When Donald Trump was president, sure, he sent out 'mean tweets,' but he also quite obviously commanded respect from our enemies and near-peer competitors. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping did not threaten their neighbors like they are now threatening Ukraine and Taiwan, respectively; North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met with Trump and did not advance his nuclear weapons program, but has since resumed it. Ditto Iran; Biden's "strategy," in fact, is to blame Trump.
In fact, the Biden regime is so bad at geopolitics and foreign policy that America is now facing a Cuban Missile Crisis 2.0.
For weeks, Russia has deployed tens of thousands of troops around the northern and eastern perimeter of Ukraine. The hapless Biden regime led by a secretary of state no one takes seriously, Antony Blinken, has been conducting ham-fisted 'negotiations' with Putin who, at the moment, is holding all the cards and knows it. On Thursday, Putin's much abler diplomats essentially told the Biden White House to go pound sand, with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov even suggesting that Moscow could deploy troops and new hypersonic missiles to Cuba and Venezuela, both well within America's historic sphere of influence, if the U.S. and NATO do not halt military activities of their own that Putin says threatens his country.
In quotes reported by The Wall Street Journal, Ryabkov indicated that Moscow could not exclude sending "military infrastructure" to either of those countries if tensions with the U.S. continue to escalate as they have over the past several weeks, with some analysts even suggesting that chances of war in Europe are now higher than they have been in decades.
“I don’t want to confirm anything, I will not rule out anything…Depends on the actions of our American colleagues,” Ryabkov told privately-owned Russian-language TV network RTVi in an interview Thursday in Moscow.
Putin “has repeatedly spoken out, including on this topic, about what could be the measures taken by the Russian navy if things go completely in the direction of provoking Russia and further increasing military pressure on us,” Rybakov said, noting further that Russia doesn't want to see that outcome, but “the diplomats must come to an agreement."
And last month, the Russian diplomat said that his country could not discount the possibility that relations between Moscow and Washington could wind up at a point similar to what existed during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, a warning that means Russia would consider putting missiles in Cuba again, and they would likely be the newest hypersonic weapons that are also believed to be nuclear-capable.
In 1962, Russian intermediate-range ballistic missiles could strike with around 5 minutes' warning; hypersonic missiles are three to four times faster.
Ryabkov also said that at this point, he does not see a need for fresh talks with the U.S. and the West, adding that if NATO continues to expand towards Russia, this would be “to a certain extent, a dead-end or a difference in approaches."
"I see no reason to sit down in the coming days, to gather again and start these same discussions,” he added.
At the same time, Russia's delegate to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Alexander Lukashevic, said this week's talks with the U.S. and NATO have been "really disappointing, though Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov appeared to leave the door open for further discussions.
Meanwhile, a number of Western military analysts told The Economic Times that they don't believe Putin has the financial ability to keep nearly 100,000 troops deployed around Ukraine indefinitely, which could mean he will strike sooner rather than later if he sees an opportunity.
We are again living in very dangerous times, thanks to the anemic Biden regime.