Apr 18

- The Greek “White Knight” Emerges: Putin To Give Athens €5 Billion For Advance Gas Pipeline Fees (ZeroHedge, April 17, 2015):

With Greece teetering on the edge of insolvency and forced to raid pension and most other public funds, ahead of another month of heavy IMF repayments which has prompted even the ECB to speculate Greece should introduce a parallel “IOU” currency, a white knight has appeared out of nowhere for Greece, one who may offer $5 billion in urgently needed cash. The white knight is none other than Vladimir Putin. “Just because Greece is debt-ridden, this does not mean it is bound hand
and foot, and has no independent foreign policy,” Putin said previously.

Russian President Putin and Greek Prime Minister Tsipras attend a signing ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow

According to Spiegel, citing a senior figure in the ruling Syriza party, Greece is poised to sign a gas deal with Russia as early as Tuesday which could bring up to €5 billion into the depleted Greek coffers.

The move could now “turn the tide” for the debt-stricken country according to a senior Greek official. Continue reading »

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Apr 18

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- One Last Look At The Real Economy Before It Implodes – Part 5 (Alt-Market, April 16, 2015):

Since I began writing analysis for the liberty movement more than eight years ago, I have always said that we will know when the endgame of the globalists is upon us when the criminals come out into the light of day and admit to their crimes. At that moment, it will be because they no longer fear either the repercussions or their plans being obstructed.

As I plan to show in this installment of my series on the hidden fiscal collapse of America, the endgame has indeed arrived. At the very least, the international elites seem to think success is within their grasp, for they now openly expose their own criminality. But they do so in a way that attempts to divert blame or to rationalize their actions as being for the “greater good.” Continue reading »

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Apr 18

- Compare And Contrast: Putin vs Draghi (ZeroHedge, April 17, 2015):

Spot the difference:

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  • A topless protester gets “two thumbs up” and a smile from Vladimir Putin.
  • A terrified Mario Draghi reels from a fully-clothed female protester.

Source: @RudyHavenstein

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Apr 16

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- Putin Live: Talks US, Nukes, Ukraine, Iran, Hitler, And Cloning In Town Hall Meeting — Full VIdeo (ZeroHedge, April 16, 2015):

Russian President Vladimir Putin — who TIME readers recently voted as the most influential person in the world — held his annual call-in/ town hall-style Q&A on Thursday, and as one might imagine, there were some memorable moments. Previous sessions included the following classic clips (via RT):

Putin on whether Alaska is “ice crimea” (play on “ice cream”): “What would you need Alaska for? It’s cold there, let’s not get overenthusiastic about it.”

Putin on when he would be willing to retire: You won’t live to see it.

Putin on John McCain’s suggestion that the Russian President will go the way of Muammar Gaddafi: McCain sat in a pit in Vietnam for several years, anyone would go nuts after that.” Continue reading »

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Apr 16

Putin chess

- Barter Agreement Between Russia and Iran Sidesteps Sanctions (Russia Insider, April 16, 2015):

Although Russia claims the agreement on a barter system with Iran was designed in order not to run afoul of the sanctions, the deal still could add further strain in its relations with its fellow P5+1 negotiator

This article originally appeared at Oil Price

An oil-for-goods barter system between Iran and Russia is well under way and is not affected by the sanctions imposed on some trade with Iran because of its nuclear program, according to Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov.

So far, the system, designed to last five years, is operating on a “very significant scale,” Ryabkov told legislators on April 13 in Moscow. “In exchange for Iranian crude oil supplies, we are delivering certain products,” he said. “This is not banned or limited under the current sanctions regime.” Continue reading »

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Apr 16

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- India Scraps Major Arms Purchase with France, Inks Major Deal with Russia (Russia Insider, April 15, 2015):

India’s Congress Party has canceled most of its order of 126 French Rafales and opted for a large order of Russian Sukhois

This article originally appeared at Daily of the Breton State. It was translated by Tom Winter at Fort Russ

India has essentially annulled it gigantic arms contract with France for the purchase and combined construction of 126 Rafale fighter planes; the Indian Prime Minister agreed to buy only

36 of them during his visit to Paris last week, a responsible government source stated. Instead, India will buy 127 fifth generation Russian fighter jets.

Continue reading »

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Apr 14

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- Vladimir Putin steals the show in TIME 100 reader’s poll (RT, April 14, 2015):

In a diverse field of competitors made up of pop stars, technology gurus, visionaries and politicians – and at a time when US-Russia relations have hit rock bottom – President Putin has emerged victorious in Time magazine’s 2015 reader poll.

Among the 100 most influential people in the world, as hand selected by the editors of TIME, the Russian leader proved his rock-star credentials by edging out 24-year-old rapper Lee Chae-rin (better known by her stage name, ‘CL’) of the South Korean girl-group 2NE1 to claim the number-one spot with 6.95 percent of the votes in the final tally. Continue reading »

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Apr 13

Swedish corvette HMS Visby patrols the Stockholm Archipelago October 19 2014, searching for what the military says is a foreign threat in the waters
Swedish corvette HMS Visby patrols the Stockholm Archipelago October 19 2014, searching for what the military says is a foreign threat in the waters

- Sweden confirms mystery ‘Russian sub’…was in fact a workboat (RT, April 13, 2015):

The unknown foreign vessel the Swedish Navy searched for near Stockholm last autumn was actually a “workboat,” a senior navy official says. Local media had alleged a hunt was on to try and find a Russian submarine, which was believed to be in the area.

Swedish Rear Admiral Anders Grenstad told the Swedish TT news agency on Saturday that what was thought to be a vessel or a foreign submarine was actually just a “workboat.”

The Swedish Navy changed the wording from “probable submarine” to “non-submarine” when referring to the reconnaissance mission connected to the unidentified vessel spotted in the Stockholm archipelago.

The massive hunt was used by the Swedish Defense Ministry to justify a six billion kronor ($696 million) hike in defense spending between 2016 and 2020. Continue reading »

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Apr 13

H/t reader squodgy:

Forced to stop supplying Iran by NATO sanctions, Russia put orders on hold.

Enter Kerry…re-negotiating with Iran with a potential sanction bust in June….

Wham…in goes Vlad with new deal for loads of DEFENSIVE S-300 (PATRIOT CLONES) Missiles.

MAGIC. He’s still got it.”

About time.


The S-300 missile system is one of the most potent air defence weapons in the world
The S-300 missile system is one of the most potent air defence weapons in the world

- Russia to supply Iran sophisticated air defence system (Al Jazeera,April 13, 2015):

US warns decision to ship S-300 missile threatens plans to lift sanctions as part of Iran nuclear deal.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has opened the way for Russia’s delivery of a sophisticated air defence S-300 missile system to Iran, a move that would significantly bolster Tehran’s military capability.

US Secretary of State John Kerry objected to Moscow’s decision in a phone call to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and the White House indicated the move could endanger plans to ultimately lift sanctions on Iran as part of a final nuclear deal. Continue reading »

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Apr 12

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- Russian planes evacuate over 300 people from war-torn Yemen (RT, April 12, 2015):

Two Russian planes have evacuated over 300 people, including Russians and foreign citizens from Yemen, as thousands of foreign nationals are struggling to leave the conflict-ridden country.

Two planes flew out of the Yemeni capital Sanaa, with each aircraft carrying about 150 passengers. The airplanes are firstly heading to Cairo, before carrying onto Moscow, which will be their final destination, RT’s Paula Slier reports. One of the planes has already touched down in the Egyptian capital and is already bound for Moscow.

“The entire journey took around 13 hours in total,” Slier said, who was aboard one of the planes with those being evacuated. “It was a very organized evacuation. People have come from early in the morning, in fact, some of them were waiting since yesterday.” Continue reading »

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Apr 02

Greece

- Greece Faces D-Day On April 9, Will Default Within 30 Days Of Missed Payment, BofAML Says (ZeroHedge, April 2, 2015):

Greece officially runs out of cash on April 9 according to Reuters, citing Eurozone officials, and with interest payments due on the 17th and the 20th, and with €2.4 billion in t-bills coming due in two weeks, BofAML outlines the end game. 

And speaking of April 9, that is the day that the country has told Eurozone officials it will officially run out of cash according to Reuters. 

Coincidentally, it’s also the day Tsipras will be in Moscow to discuss “international developments” with President Putin.

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Mar 30

Russian Strategic Missile Forces to Begin Counter-Terrorist Exercise

- Russian Strategic Missile Forces to Begin Counter-Terrorist Exercise (Sputnik, March 30, 2015):

Russian Defense Ministry’s press service Russian Strategic Missile Forces’ counter-terrorist exercise will start on Tuesday as part of inspection of the southeastern Orenburg Missile Army.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian Strategic Missile Forces’ counter-terrorist exercise will start on Tuesday as part of inspection of the southeastern Orenburg Missile Army, the Defense Ministry’s press service said in a statement Monday.

The complex inspection is carried out from March 30 to April 11 in line with the Strategic Missile Troops combat readiness training program. Continue reading »

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Mar 30

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- ‘That will show Putin!’ Britain’s RAF stages huge drills in face of ‘Russian attack threat’ (RT, MArch 30, 2015):

More than 30 UK Royal Air Force planes took to the skies for Rising Panther, Britain’s largest aerial exercises in more than a decade. Military sources confirmed the drills were in response to increased Russian presence around UK shores.

“Russia has certainly painted the background to these exercises, though of course they are needed in any event,” a high-ranking source within the NATO member’s air force told The Sunday Express. The newspaper cited another source as saying that the war games would “show Vladimir Putin in no uncertain terms” that Britain is ready for any military confrontation.

Last week, Russia completed a surprise mass mobilization and drill of its Northern Fleet. This involved more than 110 aircraft, as well as 40,000 servicemen and over 40 ships. Continue reading »

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Mar 29

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- Vladimir Putin says Russia will fight for the right of Palestinians to their own state (Independent, March 29, 2015):

Vladimir Putin has said Russia will fight for an independent Palestinian state, and called for the issues of the Middle East to be resolved through peaceful means.

Despite international criticism over Russia’s own role in the Ukrainian crisis, Mr Putin was hailed last week by a St Petersburg Cossack group for his ability to “bring order and stop wars”.

In an address to the Arab League summit in Egypt on Saturday, Mr Putin spoke against foreign intervention in countries’ internal disputes and spoke of the role Russia can play in diplomatic channels.

While Russia openly opposes the stance of US-backed Israel on the Gaza crisis, its position in the Middle East is complicated. Mr Putin is one of Iran’s key allies, but as he spoke on Saturday the core nations of the Arab League engaged in air strikes on the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. Continue reading »

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Mar 28

Yuan

As Moscow and Seoul throw their support behind China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the question is no longer about the end of dollar hegemony but rather about the extent to which the new venture will be used to institute a global shift towards the yuan. 

De-Dollarization Continues As Russia Seeks AIIB Membership (ZeroHedge, March 28, 2015):

As we noted a week ago, Vladimir Putin’s calls for a Eurasian currency union clearly demonstrate that the Russian President is acutely aware of the fact that the unipolar world of the 1980s is long gone. Putin’s security council also made it clear this week that the Kremlin is well aware that the sole aim of US foreign policy is preserving Western hegemony via an implicit (and sometimes explicit) policy of containment aimed at perpetuating the idea of US exceptionalism. Moscow then took the rhetoric up a notch on Thursday, accusing the US of attempting to take the “mutual” out of “mutually assured destruction” (i.e. Moscow thinks Washington is trying to tip the nuclear power balance).

Given all of this, we weren’t surprised to learn that Putin is now backing a Russian bid for membership in China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (for a summary of AIIB developments, see here).

Here’s more via RT:

Russia decided to apply to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the country’s Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said on Saturday.

“I would like to inform you about the decision to participate in the AIIB,” which was made by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Shuvalov said at the Boao Forum for Asia. Continue reading »

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Mar 27

Putin chess

- Syria “Welcomes” Larger Russia Presence (ZeroHedge, March 27, 2015):

Following Vladimir Putin’s demands for an “immediate cessation of military activities” in Yemen, AFP reports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s comment during a recent interview that “with complete confidence that we welcome any widening of the Russian presence in the eastern Mediterranean and on Syrian coasts and ports,” including the port of Tartus. Amid the Western-backed opposition National Coalition’s planned boycott of talks, Assad pointedly remarked, “the negotiating parties must be independent and must reflect what the Syrian people want… people would not accept that their future, their fate, or their rules are decided from outside.”

Syria would welcome an increased Russian military presence at its sea ports, President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with Russian news channels published Friday. As AFP reports,

“I can say with complete confidence that we welcome any widening of the Russian presence in the eastern Mediterranean and on Syrian coasts and ports,” including the port of Tartus, Assad said. Continue reading »

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Mar 24

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- US House Votes 348-48 To Arm Ukraine, Russia Warns Lethal Aid Will “Explode The Whole Situation” (ZeroHedge, March 24, 2015):

Yesterday, in a vote that largely slid under the radar, the House of Representatives passed a resolution urging Obama to send lethal aid to Ukraine, providing offensive, not just “defensive” weapons to the Ukraine army. The resolution passed with broad bipartisan support by a count of 348 to 48. Russia’s response came promptly: Washington’s decision to supply Ukraine with ammunition and weapons would “explode the whole situation” in eastern Ukraine and Russia would be forced to respond “appropriately,” Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said at the end of February.“It would be a major blow to the Minsk agreements and would explode the whole situation,”

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Mar 20

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Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan’s first term. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

- Russia Under Attack (Paul Craig Roberts, March 20, 2015):

Dear Friends,

This is my quarterly call for your support. This website has achieved some stability because a number of readers contribute monthly. However, as our readership expands, the percentage of readers who support the site has declined. This is known in economics as the “free rider” problem. “Free riders” are people who partake of the benefits but do not contribute to covering the costs.

This is your site. Our agreement is that I write for you as long as you support the site. The articles require a lot of effort and cause me much grief. I have no confidence that there is an ounce of integrity or morality anywhere in the US government.

Those of you who are committed to the website are deeply appreciated. The rest of you need to show your support.

Readers ask me, “what can be done.” All that can be done is that people become informed so that when economic collapse or military defeat causes a loss of confidence in the ruling elite, Americans will have some chance of retrieving the situation.

Russia Under Attack

Paul Craig Roberts

While Washington works assiduously to undermine the Minsk agreement that German chancellor Merkel and French president Hollande achieved in order to halt the military conflict in Ukraine, Washington has sent Victoria Nuland to Armenia to organize a “color revolution” or coup there, has sent Richard Miles as ambassador to Kyrgyzstan to do the same there, and has sent Pamela Spratlen as ambassador to Uzbekistan to purchase that government’s allegiance away from Russia. The result would be to break up the Collective Security Treaty Organization and present Russia and China with destabilization where they can least afford it. For details go here: http://russia-insider.com/en/2015/03/18/4656

Thus, Russia faces the renewal of conflict in Ukraine simultaneously with three more Ukraine-type situations along its Asian border.

And this is only the beginning of the pressure that Washington is mounting on Russia. Continue reading »

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Mar 19

Maduro-Putin

- Maduro Sends Letter to Putin: ‘Venezuela is Your Home’ (Sputnik, March 17, 2015):

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro expressed confidence that Caracas and Moscow can achieve more than they have over the past 61 years of diplomatic relations.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Caracas is ready to cooperate closely with Moscow within the framework of the UN Security Council, and hopes that the Russian head of state will pay Venezuela a visit, the country’s President Nicolas Maduro said in a letter to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.Venezuela became a new non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in October 2014 and will serve to the end of 2016. Continue reading »

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