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29 July 2019


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Well said Colonel Lang,

From a Russian Perspective I would say that multiple 'Shocks' destroyed Relations from the Civil Perspective - Can Point to Kosovo, can Point to Georgia, can point to Ukraine, each took a massive toll on the 'Patient' Minded People of which I consider myself.

As I have pointed out Time and again - here and else - Putin DID extend the hand numerous Times over the 1999-2019 Period, among first was help with the logistics of Afghanistan in Central Asia.

Another was that of his Compromise to the inevitable withdrawl from the ABM Treaty - in which he suggested a joint Shield....

Ukraine - He offered 3 Party Talks on the Issue - EU-Ukraine-Russia to resolve it - the EU Refused.

We can go on - Ultimately - it is as you say - A Question of begging on ones Knees or accepting the reality and moving on.

Most of us are ready to move on - Disappointing as it may be.
The Chinese are their own Entity - I am unsure what this Future holds for us - but I think we can negotiate a good position being the reliable Fuel Source for their Engine.

I am among the 'Liberal Conservative Russians' which is to say - I fall between the Conservatives and Liberals in varied Degrees. I was a Member of the 'Young Diplomats Day' hosted by the US Consulate in Ekaterinburg, this was whilst grooming to be an eventual Reservist Officer in Russian Military.

I would say my patience is immense - but this has been utterly dragged out over the 2014-2019 Period



If one looks at the bitter history of the relations between Russian & Iran, since Peter The Great ( www.iranicaonline.org/articles/russia-i-relations ) as well as with USSR ( www.iranicaonline.org/articles/russia-ii-iranian-soviet-relations-1917-1991 ) the current degree of cooperation & coordination would be astonishing.
A decade ago, collaboration, let alone forming a coalition, would have UNTHINKABLE for average Iranian.


Russia has had a free rein in Syria with very little interference from the west.Seems like the us stepped back and watched from the sidelines which in the long run has allowed the trump admin the chance to improve the economy and confront China from a position of strength and pressure Iran to change its policies



In spite of that, US assistance to the AQ connected jihadis continued.


Is this the target of China and Russia: The Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan?

Treaty: https://www.mofa.go.jp/region/n-america/us/q&a/ref/1.html
Agreement on bases and personnel: https://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/area/usa/sfa/pdfs/fulltext.pdf

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