…from the Washington Post
[ Editor’s Note: New Year’s eve when this WaPo piece went up already seems like long ago, with the major shift in America’s tone towards Putin, at least in terms of the surprise of having multi-level talks in the works to defuse current tensions.
Notice I did not use the ‘crisis’ hype term, nor the fake reporting about Russia threatening an invasion of Ukraine. I could easily explain to any high school Junior ROTC class why the Russian forces are on the border.
The obvious reason is to make Kiev think twice about trying to take over Donbass so it can move its own forces up to more of the Russian border, along with all the US contractors that would tag along to have something to do.
US media’s reporting on this has been lazy, as it just puts out whatever the government spinmeisters give it as war hype clickbait.
As for the change in direction from war drum beating to real talks about de-escalation, I sense that the Biden people decided that the energy put into a never-ending ‘Putin is a big bogeyman’ effort would be a misuse of its time when we already have the Trump barbarians at the gate.
I agree with the anonymous newscaster who said that with his January 6 speech Biden had finally become president of the United States by acting like one to Trump and the Trumpers.
As the old saying goes, “Politics is the art of the doable”, something I believe in wholeheartedly. Thus ends my cheery missive for today… Jim W. Dean ]
First published December 31, 2021
MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin warned in a phone call with President Biden late Thursday that any new sanctions on Russia as a result of the Ukraine crisis could lead to “a complete rupture of relations” between Moscow and Washington that their descendants would come to regret, according to Putin’s foreign policy aide.
Putin issued the warning during his second phone call this month with Biden after the U.S. president reiterated how Russia would face unprecedented and punishing sanctions from Washington and its allies if Putin were to proceed with a new invasion of Ukraine, according to Russian presidential foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov.
Putin told Biden that such actions would be a mistake, “which our descendants will later appreciate as a huge one,” Ushakov said, according to the Interfax news agency. “Many such mistakes have already been made over the past 30 years. Therefore, it is advisable not to make such mistakes in this situation.”
..Putin has demanded swift acceptance of a proposed security deal that would bar Ukraine from ever joining NATO and rule out any other eastward expansion by the U.S.-led military alliance.
…“Both leaders acknowledged that there were likely to be areas where we could make meaningful progress, as well as areas where agreements may be impossible.”