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Ukraine: Coercive diplomacy surges

Posted by seumasach on January 17, 2015

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

17th January, 2015

The reported capture of the Donetsk city airport by separatists in eastern Ukraine could prove a ‘game changer’ in the conflict in that country. The airport as such is not strategically important but its loss testifies to the separatist side having the upper hand militarily and that cannot but sap the morale of the Ukrainian forces and erode the credibility of the pro-western government in Kiev.

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South Stream is NOT dead

Posted by seumasach on January 17, 2015

Andrew Korybo

Russia Insider

16th January, 2015

China is extending its Silk Road into the Balkans, with a planned project to construct a railroad from the Greek port of Piraeus all the way to Budapest. This would connect Beijing’s primary port of entrance for its commercial goods to one of Central Europe’s main transport conduits, thereby pushing the Silk Road into the heart of Europe and throughout the rest of the continent. As with everything else that China is doing in the world today, it must not be discounted that Russia can also reap some resultant benefits from this as part of the global Russian-Chinese Strategic Partnership, which in this case, would allow for the resurrection of the South Stream project that all of its European partners have been begging for since its cancellation.

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Russian FM says Paris attackers were trained by Syrian opposition

Posted by seumasach on January 15, 2015

TASS

12th January, 2015

MOSCOW, January 12. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday that last Wednesday’s attack on a French satirical magazine was committed by militants who had fought in Syria for the West-backed aim of ousting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power.

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Obama calms Russia ties

Posted by seumasach on January 4, 2015

“Clearly, President Barack Obama has set his mind on a grand strategy to involve Russia to commence a keen search for conflict resolution in Ukraine and Syria and to put the necessary underpinnings in place for an agreement with Iran.”

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

3rd January, 2015

The New Year has got off to a flying start with four diplomatic tracks leading the way – four seemingly different, yet interconnected, tracks. They relate to the Iran nuclear issue, Ukraine, Syria and the overarching crisis in Russia’s relations with the West.

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Inside Obama’s secret outreach to Russia

Posted by seumasach on January 4, 2015

Josh Rogin

Bloomberg

31st December, 2015

President Barack Obama’s administration has been working behind the scenes for months to forge a new working relationship with Russia, despite the fact that Russian President Vladimir Putin has shown little interest in repairing relations with Washington or halting his aggression in neighboring Ukraine.

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Russia-India relations given $100 billion-worth boost

Posted by seumasach on December 14, 2014

​20 deals in 24 hours: Russia-India relations given $100 billion-worth boost

RT

12th December, 2014

The economic burden of Western sanctions has pushed Russia to the east in search of business opportunities. Judging by the outcome of President Putin’s visit to India – 20 high-profile deals struck – Moscow’s ‘pivot to Asia’ is getting a warm welcome.

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Kiev engages with Moscow

Posted by seumasach on December 10, 2014

Whilst Cod War 1 was a tragedy, Cold War 2 is definitely a farce. While Kiev talks to Moscow for purposes of survival, the clowns running the West talk sanctions. The proponents of globalisation  want to retreat into their bunkers now that globalisation is no longer going their way. Still, there is hope that this sorry spectacle may be brought to an end if Wagenknecht’s remarkable Bundestag speech is anything to go by.

Moscow Forces Ukraine to Seek Coal from Novorossiya

Russia Insider

6th December, 2014

Kyiv has started talks with Russia as well as with Russian-backed rebels in East Ukraine in order to source electric power and coal, as Ukraine’s national grid faces a critical shortage of fuel, Ukraine’s new energy minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn said on December 4.

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South Stream cancellation disaster for Europe

Posted by seumasach on December 3, 2014

Europe May Face ‘Disaster’ Due to South Stream Cancellation: Czech Company

Sputnik

2nd December, 2014

MOSCOW, December 2 (Sputnik) – The consequences of scrapping the South Stream gas project could be disastrous for some European states, the marketing director of Czech gas company Vemex told Sputnik Tuesday.

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Putin cancels South Stream-engages with Turkey

Posted by seumasach on December 1, 2014

Putin: Russia forced to withdraw from S. Stream project due to EU stance

RT

1st December, 2014

Russia is forced to withdraw from the South Stream project due to the EU’s unwillingness to support the pipeline, and gas flows will be redirected to other customers, Vladimir Putin said after talks with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Putin rejects ‘dollar dictatorship’

Posted by seumasach on November 25, 2014

tin: Russian Economy Won’t Be Dominated by ‘Dollar Dictatorship’

Sputnik News

14th November, 2014

MOSCOW, November 14 (Sputnik) – Russia plans to leave the “dollar dictatorship” of market oil prices and turn to using the country’s national currency and the Chinese yuan, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.

 

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Putin just made the most important speech of his career

Posted by seumasach on October 29, 2014

“Anyone looking to Putin to lead some great crusade against the US is on the evidence of this speech going to be disappointed.  As some have noticed, what he actually wants from the US is not conflict but cooperation.”

The West Should Listen More Closely

Alexander Mercouris

Russia Insider

29th October, 2014

Last Friday, Vladimir Putin delivered the single most important speech on foreign policy since he became President of Russia in 2000.  Mikhail Gorbachev said he thought it was the best, and most significant speech Putin has ever made.

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