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Erdogan welcomes “dear friend” Putin to Turkey as both countries show unity over Middle East

Turkey’s pivot to Eurasia is in full swing.




The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has welcomed Russian President Valdimir Putin to Ankara for what has been described by Putin as a “working meeting”.

Erdogan began by praising the increased growing economic and political ties between the two countries, during what is beyond doubt, a period of historically good relations between states that fought multiple wars over the centuries and whose relations fell to a 21st century low as recently as 2015.

Since 2015, when Turkey shot down a Russia fighter jet, killing one pilot, relations have rapidly improved, much to the surprise of observers in both Russia and Turkey.

Turkey and Russia continue to engage in multiple cooperative economic efforts including the so-called Turk Stream gas pipeline from Russia into southern Europe.

Since Turkey quietly dropped its support for the so-called Syrian opposition in August of this year, the Astana Peace talks have proceeded even more smoothly. Without speaking directly, Syria now has agreed to agreements drafted by Turkey along with Syria’s partners Russia and Iran.

During their short statements to journalists, Erdogan and Putin both expressed their complete confidence in the Astana process. Vladimir Putin praised Erdogan’s constructive role in securing the process and Erdogan prised the positive results of recent Astana talks. This effectively is coded language for Turkey fully abandoning its formal opposition to the government in Syria.

Turkey in realising the pragmatic realities of the conflict being won by Syria in addition to Turkey’s economic relationship taking precedent over more obtuse ‘neo-Ottoman’ ambitions, clearly played a role in Turkey’s confirmed geo-strategic and geo-political pivot. Furthermore, in the process, Turkey has also grown closer to Iran, both because of the apparently good working relations at Astana and also because of a mutual Russian partner, in addition to a similar view on the Qatar crisis. Crucially Turkey, Iran, Russia, Syria and Iraq are each integral parts of China’s One Belt–One Road, an initiative that will necessarily bind the countries closer together, in spite of many generally exaggerated differences (except in respect of Syria and Turkey, although this too is slowly changing).

While Erdogan described Putin as a “dear friend” and praised the leaders’ frequent telephone calls and warm relations, Putin was more keen to emphasise the businesslike nature of the meeting. Erdogan stated that both Russia and Turkey support the territorial integrity of Iraq against Kurdish secessionists, however Putin merely referred to a previous statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry expressing Russia’s support for Iraq’s unity. This is generally a refection of Russia having a less ideological approach to the Kurdish issue than Turkey, which views Kurdish independence anywhere in the region as a direct security threat. Ultimately, both countries have a similar position, but Turkey may likely militarily intervene in northern Iraq while Russia will certainly not. Already, Turkish and Iraqi troops are conducting joint drills on the Turkish side of the border as a result of the Kurds conducting an unconstitutional secessionists referendum. Putin clearly distanced himself from the more militant aspect of Turkey’s policy on this issue, as was widely expected.

Erdogan did not mention his earlier remarks offering a prisoner exchange with the United States. Today, Erdogan made a statement addressed to the United States, offering the release of the prisoner Andrew Brunson in exchange for the exiled Turkish cleric, Erdogan rival and terrorist (according to Turkey), Fethullah Gulen. Brunson, a US citizen, had run a Christian church in the Gulenist hotbed of Izmir and is currently in prison in Turkey on terrorism charges. The US has not yet commented on the offer, but Washington’s refusal to turn over Gulen to Ankara has been one of many increased points of tension between the former allies.

The most crucial statement of the Erdogan-Putin press conference,  however, was when Erdogan referred to Eurasia as “our region”. In this sense Turkey has formally left the west in a political sense, even while retaining an increasingly uncomfortable membership in NATO. Turkey is now part of Eurasia and Russia played a large part in bringing Turkey back home.

Now watch the full press conference with Presidents Erdogan and Putin from Ankara.

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S.M. De Kuyper
S.M. De Kuyper

Seagal is right, a good relationship between the US and Russia would be natural. That is why the US generals do not want it!

S.M. De Kuyper
S.M. De Kuyper

Erdogan and Putin are becoming normal Eurasion allies! Something the US Generals would never allow!


EU leaders dictate Brexit terms to Theresa May (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 115.

Alex Christoforou



The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss how EU leaders have agreed on a plan to delay the the Article 50 process which effectively postpones Brexit beyond the 29 March deadline.

The UK will now be offered a delay until the 22nd of May, only if MPs approve Theresa May’s withdrawal deal next week. If MPs do not approve May’s negotiated deal, then the EU will support a short delay until the 12th of April, allowing the UK extra time to get the deal passed or to “indicate a way forward”.

UK PM Theresa May said there was now a “clear choice” facing MPs, who could vote for a third time on her deal next week.

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Theresa May outlines four Brexit options, via Politico

In a letter to MPs, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May set out the four options she believes the country has in light of Thursday’s decision by EU leaders to extend the Brexit deadline beyond next Friday.

The U.K. is faced with a four-way choice, May wrote late Friday.

The government could revoke Article 50 — which May called a betrayal of the Brexit vote; leave without a deal on April 12; pass her deal in a vote next week; or, “if it appears that there is not sufficient support” for a vote on her deal in parliament next week or if it is rejected for a third time, she could ask for an extension beyond April 12.

But this would require for the U.K. taking part in European elections in May, which the prime minister said “would be wrong.”

May wrote that she’s hoping for the deal to pass, allowing the U.K. to leave the EU “in an orderly way,” adding “I still believe there is a majority in the House for that course of action.”

“I hope we can all agree that we are now at the moment of decision,” she wrote.

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US media suffers panic attack after Mueller fails to deliver on much-anticipated Trump indictment

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom said it all: “Mueller – The name that ended all mainstream media credibility.”





Via RT

Important pundits and news networks have served up an impressive display of denials, evasions and on-air strokes after learning that Robert Mueller has ended his probe without issuing a single collusion-related indictment.

The Special Counsel delivered his final report to Attorney General William Barr for review on Friday, with the Justice Department confirming that there will be no further indictments related to the probe. The news dealt a devastating blow to the sensational prophesies of journalists, analysts and entire news networks, who for nearly two years reported ad nauseam that President Donald Trump and his inner circle were just days away from being carted off to prison for conspiring with the Kremlin to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

Showing true integrity, journalists and television anchors took to Twitter and the airwaves on Friday night to acknowledge that the media severely misreported Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia, as well as what Mueller’s probe was likely to find. They are, after all, true professionals.

“How could they let Trump off the hook?” an inconsolable Chris Matthews asked NBC reporter Ken Dilanian during a segment on CNN’s ‘Hardball’.

Dilanian tried to comfort the CNN host with some of his signature NBC punditry.

“My only conclusion is that the president transmitted to Mueller that he would take the Fifth. He would never talk to him and therefore, Mueller decided it wasn’t worth the subpoena fight,” he expertly mused.

Actually, there were several Serious Journalists who used their unsurpassed analytical abilities to conjure up a reason why Mueller didn’t throw the book at Trump, even though the president is clearly a Putin puppet.

“It’s certainly possible that Trump may emerge from this better than many anticipated. However! Consensus has been that Mueller would follow DOJ rules and not indict a sitting president. I.e. it’s also possible his report could be very bad for Trump, despite ‘no more indictments,'” concluded Mark Follman, national affairs editor at Mother Jones, who presumably, and very sadly, was not being facetious.

Revered news organs were quick to artfully modify their expectations regarding Mueller’s findings.

“What is collusion and why is Robert Mueller unlikely to mention it in his report on Trump and Russia?” a Newsweek headline asked following Friday’s tragic announcement.

Three months earlier, Newsweek had meticulously documented all the terrible “collusion” committed by Donald Trump and his inner circle.

But perhaps the most sobering reactions to the no-indictment news came from those who seemed completely unfazed by the fact that Mueller’s investigation, aimed at uncovering a criminal conspiracy between Trump and the Kremlin, ended without digging up a single case of “collusion.”

The denials, evasions and bizarre hot takes are made even more poignant by the fact that just days ago, there was still serious talk about Trump’s entire family being hauled off to prison.

“You can’t blame MSNBC viewers for being confused. They largely kept dissenters from their Trump/Russia spy tale off the air for 2 years. As recently as 2 weeks ago, they had @JohnBrennan strongly suggesting Mueller would indict Trump family members on collusion as his last act,” journalist Glenn Greenwald tweeted.

While the Mueller report has yet to be released to the public, the lack of indictments makes it clear that whatever was found, nothing came close to the vast criminal conspiracy alleged by virtually the entire American media establishment.

“You have been lied to for 2 years by the MSM. No Russian collusion by Trump or anyone else. Who lied? Head of the CIA, NSA,FBI,DOJ, every pundit every anchor. All lies,” wrote conservative activist Chuck Woolery.

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom was more blunt, but said it all: “Mueller – The name that ended all mainstream media credibility.”

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Canadian Lawmaker Accuses Trudeau Of Being A “Fake Feminist” (Video)

Rempel segued to Trudeau’s push to quash an investigation into allegations that he once groped a young journalist early in his political career



Via Zerohedge

Canada’s feminist-in-chief Justin Trudeau wants to support and empower women…but his support stops at the point where said women start creating problems for his political agenda.

That was the criticism levied against the prime minister on Friday by a conservative lawmaker, who took the PM to task for “muzzling strong, principled women” during a debate in the House of Commons.

“He asked for strong women, and this is what they look like!” said conservative MP Michelle Rempel, referring to the former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould, who has accused Trudeau and his cronies of pushing her out of the cabinet after she refused to grant a deferred prosecution agreement to a Quebec-based engineering firm.

She then accused Trudeau of being a “fake feminist”.

“That’s not what a feminist looks like…Every day that he refuses to allow the attorney general to testify and tell her story is another day he’s a fake feminist!”

Trudeau was so taken aback by Rempel’s tirade, that he apparently forgot which language he should respond in.

But Rempel wasn’t finished. She then segued to Trudeau’s push to quash an investigation into allegations that he once groped a young journalist early in his political career. This from a man who once objected to the continued use of the word “mankind” (suggesting we use “peoplekind” instead).

The conservative opposition then tried to summon Wilson-Raybould to appear before the Commons for another hearing (during her last appearance, she shared her account of how the PM and employees in the PM’s office and privy council barraged her with demands that she quash the government’s pursuit of SNC-Lavalin over charges that the firm bribed Libyan government officials). Wilson-Raybould left the Trudeau cabinet after she was abruptly moved to a different ministerial post – a move that was widely seen as a demotion.

Trudeau has acknowledged that he put in a good word on the firm’s behalf with Wilson-Raybould, but insists that he always maintained the final decision on the case was hers and hers alone.

Fortunately for Canadians who agree with Rempel, it’s very possible that Trudeau – who has so far resisted calls to resign – won’t be in power much longer, as the scandal has cost Trudeau’s liberals the lead in the polls for the October election.


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