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Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided Moscow must look for ways to better relations with the United States and is preparing to give U.S. President Trump a major concession at the upcoming Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki. In order to help preserve Israeli security and gain favor in America at the same time, reports are that Putin will allow Iranian forces to be removed from southern Syria, where Tehran has been massing troops to threaten the Jewish State.
At the same time, the thinking in Washington has changed as well, with the Trump administration ending the Obama focus on removing the Assad regime, and instead focusing on the elephant in the Middle East, the real Islamic state, the Islamic Republic of Iran, and its malign activities across the region which continue unabated. The Obama administration did nothing to slow the corrupt advance of the Mullah’s to the Mediterranean, in fact there is plenty of evidence Obama supported and enabled this advance, in a blow to American national security.
Putin has agreed in principle to U.S. and Israeli demands that Iranian-backed forces in southern Syria be kept away from Israel’s border, replaced with troops loyal to the government in Damascus, two Kremlin advisers said.
After studying Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, during which he announced a surprise halt to U.S. military exercises with South Korea, Putin decided he needs to negotiate with the billionaire personally, the senior official said, without elaborating. The two leaders may meet without aides, as Trump and Kim did in Singapore, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, reported Bloomberg.
There is a realization amongst American the national security establishment that solving the Iran problem, which Obama made much more difficult, is the key to multiple hot spots across South Asia. The Palestinian question, Hezbollah in Lebanon, problems in Iraq, and the security of Israel, all have their roots to the expansionist policies of the murderous regime in Tehran.
U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton, who met with Russia’s recently re-elected president to lay the groundwork for the summit, told CBS News on Sunday that Assad is no longer “the strategic issue” in Syria — Iran is.
“We’ll see what happens when the two of them get together,” said Bolton, who’s long advocated regime change in the Islamic Republic. “There are possibilities for doing a larger negotiation on helping to get Iranian forces out of Syria and back into Iran, which would be a significant step forward,” wrote Bloomberg.
“Russia has not only stabbed Iran in the back when it comes to Syria, but also voluntarily announced its readiness with Saudi Arabia to push Iran’s quota out of OPEC,” said Ali Khorram – a former Iranian ambassador to the UN, wrote in the Arman daily newspaper, reported Zero Hedge.
It seems The Donald is pushing for a real reset – this time engulfing the entire Middle East, along with Moscow. I doubt he will give Lavrov a plastic button from Staples however.