“This is the first report that I’ve read about the 2013-2014) development that had been in the works for the Moscow Towers. This narrative details how far along this project had gotten before it was abandoned because in 2014 -2015, the Russian economy had taken a downturn due in part to the 2014 US sanctions which had been imposed on Russia, after it had invaded without provocation into Crimea, Ukraine. “
“This tidbit is important because these circumstances could provide the republican President Donald Trump with the incentive to do whatever he could, to lift these sanctions from Russia.”
I have wondered (speculation only) if he wasn’t motivated in part to become president, specifically to get those pesky sanctions on Russia lifted. I have suffered similar thoughts about the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who had no love for the US Department of State and who, as Exxon’s CEO had become very frustrated with the 2014 sanctions which blocked an important, very lucrative deal he had negotiated with Roseneft, a Russian oil company.
The difference is that Mr. Tillerson, as a former Boy Scout leader would not be willing to betray his country, whereas, President Trump might.
Here is the rest of the story…
On July 11, 2017, Michael Isokoff of Yahoo penned the following report, “New details emerge on Moscow real estate deal that led to the Trump-Kremlin alliance.”
“While in Moscow for the Miss Universe pageant in November 2013, Donald Trump entered into a formal business deal with Aras Agalarov, a Russian oligarch close to Vladimir Putin, to construct a Trump Tower in the Russian capital. He later assigned his son, Donald Trump Jr., to oversee the project, according to Rob Goldstone, the British publicist who arranged the controversial 2016 meeting between the younger Trump and a Kremlin-linked lawyer.”
“Trump has dismissed the idea he had any business deals in Russia, saying at one point last October, “I have nothing to do with Russia.”
“But Goldstone’s account, provided in an extensive interview in March in New York, offers new details of the proposed Trump project that appears to have been further along than most previous reports have suggested, and even included a trip by Ivanka Trump to Moscow to identify potential sites.”
“According to the publicist, the project — structured as a licensing deal in which Agalarov would build the tower with Trump’s name on it — was only abandoned after the Russian economy floundered. The economic downturn resulted in part from sanctions imposed by the U.S. and the European Union following Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.” (I had speculated on this, but this is confirmation.)
“Goldstone’s version of events implies a possible explanation for Trump’s interest in lifting sanctions on Russia — a policy move his administration quietly pursued in its first few weeks until it ran into strong opposition from members of Congress and officials within the State Department.”
“Goldstone placed Donald Trump Jr. at the center of the Trump Tower deal, saying that his father assigned his eldest son the job of moving the project to fruition after the signing of a “letter of intent” between the Trump Organization and Agalarov’s company, the Crocus Group. It is not clear if the future president personally signed the “letter of intent,” but Michael Cohen, a longtime lawyer for Trump, told Yahoo News Tuesday that it would have been standard practice for Trump, as president of the Trump Organization, to do so.”
“Goldstone also said that Ivanka Trump flew to Moscow in 2014 and met with Emin Agilarov, the oligarh’s son, a pop singer and a vice president of the Crocus Group, to identify sites for the project. Confirming Goldstone’s account, Mother Jones late Tuesday (7/11/17) published a photo of Ivanka Trump flew to Moscow in 2014.”