Among the many planks in candidate Trump’s platform, one of my favorites was improved relations with Russia.
Not since President Ronald Reagan’s warm friendship with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has the relationship between the US and Russia shown so much promise, promise that I consider critical to that ever-elusive world peace.
Reagan and Gorbachev together changed the world for the better, forever. They ended the Cold War and dissolved the insidious communist political system. Even the Chinese got it after witnessing the miraculous transformation of the former communist Soviet Union to a truly free and democratic republic.
However, since Reagan, the United States has been led by two clueless Republicans (the Bushes) and a pair of corrupt Democrats (Slick and Hussein) who sold their souls to the devil long before inauguration. Solid relationships with other superpowers was hardly a concern to any of them. All they wanted to do was to wear the hat, to hell with Mom and Pop America, to whom their sworn allegiance was owed.
I predicted this long ago, during the Republican primary – Donald Trump would win the Republican nomination, be elected President, and be the second coming of Ronald Reagan, except he would be better than Reagan as he would bring additional skills to the table.
I believe, without question, that world peace depends upon the relationship between the United States and Russia, and begins with the relationship between the respective leaders of those superpowers. Both Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are honest, clear-thinking visionaries who have both shown respect and admiration for the other in their public statements over the past year. Now they have met one another personally, and by all appearances are going to get along splendidly, which is good news for us all.
The Donald Trump seen on television is different from the one in real life, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the G20 summit, adding that after his meeting with the US leader in Hamburg, he felt like relations between the two countries could at least partially be restored, according to
“As for personal relations, I think that they are established,” Putin said of his Friday meeting with Trump.
“The Trump we see on TV is very much different from the real person.”
“I think that if we continue building our relations like during our conversation yesterday, there are grounds to believe that we’ll be able to – at least partially – restore the level of cooperation that we need,” Putin said.
Putin said that the issue of alleged Russian meddling in the US election was addressed by Trump during their conversation.
Putin reiterated that there is no reason to believe that Russia meddled in the US electoral process in 2016.
“He [Trump] asked many questions on that subject. I answered those questions as best I could. I think he took it into consideration and agreed with me, but you should really ask him how he feels about it,” the Russian president said.
Regarding cybersecurity, the Russian leader said that he and Trump “agreed that there should never be a situation of uncertainty, especially in the future, in this sphere.”
“The US president and I agreed that we’ll create a working group and work together on how to jointly monitor security in cyberspace, how to ensure unconditional compliance with international legal norms, and how to prevent interference in internal affairs of foreign countries,” Putin said.
“If we manage to organize this work – and I have no reasons to doubt that – then there will be no more speculation on this topic [of Russia meddling],” he added.
Speaking on the allegations of Moscow’s interference in the affairs of foreign countries, Putin blamed the foreign media for doing exactly that in Russia.
“If you analyze the German, French and European media, in general – they’re the ones who are constantly meddling in our internal affairs. But we feel confident and it doesn’t bother us,” he explained.
The situation in Syria was also addressed during the press conference, with Putin saying the new US administration had a “more pragmatic” stance on the issue.
“I think the [US] position became more pragmatic. It doesn’t seem to have changed drastically [compared to the Obama administration], but there’s an understanding that we can achieve a lot by joining forces,” he said.
This approach by Washington made possible the agreement on the southern de-escalation zone in Syria, which was “one of the breakthroughs” during Friday’s talks with Trump, the Russian president added.
Putin stressed the importance of the de-escalation zones for maintaining the territorial integrity of the Syrian state after the conflict.
The de-escalations zones “should become a prototype of such territories, which would be able to cooperate with each other and with the official [government in] Damascus,” he explained.
The Russian president addressed comments by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other Washington officials, who insisted that the Syrian conflict would be not be solved while President Bashar Assad remains in power.
“Mr Tillerson is a very respected person and the bearer of a Russian order. He has been decorated with the Order of Friendship. We love and respect him. But he’s not a Syrian citizen, after all, and the future of Syria and the political future of President Assad should only be determined by the Syrian people,” he said.
It’s a positive development that Putin and Trump have achieved “some kind of personal chemistry,” Martin Summers, journalist and political commentator, told RT.
Summers added, however, that it is still to be seen if the US president can persuade his administration to start mending ties with Moscow.
“It is to be hoped that it is possible that relations could be improved because obviously they have been in a pretty poor state up to now. I think the problem for the Russian side and for everybody really is how much Trump is in charge of his own administration. Because it is quite clear that the CIA, the Pentagon and so on are often wrong-footing Trump moves. And therefore there is some question about whether he can deliver whatever he discussed with Vladimir Putin,” he said.