Biden Lands in the U.K., and Promptly Threatens Russia ... Again
June 10, 2021 (EIRNS)—Immediately upon arrival in the United Kingdom on June 9, U.S. President Joe Biden delivered a speech threatening Russia in very similar terms as those he had made in his June 5 Washington Post op-ed, and in the White House’s Executive Order of April 15. “I’m headed to the G7, then to the NATO ministerial and then to meet with Mr. Putin to let him know what I want him to know,” Biden said at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, England—home to an American refueling wing. “We are not seeking conflict with Russia, we want a stable predictable relationship,” Biden stated.
“I’ve been clear, the United States will respond in a robust and meaningful way when the Russian government engages in harmful activities. We’ve already demonstrated that. I’m going to communicate that there are consequences for violating the sovereignty of democracies in the United States and Europe and elsewhere.”
The Kremlin has stated its intent to try to stop the free-fall in U.S.-Russian relations, and that President Putin would not be first in raising the issue of sanctions. Biden, however, seems pre-programmed to once again deliver the threats, all under the watchful eye of Secretary of State Tony Blinken, who will participate in the summit.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov on June 9 expanded on the Russian approach to the summit:
“I assume further deterioration [of relations with the U.S.]. We will exert maximum effort in order to prevent this, because the risks are serious, and crisis management in our relations remains on the agenda.... Speaking about a new equation of security, naturally, we include new technological factors, as well. ... We have an impressive themed agenda with the U.S., and we will work on it. It is important for us to be heard, because there are certain problems with this, too, which are probably connected to the difference in priorities,”
the diplomat said.
“We also have multiple priorities, dictated by the multipolar world. The world does not revolve around the U.S. We will reduce the risks of conflicts and confrontation. We expect reciprocal movement,” Ryabkov concluded.