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Full-scale trade war looms closer
The Nationalist Internationale Is Crumbling
NYT: How China Got Sri Lanka to Cough Up a Port
Russian Electoral Intervention: Strategic Genius or Something Else? - Dan Nexon argues that Moscow’s decision to back Trump was a risky gamble. Even though Trump managed to win and is damaging American power, leadership, and influence, this may very well harm Russia's interests in the long-term.
The whole article is speculation. Not much concrete facts or words.
Not only that but there is no guarantee that the sanctions will stay off -- Iran can be dislodged and prevented from returning and then sanctions can safely return (under the guise of some other dubious justification).
Israel, at this point, would just impotently shrug and defer responsibility. Russia, meanwhile, is disregarded as a sap with no recourse.
Or - Iran can be dislodged, sanctions can be lifted, and then Iran allowed back under some dubious justification.
The whole endeavor is a trust issue.
Removing sanctions on Russia are no longer possible. Sanctions on Russia now lies at the hands of the US congress and not the president, which makes them impossible to remove because you will never get the anti-Russian US congress to vote for removing them. Everyone understands its a non starter and it really doesn't matter what Trump or Netanyahu may want to do about it.
I hope you are right.
Its true, sanctions on Russia is a US law that is controlled by the US congress and senate and cannot be removed.
So sanctions on Russia are there indefinitely and will provably never be removed.
Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act
The Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, CAATSA (H.R. 3364, Pub.L. 115–44), is a United States federal law that imposed sanctions on Iran, North Korea, and Russia. The bill was passed during the 115th Congress, 98–2 in the Senate. On August 2, 2017, President Donald Trump signed it into law while issuing two statements simultaneously that he believed the legislation was "seriously flawed".
SS: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet Russia's President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, the Prime Minister's Office said. The meeting is scheduled to take place in Moscow on Wednesday, July 11.
The meeting takes place amid a Russian-backed advance of forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad close to the borders with Israel and Jordan. Contacts between Israel and Russia have intensified in recent months as Israel sees Putin as a key partner in its bid to curtail Iranian presence and influence in the Syria region that borders with the occupied Golan heights.
Russia has told Israel on several occasions that it can’t make Iran leave Syria completely; the most it can do is try to get Iranian forces and Iranian-affiliated militias, including Hezbollah, to move a significant distance away from the Syrian-Israeli border in the Golan Heights.
How is Netanyahu able to promise Putin that USA will lift sanctions if Putin obeys Netanyahu?
I get that Israel has immense influence over USA but promising to lift sanctions on Russia is a massive move.
I'm reading it to say he'll pressure the US to lift sanctions, given he has no real power over the decision.
Putin is supposed to offer a very real concession for an Israeli offer of a "good word"?
This is all stipulation about hearsay at this point, but my guess is any concessions would come after removal of sanctions. Keep in mind Israel is talking about actions the US would take, while Russia is doing the same for Iran.
Yeah but it's easy to think of Russia being above Iran, not so for Israel over the US
He wouldn't. Either he is empowered by the US government to pass on a message or, far more likely, this report is complete speculation.
Netanyahu has long bragged that he can get the US Congress to do whatever he wants them to.
These two megalomaniacs apparently think they run more than their own country. What makes it okay that these two world leaders think they can just privately negotiate a deal between Iran and the USA, especially given that it would mostly be self-serving? What would the USA or Iran have to benefit from taking any of this seriously?