July 9, 2016 -
Ruslan Ostashko, PolitRussia -
Translated by J. Arnoldski
On July 7th, a very interesting event took place to which many media outlets paid no attention. Amidst the election campaigns in the United States, Donald Trumps’ advisor on international affairs, Carter Page, flew to Moscow. Russian journalists noted one particular episode from Carter Page’s visit when, while talking with the audience, he expressed the seditious idea that Russia is not actually a “gas station country.” As far as I see it, this simple statement shocked part of our liberal public, causing them to experience cognitive dissonance. They are not used to an American saying something polite and respectful about Russia. But what to do. After all our “grant eaters” mostly communicate with their advisors from the US State Department and it’s more than difficult to find people among them who respect our country.
The most interesting part - and this is not really a sensation, but it could gravitate towards one - is that Mr. Page’s visit was a visit of a close advisor to Donald Trump to Moscow. Page himself emphasized many times that his visit to Moscow was private, not a political visit, and that the purpose of his arrival was the lecture he delivered at the Russian New Economic School. With all due respect to Mr. Trump, I want to say that they could have thought more about covering the “operation.” I very much doubt that someone believes that an influential advisor to a presidential candidate could be torn away from hard work in campaign headquarters amidst the presidential race in the US to deliver a lecture in Moscow. Perhaps this flimsy cover was chosen simply in order to preserve some kind of formal alibi. If Page came to Moscow in secret, then the fact of his visit would have been thrown around in American media as a shame, but in this way it can be pretended that everything is alright. In fact, Trump's advisor chose to answer evasively to the question of him possibly meeting with Russian officials. This fact indirectly confirms my theory that Page arrive in Moscow as a negotiator for the Republic candidate for US President.
We will most likely never learn the details of all the meetings that Trumps’ emissary had in Moscow, but a few conclusions can be drawn.
First conclusion: Russia has finally returned to the international arena with the status of a very strong and important player. If we didn’t have this status, nobody like Page would have come to talk with us.
Second conclusion: If Trump becomes president, there is the chance of improving relations with Russia, since the presidential administration will have less notorious Russophobes and dinosaur diplomats who have finally lost their minds and conscience over their “cold war.” Carter Page used to do business with Russia, not war. He worked in the Moscow office of Merrill Lynch Bank and even in Gazprom, so it will be much easier for our leadership to negotiate with him than with John Kerry or Victoria Nuland.
Third conclusion: If suddenly during the election campaign in the US, Trump will “accidentally” come across some serious dirt on Clinton, then the Western press will declare that someone…guess who!… is to blame. Putin will be blamed, just like how many American journalists believe that Snowden and a whole army of hackers are working for Putin and allegedly hacked the servers of the US Democratic Party and then leaked Hillary Clinton’s election plans.
In general, America has suffered a terrible curse. It is gradually turning into a greater Ukraine. In Kiev, every political scandal immediately finds itself done by Putin’s hands, and it may very well be that Trump’s successes in the US will be attributed to the cunning machinations of the all-powerful Kremlin.
But the main good news is the following: there are obvious signs that part of the American elite is looking for a way to negotiate with Russia. I have already talked about this and I will repeat myself again: if there is a chance for delaying or even canceling a hot clash with the United States, it must be done. Our president is doing just that, And I believe that he will succeed.
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