10 Jan. 2022 22:16
From the US perspective, Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to restore the order that existed during the Soviet Union. For Washington this is unacceptable, said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in an interview.
In conversation with CNN On Sunday, the top US diplomat was asked if he agreed with former US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, who believed that Russian President Vladimir Putin was driven by a desire to restore the USSR. Blinken replied:
“I think that’s true. I think that’s one of President Putin’s goals to restore control over countries that were formerly part of the Soviet Union.”
The US Secretary of State added that the US found such an endeavor unacceptable because a world of spheres of influence was a “recipe for instability, a recipe for conflict and a recipe that led to world wars”.
In the run-up to the upcoming talks on security guarantees between Moscow and Washington, which will take place in Geneva on Monday and Tuesday, Blinken said the US side was determined to take all necessary steps to calm the tensions over the situation in Ukraine Way to solve. However, any progress in this direction is only possible “on the basis of reciprocity,” said the US diplomat.
Blinken also considered it “difficult to imagine” that real progress could be made “in an atmosphere of escalation and with a gun at the head of Ukraine”, and he therefore appealed to Moscow to take steps to de-escalate. He said:
“We are committed to dialogue and diplomacy to see if we can solve these challenges peacefully. That is by far the preferable route, it is by far the most responsible route. But we are also ready to act very decisively against Russia if it chooses confrontation or aggression. “
The US has previously expressed concern over alleged plans by Moscow to revive the Soviet Union. Last month, US Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Victoria Nuland accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of wanting to restore the USSR as his “legacy project”. The Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov decidedly ruled out this possibility in a commentary. Even the Russian President himself had always described a restoration of the Soviet Union as pointless and inexpedient.
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