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Facing total economic meltdown at home US/UK, spear-heading NATO, have chosen the path of confrontation with the rest of the world, a path which will lead us to the brink of war with Russia and China

Endgame for sanctions? Russia and the West move towards common ground

Posted by seumasach on January 31, 2016

Another dark cloud arrived courtesy of a ridiculous interview from Britain’s state-controlled BBC last week where Putin was accused of corruption by a US Treasury official. No actual evidence was presented and the Kremlin labelled it “pure fiction.” Of course, this programme was filmed long before the recent improvement in dialogue between Russia and the West.

Despite these concerns, due to the seniority of the European officials publicly discussing a reversal in policy, feelings of hope seem well founded. Germany’s vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel also called for detente in early January. He admitted that some “forces” in Europe and the US wanted sanctions to cripple Russia, which would “risk a conflagration.”

Bryan MacDonald

RT

30th January, 2016

When there’s a natural rapport between leaders, relationships are easy. In such an atmosphere, negotiating is a doddle. Of course, when the opposite is the case, the reverse often happens. Small disagreements can explode into furious arguments.

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Poland ready to offer David Cameron EU welfare deal in exchange for Nato bases

Posted by seumasach on January 4, 2016

The imperial periphery , sensing imperial retrenchment, is trying to force a strengthened NATO commitment. This would also be why the Polish government launched a police raid against a NATO intelligence centre. In effect, they are saying : turn us into a forward NATO base against Russia or we’ll turn our back on NATO. But Poland is playing a very weak hand : the New Cold War is running out of steam and who is Poland to breathe new life into it? Furthermore, Britain is no longer the influencial force it pretends to be.

Telegraph

3rd January, 2016

Poland is ready to drop its fierce opposition to David Cameron’s welfare plans if he supports a call to permanently base Nato troops in the country.

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We are going to attack Isil on five fronts

Posted by seumasach on December 17, 2015

This collective effort is working towards a UN Security Council resolution to empower a UN-endorsed ceasefire monitoring mission and to support a political transition process that will see Assad leaving office.

The British government continues to prefer the old script with it’s rumbustious, Gilbert and Sullivan style,”He’s got to go!” chorus line. How many encores they’ll receive in New York remains to be seen.

By George Osborne and Philip Hammond

Telegraph

16th December, 2015

In recent weeks, we have seen appalling events in France and America. Acts of terror have killed hundreds of innocent people going about their daily lives. They have been designed to divide the Western world and to spread fear across our great nations. Instead, we stand together, strengthened by our united determination to hold firm to our shared values and confront the evil that threatens us.

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Britain to support newly-formed Muslim nations’ ‘ground army’ against Isil

Posted by seumasach on December 16, 2015

“On Tuesday night Downing Street welcomed the proposals from the Gulf-led nations but declined to comment on military support.”

But, presumably Downing Street didn’t welcome last night’s positive diplomatic developments in Moscow. As the US and Russia move closer, we move closer to Saudi.

Telegraph

Britain faced the prospect of being dragged further into the war in Syria on Tuesday night, as it was poised to support a newly-formed “ground army” from Muslim nations who could attack Isil within weeks.

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Kerry ‘publicly scraps policy of Russia’s isolation’

Posted by seumasach on December 16, 2015

Sputnik

16th December, 2015

US Secretary of State John Kerry made public statements in Moscow where he announced that Washington has abandoned its isolation of Russia, according to Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.

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‘We see Syria fundamentally very similarly’ – Kerry after talks with Putin, Lavrov

Posted by seumasach on December 15, 2015

“A project for a resolution on Syria is expected to be ready for presentation to the UN Security Council after Friday’s meeting, Lavrov said.”

RT

15th December, 2015

Russia and the US have agreed on a number of ‘critical’ issues, particularly with regard to Syria, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said following talks in Moscow.

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Moscow, Washington agree on Syria peace talks in New York on Friday

Posted by seumasach on December 15, 2015

“Lavrov also said that both parties agreed that the Vienna Accords on Syria must be backed by a United Nations Security Council resolution, adding that Washington and Moscow have agreed on the next steps for effectively coordinating anti-terror efforts”.

Sputnik

15th December, 2015

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has confirmed that Syria talks will resume in New York City on Friday, adding that he and US Secretary of State John Kerry are finding common ground.

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Boris Johnson: we should work with Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad in Syria

Posted by seumasach on December 7, 2015

 

“Who else is there? The answer is obvious. There is Assad, and his army; and the recent signs are that they are making some progress. Thanks at least partly to Russian air strikes, it looks as if the regime is taking back large parts of Homs. Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants are withdrawing from some districts of the city. Is that a bad thing? I don’t think so.”

I’m glad someone else can see the obvious even if it is Boris Johnson. Amazingly, not a single MP was able to make this point in the debate last Wednesday in the House of Commons. Dave Davis, another Tory, came the nearest. With this bit of good sense, Boris is now positioning himself nicely for a future leadership challenge. He also has the great advantage of not having been in government during the Libya debacle, an issue which will surely return to haunt Cameron. Corbyn, who voted against it, is similarly well-placed.

Let’s deal with the Devil: we should work with Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad in Syria

 

Telegraph

7th December, 2015

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‘By Fighting Against Assad, We Strengthened ISIL Positions’

Posted by seumasach on December 6, 2015

The simple truth that , to my knowledge. not one single person was able to articulate during Wednesday’s debate in the Commons. Only right-wing politicians are allowed to say this, it seems!

Sputnik

Bashar al-Assad is for now the only person who can rule Syria and save it from overall chaos, French politician and leader of the National Front Marine Le Pen said in an interview with Le Temps.

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Russia’s campaign in Syria

Posted by seumasach on December 6, 2015

Assad emphasized that French and British participation in the US-led airstrike campaign in Syria is illegal under international law and will not be instrumental in defeating Daesh.

“It is legal only when the participation is in cooperation with the legitimate government in Syria. So, I would say they don’t have the will and they don’t have the vision on how to defeat terrorism,” Assad said.

Assad seems to be implying that the US is working in cooperation with the Syrian government. The upcoming ISSG meeting in Vienna will be very interesting. Could France and Britain find themselves isolated over the issue of a Russian UN resolution?

 

Assad Explains Why Terrorists Are Losing

Sputnik

6th December, 2015

President Bashar al-Assad praised Russia for its efforts aimed at defeating terrorist groups, which are trying to establish an Islamic state in Syria. The US-led coalition, in his view, has failed to deliver on the promise to tackle Daesh, also known as ISIL.

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US Sidelined?

Posted by seumasach on November 24, 2015

There would be no question mark were the reference to Cameron being sidelined.

Russia, France Form Their Own Anti-ISIL Alliance in Syria

Stephen Cohen

Sputnik

24th November, 2015

The tragedy of Paris seems to have accelerated long-awaited political changes: “the United States can no longer play its self-declared hegemonic, or only super-power, role in the world, and Russia has returned to the center stage of world affairs”, according to NYU political science professor Stephen Cohen.

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