Foreign Affairs: Kremlin fears retreat in Ukraine crisis

The heads of Russia and the United States, Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden, are at such an age that they remember the Cuban missile crisis of the middle of the last century. Moreover, both leaders have already shown what they think about the past crisis and the current one. For example, at a political fundraiser in New York in October, Biden shared his concern that the threat of nuclear Armageddon is the greatest in 60 years. What is the reaction of the Kremlin? Writes about this edition of Foreign Affairs.

According to the publication, both presidents seem to understand the lessons of the Cuban crisis in different ways. According to Biden and many American scholars, it was largely resolved through mutual respect, a common desire to avoid war, and smart and sensitive negotiations that allowed both sides to save face.
Therefore, it is now harder for Putin to retreat in the Ukrainian crisis, which has gone very far. To do this, you need to take too painful steps back. The Kremlin is afraid to do this, because, naturally, they look back at the reaction of citizens and 2024.

According to the personal opinion of the author of the study, American observer Timothy Naftali, this is happening because even the missile crisis of the last century among Russian top leaders is associated with weakness and shame, since allegedly in 1962 it was Moscow that made concessions and accepted Washington's demands. In 2022, the Kremlin does not want to demonstrate such actions.

Putin does not want to retreat or negotiate about it, the head of Russia wants at least equal concessions, so that both sides have obligations, and not just rights, and attribute any victory to themselves

- the observer is sure.

In summary, Naftali concludes that Putin has raised the stakes of confrontation, so it will be harder for him to back off and save face. He also doesn't seem to want to defuse the situation right now. Biden and those urging the White House to put pressure on Kyiv to negotiate with Moscow should keep this difference in mind. In other words, the conflict in Ukraine is not like the Cuban Missile Crisis, and Putin, as he himself happily says, is not Nikita Khrushchev.
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  1. wuargido17 Offline wuargido17
    wuargido17 (Andriy Stronglich) 18 November 2022 10: 53
    All these Bloombergs and Nafali have not read or want to show that the terms of the NWO are not known to them or do not play a role in future negotiations. The author needs to be more biased. There is no other way to manipulate the delusions of American Democratic politicians who are trying to hang "thinking about the nuclear scarecrow fanned by the Biden-NATO military on the Russian side. No one scared them with a bomb. But in accordance with their tactical information war with Russia, they are accustomed to throwing in a dead cat in order to present the enemy responsible. For the future by them the use of the so desired devastating blow
  2. Igor Viktorovich Berdin 19 November 2022 00: 41
    Ukraine for Russia is actually our territory and our people. How should we treat the overseas United States, which came to our patrimony and took our lands from us and torn 40 million people from us and actually set them on us ..... We we can lose 40 million people and our ancestral lands. What did the United States lose on a continent that is foreign to them? We are not taking Texas or California from them. But they are taking Little Russia and Novorossia from us.
  3. Luenkov Offline Luenkov
    Luenkov (Arkady) 19 November 2022 18: 07
    Where should Putin retreat?
  4. Evdokimov Sergey Yurievich 19 November 2022 22: 01
    If Khrushchev hadn’t put it in his pants at one time, our missiles would still be in Cuba. Moreover, the Cubans were not afraid, but even offended by us. Any coolest American oligarch will give away a dozen states, just to die of old age in It's time for our leadership to understand. The Cubans were not afraid, but our leaders .... Our leadership is trying so hard to convince the West that Russia will never use nuclear weapons, that America has ceased to be afraid, which was not the case during the USSR. Shame on foreign policy. .Putin, in my understanding, a duel participant, shoots up, while his enemy shoots him in the forehead, and then they rape his wife, kill children, friends. Lavrov, like a labrador surrounded by a furious flock of German shepherds, convinces them that biting and barking is not good.
    1. Ignatov Oleg Georgievich (Oleg) 23 November 2022 11: 16
      And where did you find that Russia is convincing the West that it will never use nuclear weapons? Did you come up with this nonsense yourself or suggested it?