As you may expect, in the US media and State Department, where meaning of class does not exist, a “proper” language describing Blinken’s communications with Lavrov was used. You know, Tony “demanded”, he “warned”, he “threatened” etc. A typical attitude of a New York low-rung thug trying to talk to higher-ups to show his “toughness”. Reality, however, is such that Tony Blinken is scared shitless and there are reasons for that. Russian Foreign Ministry, however, released the summary in a typical Russian pro-forma and proper decorum manner.
And so on. Lavrov, however, noted that Blinken had to wait “only 24 hours” (wink, wink) and, after all, it was State Department which was bombarding Russian FM with requests to talk to them. While the issue of exchange of imprisoned citizens was, indeed, discussed, in reality, the whole thing was about the US desperately trying to gauge Moscow’s mood against the background of events in Ukraine, which are developing pretty badly for Washington’s SOBs in Kiev and, certainly, not in accordance to plans by Blinken, Sullivan, Nuland and other Washington “strategists” who wouldn’t be able to plan properly the visit to grocery store, let alone fighting Russia in Ukraine. That is the reason I always smile when some Russian “analysts” calls Vicki Nuland an “experienced diplomat”. It is difficult to explain to people that being a four wheel drive uncultured bitch who learned some basics of diplomatic decorum is not enough to be a real diplomat. Let alone great diplomat.
Incomparable Michael Brenner notes:
And Lavrov already told Blinken directly:
As for the potential prisoner swap between the countries, Mr Lavrov strongly advised a return to professional dialogue in the context of “quiet diplomacy” without any dubious media leaks.We all know that media leaks will happen anyway because the US “diplomacy” is totally corrupt as is US media, but the message is clear: you want to talk to Russia now tone down your BS and follow the rules which has been set up in the international diplomacy before the United States even existed as a country. Russia will talk to the US, because it is still huge and powerful country–noblesse oblige–as per Europe. Well, they always hated Russia and Russians, they always will no matter who comes to power–the break is existential.