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Biden-Poutine: first meeting under high tension

2021-06-18T09:42:34.377Z

DECRYPTION - During a summit in Geneva, Joe Biden and Vladimir Poutine do not envisage a "new start", but they will try to frame their relationship to prevent it from deteriorating further.



Special envoy to Geneva

When he meets Vladimir Poutine this Wednesday in Switzerland, in a splendid villa on the shores of Lake Geneva, Joe Biden will have a small advantage over his predecessors in the White House: his fairly clear and realistic vision of his

“interlocutor-adversary”

.

His team said there would be no attempt to revive the relationship (other than an exploratory discussion on disarmament, climate and cyber issues) in the absence of the right context, just a frank discussion. intended to sound out the master of the Kremlin in the proximity of a tête-à-tête, and above all to let him know American intentions.

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“The meeting aims to maintain contact, but there is no illusion, the anticipation is that tensions could worsen, with surprises in Belarus or elsewhere, and that we need to have channels of communication. »

, Decrypts a French diplomatic source.

"The only expectation is for the temperature to drop"

a little,

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Source: lefigaro

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