Despite Negotiations, Putin Plays Power Play Against Biden

( Russian President Vladimir Putin repeatedly told the press that he expected the United States to offer guarantees and assurances that there would be no interference with their efforts to annex or invade Ukraine, so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that on Monday the Kremlin said there was no reason to be optimistic following recent peace talks.

During a conference call with reporters, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov insisted that it was too early to draw any conclusions from the talks between Russia and the United States held in Geneva on Ukraine. Peskov said that the talks were “substantive, direct and open” but also instead that Russia didn’t see much in the way of agreement.

There seems to be absolutely nothing that the West can do at this point to convince Russia not to invade Ukraine – especially now that President Joe Biden is in office.

With as many as 100,000 Russian troops currently stationed on the border with Ukraine, the Kremlin has demanded that NATO stay out of the way if Russian troops enter Ukraine and expand into their territory in the same way they did in Crimea in 2014.

Washington has said that Russia’s demands are not acceptable.

The peace talks, therefore, are probably futile.