Putin and China Set the New Agenda

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Putin and China Set the New Agenda

August 10, 2016
Russian president Putin attending trilateral meeting with the leaders of Azerbaijan, Iran and Russia. Photo: kremlin.ru

Following the Aug. 9 St. Petersburg meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recip Erdogan, high level delegations from both countries are meeting Aug. 11 in a trilateral (foreign, defense and security ministers) working meeting to set a collaborative course for ending the Syrian war. Russia and Turkey plan to expand bilateral trade to $100 billion per year, a three-fold increase over previous peaks. The North-South Corridor project will now engage Russia, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Iran, and will fold into China’s One Belt, One Road project.

The Russia-Turkey partnership will bring greater stability to the entire Caspian Sea, Balkan, Caucasus region, extending the zone of Eurasian security and prosperity further west.

Lyndon LaRouche emphasized on Wednesday that these developments must not be seen as discrete actions. They are part of a new global dynamic, being led by Russia’s Putin and by the Chinese. In the coming weeks, Putin will be hosting the Vladivostok Eastern Economic Forum, which will now be attended by both Japanese Prime Minister Abe and by South Korean President Park. Following the G-20 summit, hosted by China, India will be hosting the annual BRICS leaders summit, which takes place in early October. China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi is in India this week, to further advance those crucial bilateral relations, and Indian Prime Minister Modi spoke by video conference with Russian President Putin on Wednesday, commemorating the opening of the first of five Russian-built nuclear power plants under construction in India, and arranging a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G-20.

LaRouche cited Putin’s leadership as defining a new direction for global progress. “This is a global process being steered by Putin and China. They have effectively taken charge of a new direction in policy, replacing rivalry with collaboration.”LaRouche noted that this process was fully underway in the middle of 2015, when Putin attended the Chinese celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Asia. It is now blossoming and leaving behind the pathetic old geopolitical games of Barack Obama, the British and NATO.

The developments in St. Petersburg this week will have a powerful impact in Germany, which is facing economic doom unless the policies of Merkel and Schaeuble are immediately abandoned. Look for dramatic shifts in Germany, which are now urgent. A number of recent studies, published since the fraudulent so-called ECB/EU bank “stress tests” have concluded that Deutsche Bank is doomed, is already a “dead bank walking,” and only the kind of reorganization that has been promoted by Lyndon and Helga LaRouche, for weeks, now can save the German economy from ruin. LaRouche has warned repeatedly that the collapse of Deutsche Bank and the destruction of the German economy must be avoided at all costs, because such a collapse will greatly increase the danger of world war.

The Putin-Erdogan developments, including the extension of the China OBOR program into the North-South Corridor running from the Persian Gulf up into Europe, afford the perfect opportunity for Germany to change.

The same is true for the United States, where a tremendous policy battle is underway, beneath the surface of the presidential electoral disaster. The push for Glass Steagall in both party platforms, and the fact that a number of Congressional progressive Democrats and the AFL-CIO have denounced the coup d’etat against Dilma Rouseff in Brazil, in an open letter to John Kerry, are indications that the United States is also ripe for a revolution in policy.

The Schiller Institute has now produced the proceedings of the historic June 2016 Berlin conference, which spelled out the imminent danger of world war but provided the pathway to a new future of peace and prosperity. That report, which defines the policy guidelines for the next American presidency and for a new governing coalition in Germany, is already circulating and is a blueprint for the kind of new policy paradigm that Putin and the Chinese are driving.

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Turkey, Russia To Create Tripartite Mechanism on Syria

The St. Petersburg summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has launched the first step in cooperation between the two countries on resolving the Syrian conflict. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu announced that a tripartite mechanism will be created, comprising representatives from each of the three countries’ intelligence agencies, foreign ministries, and military, as part of an effort to put all these functions under one roof. The two parties will hold their first meeting in St. Petersburg on Aug. 11. Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MIT) chief Hakan Fidan and representatives from the Foreign Ministry and Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) already left today for St. Petersburg.

“The first concrete step [between Turkey and Russia]: Previously, there were different mechanisms between us on Syria, between militaries, foreign ministries and intelligence services. Now, we [will] establish a threefold mechanism,” Foreign Minister Çavusoglu told state-run Anadolu Agency Wednesday.

Also, a direct line of communications has been set up between the Turkish and Russian chiefs of general staffs. “We have agreed to be in close contact in order to avoid such incidents,” said President Erdogan’s spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, referring to Turkey’s fighters shooting down a Russian Su-24 over Syria in November.  “In this frame, our chief of general staff and the Russian chief of general staff have reestablished a direct line. They are in talks on this,” said Kalin, speaking to the private broadcaster AHaber on Aug. 10, reported Hurriyet Daily News.

Cavusoglu said that although Turkey and Russia had different views on Syria, they were on the same page regarding the declaration of a ceasefire, providing humanitarian aid, and finding a political solution. He said Turkey did not approve of the siege of Aleppo, but had agreed to “inform their Russian counterparts about the locations of civilians and moderate opposition groups and will ask to first get focused on the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria,” reported Hurriyet.

Cavusoglu said ties with Russia should not affect Turkey’s ties to the West, but did note that Turkey has been facing political obstacles from the EU in the last 15 years: “If the West loses Turkey one day, it will not be because of Turkey’s good ties with Russia, China, Central Asian or Islamic countries but because of its mistakes,”Hurriyet quoted him saying.

When asked about the possibility of a Turkey-Russia- Azerbaijan trilateral summit, suggested by Baku when he was there on July 15, Cavusoglu said, “During our meeting in Baku, Azerbaijani officials said that a trilateral summit was established between Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran. I told them there can also be trilateral summit with Russia, Azerbaijan and Turkey.” Cavusoglu said that Erdogan had suggested such a trilateral summit to Putin their own summit in St. Petersburg, to which Putin gave a positive response, reported the state-run Anadolu Agency.

“Lots of subjects can be brought up during that meeting. Unfortunately there is this Karabakh issue and occupied lands of Azerbaijan,” Cavusoglu stated. “We have made lots of efforts to resolve the issue. Russia made some attempts as well. We are right now considering Russia’s suggestions, which suits our suggestions to Armenia.” Cavusoglu said Turkey will do its part, because “both our Russian and Azerbaijani friends want us to contribute to the subject.”

He was referring to the conflict over the Nagorno Karabakh region inside Azerbaijan, which broke away from Azerbaijan and wants to unite with Armenia. Resolving the conflict would greatly help stabilize the Caucasus and allow for deepening Eurasian economic cooperation over an area extending from China through to Turkey and Russia. Azerbaijan and Armenia are both members of the Commonwealth of Independent States of former Soviet republics.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, and Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan reached an agreement-in-principle following talks in late June in St. Petersburg.

Baku Summit: Russia, Iran, and Azerbaijan Are Going To Finish Building the Transport Corridor

The historic trilateral summit of the heads of state of Azerbaijan, Iran, and Russia on Aug. 8 at Baku has decided that the three countries that border the western shore of the Caspian Sea, will finish building the International North-South Transport Corridor, Russia & India Report (RIR) wrote Thursday. Speaking to RIR, Iran’s Ambassador to Baku Mohsen Pakayin called the transport corridor the “project of the century” and said Iran and Azerbaijan would share the $1 billion needed to complete the project.

On the project itself, Pakayin said the railroad between Rasht, Iran, and Astara, Azerbaijan, is the major missing rail link to complete the corridor, in addition to the Qazvin-Rasht rail connection within Iran. The Qazvin-Rasht rail connection is about 93% complete and is expected to be finished by the end of this year, Pakayin said. He also said the Czech Republic and Hungary have showed their willingness as well to participate in the construction of the Rasht-Astara railroad section. There is a good reason why these East European nations are keen to see the corridor operational: The corridor will provide a direct rail link from the Persian Gulf to Europe and the expected amount of cargo that will move through this corridor will be 10 million tons, RIR said.

Dmitry Abzalov, president of the Center for Strategic Communications in Russia, told the RIR that “it is likely that China, rather than Iran or Russia, may become the primary beneficiary of the project.””If China sees that this highway is the most convenient and fastest way to the European market, Chinese exporters will turn the ‘North-South’ corridor into a part of the Silk Road,” he said. China’s “Silk Road” projects involve a number of corridors to Europe. One such is through Kazakhstan and the Caspian Sea into Turkey. The same route can have a variation availing the International North-South Corridor to move north to reach Europe through Russia.