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German Chancellor Turns Down Biden’s Invite To Discuss Ukraine


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More evidence of a weak regime and a changing world order?

It’s no secret that things are shifting on the geopolitical stage as China gains more influence, and Russia aims to annex bordering territory in an effort to secure its borders from NATO aggression.

Amid the cracks currently displayed in the post WWII U.S. led world order, allies are signaling that they are not going to prop up the current regime’s foreign policy initiatives.

According to the latest reports, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has declined joe Biden’s invitation to discuss Russian aggression in and near Ukraine.

Proposed U.S. sanctions seem to have little effect on Russian objectives regarding Ukraine, and military intervention appears to be a tenuous bet, as Ukraine is not a NATO member, yet does have positive relations with NATO.

Foreign military intervention is also a highly unpopular position with the American public further exacerbating the current geopolitical uncertainty and tension in the region:

Reuters explains:

Scholz did not accept the invitation due to a full schedule, including a trip to Madrid, as well as the desire to show that he was present as Germany grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Der Spiegel.

The Council For Foreign Relations writes:

For the Kremlin, the notion that Ukraine, a pillar of the Soviet Union with strong historic ties to Russia, would join NATO was a red line.

“No Russian leader could stand idly by in the face of steps toward NATO membership for Ukraine.

That would be a hostile act toward Russia,” Putin warned U.S. Undersecretary for Political Affairs William J. Burns, who is now director of the CIA, in the weeks leading up to NATO’s 2008 Bucharest Summit.



 

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