The relationship between Putin and Obama has certainly been no “bromance”. This weekend at the G20 Summit of world leaders in China was no different. There were the usual photo ops and then came the most obvious…the vicious stare down.
Leaders from all around the world met at the G20 Summit this weekend, but all eyes were on just two people: Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama. The two met for separate, private, meetings in China to discuss the Syrian civil war, as each leader backs different sides of the war. Millions of people have been forced to leave Syria, and hundreds of thousands are dead.
So the big question was, did Putin and Obama come to any kind of agreement? The answer is no. They left the summit without any kind of resolution whatsoever, although they have agreed to continue negotiations. Obama described the meetings as “blunt” and “business-like”.
Meanwhile, the Russian-backed Syrian government troops have unleashed another siege on Aleppo, and Secretary of State John Kerry has been talking to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for weeks in an effort to bring a stop to the fighting between the US-backed rebel troops and the government forces. Obama was trying to broker a deal to provide aid to the civilians of Aleppo, and at least temporarily stop the bombardment of the city, but the talks collapsed.
Obama’s goal at the G20 summit meetings with Putin was to get the two sides closer to an agreement to at least cooperate militarily against the terrorist groups, like ISIS, operating in Syria. And he may have been successfull — but his trust in Putin was shaky. He didn’t believe that Putin would hold up his end of the agreement, and news of troops invading further into Aleppo increased his skepticism.
“We are back in a situation where Assad is bombing without impunity and strengthening Nusra’s position to recruit people for terrorism and that’s a dangerous dynamic,” Obama said. “We want to have productive discussions that would allow us both to focus on our common enemies like ISIS but there are gaps of trust and we haven’t yet closed the gap. We will keep working at it over the next several days. The faster we can provide relief the better off we will be and we can have a serious conversation about this involving all the parties who are involved in Syria.”
Can’t blame the Russian president Vladimir Putin for not trusting Obama can you? Don’t feel bad Putin, most Americans don’t trust him either. When it comes to foreign relationships and Obama showing leadership, well it’s just been one sad and sorry case after another. We’ve had the Iran prisoners that Obama paid a hefty ransom for without Congressional approval. We’ve had Clinton and Benghazi and nurmerous other screw ups and scandals. It’s just one mess after another, so there are certainly Americans that can relate to the Putin/Obama “no hard feelings” or “no love lost” relationship. Personally, I can’t wait until American voters elect a real leader as president, who will actually care more about America than putting their personal finances ahead, like Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.
We need to return America back to greatness! Back to the Reagan era of “peace through strength”.
There is one thing Reagan would never do…compromise America or it’s Constitution!….and on that note…I will end with this:
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