Speaking on the upcoming meeting between Vladimir Poutine and Joe Biden, the Russian Foreign Minister reaffirmed “he has neither great expectations nor illusions” on the diplomatic advances that could take place.
On June 9, during the Primakov Conferences on the New Challenges of the World Order being held in Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reaffirmed “he has neither great expectations nor illusions” regarding the first meeting between Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden which takes place on June 16. The head of Russian diplomacy has indeed estimated that it takes “two to dance the tango”, while the United States could “dance the breakdance”.
An “honest conversation” to ease the growing tensions between Moscow and Washington
“It is clear that the normalization of Russian-American relations, I stress it once again, is only possible if the principles of equality, mutual respect and non-interference in the internal affairs of each are respected.” Elements that Sergey Lavrov considers important with a view to “lowering the level of confrontation between [la Russie et les Etats-Unis]”.
“We will be ready to take part in such an honest conversation,” continued the Russian foreign minister, before declaring that Moscow was in favor of a “comprehensive approach, of taking into account […] of all the factors, without exception, which affect strategic stability ”. “It is a question here of nuclear and non-nuclear, offensive and defensive weapons, of everything which affects strategic stability and which must be the subject of a dialogue”, he specified.
It takes two to tango. And if someone does breakdance, it will probably be more difficult
“We are interested in the idea that this summit can lead to positive results but, as they say, it takes two to tango. And if someone dances the breakdance, it will probably be more difficult, ”concluded the Russian minister.
Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden will see each other for the first time as presidents in Geneva on June 16, following the visit to Europe of the American president for the annual NATO and G7 summits, amid growing tensions between the United States and Russia. Washington has sanctioned Moscow on several occasions, accusing it of interference in the American elections, of computer hacking, of moving troops near its border with Ukraine or even of repression targeting the opponent Alexeï Navalny. Russia has responded with numerous counter-sanctions and for several weeks the two powers no longer have ambassadors in their respective capitals. Moscow also accuses NATO of activating militarily at the Russian borders with troop deployments and exercises. Nevertheless, the preparatory meetings for the Geneva summit were considered “constructive” on both sides, in particular the first face to face in May in Iceland between Sergei Lavrov and his American counterpart Antony Blinken.