Amid a new phase in Russia investigation and continuing harsh debates over the recent chemical attack in Syria the foreign press actively discussed an article by Russian newspaper Kommersant, which citing some anonymous government sources form both Moscow and Washington reported that Putin and Trump could meet at the end of May in one of the European countries. During this time the American president is to be in Europe for the NATO and G-7 summits. While Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov already said that there were no preparations for such a meeting and called the reports on it “wishful thinking”, foreign journalists nevertheless wondered whether this meeting is possible and what results for the Russia-US relations it could bring.
Whereas some experts pointed out that a meeting (if one takes place) will be next to useless given the recent critical statements by both sides, others believe that it could pave the way for, at least, finding common ground as the political agenda in the bilateral relations is not limited to Syria and Ukraine. Some foreign authors even went further and made some sort of advice to Trump’s administration on how they should speak to Putin calling for “a sober, objective and respectful relationship with Putin”.
Meanwhile, the hysteria about Russia’s alleged meddling in the French presidential elections continued to be fanned by the Western outlets. The level of evidence once again doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. This time a Japanese cybersecurity firm claimed that “the campaign of the French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron has been targeted by what appear to be the same Russian operatives responsible for hacks of Democratic campaign officials before last year’s American presidential election”. However, the firm refused to directly blame the Kremlin for the attacks while the media presented a story like a new sensational proof of Moscow’s involvement. The “may be” tool, when the media doesn’t directly blame somebody but just points at him with some probability, clearly helps the media to pour oil in the flame while waiving responsibility for the real content of articles and their message that, certainly, creates an impression of Russia’s meddling as an established fact. For example, Mr. Macron’s digital director, Mounir Mahjoubi, directly said that he has no evidence of Russia’s involvement but emphasized that Russia could be involved.
Moreover, after catchy headlines some articles then mentioned that potentially some other groups could try to imitate the attacks on the DNC during the US presidential elections. Given a lot of conspiracy theories appearing in the media currently, one can go further and suspect that the EU, which is definitely interested in Macron’s victory over Le Pen, could have organized the attacks in order to accuse the Kremlin of them and increase its preferable candidate’s chances. Ironically, the amount of evidence for this version will be almost equal to that of Russia’s interference.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday discussed joint economic projects on disputed islands that could pave the way for the countries to finally sign a peace treaty ending World War II.
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The National Interest
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