Skip to comments.Russia Just Warned The US That It May Play The 'Iran Card' On Ukraine
Posted on 03/19/2014 2:42:42 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
A senior Russian diplomat signaled a possible shift Wednesday in Russia's position on the ongoing Iranian nuclear talks amid tensions with the United States and other Western countries, according to The Associated Press.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted by the Russian news organization Interfax as saying the recent sanctions announced by the European Union and U.S. may force Russia to retaliate by altering its stance on the Iran talks. Such a move would dramatically escalate tensions between Russia and the West, which are already high amid Russia's annexation of Crimea on Tuesday.
"We wouldn't like to use these talks as an element of the game of raising the stakes taking into account the sentiments in some European capitals, Brussels and Washington," said Ryabkov, who is Russia's envoy to the ongoing Iran talks.
"But if they force us into that, we will take retaliatory measures here as well. The historic importance of what happened in the last weeks and days regarding the restoration of historical justice and reunification of Crimea with Russia is incomparable to what we are dealing with in the Iranian issue."
This brings up the possibility of colliding two of the most sensitive geopolitical issues of President Barack Obama's second term. Thus far, Russia and President Vladimir Putin have cooperated with the West on the Iran talks.
The move would put Obama in a corner. He wants a permanent deal with Iran so much so he has threatened to veto any congressional bill that could collapse the talks. He also needs Putin and Russia as his ally in the talks, along with a variety of high-profile foreign policy issues like in Syria and Afghanistan. Together, this reduces the U.S.'s overall leverage in slapping any harsh sanctions or other measures on Russia
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This is actually likely to make Barry act. He WANTS Iran to have the bomb!
That’s no way to treat a Nobel Peace Prize winner, our own Middle East affairs expert and foremost American foreign policy strategist.
Obama is playing “checkers” in a world playing “chess” and he’s not even very good at playing “checkers”.
The article is wrong. Russian has not cooperated on Iran. Russia is the source and the supplier for Iran’s nuclear program. The fate of hundreds of thousands of lives, if not more, by this reckless Putin policy, and Obama has acquiesced. Now, Putin plays the issue as if he has been restrained. Unbelievable.
Cupcake diplomacy working well I see...
For both cases, western whiteman loses. That is IF you consider the Russians to be western and whitemen.
Obama must be loving and savoring every moment!
Obama is playing checkers in a world playing chess and hes not even very good at playing checkers.IMO, chess is the wrong game.
Vlad is playing poker.
Of course Russia has been helping Iran get the bomb!
The only thing that matters at this late date, is how much longer is Israel willing to wait?
I’m amazed they haven’t acted already.
Obama concentratin' on his A game:
You need to understand neo-Eurasianism, which seems to be, more or less, the guiding philosophy behind what we’re seeing now.
As an example:
The book (The Foundations of Geopolitics) stresses the “continental Russian-Islamic alliance” which lies “at the foundation of anti-Atlanticist strategy”. The alliance is based on the “traditional character of Russian and Islamic civilization”.
Iran is a key ally. The book uses the term “Moscow-Tehran axis”.
Armenia has a special role and will serve as a “strategic base” and it is necessary to create “the [subsidiary] axis Moscow-Erevan-Teheran”. Armenians “are an Aryan people ... [like] the Iranians and the Kurds”.
Azerbaijan could be “split up” or given to Iran.
Georgia should be dismembered. Abkhazia and “United Ossetia” (which includes Georgia’s South Ossetia) will be incorporated into Russia. Georgia’s independent policies are unacceptable.
Amongst other things.
‘The Foundations of Geopolitics: The Geopolitical Future of Russia’ is a geopolitical book by Alexander Dugin. The book has had a large influence within the Russian military, police, and statist foreign policy elites and is used as a textbook in the General Staff Academy of Russian military.
I seriously believe that Dugin’s ideas - and those of the neo-Eurasianists - are the guiding ideology of Russia.
How about a beer summit....yeah, that’s highlight O’s diplomacy skills.
Get the Greek columns out and make a speech. That’ll do it.
Gog and Magog.
The author didn’t get the news that Benito is gone.
Then Israel will act.
Thank you for helping to explain what I witness.
I have to ask why would the Russians want to ally with the second most backwards people on the planet?
My grandmother , a german, used to give her husband periodic hell and in that scolding it was punctuated with “thinking like that you sill always be a stupid Russian”.
I’m thinking, in retrospect, she knew far more than she let on!
But remember, what you and I would refer to as ‘backwardness’ is what neo-Eurasianists consider ‘traditionalism’.
Rigidly hierarchial, ruthlessly conformist, and highly patriarchal cultures; this is what neo-Eurasianists are advocating. For them, Islamic culture is the perfect partner, and what’s more, it is also anti-Western, anti-democratic and anti-liberal.
It’s like peanut butter and jelly. The neo-Eurasianist philosophy can work quite nicely with their Islamic counterparts; they’re really not all that different. In neo-Eurasianism, religion is simply a means of exercising social control over the population - nothing more.
It’s all about global geopolitical power. That is - as it’s always been - the name of the game.
Thank you for an enlightening post. It certainly fits with what we are seeing.
He is one evil pos.