We are already seeing early signs that rapprochement between the United States and Russia may be possible under a Trump Administration.
Diplomatic and military de-escalation between these two great nuclear powers was one of my top three reasons for supporting Donald Trump ahead of the neocon warhawk, Hillary Clinton.
In my view, the only thing which can screw our world faster and more decisively than climate change, is the steady march to war (economically, diplomatically, militarily, and in terms of rhetoric and propaganda) that we (the Anglo-US empire) have been on against Russia.
Blaming Russia for placing their country closer and closer to brand new NATO bases in Eastern Europe wasn’t that convincing an argument.
The Saker records two key comments made in the last couple of days. One by President-Elect Trump, and the other one by President Putin.
In his acceptance speech Trump said:
I want to tell the world community that while we will always put America’s interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone, with everyone — all people and all other nations. We will seek common ground, not hostility; partnership, not conflict.
Putin’s public remarks about Trump’s victory:
We heard the statements he made as candidate for president expressing a desire to restore relations between our countries.
We realise and understand that this will not be an easy road given the level to which our relations have degraded today, regrettably. But, as I have said before, it is not Russia’s fault that our relations with the United States have reached this point.
Russia is ready to and seeks a return to full-format relations with the United States. Let me say again, we know that this will not be easy, but are ready to take this road, take steps on our side and do all we can to set Russian-US relations back on a stable development track.
This would benefit both the Russian and American peoples and would have a positive impact on the general climate in international affairs, given the particular responsibility that Russia and the US share for maintaining global stability and security.
The Saker himself makes the following comments:
I am not so naive as to not realize that billionaire Donald Trump is also one of the 1%ers, a pure product of the US oligarchy. But neither am I so ignorant of history to forget that elites do turn on each other, especially when their regime is threatened. Do I need to remind anybody that Putin also came from the Soviet elites?!
Ideally, the next step would be for Trump and Putin to meet, with all their key ministers, in a long, Camp David like week of negotiations in which everything, every outstanding dispute, should be put on the table and a compromise sought in each case. Paradoxically, this could be rather easy: the crisis in Europe is entirely artificial, the war in Syria has an absolutely obvious solution, and the international order can easily accommodate a United States which would “deal fairly with everyone, with everyone — all people and all other nations” and “seek common ground, not hostility; partnership, not conflict“…
The worst case? Trump could turn out to be a total fraud. I personally very much doubt it, but I admit that this is possible. More likely is that he just won’t have the foresight and courage to crush the Neocons and that he will try to placate them. If he does so, they will instead crush him. It is a fact that while administrations have changed every 4 or 8 years, the regime in power has not, and that US internal and foreign policies have been amazingly consistent since the end of WWII. Will Trump finally bring not just a new administration but real “regime change”? I don’t know.
We will have to wait and see.
Finally I include three You Tube videos: one of Putin’s address regarding Trump’s victory. Another, a translation by NZ’s own “Inessa S” on what ordinary Russian citizens think of Trump vs. Clinton. (It seems that most think neither can be trusted). And finally, an exclusive interview that RT’s Peter Lavelle did with Ron Paul on what a Trump Presidency might mean for international relations.