‘As long as Trump’s in the White House, Putin will remain in the Kremlin,’ Nemets says

A meeting between Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump took place on the sidelines of the G20 summit on July 7, 2017. (Image: screen capture)

A meeting between Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump took place on the sidelines of the G20 summit on July 7, 2017. (Image: screen capture) 

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Many Western and some Russian commentators have seriously misread what the new American sanctions have done to the Russian stock market and ruble exchange rate, US-based Russian analyst Aleksandr Nemets says. Yes, those sanctions initially pushed down both, but both have largely recovered.

Moreover, the threat of any additional sanctions appears to have passed as has the threat that Russia would be cut off from the SWIFT payments system, something that would have had a most serious impact on the Russian economy and its ability to do business.

Consequently, Nemets continues, all the media hype notwithstanding, it is a profound mistake that Moscow now is mired in “fear and despair.”

Russians were initially genuinely frightened that the sanctions imposed earlier this month would be expanded upon, but when they saw that was not the case, they breathed a sigh of relief, not despair.

There are two reasons why the Russian equities market and ruble exchange rate, after taking an initial hit, have come back: oil prices continue to rise, and “talk about new sanctions still remains just that, talk.” And what Moscow feared most, being cut off from SWIFT, now is not likely to happen.

Nemets cites with approval a comment by the Bloomberg news agency that this reflects Moscow’s judgment about US President Donald Trump. “Trump,” it says, “is the most valuable Putin resource. It is crazy to deny this. And Putin will take care of Trump and not even try to use the mountain of compromising information he has about him against him.”

The reason is simple, Nemets argues: “as long as Trump sits in the White House, Putin will confidently keep control in the Kremlin; and the world will become ever more chaotic.”

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  1. Avatar KAvor says:

    “Trump is the most valuable Putin resource”

    Euromaidan press, which is unabashedly pro EU, and pro globalist, reveals it’s anti Trump bias.
    Really?! Was Trump a resource when over 200 mercenaries were sent from Syria to Russia in body bags? Incidentally, those were the same “little green men” causing trouble in east Ukraine.

    Was Trump a resource to Putin when he authorized military equipment to be sent to Ukraine?
    Or maybe Trump should give Russia control of another 20% of the US uranium… That would really piss off Putin!

    1. Avatar MichaelA says:

      yes 200 dead russian mercenaries was great – it was good that trump followed the advice of mcmaster mattis and tillerson
      a presidents job is to choose which advisers to follow so he did well with that
      but where are these lethal weapons you refer to?
      they were authorised months ago but never seem to have turned up
      and russia has never gained control of even 1% of us uranium so dont bother with that silly story
      the serious sanctions against russia appear to have been instituted by congress and now trump appears to be trying to roll them back
      perhaps not – it will be great to see otherwise

      1. Avatar KAvor says:

        The uranium deal happened. it is in the public record. The fact that it could possibly happen is the scandal. IT NEVER would have happened with “Putin’s resource”.
        Resource IS sending lethal weapons to Ukraine. https://www.rferl.org/a/javelin-missile-delivery-ukraine-us-confirmed/29200588.html
        You don’t even give him credit for the mercenaries. Biased Trump hater. Sad.

        1. Avatar Alex George says:

          I wouldn’t get too excited about the Javelin missiles, as there are only 37 actual launchers. The rest are just extra rounds to fire from those launchers.

          37 launchers is a token gesture, although its better than nothing. Ukraine has already produced 1,000 ATGW launchers of its own, and one hopes that it will have at least another 1,000 in service before any significant Russian aggression occurs. The Ukrainian missiles may be less effective than Javelin, but as Soviet Generals used to say, “Quantity has a quality all its own”. That applies to Russian tanks, and to Ukrainian anti-tank missiles.

          1. Avatar KAvor says:

            The javelins (on top of 200 dead mercs) are a gesture, but that gesture actually is huge. It signals that the US is on Ukraine’s side, and it is a confidence builder. Prior to Trump, Russia was virtually green lighted. The few javelins is the most we could expect from the US. I myself wouldn’t give Ukraine 1,000 javelins unless we knew corrupt generals wouldn’t put them in the hands of enemies. My point was that Trump is not a “resource” to Putin. It is a baseless assertion, shows ingratitude, and is even offensive.

          2. Avatar Alex George says:

            Its not that huge a gesture. USA has been aiding Ukraine with non-lethal equipment since 2014, and some of that has been more useful than a small amount of Javelins.

            “Prior to Trump, Russia was virtually green lighted.”

            It was no more or less “green lighted” then than it is now. One needs to look objectively at the support the US has previously given to Ukraine.

            “The few javelins is the most we could expect from the US.”

            Is it? The USA has put all sorts of weapons into the hands of allied groups in the Middle East and elsewhere. We have seen Syrian opposition groups firing TOW at Assad tanks. Javelins are a small gesture, unless in sufficient numbers compared to the likely number of opposing tanks.

        2. Avatar MichaelA says:

          of course the uranium deal happened – and it did not give russia control of any us uranium
          learn the basics of how business works before typing ignorance
          and yes it would have happened with trump because there was no basis for preventing it
          yes i did give him credit for the mercenaries as much as he deserved – read the first three lines of my post – or are your eyeballs painted on?
          Biased Trump worshipper. Sad.

  2. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

    Yup.