As Russia continues to build up troop presence near the Ukraine border, Joe Biden sent a warning to Vladimir Putin. In response Russia told the U.S. to stay out of the Black Sea “for your own good” while they conduct exercises. Biden turned back two U.S. navy ships…. Hours later Putin closed the Kerch Strait.
The Biden administration is attempting to give the illusion of strength but it is all an act and Russia knows it. The Ukraine is vulnerable to Russian absorption because a large portion of the Ukrainian people support Russia. NATO is attempting to issue threats, but Russia knows the EU, and specifically Germany, will do nothing except grasp their pearls. It is all false bravado on the part of the NATO alliance; they have no teeth and their electorate have no desire for another conflict.
A Background Note – Additional leverage Putin holds goes back to the Nordstream 2 gas pipeline to supply the energy needs of Germany. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was warned by President Trump not to go forward with the pipeline that creates a geopolitical leverage for Russia. Merkel went ahead despite the warnings, and adding salt to the issue, Germany never upheld their NATO funding commitments (2% of GDP). This was a major source of contention between Trump and Merkel.
The knuckleheads behind Biden attempted to flex their muscle toward Russia through a series of sanctions earlier today. The United States sanctioned 32 Russian entities and individuals along with six technology companies, formally attributed the SolarWinds cyber breach to Russian intelligence agencies, and accused Moscow of still trying to hack American targets.
Russian President Vladimir Putin doesn’t care about words. Words, without action are meaningless. Putin knows the Biden administration is weak domestically because the majority of the U.S. electorate view his administration as illegitimate. Putin also knows Barack Obama foreign policy is essentially Biden foreign policy, and Putin accepts that both Obama and Biden are intent to weaken the U.S. globally.
From the Russian perspective a bunch of noisy and pontificating moonbats are currently running everything in the U.S. and there is absolutely nothing to fear because their leadership, our U.S. government, is weak and unsupported. Putin knows Americans are not going to agree to another regional war in Europe when the damn Europeans are not even willing to defend themselves.
Joe Biden acting like Scott Farcus only works until Ralphie puts a fist in Farcus’s face.
And don’t forget… the number one asset of Russia is energy (oil and gas); JoeBama’s energy policy has effectively assisted the Russian economy. So there’s that…
Things are warming up between Russia, Ukraine, and Biden.
This morning we reported on how Joe Biden backed down in his exchange with Russia. Rather than bring two US Navy warships into the Black Sea, he decided not to after Putin told Biden to stay away from Ukraine earlier this week.
Today there was more in this escalating story. As soon as Biden canceled plans to enter the Black Sea, Russia set up blockades on two of Ukraine’s ports:
Within hours of the decision to cancel the Black Sea deployment, Russia moved to block access to the Kerch Strait, which serves as a key access point to the Ukrainian ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk.
Interfax reported the closure, and a Ukrainian Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying, “Such actions of the Russian Federation are yet another attempt, in violation of the norms and principles of international law, to usurp the sovereign rights of Ukraine as a coastal state, since it is Ukraine that has the right to regulate shipping in these waters of the Black Sea. Also, this step is a gross violation of the right to freedom of navigation, guaranteed by the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. According to the Convention, the Russian Federation should not impede or interfere with transit passage through the international strait to ports in the Sea of Azov.”
The Russian closure of the Kerch state will block Ukrainian and other foreign warships from accessing the waterway, and the closure will remain in effect until October.
Biden announced new sanctions with Russia and Putin responded vowing retaliation saying, “A price will be paid.”:
Russia vowed to retaliate for a wave of new sanctions President Joe Biden announced against the country on Thursday, saying “Washington must realize that a price will be paid for bilateral relations’ degradation.”
Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it summoned U.S. Ambassador to Russian John Sullivan shortly after the Thursday sanctions announcement. The Russian Foreign Ministry said, “The Ambassador was told that a series of retaliatory measures would follow shortly.”
Russia criticized the Biden administration’s sanctions, saying they are “contrary to the declared intention to ‘build pragmatic relations with Russia.’”
This situation is not going well for Biden. Does he even know what is going on there?