Thu Jun 30th, 2022 at 08:58:46 PM EST
Not by US president Biden, nor by Antony Blinken ... not by key warmongers UK PM Boris Johnson with cabinet members Ben Wallace or new FM Liz Truss ... the new German administration was far from capable to tackle this global crisis ... EU President Emmanuelle Macron stood alone ... not even backing from EU Foreign Affairs minister Josep Borrell - very weak performance, anti-Russia bias - and VDL with previous task as Defense minister too gave no backing in this effort to meet the decades long request by Russia to make a security deal for all of Europe.
Biden, Johnson, Stoltenberg vetoed any commitment for a diplomatic compromise ... even a begin of negotiations ... the Donbas stand-off already ensured 8 years and the Minsk agreements were torpedoed by both Kyiv and Washington. Zelensky had no leverage to make any decision not in line with Warsaw, London, NATO HQ and Washington. Already #zelensky was a dead man walking ... on intensive care with oxygen moderated by his "allies".
News conference following Russian-French talks
Moscow, 8th February 2022
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr President, ladies and gentlemen,
It is a pleasure to welcome you to the Kremlin and to host the President of the French Republic, Mr Emmanuel Macron in Russia.
It appears symbolic that our meeting is taking place on February 7 (it looks like it will end on February 8, Moscow time), the day when a fundamental treaty between Russia and France was signed 30 years ago. That vital document provided a reliable foundation for the development of bilateral cooperation based on partnership and mutual respect for decades to come.
Our talks with President Macron today were held in a business-like atmosphere and were substantive and meaningful.
[Continued in a separate diary for full Kremlin press briefing]
US Intelligence: Attack 'Imminent' Postponed To Next Week | Fri. Feb. 11th, 2022 |
Ushakov added, Putin said the West had ignored main Russia's security concerns, saying the US and its allies had been "pumping up" Ukraine with new weaponry and encouraging provocations by Ukrainian forces in the Donbas region and in Crimea.
Biden warns Putin US will ‘impose severe costs’ on Russia if it invades Ukraine
US President Joe Biden warned Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call Saturday that the United States "will respond decisively and impose swift and severe costs on Russia" should it invade Ukraine.
Macron Urges EU Dialogue with Russia | Jan. 20, 2022 |
Watching tonight ...
Europe L'aventure Française -- France2 documentary Macron in Moscow call with Putin
Macron riles Russia with documentary releasing content of Putin calls | Le Monde |
Unashamed to create scenes on the international stage, French President Emmanuel Macron sometimes takes liberties with the levels of secrecy that are usually enforced in diplomatic affairs. Even if it means causing a few incidents.
Russian state news agency Ria Novosti, a conduit for Russian President Vladimir Putin, recently alluded to the France 2 broadcast of A President, Europe and the War. In this documentary filmed in the heart of the Elysée Palace and scheduled to air on Thursday, June 30, director Guy Lagache was allowed to record the entire conversation between the French president and his Russian counterpart. With excerpts from this call having been published in the last few days across various media, the Russian agency took offense and stated on Twitter that "for a long time the French have not respected the diplomatic rules of negotiations."
The filmed exchange took place on February 20, four days before the war. Mr. Lagache followed the almost two-hour-long interview from the office of the head of the diplomatic cell of the Élysée, Emmanuel Bonne. He recorded as Mr. Macron tried to push Mr. Putin to an agreement "in principle" to meet with Joe Biden in Geneva.
The film includes nine riveting minutes in which the Russian president explained that the Ukrainian government "is not democratically elected" but the result of a "bloody coup d'état" during which "people were burned alive," and for which Volodymyr Zelensky "is one of those responsible." Mr. Putin said it was "always a lot of pleasure" to speak with Mr. Macron, including from his gym, and made some promises.
(Near the end of the call I understood both presidents would leave it to their advisors for a communique and further talks - Putin was now heading to or watch an ice hockey match -- desinteresse drips from this comment ... time has elapsed and Macron had a solitary proposition without any backing ... on personal recognition he came empty-handed ... the fool ... in a call with Boris Johnson, he got a negative reply negotiations won't get you anywhere ... the UK never, never tried and showed vile adversity to any opening towards the Kremlin. Macron never had a chance two minutes before twelve of a war waiting to happen.)
Behind the scenes, Mr. Bonne warned Mr. Lagache that the Russian president "always lies."
In fact, the meeting between the Russian and American presidents never took place.
Late call Macron with Boris Johnson on February 20
Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to French President Macron tonight about the situation in Ukraine | 20 February, 2022 |
The Prime Minister spoke to French President Macron tonight about the situation in Ukraine.
They updated one another on their respective diplomatic efforts, including President Macron's call with President Putin today.
The Prime Minister noted that President Putin's commitments to President Macron were a welcome sign that he might still be willing to engage in finding a diplomatic solution. The Prime Minister stressed that Ukraine's voice must be central in any discussions.
The leaders agreed on the need for both Russia and Ukraine to meet their commitments under the Minsk Agreements in full. They also underscored the need for President Putin to step back from his current threats and withdraw troops from Ukraine's border.
Nonsense how the media reported the failed telephone call ... the Pentagon and NSA espionage new what was about to happen.
Macron paves way for potential Putin-Biden summit on Ukraine crisis | The Guardian |
Zelensky reacted after the attack on Ukraine 🇺🇦 started ... suggested to get together with allies and Biden to STOP THE WAR, I am sure Putin 🇷🇺 will listen 😡 .. Macron asked Zelensky if he was willing to negotiate ... he replied in the affirmative ⁉️
Why in hell 🔥 did this war start ... no one stepped up to negotiate ... too many hardliners with an anti-Russia agenda ... Europe, UK and especially Biden failed miserably, just as I suspected.
As it happened: Macron pushes for diplomacy, US warns Russian invasion of Ukraine imminent | France24 - Feb. 20, 2022 16:14pm |
Satellite images show new Russian troop build-up
[Update: 02:08am Paris time]
Satellite images show new deployments of Russian troops and military equipment near the Ukrainian border, a US company said Sunday evening.
The pictures show "multiple new field deployments of armoured equipment and troops" departing from existing military sites into forests and fields approximately 9 to 19 miles from Russia's border with Ukraine, US satellite imagery company Maxar said in an email.
Closing ranks to fight a war, there was no appetite to prevent this war.
No surprise France Elysee releases this documentary now as the united NATO military effort is failing on all sides. Winning the PR battle but losing on the military battlefield.
Zelensky will travel to Poland and wait for the instructions from president Joe Biden. ‼️
Analysis by military watchers from rightwing warmongers who were optimistic about a Russian defeat ...
Patient and Confident, Putin Shifts Out of Wartime Crisis Mode | NY Times |
Great insight behind the scenes ... valuable.
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False representation of facts in behest of Biden's war on the European consumer for American interests only.
Whiff of Munich in the Air | Feb, 13, 2022 |
Damn irresponsible fools at the controls of war and devastation ... freedom of Europe at stake. Do not expect any rational leadership out of Washington DC. Mainland Europe should take a long lead what has happened to American democracy after the 9/11 attacks.
Where are the mass protests?
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British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has compared Western diplomatic efforts to head off a Russian invasion of Ukraine to the appeasement of Nazi Germany ahead of World War II.
Wallace told the Sunday Times that Russian President Vladimir Putin could send his massed troops into Ukraine “at any time.”
And he suggested unnamed Western countries were not being tough enough with Moscow.
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Full break of [Old] Europe with aggressive war hawks in London and Washington DC.