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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Weeks before meeting with Trump on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, Putin explained he’s dealt with three US presidents – Bush, Obama and Trump.

“They come and go, but politics stays the same at all times,” he explained. “Do you know why? Because of the powerful bureaucracy.”

“When a person is elected, they may have some ideas. Then people with briefcases arrive, well dressed, wearing dark suits, just like mine, except for the red tie, since they wear black or dark blue ones.”

“These people start explaining how things are done. And instantly, everything changes. This is what happens with every administration.”

Names and faces change. Deplorable US policies continue like always.

Over two hours of Putin/Trump talks in Hamburg changed nothing – other than both leaders finally meeting face-to-face, a chance for extended discussion on issues of importance to both countries.

Russia’s leader genuinely wants improved bilateral relations, conflict resolution in Syria and Ukraine, avoiding a potentially catastrophic one on the Korean peninsula, and putting to rest the Big Lie about Russian US election hacking once and for all.

Trump is hostage to America’s deep state, powerful interests controlling him – Wall Street, war-profiteers, other corporate predators, lobbyists and others representing them deciding how America is run, and the Israeli tail often wagging the US dog.

He and Putin appeared to get along well, their public comments and demeanor far different from Putin/Obama interfacing.

Their meeting scheduled for 35 minutes exceeded two hours. Rex Tillerson called it “a pretty good exchange” of ideas. The two leaders “connected very quickly,” adding the Russians “see (things) a little different than we do.”

Putin pressed Trump for evidence of alleged Russian US election hacking, stressing no meddling of any kind occurred.

Trump seemed to accept his assurance. All along he’s been dubious about the accusation. Apparently the US intelligence community briefing on this issue failed to convince him.

Agreeing on ceasefire in southern Syria is dubious at best. Earlier ones throughout years of conflict were observed only by Damascus, its allied ground forces and Russia.

Washington and its terrorist foot soldiers flagrantly breached them every time. It’s hard being optimistic for a different outcome this time.

Regime change and imposition of pro-Western puppet governance remains Washington’s objective in Syria – why Obama waged war in the first place, Trump continuing what he began, escalating conflict, not ending it.

In Hamburg, Tillerson said the Trump administration sees no longterm role for Assad in Syria, how he leaves “yet to be determined,” stressing eventual transition will replace him, not a hopeful conflict resolution sign.

Announced ceasefire in southwest Syria may turn out more mirage than reality. Trump getting along well with Putin during their first meeting belies longstanding US imperial objectives.

Washington wants all sovereign independent governments replaced by pro-Western subservient ones – Russia, China, Iran and North Korea on its target list.

Given longstanding US hostility toward Russia, Putin aims to make the most out of a bad situation, telling Trump:

Phone conversations on international issues aren’t enough. “If we want to find positive solutions to bilateral issues and the most important and urgent international problems, (face-to-face) meetings…are essential.”

He “hope(s) (Friday’s) meeting will produce positive results.” He knows relations with America are fraught with dangers under Republican and Democrat leadership.

It’s been this way for the past century, things today at a post-Cold War low. One meeting with Trump leaves unchanged how far apart both nations are on vital geopolitical issues.

Trump saying “(w)e look forward to a lot of very positive things happening for Russia and the United States” ignores longstanding hostility toward a nation dark forces in America consider its main threat.

It’s not a good sign going forward. In the cold light of Hamburg’s aftermath, bilateral US/Russia relations remain more adversarial than amicable.

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Stephen Lendman
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.