21 June, 2024

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Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping & Joe Biden

By Harsha Gunasena

Harsha Gunasena

Political tensions of the world are getting intensified. The main reason for this is the defense policy of the USA. Their foreign policy is based on their defense policy. Russia and China also define their foreign policies based on their defense policies. Although during the time from the end of World War II and the collapse of the USSR the cold war between the USA and the USSR intensified from time to time, there was no war between those two countries as close as the present war in Ukraine. In the Ukraine war Russia is in one side and Ukraine is in the other side but the USA if firmly behind Ukraine. Although the intention of Russia would have been to finish the war within a short duration by conquering Ukraine, it continues after a lapse of one year with losses to Russia in weapons as well as in manpower. Biden said in Kyiv ahead of the one-year anniversary of war that Kyiv stands, and that democracy stands. 

During the time of the USSR, Crimea was handed over to Ukraine by Nikita Khrushchev, the then Soviet leader. After the collapse of the USSR the issue of nuclear weapons stored in Ukraine and other countries belonged to previous USSR came up. In 1994 Russia, the UK and the USSR along with Ukraine signed a document called Budapest Memorandum where the signatories  respected the Independence and Sovereignty and the existing borders of Ukraine,  reaffirmed their obligation to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine, and that none of their weapons will ever be used against Ukraine except in self-defense or otherwise in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations. With those assurances Ukraine handed over the nuclear weapons to Russia.

Russia has violated this agreement. Therefore, Ukraine is reluctant to come to an agreement with Russia to end the war. Also the country which put Russia in the position that it would breach the Budapest agreement was the USA.

Pro Russia Viktor Yanukovych became the President of Ukraine in 2010. A wave of demonstrations and civil unrest called Euromaidan has begun in November 2013 mainly to protest the suspension of preparation of signing an Association Agreement with European Union by the President and by and large to protest the widespread government corruption, abuse of power and violation of human rights. The President fled to Russia. 

The USA intervened in the unrest. The extent of intervention could be understood through the leaked telephone conversations of Victoria Nuland, then US Assistant Secretary of State. Nuland is the current US Under Secretary of State who has visited Sri Lanka recently. Interim government came to an agreement with the EU. In response Russia annexed Crimea in 2014.

The strategy of the West was to extend NATO to the east so that Russia could be stressed. Since the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union, 14 countries of the eastern Europe have joined NATO. Those were Hungary, Czechia and Poland (1999);  Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and  Slovenia (2004); Albania  and Croatia (2009); Montenegro (2017); and North Macedonia (2020). Estonia and Latvia are bordering Russia and Norway which entered into NATO at the initial stage is bordering Russia. Ukraine and Georgia are also bordering Russia.

Georgian change of regime in 2003 paved the way for the Russian- Georgian war in 2008. There are separatist movements in Georgia and Ukraine. In Georgia, South Ossetia and Abkhazia are Russian backed and internationally unrecognised separate states. Luhansk and Donetsk of Ukraine were recognised by Russia as separate states in February 2022. Russia had invaded these areas now.

In 1962 using the fear that the USA would invade neighboring Cuba, the USSR installed missiles in Cuba and planned to install more. The crisis ended with the agreement that the USSR to withdraw the missiles and the USA would not invade Cuba. This was similar to the current crisis of Ukraine. 

Prior to the eruption of the war Russia requested a guarantee that Ukraine would not join NATO. Neither the USA nor the EU nor Ukraine were able to give that assurance. Once the war erupted, Finland which is on the Russian border and had an understanding with Russia and not joined NATO, and Sweden which is in close proximity, applied to be members of NATO.

In the war Russian weapons are getting destroyed and the Russian soldiers are getting killed in large numbers compared to the Ukrainian soldiers. Ukraine is getting ample supply of weapons from the EU and from the USA. There is a setback of the Russian economy due to the sanctions imposed by the West. In turn EU countries such as Germany is suffering from the non-supply of Russian gas. If Ukraine take back the areas acquired by the USSR, Ukraine army would attack Crimea as well. Or else Russia may have to withdraw since it cannot sustain the war. In both instances there is a possibility that chemical or nuclear weapons could be used.

Ukraine issue first came when Barak Obama (2009-2017)  was the President of the USA. At that point there was a setback for the USA. Obama planned to face the economic war with China by introducing Trans-Pacific trade agreement along with quite a number of countries in that region without China. The intention was to make Chinese goods less competitive in the USA market. Donald Trump (2017-2021) changed these policies. He entered into a reconciliation process with Russia. He abandoned the  Trans- Pacific trade agreement and imposed higher trade tariffs on imported Chinese goods. China reciprocated and imposed higher trade tariffs on imported American goods.

When Joe Biden became the president of the USA it seems to be that he is prepared to take on both Russia and China  at the same time. In one way Ukraine war is an indication to China that it would be the same in the case of Taiwan as well. In both instances Ukrainian or Taiwanese soldiers and people are dying or will be dying, not the Americans.

The USA along with Japan, Australia and India initiated the Quad with the persuasion of Japan in 2007. During that time China advocated a policy of peaceful development. In 2012 with Xi Jinping coming to power the defense and foreign policies of China became aggressive. Building of islands in South China sea was started by Vietnam and by Philippines and they were doing it in a slow phase. Xi started building islands in South China sea rapidly and created a problem by storing weapons in one island. Under the Belt and Road project China invested in foreign countries and wanted control of these countries.  Obama during the tail end of his tenure and Trump responded to this new development of Chinese policies introduced by Xi.

There was a change of the project of privatization of State-Owned Enterprises. Xi has put more attention to enlarge the SOEs by amalgamating them and not to privatize. He did not like commercial power of the private sector. The zenith of this process came when an Initial Public Offering(IPO) of Ant Corporation of Jack Ma, the owner of Alibaba was halted by the authorities in November 2020. In April 2021 after a Public Offering of Meituan, an investigation was started. In June 2021, soon after the IPO of Didi in New York stock exchange, an investigation was launched against the company. All these are high-tech companies.

The signal of this process is crack down of large private companies. The reason is in the view of the government these companies became more powerful than the level it should be. This is an issue of power. If this is an issue of inequal distribution of wealth, there are taxes to address that issue. If the issue is monopolies, there should be antitrust laws. There is a possibility that there are legal gray areas. However, crackdown  is not the answer. Due to the economic pressure of the time of Trump some companies moved away from China and located in the countries such as Vietnam.

Li Qiang the new Prime Minister who is a close associate of Xi in his first press interview said that there were errors in the recent past and they will create a market-oriented, legalized and internationalized business environment, treat enterprises of all types of ownership equally, protect the property rights of enterprises and the rights and interests of entrepreneurs.

Jiang Zemin (1993-2003) and Hu Jintao (2003-2013) who were in power prior to Xi were in the helm for two five years period each. Accordingly, after ten years in power they stepped down. Xi changed this tradition and it looks like that he would continue in power throughout his life. Hu Jintao would have opposed to this and that was why Hu was forcibly removed from the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party held in last October. 

There is a dictatorial leader immerged in China who extend his power internationally as well as locally and, in the businesses, as well as in the state. That itself may be the starting point of the downturn. When he faces the inherently aggressive American defense policy the outcome would be explosive. Until such time it does not explode there will be a cold war. The triggering point may be Taiwan.

Tsai In-wen, the President of Taiwan has to play a critical role. She is primarily responsible to her people. Her responsibility is to safeguard the lives and property of the Taiwanese and not to safeguard the American interests as did by Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukrainian President. This is walking a tightrope. The agreement between China and Taiwan in 1992 is defined by China as one country, two systems and Taiwan does not agree to this.

In 1999 when Boris Yeltsin was the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin was the Prime Minister. Putin became the President in 2000. Since then, he was the unconditional leader of the country although he had to step down and act as the Prime Minister to avoid constitutional requirements. Xi Jinping is also in the process of becoming the lifetime President of China. It would create dangerous repercussions, at war if the back of a dictatorial leader of  a nuclear-powered country is against the wall. 

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    “In the war Russian weapons are getting destroyed and the Russian soldiers are getting killed in large numbers compared to the Ukrainian soldiers.” just western propaganda. Most independent US military analysts agree that Ukranian forces are being completely decimated. more than 250k dead and twice as many wounded. Zelensky is sending more and more cannon fodder in the the Bahkmut area foolishly. These people living in the west have no proper news other than CNN and bbc propaganda. look up Col Mcgregor and Scott Ritter you will get a modicum of truth.

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      There is no point in discussing the war after a year of death, destruction and adverse impact on global economy and development. There is no winners or losers in such wars. This article confirms it’s Putin’s war and not U.S or Russia’s war. HYPOTHETICALLY say if India and China are regional giants with nuclear capabilities and are historically at odds with each other, preferring their neighbors / small countries to be rigidly neutral, not taking sides in exacerbating situation further. In the mean time China continues with it’s economically influencing R & B projects, and to counter, India decides to help few armed groups during Lanka’s civil unrest, is that a justifiable reason, for China to invade Lanka ?????

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        “…is that a justifiable reason, for China to invade Lanka ?????”
        In one’s wildest dream??????????????????????????????????????
        NO!
        There are logical constraints to hypothesis, beyond which the hypothesis becomes an absurdity, even ridiculous.

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          Obviously for a mechanical thinking conditioned mind anything beyond it’s programming, is too difficult to comprehend. ( digest ?? ) But there are Lankans who believe China has economically invaded Lanka.( soon India). Air dropping and IPKF were one time thought to be Lankan’s wildest dream. I guess hypothesis is a punishable offence in China / Mao’s red book.

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            Poor dear
            You sure are stammering for want of ideas?

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        chiv
        China will never invade Sri Lanka. India may do so. The main point is close proximity. Same factor of Ukraine war and Cuban missile crisis..

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          HG , you are right. I just used facts for a HYPOTHETICAL question, so to drive my point. If the question it self sounds so weird ” how did Putin invade another country just based on assumption ??”
          People can switch the countries mentioned as they wish and read as ” India invading Lanka on assumption of we getting too close to China” dosen’t matter still the answer is same ” pre emptive strikes are considered excuses and not reasons for a war” ( like distorted WMD saga).

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            “facts for a HYPOTHETICAL question”
            ha ha ha!

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      a14455
      Most people will believe what they like to believe until the end. Some even after.

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        “Most people will believe what they like to believe until the end. Some even after.”

        True, some people believe Mao should have been given the chance to run the entire world and Pol Pot should have been given ……….

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        SJ

        True. It is amazing to how the narrative of the war being run by complete propaganda. But if you look a little underneath which we can do as there are so many other sources (which they are trying to silence) you can see the nakedness of the propaganda. The US and the west is suffering from their own sanctions while Russia is doing better that most EU economies. 11Troop losses in the Ukranian side are so high that the west is getting more and more desperate . (F16 Tanks Depleted uranium Polish wanting to fight WW3 ) but in poor countries like Sri Lanka the propaganda is biting hard as most dont know any different . Makes me realize how history was written and taught to us when there were hardly any alternate sources.

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        People can go through this article and form their opinion. They can contest if they believe provided facts are incorrect. HG usually responds to questions. Facts are 1) Putin violated Budapest Memorandum 2) Corrupted pro Russian Yanukovich fled to Russia with his loot after a nationwide uprising, just like our fugitive Gotha 3) A new President thought to be pro U.S was elected. Nuland’s role is similar to Julie’s during Aragalaya. Now, can China invade because they are unhappy with Lankan regime change from pro Chinese Rajapaksas to Pro West RW ??? 4) Last, former Soviet union state joined NATO before 2005 , more than 15 years ago 5) At the time of invasion, Ukraine was not being considered for potential NATO membership.Though Putin was assured of this in person by few NATO members, Putin lied to them denying intentions of an all out war.( keeping in mind, US having different governments since Russian invasion of Crimea) 6) Putin invaded Georgia and now Ukraine, because of public protest / Aragalaya against his corrupt puppet governments.

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          “People can go through this article and form their opinion.”
          Thank you for the permission.
          I am sure that everybody who reads will.
          The more intelligent will check and cross-check with a variety of sources.
          Take for example, the narrative about a gang of Ukrainian mischief makers blasting a strong-walled gas pipe in very deep waters has quite a few believers.
          Somehow skeptics outnumber them, and that is a ray of hope for human intelligence.

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            SJ
            In the 1970s and 80s I worked in the North Sea Diving Industry. In those days a working dive to 50 or 60 metres or more would have required a professional commercial diver. Most of these dives would have been done using Saturated Diving from a Diving Bell. This used Mixed Gases and the divers would return to a Diving Chamber on the Diving Ship or Platform. This kept the divers body saturated with the gas mix, so no decompression was required.
            Nowadays anyone with sufficient experience can go through an Advanced Mixed Gas Diving Course (80m) with organisations like British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) or PADI. This means that a small vessel with trained personnel using special mixed gas SCUBA gear would easily descend to the depth of the NORD Stream 2 pipelines. Most Commercial Divers in the past would have come from a Naval background and some would have had the necessary explosive-handling training and experience. So yes a group of amateurs could have blown up the pipeline, however not long before the explosions the Minerva Julie, a 600-foot Greek-flagged tanker spent 7 days alternately idling and crossing a roughly 200-square-nautical-mile area above the two natural-gas pipelines.It then traveled on to Tallinn, Estonia before anchoring at Saint Petersburg, Russia. Coincidence?
            Best Regards

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              LankaScot, please tell this to poor Joe Biden and Olaf Scholz.
              It seems that they had been a little thick, and this explanation never occurred to them.
              They will much appreciate this line that will truly debunk that naughty man Seymour Hersh’s tale, and help Biden go
              Scot free!.

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          As this author rightly points “opportunistic, tit for tat foreign policies of involved parties ( U.S , Russia and China) is discussed as right and wrong . What ever the offenses U.S is accused of are readily repeated by Putin and Xi Rarely we hear this kind ( right and wrong) of discussion out side of Lanka / India. Irony is that, people who live in these countries are conditioned to accept all the wrongs as norm in their own domestic political matters.

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          Little Chiv with not very large brain and western parrot.

          There is no parallel to Sri Lanka in every war. if any it would be how the Sri Lankan govt fed us propaganda when they were clearly losing in the 90s to the LTTE. There are many Americans who will tell you the truth. try to listen to prof Jeffry Sachs. and if you really want there are many drone map sites that will give you what is the real status.

          The reality is that the west is fighting a proxy war to the last Ukrainian. The only thing I can think is that these Ukrainians must be the stupidest people on earth . But they are paying a heavy price in the meat grinder. Ukraine is done. Zelensky pretty much admitted so when he was asking for Americans to come fight this war. ( you think that will happen ?) lol

          The west gambled on destroying Russia using Ukraine as a cats paw. They are paying a huge price for that stupidity.

          Try to verify your information. as just because it is said on CNN or bbc it is not true. But saying this to our South Asian colonial mindset is just simply pointless. lol

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            A 00000, FYI large brain is not indicative of superior intellectual function, but the ratio between Gray and White matter especially in your fronto parietal region. ( basic science) .I have listened to Jeffrey Sachs as well as Russian intellectuals of same repute living abroad. It’s you who accused Western media as biased but selectively quote, as it suits you. Otherthan that there is nothing much for me to respond. My comment is in response to this write up. (not my personal political views as yours). Instead of wasting time with me, you should be sharing that superior intellect of yours with SJ, Champa , DRS , Dinuk ……. people of same caliber. Good Luck.

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              ” My comment is in response to this write up. (not my personal political views as yours).”
              He was only saying “Amen” as he often does when he hears abuse of some countries.

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      Dear Friend, ABC12345,

      I wrote here, after reading communist propagandists like Prof. Kumar, Vasanti’s …. acolytes the UOJ Saddampi, that “the day Russian troops walk into Ukraine, President Zelenskyy will run to safe havens like Germany; next day Putin will install a puppet; third day Russian troops will be back in Moscow”. The man who wrote that, I am, still alive and keep apologizing to the readers for having committed such a mountainous blunder, believing the penny worthless, jobless communist Modayas. Now, you are there, the Wildlife Sanctuary SinhaLE Langkang’s Sinhala Buddhist Intellectual, the strange spices. Unlike the communist propagandists, you never ask anyone to believe your Mahavamsa tattletales because you honestly knew that only a few other Modayas other than me have a habit of reading it. Still could you explain me, why even after firing all hyper boasted sonic missiles, why President Puntin’s Craven still trailing around only near Moscow, but the Kyiv appears to be only far away twinkling little star in the heaven, a dream in wild for Putin?

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      a14455

      What is the truth then? Russia is winning the war? I thought when Russia invaded Ukraine it would not take much time for Russia to finish the job. Now it took more than a year. Russia is still struggling. You said that more than 250,000 Ukrainian. How many Russian soldiers dead according to your reliable sources.
      We all know that when there is a war we get wrong pictures from both the sides. The reality would lie in the middle. I would like if you comment on the overall view of the article rather than commenting on the pieces.

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        Harsha
        I listen to commentaries from both sides and avoid obvious propaganda. According to American analysts like Col MacGregor the kill ratios are like 1 Russian to 10 Ukrainians. and during the most effective parts of the Ukrainian campaign it was 1 Russian to 5 . so Russian causalities are much lower. Which makes sense in a war Russia firing 30 k shells a day to 5000 Ukrainian shells a day. and according to them Russian aim is not to fully capture Bahkmut but kill and disable the Ukranian military. Which is happening successfully due to the insistence of Zelensky to hold Bahkmut. According to what they are telling on Fox news and some other channels US and Nato is preparing to wash their hands off this mess. and even media like NY times and WSJ is slowly changing their tune. This whole spring offensive is a damp squib. If they are to do it they will have to do it with Nato troops. and that will NOT happen.
        I live in the US and I can get access to all these sources without even trying very hard. I am surprised you guys cannot.

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          We can see how hard you’re avoiding obvious propaganda by selectively quoting Western Media/ most reliable source of information, which you accuse as biased / propaganda. Read your previous comment, ” These people living in the West (including you ) have no proper news , I live in the U.S and I can get access to all these reliable sources without even trying very hard”. We definitely are not surprised, ” people like you and the programmed mechanical professor, “need to try hard to not be biased”. ” You as a Lankan must be counting the human losses and destruction to decide the “WINNER” , whereas , Putin is solely responsible for committing this crime. .

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            “need to try hard not to be biased”

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              Ditto.

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            May be you know what you are trying to imply but I certainly don’t.. I have no bones in this contest. I am just pointing out that the truth needs to be found and it is not easy. it is not true because it comes from the BBC or CNN or the Telegraph.

            I dont see the lot of incentive for these sources I proposed to lie. They are not russian sources. Scott Ritter in my eyes distinguished himself by exposing the bold faced lie of WMD in Iraq if you were alive during that war. 20 years later even the slaves of the west have to agree that was a bold faced lie. Even the stupidest American agrees. (but may be you dont . lol )

            It shouldnt take 20 more years to expose these lies either.

            But like SJ says people believe what they want to believe and they go to their graves believing .Now I call that programming or being brain washed. Not what SJ is saying.

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              a14455
              Thanks.
              There is too much of colonial mindset here that makes some imagine that the US won its wars in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria and will similarly win the proxy war in Ukraine.
              You can only let out the air from the balloons. Truth takes time to get across.
              *
              But one should concede that the US successfully harmed millions wherever it went.

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          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdJbZBV-XPE

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCR-Phtgx0k

          But these are not the only voices but there is many.

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    “The agreement between China and Taiwan in 1992 is defined by China as one country,”
    There was no such agreement.
    Both the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan (then called the Republic of China) agree that there is only one China.The dispute until China won UN recognition was about who is the rightful government.
    Stirring separatism in Taiwan was mainly US mischief. China will not allow Taiwan to secede. (Will Sri Lanka allow “Eelam” to secede?) And Taiwan has not declared independence so far.

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      SJ
      China says there is an agreement but Taiwan denies.

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        The agreement with the US is well known.
        If Taiwan denies any agreement, then what is its relevance?
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        China made concessions to Taiwan to be represented in global events provided that it does not use the identity “Republic of China” or anything like it. .
        (At the Olympic Games athletes competed under the Chinese Taipei Olympic flag instead of the flag of the Republic of China.
        For any medal ceremony, the National Flag Anthem of the Republic of China was played instead of the National Anthem of the Republic of China.)
        Now the US is trying to tamper with what was agreed.

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    The author’s narrative of the Ukrainian coup of 2014 is bewildering.
    He simply repeats the US narrative. The history of the problem goes back some years when the US committed itself to not expanding NATO into countries of the former USSR.
    But US did not honour its word.
    Kindly read the other side to the story, and have the courage to address it based on facts.
    Call it Putin’s war in Ukraine if you like, but Russia is solidly behind him today.
    US bullying by arming Ukraine and the string of sanctions by the US and EU have failed.
    They have hurt EU more than Russia.
    Have you heard of proxy wars?
    There were plenty during the Cold War.
    This is the not the first proxy war since then.

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      SJ
      You are responding not to my article but what you have perceived to be my article. Your perception is having your own ideas as well.

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        What I perceive is based on what you said.
        There is no evidence of any search for any other version of events.

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      SJ
      Could you please enlighten us all by providing the name of document (or a link) that the USA signed guaranteeing that it would not expand NATO. “US bullying by arming Ukraine” How many times did Putin and Lavrov declare that they had no intention of invading Ukraine. Even the US Russian Ambassador insisted on CBS News 20 Feb 2022 that Russia had no intention of invading Ukraine
      “Washington — Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov denied Sunday that the Kremlin is preparing for an invasion of neighboring Ukraine, despite a build-up of roughly 150,000 Russian forces and U.S. intelligence that Russian commanders have received orders to proceed.
      “There is no invasion, and there [are] no such plans,” Antonov said in an interview with “Face the Nation.” So now we know for sure who told lies.
      Best Regards

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        I do not have access to any document. But the pledge was made in the context of German unification.
        For specific and fuller in details:
        “Declassified documents show security assurances against NATO expansion to Soviet leaders from Baker, Bush, Genscher, Kohl, Gates, Mitterrand, Thatcher, Hurd, Major, and Woerner”
        https://nsarchive.gwu.edu/briefing-book/russia-programs/2017-12-12/nato-expansion-what-gorbachev-heard-western-leaders-early
        *
        Did Putin promise anything?

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          “Did Putin promise anything?

          Come on Comedian are you proposing, it was not Putin, but Chiv asked US to waive the procedures of joining the NATO so Russia could join NATO as soon as possible. What are talking on promise of NATO for dismantled USSR and failed Gorbachev after that. Well Germany lost in War, so USSR split Germany. The USSR lost on its communist bet and atomic Cold War bet, so NATO countries oversaw the USSR and Yugoslavia dismantling. Is this a loss of fatherless child food so you are shedding so much of crocodile tears to Putin? Rehabilitate your image man, before you try to do that for President Putin.

          First understand something, there was a time Gorbachev the president of USSR. The USSR no longer exists. At a time when the US was not ready to believe the communists, a promise was given to Gorbachev. (I am not writing anything against President Gorbachev; I like him, strongly). He did so many good things, but his mind was feeble enough to protect the communism in USSR. This proved that America was right in not responding USSR’s call for economic help. USSR’s communists overturned economically suffering Gorbachev’s Administration and he ended up as rated one of the filed presidents in the world. This was the reason that a Violent Communist of KGB, Putin captured power.

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            Mallai, did Putin promise any thing other than “all out war” against countries of former USSR??? Just like Xi keeps threatening Taiwan daily with consequence, for Dalai Lama’s visits and now President Tsai visit to the U.S”

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              Found your right partner at last!
              You will make a great duo like the two Ronnies.
              Congratulations. (Ignore that it is 1st April though.)

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                Just like you found
                A 0000 with superior intellect, like you. The only sin Mallai seems to have committed is to expose you throughly. Difficult to digest, isn’t it???

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          It is not anything new. Chandrika fought a “War for Peace” and crowned Royal Rowdy, a rapist, a girlfriend murderer, a massive swindler of tsunami funds, a War Criminal as her successor. She gave up on Evil’s game and did not try to ratify the Rome accord. Now every Modaya in Langkang is paying for Chandrika’s war for Peace. USSR gone; Gorbachev is gone; only you remain to claim that even if Putin gatptrs America, because for revenge of one time Russia ended up selling Alaska to cover its war cost, that America’ promise to USSR’s Gorbachev must have been fulfil. But I will give you some advice. Now everybody knows who you are. So, to rehabilitate your image, start to write on why Don Stphen, Solomon West Ridgeway Dias, Dudley like Europeans should have kept their promises to Tamils to have kept the country from falling into today’s situation. So, stop flying in the plane of world communism, start to walk on the sandy Roads of the Manatri, talk about Tamils problems.

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          FYI: Before Putin invade Ukraine, he promised to every world leader that he will never invade Ukraine. Read my comments in CT, just before he invaded, me expressing hope many times, that he would not invade, as he had not just promised one leader, but almost all world leaders. Do not just come out of a termite hill and keep writing anything you like. Even the author has commented that you are not commenting on his article but on what you perceived as his article.

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            Have I got you all excited?
            The dose of the unprescribed stuff seems a little too big?

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              If so, it is not your enormously big pigheadedness make others excited but because of your Emperor’s new cloth exciting us. You never lacked that capacity anyway. Remember?, you challenged that will ridicule every one of my comments? That is why we all get always excited by your clean, shameless nudity!

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              Come back to your point instead of trying to slip like an eel.

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                The point is that you are bonkers and someone here reminded me that it is 1st April.
                OK!

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              Have I got you’ll excited?? Not really but 40 of your comrades from China arrested from hotels in Aluthgama got me panicked. What were they doing?? Involved in massive digital financial frauds.Apparently police received complaints from various embassies.

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    Of relevance to all above.

    Here is British Playwright, Harold Pinter’s address on winning the Nobel Prize: “The United States supported and in many cases engendered every right wing military dictatorship in the world after the end of the Second World War. I refer to Indonesia, Greece, Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Haiti, Turkey, the Philippines, Guatemala, El Salvador, and, of course, Chile. The horror the United States inflicted upon Chile in 1973 can never be purged and can never be forgiven.

    Hundreds of thousands of deaths took place throughout these countries. Did they take place? And are they in all cases attributable to US foreign policy? The answer is yes they did take place and they are attributable to American foreign policy. But you wouldn’t know it.” Continued 2

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    Harold Pinter 2.

    The Noble Prize speech continues. “It never happened [the US horrors]. “Nothing ever happened. Even while it was happening, it wasn’t happening. It didn’t matter. It was of no interest. The crimes of the United States have been systematic, constant, vicious, remorseless, but very few people have actually talked about them. You have to hand it to America. It has exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good. It’s a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis.”

    How many Sri Lankans are walking about under US hypnosis?

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      Sarath , I agree with distorted U.S Foreign policies and have mentioned that a few times here. But that does not mean, they are the only ones to have such policies. As someone mentioned ” if U.S is grossly overt , others are just covert.”

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        The blasting of the Nordstream pipes was absolutely overt I guess!
        What on earth are reports on CIA activities? Overt subversion?

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      Hey Sarath,

      That same Pinter speech first said, “Everyone knows what happened in the Soviet Union and throughout Eastern Europe during the post-war period: the systematic brutality, the widespread atrocities, the ruthless suppression of independent thought. All this has been fully documented and verified.”

      Now you can add Russia under Putin and China under Xi to that list, and do a thorough review of “the systematic brutality, the widespread atrocities, the ruthless suppression of independent thought.”

      Compare that to how the West treats its own citizens. After that, you can talk about the US atrocities during the cold war.

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        Are you scared of subjecting US atrocities to wide exposure?
        Read any one of William Blum’s works:
        ‘Killing Hope; America’s Deadliest Export; Rogue State; Freeing the World to Death; CIA: the Forgotten History.
        *
        How the US treats its people:
        Top 10 Countries with the highest rate of incarceration
        United States — 629
        Rwanda — 580
        Turkmenistan — 576
        El Salvador — 564
        Cuba — 510
        Palau — 478
        British Virgin Islands (U.K. territory) — 477
        Thailand — 445
        Panama — 423
        Saint Kitts and Nevis — 423
        .
        [If we leave out the Blacks and Hispanics, the US will have a decent record I guess.]

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          I am enjoying the indictment of Trump too much to waste time with you on this.

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            Thank you for refraining from further BS on the virtues of the US.
            *
            Celebrate, but do not get too drink!
            The man can turn tables on his tormentors– the legal profession and system are such.
            BTW
            When will the zombie who congratulated China in the Canadian parliament step down as president?
            (https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2023/03/7572ccea8ccf-biden-praises-china-in-canadian-parliament-gaffe.html)

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              Happy April Fools Day.

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                So, why are you not making your usual comments today?
                The day is not over yet, and there is hope.

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                  Thank you for obliging with that invite to Mr M.

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                Happy birthday!

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              Why can’t President Biden write his his name one time as Savam? Do have a point to discuss? Are you older than Biden?

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        A
        Like to hear this?
        On his official website, Pinter published his remarks to the mass peace protest demonstration held in London on 15 February 2003: “The United States is a monster out of control. Unless we challenge it with absolute determination American barbarism will destroy the world. The country is run by a bunch of criminal lunatics, with Blair as their hired Christian thug.

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          Yet Pinter continued to live in the UK and wasn’t prosecuted.
          Ask any Eastern European or Chechen or Russian emigres and they will say far worse things about Russia.

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            I am no admirer of capitalist Russia.
            The biggest threat to humanity since the Nazis is the US.
            Think about it, when you can.

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              ” I am no admirer of capitalist Russia. The biggest threat to humanity since the Nazis is the US”

              Then why is Russian capitalism criticized never but only American capitalism is criticized relentlessly? Is that because you have proof that the American government is killing more South Americans and Blacks in the US than Hitler killed the Jews in Germany? Come to the US and explore how many thousands of Eastern European Jews have migrated to the US? Why are they leaving the country that fought so hard against the Nazis? Russian Womens want to give birth to their children in Brazil. Do you want to drop the topic you are so badly struggling to take forward and switch to the talks of Russian migration, currently to all over the countries in the world?

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              currently to all over the countries in the world?

              Do you have any idea of how many thousands of Jews left Germany During Hitler time, and under some recent presidents, even at the worst time to migrate into America, how many thousands of South Americans and Blacks were waiting on the borders without any protections from nature? You are a person ready to excrete on the plate you ate, to prove that you have learned a lot of Karl Marxism in the UK. So, you are talking like a mad man, without any coordination to your talks! When, anytime you are cornered, you come out with fraudulent, dodging theories & many fraudulent explanations. It is true there are better perestroika or glasnost countries in Western Europe, but America is also a country known for its government’s openness. You are so indulged to deny that, but it does not get out beyond the UOJ platform.

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              You are not ready to tell what Russia is doing in Belarus, Georgia, Finland, Sweden, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Venezuela……All Eastern European countries are independent countries, and having UN membership, they all are free to join any union, irrelevant of any contract or deed signed in the past. That is the UN charter. Period.

              America has openly declared war on communism. It has 800 terminals all over the world for this purpose. Right or wrong, it is not an opportunistic trick of America, like Putin capturing Crimea and part of Georgia. Sometimes America played foul games. Just for that nobody will listen to your talk of Anani Pot as an equal and agree with you that America has always been worse than one-time German Nazis. Anyway, it was American citizens who brought back the American government out of Vietnam. Can you tell your democratic, Capitalistic society of Russia’s citizens to make President Putin to get out of Ukraine? Have you accepted Vasanthi having been caught using UOJ letterhead for Royals’ election propaganda & how many times have you condemned her here?

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    Something about China and Russia.

    In 2019, prior to global travel restriction, Chinese tourists made 155 million outbound international trips, that’s over six times Sri Lanka’s population, twice the population of the UK. All Chinese tourists were happy to go back home. Wikipedia tells you that since 2012, tourists from China have been the world’s top spenders. In 2016, the country accounted for 21% of the world’s international tourism spending, or $261 billion.

    In Sri Lanka today, our own gasping-for-breath tourism sector is dependent on mainly Russian tourists. They too give us their loose change and gladly go back home.

    Meanwhile in the home of liberty, the prison population keeps growing, with about 2 million behind bars, and the total number of gun-related deaths in 2022 rising to 44,290. School shootings keep growing.

    Don’t get me wrong. I admire US human advancements and always look forward to my visits. When last there, staying in the home of a Sri Lankan who’s made it big and lives in a prestigious neighbourhood, I was cautioned about going out for an evening walk because people with our skin colour are looked on with suspicion and can run into trouble.

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      Sarath, I may agree with most but whatever your “made big” Lankan friend told you is FALSE. Just ask him about the large Lankan community living in U.S and among them how many ran into trouble only because of their skin color??? I,m sure he is still there making loads of money, with no intentions of leaving. Truth is, a Lankan of minority will run into troble much much more in their own country because of their appearance or dressing. This reminds me of mechanical thinking professor who once told ” his friends in U.S are returning because they are apprehensive about children turning immoral adopting US culture:.”

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        Oh dear back to your wilful bad comprehension!
        Will you like help with language?

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      Sarath,

      Sorry, none of your points are about American civilization or political maturity. They are about unique, individual circumstances. There is no correlation between the number of prisons and the political maturity of a country. Saudi Arabia claims to be the most crime free country. True, but we like Singapore’s excuses less clamping down on crimes, like the stern capital punishment for drugs, but it does not cut the hands for theft. America too hangs, but never takes prisoners out of the prisons and forces them to run and shoot them, if he or she is a witness to a politician’s crimes. The best witness to this is Wasantha Muthali. UOJ Sadampi has already revealed, somewhere, that many prisoners in American prisons are immigrants.

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      America is the most favorite place for illegal immigrants in the world. Sinhalese known to curse America because it attempts to limit them ruling the Tamils. But every southern Sinhalese lifetime dream is living in a Bungalow mansion, in America, if that fails only, he/she goes to Britain, Australia, Canada, but never Russia. Those who are feared of the crimes in America, never returned to Langkang. Even Hitler King wanted to run to America when he feared that he may be arrested in his own country where he was the president. Now the Evil Emperor is protecting Hitler with many layers of the Rapist Army. We the small made Ceylonese- Americans are here under the open sky in front of the opportunistic muckers and thieves. Oman is said to be the safe haven for Langkang drug Muthalalis.

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    Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping & Joe Biden ……. and Ranil Wickramasinghe

    Another …… Left and Right …….. dictatorship the USA and their puppet IMF is supporting now.

    God bless America …….. where would the world be without America ……. 7.888 billion tongues cut off and unable to speak?

    Don’t short sell freedom while enjoying freedom.

    Talk is cheap ………. look where people are voting with their feet!

    I saw prof KD in California ……. marching with the Hammer and Sickle.

    Should we bless the prof …….. or the freedom in California?

    It Never Rains In Southern California ….. can march all day long ……. should Lankans living in California pray for rain? ……… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXkk65PdKyM&t=47s


    I saw ten-thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken
    I saw guns and sharp swords in the hands of young children


    One always wanna steal a march on the other……. if one cant, then blame the other.

    That’s the world folks.

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    This paragraph in Harsha Gunasena’s article is absurd.
    “There is a dictatorial leader emerging in China who extends his power internationally as well as locally and, in the businesses, as well as in the state. That itself may be the starting point of the downturn. When he faces the inherently aggressive American defense policy the outcome would be explosive. Until such time it does not explode there will be a cold war. The triggering point may be Taiwan.”
    C’mon, how do you define the term “dictatorial leaders”? Why do leaders who rebuilt their countries upholding the international order i.e. economic, political, social successes as well as strategic target planning (manufacturing strategic weapons), considered as “dictatorial leaders”? This is the “world order” upheld by the United States, China and Russia. I don’t see any difference between them. Writers should stop using the American term “dictatorial leaders” which is discriminately applied to leaders of countries that pose a challenge to the United States.
    Contd’…….

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      Talking about world leaders, the world has something to learn from China’s well-built business ecosystem and diplomacy. The United States as usual seeks a regime change in China or at least tries to create such a situation by provoking China to attack Taiwan and subsequently impose sanctions against China with an aim to make President Xi Jinping unpopular.
      Within two decades under President Vladimir Putin, Russia emerged like a phoenix rising from the ashes. President Putin’s economic and social reforms dramatically reduced poverty levels and paved the way for an economic boom domestically while becoming a global oil and gas powerhouse. Even though the US led NATO imposed over 11,000 sanctions to pierce President Putin’s “sanction-proof economy”, he is unperturbed and the nation he united is intact. Even in the clean energy transition initiative, in no time Russia will emerge as a global mineral giant. Clearly, sanctions against Russia did not and will not oil the wheels of regime change in that country.
      Contd’…….

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        In the context of geopolitics (well, there is nothing complex about geopolitics. In simple terms, geopolitics means, using geographically strategic smaller countries, especially those situated in close proximity to China and Russia, for the political advantage of the United States). In the context of geopolitics, the current leadership of China and Russia is crucial for Asia’s stability.
        How big is Asia? According to the United Nations, there are 48 countries in Asia with 4.6 billion people. This is the list.
        1 China (East Asia)
        2 India (South Asia)
        3 Indonesia (South-East Asia)
        4 Pakistan (South Asia)
        5 Bangladesh (South Asia)
        6 Japan (East Asia)
        7 Philippines (South-East Asia)
        8 Vietnam (South-East Asia)
        9 Turkey (West Asia)
        10 Iran (South Asia)
        11 Thailand (South-East Asia)
        12 Myanmar(South-East Asia)
        13 South Korea (East Asia)
        14 Iraq (West Asia)
        15 Afghanistan (South Asia)
        16 Saudi Arabia (West Asia)
        17 Uzbekistan (Central Asia)
        18 Malaysia (South-East Asia)
        19 Yemen (West Asia)
        20 Nepal (South Asia)
        21 North Korea (East Asia)
        22 Sri Lanka (South Asia)
        23 Kazakhstan (Central Asia)
        24 Syria (West Asia)
        Contd’……….

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          25 Cambodia (South-East Asia)
          26 Jordan (West Asia)
          27 Azerbaijan (West Asia)
          28 United Arab Emirates (West Asia)
          29 Tajikistan (Central Asia)
          30 Israel (West Asia)
          31 Laos (South-East Asia)
          32 Lebanon (West Asia)
          33 Kyrgyzstan (Central Asia)
          34 Turkmenistan (Central Asia)
          35 Singapore (South-East Asia)
          36 Oman (West Asia)
          37 State of Palestine (West Asia)
          38 Kuwait (West Asia)
          39 Georgia (West Asia)
          40 Mongolia (East Asia)
          41 Armenia (West Asia)
          42 Qatar (West Asia)
          43 Bahrain (West Asia)
          44 Timor-Leste (South-East Asia)
          45 Cyprus (West Asia)
          46 Bhutan (South Asia)
          47 Maldives (South Asia)
          48 Brunei (South-East Asia)
          .
          (As observed, outdated British terms such as “Middle East”, “Near East” and “Far East” were not recognized by the United Nations. The term ”Middle East ” has apparently been used to divide Asia.)
          .
          In addition to 48 countries, there are 3 dependent territories of China in East Asia which are not regarded as “individual countries” by the UN.
          1. Taiwan
          2. Hong Kong
          3. Macau
          .
          Russia, which is the world’s largest country, is considered as a “transcontinental country” as it spans over Asia and Europe. Russia’s land constitutes 40% of the European Continent! In addition, Russia controls the Kuril Islands, the Sakhalin Island and Kaliningrad.

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    Those who want China’s mediation to end the Ukrainian conflict, first have to accept China’s “12-point Position Paper on a Peaceful Resolution to the Ukraine Crisis”. So far, Ukraine hasn’t accepted it. The world is tired of proxy wars and definitely doesn’t want another proxy war in Taiwan.
    Meanwhile, a military journalist in Russia (according to western media, he is a well known pro-Russian blogger) has been killed by a bomb blast after a woman handed him over a statue of a soldier. It looks like the woman had no idea she was given a bomb. If she was aware, she should be a suicide bomber. It seems that there are many infiltrators in Russian society or is it a simple a-journalist-for-journalist? Investigative journalism is dangerous in any case. As an ordinary commenter, I can only assume or analyze what I read and watch, and share my opinion. It will take a long time until the truth comes out.

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