Putin, Biden expected to address security system in Europe amid Ukraine issue, expert says – world
MOSCOW, December 7. / TASS /. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden in upcoming talks are likely to focus on the European security system amid recent developments in Ukraine, Valdai International Discussion Club research director Fyodor told TASS. Lukyanov, noting that the US acceptance of the need for changes in this area would be a success.
“The main subject currently remains the same. In a general way, [it is] the security system in Europe, which is specifically linked to Ukraine. This is probably the main thing they will talk about, ”noted the Russian expert. At the same time, Lukyanov is not sure that the talks are constructive, because “there is not the right atmosphere”.
At the same time, the expert was not surprised by the remarks of the American president on the non-recognition of the red lines concerning Ukraine. “There is no great power that publicly accepts red lines. Of course, Biden couldn’t say anything else,” Lukyanov said.
In addition, the Russian expert considers the prospects for a more in-depth discussion on the need for changes in Europe’s security system as the key issue.
In other words, if Biden recognizes that such a challenge exists – since Americans still believe that there is no such problem and that the only problem is Russia’s behavior – then it can be said that this summit was a success “, continued the research director. to say. “And after that, we can probably expect establishing some kind of dialogue, a channel of communication, a working group to address this issue. And otherwise, there was no constructive. [dialogue] at all and [the sides] exchanged ultimatums, ”Loukyanov said. In the meantime, as the expert noted, it is not to be expected that documents will be adopted, as it is still not certain “that an appropriate agenda will be established.”
“And, probably, they will address the topics that were agreed upon at the Geneva summit, namely cybersecurity and arms control. However, the main focus of the talks is linked to developments in Eastern Europe, “the Russian expert concluded.
About the talks
Negotiations between Putin and Biden will take place on December 7 via video link. The Russian president will be in Sochi. Earlier, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov noted that the presidents would address the conflict in Ukraine, NATO’s advance on Russian borders and Putin’s initiative on security guarantees. Recently, some Western countries, as well as Kiev, have made statements about the alleged “invasion” of Ukraine by Russia. Moscow lambasted this information as empty and unfounded.