The US partners see signs of de-escalation before the meeting of Russian and American presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden on June 16, Washington is coordinating with the G7, NATO, and the EU, demonstrating a softening of the position on Russia and the “Nord stream-2,” which may be due to the consequences of another spy scandal involving US intelligence services in Europe, Anton Friesen, a member of the German Bundestag Committee on International Policy, told.
On Friday, a series of international summits will start – at the level of the G7, NATO, and the EU, and on June 16, a meeting of the presidents of Russia and the United States will take place in Geneva. As a senior source in the German Chancellor’s office told reporters in Berlin, the upcoming June 11-13 summit of the “seven” in Cornwall in the south of England is planned to give a “general reaction” to Russia’s recent policy. We are talking about “numerous violations” that, from the point of view of some Western countries, Moscow has committed.
“Concerning the Russian and Chinese topics, the United States is in a coordination process with the “seven,” NATO and the EU. In recent weeks, the Biden administration has shown that Washington is ready to soften its position on Russia. This also applies to new sanctions against “Nord stream-2,” which has a positive impact on German-American relations. Germany’s interests in this matter are taken seriously by the Biden administration, on the other hand, the scandal with the surveillance that the United States, with the help of Denmark, engaged in against Germany, France, and other EU countries, apparently influenced the position of the Biden administration. In this regard, the Americans will not now introduce new unilateral measures against Russia,” Friesen said.
Friesen added that Germany and the EU are “more interested in the agreements between Biden and Putin,” especially on security and disarmament issues, as “they are geopolitically located in the region where any confrontation between the United States and Russia will have the most negative consequences.” To demonstrate goodwill to European allies, Washington unexpectedly “softened the tone” in relation to China, the parliamentarian believes.
“Many people did not even foresee this. Some Chinese technologies, according to the latest data, will be legalized in the United States. This is also a signal of compromise with the EU and Germany, which are not so tough on Beijing. Thus, before the meeting with Putin, all signs are still in the direction of de-escalation, even what happened in Belarus (we are talking about the landing at the airport of Minsk of the plane of the Irish airline Ryanair and the subsequent new sanctions), has not yet overshadowed the general atmosphere,” the deputy believes.