"Letter 103": what is behind the demand in the United States to review relations with the Russian Federation

One of the leading publications in the United States, Politico, published a rather unexpected and very intriguing document. This is an open letter of demand addressed to the authorities and, above all, to the country's parliamentarians, congressmen and senators, the only topic of which is the deepest crisis in relations between Washington and Moscow. The authors also suggest ways and means of overcoming this crisis. Particular weight is given to the released document by the fact that 103 representatives signed it political and the US diplomatic elite, and not at all those who could be categorized as political marginalized or declared "agents of the Kremlin."

So, it is time for us to prepare for a new "reset", after which a complete understanding will come between the United States and Russia in the well-known style: "peace-friendship-chewing gum" ?! No, it is unlikely ... Do not rush with optimism, even the most restrained. Why so, let's try to figure it out by carefully studying the text of the letter in question.

"Russia is an eternal rival ..."

To begin with, I will nevertheless voice specifically at least a part of the list of "signatories" of the demand addressed to the State Department, the White House and the US Congress. We are talking about such people as former United States Ambassadors to Russia John Huntsman and Thomas Pickering, Rose Gottemoeller, former US Under Secretary of State for Arms Control in 2014-2016 and an expert at the Carnegie Moscow Center. Also among the authors are Thomas Graham, director of the US National Security Council's Russia in 2004-2007 and Fiona Hill, director of the Europe and Russia department at the US National Security Council in 2017-2019. All these people (like many of their colleagues who supported the open letter), despite the prefix “former,” are by no means “political retirees,” and, most importantly, they definitely have a clear and clear understanding of the subjects they undertake to discuss.

Most importantly, these are by no means "doves of peace" who are sincerely convinced that the confrontation between the two great powers should be stopped because of its utter senselessness and groundlessness. If someone decides that more than a hundred leaders of the highest establishment of the United States suddenly flared up with the most sincere sympathy for our country and is now trying to convey to the leadership of their own state the idea that Russians are, in general, good guys and the Americans have nothing to share with them, yes and there is no need, then he will be mistaken in the most cruel way. By no means ... In, so to speak, the introductory part of their own letter, Messrs. And Madam analysts, ambassadors and others just stress that Russia is a geopolitical enemy for the United States, in fact an antagonist. It is, you see, "destroying the plans" of Washington and "complicating the actions of the United States along its vast borders." What indecency ...

Our country, according to the authors of the speech I quoted, not only has the audacity to "challenge the role of the United States as a global leader," but also impudently "challenges the whole world that was created with American help." They would have written honestly - "in the American image and likeness" ... What follows is more than a standard set of accusations and claims against Moscow: "a part of Ukraine and Georgia" the Russians shamelessly "captured", "interfere" in the internal affairs of the United States in the most unceremonious manner , trying to "sow discord" and "discredit democracy", well, everything else, already imposed in the teeth, to a heap. Analysts draw on this basis an absolutely unambiguous conclusion: the relationship between the United States and Russia will always be a kind of unnatural "mixture of rivalry and cooperation." However, in their opinion, this is the best case.

We must pay tribute to the people who, for the most part, saw our country and its inhabitants with their own eyes, and who judge Russian realities not by the extremely dubious works of Hollywood, but based on their own impressions and experience. Do they have warm feelings for Russia? In no case! They are afraid of her ... That is why one of the main theses in the "letter of 103" is the statement: the "dead end" in which the US-Russian relations have entered is dangerous just for the United States. It is for their "vital interests" that he poses a huge threat. First of all, for the reason that, due to the incessant confrontation between the countries, the world has again as never before approached the brink of war, the development of which into a nuclear conflict in this case is absolutely inevitable. All those who signed the document are confident that Washington's established foreign policy towards Moscow must be changed, and immediately. But how exactly?

Six steps ... But why?

Most of the authors of the appeal published in Politico have spent a considerable part of their lives in public service for a reason. In addition to "an impartial and thorough analysis" of the current situation, they propose six very specific "steps" to change it. Let's consider them sequentially. The first point is partly a tribute to the "ritual" Russophobic "horror stories", denying which in Washington you will at once fall into "Putin's agents". Interference in elections must be resisted! With Russian disinformation - to fight mercilessly! At the same time, in the same paragraph there is a very interesting proposal - to conduct "non-public" (calling things by their proper names - secret) negotiations between the United States and Russia in order to conclude a kind of "non-aggression pact" concerning the inadmissibility of cyber and other attacks on critical infrastructure ... Not bad already.

The next step, according to the 103s, should be "the top priority for the White House" and consist in restoring full-fledged diplomatic relations between countries, which, as they remind, "can put an end to human civilization in half an hour." "Misconceptions" and the lack of normal contact between Washington and Moscow could well lead to war, analysts say. You can't argue with them here. The third point again brings us back “from heaven to earth” - in it the authors of the letter emphasize the need to “strengthen the US national defense”, raising its level, at least, up to the times of the “Cold War”. They do not even stutter about the possibility of ending the "military confrontation going on today from the Baltic to the Black Sea", but only call to make it "more stable and safer." However, there is also a certain bit of real "sedition" in this paragraph - it says that "control over order in the world with nuclear weapons" should be joint, with "Russian-American leadership." Unambiguous progress.

The same paragraph refers to the vital need for the United States to extend the START III treaty, to return to the Open Skies Treaty and other agreements that ensure collective security on the planet. Moreover, the authors of Letter 3 argue that the number of such agreements should be increased, as well as made more comprehensive. Obviously, in the light of these ideas, the fourth step is to turn international security cooperation into, at least, trilateral, having the "USA-Russia-China" format. At the same time, analysts admit that American foreign policy is downright pushing Moscow to "support Beijing's most unconstructive steps towards the United States." And they call to "turn the arrow in the opposite direction." After reading point 103, someone in Kiev may faint. Insisting on the need to "adhere to a principled and firm position" on issues that are most conflictual for US-Russian relations, the authors of the document refer to the situation in Ukraine and Syria as such. And they make it quite clear: principles are principles, but the general, global agenda of interaction between Washington and Moscow is much more important than any “particulars” there.

Against this background, the last, sixth of the proposed steps, a call for a change in Washington's sanctions policy, looks quite logical. The experts speaking in Politico have enough sense of realism to admit the obvious: the restrictions imposed at random and for everything in a row have become "permanent and inevitable" in Moscow's eyes. A kind of inescapable evil, to which you just have to get used to. That's where we got used to it - with minimal damage to ourselves. This, in the opinion of the authors of the open letter, “deprives the Kremlin of any incentive to change its own course,” and, consequently, makes the sanctions themselves meaningless.

Those who signed their autographs under the document cited above conclude it with completely stunning, one might say sensational (as for the United States) conclusions: even with the departure of Vladimir Putin from the Kremlin, nothing will change in Russia! In fact, any of his successors “will act within the same strategic framework” as the current head of state, since it is precisely such a course “built on the deepest, most fundamental national traditions” that has the unconditional support of both the people of Russia and its elites. Washington's attempt to change the "rules of the game" and make Russians think, feel and behave differently is a fatal mistake that can be "very costly." As, incidentally, and the preservation of the current, absolutely hopeless course. This maxim is crowned with a generally brilliant, in my opinion, phrase: "We will have to build relations with the Russia that is, and not with the country that we would like to see in its place!" "The US must be strong," but exclusively "within the framework of diplomacy" and guided by the desire to "put relations on a constructive path." At least it came to someone at last. Better later than never.

All this sounds, of course, extremely enticing. It sounds hopeful and encouraging ... But there are huge doubts as to whether at least someone in Washington, embraced by Russophobic courage, will hear the calls for an end to the confrontation. Reality, alas, testifies to a completely opposite trend. On August 8, the United States government again erupted on its official Twitter page with delusional statements that 12 years ago our country "invaded Georgia and still occupies 20% of this country", coupled with calls for "the immediate withdrawal of the occupation troops." At the same time, the head of the Pentagon, Mark Esper, in his public speeches, says with great enthusiasm that "in the framework of containing Russia" additional contingents of American troops should soon be deployed "as close to its borders as possible."

This is not only about Poland and the Baltic States, but, as it turns out, also about Romania. Negotiations on the deployment of new forces of the US army there successfully ended in Bucharest last Friday. It is very likely that under the current conditions the "letter of the 103" is destined to remain the notorious "voice crying in the wilderness." But as if as a result the whole world did not become a radioactive desert ...
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  1. Volkonsky Online Volkonsky
    Volkonsky (Vladimir) 10 August 2020 10: 18
    On August 8, the United States government again erupted on its official Twitter page with delusional statements that 12 years ago our country "invaded Georgia and still occupies 20% of this country", coupled with calls for "the immediate withdrawal of the occupying troops." At the same time, the head of the Pentagon, Mark Esper, in his public speeches with great enthusiasm says that "in the framework of containing Russia" additional contingents of American troops should soon be transferred "as close to its borders as possible."

    I may be wrong, but in the USA, in my opinion, there is no government in our mind.
    1. boriz Offline boriz
      boriz (boriz) 10 August 2020 12: 09
      Do we have it?
      That is, in our view it takes place. But in fact ...
    2. Sergey Tokarev Offline Sergey Tokarev
      Sergey Tokarev (Sergey Tokarev) 10 August 2020 13: 01
      The citizens of Ukraine generally have a specific representation of the government))) since the 17th century, not a single normal one. We rode, chose a haidamak, galloped, chose a haidamak ... boring and predictable.
    3. Kristallovich Offline Kristallovich
      Kristallovich (Ruslan) 10 August 2020 15: 21
      How is it not? There are ministers there, as elsewhere. It's just that the name is different - not ministries, but departments. There is no premiere in the USA. The government is led by the president.
  2. Sapsan136 Offline Sapsan136
    Sapsan136 (Alexander) 10 August 2020 10: 42
    The transfer of US troops to the borders of the Russian Federation is a step by the United States towards war, otherwise in the Russian Federation it is not perceived by the word AT ALL. The United States wants war, which means it will be war, Russia will defend its borders, no options!
  3. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 10 August 2020 10: 58
    And I understood that this letter is directed to the President and the US government, with an appeal not to even allow any doubt about the sole leadership of the Americans.
    "letter 103" is destined to remain the notorious "voice crying in the wilderness" "
    I do not think so. It's more like a kick in the ass to accelerate.
    "Negotiations on the deployment of new US Army forces there were successfully completed in Bucharest last Friday."
    1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 10 August 2020 11: 29
      This letter is a clear harbinger of a thunderstorm in the Pacific region, the PRC and the United States, two hegemons will not fit in one boat ... Here the enemy's allies are chopped off, brought in line. The message is clear that the Russian Federation cannot be changed, it means that it’s not by washing, but by rolling it at least to neutrality ... When the clouds are completely thickened, most liberal traitors will run away like rats, get rid of them in advance, and shake out the stolen goods, clean up the rear ... Only there is no one in this government and vertical, and in a terrible time it is like death ...
  4. Yuri Stroyev Offline Yuri Stroyev
    Yuri Stroyev (Yuri Stroyev) 10 August 2020 12: 11
    The Anglo-Saxon elite hopes to survive the nuclear apocalypse, Bunker palaces in Australia, New Zealand, and other English-speaking and remote countries ... The USA is no longer the guarantor and reliable shield of "world democracy and world prosperity." Sooner or later, the bubble of an unsecured dollar economy will burst ... Then, what the hell is not kidding - Armageddon may burst ...
    1. yurijyadrin Offline yurijyadrin
      yurijyadrin (Yuri Alekseev) 12 August 2020 12: 02
      It will burst out. Not for the USA. For the rest, yes. Was it in vain that they opened the world's gold depository? There is that gold, or it no longer exists, the tenth question.
      The wrapper will collapse, well, to hell with her. But they have gold. Again, everyone depends on them. Do you want to receive? And do it, dear, like this .. But you do not, and there is no gold.
      And, most likely, it will be so. Therefore, they stuff everyone right and left with candy wrappers.
      Gold must be kept at home. Whatever happened. But HOME.
  5. Digital error Offline Digital error
    Digital error (Eugene) 10 August 2020 12: 45
    They do not even stutter about the possibility of ending the "military confrontation going on today from the Baltic to the Black Sea", but only call to make it "more stable and safer" ... Politico experts have enough sense of realism to admit the obvious: horrible and for everything in a row the restrictions have become "permanent and inevitable" in Moscow's eyes

    Dale Carnegie has a book - "How to Stop Worrying and Start Living."
    Answering the author's question - these are six steps to restore the military predictability of the Russian Federation. Living in an unpredictable world is scary, but they live (103+) well request
    But who is more unpredictable - another question lol

    8 of August (2020 years) the United States government, on its official Twitter page, once again erupted with delusional claims that 12 years ago our country "invaded Georgia and to this day occupies 20% of this country", coupled with calls to "immediately withdraw the occupation troops"

    And 10 years ago, a paradox was admitted:

    During his visit, Dmitry Medvedev visited the offices of Cisco, Apple, Yandex Labs located in Silicon Valley. In the company "Twitter Incorporated" the President of Russia opened his accounts in the social network "Twitter"


    So why don't they go to the bathhouse - let them sit there, bite their nails and get nervous - you look, and they won't dare to take on a new adventure (Iran? Belarus? Armenia?) With "naked rear" ...
  6. gorenina91 Offline gorenina91
    gorenina91 (Irina) 10 August 2020 17: 00
    "Letter 103": what is behind the demand in the United States to review relations with the Russian Federation

    - Yes ... - nothing ...
    - Or rather, about scaring the new American president into the future ...
    - They say ... - don't even think to make concessions with the Russians (the mention of the easing of sanctions ... is a simple test of the president "for lice" ... - they say he will suddenly bite and agree) ...
    - The Americans need to pull out their economy and it is impossible to make a mistake in the new president ... - so they start circles on the water ...
    - Generally ... - and in the USA ... - also full of worthless empty-handed politicians ... - The United States needs to extinguish China in line ... - it will be too late tomorrow ... - And they are arranging a showdown with soft Russia ...
    - Well, and ... - the dumbest Americans have politicians ... - Beyond their nose ... - beyond their ambitions they see nothing and don't want to see ... - And they don't even give a damn about their own states ...
    - Yes, the Chinese will soon bend them into a ram's horn ... - along with their aged presidents ... - Russia has been bent like that ... - today's Russia is against China and does not dare to utter a word ...
  7. Yuri Bryanskiy Offline Yuri Bryanskiy
    Yuri Bryanskiy (Yuri Bryansky) 10 August 2020 21: 08
    The Anglo-Saxons will never be our friends. Common interests will periodically be realized, but there will always be enormous geopolitical pressure on Russia.
  8. Michael1950 Offline Michael1950
    Michael1950 (Michael) 11 August 2020 00: 18
    Quote: Sapsan136
    The transfer of US troops to the borders of the Russian Federation is a step by the United States towards war, otherwise in the Russian Federation it is not perceived by the word AT ALL. The United States wants war, which means it will be war, Russia will defend its borders, no options!

    Yes! And since Russia does not have direct borders with Poland, where the American troops withdrawn from Germany will be located, some Ukraine and Belarus interfere, then Russia will first organize such borders! As comrade. Stalin I.V. organized in 1939 the border with Nazi Germany! And return the Baltic countries to the fold, you cannot leave them in the rear as the "5th column"! After all, again, as in 1941, the bastards will go over to the side of the enemy and deliver a treacherous stab in the back!
    So, citizens of Russia, get ready for a liberation march to the West! "Take us, Suomi, beauty!"

    "The main lesson of history is that no lessons are learned from history."
    1. bonifacius Offline bonifacius
      bonifacius (Alex) 11 August 2020 23: 55
      You would, my friend, before you write and arrange a movie theater on the site, you would look at the map. You look, you've seen something new for yourself. And including the immediate border with Poland, where the American troops withdrawn from Germany will be located. It is clear that falcons fly high and see far away, but here, under their noses, they did not notice the elephant.
  9. staer-62 Offline staer-62
    staer-62 (Andrei) 11 August 2020 02: 17
    The United States needs not to conclude treaties, but to change its policy towards other states. Russia is surrounded by NATO countries that hate us. The West is doing everything to harm us. The West is much stronger than Russia. In such circumstances, what limitation agreements can be useful to us? Russia benefits from the US withdrawal from all treaties, because it unties its hands and allows it to take care of protection without restrictions.
  10. Vasily Terkin_3 Offline Vasily Terkin_3
    Vasily Terkin_3 (Vasily Terkin) 11 August 2020 03: 52
    Late, guys ... you've passed the point of no return long ago ...
  11. andrew42 Offline andrew42
    andrew42 (Andrei) 11 August 2020 16: 04
    When the parasite is stopped, it has nowhere to expand, it begins to eat itself. The same with American imperialism, - he rested on the Chinese Empire, plus he got a revolt of the Russian Oligarchy, he could not crush Iran, lost his terrible appearance in front of a number of countries of the 3rd world (it turns out, there are guys who are not afraid of the world gendarme, so smaller countries are also not away a little break and pobuzit.) Money - war - money is a stroke, - the formula began to slip. They are urgently looking for a new paradigm. However, the old trump card - the bribery of the national elites for green forfeits - is still working, they are kept ready, - as soon as they are launched. American Kaganate, - a copy of the 9th century chimera state described by L. Gumilev. All chimeras collapse when they are unable to devour a competitor.
  12. Yuri Mikhailovsky (Yuri Mikhailovsky) 11 August 2020 21: 20
    The idea of ​​these letters written on paper is simple: drive a stake into the relations between the RF and the PRC, eat the PRC and eat the RF. There will be no other.
    1. Michael1950 Offline Michael1950
      Michael1950 (Michael) 12 August 2020 13: 13
      - Don't worry, when the time comes, China will swallow part of Russia and not choke on it. Bоthe most part. Moreover, it is not at all necessary to start the Third World War for this: gradually, the indigenous Russian population east of the Urals will be replaced by the Chinese, slowly, decade after decade, until in 100-150 years they will become an absolute majority there. And they will simply demand autonomy - like Kosovo (which opened the "Pandora's box"), like Abkhazia, like South Ossetia, like Crimea, in the end! The sacred right to self-government for the main people inhabiting a given territory.
      And - EVERYTHING ... what
      It's just scary to look in the direction of China, your heart stops, or it’s just to bark at the damned West and the Yankees! Absolutely safe! It is clear to the "goat" that they will never climb "to conquer Russia" - they absolutely do not need it, and they have neither such forces nor means. Whether China will send 300 million "volunteers", they will provide you with "humanitarian aid" ... And while you wave your fists in the direction of the United States, relieve stress, take away your soul, without thinking about a completely naked ass ...
  13. alexandre II Offline alexandre II
    alexandre II (Alexander) 13 August 2020 20: 08
    America is now like the Roman Empire. They have troops everywhere - from Europe to the Far East. But what are they doing there ??
  14. Kazimir Prutikoff (Kazimir Prutikoff) 17 August 2020 05: 01
    Today the United States is unable to negotiate. They come out of all agreements whenever they want and do what they want - they steal Syrian oil, or they stage coups. They will break any agreements, without batting an eye, at the most inopportune moment for us. And the fact that they suddenly began to be afraid of something suggests that we are pursuing our military policy in the right direction.