Nuland Fails in Moscow (Surprise, Surprise) as Russia Talks of Degraded Relations With the US

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      Passionate Progressive
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      The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.....Martin Luther King '63

      It takes all the technical proficiency our system can provide to make up for the woeful lack of popular support and political savvy of most of the regimes that the West has thus far sought to prop up.........Bernard Fall

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      I wonder what those were – Russia? Moscow? Washington? Kyiv? Nuland? 🙂

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      jbnw
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      Biden chose Victoria Nuland for discussions with Moscow – the diplomat, along with Biden, heavily involved in the Maidan color revolution in Ukraine.

      She had been banned from Russia – the Russians lifted sanctions so she could come to Russia, with corresponding sanctions having to be listed by the US.

      The fact that the US chose Nuland shows little Biden values actual diplomacy.

      However, there was a little positive news reported by RT (https://on.rt.com/bimu):

      Russia and the US have agreed to continue discussions on the situation in the east of Ukraine, with both parties seeing eye-to-eye on the need for Kiev to implement the controversial Minsk agreements to create peace in the region.

      That’s according to Dmitry Kozak, the Kremlin’s deputy chief of staff, who spoke to the media after a meeting in Moscow with US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland. Nuland is in Moscow for a three-day working visit and has already met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov and Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin. Nuland was previously banned from entering the country as part of counter-sanctions against Washington, but the Kremlin agreed to remove her from the blacklist to enable the short visit.

      “It was confirmed that the Minsk agreements remain the only basis for a settlement,” he continued. “During the talks, the US confirmed its position … that significant progress towards the settlement of the conflict is unlikely without any agreement on future parameters of Donbass autonomy. In other words, giving the region a special status within Ukraine.”

      Nuland herself described the talks at the Kremlin as both “productive” and “useful.” Nuland is best known worldwide for visiting the site of the Maidan protests in Kiev in late 2013, when she was seen handing out cookies to demonstrators. This caused a stir in Moscow, which saw it as overt American support for the movement.

      Of course, that’s from discussions between Moscow and Washington – so far, Kyiv has shown no sign of being willing to implement them.

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