aside White House Finagling Back Door Deal Favorable To Russia

donald-trump-and-putin36991488_303It looks like the White House doesn’t want to give up on the idea of lifting US sanctions against Russia.

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On 2/19/17, Megan Twohey and Scott Shane of the NY Times penned the report, “A Back-Channel Plan for Ukraine and Russia, Courtesy of Trump Associates.”

Excerpts:

“A week before Michael T. Flynn resigned as national security adviser, a sealed proposal was hand-delivered to his office, outlining a way for President Trump to lift sanctions against Russia.”

“Mr. Flynn is gone but the proposal, a peace plan for Ukraine and Russia, remains, along with those pushing it: Michael D. Cohen, the president’s personal lawyer, who delivered the document; Felix H. Sater, a business associate who helped Mr. Trump scout deals in Russia; and a Ukrainian lawmaker trying to rise in a political opposition movement shaped in part by Mr. Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort.”celebration-in-russiablog_zuma_russia_fireworks

“At a time when Mr. Trump’s ties to Russia, and the people connected to him, are under heightened scrutiny — with investigations by American intelligence agencies, the F.B.I. and Congress — some of his associates remain willing and eager to wade into Russia-related efforts behind the scenes.”

“Mr. Trump has confounded Democrats and Republicans alike with his repeated praise for the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin, and his desire to forge an American-Russian alliance.”

Donald Trump’s Connections in Ukraine

Andrii V. ArtemenkoUkrainian politician with a peace plan for Ukraine and a file alleging that its president is corrupt.

Felix H. SaterRussian-American businessman with longstanding ties to the Trump Organization.

Michael CohenTrump’s personal attorney, under scrutiny from F.B.I. over links with Russia.

Paul Manafort

“Former Trump campaign manager with pro-Russian political ties in Ukraine now under investigation by the F.B.I.”

Andrii V. Artemenko

“The amateur diplomats say their goal is simply to help settle a grueling, three-year conflict that has cost 10,000 lives. “

“But the proposal contains more than just a peace plan. Andrii V. Artemenko, the Ukrainian lawmaker, who sees himself as a Trump-style leader of a future Ukraine, claims to have evidence — “names of companies, wire transfers” — showing corruption by the Ukrainian president, Petro O. Poroshenko. And Mr. Artemenko said he had received encouragement for his plans from top aides to Mr. Putin.”

“People will call me a Russian agent, a U.S. agent, a C.I.A. agent,” Mr. Artemenko said. “But how can you find a good solution between our countries if we do not talk?”crimea_republic_map_2

“Mr. Cohen and Mr. Sater said they had not spoken to Mr. Trump about the proposal, and have no experience in foreign policy. Mr. Cohen is one of several Trump associates under scrutiny in an F.B.I. counterintelligence examination; he has denied any illicit connections.”

“The two others involved in the effort have somewhat questionable pasts: Mr. Sater, 50, a Russian-American, pleaded guilty to a role in a stock scheme decades ago that involved the Mafia. Mr. Artemenko spent two and a half years in jail in Kiev in the early 2000s on embezzlement charges, later dropped, which he said had been politically motivated.”

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Valeriy Chaly who recently died of a heart attack.

“While it is unclear if the White House will take the proposal seriously, the diplomatic freelancing has infuriated Ukrainian officials. Ukraine’s ambassador to the United States, Valeriy Chaly, said Mr. Artemenko “is not entitled to present any alternative peace plans on behalf of Ukraine to any foreign government.”

“At a security conference in Munich on Friday, Mr. Poroshenko warned the West against “appeasement” of Russia, and some American experts say offering Russia any alternative to a two-year-old international agreement on Ukraine would be a mistake.”

“But given Mr. Trump’s praise for Mr. Putin, John Herbst, a former American ambassador to Ukraine, said he feared the new president might be too eager to mend relations with Russia at Ukraine’s expense.” Image result for PHOTO OF Loews Regency, a luxury hotel on Park Avenue

“It was late January when the three men associated with the proposed plan converged on the Loews Regency, a luxury hotel on Park Avenue in Manhattan where business deals are made in a lobby furnished with leather couches, over martinis at the restaurant bar and in private conference rooms on upper floors.”

“Mr. Cohen, 50, lives two blocks up the street, in Trump Park Avenue. A lawyer who joined the Trump Organization in 2007 as special counsel, he has worked on many deals, including a Trump-branded tower in the republic of Georgia.”

“The F.B.I. is reviewing an unverified dossier, compiled by a former British intelligence agent and funded by Mr. Trump’s political opponents, that claims Mr. Cohen met with a Russian representative in Prague during the campaign to discuss Russia’s hacking of Democratic targets. But the Russian official named in the report told The New York Times that he had never met Mr. Cohen. Mr. Cohen insists that he has never visited Prague and that the dossier’s assertions are fabrications.

“Mr. Cohen has a personal connection to Ukraine: He is married to a Ukrainian woman and once worked with relatives there to establish an ethanol business.”

President Petro O. Poroshenko

“Mr. Artemenko, arrived at the Manhattan hotel between visits to Washington. (His wife, he said, met the first lady, Melania Trump, years ago during their modeling careers, but he did not meet Mr. Trump.) He had attended the inauguration and visited Congress, posting on Facebook his admiration for Mr. Trump and talking up his peace plan in meetings with American lawmakers.”

“He entered Parliament in 2014, the year that the former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych fled to Moscow amid protests over his economic alignment with Russia and corruption. Mr. Manafort, who had been instrumental in getting Mr. Yanukovych elected, helped shape a political bloc that sprang up to oppose the new president, Mr. Poroshenko, a wealthy businessman who has taken a far tougher stance toward Russia and accused Mr. Putin of wanting to absorb Ukraine into a new Russian Empire. Mr. Artemenko, 48, emerged from the opposition that Mr. Manafort nurtured.”

“Before entering politics, Mr. Artemenko had business ventures in the Middle East and real estate deals in the Miami area, and had worked as an agent representing top Ukrainian athletes. Some colleagues in Parliament describe him as corrupt, untrustworthy or simply insignificant, but he appears to have amassed considerable wealth.”126ab-76cda-michael2mmmbflynn2bdia2bemails2bobama2band2bhillary2bdeliberately2bcreated2bisis

“He has fashioned himself in the image of Mr. Trump, presenting himself as Ukraine’s answer to a rising class of nationalist leaders in the West.”

“It’s time for new leaders, new approaches to the governance of the country, new principles and new negotiators in international politics,” he wrote on Facebook on Jan. 27. “Our time has come!”

“Mr. Artemenko said he saw in Mr. Trump an opportunity to advocate a plan for peace in Ukraine — and help advance his own political career. Essentially, his plan would require the withdrawal of all Russian forces from eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian voters would decide in a referendum whether Crimea, the Ukrainian territory seized by Russia in 2014, would be leased to Russia for a term of 50 or 100 years.”Image result for PHOTOS OF Valeriy Chaly,

“The Ukrainian ambassador, Mr. Chaly, rejected a lease of that kind. “It is a gross violation of the Constitution,” he said in written answers to questions from The Times. “Such ideas can be pitched or pushed through only by those openly or covertly representing Russian interests.”

“The reaction suggested why Mr. Artemenko’s project also includes the dissemination of “kompromat,” or compromising material, purportedly showing that Mr. Poroshenko and his closest associates are corrupt.”

 “Mr. Sater, who was born in the Soviet Union and grew up in New York, served as an executive at a firm called Bayrock Group, two floors below the Trump Organization in Trump Tower, and was later a senior adviser to Mr. Trump.”

“He said he had been working on a plan for a Trump Tower in Moscow with a Russian real estate developer as recently as the fall of 2015, one that he said had come to a halt because of Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign. “(It was determined to not be feasible.)

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“Mr. Artemenko said a mutual friend had put him in touch with Mr. Sater. Helping to advance the proposal, Mr. Sater said, made sense.”

“I absolutely believe that the U.S. and Russia need to be allies, not enemies. If I could achieve both in one stroke, it would be a home run.”

“After speaking with Mr. Sater and Mr. Artemenko in person, Mr. Cohen said he would deliver the plan to the White House.”

“Mr. Cohen said he did not know who in the Russian government had offered encouragement on it, as Mr. Artemenko claims, but he understood there was proof of corruption by the Ukrainian president.”

“He said Mr. Sater had given him the written proposal in a sealed envelope. When Mr. Cohen met with Mr. Trump in the Oval Office in early February, he said, he left the proposal in Mr. Flynn’s office.”

“Mr. Cohen said he was waiting for a response when Mr. Flynn was forced from his post. Now Mr. Cohen, Mr. Sater and Mr. Artemenko are hoping a new national security adviser will take up their cause. “

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11 comments

  1. I repeat what I have often said in the past year … “Oh what a tangled web …” No doubt this is not the end of the story, but likely only the beginning. Thanks for sharing this, Gronda! I have had my eye on this one, but it wearied me to even consider all the research that would be required. Thank You! Mind if I re-blog sometime tomorrow? Hugs, my friend!

  2. Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
    Donald Trump seems determined to undermine relations with our allies, while at the same time forming close bonds with Russia and Vladimir Putin. The old saying that “you are judged by the company you keep” has never been more apt. Trump has had nothing but praise for Putin, and vice versa. My best guess is still that either Trump or Bannon gave the order for Mike Flynn to make the catastrophic telephone call to the Russian ambassador on Christmas day, giving him a ‘heads up’ on the sanctions President Obama planned to implement. Trump and his team have an unprecedented number of ties to Russia and those in the Russian government, many of which are currently under investigation by Congress and the intelligence community. Blogger-friend Gronda Morin has written an excellent, well-researched post outlining the latest in the area of Trump-Putin cooperation, and has given me permission to re-blog her work. It is an excellent piece, and I hope you will take a few minutes to read and absorb what she has to say, as I think it is extremely important, and not likely to be the last we hear about these issues. Thank you, Gronda, for all the time and effort you put into this post!

  3. Gronda … just wanted to share this with you. My friend Herb reads all my blogs, but if he comments, he does so on Facebook or in private message. This was his comment tonight on this post: “Herb Brown: Good to have pics of the shadowy figures behind the scenes. And we know El Idiota is in tight with them. Good job, Gronda! ” I just wanted to share that because, if you are like me, feedback means a lot! Hugs!

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