Putin: “And I’m ready to come to Washington if appropriate conditions for work are created,”
I wonder what, according to Putin, “appropriate conditions for work” would be. If it involves Americans giving up their rights to assemble and to dissent and the right of an unfettered press to question the government, he will have a long, long wait.
Probably it means sometime when there isn’t such a media distraction over his presence. Last time, the media demanded that Trump castigate him on national (international probably) television. I don’t know why any head of state would submit himself to that. Putin is a scoundrel, but even scoundrels don’t readily accept being called that in front of the world.
Right now, the Democrat media is conducting foreign policy for the U.S. anyway, or trying to.
Nobody asked Americans to give up their rights to assemble and dissent. But foreigners don’t have to put up with being subjected to a media circus. Probably, increasingly, they won’t.
Here’s what Putin expects:
On Monday morning Russian president-elect Vladimir Putin left his office in the White House to head towards the lavish inauguration ceremony in the Grand Kremlin Palace. He was to swear in as president for the third time in his life, in front of the inner circles of the Russian establishment. The official livestream, scrupulously shot with the help of 63 cameras and few helicopters, shows a beautiful picture: the armored Mercedes limousine, escorted by jeeps and motorcycles, a triumphant proceeding through the wide streets and leafy boulevards of central Moscow.
But I didn’t actually see that. What I saw on the inauguration day was this:
Backyard of Novy Arbat street in central Moscow, blocked by regular and riot police on the day of Vladimir Putin’s inauguration. Cortege of the president-elect is merely seen passing behind an iron grill. May 7, 2012
The closest I could get to the cortege was this iron grill locking me inside of my own Arbat neighborhood.
Watch the inauguration video from minute six, and you won’t find a single ordinary citizen on Putin’s way to another six-year term. There were no cheering crowds lining up Novy Arbat, a touristy street that leads right to the walls of Kremlin. Neither was there anyone walking along the river embankment on that sunny holiday. Remember Obama’s inauguration? Vladimir Putin, who, according to the official results, won 64% of votes in March elections, triumphed though an empty, suddenly depopulated city in absolute solitude. It was the city of his dreams.
If civil rituals exist to demonstrate principles on which society is based, then the Russian president used it to declare: you’d better sit quietly.
President Trump is open to visiting Russia if President Vladimir Putin extends a formal invitation, the White House said on Friday.
Putin said in South Africa earlier in the day that he has already talked with Trump about a visit to Russia, although it did not appear that the Russian government has gone through the official protocols involved with following up.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump is open to receiving the official invitation and that Trump “looks forward” to a Putin visit to the United States sometime next year.
Sanders made no mention of Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Earlier, the White House said Trump would postpone his invitation for Putin to visit until next year because it believed Mueller’s “witch hunt” would be over by then.
Sanders’ statement suggested that the administration is now open to a Putin visit irrespective of whether Mueller’s investigation is completed or not.
It hasn’t been clear whether Trump’s earlier announcement, that he wanted to postpone an invitation to Putin, was due to wariness by the Kremlin about agreeing to the trip or some other reason.
There’s also no indication about when Mueller’s work might be complete.
Trump and Putin may meet on the sidelines of an international conference at some point, the Russian government had said, but the upshot of Friday’s back-and-forth was that both leaders want another bilateral summit as well at some point.
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