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The end of an era of American ultimatums. EU and Russia united against USA

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Recently, the EU ambassador to the US, David O'Sullivan, made a statement that can be called the first sign of the political spring. There was a “spring” among the Arabs, and now it will strike Europeans who want to be free from American dictate. The European Union’s call for a boycott of anti-Iranian sanctions, conceived by the overseas hegemon, has caused considerable resonance in international diplomacy and in the world press. Is the era of American ultimatums coming to an end? And this process is accelerated by impulsive Donald Trump.




The EU Ambassador to the USA David O'Sullivan recently made a statement that was immediately dubbed in the Western and Russian press as a sensation. It’s no joke: the EU went with the Russians against the great world hegemon!

According to Mr. O'Sullivan, the Americans want to impose new sanctions against Iran, but these sanctions are "in good conscience" unjustified. And if so, the EU intends to boycott them.

According to Mr. O'Sullivan, who leads IA "REGNUM"“We cannot, with a clear conscience, impose sanctions again without a good reason.”

This statement, sensational in its diplomatic and political essence, has a background.

At the last UN General Assembly, the French ambassador, Gerard Aro, said: “Iran, China and Russia have made it absolutely clear that there will be no revision of the agreement, it works as it is.” Mrs. Mogherini confirmed: the nuclear deal with Tehran is working.

But the speeches on this issue representatives of Russia.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov defined the US strategy as “flawed and vicious”. Minister Lavrov noted the ultimatum of the US path: “... if you want to discuss any other issues concerning Iran, this should be done with its obligatory participation and on the basis of consensus, and not by ultimatums.”

Earlier, the world press reported that Washington is ready to withdraw from the agreement with Tehran unilaterally. Such an exit is envisaged in the event that the “European partners” do not work “on correcting the deficiencies” of the agreement. So flown in the State Department, where they then stated that Donald Trump approves the extension of the agreement with Tehran only in order to give time to "correct the terrible flaws" of the nuclear deal.

The decision to postpone the introduction of new sanctions against Iran, Mr. Trump adopted on January 12. However, this does not mean that the White House and the State Department will continue to pull. It is not without reason that a probable exit from a nuclear deal and its “terrible flaws” are reported. ”

Earlier, last October, Donald Trump formulated his strategy for Iran. The President of the United States does not believe that Iran is implementing the agreement on the nuclear program. In connection with his own statement, Trump promised to seek changes to the agreement. Otherwise, the United States will cease to participate in the transaction.

Apparently, because of the intransigence of the Trump administration, a new meeting was held on the Iranian issue. More precisely, on the issue of the conflict diplomatic situation that has developed between the White House and the Iranian authorities during the reign of Mr. Trump, who considers Iran to be a state "sponsoring terrorists around the world."

As the TASS, officials from the European Union and the United States are planning to meet in Berlin to negotiate a Joint Comprehensive Action Plan on the Iranian nuclear program. A certain “European diplomat” told Reuters that the meeting was scheduled for March 15.

On the eve of the meeting, the aforementioned Ambassador David O'Sullivan held an event for the American press, the purpose of which was to explain the position of the EU, which opposes Trump's strong desire to prevent the Iranian nuclear deal.

David O'Sullivan's statements led edition «Bloomberg». In the publication N. Wadhams notes that the Europeans really "dug up the ax" and oppose the new sanctions against Iran. New sanctions would jeopardize the 2015 nuclear deal of the year.

According to the European Union’s ambassador to the US, David O'Sullivan, there are no problems that could become worse than turning Iran into a “nuclear state,” the ambassador said at a meeting with editors and journalists in the Washington-based bureau “Bloomberg”.

“And the first thing to do,” he said, “is to make sure that there is no nuclear weapons. But this is exactly what the agreement did, and is doing, in our opinion, now. It works".

However, in January, Trump "swore to back down" on what he himself considers the "worst deal" one can imagine. “Retreat” is scheduled for May 2018. A “retreat” will take place if the “shortcomings” of the transaction are not eliminated.

“This is the last chance,” said as Trump snapped.

Trump's words are not an empty threat. US officials focused their close attention on negotiations with their European counterparts. We are talking about attempts to limit Iran’s continuing development of a ballistic missile program. Meanwhile, the latter is clearly not prohibited under the agreement reached in 2015, signed with the United States and five other powers.

O'Sullivan says that the EU will not support the return of trade sanctions lifted from Iran when a nuclear agreement is adopted, on any other basis, for example, in punishment of Iran’s missile program or for “supporting terrorism”.

True, here O'Sullivan, rather, expressed his opinion, rather than voiced the official position of the EU. “In my opinion, this will not work,” he said. “We have lifted the sanctions that were part of the deal, and, speaking from a clear conscience, it is impossible to return these sanctions without a good reason.”

The EU ambassador also rejected Washington’s opinion that the 28 alliance of countries is not in a hurry to condemn Iran because it is afraid of risking a deal. The diplomat noted, not without irony, that in the United States there is a “real myth”, generated by some people concerned about Europe’s trade relations with Iran. Like, for the sake of selling several cars or several planes, Europeans are ready to "sell their souls." “We do not sell our principles in order to achieve success in several trade deals,” commented the behavior of the EU, Mr. O'Sullivan.

The ambassador also noted that the EU will try to find a compromise with the United States, since the United States is “a friend and ally” of Europe, with whom Europe “wants to work”.

At the same time, the European Union will not do anything that would jeopardize a deal with Iran. This is “absolutely necessary for the national security of Europe,” O'Sullivan said, repeating once again that the EU will not “revise the deal” and will not do “anything that, in our opinion, will put the deal at risk.”

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If you recall the comments of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation cited above, then it must be admitted: there is indeed an unusual situation. Against the United States on the same side today are the EU and Russia. And of course, Iran.

Will Mr. Trump go against the collective will of the European Union? Will Brussels and Washington encounter in a diplomatic conflict? If so, how will it end?

The new sanctions policy against Iran could lead to the decision of Iran to develop the very nuclear program.

In addition, the new sanctions, issued in a "one-sided" manner, could have an effect on the long-time desire of some EU countries to relax sanctions against Russia. If Washington decides for itself, without its “allies and friends”, what measures against whom to use, then the EU can take a unilateral decision and soften the restrictive measures taken against Russia.

Let's wait for 15 March. On this day, as it is expected, negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program will take place. The maximum period when Trump has to decide something on the Iranian deal comes in May. If the EU reaffirms its determination in March and May and the agreement with Iran is removed, this will mean that the era of American ultimatums is a thing of the past.

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  1. Andrey Yuryevich
    Andrey Yuryevich 6 March 2018 07: 02
    +9
    EU and Russia united against USA
    sounds too futuristic ... wait and see.
    1. Tatar 174
      Tatar 174 6 March 2018 08: 33
      +4
      Quote: Andrey Yurievich
      sounds too futuristic

      And where do they go? Until the moment when they begin to remove American bases from the territory far away and NATO continues to exist, not all at once, but will be.
      1. dog breeder
        dog breeder 6 March 2018 11: 25
        +5
        Tatar 174 Today, 08:33 ↑
        Quote: Andrew Y.
        sounds too futuristic
        And where do they go? Until the moment when they begin to remove American bases from the territory far away and NATO continues to exist, not all at once, but will be.

        Do not flatter yourself. The EU will never be at one with Russia, especially against the United States. Too much will be at stake, the old Europe will not pull. Yelling - yes, something serious - is unlikely.
        1. ARES623
          ARES623 6 March 2018 19: 39
          +2
          Quote: dog breeder
          Do not flatter yourself. The EU will never be one with Russia

          I completely agree with this. Too dramatic are our contradictions and differences of opinion. In this war against the USA, everyone is for himself. In this story, the enemy of my enemy is still not my friend at all ...
          1. Tatar 174
            Tatar 174 9 March 2018 12: 40
            +3
            Quote: ARES623
            I completely agree with this.

            I also agree that our paths are different. I am talking only about NATO and their bases. The EU is beginning to understand the meaning of American bases, that they can do nothing with Russia other than unleashing a war on a European theater of war, and to keep the EU in the American sphere of influence, it’s quite so, because American troops in Europe are occupying forces and are aimed at them, our missiles are the most important thing.
            1. ARES623
              ARES623 9 March 2018 19: 31
              +1
              Quote: Tatar 174
              The EU is beginning to understand the meaning of American bases, that they can do nothing with Russia other than unleashing a war on a European theater of war, and to keep the EU in the American sphere of influence, it’s just that, after all, American troops in Europe are occupying forces and are aimed at them, our missiles are the most important thing.

              Maybe they (the EU) are beginning to understand something, but the EU is so dependent on the USA that they will not be able to jump out of the hands of the USA, and therefore they will fulfill their will, including in NATO.
        2. ibn.shamai
          ibn.shamai 10 March 2018 10: 35
          +3
          Europe will pull everything if it unites with Russia, drinks combining eurotechnology with our resources, which the Americans are terribly afraid of and are trying by all means to prevent this! Another question is whether the European bureaucrats are ready for this ??? More likely not ... yet! repeat
      2. Semen1972
        Semen1972 6 March 2018 12: 51
        0
        Quote: Tatar 174
        And where do they go? Until the moment when they begin to remove American bases from the territory far away and NATO continues to exist, not all at once, but will be.

        But if they take away NATO bases, their defenses will drop very much, and army spending will increase ... Who will protect them from America or China?
        1. Tatar 174
          Tatar 174 6 March 2018 14: 10
          +2
          Quote: Semen1972
          But if they take away NATO bases, their defenses will drop very much, and army spending will increase ... Who will protect them from America or China?

          Sorry, you said something or I did not understand. It turns out that if NATO bases are removed from Europe, then who will protect them from America, that is, NATO and China ... But what does China have to do with the European theater of war?
    2. Vend
      Vend 6 March 2018 09: 05
      0
      Quote: Andrew Y.
      EU and Russia united against USA
      sounds too futuristic ... wait and see.

      For the west, where the rump is there and friends.
      1. tatka
        tatka 6 March 2018 12: 49
        +1
        Where the gain is there and friends. So this is right about us. For Russia, it is normal to buy friends.
    3. iouris
      iouris 7 March 2018 13: 47
      0
      Quote: Andrey Yurievich
      sounds too futuristic ...

      "And it’s easy to deceive me - I’m glad to deceive myself!"
  2. Lynx33
    Lynx33 6 March 2018 07: 38
    +1
    It’s just that the American “partners” didn’t call them for a long time, so the Europeans unbelted :)
  3. g1washntwn
    g1washntwn 6 March 2018 08: 01
    +4
    All who have previously prayed for the American version of democratic globalization are beginning to gradually see clearly. In losharas, six for the rotten crust of bread from the master's table are less and less willing.
  4. Geterosigma
    Geterosigma 6 March 2018 08: 03
    0
    The EU actually sleeps and sees when Russia finally gets stronger then they immediately turn around booty to the United States. Europeans, they are pragmatic in life.
    1. Strashila
      Strashila 6 March 2018 08: 06
      +2
      They already stand booty to America ... it remains that they cease to be rocky for us and lower their heads lower and get double pleasure.
  5. Masya masya
    Masya masya 6 March 2018 09: 31
    +5
    Europeans really “dug an ax”

    As they dug up, they bury it ... especially since ...
    True, here O'Sullivan, rather, expressed his opinion rather than voiced the official position of the EU.

    No need to wishful thinking ...
    1. novel66
      novel66 6 March 2018 10: 00
      +1
      Masenka! love Europeans are really sad. on the one hand they are being pushed into a bargain from the usa. where they will only lose. on the other, supporting sanctions against us is again an economic bummer. I want a surplus!
      1. Masya masya
        Masya masya 6 March 2018 10: 06
        +4
        Hello, Roman! love
        Quote: novel xnumx
        I want a surplus!

        I would like to laugh ... Trump quickly flaunts their Wishlist ... wink
        1. stalkerwalker
          stalkerwalker 6 March 2018 10: 57
          +3
          The problem is that both the United States and Europe (especially the latter) gradually crawled into the "era of sanctions policy" under the slogan "Caesar is Caesar's, and locksmith is fitter."
          Thus, all agreements signed earlier, both the WTO and the “deal on Iran,” are interpreted today in a way that is beneficial to the US-EU bond. And this state of affairs is nothing but dictatorship reinforced by NATO ringing and clanging.
          The Anglo-Saxon world has finally been blown away from imaginary impunity. As indicated in his message (to hell) GDP 01.03.2018.
          And if the US hopes to sit overseas, then Europe should make a choice - either to resume an independent policy on the Eurasian continent, or to become a sort of US penal battalion on a European theater.
          1. Masya masya
            Masya masya 6 March 2018 11: 18
            +5
            Quote: stalkerwalker
            Europe should make a choice

            only they don’t make this choice and it is not known whether they will make it at all ... it seems like I want to, but it’s prickling ...
            1. stalkerwalker
              stalkerwalker 6 March 2018 14: 49
              +2
              Quote: Masya Masya
              and it’s not known whether they will do it at all ... I’d like to, but it’s prickling ...

              They won’t do it themselves - the USA will do it for them, having ordered them to be “infantry” in the war with the Russian Federation. There is always a choice.
  6. AleBors
    AleBors 6 March 2018 09: 43
    +3
    Europeans can arbitrarily talk about independence in their decisions, but these are just words for the press. In fact, in the territory of the EU countries there is such a quantity of American military that it will cool down once any independent ardor. They are there, in fact, for this and stand.
    1. novel66
      novel66 6 March 2018 10: 01
      +1
      occupiers need to keep an eye on the occupied, so as not to be naughty
    2. Semen1972
      Semen1972 6 March 2018 12: 57
      +1
      Quote: AleBors
      Europeans can arbitrarily talk about independence in their decisions, but these are just words for the press. In fact, in the territory of the EU countries there is such a quantity of American military that it will cool down once any independent ardor. They are there, in fact, for this and stand.

      Why do we even need to pay attention to the West, this is their own business, as they want, let them live, we don’t care. With the new term of GDP, the summits are full of affairs, now we are entering the new term with super weapons and no one is threatening us, we will build a new country, ahead of the Europeans and the Chinese (according to Putin, we increase the GDP by 1,5 times) ... so it's time to get out of the couch and go to work, we will discuss the west later, in a new country !!!
      1. AleBors
        AleBors 6 March 2018 13: 00
        +1
        Blessed is he who believes .... No.
        Go and work, there is nothing to sit on the Internet ... You have so much to do. I just don’t know how you will manage to do everything alone. wink
  7. Saffron
    Saffron 6 March 2018 10: 00
    +1
    “We cannot, with a clear conscience, impose sanctions again without a good reason”
    Come on? When it stopped you. They can’t find a reason, dial something into the test tube, here’s the reason ...
  8. Saffron
    Saffron 6 March 2018 10: 01
    0
    Quote: g1washntwn
    In losharas, six for the rotten crust of bread from the master's table are less and less willing.

    But there are leaders among them, I will not name them
  9. Saffron
    Saffron 6 March 2018 10: 15
    0
    In the modern world (let us take the last few centuries), while strengthening one country, other civilized countries, realizing the danger and the constant desire of the strong to control and suppress the will of the weak, sought to negotiate opposition. Now the situation is already quite running. Hitler was also launched ...
  10. Galleon
    Galleon 6 March 2018 11: 13
    +1
    The article is a test of the VO community for political naivety. What for?
  11. Paranoid50
    Paranoid50 6 March 2018 12: 13
    +1
    No, the redhead is still a huckster, not a politician. negative But what an exemplary family man. yes Well, how can you refuse your beloved (?) Son-in-law, who is constantly blowing in his ears, patting the father-in-law on the shoulder with one hand, and twisting the pace with the other. laughing
    1. Captain45
      Captain45 6 March 2018 16: 18
      0
      Quote: Paranoid50
      But what an exemplary family man. yes Well, how can you refuse your beloved (?) son-in-law, who is constantly blowing in his ears, patting his father-in-law on the shoulder with one hand, and twisting the pace with the other. laughing

      Poor you follow the current situation. Trump removed his son-in-law from political affairs and even asked from the White House. So your post, as they say, past the cash register lol
      1. Paranoid50
        Paranoid50 6 March 2018 16: 40
        +1
        Quote: Captain45
        Trump removed his son-in-law from political affairs and even asked from the White House. So your post, as they say, past the cash register

        On the contrary, everything is in color. yes Why should it shine in public if the red-haired one at his instigation solves any issues anyway. laughing
        1. Captain45
          Captain45 6 March 2018 16: 44
          0
          Well, then Dmitry Simes is lying like a gray gelding. He spoke about the removal of Trump's son-in-law from politics just yesterday, outlining the situation in the American establishment.
  12. Savignon
    Savignon 6 March 2018 15: 08
    0
    Many letters. Do not read.
  13. Anyone
    Anyone 8 March 2018 10: 04
    +1
    And now is the time for news from a parallel universe: "The EU and Russia have teamed up against the United States."
  14. Naughty
    Naughty 9 March 2018 12: 07
    +2
    NEVER- YES while the USA exists, this will not be by definition))))
  15. Forever so
    Forever so 10 March 2018 22: 15
    +1
    What will end ?? Yes geyropeytsy gurgle, then wash the ass and take a pose. Americans will bend everyone until the real threat to their lives on the North American continent is real.
  16. NF68
    NF68 12 March 2018 20: 44
    0
    Trump recently said that it is possible the US will introduce customs duties not only on steel and aluminum from the EU, but also threatened Germany with the introduction of the same duties on Mercedes and BVM. The German burghers tensed. They really don’t like it when the kind overseas uncles so openly look into their pocket. If the United States will continue to introduce its duties, then the leading EU countries just want-don't want, but you have to look for new markets for their products.