Voices from Russia

Monday, 18 June 2018

Media Reports Speculate that Trump May Meet with Putin in Europe in July

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The Washington Post cited “a senior administration official and two diplomats familiar with his schedule”:

We expect that President Trump shall meet Russian President Vladimir Putin next month while he’s in Europe for a NATO summit. On Friday, in a nod to those plans, Trump told reporters that “it’s possible” he’d meet with Putin this summer.

NATO is going to hold a summit in Brussels 11-12 July. The Post went on:

Trump’s interest in a meeting with Putin became public in March after the Kremlin disclosed that Trump extended an invitation in a phone call with the Russian leader. However, US officials say Trump privately asked his aides for a bilateral meeting ever since he met with Putin in Vietnam in November on the sidelines of a multilateral economic summit. A US official said, “After that meeting, the president said he wanted to invite Putin to the White House. We ignored it. At the time, top aides in the National Security Council opposed the idea of a meeting and said they didn’t view Trump’s interest in a summit as an order to set one up. They decided, ‘Let’s wait and see if he raises it again’”.

The push for engagement with the Kremlin follows months of prodding by Trump, who faced resistance from senior political aides and diplomats questioning the value of meeting with Putin and worry that a tête-à-tête could cast a shadow over the NATO summit in Brussels. Senior officials at the State Department acknowledged that a meeting between the two leaders could, in theory, help resolve long-standing differences on the Ukraine, Syria, cybersecurity issues, and interference in foreign elections. However, some of those officials said a summit between the two leaders is premature given the lack of progress on resolving minor issues, such as the return of Russian dachas on the East Coast seized as punishment for Moscow’s interference in the election.

In late December 2016, the Obama administration introduced a new round of sanctions against some Russian companies, the Federal Security Service, and the Main Intelligence Agency of the General Staff. Besides that, US authorities expelled 35 Russian diplomats and shut down two Russian compounds in New York and Maryland. Washington attributed these sanctions to cyberattacks against US political institutions, accusing Russia of being involved. However, Moscow fully rejected all allegations and refrained from giving a tit-for-tat response at the time.

On Wednesday, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Europe and Russia with the US National Security Council Richard Hooker told us that Washington and Moscow were considering the possibility to arrange a meeting between Trump and Putin. On 20 March, the two presidents held a telephone call and agreed to hand down instructions to start preparations for a Russia-USA summit. Putin and Trump earlier held talks on the sidelines of the G20 summit held in Hamburg in July 2017. They had another opportunity to negotiate during the APEC summit in Vietnam in November 2017 but managed only to exchange a couple of phrases. On 4 June, Presidential Aide Yuri Ushakov said that we’ve taken no specific steps in order to prepare for a summit. Meanwhile, Putin confirmed on 10 June that he was ready to meet with Trump as soon as the USA was also ready for that.

16 June 2018

TASS

http://tass.com/world/1009827

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Izvestiya: Russia and China Confirm High-Level Partnership

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President V V Putin wrapped up his three-day visit to China this weekend during which he held comprehensive bilateral negotiations and took part in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit. Russia and China signed multibillion-dollar contracts, which included the construction of two additional power units at the Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant and building the new Xudabao Nuclear Power Plant. According to experts, the talks set the tone for relations between Moscow and Beijing for the next few years. Putin said the parties confirmed “a very high level” of relations. The Chinese side also positively assessed the outcome of the talks. Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs source Geng Shuang said, “The current visit by President Putin is an absolute success”. Zhao Huasheng, Director of the Department of Russia and Central Asia at the Shanghai Institute for International Studies, noted:

The meeting of the two leaders was shortly after their election to new terms. For both countries, this visit is the new beginning of cooperation for the next five or six years. It once again showed that the sides are ready to continue and enhance cooperation.

Yang Cheng, a Sino-Russian relations expert from the Shanghai International Studies University, said:

For the first time, India and Pakistan participated in the SCO summit in Qingdao. Amidst difficult relations between New Delhi and Islamabad, there were fears that Indian-Pakistani bilateral tension would affect the SCO’s activity. However, on the contrary, their membership in the SCO made it possible to ease tensions.

13 June 2018

TASS

http://tass.com/pressreview/1009261

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

8 May 2018. Bibi Gets VIP Invite to V-Day Shindig at the Centre

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All the antisemitic crud is crawling out from beneath their rocks. The news is that VVP invited Bibi to come to the V-Day festivities in Moscow. The so-called “Anglo-Zionist Empire” touted by “The Saker” doesn’t exist. It never has… it doesn’t… it won’t. At most, Israel allows the USA to use it as a strategic asset in the Middle East… the Mossad cooperates with the CIA, neither controls the other. There’s much less to it than what some think. Israel has its own foreign policy; it doesn’t control the American foreign policy in any way, shape, or form. Nor does the USA control Israel’s foreign policy. Yes… Israel invests a great deal in the American political process… indeed, much more than Russia does, in fact. Israel put much more effort and means into influencing the 2016 US Presidential election than Russia did (or was accused of doing). However, the fact that Israel spends much time and money on spinning the Middle East situation and suborning American politicians doesn’t mean that it controls what Washington does (it does mean that it did much more in the 2016 election to influence the outcome than Russia did… the US Congress isn’t investigating it… which means that Israel can buy off US pols, but that doesn’t mean that Israel controls the policy apparat).

Russia is one of the three major world powers… the USA, China, and Russia. India and Iran are major regional hegemons… not powers, at least, not yet. The USA’s claims of being the “sole hyperpower” were always hyperbole, but the Anglos believe their own bullshit, which is always dangerous. Israel is a minor regional player… Russia is a major world power. There’s no doubt that VVP summoned Bibi, not the other way round. If there’s any backstage player, it’s Chairman Xi (just as he was the major mover in the Korean peace initiative). Bibi’s trip to Moscow would be an opportunity for him to have discreet talks with the Chinese (who are the senior partner in the Sino-Russian alliance… they simply don’t humiliate people publicly like the Anglos do). There’s much more to this than one sees on the surface and the antisemitic lot is getting it all wrong. Bibi is a minor player being summoned by a major one, nothing more.

Trust me, Washington is noticing this… it can do nothing about it…

BMD 

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Official Statement by President of the Russian Federation V V Putin on the American Aggression in Syria

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On 14 April, the USA, supported by its allies, launched an airstrike against military and civilian targets in the Syrian Arab Republic. It committed an act of aggression against a sovereign state on the frontline in the fight against terrorism without a mandate from the UN Security Council, violating the UN Charter and norms and principles of international law. Just as one year ago, when Shayrat Airbase in Syria came under attack, the USA used as a pretext a staged chemical attack against civilians, this time in Douma, a Damascus suburb. Having visited the site of the would-be chemical attack, Russian military experts didn’t find any traces of chlorine or any other toxic agent. Not a single local resident was able to confirm that a chemical attack had actually taken place. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons dispatched experts to Syria in order to investigate all the circumstances. However, in a sign of cynical disdain, a group of Western countries decided to take military action without waiting for the results of the investigation.

Russia condemns in the strongest possible terms the attack against Syria, where Russian military personnel assist the legitimate government in its counterterrorism efforts. Through its actions, the USA makes the already catastrophic humanitarian situation in Syria even worse and brings suffering to civilians. In fact, the USA panders to terrorists who’ve tormented the Syrian people for seven years, leading to a wave of refugees fleeing this country and the region. The current escalation around Syria is destructive for the entire system of international relations. History will set things right, and Washington already bears a heavy responsibility for bloody outrages in Yugoslavia, Iraq, and Libya. Russia will convene an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the aggressive actions by the USA and its allies.

14 April 2018

President of Russia

http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/57257

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