Setting Up a Summit for Failure

Source: Eunomia
by Daniel Larison

“Kurt Volker bluntly admits that he hopes that the Geneva summit between Biden and Putin produces more hostility and confrontation …. There is something refreshing about Russia hawks flatly admitting that they hate engagement and want more antagonism, but as advice for the administration it is terrible. If Biden comes away from Geneva with nothing but more acrimony, hawks will be able to attack him for going to a pointless meeting, mock him for his diplomatic incompetence, and still deride him as an appeaser because he went. Biden needs to be able to show that a summit with Putin isn’t just another photo-op summit like Trump’s meetings with Kim Jong-un. At the very least, there needs to be some groundwork laid for future arms control negotiations. Biden’s decision not to rejoin Open Skies doesn’t help his cause.” (06/07/21)