Saturday, November 02, 2013

Obama's Smart Diplomacy Pays Off...For Russia

America under Obama's leadership has been shown to no longer be a dependable ally, so is it any wonder that your allies start looking around for new friends?

The Detroit Free Press: Japan, Russia agree to expand defense ties

Japan and Russia held their first high-level defense and diplomatic talks Saturday and agreed to step up cooperation between their militaries amid regional security concerns such as North Korea and China.

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, and their Russian counterparts Sergei Lavrov and Sergei Shoigu also agreed to hold joint military and anti-piracy exercises and establish a defense consultation framework.

Lavrov told a news conference after Saturday's talks that upgrading defense ties between the two countries could serve their national interests in resolving terrorism and North Korea's nuclear threats, as well as other regional disputes. He also welcomed the talks as a landmark development for Russia and Japan.

American strategic policy in the Pacific used to be about preventing Russian expansion, and Japan used to be a lynch-pin ally in that regard.

Yet more results from the smart diplomacy of the Obama administration.

1 comment:

Old NFO said...

Yeah, we are NOT looking good here...