The Coming Days Have Much in Store for Us.
It’s funny to watch international politics, which have been reminiscent of a large “communal kitchen” for weeks now, where rumors, gossips, and intrigue are being actively discussed among “responsible tenants.” And the reason is extremely trivial – a tête-à-tête meeting between the presidents of the United States and Russia.
Interested parties only have two days of anticipation left.
The world’s “communal kitchen” is agitated and for good reason. Until recently, everything was very predictable; now there are countries of varying degrees of “goodness” and one extreme outlier. This anomalous country, under the watchful eye of the “kitchen chef,” was continually blamed for all mortal sins. It was generally considered as a good tone to spit into its pot when passing by. No, the marginal, of course, also did not remain silent and allowed himself to wage an active opposition to the “clean public.” It seemed that this would continue forever and the scenario of a small “communal war” was prescribed for several years ahead. But “something went wrong,” and the two presidents agreed to meet.
Interestingly, the topics and subject of the meeting are not specified even in the hints. Let’s just say it’s “just a meeting.”
And it seems that this uncertainty is the hardest thing for the US allies. Knowing President Trump for a few years now, the Western leaders, as you might imagine, should panic. Because the US president can really throw something eccentric. He already admitted that he understands why Crimea joined the Russian Federation, he invited Macron to withdraw from the EU in exchange for investment and, slamming the door, beautifully left the G7 summit.
In connection with the mystery of the forthcoming meeting, it is amusing to observe the statements of the political leaders of the countries that are most nervous about Russia. The Baltic States, Poland and the United Kingdom repeat like a mantra the same thought in different ways: “We hope Trump will not turn off the course to confront Russia.” As for Britain, her fears grow from the story of the “assassination on the Skrypals.” In fact, by declaring war on Russia and dragging the US into a new round of confrontation, Mrs. Theresa May was never able to provide convincing evidence of Moscow’s guilt, and even Skripals suddenly revived.
At the same time, very strong statements and accusations against the president of Vladimir Putin personally were made public. If now Trump will agree with Putin about something (by the way, Trump, unlike May, never allowed himself to make harsh statements about the Russian president), then May will be in a very difficult situation when the main ally actually threw her under the bus. Well, do not forget Brexit. As for Poland and the Baltic states, the change of course towards Russia will mean for them only one thing: the caravan has turned around, and instead of leadership they will bury themselves in the back of the last camel in this caravan.
So, is it worth waiting for a breakthrough from the meeting? Probably not.
On the Russian side, there will be no “perestroika” with “new thinking,” and from the US side one should not wait for “a world detente.” It is likely that the meeting of the two world leaders will be very tense, as both Putin and Trump realize that the world is too small for further “playing with muscles.” And in such a difficult situation, this is good news.
Because of the meeting between the presidents of Russia and the US, in the capital of Finland, unusual security measures have been taken. Police of Helsinki reported that sewer hatches will be brewed in the city. This “will cause difficulties in traffic,” – twitted the city police. Earlier, the Helsinki Regional Transport Company warned of possible changes in the work of public transport on the day of the president’s meeting. In addition, the central street of Helsinki, Mannerheim Prospect, may temporarily be blocked for the passage of Donald and Melania Trump’s motorcade. The police also banned the flights of unmanned aerial vehicles over Helsinki and the airport. Police from all departments of Finland was called off of their vacations in order to monitor security.
On June 29, CNN reported that Trump wants to conclude a deal with Putin on the so-called exclusion zone in south-west Syria. According to the future agreement, the troops of Syrian President Bashar Assad with the support of Russia will be able to take control of the territory near the border with Jordan. Washington, in exchange, wants to get security guarantees for the US-backed opposition and give it the opportunity to leave the region without hindrance. Trump also allegedly hopes for Moscow’s help in limiting the presence of pro-Iranian forces in southern Syria.
Trump himself said that he wanted to talk with Putin about “everything.” He also said that he considers the Russian leader a rival. Leaders of Russia and the United States will reportedly discuss the situation in Ukraine and Syria, US 2016 elections, and world events. Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump previously met twice, at the G20 meeting in Hamburg in July 2017, and then in November at the APEC summit in Vietnam. However, on July 16 their first full-format meeting will be held.
Donald Trump, on the eve of a trip to the NATO summit and subsequent meeting with Vladimir Putin, answered the question of whether he considers the Russian leader a friend or an enemy, Interfax reports. “I cannot answer this right now. Which is exactly what I’m sure of, is that he is a rival,” Trump said. The NATO summit was held on July 11-12. After its conclusion, Trump went to London and met with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth II.
At a recent rally with his supporters in the state of Montana, President Trump shared his expectations from the meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, TASS reports. “I was ready for this my whole life,” Trump said. He noted that previously several media outlets in the US questioned his readiness to negotiate with Putin. However, the American leader did not cite concrete examples of such statements.
Trump also said in his speech that he intends to improve relations with Russia. “Getting along with Russia, getting along with China, getting along with other countries is not a bad thing, it’s good,” Trump said.
“I will meet with President Putin … and we will get along,” the US president added.
Based on sources from https://www.dp.ru “Business Petersburg”
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