JRL NEWSWATCH: “Russia woos a Europe feuding with U.S. over tariffs, Iran” – Christian Science Monitor/Fred Weir

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“The scene at [SPIEF:] … Putin … flanked by French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde, and Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan. * * * Trump has slapped tariffs on steel and aluminum exports from the [EU] … and warned … U.S. sanctions might be imposed on European companies participating in the Russian-German Nord Stream II gas pipeline. … he unilaterally pulled the United States out of the six-nation Iran nuclear deal … and threatened Iran with total economic isolation. … require[ing] European companies … to abandon billions of dollars worth of contracts with Iran, or face … ‘secondary sanctions’ …. The Europeans have … vow[ed] to uphold the [Iran deal] JCPOA and maintain business ties with Iran. … ‘There is a palpable sense in Moscow that this situation represents a critical window of opportunity for Russia. …’ says Sergei Strokan … [of] Kommersant. …”

Click here for: “Russia woos a Europe feuding with US over tariffs, Iran; The United States is making life hard for Europe, both directly through new tariffs and indirectly by withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal. And that is giving Russia an opening to reset its relationship with its neighbors” – Christian Science Monitor/Fred Weir