Trump might not have been in the pocket of the usual military industrial complex elites in the US but he was in the pocket of the Jewish lobby.
Without the MIC or big money no matter what the religion you can't win the presidency in the US...
Any US made commitment, would be considered as humiliating for them, just another fuckup in a strain of ex-Hegemon fuckups. A no-go scenario.
Any concessions to Russian interests would not be acceptable... Russia is not allowed a sphere of influence or to have interests other than enriching the US, which is the goal of the west.
Might as well state what you actually want... even if they offered to agree how could you believe them?
This is not about agreements that can be walked out of next Presidential cycle, this is Russia laying down its boundaries... when the west crosses them we will likely see Russia deliberately cross western red lines... and that wont be moving 100,000 troops within its own borders on an exercise.
Let it be a relocation of some strike assets to Cuba or Venezuela. Let it be another big base, let it be a missile one, in Syria. Maybe the next time Jewish F-16 will appear over Lebanon, there will be some nasty surprise heading their way.
I think Russia is at a point where it is going to be expanding its navy, so it will also expand its horizons in terms of trading partners and a lot of those partners are going to be in Africa and the Americas which is going to step on toes in europe and the US... so by setting out their red lines now, when the west crosses them, they will be free to openly do as they please, and what they will be doing will be in their interests so even if the west then decides to agree to their demands... which they wont, I don't think Russia will want to stop what they are doing either.
Pandoras box will be open.
Russia has acted VERY restrained for the last 20 years and allowed the West to overplay their hand very, very badly. Now Russia has all the cards still in their hand and each one of them that they use will mean a significant loss for the empire, while their rivals have already spent most of theirs with little effect
That is important too... Russia needs to be very selective and very careful what they commit to doing in response because it could very easily backfire against them like all of Americas stupid actions to try to annoy Russia.
I don't think China will stand still if this escalates between NATO and Russia, not because of love for Russia, but because the Chinese know very well that they are also part of the NATO "package" and that they are next. I am convinced that they are now (NATO) stinging China as well.
The really amusing thing is that Russia and China have a lot of vested interest in their silk routes from Asia to the EU, to make trade quicker and easier and cheaper between those to regions and for the places in between to trade in either direction... these are the actions of pro EU countries, but the US led HATO is forcing the EU countries within it to oppose them like they are enemies trying to invade and destroy them...
The American political and military leadership wants to rule the whole world through the NATO pact, so they suddenly want Sweden and Finland in the NATO pact.
They want to rule the world by controlling the EU instead of allowing it independent thought and action and freedom to trade with Russia and China and Asia and every country on the Eurasian continent that is part of the new silk routes...
Then you underestimate the ideological leaning of the US military. See General Milley and Secdef Austin. Also remember the generals are fighting among themselves currently.
Most military men and women in the US are interested in angling a cushy job in the private sector for after they retire to add a $500K per year income to their pension for a few years...
Anything they used to believe in was expunged to help them climb the ranks... you wont get very high with the wrong mentality or attitude.
They are like the corrupt soviet elite who fractured USSR to retain their own political power.
More precisely to turn their political power into financial excess... they had power but there was no way they could live the life of actual billionaires under communism...
I do happen to agree that it's bluff... but open to be wrong of course.
If relations with the west remain the same or get even worse it simply makes sense for Russia to cut ties and relations and look to the rest of the world... there are plenty of countries out there... but it would need to expand its naval programmes accelerate a few projects like new destroyers and new cruisers and carriers, and of course it will need places to go...
What a piece of shit. The same tactic as when the pieces of shit said that Russia didn't fire on the British ship in Crimean waters.
Taking decisive measures sounds very indecisive and vague to me...
They have already tried regime change multiple times in Venezeula and Cuba and failed miserably every time... the last plan for Venezuela was to break prisoners out of a prison and take them to a nearby army arms depot and arm them with military weapons... I am sure the vast majority of Venezuelans will understand that is not a good future... not an ally with their best interests at heart...
I don't want anyone to fall to Balkanization. Wouldn't wish that on anyone. The American people are becoming a prisoner of their own empire as the Russian people once were. Well actually we still are as well.
I wish them the best, but they should move a little away from our borders, not healthy for either side.
They need to stop believing the bullshit propaganda from their government about boogeyman Russia that is going to invade and attack them in their beds and realise what a terrible job both of their political parties are doing, they are more interested in fighting each other and blocking each other than doing what is best for the average American... their political system is broken.... the person who get elected by popular vote means charisma and charm can get you elected against someone more competent to actually do the job, and we can clearly see America is built on and addicted to wars no matter what party is in office, so they don't even have that much control anyway.
Money controls the country and the rich and powerful are only interested in retaining power and making more money... everything else is the Russians are coming...
The political debates don't even include all the candidates, and half the people vote based on the party they identify with anyway...
Their elections take longer than elections in India.
I think Russia should deploy some SU-34s to Cuba and conduct supersonic low level training flights every day from 12 am to 4 am over Gitmo.
I think the entire area of land around Gitmo should be used as an open land fill to deposit rubbish and the worse smelling silage they can manage... build big mountains of the stuff around the US base.
Any ideas of a permanent air base or naval base are pipedreams. Russia will have to offer a security pact and serious economic aid to get that. Pretty sure the Cubans understand that the only reason the Russians are knocking is cause Uncle Sam is fucking them over backwards and told them to fvck off a few days ago.
Russia can just be honest... something a westerner like yourself wouldn't understand... Russia was in no condition to help anyone in the 1990s, and until recently any attention Russia paid to a country would result in the attention of the west and no country creating ties with Russia wants the attention of the west because it is all about regime change and sanctions. Russia respected Americas back yard because it was in no condition to defend those countries when the US came down on them and made their economies scream. Russia now has exports in machinery and food and other areas in addition to weapons so it actually offers a broader spectrum of trade than it has ever done in its past largely because western sanctions have forced it to either make things itself or find other sources like China.
Cuba is on the wrong side of America for China to send stuff easily without using the US controlled Panama Canal, but the north sea route offers them other options in addition to the Chinese plan to build another canal...
Russia does not need military bases around the planet, but Russian friendly ports where their military vessels can dock and civilian trade ships can come and go as they please would be enough... are you saying Cuba doesn't want a free trade agreement with Russia?
Putin and Shoigu might start smoking cigars...
If I'm a Venezuelan I will be asking for:
Tariff free access to the Eurasian Economic Union,
Russian investment in the oil sector (significantly more than currently). Cooperation in agriculture and other key industries etc.
And most importantly, a security pact.
Why would Russia reject that?
If Russia has no right to veto countries joining HATO then no other country has the right to veto Russia entering into defence pacts with any country they decide.
Isn't that what Putin was saying?
We can't have a sphere of influence... a backyard so to speak... then neither can you... what do you think that means exactly?
I am sure Mexico would be interested in investment and trade.... most countries are interested in more trade...
Venezuela is already under an economic siege, but it's not as comprehensive as the economic siege on Cuba, as Americans still have assets inside Venezuela which they like to coddle to keep options open. You anger the Americans by placing their security at risk and challenging them and that's what Venezuela is gonna get... so someone will have to make up for it - aka Russia. Not to mention the budgets allocated for destabilization and terrorism within Venezuela will grow in magnitudes, easily 5-10 times as much.
That is the plan.
As the west crosses Russian red lines, Russia crosses Americas red lines... Russia will turn away from trade with the EU and US and start to look around the world for alternative trade partners for free and open trade... which will be a nice change from the blackmail and robbery they have been used to with the west...
If you're gonna bring that much heat to yourself, you better be making up for it, otherwise you'll be a fool.
That is why Russia is expanding its navy...
From the Russian perspective, Venezuela is also high risk, since its political system is vulnerable to destabilization, with many land-border neighbors. Cuba is your safest, most attractive option but it's also the one that will draw the greatest anger - and Russians will, trust, chicken out. Proven before.
They aren't going to limit themselves to two countries... they will likely try to boost trade and good relations with every country in the region that will talk to them... and after a few years of good trade with their neighbours where their neighbours go into space and get nuclear power stations and start to turn that third world status into second world status they are going to think perhaps maybe better relations with these Russians and these Chinese might be a good idea.
Fly the flags are inconsequential. So cross fingers Venezuela agrees to something stupid.
The US already had Venezuela on the naughty step and is not really giving her many other options... the same with Iran... Russia always had the option of helping, but hesitated to offer any real solid help because they were worried about responses from the US and the west in general, but now that things are coming to a head they seem to have stopped talking about the west as partners they can work with to refusing to reopen diplomatic ties with HATO, which Stoltenberg recently offered... they are clearly done talking with those idiots... so are they going to just sit alone in the dark and isolate themselves or are they going out to the rest of the world for trade and development ties and relations.
What exactly else did the US think would happen?
The country that endured 31 million dead during WWII, who faced the siege of Leningrad, who executed the trap of Stalingrad, would fold over some sanctions... were they going to burst into tears and demand the change to be a quivering little bitch at Americas feet doing everything they are told when they are told like the EU or Japan. The US even had the balls to ask Russia to join the sanctions against China to limit their growth and development... don't you read the great philosopher Terry Brooks.... ask Banedon... the dark lord shares power with no one.