Putin Reportedly "Ready For Deep Concessions", Seeks Deal With Trump

We noted earlier that a Foreign Ministry official told Bloomberg that a US official had notified the Russian embassy that no sanctions would be forthcoming, contradicting Haley's comments from Sunday but affirming a Washington Post report the following day.

And it appears Russia is responding positively to that reported comment, as Bloomberg reports that Russian President Putin wants to give President Trump another chance to make good on pledges to improve ties and avoid escalation, according to four people familiar with the matter.

One said the Kremlin has ordered officials to curb their anti-U.S. rhetoric.

Putin’s decision explains why lawmakers Monday suddenly pulled a draft law that would’ve imposed sweeping counter-sanctions on U.S. companies, two of the people said. 

“Putin is ready to make numerous, deep concessions, but he has to appear like he’s not losing,” said Igor Bunin of the Center for Political Technologies, a consultancy whose clients include Kremlin staff.

“He understands Russia can’t compete with the West economically and he doesn’t plan to go to war with the West.”

Amid ominous tweets, conflicting statements from various administration officials, and demands from the Deep State to keep the boot on Russia's throat, one could be forgiven for brushing off this latest 'reported' US-Russia detente as a strawman designed to inspire more ire in Washington and corner Trump further into escalating tensions with Putin.

Finally, Bloomberg  notes that some administration officials are holding out hope that Trump might be able to stop the downward slide, especially after he congratulated Putin on his re-election in March and dangled the prospect of a White House summit. But given the current political climate in the U.S. it’s unlikely that any concession Putin may offer would be enough to bring a real thaw.



eforce HowdyDoody Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:20 Permalink

I wonder if the real target is the gulf monarchies since the Western establishment seems to want to spread democracy and Syria/Russia are (~partial) democracies, so they can loot them, by the US leaving and letting the gulf coalition take their place it would open up another front for draining their fx reserves since they are getting their butt kicked in Yemen.


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mkkby kralizec Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:24 Permalink

What possible concessions can Putin offer?  He's not going to leave Syria/Iran to the wolves.  He's not going to leave Crimea. 

The neocons won't take concessions.  They want total destruction.  They already reneged promises to keep missile defenses out of former soviet border countries.  Or from taking those countries in to Nato.

Putin can promise not to interfere in elections or gas people (which is probably fake).  That's about all.  Everything else is lines the US already crossed and he can't back down.

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marcusfenix bigkahuna Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:04 Permalink

Actions always speak louder than vague news reports...

And according to a statement from the Russian MOD s-300 batteries are being shipped to Syria as we speak in response to the recent airstrikes.

This will be a massive upgrade to the SAA's air defense capabilities and will raise the cost of any future aggressions for the West and Israel considerably.

All without the need for Moscow to get directly involved unless, of course there forces come under attack or there is an intervention on such a scale that it becomes clear that regime change is the objective.

Shoot down a few missiles and jets for the Syrians you protect them for a day but give them tools and training to do it themselves and you protect them for a lifetime.

The Russians have also boosted their own air defenses at there bases and are bringing in new military equipment on a daily basis. So while I have no doubt Putin is willing to talk in perhaps a last ditch effort to see if there is a way forward I have very serious doubts about any deep concessions being offered in the process.

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caconhma marcusfenix Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:58 Permalink

Russian did good in Syria lately: no single shot was fired by Russians but almost all NATO planes were shot down. Incredible success.

Let be honest: Putin is a high-value CIA asset and all that he wants to do is to ask his master for forgiveness. What Prostitutin cannot comprehend is that Trump is the fake US President and a fraud.

I bet what at the meeting Putin will be ready to give a blowjob to Trump.

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Give Me Some Truth Got The Wrong No Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:57 Permalink

What kind of concessions does America need from Russia? Russia is no real threat to America. It is not, believe it or not, planning to attack or invade America. That is, unless we keep poking them.

”We promise to no longer rig your elections.” That’s a great “concession” if one believes they really did, or could, rig one of our elections.

I guess Russia could pledge to stay out of Syria and Iran and thus let the neocons go ahead and invade, occupy and rebuild these nations. ... Now that WOULD be 3D chess. Such a “concession” would assuredly ensure the death of the American empire.

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LaugherNYC Give Me Some Truth Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:42 Permalink

If Russia would align with the West in reducing Islamist terror to the ash heap and to open the flow of oil and gas to market throughout the Middle East, aiding the move away from repressive, genocidal regimes that steal their nation's wealth, and rather spread it to the people through education, health care and tolerance, stop the demonization of Israel and the Jews, and become a force for modernity - not globalism, but simply coming into the 21st Century as a nation of laws and the end of corruption as a form of government -- that is what America wants and needs from Russia.

Why were RUSSIAN arms in the hands of the North Koreans, the North Vietnamese, the Libyans, the Iranians the Syrians -- every one of history's most repressive, murderous regimes? Why was Russia supporting the expansion of these regimes and forcing the United States into wars it had no desire or business to fight? Why does it do it still?

You know, history tends to discover that everything bad isn't one country's fault. The US has more than its share of guilt. But on balance, I look out my window and see how we - my neighbors from all over the world - live, and the question answers itself.

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Lumberjack Got The Wrong No Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:51 Permalink

BZ samples tested at Swiss lab in Skripal case ‘nothing to do’ with Salisbury – OPCW chief




It was BZ. Were Swiss Banks about to be ‘inspected’ by us/uk tax authorities? You can bet your ass on it. Ask Basel. (BIS/UK Banks) Also watch ‘All The Plenary’s Men’.

The symptoms are exactly that of BZ no ands, if’s or buts about it.

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el buitre I hate cunton Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:32 Permalink

Bollocks.  But it does Putin no harm to continue sounding like the only adult in the room.  Putin would trust the Deep State as readily as the Prince of Lies.  But the devil is in the details.  While a total economic break with the west will make life a lot more difficult for Russians (for a while), the Russian people are tough and will deal with it.  Russia has already shifted to China from Germany for high tech items they don't manufacture themselves.  They say its not quite as good quality as German, but good enough to do the job and a lot less expensive.  German industrialists are furious at Merkel.  Macron is facing revolution from any number of directions and has hired private army mercs to protect him.  The US economy, and I use that term loosely, is a multitude of bubbles searching for a pin.  Its real economy is far smaller than China's.  Half of its touted GDP is broken windows, shifting currency from the left pocket to the right, and doing each others laundry.

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trgfunds I hate cunton Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:49 Permalink

LOL most of you still don't get it. The billionaires and global rulers work together. Their respective country media runs interference for them to keep each domestic population confused and turned against a false enemy. The real enemy is you, (or the domestic population of each respective country) not Iran, not Syria, not Russia, not North Korea. Even world wars are simply business deals for them. There are no actual enemies. Expect further consolidation of power, alliances, and more money for them, less for you. Until you wake the fuck up and stop thinking anyone in the billionaire boys club is your friend. Count my downvotes, because each one of them represents someone who still believes in a politician savior. My guess is? Greater than 50%

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Give Me Some Truth JohninMK Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:31 Permalink

in chess parlance, Russia might be playing the “long game.”

America is imploding on its own. Why not stay out of the way as much as possible and let them?

I think China is using the same long-term strategy.

Trump is also like a bull in a china shop. Give him as much space as you can until he is finally put down and is out of the picture?

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BorisTheBlade MrPalladium Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:05 Permalink

Do not automatically assume that Russia is fully interested in the US imploding. In fact, back in the 70s when the crisis struck the US, Russia had a chance of leaving things as they are let the US implode under its own weight. It was decided otherwise, because ensuing chaos would be almost impossible to control. Despite all the theatrics on the surface, it seems deep down there's a fundamental interest of bringing things to a more manageable state, because we're all gonna fail in the end.

And I'll just leave this here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fUPH-035cE

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Give Me Some Truth BorisTheBlade Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:31 Permalink

I think Putin’s overriding “strategy” has become don’t let this crazy mother fucker and/or his crazy neocon advisors) draw me into a war neither I nor my country want. We’ll simply wait him out - offer some irrelevant “concessions” if this soothes his ego - but we will live past a Trump administration. Plus, signs are he might not even make it to a second term. 


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SmittyinLA Give Me Some Truth Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:25 Permalink

Actually China is on rocket sled to crashing, steeper than America's.

The have a billion people with unfunded laibilities, they've bet on exports and wagered their citizens health and their environmental territory on greed, CHINA is a socialist art project, they're gonna go bust soon then the blame starts with a billion people with lung cancer and no kids to maintain their economy, worse they're sitting on trillions in bad debt that's gonna decline in real value by a factor of 10 to 1.

The US is actually moving towards sustainable economy with gas, oil, coal, nuclear fuel and a broad based human economy.

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OverTheHedge JohninMK Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:29 Permalink

From your link:



That's one hell of a quote. Interesting stuff.

I always assumed "John in MK" meant you lived in Milton Keynes, and I had appropriate sympathy for you. It would seem that I was wrong.

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JohninMK OverTheHedge Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:48 Permalink

You were correct, I am indeed in Milton Keynes, looking out onto the Grand Union Canal, a lovely reminder of the past. But wrong in thinking sympathy was in order as MK is probably the most under-rated town/city in the UK, I have lived here since 1976 and it is a brilliant place to have brought up a family in and now live in in retirement.

I am not John Helmer, an Australian living in Moscow who, besides being much cleverer than me, writes some fascinating stuff especially on the frankly very strange comings and goings in the ownership of Russian assets, like Rusal currently.

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