We can share missions. We plan a mission to Jupiters moon Europa. Russia could join it. Why not?
The week before launch the Donbass might vote to join the Russian Federation and France might cancel the launch because of Russian aggression.
OK, this is absolute horseshit, statistically as well, a myth. China's border regions are sparsely populated and it's not exactly experiencing a baby boom. In addition, Russia has a powerful military and most importantly, nukes. Wishful thinking, nothing else.
Siberian rebellion and separation from Russia is a long term US wet dream... second only to China taking it from Russia...
So you see Putin as pro western liberal?
He was, but how much anti Russia bullshit can the guy take before he realises the western dream is only for the west...
He clearly sees China as a threat. He would be idiotic not to
No he does not. He would not have offered them an early warning system or sold them Su-35s or S-400s if that were the case.
Its idiotic to believe that China would not steamroll Russia whenever it gets the chance.
Ironic, but one would argue that the purpose of NATO is to steamroll Russia if it gets the chance... but Chinas military disposition is not organised towards Russia...
We want cooperation and friendly relations with Russia. France works on that.
Yeah, a few more sanctions and they might capitulate and give you friendly relations...
What we want is friendly cooperation and better relations. I believe thats in France best interests.
I totally agree, but that is like saying you want to be best buddies with those big bikies at the bar as you put your cigar out on the back of their hand and piss on their shoes.... really... why can't we all just be friends...
Putin had very close relation with Chirac, even when Chirac was long retired. Putin came to the funeral not as a state guest but as a private man and that says alot.
Yeah, it says a lot.... just like not inviting a representative of Russia for WWII commemorations... says a lot too.
Equally Russia should also co-operate with NASA, with the Chinese, Indian, Japanese space agencies. These are exclusive either-or's. No-one's saying that closer co-operation with France has to come at the expense of China. Perhaps this is what Macron hopes for, perhaps not, but Russia has its own plans and interests regardless.
That is a fundamental problem with the west... if you want to play with us here is a list of others you can't play with...
It's all up to France. I've long had the impression based on official statements and so on, that Russia has been ready for all such steps for a long time.
It is up to france and the EU and so far they have turned away from friendship and towards sanctions because Washington tells them to.... or london does.
I suppose when they grow up and can make decisions for themselves they might have something to offer... and lets face it... this isn't charity... both sides will profit from this... but only when Europe is grown up enough to be able to make its own decisions.
90% of the topics are about how badly the west treats russia.
Probably moving US bases to Russian borders because Russia is so aggressive, and of course the election meddling and outright coups in countries bordering Russia possibly could be considered aggression by the US if one was being honest and fair.
And of course all the sanctions imposed on Russia because the Crimea voted to join the Russian federation and a lot of people in the east of the Ukraine didn't accept the US funded and supported coup in that country.... obviously all evidence of Russian evilness and aggression.
Self pity and inferiority complex and then one of the leading western powers actually makes a step towards russia and the result is also crying, self pity and inferiority complex. Not from evryone of course.
Lets be clear Micron hasn't actually done anything... he is just talking... there have not been any sanctions lifted here.
The good thing about Russia is, that only Putin matters and he obviously is not like that.
He is no fool... he understands that a few nice words today can mean nothing tomorrow... you didn't even stand up to the US over the INF treaty which directly effects Europe... but then all the great superpowers of the world took instruction from America... they wanted to be able to attack China on the sly with short range missiles to take them out before they knew what hit them because they don't have a strategic air defence system... except now the Russians are going to build them one so europe is much less safe... hey... if you are nice to Russia they might sell you the same one they are selling to China so you can be safe from IRBMs too.
Macron says he wants to re-establish a working relationship after a bad patch in Franco-Russia ties under his predecessor François Hollande. I think thats a good thing.
Not saying it is a bad thing, but Russia needs to remember that Hollandes can return, so make sure you don't create ties that you cant afford to break.