Chess Games in Europe: Russia and USA Begin Talks

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Officials from the United States, Europe, and NATO insist the busy week of diplomatic discussions with Russia is a dialogue, not a confrontation.

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A Massive Invasion Is Imminent

Upwards of 100,000 Russian troops and guns are pointed at Ukraine, along with tanks and other heavy artillery massed along the frontier.


President Vladimir Putin directly threatened military intervention if his requests for assurances are not met; therefore, this week’s discussions have enough hallmarks of a hostage standoff.

Western diplomats emphasized Moscow needs to be open to listen and address various concerns. This includes Russia’s earlier military invasions in Ukraine and Georgia, as well as election interference (a source of American rage) and chemical warfare usage.

Western diplomats are still unable to explain why these conferences did not demand Putin withdraw his troops and heavy weapons before awarding the Kremlin a couple of high channels to air its frustrations.

Diplomats, officials, and analysts who follow Russia closely say it was impossible to dispute the evidence. The West enabled Putin to define the agenda for this week’s meetings; none of those would be conceivable without his ominous military buildup.

The issue and the severe danger for Ukraine are if the negotiations this week are indeed a facilitating session, there are many more non-negotiable items than indicators of possible flexibility, leaving little room for a deal.

Russians Want Us to Forget Their Last Invasion

Putin will not speak about his 2014 invasion and occupation of Crimea, which the West continues to regard as a breach of the rules that must be overturned.


Despite substantial proof to the contrary, Putin has never acknowledged that active-duty Russian service members are fighting in the Donbas province of east Ukraine.

Meanwhile, the United States and its NATO members have previously stated they will not comply with Russia’s requests that the US withdraw soldiers and weaponry from Eastern Countries that entered the organization after 1997.

They’ve previously dismissed Moscow’s request for a commitment that Ukraine and Georgia would never join NATO, as well as a demand for the evacuation of all US atomic warheads deployed in Europe.

In recent days, US officials highlighted only two areas where they believe constructive conversations could take place: reducing missile deployments and reducing military exercises.


Russia has long criticized the United States’ “Aegis Ashore” missile defense system, which is situated in southern Romania; it has recently expressed fear the US may want to base weapons in Ukraine.

The United States and NATO have previously ignored worries about interceptor missiles at Deveselu, Romania, claiming they were built to protect against attacks from Iran or anywhere beyond the Euro-Atlantic region.

The construction of a new Aegis Ashore station in the northern Polish town of Redzikowo is nearly complete; it is expected to be ready by the end of this year.