NEO – US has Launched a New Assault Against Russia

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…by  Petr Lvov, … with  New Eastern Outlook, Moscow

 

The seven golden domes of St. Petersburg
The seven golden domes of St. Petersburg

[ Editor’s Note Petr Lvov devils into the maze of Byzantine geopolitics from his Moscow perspective. It is important for us to know how others view these events, as they are closer to the ones where Moscow is a key player, but conversely further away when it comes to analyzing US geopolitics, a maze in itself through which we struggle.

We spend a lot of our time at VT sifting through daily incoming raw Intel, trying to sift the real stuff from the chaff. Some of that is seeded, and then usual confusion and bad info that got put into the pipeline.

We do not always take the convenient “one size fits all” attribution of all wrong information is disinformation. We have seen stupidity rule more than occasionally in all aspects of our government, including military and Intel matters.

Petr has a good focus on the bizarre situation of the critical Turkish Southstream pipeline deal possibly being held up over the Armenian genocide issue — THE sore scab for Turkey because they did it. Their counter attempt to bash Russia with the Crimea “takeover” makes the Turks look ridiculous.

Last time I looked, the Crimeans had an overwhelming voter approval of choosing Russia versus living under the boot of  western puppet Kiev. As to the dead Armenians, I don’t recall their ever voting for that. 

On top of that issue, we have this stand down by Russia, with Moscow’s being silent during the combat escalations to take Syria down from attacks on all fronts, and with Turkey having full military formations fighting inside Syria now.

Putin is getting a bad grade as a dependable ally for Syria. What is behind that? Arms are going to Iran, who is not under attack, but not to Syria who is. And Russian arms will be going to Iraq when it is only under attack on one front and supposedly has US  and coalition support.

And then we have to wonder who is paying the billions for the big Russian fighter contract with Egypt and all the air defense equipment that will go with it? Does anyone think the Egyptians are? Why is there no curiosity over what the real buyer wants in return. To be continued… Jim W. Dean ]

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–  First  published  May 22,  2015  –

If someone had the impression that the visit of Secretary of State John Kerry to the town of Sochi, followed by negotiations with Victoria Nuland, his deputy in Moscow, could be regarded as first steps in the direction of normalization of US-Russian relations, they would be deeply mistaken.

In short, Washington, particularly the Obama administration, is trying to solve its problems at the expense or rather with the help of Russia, to ensure the victory of Hillary Clinton in the upcoming elections. However, the United States continues to apply pressure on Russia, using a variety of different strategies.

Special attention is now paid to Syria and the weakened regime of Bashar al-Assad in the face of a new armed assault against Damascus. The attempts to trade the support of Syria for a number of concessions on Ukraine and Crimea allegedly made by John Kerry failed. Then Americans attempted blackmail, which is the strategy of choice for Washington in the countries that resist its dictate.

On May 19 the Russian embassy in Syria was shelled by militants, presumably Jaysh al-Islam, which resulted in one of the shells exploding in the main building of the diplomatic mission. Fortunately, there was nobody there in the room destroyed by the explosion. Immediately after the attack the State Department swiftly condemned this act of terrorism.

But we all are well aware of the fact that the “southern front” operating in the suburbs of the Syrian capital is controlled by Jordan with a certain amount of US assistance, unlike the “northern front” guided by Turkey and Saudi Arabia. The shelling of the Russian embassy – is clearly a signal to Russia that it should abandon its support of the Syrian regime.

Defensive S-300s...on the way to Iran.
Defensive S-300s…on the way to Iran

The White House continues to exploit the Iranian theme to dissuade Moscow supplying the Islamic Republic with S-300 air defense systems. But America didn’t even try to propose a fair exchange.

Yet, Washington think tanks are well of aware of the fact that Moscow will no longer buy any of America’s fraudulent tricks, as happened a few years ago with the introduction of sanctions against Iran and the freezing of the contract to supply the S-300s.

The US goal is clear and simple – to sow doubts in Tehran about the principal position of Russia on Iran, thus pushing Iranians to unnecessary concessions in discussions on the Iranian nuclear program.

Another old trick has been the alleged desire of the GCC countries, including Saudi Arabia, to launch a full-scale cooperation with Russia, particularly in the coordination of global oil prices. The emissaries of the Arabian monarchies one by one have been visiting the Russian capital with handfuls of promises. Naturally, none of those were planned to be implemented, as they are designed to lure Russia’s leadership into a trap.

But this lesson has already been learned as well, especially in the times when the former Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and Saudi Prince Bandar were eager to promise billions of dollars of investment in the Russian economy, the purchase of Russian weapons, and lucrative contracts, yet no concrete steps followed.

Now a new player is being used – Turkey, which seems to be seriously offended by Russia’s position on the Armenian Genocide. Turkey, for which the question of recognition or non-recognition of the genocide is the most painful of all, instantly responded to the fact that on 24 April, Vladimir Putin visited the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial, built in memory of the genocide victims of 1915.

Turkish troops are now supporting the terrorist takfiris  against the Syrians
Turkish troops are now supporting the terrorist takfiris against the Syrians

Turkish officials said that there could be no justification for this visit, three days later, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “remembered” events regarding the Crimea.

The Turkish leader said that Russia should account for their actions in Crimea and Ukraine before condemning the massacre of Armenians by the Ottomans in 1915.

Washington was eager to request even more anti-Russian statements from Turkey, including those relating to the Crimea, that followed one after the other. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, said that the recent unofficial Turkish delegation that was visiting the Crimea, found signs of human rights violations. Such an assessment on the situation on the ground from Cavusoglu looks rather strange, since they contradict statements made by members of the delegation themselves.

On April 29 the head of the unofficial delegation Mehmet Uskyul said that he is satisfied with the treatment of Crimean Tatars on the peninsula. Even more dramatic statements were made by Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu on May 14 at a meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers.

According to this Turkish official “The illegal annexation of the Crimea can not be tolerated”. The Turkish prime minister also urged NATO states to support Ukraine so it could better ensure the security of its own people. Ahmet Davutoğlu went as far as stressing that NATO states should not forget about the suffering of the people of the Crimea.

Ankara canceled a regular meeting of the Russian-Turkish Cooperation Council and the arrival of Sergey Lavrov to Antalya that was scheduled on May 16. Formally – under the pretext of difficulties caused by the forthcoming parliamentary elections, after which a new government will be formed. But all that buzz can negatively affect a project of fundamental importance for Russia – the “Turkish Stream”, which couldn’t make the United States any more happier.

Another front of this anti-Russian campaign was opened in Macedonia. The United States is actively advancing a possible regime change in Skopje to counter Russian influence. It’s also important to note that the “Turkish Stream” would stretch across Macedonian soil. That’s what Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said last week about those events: 

“Objectively speaking, the events in Macedonia are unfolding against the background of the government’s refusal to join the policy of sanctions against Russia and the vigorous support Skopje gave to the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project, to which many people oppose, both in Brussels and across the ocean. So we can’t help but feeling that there is some sort of connection here.”

In fact, Washington has tried to stage a “color revolution” by organizing mass demonstrations launched by the local opposition. Even the country’s Albanian minority, which has nothing in common with Macedonian opposition came out to the streets to support rallies in the capital, Skopje.

For Moscow this looks all too familiar. Events are moving in the same direction as they were in Ukraine in 2013 and 2014, when the corrupt regime of Viktor Yanukovych was ousted during mass demonstrations organized by the United States and Poland.

So the latest maneuvers of American diplomacy – is nothing but a smokescreen designed to hide the true intentions of the Obama administration. Washington’s strategic goal remains the same – to weaken Russia by all means necessary and break it apart from those countries which are engaged in cooperation with Moscow. Therefore there’s no trusting US promises or even reaching deals with them.

All this smooth-talking is a mere trap in the hope that Russian pro-Western liberals might convince President Putin that the White House is sincere. But US think tanks have missed one thing – “Ukrainian lessons” have not been lost on the Kremlin.

Peter Lvov, Ph.D in political science, exclusively for the online magazine New Eastern Outlook”.


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6 COMMENTS

  1. great preface Jim, yeah whats up with Putin not helping Syria at all but arming Iran?
    as far as “HillDawg”.. she’s a MULTIPLE FELON and the whole District of Criminals knows it.

    aiding a criminal to a position of power is also criminal, like 0-bomb-A appointing her secretary of state CAN STILL impeach him regardless of his bogus birth certificate or skin color BS.
    (his mom is white there is NO “race issue” like the media tries to preach at us allright!)
    -so why the hell would Russia try to help put a criminal biotch in as president?

  2. With a no-fly zone approaching implementation in the north of Syria, phony US led air attacks against ISIS in Syria’s east and with no notable response from Putin after the ISIL bombing of Russia’s embassy, we are hard pressed to conclude Russia has already written Syria off.

  3. Amen to Brother Jim W Dean in his intro, so often stupendous as above … and the same to Gordon Duff with his recent reference to ‘Putin’s Israeli kitchen cabinet’ … VT is on the point of the most significant & frightening facts of our time … As Jim Dean says with poignant accuracy: « We have this stand down by Russia, with Moscow’s being silent during the combat escalations to take Syria down from attacks on all fronts…»

    At Ziad Fadel’s Syrian Perspective – Ziad hot-wired into the Syrian military, but trying to spin positively – Ziad is forever hinting there is rock-solid great secret support from Russia & Iran … but I have doubts. My hope is that Syria at least keeps the Latakia redoubt & Russia’s naval base, while Israeli-Saudi ISIS romps in their playground. Seems to me Assad should unleash Syria’s Kurds to full independence, to stir the pot.

    • There has been some talk of vast Oil & Gas reserves in Syria. If true lets hope they keep and develop them and rebuild. It doesn’t seem right that the Saudi’s, Turks, Israeli’s etc., can decimate the infrastructure of Syria, then walk away and leave a bill for untold $Billions, or come in and steal entire factories and move them to Turkey with NO penalties.

      Or Israel come into Syrian territory, NUKE Syria as they did in May 2013, and then walk away as though nothing happened. There MUST be extreme, proportionate penalties for this behavior, applied in relatively short order or it will continue as has the recent use of NUKES against Yemen by ISRAEL.

      Note: We need to help and make sure GAZA gets to keep and develop their Gas (and oil) resources, especially those just off-shore in their territorial waters. Can we apply pressure to help them? They certainly need the money for re-building after Israel’s wanton destruction of lives and property (repeatedly).

  4. This Russia is not the Bronx ghetto crew from a century ago so Turkey need not accuse anyone. How is it Russia would deal with the D.C. fuhrer Nuland. Inserted in US government apparently representing the same crew and the usual monied interests. And as always we the people no longer add up to a hill of beans rather a weed patch. Msm compliant all the way. FIFA, distraction for what the Russian hardware shipped to Egypt might be used for? Lots of hustling by the hustlers during the silly season leading up to the electorate college vote.

    • Right; it’s that same shetl crew’s grandchildren, but over here now, destroying not only everything good and decent here in the US, but in every corner of the globe.

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