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Prince William meets China’s president Xi Jinping

Posted by seumasach on March 2, 2015

as he invites Queen to visit Beijing

The meeting, by far the most heavyweight diplomatic mission the Duke has ever attempted, not only heralded a new beginning for relations between China and the Royal family, but also symbolised the extent to which Britain is desperate to court what will soon be the world’s biggest economy.

Telegraph

2nd March, 2015

His father the Prince of Wales famously referred to China’s leaders as “appalling old waxworks”, and has never been back to the country since.

But his son the Duke of Cambridge pulled off something of a diplomatic coup, and a major thawing of relations between Beijing and the Royal family, by gaining an unexpected audience with President Xi Jinping.

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U.S. and Europe downplay likelihood of new sanctions

Posted by seumasach on March 2, 2015

….despite Ukraine rebel gains

Moscow Times

1st March, 2015

WASHINGTON — The United States and the European Union are unlikely to widen economic sanctions on Russia if a tentative cease-fire emerging in eastern Ukraine takes hold, Western diplomats said on Friday.

Despite repeatedly saying that new U.S. or EU sanctions on Russia as well as U.S. lethal assistance for Ukraine remain on the table, neither Europe nor the United States would be eager to go forward if this week’s fragile calm is sustained, they added.

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Russia’s Ruble rebounds

Posted by seumasach on March 2, 2015

in Biggest Monthly Gain Since 1990s

“There is growing recognition among market participants both outside and inside Russia that Russian authorities have strong preference for weaker ruble,” Deutsche Bank said in a note to investors Friday.

Moscow Times

1st March, 2015

The Russian ruble has recorded its biggest monthly gain since the early 1990s amid higher oil prices, an easing of the fighting in eastern Ukraine and a less intensive foreign debt repayment schedule as it claws back some of the losses it sustained during panic on currency markets last year.

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Russia barges into the EU tent

Posted by seumasach on March 1, 2015

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

26th February, 2015

The significance of the agreement signed in Moscow on Wednesday to let Russian navy ships to stop at ports in Cyprus may lend itself to exaggerated notions of a military pact between the two countries, which it certainly is not. On the other hand, the profound meaning of the agreement in political terms – and the visit of Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades to Moscow – cannot be lost on Washington and the European capitals, especially Brussels where the European Union is headquartered.

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Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin

Posted by seumasach on February 28, 2015

Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin, says West should ‘abandon zero-sum mentality’

Independent

28th February, 2015

China has voiced its support for Russia’s handling of the Ukraine crisis, with prominent diplomat Qu Xing calling on the West to “abandon its zero-sum mentality”.

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Forget all our other troubles – the Russians are coming!

Posted by seumasach on February 26, 2015

I think Neil Clark is spot on in identifying Trident as a key motive behind the current wave of lunatic, anti-Russian hysteria. All the more reason to campaign for its termination!

Neil Clark

RT

24th February, 2015

The gap between the rich and the poor continues to grow. Train and bus fares continue to rise. Twice as many people are living in poverty than 30 years ago. And our National Health Service is being privatized before our very eyes.

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The rise of fascism is again the issue

Posted by seumasach on February 26, 2015

John Pilger

Asia Times

26th February, 2015

The recent 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz was a reminder of the great crime of fascism, whose Nazis iconography is embedded in our consciousness.

Fascism is preserved as history, as flickering footage of goose-stepping blackshirts, their criminality terrible and clear. Yet in the same liberal societies whose war-making elites urge us never to forget, the accelerating danger of a modern kind of fascism is suppressed; for it is their fascism.

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RBS posts seventh straight annual loss

Posted by seumasach on February 26, 2015

“The performance was better than expected, comparing to a £9bn loss in 2013, in a boost to the Treasury’s hope of selling off part of its stake at some point.”

Telegraph

26th February, 2015

Royal Bank of Scotland lost £3.5bn last year, its seventh-consecutive year without a profit, meaning the bank has lost around £50bn in total since 2008, when it was bailed out.

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Orbán complains about Tusk over the EU’s Russia policy

Posted by seumasach on February 23, 2015

GEAB

18th Fewbruary, 2015

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán stepped up his criticism on Wednesday (18 February) of his European allies for their policy of seeking to isolate Moscow over its intervention in Ukraine, naming top EU official Donald Tusk as one of its backers.

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French analyst calls for France-Germany-Russia alliance

Posted by seumasach on February 23, 2015

TASS

20th February, 2015

PARIS, February 20. /TASS/. France and Germany, following the historical tradition, should work on forming an alliance with Russia, prominent French writer and political journalist Eric Zemmour said in newspaper comments on Friday.

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Ukraine: Do’s and Don’ts for Obama

Posted by seumasach on February 22, 2015

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

22nd February, 2015

The US Secretary of State John Kerry chose London as the venue on Saturday to reiterate that “there will be further consequences” for Russia if the Minsk ceasefire agreement fails to hold in eastern Ukraine. He disclosed, “In the next few days I anticipate that President Obama will evaluate the choices that are in front of him and will make his decision.” Kerry appeared confident that there would be more sanctions against Russia.

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