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Merkel Teams Up with Putin to Save Iran Deal

Merkel Teams Up with Putin to Save Iran Deal

Merkel calls Iranian President to “affirm Germany’s commitment to the deal”

Days after U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to walk away from the Iran nuclear deal, Germany has joined hands with its arch-rival Russia in order to rescue the troubled agreement. As part of a diplomatic campaign to rally support for the agreement, German Chancellor Angela Merkel dispatched Foreign Minister Heiko Maas to Moscow on Tuesday.

“Iran deal crisis triggers rare show of unity between Moscow and Berlin,” commented Germany’s state-run DW News. “Both Germany and Russia believe the deal should remain in force,” the broadcaster added.

Merkel’s government has come under increased pressure from German corporations that are set to lose billions when the U.S. sanctions snap back following President Trump’s pull out from the Iran deal. German companies like Daimler, Siemens, and Airbus have been among the leading beneficiaries of the open Iranian market in the wake of the 2015 agreement.

Germany could refuse to join the U.S. in tightening sanctions against Iran, but then those German companies that decide to keep their operations in the country could lose access in the U.S. market.

German weekly Der Speigel covered German Foreign Minister’s visit to Moscow:

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov affirmed their commitment to the Iran deal. “It is important for all countries that want to uphold the deal to talk to each other,” Lavrov said during Foreign Minister Maas’s maiden visit to Moscow.

Maas stressed that it was vital that Iran upheld its obligation under the agreement. Russia could use its influence over the government in Tehran in this regard. [Translation by the author]

German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reported Thursday’s visit with the headline: Maas and Lavrov want to save the nuclear deal. “Since taking office, [Mass] had been exceptionally critical of relations between the two countries,” the newspaper explained.

It was an awkward visit for the newly appointed German foreign minister who recently called Russia an “aggressor” and accused the Putin regime of acting “increasingly hostile.” The mutual dislike was palpable during the visit as the customary “handshake didn’t take place; Maas and Lavrov hardly made eye contact; [both] looked serious; no smile graced their faces,” German newspaper Die Welt observed.

Not leaving this blitz diplomacy to her rookie foreign minister, Chancellor Merkel will soon visit Moscow to personally enlist President Vladimir Putin’s support.

The news of President Trump’s dropping out of the nuclear deal was met with more anti-American sloganeering in Tehran. On Wednesday, Iranian lawmakers burned American flags in the parliament and chanted “Death to America,” something the minions of the Islamic regime have routinely done since 1979.

Undeterred by deadly proclamations coming from Iran’s top governing body, Chancellor Merkel called Iranian President Hasan Rouhani to “affirm Germany’s commitment to the deal,” a spokesman for German government confirmed on Thursday.

Having learned nothing from the past, Chancellor Merkel wants to contain Iranian regime’s triumphalist ambitions through the defunct policy of appeasement. If German history is any guide, this won’t end well.

Video: Iranian parliamentarians chant ‘Death to America’, burn American flag in the parliament

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healthguyfsu | May 11, 2018 at 11:06 am

Merkel government donated to Obama. Merkel is teaming up with Putin. Ergo, Obama colluded with the Russians (especially when he had “flexibility after the election”).

I have now given as much evidence of collusion as every moonbat.

Access to American market.
Access to Iranian market.

So many choices how does one choose?

That Darn Trump and his use of American Markets. He thinks he can use it to get his agenda done and just everything he wants

It’s called winning.

Henry Hawkins | May 11, 2018 at 11:14 am

Yes, appeasement has a long record of success, especially concerning Iran, Germany, and Russia. /sarc

We’ll take Poland.

You can have France and the other guys.

This is odd, even for an act of desperation.

Merkel’s government has come under increased pressure from German corporations that are set to lose billions when the U.S. sanctions snap back following President Trump’s pull out from the Iran deal.

I’m sure that’s all true … but it’s not something which can be ameliorated by sucking up to Russia.

If the US was threatening, say, a blockade of Germany, then arranging alternate supply chains would be sensible, and maybe even effective. But nobody—not even the Terrible Trump—is threatening to do any such thing. So it’s not clear what actions Russia might take which can have anything at all to do with restrictions on commerce between the US and Germany.

I guess the lust for money make for strange bed fellows.

    YellowGrifterInChief in reply to Whitewall. | May 11, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    Yes, Dick Cheney formed a subsidiary to do business with Iran when he was head of Halliburton and we had a prohibition against doing business with them.

    Didn’t Trump try numerous times to raise money or do projects with Kazakhstan? Dirty money: Trump and the Kazakh connection

      Sneaky, but not illegal. This was a subsidiary called “Halliburton Products and Services Limited,” based outside the U.S. In fact, the law allowed foreign subsidiaries of U.S. corporations to do business in Iran under strict conditions.

        belloscm in reply to belloscm. | May 12, 2018 at 1:04 pm

        It also appears that the deal to provide oil field services in Iran was signed well after Cheney became V.P. and had divested himself from Halliburton.

How will the Left reconcile this. So many false narratives busted. Oh wait, cue scene…

Merkel is lead into the inner sanctum, a bomb proof vault with glass floors. Sharks circle underneath.

Across the room sits Putin, stroking a naked mole rat. He raises a monacle to his eye.

“Ah Fraulein, how good of you to come. And how naive. Did you really think you would leave here alive? No matter, first let me introduce you to – “, a metal door behind him slides up “- Agent Cheeto!”

(cue outrage music)

Agent Cheeto crosses over to the console, smiles at Merkel, and preseses a red button.

Merkel falls through the trap door and is promptly shreded by a Great White wearing a MAGA hat.

Putin and Trump raise a pinky to their lips in homage to Dr Evil. “Mwahahaha!”

blah deblah | May 11, 2018 at 12:25 pm

So lemme understand something: these people are out there “scrambling to save” Iran’s ability to have nuclear weapons?

Hello? Is the Twilight Zone theme playing?

    YellowGrifterInChief in reply to blah deblah. | May 11, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Do you really wish to understand? What they are scrambling to do is to delay Iran from getting nuclear weapons indefinitely.

    There is no question that they can get them. If a country as poor and under strict sanctions as North Korea can get them, how do plan to stop them? Does Trump plan on going to war with them?

    The Twilight Zone has been playing since November 2016.

      4th armored div in reply to YellowGrifterInChief. | May 11, 2018 at 12:52 pm

      i usually just laugh at your silly remarks BUT
      if Iran gets even close to having a deliverablr nuke,
      ISRAEL will unleash a bunker buster on them, to the applause of the sane world.

      Bush’s deal with Libya to give up their weapons program is a case-study in how this should be done. Yes, threats of war work; diplomacy and warfare exist on the same continuum. Any dipshit who takes war “off the table” will be a very ineffective diplomat (see: Carter, Clinton, Obama as references).

      I know that reality makes you progs uneasy, but it’s how the world works. Isn’t it about time you all admitted your stupid prog ideas don’t work, sit down and shut up and let the adults run things?

      Un-Suh-Wreckt in reply to YellowGrifterInChief. | May 11, 2018 at 1:20 pm

      “Strict sanctions” has in the past meant giving (not selling) NK food, oil and “peaceful” nuclear reactors at the times when these were critical to the Kim/China regime staying in power. Done by the same DRNC lizards were tripping over each other to sell the USA out to China faster than the other one. Scrooge McBlank’s badly formed slur against Turtle was inflammatory, and also true. McConnel, McCain, Clint-Bama and crew’s loyalties all lie in beds other than those of the USA.

      “The Twilight Zone has been playing since November 2016…”

      Welcome to it, Anthony:

    C. Lashown in reply to blah deblah. | May 11, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    @blah deblah | May 11, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    Nope. You’re missing the goal. ISRAEL and her petroleum/gas resources are the prize in all this posturing, along with the total defeat of Israel. The Muslims feel whoever can defeat Israel will be the seat of the next Caliphate… Perhaps Russia would like that plum also? What is it, 50% of Russian citizens are Muslims and the Russian Orthodox Church is notoriously anti-Israel?

    A few months back, perhaps a full year, Russia, Iran and Turkey formed a pack. Since then Turkey has beefed up it’s presence in Cyprus. The natural gas under the Med, which Israel initially claimed, are going to split between Israel, Lebanon and Syria (?). Iran doesn’t have a large oil reserve and could sure find a use for the money coming from that natural gas resource. Europe needs the natural gas, and Russia needs the gas and money from selling the gas.

    To conquer Israel will take an army of fanatics, which Iran can supply…for a cut of the pie. President Trump just put a stick in the spokes of Iran’s trike! LOL

    Mutter Merkel has no problem working with the Russians (obviously), and so the game begins. When it’s all over there are going to be several crippled countries with shattered dreams…but Israel will survive just fine, thank you very much! I’d be leaving Greece ASAP if I could, in 1-2 years it will be a total hell hole. Lebanon and Syria are gone, Russia will live up to it’s destiny. Germany and Turkey will be crippled too – hard to loose thousands of young men and prosper.

      belloscm in reply to C. Lashown. | May 12, 2018 at 1:28 pm

      Minor quibble here, as the Russian Orthodox Church is not only notoriously anti-Israel, but historically anti-semitic, as well.

Let’s call their bluff and bring ALL American troops home from Germany. You know, the country that has never met their NATO obligations once.

    YellowGrifterInChief in reply to TimothyJ. | May 11, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    I guess they will understand our objectives if we ever sell anti-armor and anti-aircraft weapons to the Ukraine.

      YellowGrifterInChief in reply to YellowGrifterInChief. | May 11, 2018 at 12:50 pm

      Correction: We are selling some Javelins

      So it’s in Germany’s best interest to help Iran wipe out Israel. Same as it ever was….

        C. Lashown in reply to SDN. | May 11, 2018 at 3:34 pm


        There’s just one little problem…God made a few promise’s and he’s known for keeping his promise’s!

        Germany is going to do a repeat performance of WW2, she’s going to CHOKE on her maschinations even worse then Adolf did.

    belloscm in reply to TimothyJ. | May 12, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    About the Full Monty? We give Germany a quiet ultimatum to fully honor their NATO obligations ($$$ and forces obligations are to be met within 24 months), and they get with the Trump Plan on Iran.

Merkel is too old and ugly to use the Fräulein moniker, better to just go with Frau……

As the facts change, their opinion should change. Instead, they remain progressive (i.e. monotonic). Putin I can understand. Well, Merkel, too. She has passed the point of no return in collusion with Obama’s legacy of wars, CAIR, green whatever, oil, and debt.

Un-Suh-Wreckt | May 11, 2018 at 1:15 pm

Having shown her true allegience, Herr Merkel will now be crowned a hero of the American Leftocrat party. She just needs to say something like “Now we begin the thousand year MultiKulture!”

With all the back-stabbing double dealing going on, along with outlandish betrayal by long time diplomatic allies, I’m kind of shocked that there haven’t been any assassinations. Mutter Merkel is a stooge of old East Germans so there is no surprise in her actions. Russia and Iran have military ties, which have been growing closer these past 12 months, so it’s only natural that the old East German and he gather together to oppose America. They’re also both globalists, seeing themselves as part of the global ruling community elites. Obama must feel really jealous, knowing his invitation is sitting there…just out of reach.

Henry Hawkins | May 11, 2018 at 4:35 pm

Yes, the US/Iran ‘deal’ that was never signed by Iran and kept away from congressional approval. The ‘deal’ is nothing more than a non-binding Obaman wish list for rearranging the Middle East power structure in favor of Iran, and against Israel and Saudi Arabia. How does one pull out of a deal with Iran that was never signed by Iran? Far as I know, an unsigned deal, agreement, contract, whatever, isn’t a deal at all.

There is only one reason North Korea got nukes – China.

SpaceInvader | May 12, 2018 at 12:13 pm

Merkel trashes her own country’s flag.

Germany is colluding with Russia. Sad.