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Joe Biden came, saw, but failed to conquer Turkey

Posted by seumasach on August 26, 2016

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

26th August, 2016

If US Vice President Joe Biden hoped for a trade-off with Turkish President Recep Erdogan – US assurances over Euphrates River ‘red line’ for Kurdish militia in lieu of Turkey’s acquiescence with Islamist preacher Fetullah Gulen remaining in Pennsylvania – that was not to be. ‘Euphrates Shield’ pre-empted Biden’s bidding. Erdogan thereby made Gulen’s extradition a ‘stand-alone’ issue. US’s Syria policies are in free fall and Turkey is increasingly eyeing Russia and Iran as its key interlocutors to resolve the Syrian problem.

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Putin ‘wants to host Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in Moscow’

Posted by seumasach on August 25, 2016

This is the logical culmination of the emergence of Russia as the dominant military and diplomatic force in the Middle East.

Independent

25th August, 2016

Vladimir Putin is ready and willing to host peace talks aimed at resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to Egypt’s president.

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Hello, want to push back at Uncle Sam? Then go to Syria

Posted by seumasach on August 19, 2016

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

18th August, 2016

 

Turkish President Recep Erdogan’s recent visit to St Petersburg to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian jet fighters taking off from an Iranian base for the first time to hit Syrian targets and Erdogan’s proposed visit to Iran probably next week point to a trilateral Turkey-Iran-Russia format emerging on Syria. China seems to be entering the equation laterally as indicated by top military officer Rear Admiral Guan Youfei’s meeting with Syrian Defense Minister Fahad Jassim al-Freij in Damascus. Turkey, Iran, Russia and China have a shared interest or even need to push back at the US, each for its own reasons.

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Russia, US edging nearer to agreement on Alleppo

Posted by seumasach on August 15, 2016

PressTV

15th August, 2016

Russian military officials say Moscow is close to reaching an agreement with Washington on how to coordinate fight against militants in Syria’s war-ravaged city of Aleppo.

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Brexit meets Russia

Posted by seumasach on August 10, 2016

Britain’s post-Brexit foreign policy: detente with Russia, containment of China. This, presumably, is merely a reflection of US foreign policy- the culmination of the Obama doctrine and the policy basis of the next US presidency.  There is a logic here: just as confrontation with both Russia and China is unrealistic, so is detente with both together. If we are to finally bring an end to the Cold War then this is to be applauded. Russia and China cannot be turned against each other: this is not 1972. At the same to “containment” of China may turn out to be just a posture, although a very expensive one, especially for the UK. Washington intends to hold back, Canute-style, the incoming waves of China’s economic development model, partly by mimicking it with a neo-Keynesian policy shift. Neo-Keynesianism in one country is not possible: it has to be carried out globally on the basis of a new global financial architecture, a reset of the global currency system. In the end , constructive engagement with our main creditor and the world’s productive centre is inevitable.

Theresa May speaks to Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time since becoming Prime Minister

Independent

10th August, 2016

Theresa May has spoken to Russian president Vladimir Putin for the first time since she became Prime Minister.

The Kremlin said both leaders expressed dissatisfaction with UK-Russian relations and pledged to improve ties.

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China’s Belt and Road isn’t only show in town

Posted by seumasach on August 4, 2016

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

3rd August, 2016

A new framework of regional cooperation will be taking shape in India’s neighbourhood when the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran meet in Baku for a summit meeting on August 8. The Kremlin readout acknowledges this and says the three leaders will discuss “current issues on the international and regional political agenda and prospects for establishing practical cooperation, particularly in energy and transport”. (Kremlin website)

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Many Americans regard ceasefire in Syria as defeat

Posted by seumasach on February 29, 2016

TASS

28th February, 2016

MOSCOW, February 28. /TASS/. Many Americans regard the ceasefire in Syria as a defeat, Chairman of the State Duma committee for foreign affairs Alexey Pushkov said.

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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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Russia’s had enough: No more ‘business as usual’ with US

Posted by seumasach on January 30, 2016

The significance of Lavrov’s remarks is not that we are heading to a showdown between Russia and the US but, rather, that Russia now assesses that it has sufficient sympathy and support for its viewpoint inside the USA to feel able to move more aggressively to sideline the neocons. Lavrov’s comments on the Litvinenko affair showed that Russia has reach the limit in terms of accommodation with imperial redoubts like the UK, or, at least, with the Cameron leadership

Russia Insider

On Tuesday, 26 January Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held his annual press conference before an audience of about 150 journalists, including the BBC correspondent Steve Rosenberg and many other well-known representatives of mainstream Western media. The purpose of this traditional event is to review issues faced by his Ministry in the past year and to give his appraisal of results achieved.

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Russia, Turkey on collision course

Posted by seumasach on January 4, 2016

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

31st December, 2015

The Russian-Turkish tensions following the shooting down of a Russian warplane on November 24 are nearing a new threshold of mutual hostility. An interview by a Turkish dailythree days ago with a Turkish citizen by name Alparslan Celik who apparently had killed the Russian pilot in cold blood, cannot but be seen as taunt by Ankara, virtually hinting at its complicity in the killing.

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UN chief, China, Germany, prioritize Syrian stability to resolve refugee crisis

Posted by seumasach on November 9, 2015

 

“He also noted that Berlin’s interests are “more in line with those of Russia and China than those of the US,” echoing what German political scientist Matthias Küntzel in 2009 referred as the emergence of a “new constellation” of powers with USA/UK/France on one side and Russia/China/Germany on the other.[8]

With the recent upgrade of Sino-British relationship to “comprehensive strategic partnership” and EU members clamoring to join China’s AIIB and ‘One Belt One Road’ initiatives earlier this year, the Beijing-Moscow-Berlin based constellation may actually be expanding.[9]

Asia Times

9th November, 2015

In 2003, Germany opposed US invasion of Iraq, and again in 2011 when US bombed the Gaddafi regime that tragically transformed Libya from a relatively stable country to a failed state.[1]

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