Pompeo Testifies, Affirms No Crimea Recognition, Neocon Senators Push Sanctions on Russian Sovereign Debt

Pompeo Testifies, Affirms No Crimea Recognition, Neocon Senators Push Sanctions on Russian Sovereign Debt

Those who watched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s testimony to the Senate on Wednesday about the content of the President’s meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin could be forgiven for thinking nothing has changed in U.S.-Russia relations. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), who is co-authoring legislation with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to increase sanctions against Russia including targeting investors in the Eurasian country’s sovereign bonds led the questioning of Pompeo.

To the Secretary of State’s credit, Pompeo defended Trump’s prerogative to meet one on one with Putin and just their translators in the room as hardly unprecedented for great power summits. He also emphasized that U.S. policy with regards to non-recognition of Crimea’s accession to the Russian Federation and the Ukraine sanctions had not changed as a result of the Trump-Putin meeting. What has changed is the deep state’s recognition of defeat in Syria and constructive talks between Moscow, Washington and Tel Aviv on ending the conflict in that country — despite the provocative Israeli shoot down of a Syrian Air Force jet along the Golan Heights.

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Crises Shake the German Economy, U.S. Sanctions Must Be Rejected!

Crises Shake the German Economy, U.S. Sanctions Must Be Rejected!

This article was originally published by Helga Zepp-LaRouche, chairwoman of the German political party, Civil Rights Movement Solidarity (BüSo) and wife of American economist, political philosopher and educator Lyndon LaRouche. We are reproducing it here courtesy of Team RogueMoney's friend and frequent guest Harley Schlanger to give RM readers insights on the growing backlash to Washington's extraterritorial sanctions in Europe. The sanctions included in H.R.3364 - Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act appear to be as much about shaking down German industries and forcing them to use expensive shale gas from the U.S. as they are about punishing Russia for its unproven 'hacking of the Democratic National Committee' or 'meddling in the 2016 election'.

The question of for how much longer Atlanticist forces in Germany can forestall Berlin's geoeconomic interest in pivoting to the East, and maintain Europe's most productive economy in vassalage to the U.S. Deep State at the expense of world leading export industries is an urgent one, and is highlighted by Ms. Zepp-LaRouche's excellent video (for our German-speaking readers, Youtube videos auf deutsche are included in the body of this post).

-- JWS

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