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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After the Helsinki Summit, Trump Threatens Iran in ALL CAPS tweet

After the Helsinki Summit, Trump Threatens Iran in ALL CAPS tweet

A week has passed since the Trump-Putin summit, and a RogueMoney reader asked me for my thoughts on the outcome. Rather than give the stock answer of ‘it’s too soon to say’, I thought I’d do what analysts do and emphasize the knowns, then contrast those with the greater part that remain ‘known unknowns’ in the ongoing negotiations to defuse Cold War II (or more accurately, to revive the USA’s geoeconomic fortunes because Kissingerian realists in Washington realized by 2016 fighting Russia, China and Iran all at once while dominating the EU, Japan and the Koreas was no longer feasible). The problem with this traditional analytical framework including labels like ‘realism’ vs. neo-conservativism, is that Trump defies easy characterization.

On the one hand, Trump appears to sincerely want to improve U.S.-Russia relations because he has taken more heat for this than any other aspect of his platform, culminating in this week’s insane allegations that he has committed ‘treason’ by questioning the ‘intelligence community’ finding that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections in support of his candidacy. On the other hand, on Sunday night Trump escalated his anti-Iran rhetoric, hours after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) delivered a speech in southern California calling for a 1980s Reaganesque policy of rollback against the Islamic Republic.

Screen shot from: Russia’s Vesti News/First Channel

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План Трампа: Cooperation Between the U.S. and Russian Petrostates?

План Трампа: Cooperation Between the U.S. and Russian Petrostates?

One of the undisputed keys to the revival of Russia’s fortunes under President Vladimir Putin has been his leveraging of the world’s largest country and its immense natural resource base to finance military and vital infrastructure improvements. Putin wrote his 1996 economics dissertation in St. Petersburg “Strategic Planning of the Reproduction of the Mineral Resource Base of a Region under Conditions of the Formation of Market Relations” (which Putin’s critics at RFE/RL, Brookings Institute and the Langley/Bezos Post insist was ghostwritten) about the state leveraging oil and gas production to benefit the population, as in Russia’s Arctic neighbors Norway and Alaska.

Although overlooked by the media and deep state manufactured hysteria over Trump’s ‘treasonous’ praise for Putin and their dialogue in Helsinki, CNBC did report Putin’s proposal that the U.S. and Russia work together to regulate the oil price. If implemented this plan would make Moscow, which already cooperates with leading OPEC cartel member and petrodollar pillar Riyadh, into a partner with Washington in keeping energy prices within an acceptable range. As Putin said, it would not be advantageous to the American or global economies to see prices rise too high, nor see them collapse and thereby wreck shale oil production (he didn’t need to add, also hurting Russia and the ruble in the process as the Obama Administration and globalists tried to do in an coordinated piece of economic warfare in late 2014 — Moscow would take military action to boost its leverage against the Saudis and Qataris the following autumn in Syria).

Putin knows very well that President Reagan’s CIA director William Casey worked with the Saudis to drive down the price of oil in the late 1980s, hastening the demise of the Soviet Union which had then posted the young KGB officer and his family to Dresden in East Germany. As W the Intelligence Insider says regarding that period ‘we took out the Soviet Union and the ruble but almost lost Texas’ leading to the 1989-93 recession and ‘handover’ of power from the Bushes to the Clintons. However, in an ironic role reversal, it is now the fragile U.S. economy which needs Russian cooperation to maintain a moderate to higher price, so that highly indebted frackers stay profitable as interest rates rise and steel/aluminum trade wars (including Cold War 2 sanctions on Russian metals) drive up pipeline costs. Indeed, the main problem with the shale boom is the high depletion rate of the wells, which in turn requires cheap money from the Fed and high debt loads to manage (it was no accident that fracking took off in the mid-2000s with a loose post dot.com crash and 9/11 monetary policy).

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God Save the Tsar: Putin, Trump Meet on the 100th Anniversary of Bolshevik Regicide

God Save the Tsar: Putin, Trump Meet on the 100th Anniversary of Bolshevik Regicide

Monday not only marks the summit between Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, but also the 4th anniversary of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 being shot down over eastern Ukraine. Most importantly, Trump and Putin are meeting on the 100th anniversary of the night the New York and City of London banker sponsored Bolshevik revolutionaries murdered Tsar Nicholas II and his family in the cellar of Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg. In the years after the Revolution, Soviet anti-Christian propaganda tours would pose for photographic ‘selfies’ in front of the bullet hole scarred cellar wall, in a sick celebration of the regicide that symbolized their Satanic war on God and His anointed sovereign in Rus.

By 1977, the Soviet authorities were embarrassed over the structure becoming a place of pilgrimage for Orthodox believers mourning the Tsar, and Ipatiev House was ordered demolished ahead of the 70th anniversary of the October Revolution by regional party secretary Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin. By ‘coincidence’ or divine Providence, Boris Nikolayevich, whose patronymic matched the name of the martyred Tsar Nicholas, would rapidly ascend the Soviet Communist Party ranks under premier Mikhail Gorbachev in the 1980s. After a stint as the mayor of Moscow and usurping his patron Gorbachev, Yeltsin would become the first President of a post-Soviet Russian Federation. On the 80th anniversary of the Royal Martyrs deaths twenty years ago this day, Yeltsin joined in the burial of their remains at St. Petersburg’s Peter and Paul Cathedral.

In his final act as President, Yeltsin appointed an obscure former KGB agent from the same city named Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin as his successor on the eve of the millennium. Three years later, in a nod to the German origins of the last Tsarina of Russia Alexandra Feodorovna of Hesse, President Putin would meet German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder at the Church on Blood in Honour of All Saints Resplendent in the Russian Land consecrated on the site of Ipatiev House.

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The Other Mideast War: Saudi/UAE Siege of Hodeidah Fails, Houthis Step Up Attacks Inside the Kingdom

The Other Mideast War: Saudi/UAE Siege of Hodeidah Fails, Houthis Step Up Attacks Inside the Kingdom

With the global media’s eyes will be fixed Monday on the summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump at Helsinki, Finland, Syria is expected to be the main topic of negotiations between the world’s two leading military powers. Israeli media in particular have extensively covered a prospective bargain between Putin and Trump, whereby invited Iranian forces withdraw from Syria in return for the U.S. pulling its troops out of its uninvited and thereby illegal under international law bases east of the Euphrates River. Some Israelis, affiliated with the neocons, having bitterly denounced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for allegedly placing naive trust in Putin’s word, while foreign policy realists have pointed out the Russian leader cannot make the Iranians leave Syria — even if he wanted to do so.

However, as RogueMoney readers are aware, there is another conflict besides the proxy war with Iran in Syria, that petrodollar linchpin Saudi Arabia has been losing since 2015. This one is much closer to home and therefore more dangerous to the Saudi monarchy than losing influence in the Levant. The defection of a prince from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Qatar, Riyadh’s gas-rich Sunni rival, has shined a spotlight on the Emiratis casualties in the Yemen War, and serious dissension inside the Emirates ruling houses regarding the Saudi-led coalition’s quagmire.

Since the Saudis broke off diplomatic relations with Doha in June 2017, Qatar’s Al-Jazeera channel has relentlessly covered the staggering humanitarian costs of the Saudis war on Yemen, as well as the Kingdom’s covered up combat deaths which Western media outlets, fearing expulsion from the country, fail to cover. On Sunday, Putin handed Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani a ceremonial FIFA soccer ball symbolizing Qatar’s 2022 hosting of the World Cup.

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Syraq SITREP 61: SAA Liberating SW Syria Despite Israeli Strikes, Putin Meets Netanyahu Ahead of Helsinki Summit with Trump

Syraq SITREP 61: SAA Liberating SW Syria Despite Israeli Strikes, Putin Meets Netanyahu Ahead of Helsinki Summit with Trump

On July 11-12 the warm up act before the Helsinki summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump took place in Moscow. This was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Uncle Sam’s BFF whom Congress once gave a standing ovation, praising the Anglo-American deep state and the legacy media’s enemy no. 1 Putin for Russia’s superb hosting of the 2018 World Cup. Netanyahu then joined Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Croatia’s Prime Minister in watching the Croats 2-1 win over England at Luzhniki Stadium. After the pleasantries and Netanyahu’s posturing over the Israeli shoot down of a Syrian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) followed by IAF missile strikes against structures along the Golan Heights line of contact, negotiations (which were well along the last time Bibi came to Moscow for the Victory Day holiday on May 9) resumed behind closed doors.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, July 11, 2018.(Kremlin Photo)

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Trump expresses confidence at Montana rally ahead of summit meeting with Putin

Trump expresses confidence at Montana rally ahead of summit meeting with Putin

On Thursday July 5 President Trump spoke at a campaign rally for Matt Rosendale, a state auditor in Montana. Speaking to the crowd inside the Four Seasons Arena in Great Falls, Trump trolled critics who say he is unprepared for the upcoming summit in Helsinki or must not negotiate one on one with Russian President Vladimir V. Putin. “Putin’s fine,” Mr. Trump said. “He’s fine. We’re all fine. We’re people. Will I be prepared? Totally prepared. I’ve been preparing for this stuff my whole life.”

“Getting along with Russia, and getting along with China and getting along with other countries is a good thing,” he added, “not a bad thing.” Trump also said, regarding the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) “We’re the schmucks that are paying for the whole thing”. If the speech as calculated to infuriate his establishment opponents, it did the trick. A meeting between several GOP United States Senators and their counterparts from Russia’s upper chamber, in which Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) declared that the two countries did not have to be adversaries, also drew hackles from the eternal Cold War waging Washington Post aka Pravda on the Potomac.

Russians know the Arab expression ‘dogs bark but the caravan moves on’. Despite the latest absurd novichok theatrics in the (dis)United Kingdom, the Trump-Putin summit is on for July 16 — one day before the fourth anniversary of the Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 false flag shoot down. For those who follow ‘QAnon’ posts and esoterica in general, the renegade American President meeting his Russian counterpart on the 100th anniversary of Tsar Nicholas II and the Royal Passion Bearers martyrdom at the hands of the Bolsheviks is also highly significant. Why? Because the original and bloodiest Color Revolution sponsored by Wall Street and the City of London was the Red one…

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