by Stephen Lendman
Both leaders will meet in Helsinki, Finland on July 16 - the first formal meeting between them.
Two earlier face-to-face ones were on the sidelines of the Hamburg, Germany G20 summit (July 2017) and at the APEC summit in DaNang, Vietnam (November last year). Both leaders spoke several times by phone.
Putin aide Yuri Ushakov announced the news, summit talks between them to focus on (dismal) bilateral relations and key international issues.
A Kremlin statement said both leaders will discuss “the current state and prospects of further development of Russian-US relations and also vital issues of the international agenda” - a joint news conference to follow the summit.
It was scheduled after Trump regime national security advisor John Bolton and Putin met in Moscow. More on his trip below.
According to Ushakov, summit talks will likely last a few hours, far longer needed to address countless issues of disagreement between both countries, a scant half day or so not nearly enough.
Ushakov said “(t)he issue at hand was that the two presidents can agree on a joint statement that could outline the two countries’ further steps both in terms of improving bilateral relations, in terms of joint steps in the international arena and in terms of maintaining global stability and security,” adding:
“Our president stressed that he assigned high priority to the upcoming meeting, would get ready for it and sent Trump his best regards.”
Militantly Russophobic extremist Bolton in Moscow was reminiscent of Nazi foreign minister Ribbentrop’s 1939 Kremlin meeting with his counterpart Molotov and Stalin - the German/Soviet Russia Nonaggression Pact consummated.
In June 1941, Operation Barbarossa followed, the largest ever invasion force by one country against another, involving up to four million combat and support troops.
Hitler’s imperial madness focused heavily on transforming Soviet Russia into a Nazi-controlled puppet state, acquiring lebensraum, plundering its resources, transforming its population into virtual slaves, exterminating millions of Jews and other unwanteds.
US aims are similar, wanting pro-Western puppet rule replacing sovereign Russian independence, balkanizing the country for easier control, looting its resources, exploiting its people as serfs.
Does Washington intend Barbarossa 2.0 ahead or regime change by color revolution? Will the US try to achieve what Hitler and Napoleon failed to accomplish?
US/Russian bilateral relations are the most dismal in modern memory, worse than during the height of the Cold War - major differences between both countries irreconcilable.
Putin/Trump summit discussions won’t change a thing, at most achieving the false appearance of positive change.
Despite good faith Kremlin efforts to improve things, US hostility is relentless. Bipartisan neocons infesting Washington intend keeping things this way.
Nothing significantly positive happened between both countries since the Reagan/Gorbachev era in the 1980s, nothing in prospect ahead.
Obama’s brief reset with Moscow was head-fake deception. US regimes can never be trusted, consistently pledging one thing, doing something entirely different, notably in dealings with sovereign independent states they aim to control.
Believing Putin/Trump summit talks can help end over 100 years of US hostility toward Russia since its 1917 revolution, except for brief periods of better relations, is fantasy thinking with the most hardline US regime ever in the nation’s history empowered.
Washington considers Russia its key mortal enemy. Its sovereign independence stands in the way of US global hegemonic aims.
One or more Putin/Trump summits won’t change a thing. Hegemons pretend to want to get along with other countries - while plotting to undermine, co-opt, or destroy them.
Washington’s imperial record speaks for itself! Millions of corpses attest to its ruthlessness.
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