Did the sudden meeting yesterday of President Putin and Secretariat Kerry catch you by surprise? I know it did me and it also surprised John and Steve. They had some ideas as to why this meeting occurred so you should give this podcast a listen.
Just a few observations:
- Were there some high-level "discussions" between leaders at the Victory Day rally last weekend? Did these discussions prompt the sudden scheduling of the Putin-Kerry meeting? And what did Putin and Kerry discuss yesetrday? Could this be the final effort to fortify and implement the Minsk Peace Agreements brokered a few months ago?
- Professor Cohen was quick to point out that Chinese Premier Xi was seated right next to Putin during the Victory Day festivities. Not far away could be found Mr. Modi of India, too. Can you say "SCO"?
- John and Steve also discuss the ongoing situation in Greece and Turkey and the likelihood of a new alliance with Russia that would include a new "South Stream" gas pipeline that would bypass Ukraine.
Lots of other interesting information here so, as usual, I urge you to give this a thorough listen.