It’s been evident for some time that one of the biggest reasons the Putin government wanted Trump in the White House was their desire to complete a particular deal.
The aligning interests between Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russia’s choice for U.S. president (Donald Trump), and Big Oil represents the gravest threat to humanity (and democracy) since the rise of the Axis powers in the 1930s.
When Trump appointed Exxon executive Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, it drew a heavy line under this threat.
On Putin’s desk: A deal signed by Rex Tillerson that will give Russia $500B dollars if sanctions are lifted. That’s enough to allow Putin to continue his military expansion and plug the gap on his bleeding economy for a decade or more.
What was it that Michael Flynn discussed with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak? Lifting sanctions. What did intelligence reports finger Carter Page for offering in return for Russian help? Lifting sanctions. And where are we now?
Exxon Mobil Corp. has applied to the Treasury Department for a waiver from U.S. sanctions on Russia in a bid to resume its joint venture with state oil giant PAO Rosneft, according to people familiar with the matter.