more of macron’s rothschildian arrogance on display, as with his wrestler’s handshakes

Putin spurns allegations that Russia meddled in foreign elections
Vladimir Soldatkin, Reuters, May 29 2017

Joint presser at the Chateau de Versailles, May 29 (Photo: Stephane De Sakutin/Pool)

Pres Putin, who held his first meeting with Pres Macron on Monday, said:

Regarding allegations of Moscow’s meddling in foreign elections, there’s nothing to discuss. Pres Macron did not raise this issue. The Kremlin did not try to influence the vote by meeting Marine Le Pen in Moscow in March. There was nothing wrong with her visit. Why push away foreign politicians seeking good relations with Russia? If she sought a meeting, why say no?

CW a red line in Syria, Macron says
Michael Rose, Reuters, May 29 2017

Joint presser at the Chateau de Versailles, May 29 (Photo: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters)

Pres Macron said on Monday during a joint prssser with Pres Putin:

Any use of chemical weapons will result in immediate reprisals, at least as far as France is concerned. I intend to fight terrorism in Syria. I want to work with Pres Putin to that end. I had a frank exchange of views with him. We aired our disagreements on a number of subjects.

Macron distances France from Washington
Alex Lantier, WSWS, May 30 2017

Yesterday afternoon, Pres Macron greeted Pres Putin at the former royal palace of Versailles. Amid explosive conflicts that have led the European powers and Washington to the brink of a direct military conflict with Russia in Syria and then in Ukraine and Eastern Europe, Macron signaled a broad shift in France’s foreign policy. The Versailles conference took place just after an extraordinary press conference by Angela Merkel in Munich, where she said that Europe could no longer rely on either Washington or London. She said:

We Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands. Of course, we need to have friendly relations with Pindostan and Britain and our other neighbors including Russia, (but) we have to fight for our own future ourselves.

Merkel’s statements provoked from CFR president Richard Haass, the dismayed comment that the events of the past week represented a “watershed” that “Pindostan has sought to avoid” since WW2. Yesterday’s conference in Versailles confirmed that in its broadest outline, French foreign policy under Macron is following the path laid out by Germany, a path that while highly bellicose, is increasingly independent and opposed to that of Washington. While advancing an aggressive imperialist policy in the Syrian and Ukrainian crises, Macron distanced himself from Pindo policy towards Russia. While Washington has repeatedly risked an all-out military clash with Russia, a major nuclear power, in both Ukraine and Syria, Macron said that his goal was to “reinforce our partnership with Russia.” On Syria, Macron insisted on the need for an aggressive intervention for regime change, which he euphemistically referred to as “a democratic transition in Syria.” He listed circumstances under which France could participate in the type of naked military aggression perpetrated by Pres Trump on Apr 7, when Washington fired dozens of cruise missiles at a Syrian air base hosting Russian and Syrian troops. Macron said:

Two very clear red lines exist on our side: the use of chemical weapons will provoke immediate retaliation by the French, as well as the need to preserve humanitarian corridors.

Macron was recycling the political lies that he has used to justify the proxy war through which the NATO powers have tried to destroy the last pro-Russian Arab regime, which happens to also be a former French colony. NATO used Islamist terror networks to send fighters and volunteers into Syria, some of whom have subsequently carried out terror attacks in Europe itself, including in Paris and most recently in Manchester. As for the chemical attacks, most infamously in Houla in 2012 and Ghouta in 2013, these were in fact carried out by NATO-backed “rebels” in an attempt to provoke a direct military intervention by the NATO countries in Syria. And the “humanitarian corridors” praised by Macron have served above all to trap over 10 million Syrian refugees made homeless by the war in Middle East refugee camps, to prevent them from fleeing to Europe. To carry out this cold-blooded policy, the EU also cut back on patrols and rescue operations in the Mediterranean, allowing thousands of refugees to drown in the hope that this would terrorize refugees still in the Middle East into staying where they were. At the same time, Macron signaled that France might reopen its embassy in Damascus, a policy that would break with that of Washington and of Macron’s predecessor Hollande, who recognized the Islamist opposition as Syria’s legitimate government. Macron also proposed to intensify cooperation with Russian intelligence services against Islamist networks.

On Ukraine, Macron said that he and Putin intended to organize “with the briefest possible delay” a meeting with Berlin and Kiev to arrange a “de-escalation of the conflict.” They thus supported the so-called “Normandy” diplomatic format of talks on Ukraine involving Germany, Russia, France, and Ukraine. This format, which excludes Washington, emerged in 2015 after Washington threatened to arm right-wing militias fighting in Russian-speaking areas of eastern Ukraine. This provoked a sudden policy shift in Germany and France, who rapidly negotiated the Minsk accords with Moscow and Kiev in order to prevent a military escalation that could have triggered large-scale ground warfare between Russian and Ukrainian troops and the eruption of war across Europe. Hollande briefly addressed a hastily-convened press conference at the Elysée presidential palace and told a stunned group of journalists that “total” war with Russia was a possibility, before flying off to Minsk to negotiate with Merkel, Putin and Poroshenko. Now, Macron is clearly building on EU attempts to keep anti-Russian factions in the Pindo ruling elite, particularly in the Demagog Party, from trapping Europe in a conflict with Russia for which it is not prepared. Without provoking any opposition from Macron, Putin issued a call for an ending of EU sanctions against Russia, a policy which Washington and also Berlin have supported, but which Putin said contributed “nothing at all” to solving the Ukrainian conflict.

Macron made clear that he had discussed a broad range of global issues with Putin, including both nuclear weapons and the crisis in North Korea. Ominously, he added that he would not discuss all of the points that he had made in discussion with Putin in the press conference, as this would not make for good diplomacy. Were he to have spoken somewhat more frankly, Macron would have admitted that the reckless policies of the NATO powers have created a crisis for which the ruling class in France and across Europe has no solution whatsoever. The increasingly obvious tensions between the major European capitals and Washington, as Trump threatens Germany and France with trade war, is itself a warning that tensions inside the NATO alliance are taking on explosive dimensions. In over a quarter-century since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, imperialist wars launched by the NATO powers have spread across the Balkans and Eastern Europe, and the Middle East and Africa. Taken collectively, these wars in Afghanistan, Yugoslavia, Iraq, Syria, Libya and beyond have claimed millions of lives and created the greatest refugee crisis since WW2. Now, the growing international contradictions of world capitalism confront workers and youth internationally with the danger of a new world war. Indeed, the fact that the press conference unfolded in the gilded halls of Versailles, the palace built by a historically doomed absolute monarchy in the final century before the French Revolution, seemed oddly fitting. None of the assembled journalists or politicians offered any proposal for how to deal with the increasingly dangerous consequences of their own policies. No one asked Putin or Macron what they had discussed on nuclear weapons, or what the impact of strategic nuclear war between the NATO powers and Russia would be on the survival of the European or world population. Macron’s policy is not to prevent a major war, but to prepare for it. Despite polls showing overwhelming opposition by two-thirds of French youth to the re-imposition of the draft, Macron proposed to return to universal military service, now extended to young women, as well as multi-billion-euro increases in French military spending.

As Putin Looks On, Macron Says Russian State News Channels Spread Lies About Him
Robert Mackey, Intercept, May 30 2017

The first meeting between Pres Macron of France and Pres Putin of Russia was bound to be a little awkward, given that Macron’s aides had all but publicly blamed Russia for a massive cyber-attack on his campaign on the eve of the election. Asked about those suspicions on Monday, at a joint news conference with the Russian president in Versailles, Macron said that the subject had not come up during their working lunch, because he had already raised it when Putin called to congratulate him on his victory. Macron added:

Moments later, however, the French president left little doubt that he was convinced that the Russian government had tried to prevent his election, by spreading false rumors about him through two state-owned news networks, Russia Today and Sputnik. Standing next to Putin, Macron told Xenia Fedorova, the head of the Kremlin-financed channel RT France, that her reporters had been denied access to his campaign headquarters before the vote because they had been acting not as journalists but as propagandists.

The WaPo produced the subtitled video of Macron’s complete answer above, but it is worth watching the wider angle below to see Putin’s visible discomfort as the French president describes Russia Today and Sputnik, which are financed by his government, as Potemkin news organizations. Macron said, as Putin shifted uneasily from side to side:

When news outlets spread defamatory untruths, they are no longer journalists. They are influence operations. Russia Today and Sputnik were influence operations during this campaign, which on several occasions told lies about me personally and my campaign.

Macron added that he considered the blatant rumor-mongering by the two outlets, which included promoting false claims that he had a gay lover and an off-shore bank account, to have been part of an attempt to interfere in France’s democratic process. Macron said:

I will never give in to that! Never!

Instead of reporting on his campaign, Macron said, the two Kremlin-funded outlets aimed at readers outside Russia had simply published “serious falsehoods” and “lying propaganda.”

Margarita Simonyan, who oversees the Russia Today network from Moscow, responded with indignation, tweeting:

If you follow Macron’s logic, then all the mainstream media should be expelled from Russia.

After describing dialogue with Russia as essential to solving a number of problems, Macron also said that he had been frank about the need for Putin to stop the brutal treatment of members of the LGBT community in the Russian republic of Chechnya. His campaign team shared video of those remarks, and a quote from his denunciation of the Russian state media outlets, on Twitter.

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