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Inside Obama’s Secret Outreach to Russia

OWoN: So, the Liar in Chief wants Secret Talks? No surprise there as the moronic fool now realizes the payback for his naive sabre rattling.

Putin has laid him out Butt Up. What a Chump! How did the Clown EVER pass Vetting?

Why would Russia believe anything coming from the U.S.? They have an questionable leader who is both a Liar and a Chicago trained, Crooked enabler of theft. Otherwise the settlements would be long paid. No one really believes anything that he says, and with him goes the creditability of the nation. Crook, Liar, Usurper! Worse, a catastrophic Global joke.

But why this change of heart? It cannot be State, as they are arming the Ukies at the discretion of the likes of Victoria Nuland and likely will send them to a slaughter. Chechnya is sending in some of their best seasoned fighters as volunteers for Russia into Novarussia. These are Muslims who take no prisoners and who strike fear into the Saudis, more than the Iranians. One can expect they will die to a man for honor. Will the Ukies?

Or is it realization that Russia and possibly now Iran have also both gained a Quantum ability to crack any existing Cryptographics remotely in mere seconds rather than days or months of computing.

The new quantum computers can hack any system in the World by satellite without any direct connection. Enough said about this highly classified technology that the Russian Republic now has and is going to share with China very soon. And no, the West does not have this yet. Which means we will be looted and gutted before we even know what was taken. Worse, they can paralyze our communications systems anytime at will.

Do not accept it? Do your own research on the new Quantum Physics, Quantum Computing and Cryptographics, and see what you find. There is real disclosure coming that is striking fear into the echelons of control. Their day in the sun is over and daylight will shine exposing every last scoundrel and there will be no where to hide. 

Disclosure is coming very soon.

See the other side of the coin in 2015!


Not exactly chummy - Image: Greg Baker / AFP / Getty Images


Inside Obama’s Secret Outreach to Russia


Bloomberg View
By Josh Rogin
31 December 2015

President Barack Obama's administration has been working behind the scenes for months to forge a new working relationship with Russia, despite the fact that Russian President Vladimir Putin has shown little interest in repairing relations with Washington or halting his aggression in neighboring Ukraine.

This month, Obama's National Security Council finished an extensive and comprehensive review of U.S policy toward Russia that included dozens of meetings and input from the State Department, Defense Department and several other agencies, according to three senior administration officials. At the end of the sometimes-contentious process, Obama made a decision to continue to look for ways to work with Russia on a host of bilateral and international issues while also offering Putin a way out of the stalemate over the crisis in Ukraine.

“I don’t think that anybody at this point is under the impression that a wholesale reset of our relationship is possible at this time, but we might as well test out what they are actually willing to do,” a senior administration official told me.

“Our theory of this all along has been, let's see what’s there. Regardless of the likelihood of success.”

Leading the charge has been Secretary of State John Kerry. This fall, Kerry even proposed going to Moscow and meeting with Putin directly. The negotiations over Kerry’s trip got to the point of scheduling, but ultimately were scuttled because there was little prospect of demonstrable progress.

In a separate attempt at outreach, the White House turned to an old friend of Putin’s for help. The White House called on former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to discuss having him call Putin directly, according to two officials. It’s unclear whether Kissinger actually made the call. The White House and Kissinger both refused to comment for this column.

Kerry has been the point man on dealing with Russia because his close relationship with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov represents the last remaining functional diplomatic channel between Washington and Moscow. They meet often, often without any staff members present, and talk on the phone regularly. Obama and Putin, on the other hand, are known to have an intense dislike for each other and very rarely speak.

In several conversations with Lavrov, Kerry has floated an offer to Russia that would pave the way for a partial release of some of the most onerous economic sanctions. Kerry’s conditions included Russia adhering to September's Minsk agreement and ceasing direct military support for the Ukrainian separatists. The issue of Crimea would be set aside for the time being, and some of the initial sanctions that were put in place after Crimea’s annexation would be kept in place.

“We are willing to isolate the issues of Donetsk and Luhansk from the issue of Crimea,” another senior administration official told me, naming two regions in Eastern Ukraine under separatist control.

“If there was a settlement on Donetsk and Luhansk, there could be a removal of some sanctions while maintaining sanctions with regard to Crimea. That represents a way forward for Putin.”

Meanwhile, Kerry has been proposing increased U.S.-Russian cooperation on a wide range of international issues. Earlier this month, he invited Lavrov to a last-minute diplomatic confab in Rome to discuss the the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

After one meeting with Lavrov in Paris in October, Kerry announced that he had discussed potential U.S.-Russian cooperation on Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea, Syria and Yemen. But the apparent warming was overshadowed by Lavrov’s quick denial of Kerry’s claim that Russia had agreed to assist in the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State in Iraq.

Kerry has seemed more enthusiastic about mending ties with Russia than Obama himself. After the president gave a blistering critique of Russian behavior in a major United Nations speech, saying that “Russian aggression in Europe recalls the days when large nations trampled small ones in pursuit of territorial ambition,” Kerry urged Lavrov to ignore his boss’s remarks, according to Lavrov. “Kerry said we have so many serious things to discuss that of course that was unfortunate, let’s not focus on that,” Lavrov told Russian reporters.

State Department officials insist that Kerry is clear-eyed about the challenges of trying to work with Russia, but that he believes there is no other responsible option than to see what can be accomplished.

“Secretary Kerry is not advocating internally or with Russia for a reset in the relationship, and in fact in meetings he has taken a strong and at times skeptical stance,” one senior State Department official told me.

“As the nation's chief diplomat he is simply always exploring ways to make relationships more productive.”

There is also a belief among many both inside the State Department and the White House that sanctions are working. The Russian economy is tanking, albeit due largely to collapsing oil prices and not targeted punishments. One senior administration official argued that absent the sanctions, Putin might have been even more aggressive in Ukraine. Moreover, this official said, the sanctions need time to work and might yet prove to have greater effect on Putin’s decision-making in the months ahead: "We’ll see how they feel as their economy continues to deteriorate and the Ukrainian economy refuses to collapse.”

If the Russians are getting ready to cave, they aren’t showing it. Putin remains defiant and Russian military assistance to the Ukrainian rebels continues. The Russian leadership has been rejecting Kerry’s overtures both in public and private. Diplomatic sources said that Lavrov has refused to even discuss Kerry’s conditions for partial easing of sanctions. And Putin has made a hobby of bashing the U.S. in public remarks.

To many of the administration’s critics, especially Republicans on Capitol Hill, pursuing engagement with Moscow is based on naivety and wishful thinking.

“It’s a strategy worthy in the finest tradition of Neville Chamberlain,” incoming Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain told me.

“I think the Russians are doing fine. Meanwhile, what price has Vladimir Putin paid? Very little.”

The legislative branch has also been active on Russia this year, but its efforts run counter to the administration’s policy and sometimes have the indirect effect of putting more roadblocks in front of the Obama-Kerry push to find a way forward.

On Dec. 18, Obama reluctantly signed a bill authorizing new Russia sanctions and military aid to Ukraine that was overwhelmingly passed by Congress. Afterward, the White House awkwardly said that the legislation did not signify any change in policy.

And this week, the State Department sanctioned four more Russian officials, but not over Ukraine. The officials were added to a list of human rights violators under the Sergei Magnitsky Act of 2012, named after the anti-corruption lawyer who died in a Russian prison. In response, the Russian foreign ministry issued a statement saying that the Magnitsky Act sanctions "place in question the prospects for bilateral cooperation in resolving the situation surrounding the Iranian nuclear program, the Syrian crisis, and other acute international issues."

These latest punishments show that it may be impossible to de-link the problems in the bilateral relationship from the opportunities, as the Obama administration wants to do. They also show that there will always be chances for those in Washington and Moscow who want to stoke the tensions to do so, jeopardizing any progress.

Some experts believe that any plan to warm U.S.-Russian relations is unlikely to succeed because it doesn’t have the full support of either president.

“It’s very clear that between the Putin Kremlin and the Obama White House there is a very bad chemistry. Its not a question of simply distrust, it’s a question of intense dislike between the two leaders,” said Dimitri Simes, president of the Center for the National Interest.

Also, some experts feel, placing the diplomacy in the Kerry-Lavrov channel dooms its outcome, because the Russians know that Kerry himself has no power to make major decisions and Lavrov has to be careful not to be seen as cozying up to the U.S.

“The more Kerry creates a perception he has a special relationship with Lavrov, the more he puts Lavrov in a difficult position with officials in his own capital, starting with Putin,” said Simes.

“It’s clear that when Kerry deals with Lavrov and hopes that because they have overlapping interests, that would allow cooperation where useful, that is not a model of relationship that Putin is prepared to accept.”

Obama has made it clear that in his last two years in office he is prepared to make big moves on foreign policy even if they face political or legislative opposition, such as normalizing relations with Cuba or pursuing a nuclear deal with Iran. But when it comes to Russia, he is unwilling to place his own credibility behind any outreach to his nemesis Putin.

The administration’s cautious engagement with Moscow is logical: Why not seek a balance in a complicated and important bilateral relationship? But by choosing a middle ground between conciliation and confrontation -- not being generous enough to entice Russia's cooperation yet not being tough enough to stop Putin’s aggression in Eastern Europe -- Obama’s policy risks failing on both fronts.

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  1. US-Russia Reset? “HOLD THE CHEERS” by Stephen Lendman
    http://www.nesaranetwork.com/2015/01/01/us-russia-reset-hold-the-cheers-by-stephen-lendman/

    Nem Note: Bloomberg, Josh Rogin and The Daily Beast (which are the “sources” for the article below which Stephen Lendman references in HIS (this) article) are “mainstream” shills, supporting U.S. Imperial policy, which is to allow NO country equal footing with U.S.A. The author of this post, Stephen Lendman “tears apart” Josh Rogin’s hypocrisy.
    ………….
    On New Year’s eve, Bloomberg’s Josh Rogin headlined “Inside Obama’s Secret Outreach to Russia.”
    Saying administration officials have been “working behind the scenes for months to forge a new working relationship with Russia…”
    A a time Putin bashing remains intense. Blaming him wrongfully for US crimes.
    Irresponsibly claiming he “has shown little interest in repairing relations with Washington or halting his aggression in neighboring Ukraine.”
    Putin wants cooperative relations with all nations. Stressing it many times forthrightly. “(O)n an equal basis,” he said at his yearend press conference.
    “(O)n the condition that (Russia’s) national interests are respected, in the sphere of security and in the sphere of the economy.”
    “The problem (with) international relations is that” Washington and EU nations have other ideas.
    He defended Russia’s Ukraine policy. Going all out to resolve crisis conditions peacefully.
    Debunking notions otherwise. Criticizing US hypocrisy. Saying “(t)o take Texas from Mexico is fair, but when we make decisions about our territories, it is unfair.”
    “I believe we are right in the Ukrainian crisis and our Western partners are wrong.”
    America’s empire of bases is everywhere, he said. “(A)ll over the world, and you’re trying to say that we’re being aggressive.”
    America’s military budget is over tenfold greater than Russia’s. “Do we place our troops at US borders? Who is placing NATO troops, military infrastructure closer to us?”
    “Does anyone listen to us, talk to us about it? No, nothing. There is always the same response. It’s not your business.”
    Washington’s menacing missile defense system threatens Russia.
    “They have been deploying strategic missile defense elements not only on Alaska, but also in Europe, in Poland and Romania, right at our borders,” said Putin. (continued below)

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    1. What kind of reset is possible under these conditions? US policy belies its rhetoric. Its outreach more head fake than real.
      Putin justifiably blamed Western countries for Ukrainian crisis conditions. “But for the West’s position, there wouldn’t be civil war in Ukraine,” he said.
      The road to peace requires building common humanitarian space. Not walls, he stressed. “Russia pays the cost of remaining a nation, a civilization and a state.”
      According to Rogin:
      “Obama’s National Security Council finished an extensive and comprehensive review of US policy toward Russia that included dozens of meetings and input from the State Department, Defense Department and several other agencies, according to three senior administration officials.”
      “At the end of the sometimes-contentious process, Obama made a decision to continue to look for ways to work with Russia on a host of bilateral and international issues while also offering Putin a way out of the stalemate over the crisis in Ukraine.”
      One official told Rogin he sees no major reset coming. Washington wants to see what Moscow is “actually willing to do…Regardless of the likelihood of success.”
      In other words, to what extent can America convince Moscow to bend to its will? Accept Washington rules. Sacrifice Russian interests in the process.
      Putin is very clear. So are other key Kremlin officials. Russian sovereignty is inviolable. Too important to compromise.
      Relations with other countries must be based on mutual respect for each other’s interests. Equal give and take. According to international law.
      Not one nation dominating others. Longstanding US policy. Claiming what it says goes. Seeking unchallenged global hegemony.
      Staging coups to install subservient regimes. Wars elevating handpicked stooges to power.
      Wanting all independent governments ousted. Replaced by pro-Western ones. Especially key rivals China and Russia.
      Rogin said John Kerry is Obama’s point man. Intended a fall meeting with Putin. Negotiations got to the point of scheduling.
      Then “scuttled because (of) little prospect of demonstrable progress.” White House officials even approached Henry Kissinger to help, said Rogin.
      It’s unclear what followed. On the one hand, Kerry and Sergey Lavrov meet often. Maintain ongoing diplomatic relations.
      On the other, “Obama and Putin…are known to have an intense dislike for each other and very rarely speak,” said Rogin.
      In discussions with Lavrov, Kerry floated notions about easing US sanctions, Rogin added. Provided “Russia adher(s) to September’s Minsk agreement and ceas(es) direct military support for the Ukrainian separatists.”
      “The issue of Crimea would be set aside for the time being, and some of the initial sanctions that were put in place after Crimea’s annexation would be kept in place.” (continued)

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    2. Administration officials said Washington is “willing to isolate the issues of Donetsk and Lugansk from the issue of Crimea.”
      “If there was a settlement on Donetsk and Luhansk, there could be a removal of some sanctions while maintaining sanctions with regard to Crimea. That represents a way forward for Putin.”
      It bears repeating. Washington blames Russia for its own wrongdoing. Its imperial adventurism. Ousting Ukraine’s legitimate government. Elevating fascist putschists to power.
      Co-opting Ukraine as America’s newest colony. A dagger pointed at Russia’s heartland. Threatening its security. Obama making outrageous statements.
      Saying “Russian aggression in Europe recalls the days when large nations trampled small ones in pursuit of territorial ambitions.”
      Polar opposite Moscow’s policies. Describing America’s longstanding agenda. “Trampl(ing)” over one nation after another.
      Kerry is testing the waters. Can he get Moscow to bend? How far? Short of mutual cooperation between both nations on equal terms. What Washington never tolerates.
      Believing US policies are working. Weakening Russia’s economy. Including sanctions. Market manipulated lower oil prices. Attacking the ruble.
      One US official told Rogin “(w)e’ll see how they feel as their economy continues to deteriorate…”
      Putin and Lavrov insist Russia won’t roll over for anyone. No nation ever defeated it. Not Napoleon. Not Hitler. Nor will America.
      Its policies belie its rhetoric. Its word isn’t its bond. The Ukraine Freedom Support Act (UFSA) of 2014 targets Russia.
      Authorizing lethal and non-lethal aid. Besides what’s already supplied. Approved more sanctions. Other measures targeting Russia’s economy.
      In mid-December, Obama embargoed Crimea. By executive order “prohibit(ing) the export of goods, technology, or services to Crimea and prohibits the import of goods, technology, or services from Crimea, as well as new investments in Crimea.”
      (A)uthoriz(ing) the Secretary of the Treasury to impose sanctions on individuals and entities operating in Crimea.”
      Russia’s Foreign Ministry called his action “politicized discrimination.” Against Russia and its people. Lavrov said:
      “We have repeatedly stressed that attempts to speak to Russia using the language of ultimatums is totally unacceptable and will yield no results.”
      “We are ready to develop mutual and equal relations with all those who show an oncoming willingness to do that.”
      “…(E)very nation has the inalienable right to self-determination and the sovereign right to choose its own path of development.” Russia respects this choice.
      Containment won’t work,” he stressed. “The White House has set a course for confrontation, blaming Russia for all sins in connection with the Ukrainian crisis that they had provoked to a significant extent.” (continued)

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    3. US-led NATO shows hostile intentions. “(S)trengthen(ing) (its) military capacity at Russia’s borders.”
      Obama irresponsibly includes Russia on his list of global threats. Regime change is longstanding US policy.
      Reset is wishful thinking. Expect no easing of US relations toward Russia ahead. Increased hostility is likely.
      Perhaps the unthinkable. Direct confrontation. Potential war between the world’s most formidable nuclear powers.
      Madness if happens. Frightening to imagine on New Year’s day. Or any other.
      The top priority for cooler heads to prevent. Lose-lose for everyone otherwise.
      Source: Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.
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  2. Merkel – EU seeks to ensure security in Europe jointly with Russia
    http://www.stage2omega.com/merkel-eu-seeks-to-ensure-security-in-europe-jointly-with-russia/

    A system of security will not be directed against the Russian Federation, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

    [ Editor’s Note: Merkel continues to play a double game. The ‘flexibility’ that she is showing, much of that is driven by the growing public realization that EU leaders sold their own people out to a US policy that has been paid for on the backs of innocent EU constituents who have taken the sanctions hit.

    Every week more articles appear showing that the West’s policy to destroy the Russian economy is going to take the EU down with it. And the smallest item on the list is the currency manipulation, partly due to the Saudi/US plan to bring oil prices down to kill the ruble.

    To pay the $150 billion of EU bank debt due in 2015, which cannot be rolled over due to the sanctions, the Russians would have to spend $300 billion of rubles to buy $150 billion, which would drive the ruble even lower. Or…they can just default on the loans and watch the European banking system collapse.

    Merkel below is still trying to cover the US-EU aggression with their terrorist driven regime change coup by pin,ing the aggression tail on the Crimea donkey. But that ploy is dead on arrival. The Crimea event happened as a result of the Western attack on Ukraine’s former government.

    And what did it do to deserve this? The claims that he had stiffed the EU on their association offer were untrue. It was a crummy deal, offering no cash which Ukraine desperately needed, with a benefit maybe carrot that was five to ten years down the road.

    Without Russian subsidies Ukraine would be bankrupt long before that. So Yanukovych tried to buy more time to find a way to straddle the fence. He wanted a year to negotiate some way to maintain Ukraine’s free trade status with Russia while increasing business with the EU.

    Never mentioned in any of the reporting is that Ukraine had a trade deficit with the EU in the annual amount of Russia’s subsidies.

    Who could blame the Russians with being unhappy with that situation when they had pumped $50 billion over the years into Ukraine to keep it afloat, partially due to Russian banks holding $25 billion in loans to Ukraine. You just can’t make this stuff up… Jim W. Dean ]

    Continue reading here >>> http://www.veteranstoday.com/2014/12/31/merkel-eu-seeks-to-ensure-security-in-europe-jointly-with-russia/

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