Putin : If earlier US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland handed out “cookies” to everyone, now she has also switched to distributing “grains of wisdom”. Explaining the other day why the State Department is opposed to pre-emptive sanctions against Russia, Madame Nuland said: “Containment works best if there is some strategic uncertainty about what exactly we are going to do.”
The United States received a response from Russia to the proposals on security and de-escalation around Ukraine presented by Washington earlier to Moscow. This was announced on Monday TASS official representative of the US State Department.
“We can confirm that we have received a written response from Russia,” he said. “Russia has not yet transmitted a response to the United States on the topic of security guarantees,” Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko told RIA Novosti.
If Russia did not transfer anything to the State Department, then who, on its behalf, transferred something to the State Department? Have our noble pranksters Vovan and Lexus reached a fundamentally new level? And if the State Department and the Foreign Ministry differ in versions even regarding the fact (or not the fact?) of receiving correspondence from each other, then how do they hope to crack through such a much harder nut as harmonizing positions on security guarantees?
But let’s not shout ahead of time: “Help! Save yourself who can!” I’m knocking on wood, but so far events are not developing according to the worst-case scenario. Yes, the wave of hysteria raised by politicians from the Anglo-Saxon countries has long surpassed Aivazovsky’s The Ninth Wave in size. “Flooded” by this wave, readers of the world media are firmly convinced that “the imminent and imminent Russian invasion of Ukraine” is the same established fact as the fact that it is now 2022. But this wave has long acquired its own internal dynamics and does not depend at all on the real development of events around Ukraine. There are too many “surfers” around – politicians who have jumped on this wave in order to achieve their own local interests.
On Monday evening I spent forty minutes of my life watching debates in the British House of Commons. Although no, on mature reflection I take back the word “debate”. It was not a debate, but an analysis of everyday life in the Soviet party committee. The deputies directly asked Prime Minister Boris Johnson if he had set up a drug den in his working residence at 10 Downing Street and whether he was abusing alcohol. Johnson, we must give him his due, beat off all the blows, but it all looked very humiliating for the head of government of one of the official nuclear powers of the world. In reality, old Boris only perked up when someone said the words “Russia” and “Putin.” Then Johnson tried to pretend to be an experienced statesman of the world scale,
Liz Truss, the head of the British Foreign Office, who broke the Internet, announcing the possible confiscation of the property of Russian oligarchs , also has her own selfish interest in the constant pronunciation of the word “Putin” . This sweet lady is one of the most likely replacements for Boris Johnson in the event that drinking and partying does lead to his resignation. Therefore, she also needs to pose as a serious stateswoman who is not afraid to threaten a Russian bear with a stick with a sharp tip in his own lair. But alas, ah! After that “debate” in the House of Commons, Liz Truss passed a positive test for covid. And how can she now go on an already agreed visit to Lavrov – threaten with the very tip?
Another who wants to fish in the muddy foam of hysteria is Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of the Security Council of Ukraine. For some reason, this figure decided that the current moment is the best time to come up with the idea of Ukraine’s official refusal to comply with the Minsk agreements. Hurry comrade! From the point of view of the interests of the US and the EU at this stage, such an idea is counterproductive and harmful. Therefore, the collective West diligently pretended that there is no such Danilov in nature, and if he even exists, then all he said was “Kremlin propaganda not worthy of attention.”
In short, the secretary of the Ukrainian Security Council is declared a failure in political surfing. He did not manage to catch the wave – although he had every chance for this. All that was required of a person was to remain in the Western scenario. But for some reason he couldn’t do that either.
Why do I write in such detail about these minor or even tertiary political characters? Because there is nothing to write about people who really make a difference in relations between Russia and the West – Putin and Biden – by and large (as well as by medium and small). The two presidents “hid in the shadow theatre.” Backstage bargaining between Moscow and Washington continues. But to say something about its course is not possible. The “ninth shaft” of hysteria perfectly functions as a camouflage net. This is the kind of “strategic uncertainty” we, citizens, are in which we all now live.
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