The FBI raid on the office, hotel room and home of President Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, on April 9, was part of an escalation designed to break Trump. It occurred in the midst of a desperate London-led offensive to turn Trump against Putin, at a time when Special Counsel Mueller's investigation into Trump's "collusion" with Putin in the 2016 election is collapsing. Since the whole purpose of Russiagate has been to prevent Trump from changing the relationship between the U.S. and Russia, from provocation and confrontation under Obama, to one of mutual cooperation, the same British intelligence networks responsible for the Russiagate lies moved directly against Putin and Russia with new provocations.
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If the intent of the absurd charges flung at Russian President Putin by Britain's Prime Minister May and her Foreign Minister Boris Johnson was to drive a wedge between U.S. President Trump and Putin, they have failed miserably. May not only accused Putin's intelligence operatives of poisoning former Russian spy and British double agent Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia, but demanded that governments accept her accusations, and join Britain in imposing sharp penalties against Russia. While the U.S., fourteen EU nations and six other governments went along with May, expelling more than 130 Russian diplomats, the British were not pleased, as many governments, including some which did expel Russian diplomats, expressed doubts about the lack of evidence to prove the charges, and President Trump repeatedly refused to blame Putin, though his government did expel diplomats.
The British Empire's geopolitical escalation against Russia, using the charge that Russian President Putin and his intelligence services were behind the alleged poisoning in London of a former Russian intelligence agent, was dealt a stunning setback on March 21, when Putin and U.S. President Trump spoke via phone. Trump called Putin to congratulate him on his overwhelming election victory. The two then engaged in a broad discussion of how to expand their collaboration on a series of crucial issues. The friendly tone of the conversation, as well as its content, set off an explosion of anti-Putin, anti-Trump diatribes, as the latest effort to prevent such collaboration, with Britain's Prime Minister May and her Foreign Minister Johnson insisting that the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter be used as a causus belli against Russia, was outflanked by the dialogue between the two.
Two developments this past week demonstrate conclusively that the so-called Russiagate narrative was never anything more than a dirty operation by defenders of the Old Paradigm of geopolitical imperial power to prevent a duly-elected U.S. President from breaking with that old, collapsing paradigm.
March 9—Contrary to the hyperventilation from major U.S. media, which claim the resignation of Gary Cohn is more evidence of the chaotic and dysfunctional character of President Donald Trump's presidency, a Washington insider described it is a major defeat for the City of London/Wall Street financial elite which have dominated U.S. economic policy for decades.
It is not exactly a secret that so-called neo-conservatives in the U.S. State Department and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), in conjunction with "left-wing" speculator and City of London operative George Soros, collaborated in the regime change coup in Ukraine in February 2014, which overthrew the democratically-elected government of Viktor Yanukovic. Former Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasian Affairs, the unabashed neocon Victoria Nuland, bragged that the U.S. and related agencies, such as the NED, spent $5 billion to lay the groundwork for the coup.
February 17—Last week, U.S. President Donald Trump engaged in the kind of personal diplomacy he pledged he would conduct during his campaign, when he said he would seek friendly, cooperative and mutually beneficial relations with Russia and China, in contrast to the dangerous hostility generated by Barack Obama's provocative confrontations with the two great powers.