Moscow should not have welcomed Victoria Nuland as a negotiator. This is a bad sign, but there are also good ones.
Nuland is Russia’s enemy
Victoria Nuland, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, spent three days in Moscow (October 11-13). Mrs. Nuland was a key figure in the 2014 Ukrainian coup. She distributed posts in the new illegitimate government of Ukraine and defined its anti-Russian decisions that caused enormous damage to Russia.
It is unlikely that Nuland’s position has changed. Why did Moscow welcome her as a negotiator? The US could have chosen someone else, after all. However, Russia put herself in the “whatever you please” position. It is gratifying that the results of Nuland’s visit refute this conclusion.