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POLITICS: Putin holds talks with Slovak leaders after meeting with Bush

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posted on Feb, 25 2005 @ 05:39 AM
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After holding talks with Bush President Putin has taken the next step and taken the opportunity to boost relations with Slovakia. Putin arrived to speak with and thank Slovak veterans who were instrumental in the resistance against Nazis in World War II. This has apparantly come about as a result of Russia not wanting to lose trade ties with Slovakia that were last when they joined the European Union last year.
 



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Prikhodko expressed hope that the first visit to Slovakia by a Russian president since Putin's predecessor Boris Yeltsin came here in 1993 the year it gained independence with the peaceful split of Czechoslovakia would boost relations, according to ITAR-Tass.

He said officials would sign an agreement envisaging the renewal of intergovernmental efforts to develop cooperation on economic, scientific and technical and humanitarian issues, which were disrupted after Slovakia joined the EU. according to Prikhodko.

The visit is also meant to expand bilateral trade, whose volume reached what Prikhodko said was a record US$3 billion (-2.26 billion) last year.
Prikhodko said officials may also discuss weapons trade and military cooperation, which were sharply curtailed after Slovakia joined NATO, also last year.



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It looks like President Bush's visit to Europe may have had some positive effects after all, with Russia seemingly being very co-operative and even go so far as to heal relations elsewhere.

However, it comes as no surprise to learn that this is certainly business related, and that they hope to get economic trades going between the two countries again, as well as possible weapons sales. It's always about the money.




posted on Feb, 25 2005 @ 03:56 PM
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Sadly, it will always be about the money.

Especially when business becomes government, and government doesn't even pretend to be separated from business interests. The EU was not established as a democracy, or for a democracy. Nor was it established to serve the peoples under it's sway in any form. It's a business arrangement, representative cartel. Designed for mutual economic prosperity. And it's never claimed to be anything else.

Which is why treating it as a body capable of deciding what's best for the people, treating it as a representative government, is dangerous. Many here bitch about the US military and claim it is used solely to promote current Administration's personal economy-but then want NATO run by the EU, which has the US and British militaries under it's umbrella-a multinational military juggernaught with only one goal-promoting the business interests of the EU member cartel. And I guarantee any benefit the people and countries under the EU gain, is incidental.



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