Biden-Putin Summit

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Biden and Putin spoke as Russian troops amass near Ukraine, raising the specter of war.

  • Russian relations with the US and Europe have rarely been more tense. That’s because Russian troops have been steadily amassing at the Ukraine border, now numbering around 100,000.
  • What is Putin planning? No one knows for sure. But it’s certainly not the first time Putin has acted aggressively with regard to Ukraine.
  • In 2014, Russia annexed Crimea, and since then, Putin has fomented a seperatist conflict in Ukraine that has claimed some 13,000 lives.
  • While American and European officials remain profoundly alarmed that an invasion may be imminent, it may also be the case that Putin is merely saber rattling.
  • Putin has demanded the US and Europe guarantee NATO will not expand eastward into Ukraine and other nations that border Russia. Putin views NATO’s presence on Russia’s border as a threat.
  • Many analysts believe that in the aftermath of the 2014 Crimea annexation, the US and Europe acted too softly on Putin. Now, **Biden clearly does not want to be seen as making the same error. **
  • During the two hour talk on Tuesday, Biden threatened serious financial penalties that would hit the Russian economy hard should Putin invade.
  • In our reading today, we explore the prospects of war, the state of Russian relations with the West, and examine what Putin’s endgame may be.
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