Readers of the German newspaper Die Zeit expressed bewilderment about the rhetoric of US President Joe Biden regarding Russia. Thus, some users of the portal pointed to the importance of bilateral negotiations and the need to resolve strategic issues, while others criticized the statement of the owner of the White House about the problems of the Russian economy.
In June, a bilateral summit of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his American counterpart was held on the territory of Geneva, during which the parties raised issues of strategic stability, prospects for arms control and measures aimed at reducing risks. According to Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, the meeting was constructive, and the Russian Ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, indicated Russia’s readiness to discuss with the United States any weapon with a strategic potential. As a result of the Geneva summit, Putin and Biden adopted a joint statement on strategic stability.
However, later, on July 28, Biden once again allowed himself to criticize Moscow, namely the Russian economy. Speaking at the headquarters of the national intelligence, the owner of the White House said that the Russian economy is focused exclusively on oil and nuclear weapons. Biden’s statement was commented on in the Kremlin, where the press secretary of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov drew attention to the atmosphere of the speech, in which “bravura” speeches were in demand, and also pointed to the erroneous perception of Russia by the head of the United States.
Commenting on the events described above, one Die Zeit reader pointed out the importance of joint negotiations, as they “inspire optimism” and exceed the effect of aggressive rhetoric.
“The United States has nuclear weapons, shale gas and a dollar, nothing else. If tomorrow no one else will pay for oil in dollars, then the United States will envy inflation in Zimbabwe, “Inosmi», Who commented on Biden’s statement about the problems of the Russian economy.
“It’s not very smart to throw such childishly silly cowboy phrases during negotiations. Probably, Biden needs it in order to please his audience, ”another reader reports.
“Russia has over 60% of the world nuclear power plant market. The United States buys 20% of Russian nuclear fuel for ATS. Gas and oil account for less than 10% of Russia’s GDP. For your information – in order to make modern equipment, the country must have a very modern and intelligent industry, ”wrote the Gnadenlose russische Arithmetik.
Earlier, on July 29, Valdai Club expert Richard Vine in his commentary to Izvestia said that the question of time spent on bilateral negotiations between Russia and the United States on strategic stability is determined not only by the mood of the dialogue participants, but also by their initiatives. which states plan to reflect in the agreement.
On July 28, a meeting of delegations from Russia and the United States was held in Geneva, where they discussed the sides’ approaches to issues of strategic stability, the prospects for arms control and measures to reduce risks.
On June 16, the leaders of the Russian Federation and the United States, Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden, met at the Villa La Grange in Geneva. The heads of state held talks in both narrow and expanded format.