By Chris Faure for The Saker Blog
Can you imagine the puce colored faces of indignation in the US house of exceptionalism when Mr Lavrov grabbed the imperial tiger by the tail during his 3-country trip to Latin America. His trip may not have been planned this way, but it gave an opportunity for Lavrov to resist the warmongering SOTU address of Mr Trump, where Trump again took aim at Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua with torrid rhetoric of regime change threats and bloviating boasting that the world again has respect for him. There is no respect as we will see from Lavrov’s words. Trump in his SOTU also claimed the hemisphere (yet again), and flamboyantly got a standing ovation out of the crowd when he excitedly presented the self-appointed Guaidó who acted just like the puppet he is. Imagine that, a standing ovation for a fake President from a lawmaking forum that is disengaged from reality, completely divided and in the process of creating yet another regime change, or two, or three.
At that moment, Lavrov changed his diplomatic colors and used his words like a Kalashnikov with no let-up. He Let Rip! Sometimes the greatest diplomatic resistance breakthroughs come during the most mundane and almost unnoticed periods of just that, diplomacy. Lavrov brought a welcome message to Latin America, a message that will reinforce the sovereignty of nations and will give a brisk tailwind to the resistance to empire and imperialism.
First stop, Cuba:
This was muted and only the opening salvo, which then gained true stature in Mexico and reached crescendo in Venezuela. Lavrov spoke against imperialism, for trade, cultural exchange and friendly relations.
The notable take-aways:
“We can see that US attempts to reformat the Latin American region in line with its geopolitical interests aim to overthrow the “undesirable regimes” in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua. The archaic Monroe Doctrine serves as the ideological foundation. In the run-up to the presidential election, the White House continues to ratchet up sanctions against those states which preserve their national independence, sovereignty and identity. This openly anti-human policy runs counter to the generally accepted principles of international law, including the UN Charter. “
“We are expecting Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez to attend the events in Moscow to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in WWII and the 60th anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic relations. High Cuban delegations have also confirmed that they will be taking part in a number of other events due in the next few months, including the Moscow Conference on International Security, the St Petersburg International Legal Forum, the St Petersburg International Economic Forum and other occasions. Russian delegations, in turn, will participate in the upcoming University 2020 international educational forum in Havana. “
The final : “Russia and Cuba closely coordinate foreign policies. This coordination is based on adherence to the unshakable principles of international law, including respect for sovereign equality between states and non-intervention in their internal affairs.”
Take that Imperialist! and be exceedingly careful with what you plan to do in Cuba. They are our trade partners and our friends, is the message, once it is freed from diplospeak.
Second stop, Mexico:
Cool as a cucumber, (or as they say in this part of the world, ‘fresca como una lechuga’, fresh as a lettuce), Lavrov announced a planned military-technical co-operation with Mexico. Whaaat? Right in the imperialist back yard and in the country that is routinely ridiculed by the imperialists? Yes!
Military- technical means that they will sell to one another, and they will cooperate on things like helicopters, near inshore boats of the type that a coast guard uses which Mexico is very good at building and most probably manufacturing of smaller military equipment. We will see when Mexico and Russia hold a formal meeting on intergovernmental trade by the middle of this year.
The faffing and fluffing and mad cackling from the US house have not reached us yet, but will be a spectacle to enjoy. Lavrov spoke about trade, prospects, the emergent multi-polar world, against imperialism, for cultural exchange and friendly interaction between nations. He touched on a few trade subjects that will probably make the puce colored faces of the empire show a further distinct blue’ish shade of lack of oxygen.
On trade : “Lukoil is expanding its presence in Mexico, Mexico’s Nemak, a car components manufacturer, has a facility in the Ulyanovsk Region of Russia, and the GRUMA International Food has opened a plant in the Moscow Region. I have cited just a few examples. There are many more of them.
There are good prospects in view, as we have confirmed today, in energy, car-making, shipbuilding, the aircraft industry, the chemical industry, pharmaceuticals, rail transport and agriculture. We have made good progress in the area of military-technical cooperation: Mexico operates about 50 Russian-made helicopters and a helicopter servicing centre with a pilot-training school attached to it. There are prospects in this area as well.”
On the emergent multi polar world : “We discussed the situation in Latin America and the Caribbean. Russia is interested in seeing this region as an important element of the emerging multipolar world order both now and in the future. We exchanged views on specific crises which continue unabated in the Latin American region and agreed that the attempts to reanimate neo-colonial doctrines, such as the Monroe Doctrine, or to repeat the scenarios of the infamous colour revolutions are fraught with a dangerous increase in tension. We share similar views regarding the situation in and around Venezuela. Like Russia, Mexico stands for resolving the problems that exist and are piling up in that country exclusively through a dialogue between the government and the opposition and an inclusive dialogue between all significant political forces in that country.”
That was not all. Lavrov announced that Russia and Mexico are in agreement vis a vis Venezuela and will not accept any meddling there: “Russia and Mexico believe that it is necessary to address all of Venezuela’s problems by solely peaceful methods through dialogue between all political forces, rather than in line with the Monroe Doctrine, as Washington suggests, or through attempts to provoke an armed confrontation and to obtain a pretext for an armed interference.”
He upped the anti on the Monroe doctrine. In Cuba he described it as archaic. In Mexico, he described it as “insult to all Latin American countries” and certain translations of his speeches even called this doctrine “offensive”.
Sidebar: There is some background here. Mexico is known more for its drug cartels in certain Mexican States, than for its beauty as a country, which is a pity. The current president AMLO is trying to parley with these cartels hoping to get them into accepted non-drug business (following Putin’s initial model of the scourge of the Russian Oligarchs) but Trump threatened to declare the cartels as terrorists, which of course will give the US scope in their thinking and they want to fall into Mexico. The Mexican president spoke with Trump and hopefully told them that the cartels are integrated with the communities, and one cannot see who is cartel, and who not. Fred Reed has an interesting piece about this. Let’s invade Mexico.
Mr Lavov’s visit to Mexico is important, both from the perspective that the USMC agreement attempts to tie Mexico down to one major trade partner and is really not much different from the old NAFTA despite the rhetoric, as well as demonstrating paying respects to the country that the US most likes to disrespect. The difference in approach, message and sheer graceful behaviour from Lavrov, compared to the imperialist bluster was stark and told a story, all of its very own.
Next up, Venezuela:
Mr Lavrov let rip and his opening remarks did not leave any room for guessing as to what the real situation is.
“Today Executive Vice President Delcy Rodriguez, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza and I discussed specific steps needed to ensure the timely and effective implementation of all the agreements. We paid special attention to the steps being taken by Venezuela and Russia to protect our trade and economic ties from the illegal sanctions and egregious pressure being exerted on Venezuela by the United States.”
Later on, in a speech at the continuous round table where all Venezuelans, including the opposition, are welcome to work to solve problems. He said:
“We condemn the illegitimate methods of financial and economic pressure being used against Venezuela. I am referring to the sanctions and the attempts of extra-territorial application of national legislation. These restrictions and totally illegitimate external pressure are the main causes of the economic recession in Venezuela.
The obvious objective is to foster discontent and provoke social unrest by blocking the operations of the financial, oil and gold producing sectors of the Venezuelan economy. It is obvious that these sanctions affect above all the ordinary people regardless of their political affiliations. It is especially disgraceful that the unilateral US sanctions are having a negative impact on the implementation of social and humanitarian projects. A glaring example of the consequences of the recent banking restrictions is the blocking of the treatment programme for cancer patients carried out through a joint Venezuelan-Spanish project.
We have no doubt that the lifting of sanctions as soon as possible is a key priority for all patriotic Venezuelans. I am sure that the participants of this round table are keenly focused on this topic.”
This was the end of the Venezuelan leg of Mr Lavrov’s visit to Latin America. This visit, his words and his actions are seriously discussed across Latin America.
But, the best was yet to come.
Mr Lavrov wants to do no less than rescue the UN Charter and considers this a very pressing task.
The initiative is again in stark contrast to imperialism. The charter was developed as an end to the 2nd WW and of course negotiated with the major objective that our world cannot ever again get itself in a position to fight such a destructive war. The UN Charter can almost be considered as the main post Westphalian implementation of sovereignty of nations. The Peace of Westphalia was signed and agreed to after another war, the Thirty Years war and enshrined sovereignty of nations. The UN Charter applies that.
Mr Lavrov is busy rescuing this principle in order to work for The Peace.
The imperialist power is working for a ‘rules based international order’, where they make the rules. This is not a peaceful world that is hoped for in the ‘rules based international order’ but is a world of diktat and rule of force, indeed ‘offensive‘.
Mr Lavrov is committing to nothing less than to win the peace.
High on the agenda is the visa issuance for attending UN to do the work that sovereign nations must do to remain sovereign and to work peacefully with their neighbors. Withholding visas for attending the UN is now the new method of slinging weaponized feces from empire, as we see every step in our world becoming weaponized in the insane attempt to cling to outmoded and outdated empirical power.
Of course, the sanctioning of Venezuela’s domestic and international airline will effectively stop Venezuelans to do their work. I do believe that even this year we will see major changes to the UN and may even see parts of it break off to be seated in other countries.
In Latin America, the prevailing civilizational model is always a little to the pink side. People like their communal decisions and they enjoy their social cohesion and they work well together in this context. I would say that there would not even be one vassal state in the Latin Americas if it was not previously overthrown with an imposed rightist leadership. Mr Lavrov brought welcome news to Latin America by confirming that they are not wrong, they have the right to be sovereign in their own way, they have the right to respect and clearly, it is the time to resist imperialism. The help and support that he is offering is on the highest level, i.e., rescuing the principles of the UN Charter.
We need to refresh our own knowledge of that very good document even though in our current lifetime we saw the UN disintegrate into another weaponized mess. President Putin said somewhere in 2014 already that this august body has to be reformed as it is the only one we have. We know of course that the high ideals set forth in this document have been completely hijacked. You can make up your own mind as to who the hijackers are by refreshing your memory of the first two statements of the first two articles only.
The Purposes of the United Nations are:
- To maintain international peace and security, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace, and to bring about by peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations which might lead to a breach of the peace;
The Organization and its Members, in pursuit of the Purposes stated in Article 1, shall act in accordance with the following Principles.
- The Organization is based on the principle of the sovereign equality of all its Members.
This is what Mr Lavrov states that the world must rescue. He is working for no less than a return of the peace in our world and will take the imperial power right by the tail and twist that tail, to start achieving this. At this blog, we can extend the logo “Stop the Empire’s war on Russia” to, “Stop the Empire’s war on Russia and on The Peace.”
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Should I hear the words ‘freedom or democracy’ escape the lips of another United States spokesman, Trump, Pelosi, politician or media outlet I think I will throw up. Their hypocrisy is manifold. Is the USA a bastion of such ideals? I think not. If anything freedom and democracy in the US in in terminal decline while their continuing efforts to make the rest of the world pay for their degeneracy increases. I am a western subject and well past my ability to contribute yet my reaming moral hope lies with Putin and China as they seem, at least, less hypocritical.
Here is an article that looks at one of America’s greatest fears about Russia’s growing power:
Given the alarms being sounded, one would almost think that Russian submarines located just offshore of America’s east coast are about to launch an attack directly on Washington.
“Given the alarms being sounded, one would almost think that Russian submarines located just offshore of America’s east coast are about to launch an attack directly on Washington”.
Which, to be honest, I believe they could whenever Moscow wished them to.
The US Navy just wants more tax dollars.
(Btw, how’s their status on operational icebreakers? Still in the Al Gore modus?)
The Russian submarines can do that for decades. The fear may be that they are even harder to track. But just imagine, that in case of a crisis the Russian Navy wants to be on the highest alert. They will sent submarines under the North Pole ice, just try to find them. The difference when they launch their ICBM’s from there will only be a few minutes.
Maybe they’ll bump into some USN submarines there ;-)
That reverse scenario was played out in the 1960’s- 1970’s when Russia knew it had big USN boomers laying silently out in the Arctic waters just a short missile strike away. So russia with its vast river systems decided to scatter its eggs for a retribution strike by putting many SRBM & IRBM missiles on big shallow draft river boats, which of course would be constantly changing location & position so any spying sat. photos wouldn’t be much good.
These missiles wouldn’t have to be anywhere near the ICBM size/range of course, they’re not big at all. At most 2500 miles range required maybe, but even 1000 miles would do if deployed all across the high north latitudes, whereas ICBM is generally considered 5500+ miles.
Not sure if they still have some of these in service
For those American military snowflakes in that article getting triggered about Russian subs conducting exercises in the Atlantic: Ever heard of the phrase “Freedom of Navigation operations” (FONOP)?
This is Russia giving the USA a taste of its own medicine with its own FONOP in the Atlantic.
America thinks it has a God-given right to conduct its Freedom of Navigation ops from the Black/Baltic Seas to the Persian Gulf to the South China Sea–right up in the face of Russia, Iran, or China.
But it whines like an entitled little b*tch when its geopolitical rivals have the nerve to send their navies into (horror) the Atlantic!
Somebody get the USA a tissue and a MAGA blanky!
“Withholding visas for attending the UN is now the new method of slinging weaponized feces from empire..”
I said it many times.It is time to move the UN out of the USA. Perhaps somewhere in Asia but out of the USA as soon as possible.
I believe Israel has ambitions in that direction.
Russia is playing the diplomatic card based on the principle of respect for the sovereign status of a country. You will not see Russia promoting any “interim presidents” who openly state they will privatize their national wealth to foreign entities, like a certain Guaido did last year. This Russian foreign policy initiative will certainly succeed.
Assuming that the hegemon cares for statements and the rule of law is wrong. It’s well good to show support for sovereign nations, and one should keep doing that without the hope of the hegemon learning anything.
I would love to see the splintering of the UN because the hegemon holds a monopoly on it.
If only there were the same initiative in the West, the world would be a much happier place than it is right now.
Lavrov’s words are the music of peace, justice and law, that leaders of the world shoudl listen to. I hope we live to see it one day.
Putin’s attitude and statesmanship are the correct approach. The real enemy, at times, is sensationalism, exaggeration, and hyperbole.
World Peace is right around the corner. Pax.
Although James Monroe was a Virginia planter like Jefferson, and his ideas of “freedom” did not extend to his slaves or those of any other planter peers’ of his, the “Doctrine” his name is attached to was not a 100% piece of imperialist trash from the very outset.
“Colonial” in the early 1800’s???
As always, you have to ask yourself: “Compared to WHAT?”
Compared, (at that time) to Great Britain, France, The Netherlands or even Portugal???
NO! I don’t think so!
On the other hand, The Monroe Doctrine, couched in “noble protector” terms was definitely NOT entirely selfless idealism. The American Republic, though vibrant, was still young, and vulnerable. Democrat Monroe as well as his Federalist and anti-slavery political opponents such as Alexander Hamilton, Gouverneur Morris (1752-1816) and others were far more concerned with self-preservation and defensive posture at that time, rather than going on an imperialist offensive drive.
They feared European beachheads in the New World would be used in the near term ( early to mid 1800s) by the oligarchies of Europe to undo the American Experiment in Republicanism, as Canada and Mexico (Maximilian, anyone??) were used unsuccessfully by both Britain and France…to attempt to smother their experiment “in the cradle”.
There actually WAS some benefit, therefore, to southern neighbors of the early United States from that doctrine, early on, in terms of their gaining some much more limited independence and sovereignty from thier colonizers than the North Americans managed (complete with the Tory Wall Street gang imbedded within them…….junior partners with the Brits in the slave and opium trades).
But its purpose was more proactive defense of their own US independence than pure selfless defense of the independence of others.
But even that died with the handiwork of the British Intelligence allied assassins of William McKinley and Anglophile Confederate (mentored by his uncle, William Bullock, head of foreign intelligence for the Confederate States of America….(.as long as they lasted..Officially 4 years….unofficially much longer!) ..Theodore Roosevelt being sworn in.
Then it was “Carry a big stick and use US Navy battleships to collect debt for the London and Wall Street banks.
Roosevelt’s Good Neighbor policy toward the Western Hemisphere….and JFK’s “Alliance for Progress” were brief, softer expressions of the better part of Monroe’s initiative….but whatever validity it might ever have had was tested and finally found pitifully wanting in 1982 with the Argentine attempt to recover their territory, The Malvinas Islands, stolen “fair and square” by Britain (Monroe Doctrine??? What’s that????) as Thatcher and defacto US president…….GHW BUsh…under the new Anglo-American Colonial, Imperial (New York Council on Foreign Relations being an offshoot of the Royal Institute of Foreign Affairs…) Doctrine….. pee-ed all over Monroe..
Jesse Helms, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee at that time, was virtually THE only institutional voice invoking the Monroe Doctrine in opposing Thatcher and Bush, everyone else acting hypocritically and cynically as usual …and “going along to get along” with power and wealth (London and New York banks….and RACIAL IDENTIFICATION…why mince words??? ) with not even a hint of any original principle remaining.
Yet, this story is not over and it is complicated by the fact that Trump’s true colors (as opposed to lip service for Gusano) may yet surprise us, as impossible as I know that is for most foreign observers to imagine.
Just remember Nancy Pelosi jumping to her feet applauding the ONLY part of SOTU that she liked.
You think Don didn’t notice??
But I think, like a chameleon…and everyone else, including fellow chameleon Erdogan of Turkey…everyone looks out for # 1 first and foremost…with short term advantage and survivability trumping ilonger term ideals…..and very few ever achieve the full freedom to openly and consistently stick to their stated better aims.
Which in Trump’s case (and millions of his supporters…even if he caves…in the end) does STILL include “better relations with Russia and China”.
As today’s Lead: develops. less than a week after Senate acquittal:
Monroe Doctrine 1823.92 Pres Monroe was exactly and pointedly a direct refutation & rebuttal against the rapacious covetous vatican’s treaty of Verona 1822.90 near exactly 1 year earlier.
Just as the treaty of Tordesillas 1494.43 (before even ‘Columbus’s’ 3rd & 4th voyage landfalls yet, the 3rd voyage was the first mainland landfall!) had carved up delineated control lines for Spanish/Portuguese (eg Brazil) sovereignty by the Spanish pope for the newly discovered cenral/south america, partly done by the real-life Spaniard Pedro Madruga of Galacia (hence all maps drawn by him had spanish names given to the islands & landmarks!).
This Galacian sailed for, correctly, the king & queen of spain, so that makes sense.
Entire books out there on this.
Monroe figured they would horn in on “their project/endeavor” (Washington’s words), steal it away, & carve it up the same way.
Columbus was a pure pseudonym only even gets mentioned today because of the cock&bull story peddled to this day by our wonderful edjumacation-indoctrination system about a desperate paisano going to spain to grovel for sponsorship.
BTW, likely same controllers of revisionist history also came up with the bard Shakespeare, a few generations later, when it’s very clear who he really was (name age, rank of nobility, etc).
Nothing on Bolivia?
Unfortunately, Bolivia had a coup d’etat before Russia was in a position of being able to support the government of Mr Evo Morales. The same happened in Brazil and several other States. The gains of the people during the previous government are always revoked by the new regime. In Latin America, we are used to this kind of cyclical instability, always a result of foreign interference. Perhaps, if Russia and China become more active in our part of the world, this situation might change. I am sure that Mr Lavrov’s visit to those three States will provide them with more stability.
The Hegemon’s MO is to weaponize everything it can lay its hands on. As it loses control it becomes more and more farcical and desperate in its actions.
For these lunatics, it is not enough to use its grotesquely monumental military machine to terrorize the globe.
They chose also to weaponize their currency and this will prove to be the biggest factor in their downfall. This will in effect disenfranchise themselves of their own biggest asset…their reserve currency status and the resultant ability in the past to sell endless debt.
Now they even brag about weaponizing space…WTF will be next on the list!
It is a huge boost to me to see a true Statesman like Lavrov finally saying enough is enough and challenging the reinvigoration of the obscene Monroe Doctrine. This is simply a thinly veiled weaponization of what the Hegemon considers to be it’s own back yard.
Bravo, bravo Mr Lavrov!
Great article! Chris Faure certainly had a very good time writing it, as the enthusiasm is apparent!
This trip of Mr Lavrov to Latin America at this time is indeed very important. Time has come — for Russia and for us. For millions of people in Latin America, this is a dream that came true after over half a century looking for some stronger relations with Russia to balance the oppression from the US.
The struggle continues: Hasta la Victoria, Siempre!
I did indeed enjoy it MC. It is so seldom that the mundane and frequently boring world of diplomacy actually becomes as exciting as a major football match or something like that. We’ve heard and seen glimpses of what Russia wants to do with the UN. It was interesting at least to me to hear Lavrov fleshing it out, and stating what is right and important.
The terms and conditions of Peace are quite simple, really. All aggressors must cease and desist any and all hostilities and aggressions against the presence of Life. The most immediately important example of this, for us, is aggression against the human species (humanity itself). The position, and the proposals, of the Russian Federation are a very big step in the right direction. The truth is that I agree with them completely.
I am impressed with foreign minister Lavrov !
Russian foreign policies are supporting international law, trustworthy and has a powerful
base among peoples all over the world. Just what we need right now !
U.S. policies are on the opposite side, anti-human, evil, and totalitarian. U.S led sanctions and blockades are in violation of international law and even warcrimes. Corporations shall have no rights except to carry out business between corporations and shall have no rights of redress of grievances when such business can not be carried out, trade agreements should be scrutinized and be the subject of international standards to comply with all aspect of the UN Charter and human rights law, the UN general assembly and security council being the right forum for updating international law, amendments are much needed at this time. The rights of people are violated and people are under threat as corporations are carrying out surveillance as a matter of business. There shall therefore be no rights to breech the privacy of people and to carry out surveillance by corporations as a means of technology.
Trade deals must be limited in scope and not include violations of international law and laws governing the principles of human rights.
USA are in violations of all these principles seeking to implement them into trade deals.
Thank you for the well written analysis.
a terrific article about Russia as the world’s leading standard-bearer now for the great principles on which the U.N. was founded, and which the U.S. Government after 9/11 has insulted and tries to defeat and crush. Contrast the U.N.’s “The Organization is based on the principle of the sovereign equality of all its Members.” versus Barack Obama’s often-stated “The United States is and remains the one indispensable nation.” http://archive.is/R1Gbd FDR would puke in his grave if he were to know that this is today’s America.
S300’s right into the grand canyon! lol
”Can you imagine the puce colored faces of indignation in the US house of exceptionalism /…/”
Make that sweaty, pallid faces and puce coloured faeces and it starts to become quite ”appetizing”, LOL.
Lavrov has got what it takes, and his message resonates with the aspirations of an ever increasing global majority. The US Senate stands out as little more than an ultra-reactionary asylum. The fact that the Exceptionals and Indispensibles are too deeply stuck in parasitic self-worship to understand their own predicament will make the end of their execrable existence all the more tantalizing.
The UN should be moved either to Russia or Iran.
Some fallout :
National Security Adviser told a room full of Atlantic Council attendees on Tuesday that significant cuts were under way at the leak-prone White House National Security Council, confirming a Monday report in the Washington Examiner that up to 70 positions would be cut.
O’Brian noted that the Vindmans “weren’t fired,” according to the Epoch Times, rather “Their services were no longer needed.”
A national security council who demand to run the foreign policy of USA is vastly out of line. (Vindmann).
Further a national security council who believe Russia invaded Ukraine and killed 13000 ukrainians who
manged to defend their country and prevented Russia to move further into Europe effectively defending EU,
is vastly out of touch with reality to the level of presenting a danger to themselves and others, not at least