Below you will find our translation of an article from newzfeed.ru with commentary and notes [in brackets] by Vince Dhimos.
A blow below the belt: US allies refuse to go against Russia
July 23, 2019
As you already know, despite all the US threats towards Turkey regarding the purchase of Russian weapons, Ankara still bought the Russian S-400 systems.
After that, relations between the US and Turkey began to deteriorate markedly. Then the United States decided to find a new ally in the eastern Mediterranean. Without giving the matter much thought, it chose Greece. The US immediately transferred their army there and ordered all allies to forbid port service to Russia.
But unfortunately for the US, the Greek government announced that it would not refuse to allow Russia to call at its ports. The ban on Russia was also to be extended to Cyprus and Israel.
The American government was shocked by this behaviour on Greece’s part, calling them traitors.
Greece simply does not benefit from introducing such bans, because they get good profit from Russian shipping. It is also worth noting that recently the relations between Greece and Russia have been steadily improving, and it makes no sense for Greece to spoil relations with Moscow. Cyprus also denied the United States a ban.
All that remains is Israel, which has always been on the side of the United States. But experts insist that Israel most likely will not ban anything for Russia, since i there are a lot of people from the Soviet Union in the country [about 20% of Israelis are from there]. And if they begin to ban the Russians, then this could be regarded as an anti-Russian policy, and people from the former USSR would not understand.
Feel free to conclude that once again the plan of the United States against Russia failed. Nobody wants to quarrel with Russia, because things will only get worse in countries looking for a fight. Georgia is an example.
[Yes, Georgia learned a hard lesson from the recent anti-Russian street protests in Tbilisi, after which Russia promptly suspended all flights to and from there, costing Georgia millions in tourist trade. Of course, Westerners who don’t read New Silk Strategies may have missed this news, which we reported here. But the big loser is Ukraine, whose US-instigated Russophobia wound up making it the poorest country in Europe, as we reported here. The big lesson here is that the US is losing allies right and left by bullying and is hurting mostly itself. The world fears the US somewhat, but is starting to fear – and respect – Russia even more. The most important clue as to the power shift in the world – from a monopolar to a multipolar world – is the fact that Netanyahu invited Russian and US officials to Israel for a tripartite conference on the problems in Syria and Iran. US news sources focused on Israel-US interest in dragging Russia away from its partnership with Iran but Russian delegate Nikolai Patrushev, the Russian National Security Council secretary, told the group that Iran is and always will be an ally of Russia. The message was “a war with Iran is a war with Russia,” as we wrote here. And then there is Germany, which was ordered by US ambassador Richard Grenell to stop the building of the Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 and start buying overpriced US LNG. But Germany was not entrusted to build the pipeline. It was a European consortium and they were putting the last touches in the line, so it was too late. And besides, the Germans needed the inexpensive gas to maintain their economy and their ranking as the second exporter in the world after China. Obviously, the US was thinking only of itself and was trying to throw Germany under the bus.]