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2017-06-23
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Russia House

2017-05-19

RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 18 MAY 2017

BY PATRICK ARMSTRONG

RUSSIA INC. More Western sources agree that Russias economy is growing again EBRD, UN and IMF. Even Stratfor, which predicted Russias collapse, now admits its doing well. Which is no big news for those of us who ignored the NYT, WaPo and their friends. All I can say is: stop drinking each others bath water and do the work.

VICTORY DAY. What struck my attention was the Arctic camouflage air defence systems. Heres the full parade. Here is the first parade on 24 June 1945: limos have replaced horses, loudspeaker trucks are less important, Nazi banners are stored away, but otherwise recognisable.

HISTORY. Much has been written about Putins views on Russias tangled history; much of it rubbish. Lets listen to the man himself as he unveiled a monument to a grand duke assassinated in the Kremlin. Russias history is regaining its unity. We treasure each page in this history, no matter how difficult. These are our national spiritual roots. It has to be all of it, doesnt it? Theyve already been through years of changing history around to suit present needs.

OIL PRICES. Moscow and Riyadh have agreed agree to extend the oil production cut. The January cut was initially successful at boosting prices, but they have fallen of late.

SYRIA. We do appear to have a measure of agreement among the principals, including Washington. Heres the text of the de-escalation zones agreement. Still much that is murky though: are Washington and Ankara about to shoot at each other? Has Washington stopped the Assad must go stuff or not? Faked up atrocity stories continue. Is Washington still incapable of making agreements as this would suggest? Its all rather ambiguous; but I do understand that it takes a long time to turn a big ship around, especially when its surrounded to keep the analogy going by little boats pushing the other way and people in the engine room resisting the timoneer. I believe that my theory on last months airstrikes has not been falsified. So, things appear to be happening.

RECONSIDERATION. Let me introduce you, Dear Readers, to Graham Fuller. One of the authors of Washingtons (disastrous as it turned out) policy of supporting jihadists in one place expecting to put them back into the toy box afterwards, he has reconsidered: read this. He believes that overthrowing Assad would make things much worse: Syria Will Likely Be Run By Terrorists. He, by the way, appears to agree with my theory on the airstrikes, see last two paragraphs.

NO COMMENT. From the WaPo NSA officials worried about the day its potent hacking tool would get loose. Then it did. At least no one is blaming Putin for this. Yet.

COMEY FIRING. Assange predicts leaks will begin. One: Russian hacker claims FBI tried to bribe him to say he hacked DNC. Two: federal investigator says Seth Rich sent e-mails to Wikileaks. Stay tuned.

AMERICA-HYSTERICA. Ever louder. But not working: Democrats dropped 5 points. Two years ago Russia was a regional power, last year it was important; today its influence is everywhere; next year it will rule the world. Then I guess its all over. Ive given up my PDS series now its merged with TDS: Heres how the Russians might have snuck a recording device into the Oval Office (WaPo of course), I cant keep up. Dimwitted and dangerous. Roman comparisons are trendy: try Cato and the Optimates.

WESTERN VALUES. Ukraine has blocked a number of Russia-based social media networks. A NATO spokesman is quoted as saying thats OK because its security. (NATOs enduring mission, by the way, is defending values.) Western values, which had real content a couple of decades ago, are now bedraggled camp followers of the juggernaut of war. (To be fair, an EU official, whom you didnt know existed, did voice concern.)

UKRAINE. US House of Representatives passed a DoD funding bill that expressly forbade funding the Azov Battalion (Sec. 8131.) Meanwhile, in a decision it will live to regret, the EU has allowed visa free visits from Ukrainians.

NEW NWO. China hosted the Belt and Road International Forum. (The Chinese have a genius for coming up with descriptive slogans and this is one: a belt ties things together and a road communicates.) Putin was the first foreign speaker (not a coincidence, Im sure) (his speech). Many countries attended. As always, the fact of the event itself and the side meetings were the most important. North Korea sent a delegation so probably some developments there with all its neighbours present. Eurasia: its real, its happening and its the future.

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