Saturday, April 25, 2020

Elbe. 1945.

Interesting development (and message), which speaks volumes. Very symptomatic, I would say. 
WASHINGTON, April 25 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin issued a rare joint statement on Saturday commemorating a 1945 World War Two link-up of U.S. and Soviet troops on their way to defeat Nazi Germany as an example of how their countries can cooperate. The statement by Trump and Putin comes amid deep strains in U.S.-Russian ties over a raft of issues, from arms control and Russia’s intervention in Ukraine and Syria to U.S. charges that Russia has spread disinformation about the novel coronavirus pandemic and interfered in U.S. election campaigns. The Wall Street Journal reported that the decision to issue the statement sparked debate within the Trump administration, with some officials worried it could undercut stern U.S. messages to Moscow.
As you may expect a lot of butt-hurt in US media, but that is to be fully expected. Crypro-nazis of all flavors also have a bad day (especially in Ukraine) but the fact that this:
The joint statement marked the anniversary of the April 25, 1945 meeting on a bridge over the Elbe River in Germany of Soviet soldiers advancing from the east and American troops moving from the West. “This event heralded the decisive defeat of the Nazi regime,” the statement said. “The ‘Spirit of the Elbe’ is an example of how our countries can put aside differences, build trust, and cooperate in pursuit of a greater cause.”
Was made jointly for the first time in a decade, speaks volumes. Including the fact that this important historic occasion gave the opportunity to underscore Noblesse Oblige between superpowers. Some people in Riyadh experienced an unpleasant feeling. They should.

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