No, really, or, pardon my French...No, shit, geniuses.
PARIS (Reuters) -France's foreign minister said on Friday that Russia was trying to bypass the European Union by holding talks directly with the United States over Ukraine.Talks between U.S. and Russian diplomats will begin in Geneva on Monday after weeks of tensions over Russian troop deployments near its border with neighbouring Ukraine, with envoys on each side trying to avert a crisis."(Russian President) Vladimir Putin wants to bypass the European Union... he wants to put dents in the EU cohesion, which is solidifying", Jean-Yves Le Drian told BFM TV and RMC Radio.
BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday ruled out any halt to the continued expansion of the military organization to address Russian security concerns, rejecting a key part of President Vladimir Putin’s demands for easing tensions with Ukraine. “We will not compromise on core principles, including the right for every nation to decide its own path, including what kind of security arrangements it wants to be a part of,” Stoltenberg told reporters in Brussels after an extraordinary meeting of NATO foreign ministers. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his counterparts held online talks to prepare for the first meeting of the NATO-Russia Council in more than two years. The meeting, set for Wednesday in Brussels, will give NATO ambassadors the chance to discuss Putin’s security proposals with Russia’s envoy face to face.
Of course, Western media failed to report what Soltenberg also said (in Russian) that NATO will be ready for possible conflict in case "negotiations fail" (in Russian). How cute. There is nothing cuter than a bunch of "economics" confused degree-holders and lawyers, such as Anthony Blinken, waxing all strategic and operational; not only it is cute, it is also hilarious.
Meanwhile Russia continues to increase her presence in Kazakhstan. Here is yet another unit of Ivanovo Division is getting ready to depart: