It sure looks like U.S.-Russian relations are no better under Donald Trump than they were under Barack Obama.
As Reuters reports, today the Kremlin told Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that he
will not meet President Vladimir Putin when he visits Moscow on Wednesday…
The Russians are hacked off because of the missile strike Trump ordered last week against Syria’s military. The Kremlin maintains that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad did not order a chemical weapons attack on his people; an attack that prompted Trump’s response. The Russians and the Iranians want an independent investigation into what happened in Syria.
The UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson was supposed to be in Russia today, but he called off his meeting with Putin a few days ago. And that has sent Russian propaganda into overdrive.
According to Sputnik News, Johnson has shown himself to be an amateur at international diplomacy. Meanwhile, RT has prominently featured a recent interview it conducted with a Danish journalist who asserts that neocons in the U.S. want war.
Whenever they want to gain something politically, they always blame Russia. I was only waiting for it that they of course would start to blame Russia for this gas attack. I think it is because for years they have been demonizing Russia and that is a good pretext for war. This is sort of gain political support for full-scale war because when you dehumanize people and their leader it is very easy to go to war and blame them for everything. I think this is a pretext or a way to try to gain public support for a full-scale war.
Funny, but I’m not hearing any calls in the U.S. for a “full-scale war” with Russia. Come to think of it, I’m not hearing calls for any kind of military confrontation with the Russians.