Since the first visit to the Soviet Union in 1973, the President of the United States has visited Moscow many times. Described as a “killer” Vladimir Poutine (Vladimir Poutine) has never experienced this trend.
In half a century of public life, Joe Biden has devoted a lot of time to international issues. In this regard, Moscow has always been a central topic of his concern, with two constant themes: the desire to engage in dialogue regardless of obstacles, and the superiority of arms limitation on all other issues.
The Democratic Party visited the Soviet Union for the first time in 1973, a year after he elected to the Senate. He returned there in August 1979 in a US delegation that came to discuss the SALT 2 disarmament agreement. He was only 36 years old, but he received a dividend because he was the first senator to support Jimmy Carter in 1976. He won the presidential election. Meeting with Russian officials familiarized Biden with their way of thinking.
He later recounted in 2011 how Alexei Kosygin, then head of the Soviet government, welcomed him to the Kremlin. “Before we start the discussion, Senator, let us agree that we don’t trust you, and you don’t trust us. We all have good reasons.” Then recalled the former senator who became the vice president. In Joe Biden’s memory, Leonid Brezhnev, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, was present, “Who is more serious than we thought” And retreated quickly.
In 1988, with the end of the Cold War, Joe Biden visited Moscow again. With unusual etiquette, the senator learned that his then 18-year-old son Hunter had participated in his meeting with the chairman of the Supreme Soviet, Andrei Gromiko. The core of the discussion: the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), signed at the end of 1987 by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, other theaters absorbed the senator from Delaware, especially the Balkans, where he defended Bosnia against Russia-backed Serbia. In June 2001, when the new US President George W. Bush met Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time in Slovenia, he said that he had looked at him. “In the Eyes” And watched “His soul”. At the same time, Joe Biden has become the chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Affairs Committee. “I don’t believe Putin”, He commented.