Russia on the summit’s agenda. And, despite the Soviet Union’s disintegration more than 30 years ago.
Russia’s support for Alexander Lukashenko will lead to war over what Moscow considers to be a sphere of influence in Belarus and Ukraine.
I don’t see how you get around that,” said Melinda Haring of the Atlantic Council during a recent conversation held by the Center for National Interest, a Washington thinktank. “Ukraine, Belarus, Russia’s domestic politics, Nato expansion, all center around who owns what. Do Belarusians, Ukrainians, or Vladimir Putin have a say in their own future? I believe it is an insurmoun