Last week saw a major doubling down in London and Washington on Cold War 2, despite President Donald Trump defying his advisers with a phone call to Vladimir Putin congratulating the Russian President on his reelection to a fourth and likely final term in office.
The British government is maintaining in the first court hearing regarding the Sergei Skripal poisoning case that the Russian Foreign Ministry if not relatives of Russian citizen Yulia Skripal are lying, and not seeking details about the Skripals medical conditions. The implication of the UK judge and barristers' arguments is that Her Majesty's Government is therefore not in violation of its international legal obligations under the 1963 Vienna Conventions, by withholding medical details and consular access to a citizen in distress, as Moscow has complained of in recent days.
After booting his leaky Russia-bashing National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, President Trump named John Bolton as the new chief of his national security team. Bolton's record of hawkishness on Russia and support for the US/NATO propped up Kiev government is only exceeded by his belligerence towards Iran and North Korea. The former UN Ambassador and neocon lunatic is on record advocating preemptive strikes on Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile program sites, and also vowing to celebrate with the international terrorist group MEK their victory over the mullahs in Tehran sometime in 2019(!). Of course, even if Bolton weren't on record with so many anti-Russian and Putin bashing statements, his stated goal if implemented of regime changes in Iran and North Korea would put him and any White House national security team he leads on a collision course with the Iranians' allies in Moscow and Beijing.Read More