The meeting between the presidents of the United States of America and the Russian Federation is important primarily for the system of collective world security, said Serhiy Rakhmanin, member of the Holos faction, representative of the parliamentary committee on national security, defense and intelligence.
“It is good that this meeting took place, and this is important primarily for the system of collective world security. Russia and the United States are obvious antagonists who possess nuclear weapons, and therefore Biden’s logic was that given that they are enemies, then they should negotiate as enemies. In fact, Biden, as a representative of the old school, is a supporter of the relationship with Russia to be something similar to the relationship of the United States and the Soviet Union, which were enemies, but logical and predictable enemies. What worried the current head of the American administration is that Russia is an unpredictable enemy, and he wants, let’s say, to drive Russian-American relations into a certain framework,” Rakhmanin said in a comment to Interfax-Ukraine on Thursday.
At the same time, he called the expectations of this meeting in Ukraine excessive due to the fact that “some conditionally breakthrough moments were supposed to take place there, which concerned the further fate of the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, in particular in the east of Ukraine – in Donetsk and Luhansk areas.”
“As far as it is possible to analyze the available information, the parties touched on this topic quickly, and no one, in fact, was going to focus on it. Because both for the Americans, and unfortunately for us, this is not a priority topic. Ukraine could not, unfortunately, be the subject of a long conversation,” said the parliamentarian.
Rakhmanin also believes that regarding this issue, the parties to the negotiations do not have any proposals that could be considered or dwelled on.
“The only point that, as I understand it, interested Putin, is how much the United States, the new American administration, are ready to intervene more actively in this process and in one form or another enter the Minsk format, whether America questions what was achieved in Minsk. Russia received an answer that, in principle, was predictable: the Americans do not intend to enter the Minsk format and do not question the political agreements reached,” said the member of the Holos faction.
In his opinion, the development of the situation in the east of Ukraine will depend on how further relations between Russia and the United States will develop.
At the same time, Rakhmanin emphasized that Russia had chosen a very convenient model of behavior in relation to the settlement of this situation: “They do not consider themselves a participant in the negotiations, a party to the conflict – they have invented a certain function of peacekeepers for themselves, therefore the corresponding thesis [that Russia does not have any additional obligations concerning Ukraine, except for “assistance” in the implementation of the Minsk agreements], they constantly repeat this narrative in one form or another, which is absolutely expected.”
In addition, Rakhmanin associates the indirect touch on the topic of Ukraine’s accession to NATO at the summit of the presidents of Russia and the United States with the fact that Russia has not yet worked out its position on this, since it hoped that “even the phrase “Membership Action Plan (MAP)” will be remembered next to the word “Ukraine” in the final communiqué of the NATO Summit.”
“Putin avoided too harsh statements about America in this context, precisely because he was also interested in establishing a more or less conditional constructiveness in his conversation with Biden. They both need this conversation. These are states with completely different interests and, of course, with different attitudes to Ukraine, but both of them needed this meeting. But in fact it was an agreement that it is necessary to come to an agreement,” the politician added.
As reported, the summit between U.S. President Joseph Biden and Russian leader Vladimir Putin took place in Geneva on June 16.
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