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Putin understands that Trump puts US first, "This principle works for any head of state" but it has to be fair

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© Carlos Barria / Reuters
Vladimir Putin is pragmatic enough to accept Donald Trump placing US national interests above all else but, to build a mutually beneficial relationship, he expects his counterpart to respect Russia's, Dmitry Peskov told RT.

Ahead of the much-anticipated summit between the Russian and US leaders in Helsinki, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov sat down with RT for an exclusive interview, in which he touched upon Donald Trump's seemingly controversial but very natural 'America first' motto.

"This principle works for any head of state. Any head of state, when talking to their foreign counterparts, has to take care of the interests of their state. And our president is quite pragmatic, quite consistent, quite practical. He always says that he cares about the national interests of Russia, above everything else. That's why he understands the reciprocal beliefs of Donald Trump, as applied to his country," Peskov said.

Comment: The US deep state has violated international law for so long Trump has a lot of work ahead of him if he's to get the US playing fairly in the emerging multipolar world: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Trump on Tour! US President Takes Wrecking Ball to NATO & EU, Mueller Indicts Russians


Eagle

Trump-Putin in Helsinki: Much more than Syria and Middle East on the table

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Both Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump are meeting today Monday in Helsinki, Finland to discuss issues much more important than events in the Middle East. Despite its own importance, the situation in Syria is not as urgent as clarifying US intentions towards Russia and the potential will of both parties to develop the commercial-security-military relationship between their countries.

The US did not understand to date that Russia has no intention of engaging in war or in an armaments race, with results which would be very costly to both countries. On the contrary, Putin is longing for commercial cooperation with Trump and the opening of world markets with the benefit of economic prosperity worldwide.

The US seems still to be living the complex of the "reds" (the communist party) even though the communist Soviet Union has long gone as a ruling party in Russia. The reality behind this aggressive US approach towards Russia is about competition for world dominance, or (perhaps it is better said) the Russian "contribution" to ending the US's World hegemony.

The Russian-US objectives are way different from one another. Washington is aiming to control Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and would like to remain the world reference to fall back on. In fact, the US has failed to gain faithful friends due to its arrogance and its condescending attitude towards other world leaders and countries. These have understood that they have to fear US power and its unpredictable reactions, otherwise they will be candidates for economic sanctions or even "regime change", the US's favourite hobbyhorse.

Russian Flag

We did it! Putin offers congratulations to teams and fans for great World Cup event

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© Damir Sagolj / Reuters
President Putin at the FIFA World Cup award ceremony.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin thanked players and fans for the great, incident-free and unifying event. He also revealed foreigners can enter Russia visa-free with valid "fan passports" until the end of the year.

"Naturally, we can be proud of how we organized the tournament. We did it for Russian sports lovers and for the sports lovers of the whole world. And we succeeded in all the aspects of this great event," Putin told reporters following the award ceremony of the World Cup.

Putin thanked fans, Russian and foreign alike, stating that the fears of hooliganism and misdemeanor were largely overblown ahead of the tournament. Russian fans proved to be "not just emotional, but responsible," Putin said, revealing that he was actually "surprised a bit."

Comment: Russia pulled out all the stops to put on a world class event. The goodwill from ordinary fans' experience of Russian hospitality will echo for years.


Russian Flag

How Putin Made Russia Great Again

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The Western establishment is in panic over the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki, Finland. Nothing scares the globalists like peace. US media and politicians endlessly repeat cliched slogans and disinformation about Putin. The propagandists ignore the horrific economic depression of the 1990s when Russia's GDP fell by 40%, inflation shot up 2,000%, the stock market collapsed, the economy became dependent on paltry loans from the IMF, one-third of Russians lived in extreme poverty, the Russian military was devastated, and the country's future seemed totally hopeless. (The fact that such misery was caused by Neocons, banksters and US economists who controlled Russia in the 1990s... will never be acknowledged by the Western media).

Putin became the president of Russia on Dec 31, 1999 under bleak conditions, and his success should be measured by the progress over the last eighteen years. Here are 7 ways in which Putin has Made Russia Great Again...

Pirates

As Syrian Army liberates territory, West scrambling to save their White Helmets assets

White Helmets
© Hosam Katan / Reuters
Western countries have reportedly been scrambling to evacuate "volunteer" White Helmets from Syria, who have been accused of cooperating with Takfiri terrorists and staging false flag gas attacks.

CBS News broadcasting service reported on Saturday that White Helmets members are in danger of assassination and in need of rescue as the Syrian army intensifies its counter-terrorism operation in the country's southern part.

The report said the issue of the White helmets' withdrawal from Syria had been raised with US President Donald Trump in multiple conversations with allied countries on the sidelines of the July 11-12 NATO summit in Brussels.

The Netherlands, Britain, France, Canada and Germany have been trying to find a way to get an estimated 1,000 White Helmets volunteers and their family members out of Syria, the report added.


Comment: Just what these countries need: more jihadi 'refugees'.


British Prime Minister Theresa May brought up the issue during her meeting with Trump in the UK, and that the topic may also be discussed at Trump's upcoming summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Comment: We can't wait for Trudeau to dress up like a jihadist White Helmet and take some selfies with them once they get evacuated to Canada.


Info

Strzok's lawyer says GOP lawmakers setting Strzok up for 'trap'

Peter Strzok

Peter Strzok testifying before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committee
The lawyer for the FBI counterintelligence agent who said "we'll stop" then-candidate Donald Trump from becoming president is accusing House Republicans of leaking portions of his client's private interview, setting him up for a "trap" to return to testify publicly next week.

In a scathing letter to the House Judiciary Committee obtained by the Washington Examiner, Aitan Goelman, the attorney for Peter Strzok, slams certain Republican lawmakers for behavior that "has transcended the bounds of decency, civility and fair dealing, even for this deeply divided political era."

Strzok gave a closed-door, transcribed interview to the House Judiciary and Oversight committees last Wednesday, after offering to testify publicly. That 10-plus-hour interview occurred after a subpoena was issued by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. - even though Strzok had said he would appear voluntarily.

"Having sharpened their knives behind closed doors, the committee would now like to drag back Special Agent Strzok and have him testify in public - a request that we originally made and the committee denied," Goelman wrote. "What's being asked of Special Agent Strzok is to participate in what anyone can recognize as a trap."

Goelman said that Strzok will not accept an invitation to testify publicly on July 10.

Comment: If it was a trap, Strzok walked into it, and didn't do himself any favors:


Attention

Leaked Chinese memo warns war with US "unavoidable" - cites "Thucydides Trap"

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A series of leaked internal documents reveal that China's military reforms are aimed at allowing Beijing to "manage a crisis, contain a conflict, win a war" and overtake the United States in military strength, according to the Express.
The leaked documents were published by the Central Military Commission in February for the purpose of spreading President Xi Jinping's "thought on strengthening the armed forces".

If the reforms go ahead, they will lead to heightened tensions with China's neighbouring countries, including Japan, in the East and South China Seas and the US. - Express
"As we open up and expand our national interests beyond borders, we desperately need a comprehensive protection of our own security around the globe," read the leaked documents, which adds that a strong military is the best way to "escape the obsession that war is unavoidable between an emerging power and a ruling hegemony".

Green Light

Trump should be commended for meeting with Vladimir Putin

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© BBC
Whether you like it or not, Trump won the presidency - and he won on a platform that included trying to thaw relations with Russia

Once upon a time the announcement of a summit meeting between the leaders of two powerful and unpredictable states would have been greeted with relief, even hope. But for the second time this year, the response to such news - in much of the Western world at least - has been almost the opposite.

When the President of the United States met Kim Jong-un earlier this month - he of newly nuclear-capable North Korea - there was widespread concern that Donald Trump would be tricked into betraying vital US and Western interests. He didn't. And the same warnings are being sounded now, before Trump embarks on his first formal summit with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on 16 July - with as little justification.

Comment: The "Donald the Disruptor" has got the Deep State in overdrive.


No Entry

Clinton's trolling fail: Delusional Killary mocked for taunting Trump before Putin summit

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© Kamil Krzaczynski / Reuters
Former US Secretary of State and failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took a shot at President Donald Trump on the eve of his much-anticipated meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, questioning the latter's loyalty. Twitter responded.

"Great World Cup," Clinton tweeted, before deploying a clumsy metaphor to question Trump's loyalty. "Question for President Trump as he meets Putin: Do you know which team you play for?"

Twitter immediately responded. To many, Clinton's tweet was just another example of her bitterness following her shock loss at the ballot box in 2016.

Since losing the election, Clinton has blamed everyone and everything from former President Barack Obama to the Green Party's Jill Stein, to the media and the FBI, to sexism and 'self-hating women' for her loss.

Comment: See also: Ending a downward spiral: Trump-Putin meeting will be a breakthrough regardless of practical outcome


Info

Roger Stone: This indictment is exoneration

Roger Stone
STATEMENT OF ROGER STONE ON RUSSIAN INDICTMENT

As I testified before the House Intelligence Committee under oath, my 24-word exchange with someone on Twitter claiming to be Guccifer 2.0 is benign based on its content, context, and timing. This exchange is entirely public and provides no evidence of collaboration or collusion with Guccifer 2.0 or anyone else in the alleged hacking of the DNC emails, as well as taking place many weeks after the events described in today's indictment and after Wikileaks had already published the DNC material. The indictment does not allege or even allude that I was part of this alleged hacking nor does it allege or allude to me having anything to do with getting the allegedly hacked material to WikiLeaks.

The indictments announced show I did not conspire with any of the defendants to do the alleged hacking, distribute the allegedly stolen emails or aid them in any way.

Comment: See also: