Wednesday, 12 Dec 2018

Russia continues to shape the history of the Helsinki Summit

Russia provided additional details Friday, what it said were agreements made at the presidential summit in Helsinki this week, forming a narrative of meeting without confirmation or alternative review by the Trump administration.

Not surprisingly, Russian history The line tended to favor the Kremlin's own policies and sometimes contradicted the declared administrative strategy.

Russia has already sent formal proposals for joint US-Russian efforts to finance the rebuilding of war-torn Syria to Washington, and the return of millions of people to Syrians facilitated by the "agreements" that President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin General Mikhail Mizintsev, the three-star head of the National Defense Center of Russia, said on Friday. At a joint meeting of Defense and Defense planners, Moscow said that Russia had already started work locally. Englisch:…80&Itemid=58 […] Areas, but additional resources and international coordination are necessary.

Russia's US ambassador Anatoly Antonov said separately that Syria had been the main theme in the Trump-Putin talks, along with "eliminating the concerns the US has with regard to the well-known allegations of alleged interference in the elections . "

Administrative officials have repeatedly said in the past that no reconstruction aid from the US or Europe will flow into any part of Syria under growing control by Russia. President Bashar al-Assad

On Russia's claims that Agreements were reached, a spokesman for the National Security Council said: "As President Trump said, both sides agreed that their National Security Council staff will follow the Presidents' meetings and these discussions are under way." There were no pledges to take concrete action except that both sides should continue their deliberations. "

D he spokesman, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that the NSR and its Russian counterparts continued the dialogue at the working level "to review Putin's proposals for a new" cyber group "and" restart an anti-terrorist group ". The two leaders also discussed the formation of groups of businessmen and retired diplomats and military to provide ideas for cooperation. 19659009] Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo told reporters at the United Nations after meetings on North Korea that "there was a discussion between President Trump and President Putin on the resolution in Syria and how we could get the refugees back", but he did not give details.

Pompeo said he was "happy" that Trump wanted to take the Russian leader to Washington this fall to continue his talks. "I think that's all good," he told reporters.

Russia and Iran have allowed Assad to decimate Syrian opposition forces backed by the US with air strikes and ground forces blamed on much of the civilian population expulsion and death in Syria's seven-year civil war. The withdrawal of the Iranian armed forces "across Syria" is at the head of the Iranian government's strategy, most recently in a large speech by Pompeo in May, and to convince Russia to reach this goal was a major reason for publicity in Moscow [19659011] The Pentagon and US allies in the region have repressed Trump's stated desire to withdraw the relatively small US military contingent in Syria, where it has organized and armed local deputies to fight the Islamic State. The removal of US forces on the ground, which is currently about 2,200, is seen as a reduction in the leverage that the United States exerts on both Russia and Iran.

Intelligence does not believe that the Russians will deliver. "We have found it unlikely that Russia has the will or ability to fully implement and combat Iranian decisions and interference," said Daniel Coats, director of National Intelligence, Thursday's Aspen Security Forum. "From a military point of view, Russia would have to make much bigger commitments from an economic point of view [in Syria]," he said. "We do not think they are interested."

On Friday, Russian ambassador to Iran, Levan Dshagaryan, said Moscow had no plans to force Iran to retreat and deny any tension between them. [19659015] "We are actively working with Iran, both at the political and political levels," said Dzhagaryan to the Russian news agency Interfax. "Like Russia's military presence in Syria," he said, "Iran's military presence there is legal" because our military presence and Iran take place at the request of the legitimate government of the Syrian Arab Republic. "

Concentrating at their Helsinki press conference, both Trump and Putin said they would work to address Israel's concerns about the Iranian forces near its border, where Assad is fighting, in southwestern Syria, a remaining territory

The Kremlin press service announced Friday that Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had spoken by phone, as did their defense ministers, and Russia's ambassador to Israel said they had "sympathy for the withdrawal" of certain well-known armed units "reached as many kilometers" from Syria's border with the Golan Heights occupied by Israel, Interfax reported.

Netanyahu's office said only that the two were talking about developments in the region and that he had "noticed that Israel would continue to oppose the Iranian military entrenchment in Syria."

Coats was one of several senior representatives of the nation Security, who said they had not been informed about the Helsinki Summit yet. As Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met with Trump on Thursday, other high-ranking military officials are awaiting a read-out by the President or his national security adviser, John Bolton, next week. Pompeo, who attended an expanded meeting with helpers following the one-on-one interview between Trump and Putin, is due to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday.

The US ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman, submitted a preliminary ruling to briefing Allied diplomats in Moscow after the summit. Representatives in Washington from the "Five Eyes" countries – Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand – who are part of a multilateral intelligence agreement with the United States were briefed by an NSC official on Thursday, assuring them that "no agreements According to one participant, "in Helsinki and no" was negotiated.

Ukraine was also discussed at the meeting, and the crisis in Ukraine was a particularly sensitive issue for US allies, as Trump earlier said that Crimean peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014 should belong to Moscow.

Pompeo had told Sergei Lavrov, his Russian counterpart, in a separate interview at a meeting in Helsinki, at which the Russian Vice-President for Ukraine, Vladislav Surkov, constructively had to deal with the US envoy Kurt Volker The two men have struggled, the establishment of Friedenstru United Nations in eastern Ukraine, where government forces continue to fight against Russia-backed separatists.

At NSC Allied Forces an NSC official did not mention what Putin had said on Thursday his proposal to Trump to hold a referendum in the separatist regions of Ukraine. On Friday, US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the Trump administration "did not consider supporting a referendum."

Last Friday Russian Ambassador Antonov spoke in Moscow about the Russian Valdai Discussion Club The summit said that "the Ukrainian question was not the focus of the Trump Putin talks," Interfax said.

John Hudson contributed to this report.

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