Ambition is not new
On February 4, the new US President Joe Biden gave an important speech at the headquarters of the State Department and had a meeting with the new Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the staff of US diplomacy. Accompanying him was Vice President Kamala Harris.
This is the first speech on foreign policy since Mr. Biden took office on January 20, which affirms that America and its diplomacy are returning.
President Biden is committed to a new era for America after potential Donald Trump implemented a “systematic” foreign policy.
|Mr. Biden spoke of the “moral power” of America|
New President Biden asserted that America will compete from a position of power by rebuilding the country, working with allies and partners, and renewing Washington’s role in international institutions and regain prestige and moral authority.
Mr. Biden affirmed that ally relationship is one of America’s most valuable assets, and pledged that Washington will stand side by side with these countries on many common issues such as combating climate change and the COVID pandemic- 19. According to President Biden, America cannot be “absent” for much longer on the international arena.
Mr. Biden also said he would seek to restore the position and prestige of the US after the riots at headquarters of the US Congress on January 6. Accordingly, the new US President affirmed that Washington will not compromise related to many issues such as cybersecurity or interference in the election.
However, Mr. Biden said he was ready to cooperate with Russia in a number of fields, including the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), which the two countries renewed for another 5 years.
The US leader emphasized tough foreign policy with China during his tenure, but said he was ready to cooperate with Beijing if it was in Washington’s interests.
On the issue of immigration, Mr. Biden has shown a marked change compared to his predecessor Donald Trump when he announced that the United States would raise its refugee admission quota to 125,000 in the first fiscal year of his term, Much higher than the 15,000 people President Trump approved.
|The new US administration shows a … indifferent attitude towards Russia|
According to international analysts, with the new US leader, the year 2021 is an opportunity for Washington to reassess its foreign policy.
There are a few areas where the US can “take one step back to three steps”, so that it can reassess its role in the international arena, and improve its foreign policy to be more effective and profitable. benefit both Washington and the world.
Among them, analysts particularly emphasized the need for the US to improve relations with Russia in 2021.
Although the US or Russia may not be at the forefront of giving up the “tit-for-tat” attacks that strained bilateral relations in particular and heated the international political climate in general, the two could dialogue to cooperate with each other, typically in the field of space and space, to control nuclear weapons.
Website Moderndiplomacy said that the US should take the opportunity to cut the sanctions on Moscow.
This process of both cooperation and sanctions reduction will create a “snowball” effect, further promoting the bilateral relationship and this not only brings benefits and peace for the two countries but also the whole world.
Light reminder from Moscow
Also on February 4, White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan announced that the United States would take action against Russia for meddling in the US elections, poisoning opposition figure Alexei Navalny as well as other “bad” behavior.
“Unlike the predecessor, we will take moves to hold Russia accountable for a series of evil actions that (Moscow) did. We will do what,” said Jake Sullivan. at this time and in a manner chosen by us “.
Meanwhile, the Russian side expressed its willingness to normalize relations with the US, however, for internal matters, countries need to “respect” the laws and judicial system of Russia.
According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the statement was made during a phone call between Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his US counterpart, Antony Blinken, in which the two sides discussed the remaining issues in the bilateral relationship as well as prospects for cooperation between the two countries.
|Russian Foreign Minister S. Lavrov (left) gave a gentle reminder to his US counterpart, Blinken|
Lavrov stressed that Moscow is ready to normalize relations with the US, including to restore the activities of bilateral diplomatic missions. Foreign Minister Blinken also expressed his willingness to arrange for the experts to dialogue on this issue.
Also during the conversation, the two diplomats welcomed the renewal of the New START, which contributes to the security and strategic stability. In addition, the two sides also discussed support for a peaceful resolution in Syria and Libya, as well as discuss Ukraine’s situation.
However, referring to the infamous detained opposition figure Alexei Nalvany, who was sentenced to nearly three years in prison, Lavrov said countries need to “respect” the laws and judicial system of Russia. Earlier, on 2/2, Russia also described Western countries’ requests to release this person as “unrealistic”.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Russia would react to all cases of foreign embassies interfering in its internal affairs. Ms. Zakharova said on Komsomolskaya Pravda radio: “These measures have been promoted. We will do and do with all cases ”.
On February 2, during the trial of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, about 20 embassy staff decided to attend the trial, including the US, Austria, Latvia, Poland, Switzerland and Bulgaria … Dozens of journalists also worked inside and outside the building.
|Diplomatic cars appeared near the court of Mr. Navalny on 2/2|
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Zakharova wrote on his Facebook page that the presence of foreign diplomats at the trial of Russian citizens is interfering with Russia’s internal affairs.
She pointed out that “traditionally, diplomats in foreign courts support their citizens.” Ms. Zakharova questioned whether this was an “attempt to put psychological pressure” on the judge. or not.
On the same day, the Chairman of the Interim Committee defending state sovereignty and preventing interference in Russia’s internal affairs of the Federal Council (Senate), Mr. Andrei Klimov noted that the arrival of diplomats Foreign delivery at Navalny’s trial is evidence for the fact that Mr. Navalny is a “foreign-sponsored” person.
Notably, on 1/2, Russian Security Council Vice Chairman Dmitry Medvedev said that the new US President Joe Biden is not currently intending to normalize relations with Russia.
Obviously, our negotiating partners – both the new administration (the president) and the Biden himself – do not currently consider normalization, ” Medvedev said in an interview with the Russian media. relations with Russia are possible. I think it is a mistake. ”
While Medvedev did not give a specific comment on how the US-Russia relationship may play out during the Biden presidency, he said “it is difficult to expect any significant changes” in this field.
Regarding potential meetings with the US in the framework of the Security Council, Mr. Medvedev said, this will depend on the views of the US leaders.
“If such instructions are given (to Mr. Biden’s subordinates) then contacts will take place … Even if our stance is completely opposite (to the US) they are,” he said. I am still open to contacting, sitting at the negotiating table and holding discussions. We are opposed to trying to put pressure on us, but we are open to discussion. “