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Financial Times: The Geneva meeting between Biden and Putin is an opportunity to launch useful initiatives


The British Financial Times considered that the “Geneva” meeting to be held after hours between US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, an opportunity to launch initiatives beneficial to both sides in separate areas such as stopping cybercrime ransom or starting to renew the international arms control architecture, whatever they may be. Relations between the two countries are lukewarm.

 

And the newspaper stated in its issue issued today, Wednesday, that Biden can warn Moscow that the United States and its democratic allies, who have been interested in rebuilding bridges of communication with them, will not hesitate to hold it accountable for further violating international rules and continuing to provoke the West, despite the invitation of some European Union leaders such as French President Emmanuel Macron to engage more with Putin, something that could give Biden leverage to bring European partners into a more forceful and unified stance against Russia, by signaling that Washington is willing to use its financial system against Moscow's wrongdoing.

 

She added that Biden was not without criticism for just agreeing to sit down with Putin, with some arguing that it would give the Russian leader what he wanted, and give him an opportunity to appear on an equal footing with the President of the United States, despite Russia's misbehavior in recent years.

 

The newspaper pointed out that Russia and the United States still maintain nuclear arsenals that exceed those of any other country, so Putin is determined that a way to show strength is to disrupt the West - whether it is through cyber attacks, information warfare or the assassination of opponents, adding that Russia's annexation of Crimea, the military intervention in eastern Ukraine, and the West's struggle to confront it have set unfortunate precedents that Beijing can exploit, and here it was confirmed that the cessation of many official contacts and back channels with Moscow led to the creation of a dangerous vacuum!

 

At the conclusion of the editorial, the newspaper said, “Biden wisely avoided talking about renormalization processes, but only said that he wants more stable and predictable relations with Russia, however, he must make it clear to Putin that the door remains open to a new framework for cooperation, and this entails Russia's reaffirmation, in turn, of adherence to the Helsinki Accords, which affirmed the inviolability of European borders and the post-Cold War principle that states can choose their governments and alliances by democratic means. Over time, Moscow may regain its place as an important ally in an international system based on law.

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