Skip to comments.Obama's absence at APEC summit triggers unfit reset in U.S.-Russia ties
Posted on 09/05/2012 4:45:43 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
VLADIVOSTOK, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- As U.S. President Barack Obama has decided to dodge the upcoming APEC summit, people from around the world, the Pacific rim in particular, are witnessing a mal-functioned reset of the relationship between such world powers as the U.S. and Russia.
The push-button to initiate the reset was done in 2009 by Obama and then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the London G20 Summit. But the resetting process since then has not been faring well.
To sit up alongside APEC leaders will only be U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has just skipped the regular APEC ministerial meeting prior to the summit by availing herself to a pre-summit visit to Asia.
The last time an American president skipped an APEC summit was in 1998 when sitting vice president Al Gore substituted Bill Clinton at the annual gatherings.
To pundits and laymen alike, the long announced reset would demand efforts from both sides to help match up the compatibility between the U.S.-Russia interaction before people can seriously hope to see the re-start of their relationship.
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Putin isn’t going to put up with our moron in chief. Hell, he had a sub in the Gulf to prove it.
No, Zero is scared to death of Putin. He knows Putin wants it all, just like Zero. Only one can have it all.
"For Putin, Gazproms monopoly over gas supplies to Europe, and specifically to neighboring former Soviet nations he evidently hopes to once again dominate, is essential. The abuse-of-dominance probe is apparently seen in the Kremlin as part of a bigger conspiracy to undermine Gazprom as a tool of Russian dominance and is seen in conjunction with plans to channel Turkmenistani and Azerbaijani gas to Europe through the South Caucasus and Turkey (see EDM, September 11).
Putin seems ready to severely push back. Gas supply shutoffs to Europe may follow, as may an invasion of the South Caucasus to change the regime in Georgia and, by implication, take over control of all existing or prospective oil and gas pipelines from Central Asia or the Caspian leading into Europe that bypass Russia."