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Biden says he is confident he can meet Putin soon

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If Biden wants to win-over Trump conservatives, Biden needs to remember to appease and capitulate to Putin like Trump did.

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Putin's opening gambit should be a quid pro quo for Biden: handing over the Russian FSB's Trump Moscow hotel tapes (to break the ice).

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Diplomacy at its finest. A good step in the right direction. Nothing good has ever come from pushing someone into a tight corner

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It might come to nothing, but it has to be tried. There's too much drums of war talk these days, countries need to step back a bit.

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Putin's opening gambit should be a quid pro quo for Biden: handing over the Russian FSB's Trump Moscow hotel tapes (to break the ice).

If the Russians did that then the US ought to give the Russians another piece of their old submarine K-129. If a retired Admiral I once interviewed with and a book written more recently are both right the US got the whole thing. In 2006 the US gave the Russians the ships bell.

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Diplomacy at its finest. A good step in the right direction. Nothing good has ever come from pushing someone into a tight corner

One must chose their fights carefully but if someone like Vladimir Putin is backed into a corner and exposed as being weak he would be gone very quickly. He survives on bluster, the appearance of toughness and just enough uncertainty that nobody wants to push their luck in a fight with the Russians. He's a bit of a showman and plays a good game of poker. But his recent sudden decision to remove troops from the Ukraine border has made him look weak internally. Nobody outside of the conversations knows what NATO told the Russians regarding the Ukraine but it was not a coincidence that NATO was holding a major land exercise in Estonia at the time. There are opportunities for the US and its NATO allies to capitalize on this not through kinetic action but through words. The former Warsaw Pact nations in particular know intimately how the Russians played the disinformation game during the Cold War and are well positioned to know how to counter Russian propaganda and turn words against the Russians.

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and you think the current President of the United States would be the one man up until now who could actually do this?

if someone like Vladimir Putin is backed into a corner and exposed as being weak he would be gone very quickly

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If Biden wants to win-over Trump conservatives, Biden needs to remember to appease and capitulate to Putin like Trump did.

Trump killed quite a few Russians in Syria, so I think Biden's job should be easier now, all he has to do is be subtle as he typically is and tell Vlad, you saw how some of your forces were steamrolled in Syria and I am will to take the same route as my predecessor, that should wake Vlad up, then he'll think twice before trying to attack US forces again.

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Thank goodness Biden won't kiss Putin's behind the way that Trump loved to.

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There's stark differences between U.S. and Russia in the visions of what is right and what the future of the world should be.

The U.S. establishment wants Russia to fall back to the misery and dependence of 90s, Russia (in general) hopes USA will have the plenty of internal issues not allowing to keep pressure on Russian economy.

Talk is better than war but I see no common grounds to compromise.

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and you think the current President of the United States would be the one man up until now who could actually do this?

Mr. Putin just backed down on the Ukraine. I am pretty sure it wasn't the US alone but the US led the behind the scenes diplomacy. It didn't hurt to have a division of the US Army in Estonia, practically on Russia's border, for a NATO exercise that for some reason keeps being extended, something Mr. Obama didn't have when the Russians first invaded Ukraine.

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The U.S. establishment wants Russia to fall back to the misery and dependence of 90s,

That is emphatically not true. What the US would love to see are contested honest multiparty elections, a free press, free speech, religious freedom and guaranteed human rights. All the rest, including greater material well being, flow from these. A democratic and prosperous Russia is the goal. Democracies generally do not go to war with each other but settle their disputes with diplomacy and compromise.

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Mr. Putin just backed down on the Ukraine. 

Well, that's another ally that's being screwed over....again.

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Biden is a REAL PRESIDENT who will never behave with Putin like a teenager concubine like the Trumpyclown was ..

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It didn't hurt to have a division of the US Army in Estonia

Yep, I am sure the Estonians are happy to be on the nuclear strike target list, along with other EU countries where the US troops are stationed. Very smart move.

honest multiparty elections, a free press, free speech

I reckon the Russians would love to see that happening in the US too

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every comment section in a Biden article, Trump is referenced as much as or more than Biden.

So yes, I am interested how Biden plans to have this meeting without embarrassing himself on the world stage.

No note cards, teleprompters. or wife will be present. Just he and Putin, face to face.

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