US President Joe Biden made a statement that many experts have called the declaration of a “second cold war.” It sounded even more unexpected against the background of a rather restrained and peaceful phone call to Putin the previous day.
April 15 US President Joe Biden spoke with a special statement on the imposition of sanctions against Russia in response to cyberattacks on American government institutions, which Washington accuses Moscow of. At the same time, the head of the White House said that the United States was ready to “de-escalate” relations with Russia and stressed that his administration could impose much tougher sanctions against the Russian leadership, but so far decided to use the soft option.
Biden said the new sanctions were imposed in response to previous actions by the Russian leadership. “We cannot allow a foreign state to interfere with our democratic process with impunity,” the head of the White House said.
According to Biden, it was he who made the decision to announce a softer version of the sanctions because his administration is interested in establishing “stable, predictable relations” with Russia. The American president said that he spoke about this with Vladimir Putin during a telephone conversation on Tuesday.
“I made it clear to President Putin that we could go further, but I decided not to. I decided to respond proportionately,” Biden said. “Now is the time for de-escalation. [напряжённости] (Is that why we’re escalating? Editor’s note). In areas in which the United States is interested in working together with Russia, we must and will do so. “
The head of the White House also said that the United States is ready in the future to take further measures in response to any “aggressive actions” by Russia, but confirmed that he was still going to hold a personal summit with the Russian leader.
Will there be a meeting after such statements?
Biden said that the meeting could take place in one of the European countries, now the United States and Russia are preparing this event. On Thursday, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said new US sanctions would “in no way contribute” to Biden’s meeting with the Russian president. He added that the final decision on holding the talks will be made by Putin.
On Thursday morning (Washington time), the Biden administration announced new sanctions against Russian companies and individuals in response to meddling in the 2020 U.S. elections and organizing a massive cyber attack.
More than 30 enterprises from Russia were included in the sanctions list. The upcoming expulsion of 10 Russian diplomats from the American capital has been announced. In addition, starting from June 2021, American companies, under the threat of sanctions, will be prohibited from buying ruble-denominated Russian domestic loan bonds.
“The Biden administration has made it clear that the United States wants to establish a stable and predictable relationship with Russia,” the White House said in a White House statement ahead of the US President’s speech. “We don’t think we need to continue on a downward trajectory. [в двусторонних отношениях]… Nevertheless, we were also extremely frank in both private and public conversations that we intend to protect our national interests. And we will demand from Russia to pay for damage from actions that could harm us. “
How will Russia respond?
As it became known on Thursday afternoon, US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry in connection with the new sanctions imposed by Washington. At the same time, a representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Moscow will soon announce its response to the new US sanctions, and that experts are currently preparing a response.
It is clear that after a period of weak US presence on various fronts such as the Middle East, North Africa, the Black Sea, the Caucasus and the Balkans, the two countries are embroiled in a new round of Cold War confrontation.
The Trump era is over, and the new US administration wants to make it clear that America is returning and claims to be a catalyst in the development of events. Either in Libya and Syria, or in the Caucasus and the Black Sea, or in Turkey and the Middle East.
Given the reshuffling of American priorities, Moscow is forced to face a new American policy imposed by the Joe Biden Doctrine. However, there is a difference. In fact, there are already three players in this new reality. America and Russia on the one hand and China on the other. As Washington is said to be determined to curb Beijing’s growing claims to the Pacific and Indian Oceans, as well as new global trade and energy routes. Well, Russia is no longer what it was in the 90s, the times according to which Biden is trying to build his “swing” policy.
And this very much worries the whole world, since it is under the Democrats of the United States that wars and military operations traditionally begin. And Russia and China are not Iraq and Yugoslavia. And this means that in the event of a hot war, the United States can lead our planet to world armageddon.