“Russia is the most significant threat just because they pose the only existential threat to the country right now.”
— General John Hyten, Commander US Strategic Command, February 2, 2018
“A Russian space capsule carrying three astronauts has docked with the International Space Station two days after it was launched from Kazakhstan . . . It is carrying Serena Aunon-Chancellor of the United States, Sergey Prokopyev of Russia and German Alexander Gerst.”
— Media Reports, June 8, 2018
Following on from the modest movement towards détente achieved at the Putin-Trump meeting, what next?
Anything but détente, it seems.
US media outlets, followed by those of the UK and some other western countries, went nigh on berserk with fury, and the war-supporters in Washington have been shrill to the point of hysteria. Their paranoia about Russia, never far from the surface, has burst through with a vengeance.
Another predictable result has been escalation of the West’s anti-Russia propaganda campaign which has been gathering momentum for years.
Remember the Sochi Winter Olympics? They took place in 2014 and as noted by the International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, “were a great success” because “the Russians provided seamless organization. Sochi promised excellent sports venues, outstanding Olympic Villages and impeccable organization. It delivered all that it promised. The athletes themselves praised every aspect. . . it is clear that Sochi…