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India-Russia relations go way beyond defence deals

Posted by seumasach on October 19, 2018

“If the Americans sanction against India’s use of dollars for its transactions with Russia, make no mistake, Indian and Russian ingenuity will find a way to put in place a clearing system that altogether obviates the use of dollar. Arguably, it will be a blessing in disguise if the US forces India and Russia to revive their old Cold War era payment system, because if that happens, the economic content of the relationship will increase exponentially. Will the US want a major global economy like India to jettison the use of dollar and get accustomed to local currency payments?”

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

9th October, 2018

Amidst the welter of commentaries on the Indian-Russian annual summit last week in New Delhi, what stands out is that the government has outstripped our strategic analysts. The latter viewed the Russian summit last week exclusively through the prism of the $6 billion S-400 missile defence deal. Now, that turned out to be like missing the wood for the trees.

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EU, UK, Russia and China join together to dodge US sanctions on Iran

Posted by seumasach on September 29, 2018

“What really matters is the fact that the leading nations of the EU have joined the global heavyweights — Russia and China — in open defiance of the United States. This is a milestone event. It’s hard to underestimate its importance. Certainly, it’s too early to say that the UK and other EU member states are doing a sharp pivot toward the countries that oppose the US globally, but this is a start — a first step down that path. This would all have seemed unimaginable just a couple of years ago — the West and the East in the same boat, trying to stand up to the American bully!”

Strategic Culture

28th September, 2018

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York is a place where world leaders are able to hold important meetings behind closed doors. Russia, China, the UK, Germany, France, and the EU seized that opportunity on Sept. 24 to achieve a real milestone.

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Europe and Iran plot oil-for-goods scheme to bypass US sanctions

Posted by seumasach on September 27, 2018

“What is certain now is that thanks to Donald Trump’s policy, Europe is working closer now with China and Russia,” a western diplomat told The Independent.

It will be interesting to see where this leaves the Little Englanders’ anti-Russian crusade.

Independent

27th September

 

Diplomats are examining a scheme to barter Iranian oil for European goods through Russia as part of mechanism to bypass American sanctions on the Islamic Republic, The Independent can reveal.

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Europe finally has an excuse to challenge the dollar

Posted by seumasach on September 26, 2018

“Creating “a defensible banking architecture” may well be the end goal for the Europeans, China and Russia, anyway. Iran is only a convenient pretext: the nuclear agreement is one of the few things that unite the EU, China and Russia against the U.S. But working to undermine the dollar’s global dominance isn’t ultimately about Iran at all. In his recent State of the European Union speech, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called for strengthening the euro’s international role and moving away from traditional dollar invoicing in foreign trade. China and Russia have long sought the same thing, but it’s only with Europe, home of the world’s second biggest reserve currency, that they stand a chance of challenging American dominance.”

Bloomberg

25th September, 2018

With more and more European companies fleeing Iran following the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions, it may be tempting for Americans to write off Europe’s efforts to save the Iran nuclear deal. It would be wiser to resist the temptation.

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The euro has the power to challenge the dollar

Posted by seumasach on September 13, 2018

Bloomberg

12th September, 2018

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker isn’t a nationalist populist, but he devoted his State of the European Union address on Wednesday to the defense of “European sovereignty.” This means, among other things, using the euro to challenge the U.S. dollar’s global dominance, particularly in an era of growing American unilateralism.

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The global financial system is unraveling…

Posted by seumasach on September 5, 2018

On the one hand, we can expect to see defaults on dollar debt. On the other, dollars held abroad will be used to prop up falling currencies- for example, China may support the Turkish Lira- or used to buy gold or commodities.

And No, the U.S. Is Not immune

Charles Hugh Smith

Of Two Minds

4th September, 2018

Currencies don’t melt down randomly. This is only the first stage of a complete re-ordering of the global financial system.

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Back in the (great) game: the revenge of Eurasian land powers

Posted by seumasach on September 1, 2018

Pepe Escobar

Consortium News

29th August, 2018

Get ready for a major geopolitical chessboard rumble: from now on, every butterfly fluttering its wings and setting off a tornado directly connects to the battle between Eurasia integration and Western sanctions as foreign policy.

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Iran sanctions, emerging markets and the end of dollar dominance

Posted by seumasach on August 30, 2018

Brandon Smith

Birch Gold

The trade war is a rather strange and bewildering affair if you do not understand the underlying goal behind it. If you think that the goal is to balance the trade deficit and provide a more amicable deal for U.S. producers on the global market, then you are probably finding yourself either confused, or operating on blind faith that the details will work themselves out.

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Turkey’s crisis and the dollar’s future

Posted by seumasach on August 27, 2018

Alastair MacLeod

Mises Institute

22nd August, 2018

 

Last week’s collapse of the Turkish lira has dominated the headlines, and it is widely reported that this and other emerging market currencies are in trouble because of the withdrawal of dollar liquidity. There are huge quantities of footloose dollars betting against these weak currencies, as well as commodities and gold, on the basis the long-expected squeeze on dollar liquidity is finally upon us.

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Putin’s wedding trip seals marriage of convenience with Merkel

Posted by seumasach on August 25, 2018

Pepe Escobar

Asia Times

25th August, 2018

It was supposed to be a low-key, traditional Austrian wedding until Vladimir Putin pulled up in a black limo. The bride was Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl, a top energy analystand former professor at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna and the European Business School in Frankfurt.

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Time has come for Russia to finally ditch US dollar

Posted by seumasach on August 25, 2018

RT

24th August, 2018

Russia will definitely respond to Washington’s latest sanctions and, in particular, it is accelerating efforts to abandon the American currency in trade transactions, said Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

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