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Obama Team Scrambles To Get Europe Back on ‘War on Russia’ Drive

Oct. 5, 2015 (EIRNS)—With European nations rebelling against the British-Obama war drive against Russia, and Barack Obama increasingly replacing Vladimir Putin as the popular "enemy image" in Europe, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter began a five-day tour in Europe today with a press conference in Madrid in which he ranted against Russia’s actions in Syria and Ukraine, and Russia’s existence generally.

"Russia has escalated the civil war [in Syria], putting further at risk the very political resolution and preservation of Syria’s structure of future governance it says that it wants. It remains my hope that Vladimir Putin will see that tethering Russia to a sinking ship is a losing strategy, and will decide to confront the threat presented by IS instead of continuing its unilateral airstrikes against Assad’s opposition,"

Carter said.

"We will continue to make it clear that if Russia wants to end its international isolation and be considered a responsible global power, it must stop its aggression in eastern Ukraine, end its occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea, and live up to its commitments under the Minsk agreements.

"We will take all necessary steps to deter Russia’s malign and destabilizing influence, coercion, and aggression, including its efforts to undermine strategic stability and challenge the military balance in Europe."

Carter, however, then had to fend off questions about NATO’s latest war crime, its hour-long bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan.

The shift President Putin’s initiative has caused, defies Carter, Obama, and the European media. The poll Deutschland Trend 2015, carried out by Germany’s national TV channel ARD, shows 79% of Germans in favor of stronger cooperation of the West with Russia on the conflict in Syria. Only 14% opposed. Some 82% support negotiations with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, against only 15% who oppose. Chancellor Angela Merkel almost certainly knew of this support before her meeting with the French President Oct. 2 in Paris, after which she endorsed talks with Assad in a public statement.