Putin seems to understand Trump’s dilemma, describing the United States as locked in “political schizophrenia” that prevents Trump from improving relations.
“Is that source [the high-ranking official] anonymous?” Lavrov asked, while speaking to journalists on Monday. “So, I believe that their conscience is unclear. As for the issue [not returning the Russian diplomatic property without any preconditions], I consider it daylight robbery,” he said.
“It looks like some highway thieves are commenting on this situation,” Lavrov added.
As Ryabkov left the State Department after more than two and a half hours a reporter shouted a question: “Did you get your compounds back?” He responded: “Almost, almost.” Shannon did not comment.
After talks in Washington between U.S. Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, the Foreign Ministry in Moscow said it “reserves the right to retaliate based on the principle of reciprocity,” in a statement Tuesday that made no mention of a deal to end the dispute. There was no immediate U.S. comment on the talks.
“The longer the Americans persist, the less chance there’ll be of finding a solution that won’t also infringe on their interests,” Ryabkov said Tuesday, according to the RIA Novosti news service. He said he’d warned Shannon at the meeting that Russia may take “practical retaliatory steps” soon if the country houses outside New York and Washington aren’t returned.
The U.S. will commit “daylight robbery” if it fails to surrender the properties, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters during a visit to Belarus on Monday. There are “sensible people” in the administration who understand that outgoing President Barack Obama took the action to try to spoil prospects for Trump to improve relations with Russia, he said.
Ukrainian cooperation with the Democratic Party appears to have been far deeper than any equivalent Trump-Russia collusion. Both pale in comparison to Washington’s meddling in the former USSR. But the US media focuses on the most illusory of the situations.
It’s pretty obvious Donald Trump Jr. isn’t the brightest light in the firmament. The lethargic, spoiled and languid persona he projects doesn’t help either. Nevertheless, the current hysteria surrounding his meeting a small-time Russian lawyer is beyond any bounds of reason.
Especially coming from journalists who have surely met a dodgy source or two in their time, in the hope of a scoop.
The US feels itself qualified to pass judgment on other countries’ legislation and institutions, even though the competence of the American diplomats leaves much to be desired. The latest gaffe by the State Department that gave all of Russia a hearty chuckle, was contained in its recent report headlined, ‘Trafficking in Persons in Russia.’ It was published by US diplomats in June and purported to describe the plight of Russian beggars and prostitutes from the years 2016-2017.
In that report, the Americans blasted the Russian government for not providing financial aid to a certain “homeless shelter run by the Russian Orthodox Church in Kitezh.” There is just one glaring problem here. Kitezh is a mythical, legendary town from Russian folk tales, which presumably – in pure Atlantis style – disappeared under the water right before the Mongol invasion in the 13th century.
Turkey has agreed to pay $2.5 billion to acquire S-400 – the Russia-made most advanced long-range missile defense system in the world. Russian President Vladimir Putin has already said that Moscow is ready to sell it.