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Top Russian & US generals meet in Vienna for ‘constructive’ talks as Moscow suspends INF deal

…from Russia Today, Moscow

[ Editor’s Note: This is a bit of a non-story story. On the one hand they do not claim to have made any progress on anything, but discussed things. This may not seem like much but is is far better than no communication going on at all.

WWII Staged photo of Russian and US patrol leaders who met on the Elbe

Sometimes little hints are passed from one side to other in these meetings, between old war horses who know “that this too will pass”, meaning political relations go up and down depending on what gangs are in control of what countries.

The most meaningful line below was Putin’s mention that even though the Russia was leaving the INF now in response to the US doing so, he would be open to reversing that decision.

That alone, makes it newsworthy. Sometimes all we have is hope that things might improve, and we try to make it last until better days returnJim W. Dean ]

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Russian Ambassasror at Elbe River ceremony at Arlington, 2015

– First published … March 04, 2019

Russia’s military top brass have met with their US counterparts, discussing issues of regional and strategic stability. The meeting came just as Moscow followed the US and suspended the landmark intermediate-range missile treaty.

Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford met with his Russian counterpart, Valery Gerasimov, in Vienna, Austria on Monday.

“The two military leaders discussed the deconfliction of Coalition and Russian operations in Syria, and exchanged views on the state of US-Russia military relations and the current international security situation in Europe and other key topics,” the US Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

Gerasimov and Dunford have agreed to maintain “regular communication” in order to prevent “miscalculations” between the militaries of the two nations.

A statement from the Russian military was equally vague and lacked any actual details of the meeting. The two officials have discussed regional and strategic stability, as well as two disarmament agreements: the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) and Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), it said. All in all, the Russian Defense Ministry described the talks as “constructive.”

The meeting came just as Russian President Vladimir Putin suspended the country’s participation in the INF treaty. The agreement might be reinvigorated if the US “eliminates its earlier violations of its obligations,” the presidential decree, published Monday, reads.

The move came in response to a similar move by the US in early February. The two countries have repeatedly accused each other of violating the landmark deal, signed back in 1987, while maintaining their own compliance with it.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. That worthless piece of lying garbage Dunford likely told a joke off the record of how he and his cronies aided Bush, Cheney and Israel pull off 9/11/01 and got NORAD down.
    What if their had been a real attack when this phony one was going on? All of these criminals belong in a jail cell for life:
    https://ehpg.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/israel_did_911.pdf
    There is no need for nuclear war. Just shut down the power grid and all hell will break loose.

  2. The so-called ‘deconfliction zones’ are evidence of Russia’s acceptance of a partitioned Syria (Putin’s sop to Israel). We note also the Generals likely did not discuss freeing the Golan Heights from Israel’s illegal occupation, almost certainly because Russia has accepted Israel’s presence there as ‘unchallengeable’ (another sop to Israel). What about al Tanf? Same, except it is the US this time.. Other than the fact of legitimizing the US Coalition’s presence in Syria and acknowledging each other’s spheres of influence, the meeting was pure farce.

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