EU, Putin and Donald Trump

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The mainstream Liberal media is in a hurry to delegitimize President Donald Trump, Putin but in doing so it delegitimizes itself.    Supposedly unbiased reporters have taken to Twitter to report 140 word stories about Mr. Trump and his team, none of which are large enough to give the proper attribution or context. Most are grossly unfair,  The radical hypocrisy is appalling — and the American people are beginning to see through it.

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“Foolish   Warmongers want to Make Russia the Enemy: It isn’t the Soviet Union Reborn. Russia “without question is the US  No. 1 geopolitical foe.” Perhaps in Neoconservative, Liberal  nightmares. But not in terms of America’s national interests.

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The Washington Post, in an effort undoubtedly aimed at trying to undermine Mr. Trump’s legitimacy by fanning the flames of a Russian cybersecurity threat, ran with a story that falsely claimed Russia hacked into the electrical grid of a Vermont utility. The false story — published without getting a comment from the utility — set off a panic among journalists and soon went viral. It took The Post two days to completely debunk its own story with another article, but by then, the damage had been done.

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Vladimir Putin is not a nice fellow But then, neither are the Saudi royals. The leaders of the Central Asian states. Egypt’s new pharaoh, General/President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Turkey’s   President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. And plenty of other governments with which Washington routinely cooperates while complaining very little about their brutality at home. 

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Russia today is not engaged in a global ideological battle with America. Russia does not offer the sort of global military threat posed by the Soviet Union.  . Nothing suggests anyone in Moscow wants to go to war with America.  it has suggested no interest in general war with Europe.

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 Russia is attempting to maintain a military toehold in a region dominated by America: the U.S. is allied with Israel, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the rest of the Gulf States other than Yemen.  Russia’s support for the Assad regime has resulted in appalling civilian casualties, but so did the U.S. invasion of Iraq and consequent sectarian war. And so does Washington’s support for Saudi Arabia’s aggressive, brutal war against Yemen. Moscow’s Syrian role may be disreputable, but that does not mean it harms America’s interests. It certainly poses no security threat to the U.S.

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Washington’s policy toward Russia needs a genuine reset. The U.S. should take a tough but practical approach toward Moscow, recognizing that a sometimes a clash of interests does not enemies make. American officials should stop searching for new adversaries. “

BRUSSELS — An emergency meeting of European Union foreign ministers showed their  global disquiet in the wake of the election of Donald J. Trump  Baltic nations like Estonia are newly vulnerable because Mr. Trump has threatened to break with an article of the NATO alliance that obliges the United States to defend all other members in the event of an attack. Mr. Trump has said the guarantee should apply only to those countries that “fulfill their obligations to us.”   Others were  concerned  that Mr. Trump would base his policies on friendly relations with Mr. Putin 
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Donald J. Trump,  raised new questions  about his commitment to automatically defending NATO allies if they are attacked, saying he would first look at their contributions to the alliance. Mr. Trump also said he would not pressure Turkey or other authoritarian allies about conducting purges of their political adversaries or cracking down on civil liberties. The United States, he said, has to “fix our own mess” before trying to alter the behavior of other nations. “We are going to take care of this country first,” he said, “before we worry about everyone else in the world.”
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Ousting President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, he said, was a far lower priority than fighting the Islamic State.  The Islamic State, he said, poses a far greater threat to the United States.  “If Russia and the United States got along well and went after ISIS, that would be good,” he added.
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump (left) supports a positive assessments of Russian President Vladimir Putin. and he has said he plans to seek a deal with Moscow that’s “great for America, but also good for Russia.” Trump has  said he would examine the possibility of recognizing Russia’s claim to sovereignty over Crimea and lifting sanctionism 
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Donald Trump’s victory leaves Ukraine alone and afraid. Ukrainians have expressed disbelief and worry after they awoke to discover that a U.S. election outcome many had feared — a Donald Trump presidency — had become reality. Investors dumped Ukraine’s sovereign bonds on Thursday, fearing that Donald Trump’s election victory will swing U.S. foreign policy towards Russia, leaving Kiev isolated between the two world powers and wrecking its fragile economy. Kiev and some of its international supporters fear Mr Trump will seek a “grand bargain” with Vladimir Putin to improve US-Russian relations, sacrificing Ukraine in the process. Mr Trump hinted he might recognise Russia’s claim to Crimea, suggesting its inhabitants “ , would rather be with Russia than where they were”. Trump had not been the candidate favored by most Ukrainians to take the presidency of the United States, In September, the Trump campaign snubbed President Petro Poroshenko while the Ukrainian leader visited New York. Poroshenko was able to meet with former Secretary of State and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, but the Trump campaign purportedly ignored an invitation to meet.
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“Ukraine. Oligarch Petro Poroshenko was elected president there in 2014    promising to hide his assets from his sight and sell his main business, Roshen Confectionary Corporation, as soon as he could. However, he is yet to sell off Roshen, and his blind trust is currently run by the corporation’s long-time CEO Vyacheslav Moskalevsky, says Anders Aslund, a leading Ukraine expert and senior fellow at the Atlantic Council think tank. “It’s a completely hopeless situation,” he says. Poroshenko was elected on an anti-corruption platform that prided itself on hiring foreign experts to clean up the country, but this year his administration has seen embarrassing, high profile resignations by officials frustrated with corruption slowing down their attempts at reform. In the midst of all that, the Panama Papers made public on May 9 revealed that, while war raged in eastern Ukraine only three months after Poroshenko was elected in 2014, he was quietly setting up a secret offshore company in the British Virgin Islands”. 84% (34,900) of Ukrainian respondents want to see Vladimir Putin as president of Ukraine. In second place with 5% (2,000) was Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
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Mr Trump has been praised in the Russian press as a political realist who may end what many see as American aggression against Russia. There was applause in the Russian parliament when his victory was announced.  Under Trump’s presidency, an end to the present conflicts with Russia is plausible
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