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Russian lawmakers cry foul over resignation of Flynn
Patrick Reevell, ABC ‘News’, Feb 14 2017

Russian lawmakers have been reacting with outrage to the resignation of Gen Flynn, calling it the result of Pindosi paranoia towards Moscow and a campaign by Trump’s opponents to damage relations between Russia and Pindostan. Flynn resigned on Monday after it emerged that he misled White House officials about his discussions with Russia’s ambassador to Fschingstein ahead of Trump’s inauguration. In his resignation letter, Flynn said he had “inadvertently” briefed VP Pence and others with “incomplete information” on calls with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak. Flynn came under fire for discussing Pindo sanctions on Russia with the ambassador back in December. The Kremlin has confirmed the calls but denied that the sanctions were mentioned. A series of senior lawmakers in Moscow came to Flynn’s defense on Tuesday, saying he had been forced out for seeking dialogue with Russia. Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of Russia’s senate foreign affairs committee wrote in a post on his Facebook account:

Even a readiness for dialogue is perceived by the hawks in Faschingstein as a thought-crime. To force a national security adviser to resign for contacts with the Russian ambassador, a usual diplomatic practice, is not even paranoia but something immeasurably worse. Either Trump has not acquired the sought-for independence, or Russophobia has already permeated the new administration from top to bottom.

Flynn has garnered favor in Russia for his efforts to cooperate on terrorism, suggesting that Pindostan should seek to work together militarily with Moscow against Daesh in Syria. Before joining Trump’s team, he traveled to Moscow in 2015 as a private citizen to speak at a conference hosted by RT, the Russian government-backed English language news channel, where he promoted closer cooperation. Flynn’s attendance at the conference, where he was seated next to Putin, prompted critics to question his independence. On Tuesday, Dmitry Peskov called Flynn’s resignation “an internal affair” for Pindostan. The controversy around Flynn came against a backdrop of confusion and suspicion around Trump’s relationship to Russia, even as the president has suggested he hopes to improve relations with Moscow. A so-called ‘intelligence assessment’ released in January accused Putin of meddling in the Pindo election to undermine the so-called ‘democratic process’. The report said the Russian interference showed a clear preference for Trump. Prominent Russian boxtops have celebrated Trump’s election victory as a chance to rebuild relations, and have derided the accusations of interference as a “red scare” effort to weaken Trump. On Wednesday, several well-known Russian government figures derided Flynn’s resignation as more of the same anti-Russia provocations. Alexei Pushkov, a prominent Russian senator and television host known for his bombastic statements, wrote on his Twitter account:

Paranoia and a witch-hunt! The expulsion of Flynn was Act 1! The marked man now is Trump himself!

Russian lawmakers mount fierce defense of Flynn
AP, Feb 14 2017

Russian lawmakers on Tuesday mounted a fierce defense of Pres Trump’s national security adviser, who has resigned following reports that he misled White House officials about his contacts with Russia. Michael Flynn handed in his resignation late Monday night, conceding that he gave “incomplete information” about his calls with Russia’s ambassador to Pindostan. A Pindo boxtop told AP that Flynn was in frequent contact with Ambassador Sergei Kislyak on the day the Obama administration slapped sanctions on Russia for election-related hacking, as well as at other times during the transition. The Kremlin has confirmed that Flynn has been in contact with Kislyak, but denied that they talked about lifting sanctions. Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the foreign affairs committee at the upper chamber of the Russian parliament, said in a post on Facebook that firing a national security adviser for his contacts with Russia is “not just paranoia but something even worse.” Kosachev also expressed frustration at the Trump administration, writing:

Either Trump hasn’t found the necessary independence and he’s been driven into a corner, or Russophobia has permeated the new administration from top to bottom.

Kosachev’s counterpart at the lower chamber of the Russian parliament, Alexei Pushkov, tweeted shortly after the announcement:

It was not Flynn who was targeted, but relations with Russia.

With Michael Flynn Gone, Russia Sees a Different Trump
Neil MacFarquhar, NYT, Feb 14 2017

MOSCOW — The champagne toasts that some Russian boxtops quaffed just a few short months ago to celebrate the victory of Donald Trump have gone a bit flat. Euphoria was already starting to cede to caution before Gen Flynn, a perceived friend of Russia, resigned. That cemented the uneasy mood. Flynn’s departure on Monday over his contacts with the Russian ambassador to Faschingstein was the latest in a series of mixed signals from Trump and his advisers on a host of issues important to Russia, particularly the lifting of economic sanctions. Now many prominent political figures are wondering whether hopes for change were premature, and whether Moscow will inevitably remain Washington’s main boogeyman. On Tuesday, the Pentagon was confrontational, accusing Moscow of secretly deploying a cruise missile system that violates a 1987 treaty on intermediate-range missiles based on land. TV host Vladimir Soloviev this week issued one of the most negative public assessments yet of Trump:

I address this message to all politicians and experts. Don’t be charmed by Trump. Don’t think that Trump is a pro-Russian politician. Don’t hope that Trump, in the interests of Russia, will in any way go against the basic, rooted interests of Pindostan.

Pres Trump seemed to presage a new era with all the praise he heaped on Russia and Putin. He described him as a strong, smart leader and said that Moscow seemed to be blamed for everything. And he called for better relations with Moscow to fight Daesh and other terrorist groups. Konstantin von Eggert, a political commentator for TV Ren, Russia’s only independent channel, said:

Trump will be tamed and act more presidential eventually, but he also has a penchant for unpredictability that works against the Kremlin. This creates a situation in which a stronger player with the same style of unpredictability as a strategy comes on the stage. Putin did not anticipate that. In these circumstances, I think what remains for the Kremlin is to sit and wait. It is expected to spend the coming months trying to tamp down the exaggerated public expectations already focused on that first summit.

There has been a certain amount of policy whiplash on issues important to Russia. First, Trump said that NATO was obsolete, then that it had Pindostan’s solid backing. He seemed to indicate he would lift economic sanctions imposed over the Ukraine crisis, and appointed Rex Tillerson, who as head of Exxon Mobil cut enormous oil deals with Russia and spoke out publicly against sanctions, as Sec State. But then the new Pindo ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, sharply criticized Russia over Ukraine, suggesting that sanctions were hinged to a peace deal there, and Tillerson echoed that line. Finally, Trump started to mix geopolitical apples and oranges, crossing issues in a way that Moscow deplores. He said maybe sanctions could be lifted in exchange for a better deal on nuclear arms. The Trump administration seemed to want the Kremlin to distance itself from Iran and China. Vladimir Frolov, an international affairs analyst, said:

There is a cautious feeling about how Trump and his advisers designated the possible ways of improving relations with Russia. This has frightened the Kremlin because it does not correspond to Russia’s interests.

Articles have just begun to appear in the Russian news media questioning the need for improved ties with Fashingstein. Sergei Karaganov, a prominent political scientist perceived as close to the Kremlin, wrote that Russia’s foreign policy was a success and that it should stay the course. He did not even mention Trump. Fyodor Lukyanov, another establishment voice, wrote that Moscow risked alienating a host of new important friends if it drew too close to Washington. On Monday, one of the first op-ed articles depicting Trump as erratic appeared in Moskovsky Komsomolets, a popular tabloid. Trump provoked an immediate constitutional crisis, the piece said, so who could guarantee that his policy toward Russia would be consistent? Of course, Trump still attracts defenders. Margarita Simonyan, the head of RT, the international propaganda arm of the Kremlin, said that Western elites hate Trump because he considers Russia a normal country. She wrote on her blog:

Anybody who says aloud that Russia is normal is either an idiot or a provocateur or both.

The idea that Flynn was forced to resign over contacts with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak fed the suspicion that relations with Moscow were the main target, and that Russophobia was again stalking Washington. Accusations that Russia interfered in the Pindosi elections have generally been dismissed on these grounds. Since Trump’s victory, there has also been a quiet drumbeat in Moscow, where conspiracy theories are never far below the surface, that the Pindosi establishment would overthrow him. Konstantin Kosachev, the head of the international affairs committee in the upper house of Parliament, said:

Either Trump has not found the necessary independence and has been driven into a corner, or Russophobia has permeated the new administration from top to bottom.

Alexei Pushkov, another lawmaker, said on Twitter that after Flynn, Trump himself might be the next target. Dmitri Peskov declined to comment on Tuesday about the resignation, calling it an internal Pindosi affair. Last Friday, in an evident attempt to help Flynn, Peskov denied that Flynn and Kislyak had discussed sanctions. In resigning, Flynn conceded that they had. Peskov called it premature to predict the course of Pindo-Russian relations. The first face-to-face meeting between national boxtops could come this Thursday, when Tillerson might meet Lavrov on the sidelines of the G-20 in Bonn. Trump and Putin spoke by telephone in late January, but no meeting is anticipated before the summer.

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