Putin, Trump discuss anti-terrorism coordination, agree to keep in touch
… from TASS, Moscow
[ Editor’s Note: Yesterday we had skimpy reports on the big call, so that was all we had to report, and saw no point in speculating. I had a feeling the Russians would divulge more, but it would be delayed a bit while security people gave their OK on what to release.
My gut feeling was they surely did not just chit chat for 55 minutes, and this report confirms that they covered all the issues on the table to get some response from the other side. The term “creating real coordination” means two teams are being set up to begin working on all the issues discussed.
Tackling ISIS will be the number one goal, which means we can expect a ramp-up of the half-hearted effort the US has made so far, trying to fight IS a little bit, while still trying to take Assad down. With the Tripartite group backing Syrian sovereignty, and even the opposition groups no longer demanding Assad step down prior to settlement talks, this means the US can no longer demand such.
The term “to restore mutually advantageous trade” is confirmation that the sanctions are going to be history. It’s just a matter of time. I smell that Exxon wants to get back into the Arctic exploration with Russia, which it took a big hit on with the sanctions.
And for all that to happen, the demonization of Russia will have to end. How that will be done remains to be seen. The best way would be to expose the whole thing as a hoax, but that opens Pandora’s box that governments actually do stuff like that.
The big risk there is the public would demand more and more revelations, which past administrations would not be happy to see, and why they hold as much blackmail material as they can on all potential disclosers. And if they don’t have what they need, they just go to the Israelis to get it, if they have the cash or something to trade… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … January 28, 2017 –
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump discussed a wide range of global and bilateral issues, including coordination of anti-terrorism efforts, and agreed to keep in touch during their first phone talk on Saturday evening.
“The pressing international problems, including tackling terrorism, the developments in the Middle East, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the strategic stability and non-proliferation area, the situation around Iran’s nuclear program and the Korean Peninsula were discussed in detail. The key aspects of the Ukrainian crisis have been touched upon as well. It has been agreed to establish partner-type cooperation in those and other areas,” the Kremlin press service said in a statement.
The priority was set on joining forces in tackling the key threat, which is the international terrorism, the Kremlin said.
“The presidents spoke in favor of creating real coordination of Russian and American actions with a purpose to defeat the ISIL (the former name of the Islamic State) and other terrorist groups in Syria,” the Kremlin statement reads.
The two leaders also agreed that it was important to restore mutually beneficial trade ties.
“Both sides demonstrated their will to take joint steps to stabilize and expand the cooperation between Russia and the United States, on a constructive, equal and mutually beneficial basis,” the Kremlin said.
“It was stressed that it is important to restore the mutually advantageous trade and economic ties between business circles of the two countries, which could further enhance a gradual and sustainable development of bilateral relations,” Kremlin said.
Putin and Trump also tasked their teams with determining the possible date and location of their personal meeting and agreed to maintain regular contact.
“Donald Trump asked to convey his wishes of happiness and prosperity to the people of Russia, adding that the US people have good feelings toward the Russia and its citizens. Vladimir Putin said, in his turn, that Russians have similar attitude toward the Americans.
He reminded that Russia has supported the United States for more than two centuries, was its ally in the two global wars and currently views the United States as an important partner in the fight against the international terrorism,” the Kremlin statement reads.
It was the first conversation between Putin and Trump since the latter was sworn in as the president of the United States on January 20.
According to the Kremlin, the conversation was held in a positive and business-like atmosphere. Putin congratulated Trump on taking office and wished him success.