No surprises in Geneva. The two old acquaintances got what they wanted. They agreed to disagree and now the results are expected.
Joe Biden needed to lower the temperature with Vladimir Putin to better focus on China and the intractable Republican opposition to his domestic agenda. Putin had to be relevant at home to run for a fifth term.
Putin left saying the meeting was efficient and specific. Biden said there is no substitute for a face-to-face meeting, but he’s made it clear he doesn’t believe the former KGB agent who defrauded American interlocutors for 21 years. It’s pure business, personal interest, he said.
Putin was the first to speak, during a press conference which he prolonged with obvious pleasure, of the professional “troll” that he is: he brushed aside all questions about Alexei Navalni without, as usual. , pronounce the name of the imprisoned dissident whom he tried to assassinate. , referring to the domestic problems of the United States.
Regurgitating sarcasm, he expressed “sympathy” for the wave of racial protests and stressed that arrested US protesters will spend up to “20 years in prison.”
Concretely, the modest announcement of the forthcoming return of the respective ambassadors to Moscow and Washington. Putin made it clear in the interview that he had not given in at all. Especially about the crackdown on dissidents and the territorial integrity of Ukraine, which it invaded in 2014, annexing Crimea.
Biden warned that if cyber attacks continue, especially on critical infrastructure sectors such as the oil supply, the US response will be cyber.
And he recalled that the United States has the technology to inflict pain. Biden countered Putin’s cynicism with his well-known dirty demeanor and, with obvious condescension, suggested: Putin has a huge border with a China that seeks hegemony – will he buy in the mess of a new one? cold war with the United States? The rhetorical question is another message, but nobody got rich betting on Vladimir’s common sense.
The point is, this is the first time in the history of the Moscow-Washington summits that one of the leaders has to stay in office indefinitely to stay alive. Post-Soviet Russia is a petro-state controlled by oligarchs, the military, and organized crime. It is estimated that 110 people hold 35% of the country’s wealth.
Forget the dangerous armed neighbors of the Barra condominium in Rio, or the chocolate factory used as laundry, or the mixarias illustrated by characters like Val do Açaí.
The Crime Office, which should really boast of this title, is not located in the western part of Rio, despite the success of having established a branch in Brasilia. It started in St. Petersburg in the 1990s and is run by what would now be one of the richest men in the world.
Vladimir Vladimirovich Poutine has in common with the aspiring dictator Caboclo only his origins in the lower clergy. In this case, the lower clergy of the KGB, in which he was a mediocre spy. With the fall of the Berlin Wall, Putin, back in St. Petersburg, installed the operation in his Vivendas da Barra, a condominium called Ozero, where he began to accumulate an extraordinary fortune with former colleagues and men of local main.
At the press conference in Geneva, an American journalist asked Putin: the list of dead enemies is long, what are you afraid of? The honest answer should be: I am afraid of the living. It is not the political dissidents who salivate to see Putin without protection. These are the thieves he stole.
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