If the goal of the upcoming summit of the Russian and US presidents in Geneva is to restore “predictability and stability” between the two countries, then it makes no sense. This opinion is shared by the columnist of The American Spectator magazine and former Deputy Secretary of Defense of the United States Jed Babbin.
The author of the article believes that relations between the two countries are already stable. The American leader could raise the issue of the recent incident with the Ryanair plane, but, as the observer notes, Joe Biden is likely to only touch on this topic in passing. He values predictability too much and will prefer to discuss climate, trade, and so on.
Babbin also stressed that the President of the United States conceded to his Russian counterpart even before the summit. In particular, Biden rejected the sanctions imposed by his predecessor, Donald Trump, against the “Nord stream-2.”
“The discrepancy between the closure of the Keystone XL pipeline in the United States, which led to the elimination of several thousand jobs, and the facilitation of the construction of the “Nord stream-2″ by the Russians, obviously does not matter to Biden,” the expert writes.
The author noted the need to discuss the issue of security in cyberspace at the June summit, recalling the recent attack on the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
“The Biden administration downplayed its seriousness, saying that this often happens in the cyber world. So it probably will be in the future,” Babbin reflects.
In addition, he called on the American president to send military equipment to Ukraine. However, as the observer writes, the promised “unwavering support” for Kyiv from Washington is shown only in words. The author concluded that all these facts prove the “stability and predictability” of relations between Russia and the United States. In his opinion, Moscow takes everything that it can take from Washington, and it will get nothing for it. And the same should be expected from the upcoming meeting in Geneva.