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Friday, July 06, 2018

Kremlin officials are in intense negotiations with their counterparts in Washington to strike at least one deal they hope will let President Donald Trump tout his summit with Vladimir Putin as a triumph that justifies steps to repair relations. At the top of the list for the July 16 meeting in Helsinki, Finland, is Iran's role in Syria, an issue that Moscow is simultaneously negotiating with Tehran, a senior Russian official said on condition of anonymity because he's not authorized to comment on the record. Putin has agreed in principle to U.S. and Israeli demands that Iranian-backed forces in southern Syria be kept away from Israel's border, replaced with troops loyal to the government in Damascus, two Kremlin advisers said.




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U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman confirmed plans for a one-on-one meeting during a conference call on Thursday, saying Trump will go into the encounter with his "eyes wide open" about Putin's intentions.

Trump has shifted away from his predecessor's policy of demanding the ouster of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, a position formulated before Russia turned the tide of the country's civil war in Assad's favor with Iran's help. U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton, who met with Russia's recently re-elected president to lay the groundwork for the summit, told CBS News on Sunday that Assad is no longer "the strategic issue" in Syria -- Iran is.

"We'll see what happens when the two of them get together," said Bolton, who's long advocated regime change in the Islamic Republic. "There are possibilities for doing a larger negotiation on helping to get Iranian forces out of Syria and back into Iran, which would be a significant step forward."


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"Putin has agreed in principle to U.S. and Israeli demands that Iranian-backed forces in southern Syria be kept away from Israel's border, replaced with troops loyal to the government in Damascus"

Trump gave Syria to Assad. This would happen anyway.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2018-07-06 10:30 AM | Reply

ONce again Israel dictates American foreign policy in tandem with Russia.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2018-07-06 10:42 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Pooty Poot is going to make Humpy an offer he can't refuse.


#3 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-07-06 02:57 PM | Reply

PEE PEE tapes anyone?

#4 | Posted by zelkova at 2018-07-06 09:47 PM | Reply

Awwwww . . . Putin has to spoon feed the baby. Ain't that cute.

#5 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-07-07 02:00 AM | Reply

Trump will do whatever Putin wants.

The question is WHY?!


#6 | Posted by getoffmedz at 2018-07-07 10:56 AM | Reply

In other words, there will be a photo op.
Trump and Putin will sign a document that means absolutely nothing.
Trumptards will crow how statesman-like Trump is for doing nothing.
Trump will be back in the USA in time for another weekend golfing.

#7 | Posted by e1g1 at 2018-07-07 01:37 PM | Reply

Don't forget another wannabe nazi rally after the golfing.

#8 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2018-07-07 11:23 PM | Reply



It's all about NATO and Putin's ambition to restore Russia to the former U.S.S.R. and world power.

NATO and America's partnership (Article 5 ~ if you attack one of us you attack all of us) with Europe is the only thing standing in the way of Russia's expansion. Putin needs Trump to back out of NATO to clear the path.

Trump has already made it clear that he wants the U.S. out of NATO but not for any of the reasons he's trying to sell it here at home. (We're protecting them but they're not doing anything for us). It's an argument that only his stupid base will buy.

I believe that's what this upcoming meeting with Putin is all about and why it's all being planned in secret. Trump alone doesn't have the brains to pull it off. But Putin does and he can use Trump to get it done.

He's already started by alienating our allies.

Without America's military power Europe is sitting ducks for Russia's expansion.

#9 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-07-08 01:25 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

While we're all chasing stories about Putin trying to destroy democracy in America, I don't think that's his primary mission. He only needs to drive a wedge that will exacerbate our deep seated cultural differences (a cultural war) which Trump is attempting to do with Goebbel-esq fear tactics. (Muslims, immigrants, blacks, Hispanics, the media, Democrats, etc.)

Much like Adolph Hitler, he has to create enemies in order to unify hatred. Then he has to use that hatred against us to keep himself in power. It's important to Putin to keep Trump in power.

Trump is that wedge. Wittingly or unwittingly I don't know. He's not very smart and greed and power is his motivator. No doubt he has some grandiose plan in mind for a power sharing partnership with Putin once Putin is well on the road to dominating Eastern Europe.

Peronally I think Trump is looking at treason in the rear view mirror.

#10 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-07-08 02:27 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

brilliant. exactly right.

#11 | Posted by ichiro at 2018-07-08 05:31 AM | Reply

Maybe Putin is sick of Iran's antics in Syria and the greater Middle East as the article implies. That aligns with US interests. There are definitely some things they can agree on to remove threats to Israel and weaken Tehran's extraterritorial influence.

But first, NATO. Busy week.

#12 | Posted by Nuke_Gently at 2018-07-08 07:49 AM | Reply

Peronally I think Trump is looking at treason in the rear view mirror.

Better watch the use of the word "treason" and association with Orange Adolf.

A couple of the DR alt-right fake lawyers in another thread threw a couple of small tantrums when I called out their hero on his treasonous actions.

They stomped their feet, and got all red faced. It was funny as $&@%!

You have been warned.

#13 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-07-08 01:54 PM | Reply

Thank you ABORTED

My opinion is that the closer we come to the truth the more frequent and furious the tantrums. It's a weather vane of sorts or what I call a "tell." Trump does the same thing so I wouldn't expect anything more from his supporters.

#14 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-07-08 02:31 PM | Reply

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