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      Ohio Barbarian
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      (Anti-War.com) Aside from establishing face-to-face contact between the the two presidents, the Biden-Putin summit today met only the most modest expectations of those hoping for improved ties between the U.S. and Russia. By the same token, weapons makers and others profiteering on tension with Russia, and living in fear of a thaw in bilateral relations, can now breathe a sigh of relief.

      Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov’s appearance on Russian TV early this morning, at which he dampened expectations, turned out to be a harbinger of things to come later in the day. Peskov said, “Clear signals had been sent to Moscow that the US would try to “restrain and pressure” Russia, adding that the constant talk about punishing Moscow “does not make the overall atmosphere any easier.” Putin himself charged recently that US leaders “want to hold back our [Russia’s] development and they talk about this openly.” At his press conference after the talks, Putin also charged that US attempts to “contain” Russia remained a huge fly in the ointment.

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      What was clearly absent was mutual trust. The key issue of trust came up at both press conferences. What was clear is that, in contrast to more productive summits in the past, even a modicum of trust was lacking. Mistrust has been the byword since the Western-sponsored coup in Ukraine (which Putin was particularly acerbic in denouncing today). That coup on Moscow’s doorstep and the coup regime’s expressed wish to join NATO prompted Russia to annex Crimea which hosts Russia’s only year-round naval base at Sevastopol. The coup and subsequent annexation shattered trust all around and account for the nadir reached in Russia-U.S. relations today.

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      In early September 2013 during one-on-one talks in St. Petersburg, President Putin gave President Barack Obama a way out of the dilemma he faced when all his advisers were insisting he wage open war on Syria, the casus belli being a chemical attack near Damascus blamed (falsely) on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The Russians succeeded in persuading Assad to agree to give over what chemical weapons he had for destruction under UN supervision on a US ship outfitted for such destruction. (Obama later bragged publicly about being able to face down “The Washington Playbook” of all his advisers and take advantage of the work Putin had already done with the Syrians.)

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      The author is a co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

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      jbnw
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      US news will never say it – it was Crimea’s decision via a referendum through their autonomous region status.

      • #430141
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        Had it not been for the German and American-sponsored coup in Kiev, there would have been no need for a referendum. Russia was perfectly happy with its naval base in Sevastopol, Crimea, Ukraine, so long as there was a friendly Ukrainian government. When that changed, Russia would have held onto the Crimea regardless. That doesn’t mean the referendum was rigged–I’m sure it wasn’t since over 80% of Crimeans are ethnic Russians–or that most Crimeans didn’t want to join Russia.

        Just that Russia wouldn’t give up Sevastopol any more than the Americans would Pearl Harbor. Our idiot neocon and neolib leaders underestimated Vladimir Putin. That’s like underestimating Otto von Bismarck. The Germans, at least, should have known better.

        It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

        You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

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      sadoldgirl
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      If I were a Russian I would not trust the US either. From the

      extension of NATO eastward to the breaking of weapons agreements

      the US has lied again and again. The coup in Ukraine and the

      attempted one in Belarus were just the recent examples of deception.

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