The Biden-Putin Summit: What We Know So Far

De-escalation, or heightened tension and danger?  The initial reports indicate there may at least be a pause in the pre-war build-up.  But will NATO continue its eastward expansion, which breaks a pledge made by the U.S. in February 1990 -- of "not one inch eastward" -- and which Putin has called crossing a red line?  Biden responded by saying he will accept no red lines.  Despite the benefit gained from continuing a dialogue, the danger remains, especially as the U.S. and its allies continue the provocative claims that Putin plans to invade, as part of a broader propaganda offensive that splits the world into two camps, the "democracies" versus the "autocracies."  Thus, the deeper problem continues to be the commitment in the Trans-Atlantic to a world-view shaped by classic British geopolitics.

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  • Joseph D'Urso
    commented 2021-12-08 14:24:18 -0500
    The Biden Administration has said it will take no military action in support of Kyiv and thus has implicitly has accepted Russia’s red line regarding NATO membership. This means, in effect, that Ukraine’s prospects of joining NATO are dead. While President Putin’s demand that security guarantees regarding NATO’s eastward expansion must be put into writing will likely cause a freak-out from neocons in Washington and London, it now emerges as an actual possibility.
  • Asuka Burke
    published this page in Harley Updates 2021-12-08 09:29:53 -0500