Vladimir Putin has reinstated Russia as a superpower. The meeting at the Villa Grange in Geneva ended the way it was supposed to end. I am not a soothsayer or visionary but I would like to remind you that before the Putin-Biden summit I had already published my assumption that ...
... this meeting is a recognition that it is impossible to build the future world order without Russia. However, I never expected the incumbent U.S. President to confirm my conclusions in the first minutes of the meeting.
“We are trying to determine where we have a mutual interest, where we can cooperate; and where we don't, establish a predictable and rational way in which we disagree — two great powers,” Joseph Biden said. These words do not seem to be just an official curtsy, although they certainly do not mean that from now on, the US is ready to unconditionally reckon with Russia’s interests.
The preceding meetings of the G7 and NATO leaders were largely ritualistic. The communiqué of the G7 meeting (which political analysts have long dubbed “the USA and their stooges”) is 25 typewritten pages long but absolutely unspecific, with an abundance of splendid generalities. During the meeting itself, the “sausage war” dispute between French President Macron and British Prime Minister Johnson over meat deliveries from the EU to Northern Ireland sparked more interest than all the items on the official agenda.
Biden’s reiterating at the NATO summit that Russia is a “new challenge was a soothing balm for the souls of Western leaders and their generals.” However, even this statement is no more than a stock phrase. The US President did not specify what was “new” in that challenge. Since 1949 when this military alliance came into being, Russia, then a part of the USSR, has been NATO's main and most powerful enemy.
Even in those shameful and difficult years for Russia, when everybody did everything but wiped boots on it, not mentioning the disregard for the country’s interests or opinions, no one ever hinted at NATO disbanding or granting membership to Russia: after all, it was an organization supposed to ensure collective security.
However, those times, as I mentioned in my previous article, are long gone. Russia, in the current setup, is not just a country to be reckoned with. Without the approval of our country's leadership, it is impossible to make any important decisions. This is what the U.S. president said loud and clear as he barely crossed the threshold of the Villa Grange.
Not everyone in the West liked this statement of Joe Biden. The entire liberal press, especially in the USA, came down on Biden for admitting the obvious fact.
“Russia's ambitions in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and cyberspace continue to clash with U.S. interests. During the summit, Biden certainly did not demonstrate that the U.S. was ready to provide a solid response on a sufficient level,” the Time magazine analysts wrote.
Surprisingly, experts somehow did not ask themselves if their country was able to provide this “solid response.” Biden's America is not the America under Reagan's leadership when its right to be a superpower was obvious. Or maybe Joseph Biden, a well-experienced politician, knows and understands a lot more than journalists do?
Former U.S. President Donald Trump did not miss a chance to pounce on his yesterday’s rival, claiming that Washington gained nothing from the Geneva summit, but that the meeting went well for Moscow. By stating this fact, he is also returning the favor to his political opponents. He himself met with Vladimir Putin six times, and after each appointment, the Democratic press threw mud at him.
Then Trump blurted out, explaining what relationship between Russia and the United States he would call “unbelievable.” “They need the economy, and we need the things that they have. They have very valuable land in terms of mineral resources,” he said. It seems that what surprised him the most was that Russia refused to exchange material values for bits and bobs. The U.S. has nothing more to offer, and we do not really want it to.
Admittedly, Joseph Biden could hardly have acted differently. Joseph Stalin is credited with saying, “There is the logic of intentions and the logic of circumstances, and the logic of circumstances is always stronger than the logic of intentions.” Although Vladimir Putin asked not to evaluate their meeting “in football terms,” after the meeting in Geneva, Russia is clearly in the lead. Moreover, Putin had achieved a shutout victory before the summit.
Here I am referring to the interview of our president to the U.S. NBC TV company, in which he listed the outstanding issues in a pedantic and calm manner. Russia was waiting for the U.S. to act adequately and responsibly, Putin said as he presented his well-argued and logical viewpoint. First of all, this means normalizing bilateral relations and making international relations more stable and predictable. It is not good for neighbors to quarrel. We share a border with the U.S. which is only 4 km away from us across the Bering Strait. The two powers have to confirm the principle that there can be no winners in a nuclear war, and it must never be unleashed. Moscow and Washington unconditionally refuse to militarize outer space and cyberspace. Separately, Russia refuses to join any anti-Chinese alliances.
The Western journalists also accused Putin of “trolling” the so-called “civilized world” with his interview. Indeed, it might have seemed that the Russian President is mocking the hysterical and boorish newsman Keir Simmons and the entire West in his person. However, this was not the case. Rather, it was a detailed conversation between an adult and a moody teenager with hormonal surges. Those in the West who are not in their second childhood understood this conversation very well and drew their conclusions.
Actually, only two conclusions can be made: either to ignore Putin's words as they ignored his speech in Munich, and continue to push their agenda, which sooner or later would inevitably lead to World War III (probably the last for this civilization), or put the lid on their own desires and begin to move closer to the Russian position.
Western elites, obviously not devoid of a sense of self-preservation, chose the second option. The world took a breather, and the lasting peace was prolonged. Leader of the Russian liberal democrats Vladimir Zhirinovsky succinctly summed up the main result of the Geneva summit.
“Today, all of humanity held its breath when two great leaders, the Presidents of Russia and the United States, shook hands. Seeing their faces, people around the world breathed a sigh of relief: there would be no war,” he wrote on Telegram.
As I expected, the U.S. is not in the position now to maintain a high level of confrontation with two powerful states such as Russia and China at the same time. Not only can our country provide an adequate military response, it also undermines the ideological foundations of the Western world by simply adhering to basic common sense. That is why we, not the EU or China, are becoming the only significant opposing partner for the United States.
Again, I am not a prophet, and I cannot guess what we are likely to expect next from the U.S. Anyway, chances are we will not be welcomed with a red carpet, orchestra, and flowers due to large civilizational differences. However, in my opinion, it does not really matter.
As Vladimir Putin noted at the press conference after the summit, the basic framework of interaction had been defined. Now, it is up to specialists from the Russian Foreign Ministry and the U.S. Department of State, experts and officials from both countries. To my thinking, this might be a long and thorny road but it will happen thanks to the efforts of the Russian President and his team, who managed to restore Russia's status as a superpower with which, whether they want it or not, it is necessary to be reckoned with if one does not want to end up on the ash heap of history.
I would like to finish this article with a quote from Putin's interview to a U.S. TV channel: “I have tied my entire life to the fate of my country. For me, there is no task more important in life than to strengthen Russia.” In my opinion, this phrase should become a guide for action not only for every Russian patriot but also for every responsible citizen of our country.