With the rift between Trump and the G7 leaders, Putin must be happy as balls.
Courtesy of the AP:
Putin said that Washington’s decision to exit the agreement could “destabilize the situation” in the region. He added that Moscow will continue to honor its obligations under the Iranian nuclear deal.
Last month, Trump pulled out of former U.S. President Barack Obama’s landmark 2015 nuclear accord with Iran over the objections of European allies and other nations.
You know what that means.
If Trump’s boss says it’s a bad deal to pull out, Trump is suddenly going to have a change of heart. Just wait for it.
Putin also says that he was totally down for a meeting with Trump:
Speaking to reporters in Qingdao, China, Putin said that some nations, including Austria, have offered to host his summit with Trump, should they have one.
“The U.S. president has repeatedly said that it’s reasonable to hold such a meeting,” Putin said on the sidelines of a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. “As soon as the U.S. side is ready, the meeting will take place, depending, of course, on my working schedule.”
Putin said he shares Trump’s expression of concern about a renewed arms race expressed in a March phone call.
“I can confirm that President Trump voiced concern about a new round of arms race in our latest call,” Putin said. “I fully agree with him,” he said, adding that personal meetings and work by experts are needed to tackle the issue.
Jesus, you can smell this setup coming a mile away.
Oh this will surprise you, Putin also thinks he should be allowed back into the G7 summit:
Putin also welcomed Trump’s statement that Russia should be invited to rejoin the group that was called the G-8 before others expelled Russia.
“It wasn’t us who left,” he said. “Colleagues refused to come to Russia on well-known grounds.”
“We will be ready to greet them all in Moscow,” he added.
Boy, who saw that coming, right?
In other news, the US Director of National Intelligence is warning that Russia is still attempting to influence our midterms and is working to break apart our alliance with our transatlantic partners:
Russia is attempting to influence the midterm elections in the United States in November as well as divide the transatlantic alliance, US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats warned at a meeting co-hosted by the Atlantic Council in Normandy, France, on June 8.
Coats said Russia had already undertaken an “unprecedented influence campaign to interfere in the US electoral and political process” in 2016. Russia, Coats pointed out, has also meddled in France, Germany, Norway, Spain, and Ukraine. “It is 2018, and we continue to see Russian targeting of American society in ways that could affect our midterm elections,” he said.
Coats’ comments are aligned with assessments by the US intelligence community and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who in his previous role as director of the Central Intelligence Agency warned that he expected Russia to attempt to disrupt the midterm elections.
It’s almost like two different realities isn’t it?
In the one reality, Trump’s reality, Russia is just this horribly misunderstood country looking to do good in the world.
And in the other reality, Russia is acting like fucking Russia.