Monday, U.S. officials said that Biden Administration will discuss the deployment of U.S. missiles in Europe as well as exchange restrictions over the size and scope of military exercises on the continent when it meets with Russian negotiators in Geneva.
The Russian Invasion Issue
A senior administration official told reporters on Saturday on the condition of anonymity that the Biden administration is willing for the “possibility of reciprocal restrictions on the size and scope of activities including both strategic bombers stick to each other’s area and ground-based movements.” Around 100,000 Russian Army have massed on the nation’s border shared with Ukraine, fuelling fears for a possible invasion. According to the analysts, the deployment could be the largest Russian troop build-up in Europe since the Cold War, which President Vladimir Putin has sought to use as leverage against the U.S. to cut down troops, weapons, and influence along his border lines.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, who leads the talks with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on January 10. The Russian deputy warned a déjà vu of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis when the US and Soviet Union came close to a nuclear war. Presidents Biden and Putin have held several meetings via video or phone call conversations in recent weeks. But the significant conversation that takes place between the high-ranking US and Russian officials will be held in Geneva is on Monday, then comes the first Nato-Russia council assembly for three years in Brussels, then after a conference with the European security body, OSCE.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday that Russia was creating a “false narrative” as an excuse for the current crisis and warned Putin could try to start a war over a lie. “Everyone should not be shocked if Russia instigates a stirring or incident, then tries to use it to justify military intervention, hoping that by the time the world realizes the tactic, it’ll be too late,” Blinken shared it to the reporters.
Russia Wants Not to Cross “Red Lines”
Russian President Putin warned the West not to trespass the Russian’s “red lines” on Ukraine. They also want to stop NATO’s expansion any further to the east, which includes Ukraine and Georgia, and abandon military activity in Eastern Europe, which would result in pulling out its war units from countries Poland and the Baltic Republics of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, and avoid deploying missiles in Poland and Romania.
Meaning Russia wants NATO to bring back the pre-1997 borders, where president Putin wants to discuss with the US to emphasize on and he says the ball is in the West’s court. Russia has also proposed an agreement with the US that will not allow nuclear weapons from being deployed beyond their national borders.
Russia calls out an of list demands, which requires countries who are part of the NATO that fall for the Soviet Union not to deploy soldiers or weapons in areas where they are visible as a threat to Russia. Additionally, massive bombers and warships would not be allowed in areas outside their national atmosphere or the sea from which they could start an attack.