The President of Russia Vladimir Putin during negotiations in Sochi demonstrated little desire to "grasp" for the proposal of U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry due to the belief that the "pivot to the East" will make it easier for the Russian Federation, the consequences of the Western sanctions, writes the American magazine.
The timing of Kerry trip to Sochi had been chosen by chance, said the magazine. The refusal of Western leaders from participation in celebrations on the occasion of Victory Day, together with the slow pace of Russian energy projects in China and Turkey, has allowed the Obama administration to suggest that in these conditions, Putin will be willing to compromise on a number of international issues. However, the events of the first decade of may "smashed those hopes," writes the magazine.
First, progress has been made on the project "Turkish stream" and set an "ambitious goal" for two years to build a gas export from Russia to the European Union, bypassing Ukraine. Secondly, the celebration of may 9 in the capital of Russia have presented enough the leaders of key countries, and it is assured that the Russian Federation is not isolated. In addition, according to the information received, published this month, the Russian economy is not so much sustained damage from sanctions and falling energy prices, as expected, emphasizes the National Interest.
Of particular importance is the magazine attaches to the visit to the capital of Russia, "Putin's new partner on the international arena" - the head of China XI Jinping.
All these factors have led to the fact that the Russian President was ready for talks with U.S. Secretary of state, but not to make concessions, says the media.
Moscow wants the Ukrainian government has recognized the self-proclaimed republics in the East of the country a legitimate negotiating partners about the future of Ukraine, including its constitutional and foreign policy. Western governments are not prepared to endorse this position, emphasizes the National Interest.
However, the Obama administration, despite pressure from Congress, also not interested in a military escalation of the conflict or the involvement of the U.S. as a more active player, says the magazine.
anyway, the dialogues in Sochi has led to the fact that the participants now have a clearer understanding of the positions of one another, says the media.