A Russian-American-Israeli Meeting of National Security Advisors in Jerusalem: Syria and Iran on the Table – Global Research

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12-06-19 12:58:00,

This month of June, the National Security Advisors of Russia, the US, and Israel, Nikolay Patrushev, John Bolton and Meir Ben-Shabbat, respectively, are expected to meet in Jerusalem to talk about Iran and Syria and what Israel considers the “threat to its security” in the Levant.

Well-informed sources believe the meeting will bring nothing new, mainly due to continued Israeli violations of Syrian sovereignty and its bombing of Iranian targets far from the borders. Israel cannot expect any support from Russia in this regard, and this is why. The Kremlin’s hands are tied, and it is unwilling to take a stand against the wishes of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies.

However, this meeting is significant only because it has no precedent and is a concession to a request by Netanyahu to President Vladimir Putin last February during the Israeli Prime Minister’s visit to the Kremlin. Also, it shows US compliance with Netanyahu’s request to President Donald Trump during the visit to the White House last March.

High-ranking sources among decision-makers say this:

“Netanyahu runs to his allies to cry on their shoulders when he is the aggressor, as in every single problem in the Levant, particularly when the Israeli military exceeds the limits and crosses red lines. Last year, Russia agreed with Iran to create a kind of safety perimeter for the Russian military to take control along the Quneitra-Golan Heights front. That would have made it possible to ease the situation on the borders and allow President Assad and his allies to concentrate on other fronts. Iran responded positively to the Russian request, following the approval of President Assad”.

“It is important to point out that Russia is not part of and doesn’t adopt the objectives of the “Axis of the Resistance”. It has excellent relations with Israel, Iran and Hezbollah, and considers Syria a strategic ally. Moscow tries to keep a balance in its relations with the countries of the Middle East. Nevertheless, Russia has rushed to support the integrity of Syria, its government and army. It has acted as a second Syrian Air Force, bombing all Syria’s enemies and helping the Syrian government recover the control of its territory. Of course,

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Pompeo Meeting EU Counterparts on Iran – Global Research

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14-05-19 08:16:00,

Last week he turned truth on its head, claiming Tehran and/or its allies intend attacking US regional forces — a bald-faced Big Lie. Not a shred of credible evidence.

On Monday in Brussels, Pompeo is meeting with his French, German and UK counterparts, along with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, discussion focusing on Iran.

Last week, Tehran gave JCPOA signatories Britain, France, and Germany 60 days to fulfill their pledged commitments, what they failed to do for the past year since Trump illegally withdrew from the binding international agreement.

Its patience worn thin, Tehran announced a partial JCPOA pullback, short of withdrawing from the deal —  relating to enrichment and storage of uranium and heavy water, it legal right under articles 26 and 36, a statement adding:

“Iran stands ready to continue its consultations with the remaining parties to the deal at all levels, but it will swiftly and firmly react to any irresponsible measure, including returning the case (of Iran’s legal nuclear program) to the Security Council or imposing more sanctions.”

Brussels failed to implement “practical measures” to circumvent unlawful Trump regime sanctions.

As a result, the Islamic Republic’s only option is to “reduce its commitments” under the JCPOA. According to Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s action is “an opportunity for other parties to the deal to take required measures, and not just issue (meaningless) statements.”

Pompeo in Brussels will surely pressure his EU counterparts to reject its 60-day demand, pushing them to back Trump regime hostility toward Iran over adhering to JCPOA provisions.

Ideally he’d like Britain, France, and Germany to withdraw from the deal if Tehran follows through on partially pulling back from its commitments as announced, its legal right under its provisions.

EU JCPOA signatory countries rhetorically back Iran’s rights under the deal, their actions contradicting their public posture.

For the past year after Trump’s pullout, they consistently failed to follow through on their rhetorical promises with constructive policy measures, forcing Iran to push the envelope by its May 8 announcement.

Instead of challenging Trump’s unacceptable hostility toward Iran, risking possible war, the EU backs what demands denunciation by inaction — delaying and equivocating for the past year,

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Fourth Meeting Between the Russian, Mongolian and Chinese Presidents | New Eastern Outlook

Fourth Meeting Between the Russian, Mongolian and Chinese Presidents | New Eastern Outlook

08-08-18 12:07:00,

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This meeting took place on June 9-10, 2018, on the sidelines of the 18th Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, held in Qingdao, Shandong Province, on China’s east coast. The first meeting between the presidents of the three countries took place in Dushanbe in 2014, at the initiative of the then Mongolian president, Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, and it was then that the SCO Summits were chosen as a venue for future meetings between the three presidents. It was decided that these meetings would be held annually.  That was the start of a new stage in strategic relations between Russia, Mongolia and China: three-party cooperation.

Readers will remember that the key achievement of the second meeting between the presidents, which took place in 2015, in Ufa, as part of the 15th SCO Summit, was the Road Map – the medium-term Programme for the development of three-party cooperation until 2020. The third meeting, in the 2016 Tashkent Summit, saw the approval of a general decision on the creation of an Economic corridor between Russia Mongolia and China. As part of this, 32 joint projects were planned in the areas of transport, energy, production, infrastructure, tourism and humanitarian work.

The current Mongolian President, Khaltmaagiin Battulga, took part in the three-party talks for the first time in 2018, playing a very active role: he had bilateral talks with both Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping, met the Indian President Narendra Modi and the Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko, and spoke at the Plenary Session of the Council of Heads of Member States and SCO Observers, which was attended by representatives of international organisations.

At the opening session of the three-party talks, the Chinese President formulated certain shared principles to be developed by the three parties, working together: strengthening of political and strategic interaction, development of mutual support, respect for each others’ core interests and consideration for each others’ unique characteristics,and strengthening of coordination and cooperation in international and regional matters.

The Russian and Mongolian Presidents also spoke in favour of strengthening the cooperation between the three parties, and agreed on the importance of carrying out the Programme for the creation of an economic corridor.

In general the main issue in the fourth three-party meeting was the implementation of the already-approved agreements and projects for the extension of the three-party cooperation.

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Meeting Trump met Kim Yong-Un zal (waarschijnlijk) mislukken

Meeting Trump met Kim Yong-Un zal (waarschijnlijk) mislukken

05-06-18 06:11:00,

De evolutie in het dossier Korea heeft alles te maken met het beleid van president Trump, niet omdat hij dat zo wil, maar omdat het daar een reactie op is. De recente toenadering tussen beide Korea’s plaatst de VS voor een probleem: door de retoriek van hun aanwezigheid letterlijk over te nemen ondermijnt deze evolutie immers de echte redenen waarom de VS in Korea willen blijven.

Sinds het einde van de burgeroorlog in Korea op 27 juli 1953 leven Noord-Korea en Zuid-Korea op permanente voet van oorlog. Er zijn sindsdien met de regelmaat van de klok militaire incidenten, die echter nooit tot een heropflakkering van de oorlog hebben geleid. Dat had alles te maken met de machtsverhoudingen tijdens de Koude Oorlog. China en de Sovjet-Unie stonden pal achter Noord-Korea en de VS deden hetzelfde met Zuid-Korea.

Sindsdien heeft het Amerikaans leger permanent basissen en manschappen in het zuidelijk deel van het Koreaanse schiereiland gestationeerd, op het ogenblik zijn er dat ongeveer 24.000. Die basissen zijn voorzien om zeer snel veel grotere troepenconcentraties te ontvangen en te huisvesten. To het einde van de Koude Oorlog in 1989 kon het Noord-Koreaanse regime zich handhaven onder de paraplu van de Sovjet-Unie én China, die beiden tevens buurlanden zijn.

Dictaturen onder een andere naam

In Noord-Korea leidde dat tot de dictatuur van Kim Il-Sung1, zijn zoon Kim Yong-Il en kleinzoon Kim Yong-Un, de huidige machthebber. In naam communistisch is het regime eerder gebaseerd op een mengelmoes van Koreaanse mystiek en feodale structuren, die de instandhouding van het systeem als voornaamste kenmerk hebben (zie Noord-Korea, het land dat we zo graag haten).

In Zuid-Korea installeerden de VS een militaire dictatuur die voor interne sociale repressie zorgde terwijl grote multinationals vrij spel kregen. Die hield stand tot 1988. Zij was gebaseerd op de oude feodale elite die met de Japanse kolonisator had gecollaboreerd en na de Tweede Wereldoorlog stevig de touwtjes in handen hield.

Sinds 1988 is Zuid-Korea na jarenlange protesten – die zeer gewelddadig werden onderdrukt – gedemocratiseerd. Huidig president Moon Jae-In was niet de favoriete kandidaat van de VS. Zijn voornaamste tegenstrever bij de verkiezingen van 2017 Hong Yue-Pyo was voorstander van een agressieve aanpak van Noord-Korea, volledig in lijn met het beleid van de VS en president Trump.

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