Report: UK insurer stops coverage on Russian ship to Syria
Amb. John Bolton weighs in
- Duration 4:43
- Date Jun 19, 2012
Amb. John Bolton weighs in
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-- day -- Russian ship reportedly carrying weapons to Syria act.
Is stopped in its tracks this says new violence in Syria comes -- -- today for is we're gonna take you to that country -- amateur video is reportedly showing.
The government shelling a town near Damascus.
The military bill that there is coming in Syria says it's ready to evacuate civilians in that rebels' stronghold of homes at the city right at the epicenter.
Of this conflict.
In the meantime there's no firm agreement between the United States and Russia on the Syria crisis.
After a meeting between President Obama and Russian president Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit in Mexico yesterday.
Let's get back to that -- now there's -- the UK is stopping a Russian ship reportedly carrying attack helicopters to Syria.
By pulling its insurance.
No insurance is a no go on the high seas and a fairly bold move joining us now ambassador John Bolton the former.
US ambassador to the U the UN and a Fox News contributor and ambassador we're just getting word.
-- one report that this ship is heading back to rusher or may be heading back to Russia at this time what do you think.
Well I think it's heading to a port somewhere because it's it's corporate owners don't want it sailing without insurance so.
It's it's an -- and move by the British insurance company.
Certainly puts a -- in this particular sale.
But I don't think it's a permanent obstacle you know the Russian government is the seller that.
The were -- were of these helicopters and and they will find a way to get them there but it's certainly one more tactic to make it harder for the Russians to provide arms.
And we should point out that is now legal for Russia to sell those arms to Syria they're not breaking the law -- did brings that the question of whether or not the United States -- do something like.
This UK insurance set -- some sort of a blockade at least make it harder for Russia it's -- -- Syria.
Well there's certainly no indication that the administration is prepared to do that and I think the outcome of the meeting today between President Obama and President Putin.
Doesn't give much much reason to believe that that they've made any progress and not that anybody should have expected any given the vastly.
Different interest that Russia has in protecting the Asad regime than what we have.
Well -- initiatives and -- center stage there was an ambassador Bolton when it -- places like Syria which were seeing on our screen when it comes to places like -- -- You mentioned that no progress that we should not expect any progress to be made with this president and this president or Russia or bad.
How do you make progress with Russia.
Well their interest in many parts of the world are very different from ours and where there are different interest -- -- going to be disagreements that this is not something that.
Better communication is gonna resolve and I think that understanding that.
Russia remains a nuclear power with thousands of nuclear warheads.
It has a strong economic.
Tool and its oil and natural gas exports and it has a new president.
Who is determined to be assertive to the point of your belligerence in.
Pushing -- Russia's interest in and around Russia and in the broader world so it all of yours for a much more.
That difficult contentious relationship in many many different respects.
-- -- you about his editorial published in the Wall Street Journal today.
That basically says.
What's happening in Europe as far as the crisis economic crisis.
Only further in -- -- Russia the writer says Europe's disorder is a grand opportunity for rash act it's not all good news for the Kremlin.
It will be hurt economically.
The geo politically the writer says this is the moment.
That Russia sees great opportunity.
In that part of the world and -- in the Middle East -- thought.
Well I think in terms of Europe that the Euro crisis is just one more step in Europe's decline you know -- the European Union makes your less than the sum of its parts it doesn't strength in Europe it weakens your -- The Euro crisis is that both the sent the -- and a cause of further weaken the Europeans have been free riding on the United States and -- NATO alliance for a long time.
With a few exceptions there.
Percentage of gross national product stand on defense is way way below what it should -- And the Euro crisis is just going to make it that much harder.
-- given that the welfare state mentality that they've got so I think from the Russian point of view absolutely the Euro crisis.
Gives them more leverage in the European contact.
You it is perfectly turn extreme passenger and they're gonna come back next hour -- lot of talk a little bit more about -- I rushing you United States relations and whether or not there's a reset going on or something else I think you very much.