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The story of Nikolai Platonovich and John Boltunova

A year ago in Jerusalem held a two-day meeting Nikolai Patrushev and John Bolton — Secretary of the Russian security Council and adviser to the President of the United States national security. It was their third conversation in ten months: they met in Geneva, then spoke in Moscow.

In June 2019, the nor Patrushev, neither Bolton does not know the future — in particular, the fact that less than three months he will be dismissed. And a year after the Jerusalem meeting will be released his memoir "the Room where it happened: memories of the White house" that his former boss would call a threat to national security due to the disclosure of classified information, and the Secretary of state Pompeo not think Bolton's a traitor.

In prison, Bolton will not sit down — although trump and believes that he is worthy of it — but Patrushev he was sure never to see, even in private.

But not because the Secretary of the security Council is under us sanctions, and the Bolton is not going to Russia just last did everything to ensure that he didn't trust neither his nor anyone else's. Bolton wanted to get back at Trump for his dismissal, and at the same time to recoup on those on war with whom he wanted to cripple America, in particular, on the Iranians. Bolton thinks that, having divulged his conversations with Vladimir Putin, he will be able to embroil the Russians with the Iranians. But not to hurt Trump, nor to drive a wedge between Moscow and Tehran it will not work — but it turned out perfectly otherwise.

Semidesyatiletiyu Bolton was twice part of the leadership of their country: seventeen months was an adviser to trump, and the same amount of time worked by the permanent US representative to the UN (this Ministerial position) in the Bush in 2005-2006. In other years it was in particular the assistant and Deputy Secretary — General and dwells on the "Washington swamp" since Ronald Reagan. Bolton — consistent and hard interventionist, hawk neocons of direct relevance to the US attack on Iraq in 2003. He was always a supporter of the most rigid pressure on Iran until the military operation. And if his view prevailed in the middle of zero, we would have seen catastrophic in its consequences for the world of American-Iranian war.

On a post of the adviser to trump he was going to implement their ideas about world order, in which the US should behave as if it is now the last years of the XX century and they can do whatever they want. To put pressure on China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, rule the Nations and punish the disobedient.

When trump now says this "the fool wanted to make a war," he, of course, as usual, exaggerates. But essentially he's right. If the White house raising rates and the pressure on the enemy on all fronts is the only way to close the deal (which trump is ready to declare victory, even when it is not), for Bolton any pressure should end with the surrender of the enemies of the United States: a change of course, disarmament and other trophies of victory. Unrealistic especially in the current balance of power (not to mention the situation in the States themselves)? Yes, but not for ideologically motivated Bolton, who believes in the limitless possibilities of their country and believes that his strategy is able to bring her success in retaining world leadership.

Nikolai Patrushev under Bolton for two years. It is included in the leadership of the country for 21 years. And not just enters, but is in fact the second person after Putin, speaking on national security in General and the geopolitical game in particular. Patrushev doesn't write books, rarely gives dry interview or publishes articles — the latest came just a week ago. In contrast to the books of Bolton, there are no "sensations" — the details of the negotiations or loud statements. It is obvious that the weight Patrushev and Bolton are incommensurable: the first with Putin formulates and defines foreign policy strategy of Russia, second, having undoubted expert weighing in the American elite, to direct the decision-making was involved only in short periods of work in the White house.

Patrushev is the owner of much more secrets and mysteries — part of them are his own negotiations with foreigners, both during his visits abroad and in Russia, than Bolton. But it is difficult even to imagine that the Secretary of the security Council for the sake of effect, or even any interest suddenly disclosed, for example, some utterances of the interlocutor. And not because "school of the KGB", but because he works for his country, its long-term interests. And the fact that he largely them, and determines and generates, only imposes on him an additional responsibility.

The basis of any negotiations, whether with the enemy or ally — is trust. Not just the observance of secrecy, but understanding that your companion will not run to recount your conversation with the representatives of third powers, or the press, and even distorting the meaning. That is, such also will be discussed, but in a different way, deliberately merging them certain information-misinformation.

Patrushev spoke with Bolton no illusions — the very idea of this format belongs to Trump. Relations between Russia and the United States by the summer of 2018 were in a deadlock: the accusations of "Russian trace" not allowed to Trump freedom of action in the Russian direction. Secretary Rex Tillerson, despite his acquaintance with Putin and the order of Friendship, afraid to do anything in relations with Moscow. But it needed at least some regular contact, and Americans no less than Russians. And the only normal format all the time there is only a military line: chief of General staff Gerasimov and his American counterpart, General Joseph Dunford. New Secretary of state Mike Pompeo was not suitable for a normal dialogue with Moscow: the foreign policy experience of former Congressman was very small.

So when trump appeared Bolton, one of the recognized U.S. authority in foreign policy, it is not surprising that the President decided to entrust him to engage in dialogue with Moscow.

Bolton is a tough opponent of the treaties, international law as such, and the Russian believes outright enemies. But it was assumed that he works for trump, and therefore will keep myself. So might think the American President, when he sent Bolton to meet with Putin in June 2018 in Moscow. And next month, at the meeting, trump and Putin in Helsinki was generally agreed that discussion of the full spectrum of Russian-American relations will be created, the format of the Patrushev — Bolton. That is, in circumstances where the first person just physically can't regularly meet and discuss all important issues because after every meeting with Putin, Trump staged a weeks a beating in the American media, substantive talks will fall on the shoulders of two more than authorized persons.