EDITOR’S NOTE (Nick Stamatakis): At the beginning of the week we learned that the State Dept. is sending to Russia for high-level talks with Putin, Lavrov, and the Russian leadership the “foul-mouthed” Victoria Nuland, who, together with Jeffrey Pyatt, (then US Ambassador to Kyiv and now to Athens), acting like CIA agents – and in fact with the help of many CIA agents – organized the coup at Maidan Square in 2014… Nuland’s “F..k the EU!!” expression when talking to Pyatt in a phone conversation stolen by the Russians, will remain in world history…
The news caused some apprehension to those inexperienced with foreign policy but we at Helleniscope were as happy as we could be: We know for a historical fact that peace is best and most surely made between those who fought a war – and this is exactly the case here. Should I remind everyone of the case of Venizelos and Ataturk? History is full of examples…
As you will see below, the statements of Vladimir Putin and others in Moscow AFTER meeting Victoria Nuland are something more than positive. We, following Henry Kissinger’s moves, have been saying for the longest time that the US has no choice but to make a deal with Russia if we want to emerge victorious against China. In WWII we allied with a monstrous Joseph Stalin and now we will stop at the “authoritarian” Vladimir Putin?
The very likely deal is bound to have severe repercussions on Pat. Bartholomew, AB Elpidoktonos, Karloutsos, and others… First result: The “Deep State” games in Ukraine are over… Second possible result: Whoever plays ball with the Islamist Turkish “deep state” is out.
It is obvious that the first “directives” from the State Dept. are already here. Karloutsos, as we noted weeks ago, started a war against the “Turk” Elpidoktonos and declares left and right that “he is Greek!!” No, he is not Greek, he serves his own skin first and then he may be a number of other “identities” – Greek is probably the fourth or fifth in line. Bartholomew will receive the news in person when he meets his “handlers” at the State Dept. in a few days. His visit last August in Kyiv was a complete failure and now – in view of the upcoming peace with the Russians – he will swiftly change colors, the chameleon that he is and always was, and he will start “goodwill” meetings with Patriarch Cyril of Moscow… With a help of a couple of million $$ from the Archons of course!!
AB Elpidoktonos, faster of all, got a whiff of the changing winds and pronounced a few days ago that “we are praying for our brothers the Russian Orthodox”!! How cynically the world goes around!
Putin says relations with Biden “working and stable”
Putin, speaking during a panel discussion at an international energy conference in Moscow, also said that Russia stands ready to boost natural gas supplies to help assuage nervous energy markets in Europe, insisting that his country wants prices to remain stable.
He rejected the allegations from some European experts and politicians that Russia has been holding up gas deliveries and causing energy prices to spike. The Russian leader also rebuffed criticism of an ongoing domestic crackdown on dissent and independent media.
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Strained relations between US & Russia could soon be on mend, Moscow says, despite key meeting with Biden’s envoy breaking down
14 Oct, 2021
There are hopes that strained relations between Washington and Moscow could soon take a turn for the better after Russian diplomats said progress had been made in negotiations with American President Joe Biden’s envoy this week.
On Wednesday, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the US had “taken stock” of a number of outstanding issues between Russia and the US, and that there was now an understanding of the stickiest issues hindering the countries’ bilateral relations.
“Of course, no one expected that some enchanting event would happen,” she said. According to Zakharova, Victoria Nuland, the US undersecretary of state for political affairs, “has no authority to resolve all the outstanding obstacles at once.”
“At the same time, we took stock of problematic issues that need to be solved before we can move forward even in principle,” she told the Zvezda news channel.
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Putin’s Blunt Message For Germany: Forget Ukraine
KYIV — The title itself is catchy enough: “To be open despite the past.” True, it had nothing to do with the War or post-War years. The article, printed in the German newspaper Die Zeit is rather a call to Germans to forget about the Ukrainian issue and to engage as soon as possible in real, profitable policies, such as the launch of Nord Stream.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to convince the Germans to be open-minded, regardless of the past. But the past he urges Germans to forget has nothing to do with Nazism. Here the Russian president understands that Germans are still bound by the politics of memory, and are unlikely to allow themselves to change history any time soon.
Putin is also aware that the thought viruses propagated by Kremlin propaganda are effective enough to bind the Russian population together in a single aggressive impulse. What he wants the German people to forget about is another, not-so-distant and yet also unpleasant past: the war in Ukraine and the occupation of its territories.
In his Die Zeit article, the Russian president once again recalled the so-called coup d’etat in Kyiv in 2014, saying that he considered Ukraine’s breakaway from Russia a tragedy, that there was no occupation of Crimea, but only a split in Ukraine that led to the separation of the peninsula. He recalled many of the old tropes of Kremlin propaganda. The same lines that he has been trying to introduce into the information space of Europe for eight years now.
One could say that Putin’s article is an ode to Germany’s ruling elite
Yet Putin’s current article is not only aimed at the German and Russian masses, but more particularly at Germany’s current political elite. The Russian leader is sending them a different message: an offer to pay off the Germans today in exchange for forgetting about Ukraine in the future.
“Russia stands for the restoration of a comprehensive partnership with Europe. We have many topics of mutual interest. These are security and strategic stability, health and education, digitalization, energy, culture, science, and technology, solving climate and environmental problems,” Putin writes.
One could say that the text is an ode to Germany’s ruling elite, and especially to the Social Democrats, who were able to include a clause in the German government’s coalition agreement committing to complete the Nord Stream gas pipeline. It is also noticeable that the Russian president is trying to influence the conservative part of the German electorate, which supports the ruling elite. He understands that Russia’s economic projects in Europe can only succeed if the current political landscape in Germany remains intact.
“It was German entrepreneurs who pioneered cooperation with our country in the post-War years. In 1970, the USSR and Germany struck a deal of the century on long-term supplies of natural gas to Europe, laying the foundation for constructive interdependence and giving rise to many subsequent grand projects, including the Nord Stream gas pipeline,” Putin writes.
Naturally, a large part of Putin’s article was devoted specifically to Russian-European relations. It was a counterargument against the U.S., with the Russian president advocating for security-building without Washington, the freeing of NATO’s expansion to the East, and further integration and cooperation in Europe.
In general, his speeches on further expansion of NATO to the East are not just a reaction to U.S. President Joe Biden’s words regarding the possible integration of Ukraine into the alliance without Crimea and Donbas. It is a request to the German elite to guarantee, as in 2008, that Kyiv will not be able to move forward on the issue of rapprochement, or join the alliance.
Putin speaks of a deteriorating security system, of excessive tension, and mentions the risks of a new arms race. What is he suggesting: cooperation? Not if you can read between the lines. When he mentions the concept of a Greater Europe — from Lisbon to Vladivostok — he certainly remembers its founder. No, not General de Gaulle, but philosopher McKinder, who said that Russia is a European heartland, which should influence Europe and manage its geopolitical processes.
When the president of the Russian Federation calls on the German elite for unification, he recalls Willy Brandt’s Ostpolitik, the course that the German chancellor chose to take in the 1970s to normalize relations between West Germany and East Germany, the Soviet Union and Poland. This was precisely what served to form Europe’s single energy space when oil and gas transportation systems were built that linked the Western part of the continent with Soviet energy resources.
When Putin suggests cooperation, he means not a united Europe, but a Europe that depends on Russia.
“We are missing out on the enormous opportunities that cooperation gives us,” he writes. “(It’s) all the more important now that we are all facing common challenges: the pandemic and its dire socio-economic consequences.”
When Putin suggests cooperation, he means not a united Europe, but a Europe that depends on Russia. This is the real point of his current article.
Vladislav Surkov, former deputy head of the Russian presidential administration, once said that Russia’s main goal was to make Ukraine boring for the West. As Putin’s current article showed, Russia’s key goal is to make Europe actually forget about Ukraine.
Now it cannot be stated that the West has forgotten about Ukraine. Today’s Europe, despite its economic ties, is to a certain extent afraid of further Russian aggression. It benefits from defending Ukraine for the sake of its security. However, this does not mean that Russia will stop trying to remove the Ukrainian issue from the European agenda. And this is why Kyiv needs to hurry up and figure out what its counter-strategy should be.
‘The Americans aren’t listening to us,’ Russia says as major Moscow talks between Biden’s envoy and Kremlin’s diplomats break down
12 Oct, 2021
Relations between Russia and the US could worsen in the wake of long-awaited negotiations between the two countries that are making less progress than originally hoped, Moscow’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov has said.
The verdict comes after US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland arrived in the country on Monday to hold three days of talks with Russian officials. On Tuesday, local media reported that negotiations between Nuland and Ryabkov were floundering as the diplomats struggled to find common ground.
Earlier this week, Moscow lifted sanctions on Nuland, which allowed the US undersecretary of state to enter the country for a summit with her Russian counterparts.
Despite Nuland saying that she is “glad to be back in Russia to deal with bilateral relations,” Ryabkov said there is a high chance that the state of affairs will only worsen as a result.
“I cannot say that we have made great progress. The topics of visas, the operating conditions of diplomatic missions, the rotation of diplomatic staff, the overall normalization of the activities of Russian foreign missions in the United States and the United States in Russia retain a significant crisis potential, and it cannot be ruled out that some further exacerbations are possible in these areas,” he said.
“The positions of the parties do not fit well. Americans do not listen to our logic and our demands. But nevertheless, the conversation was useful,” he added.
While talks are still ongoing, Ryabkov has said that Moscow does not want tensions between Russia and the US to escalate further and asked for international restrictions to be removed. Particular attention was paid to issues concerning the missions of Russia and the United States on each other’s territories. The Russian side emphasized that hostile anti-Russian actions will not remain unanswered, but Moscow does not seek further escalation. “We propose to remove all restrictions introduced by both sides over the past few years,” he said.
The negotiations come just days after four US senators urged President Joe Biden to expel 300 Russian diplomats and take “immediate action to increase staffing at the US embassy in Moscow” over disparity between the number of personnel in the Russian and US embassies.
“Russia must issue enough visas to approach parity between the number of American diplomats serving in Russia and the number of Russian diplomats serving in the United States,” the senators said. “If such action is not taken, we urge you to begin expelling Russian diplomats, to bring the US diplomatic presence to parity.”
The same week, NATO decided to slash the size of Moscow’s delegation to the military bloc’s headquarters by half, forcing Russia to bring home eight envoys from its permanent mission to the alliance’s headquarters in Brussels. “These actions, of course, do not allow us to pretend there is a possibility of normalizing relations and resuming dialogue with NATO. Instead, these prospects are undermined almost completely,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said at the time.