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Next President of the United Fates of America
In the meantime the media ramps up their daily tirade on Putin,
in reference to the impending meeting with Trump,
that may take place in Slovenia -- where Melania is from. 

The last few days saw an upsurge in US media focus on Putin.
Putin Critic, Who Said He Was Poisoned in 2015, Falls Into Coma
Quote:In Moscow, Mr. Kara-Murza, 35, 
has been in a coma and at the center of a politically hued medical mystery since Thursday 
as doctors puzzle over his symptoms while keeping him alive on artificial respiration.

Mr. Kara-Murza suffered similar symptoms in 2015 and later said he had been poisoned. 

Then, a French laboratory found elevated levels of heavy metals in his blood 
but was unable to pinpoint any specific poison.

Doctors determined the cause this time as “acute intoxication by an unidentified substance,” 
Mr. Kara-Murza’s wife, Yevgeniya Kara-Murza, said in an interview. 
His condition is stable but critical, she added.

“The onset was just as sudden as last time,” Ms. Kara-Murza said. 
“He is all surrounded by machines and covered in tubes.” 
Other than poisoning, she said, 
“we don’t see any other explanation.”

Ms. Kara-Murza said samples of her husband’s blood, hair and fingernails 
had been sent to laboratories in France and Israel in an effort to identify the mystery toxin.

After the 2015 episode, 
Mr. Kara-Murza recuperated in the United States and suffered lingering nerve damage for about a year, 
but returned to his political activism in Russia despite threats. 
The leader of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, for example, 
posted a photograph of Mr. Kara-Murza in cross hairs.

Last month, Mr. Kara-Murza submitted a letter critical of Mr. Putin’s government 
to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during cabinet confirmation hearings for Rex W. Tillerson, 
the secretary of state.

“There are higher risks than slander or imprisonment for those who oppose the regime,” 
Mr. Kara-Murza wrote. 
In Russia, he had been traveling to provincial cities to show a documentary about another Russian politician, 
Boris Y. Nemtsov, 
who was shot and killed on a Moscow bridge two years ago.
Litvinenko's widow cautions Trump over relations with Putin
Quote:Litvinenko also warned that the future of a serious challenger to Putin 
was in doubt Whip
after Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was this week found guilty of embezzlement, 
charges that he claims have been trumped up by the Kremlin.

Navalny had wanted to run for the Russian presidency, 
but may not be eligible now he has a criminal record - a five-year suspended prison sentence.

"They (the Russian opposition) can't protest openly ... 
they can't say anything ... 
they can't put anything on a blog or on Facebook because they'll be arrested. 
It's the lesson (sic) of the Russian government, 
since to make life as difficult as possible for the opposition," Litvinenko told DW.

That is amazing that the Litvinenko affair still resurges in the news.
 ... Hmm2 ... they must have gone out of their way with this interview timing,
just to drag Litvinenko's widow out of the wherever the heck she lives,
only to capture a face from the past that still haunts Putin repeatedly with bad press.

The Litvinenko murder was a media fascination and cold war circus horror comedy,
for people following the epic tragedy in the news for years.
It is the single most important event that follows Putin with endless recall of Kremlin killings.

and of course the Washington Post
Leaked Trump call to Putin
Quote:“The problems start when we get into concrete policies,” Makarkin said. 
“Trump is interested in reviewing the entire legacy of the Obama administration. 
He rejects even those things that may be mutually beneficial, 
like the New START treaty.” 

Moscow has limited hopes for Trump’s foreign policy Hmm2
and may be happy to see him spend more time focusing on his domestic goals, 
said Sergei Karaganov, 
a political scientist and dean of international relations at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.

“There is some skepticism about whether he can actually deliver,” 
Karaganov said, referring to Trump.
 “The best scenario is that we would stop cursing each other Lol
and have a slightly more civilized relationship.”

There may be a chance for cooperation fighting the Islamic State 
and finding a deal on managing the Ukraine conflict, he said.

But, he added: “Russia is not controlled in any kinds of agreements on nuclear arms control.

Moscow has previously downplayed suggestions by Trump about reductions in nuclear arms, 
including the suggestion of a “grand bargain” 
following Trump’s interview with several European news agencies 
that suggested a nuclear arms treaty for sanctions relief. 

“They have sanctions on Russia — 
let’s see if we can make some good deals with Russia,” 
Trump was reported as saying, 
according to Reuters and other news outlets. 

“For one thing, I think nuclear weapons should be way down and reduced very substantially, that’s part of it. 
But Russia’s hurting very badly right now because of sanctions, 
but I think something can happen that a lot of people are going to benefit.” 

The Kremlin shot that down. 

“Tying the issue of sanctions and the issue of nuclear reductions would unlikely be possible 

in the future from the expert viewpoint,” 
Peskov said in a televised interview the day after Trump’s inauguration in January. 
“Our president has said repeatedly that the issue of sanctions is not on our agenda. 
Russia wasn't the initiator of this issue. 
And, in Putin's words, it won't be the one to initiate lifting the restrictions.” 

Putin isn't fazed a bit by any of it.
He too, must be thinking along the lines of Karaganov:

 “The best scenario is that we would stop cursing each other  Hi
and have a slightly more civilized relationship.”


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RE: Next President of the United Fates of America - by Vianova - 02-11-2017, 03:40 AM

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