May 28

Putin Slams US Over FIFA Arrests: “Another Blatant Attempt By The US To Meddle Outside Its Jurisdiction” (ZeroHedge, May 28, 2015):

Following yesterday’s surprise DOJ indictment in which 14 FIFA affiliates were perp-walked out of Zurich’s swankiest hotel just days ahead of Sepp Blatter’s re-election, one person was quite displeased with this latest US intervention on the international arena: Russian president Vladimir Putin who accused the United States of meddling outside its jurisdiction by arresting officials from FIFA, further hinting that it was part of an attempt to take the 2018 World Cup away from his country.

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May 28

Poroshenko Threatens To Declare Martial Law In Ukraine Within Hours “To Demonstrate Readiness For War” (ZeroHedge, May 28, 2015):

In the case of any advance of Ukrainian army positions – and who is to say whether there is or not – Ukraine’s President Poroshenko says he will declare martial law across his country within hours. As RT reports, Poroshenko added that Ukraine will “demonstrate its readiness for war, for victory, for defense and for peace.

For martial law to be enacted, the parliament has to approve a corresponding ruling by the Ukrainian president. It can be declared in the whole country or selected regions. And as RT reports, Continue reading »

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May 27

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Gold Bullion Is “100% Guarantee from Legal and Political Risks” – Russia (Goldcore, May 27, 2015):

– Gold is a “100% guarantee from legal and political risks”
– Russia’s central bank buys another 300,000 ounces in April
– Russia views its overseas assets as vulnerable
– ‘De-dollarisation’ continues across Asia
– Gold offers protection from growing risks today

Russia’s central bank once again increased its gold holdings substantially in April. They added another 300,000 ounces to their existing stockpile bringing the total up to 40.1 million ounces (see chart below). Continue reading »

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May 27

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The End Game Continues: Austria Repatriates Gold (ZeroHedge, May 27, 2015):

After Germany and the Netherlands decided to repatriate a substantial amount of gold from vaults abroad to the vaults in respectively Amsterdam and Frankfurt, now Austria is joining the ‘bring our gold home’ movement.

After increasing pressure from the Austrian people on the government and the central bank to increase the ratio of the gold effectively held in the Austrian Central Bank in Vienna, the central bank has finally made the decision to effectively do so. Less than 20% of Austria’s (relatively) sizeable gold reserves were held in its own vaults with the remainder being stored in Switzerland and London. Austria will now remove 63% of the gold from London and transport it to both Switzerland and Austria. This will be an interesting test case to see how long it will take the Bank of England to ship the 140 tonnes of gold (4.5 million ounces) to Vienna, and we dare to bet this will either take much longer than anticipated, or we’ll suddenly see another gold withdrawal from the Federal Reserve which will very likely be the magical 125-150 tonnes number. Continue reading »

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May 26

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Russia won’t be taking Mistral warships from France – official (RT, May 26, 2015):

Russia won’t try and get its ill-fated Mistral helicopter carriers from France, a Russian official has announced. Moscow and Paris are set to discuss damages to be paid by France for welching on the deal.

“Russia won’t be taking them [the Mistral vessels]. That’s a fact. There’s just a single discussion underway at the moment – on the amount of money that should be returned to Russia,” Oleg Bochkarev, a deputy chairman of the Russian governmental Military-Industrial Commission, is cited as saying by RBC.

The negotiations have been “transferred into the commercial field” and “major efforts are being made today” for Russia to receive damages, Bochkarev told RIA Novosti.

France reportedly offered €748 million as compensation, but Russia turned down the proposal, calling it “laughable.” Continue reading »

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May 26

6 Iranian food companies get access to Russian market (RT, May 26, 2015):

Russia has given the green light for six Iranian companies to export food to Russia, the country’s food inspector Rosselkhoznadzor has said. Additional conditions guaranteeing complete safety are yet to be signed.

“Two of the companies are poultry and meat producers and the other four are dairy products producers (including cheese). The companies will be allowed to start deliveries only after Iran’s Veterinary Service signs an additional number of protocols on safety conditions due to concerns about bird influenza, Newcastle disease and murrain in the country,” Rosselkhoznadzor said in a statement on Tuesday. Continue reading »

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May 26

H/t reader squodgy:

“Tanks don’t need visas…..Brilliant”


Russia begins huge surprise air force drill on same day as Nato starts Arctic training
Officials say as many as 250 aircraft and 12,000 service personnel are participating in the war games

Russia begins huge surprise air force drill on same day as Nato starts Arctic training (Independent, May 26, 2015):

Russia’s military defence has taken to the skies for a massive – and unexpected – air force exercise.

In a sign of ongoing tensions over Ukraine, 250 aircraft and 12,000 service personnel are involved in the drill, according to its defence ministry.

The ministry described the four-day practice – ordered by President Vladimir Putin – as a “massive surprise inspection” to check combat readiness.

It comes as one of Putin’s closest aides, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, issued a chilling warning to the West.

He said: “It is our territory, it is our shelf, and we’ll provide its security. And we will make money there.

“I have always joked about it, that they will not give us visas.

“They will put us on a sanctions list – but tanks do not need visas.” Continue reading »

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May 25

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 – Putin enacts law banning ‘undesirable’ NGOs (AFP, May 23, 2015):

Moscow (AFP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin officially enacted a controversial law banning “undesirable” non-governmental organisations, the Kremlin said Saturday, in a move condemned by human rights groups across the board.

The law allows authorities to bar foreign civil society groups seen as threatening Russia’s “defence capabilities” or “constitutional foundations” and go after local activists working with them, the Kremlin statement said.

Supporters presented the law as a “preventative measure”, necessary after the wave of Western sanctions put in place over the Ukraine conflict. Continue reading »

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May 24

The Original Chechnya Bombers – The CIA, The Saudis And Bin Laden (ZeroHedge, May 24, 2015):

What if Putin is Telling The Truth? On April 26 Russia’s main national TV station, Rossiya 1, featured President Vladimir Putin in a documentary to the Russian people on the events of the recent period including the annexation of Crimea, the US coup d’etat in Ukraine, and the general state of relations with the United States and the EU. His words were frank. And in the middle of his remarks the Russian former KGB chief dropped a political bombshell that was known by Russian intelligence two decades ago… Putin stated that the terror in Chechnya and in the Russian Caucasus in the early 1990’s was actively backed by the CIA and western Intelligence services to deliberately weaken Russia.

 

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May 22

OK, so somebody hand Porkoshenko a rifle and tell him that he will have to fight Russia on the front line then …

… and then let’s see how that will immediately change his rhetoric.


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Poroshenko Says Ukraine is at War with Russia (GlobalResearch, May 21, 2015):

In an inflammatory statement to the BBC yesterday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko declared that his regime, which enjoys political and military support from Washington and the European Union (EU), is at war with Russia.

“Can I be absolutely clear with you, this is not a fight with Russian-backed separatists, this is a real war with Russia,” Poroshenko said. He added that he expected renewed fighting in regions of east Ukraine held by pro-Russian separatist forces in the coming days. Continue reading »

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May 20

Russia to take legal moves if Ukraine defaults on $3bn debt – finance minister (RT, May 20, 2015):

Russia will appeal to the International Court of Justice if Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signs a moratorium on the payment of Ukraine’s external debt into law and fails to pay its debt to Russia, said Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov.

Siluanov said Ukraine was virtually defaulting on its debt, adding that Russia doesn’t yet have grounds to lodge any claims. If Kiev fails to pay $75 million in June, Moscow will use its right to appeal to the court, the Minister said. Continue reading »

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May 20

H/t reader squodgy:

 Looks like Kerry screwed up. It was a bit too obvious fawning to Putin like that.
He saw right through it. Brother Nathaniel was right to question Dr. Paul Roberts’ assessment essay “Is Washington coming to its senses”

Washington Coming To Its Senses? (No)

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Russia stops transit of NATO military cargo to Afghanistan (RT, May 18, 2015):

Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev has revoked a decree that allowed delivery of NATO military equipment to Afghanistan through Russian territory.

According to the official document, signed by Medvedev and published on Monday, all previous decisions on NATO cargo transit to Afghanistan have now been revoked. This includes an act allowing delivery of military hardware and equipment via rail, motor vehicles, or through Russian airspace.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has been ordered to inform all the countries involved.

Russia Tips The Grand Chess Board:

And speaking of chess ….

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Somebody needs to tell that to Nigel Short …

Garry Kasparov vs Nigel Short – Battle of the Legends – 10 Games (Video)

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May 18

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What if Putin is Telling the Truth? (New Eatern Outlook, May 15, 2015):

On April 26 Russia’s main national TV station, Rossiya 1, featured President Vladimir Putin in a documentary to the Russian people on the events of the recent period including the annexation of Crimea, the US coup d’etat in Ukraine, and the general state of relations with the United States and the EU. His words were frank. And in the middle of his remarks the Russian former KGB chief dropped a political bombshell that was known by Russian intelligence two decades ago.

Putin stated bluntly that in his view the West would only be content in having a Russia weak, suffering and begging from the West, something clearly the Russian character is not disposed to. Then a short way into his remarks, the Russian President stated for the first time publicly something that Russian intelligence has known for almost two decades but kept silent until now, most probably in hopes of an era of better normalized Russia-US relations. Continue reading »

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May 12

H/t reader M.G.:

“Another interesting twist of events. Russia asked Greece to join their BRICS bank…….
That Greek port must be quite valuable…”


Russia invites Greece to join BRICS bank (RT, May 12, 2015)

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May 12

Something truly amazing happened today (The Saker, May 9, 2015)

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May 10

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NSA ‘asked’ Germany’s BND to spy on Siemens over alleged links with Russian intel (RT, May 10, 2015):

The NSA has reportedly sought the help of Germany’s intelligence agency in spying on Munich-based Siemens over the company’s suspected business with Russian intelligence, Bild am Sonntag newspaper revealed. Siemens has denied any connection with Russia.

The revelation came from an unknown US intelligence source speaking to Germany’s Bild am Sonntag, and is the latest report in a spy scandal involving a widening gap in trust between the Americans and the Germans. Continue reading »

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May 10

“More on the rising east……while the west continues to slide south.”


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Russia, China agree to integrate Eurasian Union, Silk Road, sign deals (RT, May 8, 2015):

Russia and China have signed a number of energy, trade and finance deals on Friday aimed at strengthening economic ties. The two countries have multiple mutual projects which “achieved a unity of views on a wide range of issues.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping have signed a decree on cooperation in tying the development of the Eurasian Economic Union with the “Silk Road” economic project. Continue reading »

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May 09

“From the New York Times, the US is urging Greece to turn away from Russian money…….
Russia wants the use of Greece’s ports……one is the third largest in Europe, and would be a valuable asset to sell Russian goods in Europe, so giving some much needed cash to Greece makes sense. Russia is the one player that can afford to loan Greece money, and they would get it back with the use of their ports……
US cannot afford to loan to anyone, but here they are trying to stop Putin’s inexorable move into the center of the world stage……Good luck is all I can say.”


U.S. Urges Greece to Reject Russian Energy Project (New York Times, May 8, 2015):

ATHENS — The United States, wading into the international efforts to shape Greece’s economic and geopolitical orientation, is pushing the leftist government in Athens to resist Russia’s energy overtures.

A State Department envoy in Athens urged Greece on Friday to embrace a Western-backed project that would link Europe to natural gas supplies in Azerbaijan, rather than agree to a gas pipeline project pushed by Moscow. Continue reading »

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May 09

H/t reader M.G. (commenting on this article ISIS Supporters Claim Attack On Hamas Base In Gaza Strip):

Why isn’t this story given any coverage? When you read it, you will see the world leaders attending are from China, India and other emerging nations……none from the declining west. The sanctions are a joke…..on us.”



Vladimir Putin: US trying to create ‘unipolar world’ (Guardian, May 8, 2015):

Vladimir Putin has used an address commemorating the 70th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany to accuse the US of attempting to dominate the world.Speaking at Moscow’s annual Victory Day parade in Red Square, which this year has been boycotted by western leaders over the continuing crisis in Ukraine, the Russian president berated Washington for “attempts to create a unipolar world”. Continue reading »

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May 07

–  New Russian High-Tech Tank Suffers BSOD Moment During Army Parade (ZeroHedge, May 7, 2015):

Russia unveiled its new main battle tank as part of practices for Saturday’s Victory Day parade (commemorating the end of WWII). According to RT, the Armata “is a cutting-edge vehicle with an unmanned turret armed with a brand new 125 mm smoothbore cannon, which is the most powerful gun of its kind to date in terms of muzzle energy.”You decide…

Of course, the painful 40 seconds could be seen as an anology for The Fed’s effort to revive The US Economy.

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