During the past year Vladimir Putin and Russia have ignored North Korean sanctions, and have been engaging in nefarious meetings to exchange coal and oil out of the Port of Vladivostok in Russia. Russia, in violating the sanctions, has reportedly been assisting North Korea by meeting in isolated areas with its cargo ships, off the traditional shipping routes in the seas near North Korea, to obtain coal from N. Korea.
In return Russia has provided North Korea with oil and money off coal sales to China and Japan, estimated at $200 million. U.S. intelligence has confirmed that cargo ships from Russia and North Korea of equal size have suspiciously turned off their transponders simultaneously while veering off course to disappear from tracking for days at a time to trade their cargo.
Russia, under Putin, has been well known to engage in backdoor deals in the past while ignoring international sanctions. Of course our spineless leader Donald Trump, says nothing and does nothing. Last week while imposing more sanctions on North Korea, Trump targeted eight countries to recognize them, leaving out Russia. Whatever Putin has on Trump, or if it’s the Arctic oil deal that binds them together and the billions they both will make if Trump can remove all Russian sanctions, Trump is too blinded by money to realize he can’t trust Putin.
Putin is a thug, a mass murderer and a manipulator. He’s devious and not above playing both ends against the middle. He could have, with these nefarious isolated cargo ship meetings, been providing North Korea with the parts that would make North Korea’s ICBMs reach the United States, as he now states he has the same capabilities with Russian ICBMs. Putin is not above instigating a nuclear war between North Korea and America. Look what he has done in Syria. If millions lost their lives in a nuclear war, it would mean nothing to Putin because all that matters to him is getting his sanctions lifted and his $500 billion dollar Arctic oil deal with Exxonmobil. Putin may have sold Trump on this idea too, and Trump may see this as a way of saving his presidency, because he’s that insane. Frank V. D’Ambra is the author of the books Annihilation and The Pledge
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