Stink Eye Game: So, Who Will Blink First
Putin: “Дональд (Donald), Give me back our compounds or else”
[Or else what Товарищ президент (Comrade President), um]
I can’t be sure – who can really – but I’m certain that the meeting between Trump and Putin in Germany at the G20 will be tense to say the least.
How much will be made public remains to be seen. But, the world is about to see the real “Art of the Deal,” or maybe “Art of the Con” but from which side is the key question.
Story from ABC News here: Russian President Putin will demand the return of two diplomatic compounds seized by the United States when he meets in Germany this week with Trump for the first time. A senior Russian official warned that Moscow’s patience on the issue was running out.
Putin’s foreign affairs adviser, Yuri Ushakov, said his government showed “unusual flexibility” by not retaliating last December when then-President Obama confiscated the two compounds in NY and MD, then and expelled 35 Russian diplomats as punishment for Moscow’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election.
Ushakov urged Washington to “free Russia from the need to take retaliatory moves” according to various sources, and in recent days Russian officials have warned that retaliatory measures have been drawn up if the compounds are not returned.
The Trump White House has reportedly been mulling returning the compounds in an effort to improve relations with Moscow.
FYI: The compounds were nominally used by the Russian Embassy as recreational facilities, however, U.S. intelligence has long argued they were bases for espionage.