Joe Biden forcing Putin into corner as Russian public rebelling against war with the West

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Vladimir Putin will lose favour with the Russian public if he escalates things further with the US and America, according to an expert. Director-general of think tank Russian Council, Andrey Kortunov insisted that Russian citizens are tired of the ongoing tensions with the West. While speaking to Stig Abell on TimesRadio, he remarked that Russia may be pushed into more cooperation with the West and us President Joe Biden rather than conflict.

Mr Abell said: “We had the G7 last week and NATO are all talking about the Russian threat.

“They are talking up the problems of Russian behaviour which they censure.

“Throughout the world for the last few years, regarding the behaviour of Putin and his Government, they have been dubbed unacceptable in a lot of ways.

“Will that concern Putin or does that actually help him because he wants to create a message for his people in Russia that it is the West against him?”

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Mr Kortunov replied: “I wouldn’t exclude that.

“But I would say that the Russian public is tired of this endless confrontation with the West.

“If you look at opinion polls, I think most Russians would prefer to have some cooperation with the West.

“Putin will not get a lot of points if he tries to escalate things.

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“But I don’t think this is his intention.

The political expert why sanctioning Russia may not prove to be the most effective way to enact change.

“I think his attention is to find some accommodation without yielding too much to the West.

“You said the West argues that certain Russian behaviour is unacceptable, in reality, the West accepts it willingly and reluctantly.

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“Of course there are sanctions but the Kremlin has learned how to live under sanctions.

“It is not ideal but it is affordable.”

“It is not perfect, it may be deplorable but that is the way it is.”

President Biden and Putin met in Geneva on Wednesday for crunch talks in a bid to ease the tensions between their two countries.

The meeting is expected to last up to five hours, with the US President hoping for an easing of Moscow’s hostile behaviour and the return of former US Marine Trevor Reed, who is currently imprisoned in Russia.

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