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The United States wants Russia a united front, but Putin is rebellious

A week of diplomacy by US President Joe Biden could not ease tensions between Russia and Ukraine, according to diplomatic analysts, but Moscow as Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to expose the cracks. Maintains unity with its European allies against.
After former U.S. President Donald Trump left Europe openly despising NATO and questioning Washington’s commitment to the alliance, some analysts said Putin “America is back” on the world stage. It seems that he is testing Biden’s declaration.
“He probably relies on the Western division,” said former US diplomat Daniel Fried, a veteran who worked on Russia’s seizure of the Crimean Peninsula in 2014, about Putin. “He’s going to keep pushing and things can get worse, but if we built a cave (this week), it would be even worse.”
Russia has been stuck in talks between the U.S. and European countries this week, but the risk of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine remains high, and there are no signs that Moscow will return about 100,000 troops near the Ukrainian border, U.S. officials said. Negotiations have ended with a warning. In their barracks.
Russia has denied plans to attack Ukraine, but states that it can take unspecified military action unless its demands (including the NATO alliance’s promise to never recognize Ukraine) are met.
Biden took office in January 2021 and sought a “predictable” relationship with Russia, weakening Moscow’s global influence.
Tom Schwartz, a professor of history, political science and European studies at Vanderbilt University, said:
However, Putin has moved troops and military hardware near the Russian-Ukraine border over the past year, urging US diplomacy with Moscow to strengthen and bending muscles.
Putin did not allow Washington to be “lowered”, Schwartz said, and Russian leaders “are now trying to prove that the US-led international order is very vulnerable.” Added. It’s the moment of testing. “
Biden’s bid to rebuild global leadership was also hampered by the chaotic withdrawal of the U.S. military from Afghanistan in August, and the European Union began to consider ways to become more independent of the U.S. military. I did. When asked if the Biden administration faced any Trump hangover among NATO allies, a senior U.S. official speaking on anonymous terms said there was no “lack of unity or trust among NATO allies.” rice field.
“We are all together and they responded very well to the government’s approach. It’s definitely nothing without Europe, no Europe, NATO, NATO,” officials said.
Biden faces protracted doubts about America’s credibility as a partner. Leaders of seven developed country groups, NATO and the European Union, are worried that the pendulum of US politics will shake again.
During his tenure, Trump threatened to withdraw from NATO and accused Europeans of making too little contribution to defense.
Biden promised to continue military assistance to Ukraine and strengthen support in the event of Russia’s invasion, but Washington’s response was almost entirely diplomatic and the West was in a position to defend Ukraine militarily. No.
The main attempt to stop Russia’s aggression is the US threat to “unprecedented” sanctions, such as export controls and measures targeting Russia’s financial system.
U.S. officials have spent weeks ensuring that Europe is in line with Washington’s planned sanctions, but have reached a clear agreement on which specific sanctions will be leveled. Is not …
The European Union imposed sanctions on Russia when it merged Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014, but Brock has shown a split on how to deal with Moscow, which accounts for one-third of EU gas imports.
The United States said Moscow’s actions against Ukraine will play a decisive role in the fate of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which aims to transport natural gas from Russia to Germany. But Germany warned Thursday that it would draw a link between the pipeline and Russia’s tensions.
Anatol Lieven, Senior Research Fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, said:
“If it’s not enough for (aggression), we need to remember that the United States doesn’t depend on Russia for gas, so does Europe,” Leven said. — Reuters

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