“The Russian President has stated many times and explained to his interlocutors that such an issue as Crimea cannot be, and will never be, on the agenda, as Crimea is an inalienable part of Russia. All other issues are a matter of consensus, for discussion and a search for possible common ground.”
Peskov said that President Putin “and Russia are open for dialogue and jointly searching for compromises,” TASS reported. He cautioned that an upbeat trend in Russian-U.S. political contacts is an encouraging fact, but that it is too early to speak of a thaw in relations: “Let us not rush to speak about thaws,” Peskov said, as first the sides must “discuss and review the differences and sources of major concern in bilateral relations.”
As to whether President Putin would meet with the five U.S. Republican Senators now visiting Russia, Peskov replied, “So far there is no such meeting on the President’s agenda, but we know that the American legislators have planned very extensive meetings with their colleagues.”
The five Republicans include John Kennedy of Louisiana, John Hoeven of North Dakota, John Thune of South Dakota, Steve Daines of Montana, and Kay Granger of Texas. They arrived in St. Petersburg June 30 and met with its Gov. Georgy Poltavchenko. They go to Moscow on July 3, to meet with their counterparts in the Federation Council, the upper house of Russia’s bicameral Federal Assembly, ahead of the Trump-Putin meeting.
Russia Aware of U.K.’s Intense Hostility to Trump-Putin Summit
July 2, 2018 (EIRNS)—More than outbursts in London press, the strong opposition of British officialdom to President Donald Trump meeting with President Vladimir Putin, is quite formal, and Russian leadership is aware London is the primary opponent.
CNN’s Fareed Zakaria went to London to get distilled fury against the summit in an interview with David Cameron’s former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and Tony Blair’s public spokesman Alastair Campbell.
Osborne said, of the summit being held, “It makes the U.S. a less reliable partner for Western countries like my own.... Trump’s unprecedented approach to Russia has stirred discord among European leaders who want to isolate Putin.”
And “There are new rising powers like, of course, China and a more resurgent Russia. The one thing I’d say is Trump’s not doing anything to counter those forces; he is accelerating them.”
This straightforward statement that Trump blocks London’s anti-Russia policy, was contrasted with Campbell’s hysterical attacks. Campbell was part of Blair’s 2003 propaganda team responsible for “sexing up” the report on Iraq’s weaponry, turning it into the infamous “weapons of mass destruction,” that legitimized the Iraq War.
Russia’s RT ran a July 1 interview with former diplomat and military expert Alexander Bartosh. He stated his view that the “Russian threat” is now all the U.K. has in Europe, post Brexit; it uses it to sell military and intelligence expertise in Europe, and will “lose the market.” But, Bartosh says, “The common belief that America and Britain are such great friends isn’t really justified, as there are many in the U.S. who support tougher and more pragmatic relations with the U.K.”
RT also published British journalist Neil Clark’s op-ed, “Putin-Trump Summit Should Be Welcomed, not Feared” on July 2. Clark described how shocked Margaret Thatcher was by the 1985-86 Reagan-Gorbachev summits. He quotes her having written later: “My own reaction when I heard how far the Americans had been prepared to go [to eliminate nuclear weapons in 10 years for a mutual SDI], was as if there had been an earthquake beneath my feet.... Somehow I had to get the Americans back onto the firm ground of a credible policy of nuclear deterrence. I arranged to fly to the United States to see President Reagan.”
She got him to reaffirm U.S. strategic modernization, inclusive of Britain’s nuclear Trident fleet.
From LaRouchePAC.com July 2, 2018:
President Donald Trump is actively on his way to becoming the greatest "peace president" in the nation's history. Two of the primary cockpits for war, carefully nurtured by the British Empire and its assets in the United States to remain "frozen conflicts," supposedly beyond any possibility of resolution — as conflicts intended to force all nations on Earth to "choose sides" — are now on their way to being resolved. Korea, and all of Asia, have been united behind Trump's courageous summit with Kim Jong-un, and, on July 16, Presidents Trump and Putin will sit down together with the intention (among other things) of ending the Syrian war, central to the "permanent warfare" process in Southwest Asia unleashed by Presidents Bush and Obama, on behalf of the British Empire's divide-and-conquer geopolitical policy.
There are many ironies involved. Across the U.S., the liberal left — historically considered to be the "peace" faction in the U.S. — are slavishly following the British-directed hysteria against Trump, demanding his ouster, calling him a "fascist" and a "racist," demanding that those who work for him or support him should be harassed day and night, their children targeted at their schools. Perhaps some of these misguided fools believe that this has something to do with Trump's immigration policy, which is all they want to talk about. But the British themselves do not hide the truth — they are terrified that President Trump is committed to breaking for good the "Special Relationship," the euphemism for U.S. subservience to the City of London and the imperial Lords of the Empire: adopting Adam Smith's deadly "free trade" dogma against which America fought a revolution, and serving as the "dumb giant" in London's colonial warfare, a process which began with the British assassination of John F. Kennedy and the driving of the U.S. into the colonial, genocidal war in Indochina.
That war policy has been continuing today with the Bush-Obama wars in Southwest Asia. As Trump prepares to attend the NATO Summit and to visit the U.K. before meeting Putin in Helsinki, the Lords of London are terrified that Trump will not accept the mobilization for war with Russia demanded by the NATO dinosaurs, just as he rejected the old paradigm of free trade dictates at the G7 meeting in June.
Trump, working hand in hand with China's Xi Jinping and Russia's Vladimir Putin, has declared an end to the insanity of "regime change" and permanent warfare. He has expressed openly his desire to get the U.S. troops out of Korea, out of Syria, and out of Europe, to end America's role as the policeman of the British Empire. And, as Lyndon LaRouche has insisted since the 2008 financial crash, the only possible basis upon which to prevent the disastrous collapse of the Western monetary system is for the U.S. to work with Russia, China, and India — what he labeled the Four Powers — to create an entirely new financial system for a new era of relations among nations. The seed crystal for that new paradigm already exists in the New Silk Road, and the multiple investment banks associated with the New Silk Road, which address the real development needs of the world's nations, without "conditionalities" regarding their sovereign political systems.
While the American people are fed a steady diet of anti-Trump, anti-Russia, and anti-China lies by the mainstream media, the Schiller Institute this weekend sponsored an international conference in Frankfurt, Germany, on the theme: "The Urgent Need for a New Paradigm in International Relations — A Peace Order Based on the Development of Nations." The two-day conference, keynoted by Schiller Institute founder Helga Zepp-LaRouche, featured leading figures from government and social institutions from: the United States; several Eastern and Western European nations; several African and Southwest Asian nations; Russia; and China. The ideas launched by Lyndon LaRouche over the past 50 years are now being implemented, bringing together people of good will, with the courage to be truthful about the danger to civilization itself under the imperial old order, but inspired to fight for the vision of a human race dedicated to the uplifting of all nations and all peoples to a life proper to the dignity of Mankind. The transcripts for this historic conference will be published in the next two issues of EIR online.
The responsibility of the growing number of souls who have joined with Lyndon LaRouche in this noble effort is indeed great. History will judge this moment as one in which a new Renaissance for all Mankind was unleashed, or, as Schiller said about the French Revolution, that "a great moment has found a little people." We must all grapple with "heavy" ideas, and act with all the creative potential granted us, as our birthright as human beings.