Flynn Effect: Trump Adviser Gives Speech in Moscow, Lt. Gen. and Former DIA Chief Being Vetted for Trump’s VP Slot

While the U.S. media focused on the tragic police killings in Dallas and the European press the Euro2016 matches and NATO’s summit in Warsaw, some subtle unofficial diplomacy was underway last week in Moscow.

Carter Page, an adviser to the Donald J. Trump presidential campaign and a former manager in the Moscow offices of Merrill Lynch, gave a speech at the New Economic School in the Russian capital. To the consternation of The Washington Post, Page called for dialogue and mutual respect rather than continued Cold War 2.0 confrontation with Russia:

Page refused to comment specifically on the U.S. presidential election, his relationship with Trump or U.S. sanctions against Russia, saying he was in Russia as a “private citizen.” He gave a lecture titled “The Evolution of the World Economy: Trends and Potential,” in which he noted that Russia and China had achieved success in Central Asia, unlike the United States, by pursuing a respectful foreign policy based on mutual interest.

He generally avoided questions on U.S. foreign policy, but when one attendee asked him whether he really believed the United States was a “liberal, democratic society,” Page told him to “read between the lines.”

“If I’m understanding the direction you’re coming from, I tend to agree with you that it’s not always as liberal as it may seem,” he said. “I’m with you.”

In a meeting with The Washington Post editorial board in March, Trump named Page, a former Merrill Lynch executive in Moscow who later advised the Russian state energy giant Gazprom on major oil and gas deals, as one of his foreign-policy advisers. Page refused to say whether his Moscow trip included a meeting with Russian officials. Source

 

The full video of Page’s speech as well as a short summary clip were published on Youtube by the Orthodox Christian nationalist think tank Katehon. This organization is run by Alexander Dugin, the controversial Eurasianist ideologue banned from entering the U.S. by the anti-Russia sanctions imposed after Moscow’s reunification with Crimea. Katehon appears to be connected to the channel Tsargrad TV, where Dugin is a frequent commentator, via the same patron in the form of ‘God’s oligarch’ Konstantin Malofeev, a major donor to the Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church.

In a series of YouTube videos, Dugin (who has never met or spoken with Trump, and there’s no indication he spoke with Page either while the former ML investment banker was in Moscow) has praised Trump and defeated Democratic socialist candidate Bernie Sanders. Dugin also recently declared in a June 10, 2016 video that the Washington Establishment is willing to take tensions to the brink of war with Moscow via some sort of nasty ‘October surprise’ in order to hurt the ‘soft on Russia’ Donald and help Hillary’s email scandal and perjury-weakened candidacy:

Summarizing the attitudes of many in Moscow towards Page’s speech and its overtones of a Trump Administration seeking detente with Russia, PolitRussia commentator Ruslan Ostashko had this to say:

“Amidst the election campaigns in the United States, Donald Trumps’ advisor on international affairs, Carter Page, flew to Moscow. Russian journalists noted one particular episode from Carter Page’s visit when, while talking with the audience, he expressed the seditious idea that Russia is not actually a “gas station country.” As far as I see it, this simple statement shocked part of our liberal public, causing them to experience cognitive dissonance. They are not used to an American saying something polite and respectful about Russia. But what to do. After all our “grant eaters” mostly communicate with their advisors from the US State Department and it’s more than difficult to find people among them who respect our country…

The most interesting part – and this is not really a sensation, but it could gravitate towards one – is that Mr. Page’s visit was a visit of a close advisor to Donald Trump to Moscow. Page himself emphasized many times that his visit to Moscow was private, not a political visit, and that the purpose of his arrival was the lecture he delivered at the Russian New Economic School. With all due respect to Mr. Trump, I want to say that they could have thought more about covering the “operation.” I very much doubt that someone believes that an influential advisor to a presidential candidate could be torn away from hard work in campaign headquarters amidst the presidential race in the US to deliver a lecture in Moscow.

We will most likely never learn the details of all the meetings that Trumps’ emissary had in Moscow, but a few conclusions can be drawn.

First conclusion: Russia has finally returned to the international arena with the status of a very strong and important player. If we didn’t have this status, nobody like Page would have come to talk with us.

Second conclusion: If Trump becomes president, there is the chance of improving relations with Russia, since the presidential administration will have less notorious Russophobes and dinosaur diplomats who have finally lost their minds and conscience over their “cold war.” Carter Page used to do business with Russia, not war. He worked in the Moscow office of Merrill Lynch Bank and even in Gazprom, so it will be much easier for our leadership to negotiate with him than with John Kerry or Victoria Nuland.

Third conclusion: If suddenly during the election campaign in the US, Trump will “accidentally” come across some serious dirt on Clinton, then the Western press will declare that someone…guess who!… is to blame. Putin will be blamed, just like how many American journalists believe that Snowden and a whole army of hackers are working for Putin and allegedly hacked the servers of the US Democratic Party and then leaked Hillary Clinton’s election plans.

In general, America has suffered a terrible curse. It is gradually turning into a greater Ukraine. In Kiev, every political scandal immediately finds itself done by Putin’s hands, and it may very well be that Trump’s successes in the US will be attributed to the cunning machinations of the all-powerful Kremlin.

But the main good news is the following: there are obvious signs that part of the American elite is looking for a way to negotiate with Russia. I have already talked about this and I will repeat myself again: if there is a chance for delaying or even canceling a hot clash with the United States, it must be done. Our president is doing just that, And I believe that he will succeed.

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