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“Colorful” Trump and Putin’s “Four Baskets”: Reflections on Upcoming Negotiations

The administration of Mr. Trump asserts that the meeting of the American President with Vladimir Putin will discuss those topics that the leaders themselves want to talk about. However, the Russians have already come up with "four baskets" of requests and proposals, which the American cannot avoid.

British newspaper journalist «The Guardian» Julian Borger pondered on the likely meeting between Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin at the G20 summit. Reflections written in the form of a content long essay. Select the main thing.

The world is waiting for a signal from the G20 summit, the author believes. The Kremlin "made a bet" on the levers that you can roll in the Oval Office. Is there anything to object to Mr. Trump?

For the first time on the sidelines of the Hamburg summit, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin will meet as presidents for the first time. However, it is not clear, the journalist notes, whether this is their first meeting at all. Over the past few years, Trump claimed the opposite: he met with Putin and “got on well with him”, he never met him.

The dynamics of the two leaders are important for the entire planet. Here, too, all is not clear. According to popular belief, one of them helped another one to be elected, whose cases are now “investigated” at home.

For a man with a temper temper, Trump has always been sensitive to Putin, the analyst believes. His admiration for his Russian counterpart has never been questioned. But Putin was much more careful. He called Trump "colorful", and this definition in the United States considered a compliment. However, in Russian the adjective “colorful” has both a positive and a negative connotation.

Heather Conley, director of the European Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, believes that the Kremlin "prepared in advance for this meeting." The Kremlin has a file on Trump, and clearly formulated goals.

It is curious that Herbert Raymond McMaster, Trump's national security adviser, told reporters that the meeting would be “free,” “no specific agenda.”

But the Kremlin has an agenda! And Mr Putin “considers the meeting critical for restructuring bilateral relations,” Borger points out.

Maxim Suchkov (Maxim Suchkov), a member of the Russian Council on International Affairs, said that back in March, the Russian Foreign Ministry invited foreign policy experts to develop a brainstorming session on Kremlin requests and proposals. Suchkov noted that Russian diplomats were talking about "four large baskets." These baskets contain regional issues (Ukraine and Syria), the creation of military channels of communication, and economic relations. The largest and most vague of the questions concerns the contours of the international order (how the United States and Russia live peacefully). Also Suchkov said that Moscow has a demand for the immediate return of two Russian diplomatic dachas in Maryland and New York.

Presumably, we add that Russia, with its forthcoming requests on the topic of "economic relations", is simply waiting for easing of the sanctions. However, Mr. Trump probably will not do it. “At home” after such a sanction relief (or rather, the promise of such relaxation) will be met unkindly. The overwhelming majority of congressmen are not only opposed to any easing of sanctions, but are ready to launch extended sanctions related precisely to the fact that the Russians “intervened in the elections”, that is, they practically put Mr Trump himself on the throne. On this issue, the Democrats and Republicans reached a consensus: this showed the latest amicable vote of legislators on new anti-Russian sanctions.

Observed and commented on Oleg Chuvakin
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  1. Vladimirets
    Vladimirets 4 July 2017 07: 35
    Wang, that we will not see and will not hear anything breakthrough, analysts will again begin to guess what this or that word, gesture, posture meant.
    1. Evil543
      Evil543 4 July 2017 07: 51
      GDP just needs to warn Trump that if "someone cheats, he will get a brazen, red face"
      1. Kent0001
        Kent0001 4 July 2017 09: 51
        Nothing depends on Trump; everything is decided by completely different people.
    2. vkl.47
      vkl.47 4 July 2017 08: 42
      Even if you agree behind closed doors. You are unlikely to find out what
  2. aszzz888
    aszzz888 4 July 2017 07: 37
    However, in the Russian language the adjective "colorful" has both a positive and a negative connotation.

    Hello Oleg! Listen to mericatos, so they don’t really know their language even with a dictionary! How do they know our "shades" in colloquial speech?
    1. Uncle lee
      Uncle lee 4 July 2017 07: 49
      Their writing does not correspond to what they read (in sound), and in terms of meaning - it does not lend themselves to understanding and logic! what
  3. Knowing
    Knowing 4 July 2017 07: 49
    And Nobody will find out what Putin will come to those G-20s, but by and large everything turned to a meeting Putin Trump... because a Chinese man said all by his presence in Moscow ... Yes, and Kissinger ... feel Everyone else is on the side
  4. Altona
    Altona 4 July 2017 07: 52
    Americans in politics fell to the level of trading on Privoz. In fact, we should talk about the “red lines”, for which it’s not worth advocating, the stakes are already too high, they have already begun to wave nuclear bombs. Another question will be about international law, and not the "law of the strong" and extraterritorial jurisdiction of the United States, when any person on the planet can be put in an American prison on false charges, or even suspicion, and kept there without trial for decades. And then we will talk about "sanctions" and Russia's access to international financial markets. Well, about the other types of business, mainly hydrocarbon.
  5. ochakow703
    ochakow703 4 July 2017 07: 54
    Not at all in the subject, but on time.
    I congratulate the people of America on Independence Day from conscience, honesty, humanity, and many positive human qualities. You are really a great nation !!! Barbarian captured the whole continent, destroyed the indigenous population, built on a lie and blood the Empire of world Evil - the stronghold of world fascism, and continue to sow grief around the world. All the best to you - pans in hell are already greased for you all with lard (they tried hard), and dead water boils in the boilers. Happiness and prosperity!
  6. Masya masya
    Masya masya 4 July 2017 08: 02
    have already come up with "four baskets"

    all at once in the trash ... lol
  7. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 4 July 2017 08: 05
    waiting for easing sanctions

    You might think that Russia stands with outstretched hand and a miserable face begging to lift the sanctions. The president clearly and clearly answered this to our and foreign journalists - "for our part, we will not raise the issue of lifting the sanctions at any meetings and negotiations."
  8. samarin1969
    samarin1969 4 July 2017 08: 22
    Trump, this selection could unbalance: ..... for a long time would laugh at journalistic fantasies.
  9. anjey
    anjey 4 July 2017 08: 30
    ask Uncle Vova that sanctions would not be lifted for longer
  10. afrikanez
    afrikanez 4 July 2017 08: 40
    It seems that something will change from this meeting. Amerikosy will remain amerikosy, but for us, as always, "to rake everything for everyone."
  11. The leader of the Redskins
    The leader of the Redskins 4 July 2017 08: 55
    I don’t want to whip anything, but I’ll definitely look at the comments on both sides - maybe a rational seed will come up from the common denominator. However, that the mattress will pose as a tough guy, and ours - unshakable one can be safely predicted !.
  12. Rostislav
    Rostislav 4 July 2017 09: 00
    Well, how can journalists get around such a topic as a meeting of the two most influential people on the planet? A great occasion to concoct another pseudo-analytical article about what exactly they will discuss there. Already to help our Foreign Ministry and the "basket of proposals" prepared.
    Dude, in the service of the forced to filter this swamp, even though they give milk coupons?