Transoceanic Yelp: The United States and Russia

Posted: July 9, 2012 in Sideviews
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The United States have quickly responded to Russia after the law on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are funded from abroad.

After the law was adopted at the Russian Duma (representative council in Russia), the United States have issued a formal statement within the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe), that should clarify the U.S. position on this issue.

Actually, this statement by the United States is not unusual. They do not like this law, so they have just said something about it. Like Putin once has remarked in another context: “The dogs bark, the caravan moves on.”

That is a saying from the Arab region. However, there is an interesting passage in the statement by the United States about the new Russian NGO law:

“Noting also the speed with which the draft law appears to be moving through the Duma, the United States strongly urges Russian authorities to carefully consider this legislation and ensure that its provisions meet Russia’s international human rights obligations and OSCE commitments on human rights, fundamental freedoms, and the rule of law.”

…And further with the text. Now, with this formulation, the U.S. position smells a bit like an interference in internal Russian affairs. Recommendations of this kind still sound a bit like “Hey, guys, do you have a problem?”

One can only imagine the smell and the decibels that would occur if, for example, the Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov would give some recommendations to the U.S. Congress. Especially, if he – as it is said in the original statement – does this “strongly”.

In the context of the statement by Mrs. Clinton, that Russia and China will to “pay a price” for their position on Syria, but also with the extreme aggressiveness of all those, who have occurred at the witches’ dance of the “Friends of Syria” in Paris, one must state, that this situation gradually reaches the heat of a frying pan.

One has not even to refer to the statement of the Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al-Thani, who has called to bomb Syria without any resolutions of the UN Security Council (UNSC) – and Qatar is still no superpower, even if he puffs his cheeks even further, than the bellies of his Emirs wield.

But also the aggressive tone of the French President Hollande and the statements of the Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov about his opinion about the “failed” remarks by Hillary Clinton, do break the mould of what is usually expressed in a diplomatic context.

Thus, the situation further develops in a direction that is still an increase of the tension in international relations, which is probably related to an upcoming draft Resolution for the UN Security Council (UNSC) on Syria and its predictable failure.

The West and its allies are now trying already to openly exerting pressure which is beyond diplomacy, and in effect, they frighten the world.

The question is – why?

The currently only rational response would be that there is already a scenario, which one will proceed exactly, when the upcoming Resolution on Syria in the UN Security Council (UNSC) has failed.

There would be no other reasons for so deranged statements and the attempts to spread fear and terror.



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