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RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTER: RUSSIA WANTS TO RESTORE RELATIONS WITH NATO

This important article was shared by many of you, and in the wake of my commentary in last Thursday's News and Views from the Nefarium concerning Jean-Claude Juncker and Germany....er....Europe....er, uhm, Germany... I mean, really, Europe, wanting a new European army for the nice shiny new Kaiserrei...uhm, European Union. It seems Germany's SDP Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Ribbentro...er... Steinmeir and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Moloto...uhm... Sergei Lavrov (It gets so confusing sometimes keeping straight what's going on), were busy laying wreaths at Volograd in a memorial commemoration of the Battle of Stalingrad during World War Two. During the memorial, both men said nice things about each other and each other's countries, and and in general, it was a bit of sobering, somber, let's be friends Gemuetlichkeit:

Russia is ready to restore partnership with NATO – Lavrov

Now, the key here is the context for these remarks:

"Lavrov told a media conference on Thursday that Russia will welcome a revived partnership:“I want to say with all honesty: we are receiving signals from our NATO partners that it wouldn't hurt to renew cooperation between our military departments. If there are any specific proposals to that end, we will certainly react in a constructive way,”he assured.

"Lavrov was speaking to the media with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier after the two had paid their respects to the memorial mass graves of Russian and German soldiers in Russia’s Volgograd. Formerly known as Stalingrad, the city was the scene of the bloodiest battle in World War II and possibly in the history of warfare."

Clearly, the symbolism of the timing of this announcement was carefully chosen: Stalingrad was one of the worst military disasters in history, and this it's a friendly little reminder to Europe, and more importantly, to Europe's senior partner, the USA, that invasions of Russia really haven't worked out too well historically. About the only ones that were successful at it were the Mongols and Kaiser Wilhelm II, and in the end, even they disappeared, and Russia remained. But it's a subtle message from Germany too. Part of the message is of course that the Soviet Union barely survived the German onslaught in World War Two, and had it not been largely for the incompetence of some of Hitler's decisions during that campaign, it might not have.

The event, in other words, was a carefully chosen event for the Big Two in Europe to hold one of their periodic "group hugs," with other participants - like Poland - concerned about just how much love might be going around. Doubtless there are messages being sent here, and it would be foolhardy to assume - as many in the Western media will inevitably attempt to spin it - that this is weakness on Russia's part.

The real message is, Russia is talking to NATO, it is talking to Europe, through Germany, and in that respect, it's another play to pry Europe away from the USA.

Create nice new shiny European army, and that's all but guaranteed. And if that happens, that will lead American bases and soldiers confined uneasily to that old cordon sanitaire in Eastern Europe...

In short, the game's not over yet, nor will it be soon. But nothing in these moves comes as a surprise to me, for we've been consistently arguing here that eventually, Germany, and therefore Europe, will bolt from the US orbit.

See you on the flip side...

10 thoughts on “RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTER: RUSSIA WANTS TO RESTORE RELATIONS WITH NATO”

  1. RT is currently reporting that ketchup Kerry is going to Moscow to see Lavrov AND Putin, er what’s that all about. Is it possible? that the yanks have finally realized that the Ukrainian “thang” er just isn’t working, Ukraine is broke, and Russia didn’t invade to the disappointment of the Pentagramaphone.
    Well as I’ve said before, all will remain at “status quo” for the moment, BUT, if “any” European asks the yanks to vacate their military bases and personal, then the jig is really up.

  2. Robert Barricklow

    The frame in which I choose to view this picture unfolding in just-in-time play[think color revolution’s technologies and/or electronic-satellite battlefields] is the “seeming” U.S. Fiscal Cliff & the worsening Euro-Zone Crisis. The U.S. is becoming “over-extended” in several fronts and is making on-the-fly stupid political moves based on a policy of MIGHT MAKES RIGHT. Simultaneously the Troika is pressing the PIGS and others weak Eurozone economies into a ruthless self-defeating austerity. So debt-traps are being laid and sprung across the Americas & Europe backed by Pentagon & NATO muscle. Both the U.S. & Europe are choking on moral decrepitude, corrosive corruption & unpayable debt; while Russia & China are building-out highly desirable infrastructure[transportation, energy, technology, etc.] into Europe. Europe not only wants it; it NEEDS IT!
    Thus NATO needs to protect European interest; not the U.S. interests.
    And there’s the rub. And there’s Russia to rub it in; and rub those sharp U.S. exclusivity claws out of NATO’s guts.

    Get along, or move along…

  3. Germany will eventually shuffle and two-step its way to the door, but only after Frau Angela has also shuffled and two-stepped off the stage. One can only conclude that she is as deeply implicated in the current insanity as anyone, and that her first allegiance lies to placating the occupiers, not to her country. Time for her to go, quite frankly; she is clearly a pawn who masterfully presents the illusion of governance.

    On the other hand, Russia plays a masterful game; at once reasoned and intelligent; in short, an adult game, but one wonders whether reason can penetrate the insanely hegemonic, blood-and-lucre-thirsty ideology that grips the West.

    There is a great deal of parsing Putin’s ultimate intentions and allegiances, but everything I have seen of Russia’s actions, from Putin and Lavrov, indicates that intelligent grown-ups and not crazed ideologues are in charge.

    Russia is fundamentally misunderstood and demonized because it is still a nation-state with a profoundly unified national identity, and its leaders are working for Russian interests, not for the Cabal’s compound interest. So those relentless, rabid parasites, who cannot abide anything or anyone not under their control, are compelled to take it down.

    If Germany knows what is good for it, it will slip that noose and make a separate peace–and if this happens, momentous changes are in store.

  4. marcos toledo

    So the Russians are busy trying to turn NATO advance to it’s borders to it’s advantage. The real problem is Russia is not dealing with the USA but the CSA and Russia seems to be dealing with a pseudo-Third Reich we shall see if they can defang the wolves at their doorsteps.

  5. Is there a secret protocol ala Molotov and Ribbentrop to divy up Poland in the future? Look out Finland and the other Baltic states. “A way a lone a last a loved a long the / riverrun, past Eve and Adam’s, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs.” – James Joyce in Finnegans Wake. May the circle be unbroken…

    1. Except Russia in 2015 doesn’t really have territorial ambitions outside of traditional Russian borders.

  6. “The real message is, Russia is talking to NATO, it is talking to Europe, through Germany, and in that respect, it’s another play to pry Europe away from the USA.”

    More likely Russia wants the US in NATO and in Europe, but not necessarily at Russia’s doorstep–for a very similar reason so do the Poles, and the Czechs, and the Danes, and the Dutch and the Italians.

    1. I think Dr Darrell is correct here. At this stage the
      U.S. Must get out of Europe if ever there is to be a multipolar world.
      The U.S. Is determined to maintain the unipolar world it has created, even if that leads to another world war.
      The only path to peace, it seems, is if Europe breaks with the U.S. At this time.

      1. D:

        You’re missing something. I scripted a circle around it. And it has been causing all sorts of trouble in Europe. Nor is it entirely trusted by Russia.

    2. I agree with you, the actions that are front and center here are trying to focus everyone’s attention off what is occurring in the background. I don’t believe that the US relationship with Russia is as troubled as some in the media try to assert, why cooperate on space missions if that were so since space is the base of the future control of finance and defense.

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