Wednesday, September 27, 2017

US And Russia Quietly End Diplomatic Tailspin

via Buzzfeed.
After months of angry statements, diplomatic expulsions, and shuttered consulates, US and Russian officials have quietly put an end to the tit-for-tat retaliations between the two sides, and US officials are now considering reviving parts of a Russian proposal from March to strengthen military-to-military contacts.

The improvement in relations follows talks between Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly last week.

For weeks, US officials had braced for Moscow to take retaliatory measures against US facilities in Russia in response to Washington’s closure of a Russian consulate in San Francisco in late August. But following last week’s meetings, Moscow is signaling an end to the feud, and US officials are expressing cautious optimism about the two diplomats’ conversations.

“They were able to exchange and operate with candor and make progress,” Tillerson aide R.C. Hammond told BuzzFeed News. “We’re encouraged about that.”
Story here. 

You want to know the real difference between us (the readers of SNAFU! or the vast majority anyway) and the inside the Beltway idiots?

We operate on common sense.  They operate on the emotion of the day or the "hot" opinion of the moment.

It was/is a no brainer to develop better relations with Russia.  It was/is a no brainer to forge military to military contacts and to partner in regions that are of interest to both countries.

Will we agree on all things?

No, but we will agree on a surprisingly large number of them if we can keep the Neo-Cons and Globalists in check.

We're finally seeing some good news out of the State Dept.  Tillerson isn't a "rock star" SecState but he is putting his back into the work and getting shit done behind the scenes.

Well done!

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