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How the New Silk Roads are merging into Greater Eurasia

Posted by seumasach on December 16, 2018

Pepe Escobar

Asia Times

13th december, 2018

The concept of Greater Eurasia has been discussed at the highest levels of Russian academia and policy-making for some time. This week the policy was presented at the Council of Ministers and looks set to be enshrined, without fanfare, as the main guideline of Russian foreign policy for the foreseeable future.

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It’s time for realism in EU-Russia ties: France’s Macron

Posted by seumasach on September 2, 2018

This looks like the decisive,long-awaited moment. Prompted by Trump, who seems intent on US withdrawal from Europe, the EU leadership knows that it must now look east. Rumours that Turkey is about to default on its debt could draw the EU closer to avoid heavy loses but negotiations would no longer be about Turkey joining the EU but, rather, the EU joining Turkey, Russia, Iran and , above all, China. The EU project becomes the Eurasian project.


30th August, 2018

HELSINKI (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron urged the European Union on Thursday to modernize its post-Cold War ties with Russia and pursue “strategic relations” with Turkey as well as other close neighbors, including in defense matters.

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Cold Turkey

Posted by seumasach on December 9, 2014

Ankara Buckles Against Western Pressure, Turns to Russia


2nd December, 2014

Russia has abandoned the troubled South Stream project and will now be building its replacement with Turkey. This monumental decision signals that Ankara has made its choice to reject Euro-Atlanticsm and embrace Eurasian integration.

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New silk roads and an alternate Eurasian century

Posted by seumasach on October 6, 2014

Pepe Escobar

Tom Dispatch

5th October, 2014

During Iraq War II (2003-2011), I used to imagine that the Chinese leadership would gather weekly in the streets of the Forbidden City, singing and dancing to celebrate American idiocy.  Year after year, when the U.S. might have faced off against a rising China, as its leaders had long had the urge to do, it was thoroughly distracted by its disastrous invasion and occupation of Iraq.  I can’t help but think that, with a bombing campaign revving up in Iraq and now Syria, the boots of 1,600 military personnel ever closer to the ground, and talk of more to come, with Iraq War III (2014-date unknown) predicted to go on for years, they are once again rejoicing.  For all the talk in recent years about the Obama administration’s military “pivot” to Asia, there can be no question that its latest Middle Eastern campaign will put a crimp on its Pacific “containment” planning.

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Ukraine crisis forces Eurasian evolution

Posted by seumasach on April 30, 2014

But, as well as a Eurasian revolution it must force a European revolution. Kerry latest speech imposes impossible demands on Europe: a rise in NATO spending per member and the opening of the European market to GM crops and fracking. Popular protests against austerity are going to have to focus on these issues, all the more so since it is now clear, in the light of the Ukraine fiasco, that the European leadership is compromised and  unable to lead Europe towards independent policy.

Francesco Sisci

Asia Times

30th April, 2014

BEIJING – It has not happened yet, but expectations are already enormous. A massive strategic and economic shift is expected to result from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s to China in May. 

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Transcript: Vladi­mir Putin’s April 17 Q&A

Posted by seumasach on April 21, 2014

Washington Post

17th April, 2014

On April 17, Russian President Vlaidmir Putin held a question-and-answer session with Russians in a studio audience, from those calling in or texting, and from a video link in the Crimean city of Sevasotpol. Here is a running transcript of his remarks, via the Kremlin’s Web site.

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Europe dragged into a division of the world between debtors and creditors: the United States’ desperate solutions for not sinking alone

Posted by seumasach on April 18, 2014

A new cold war led by the USA has become a fashionable theme. However, core US diplomacy has consistently contradicted such a scenario. The USA, more than Europe, needs to reach out to the BRICS for its own salvation. The problem is that vested interests, the imperial state if you like, continue to rely on a strategy of geopolitical tension. But the CIA, the neo-cons, the Israel lobby, the Military Industrial Complex and their congressional representatives have emerged from the fiascos in Syria, Venezuela and Ukraine embittered and weakened. This should enable Obama to pursue policies in accord with US national interests whereby US retreat from empire is rewarded by inward investment from China and others. For that surplus to be available a new motor of global development must emerge which can only be the Eurasian economic space from Shanghai to Lisbon. The resolution of the Ukrainian crisis, the first step of which was completed at Geneva yesterday, will facilitate this happy development. Certainly Russia and China are emerging as leading global players but their prime goal is geo-strategic partnership with the USA. By an agonised path Obama is positioning himself to reciprocate

LEAP 2020

17th April, 2014

In the present confrontation between Russia and the West over the Ukrainian crisis, the image of the Cold War inevitably comes to mind and the media are obviously fond of it. However, contrary to what it gives us to understand, it’s not Russia that seeks the return of an iron curtain but really the US. An iron curtain separating the old powers and emerging nations; the world before and the world afterwards; debtors and creditors. And this in the crazy hope of preserving the American way of life and the US’ influence over “its” camp in the absence of being able to impose it on the whole world. In other words, go down with as many companions as possible to give the impression of not sinking. 

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German intellectuals support Putin

Posted by seumasach on April 9, 2014

“Instead they want to bring Ukraine under the NATO control,” retired serviceman told RT, stressing that he supports Putin’s proposal to build a “common European House,” united under “a common economic zone from Lisbon to Vladivostok.”

US wants to destroy Ukrainian ‘bridge’ between EU and Russia


9th April, 2014

Members of German civil society have written an open letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, condemning Russophobia in mass media and German political establishment while showing support for Moscow’s actions in the ongoing Ukrainian crisis.


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Ukraine desperately seeks foreign aid

Posted by seumasach on February 24, 2014

The Maidan gunmen will be watering at the mouth at the prospect of $35 billion dollars but of course nothing will be forthcoming. For once the ratings agencies have got it right:

On Friday, ratings agency Standard & Poor downgraded Ukraine’s credit status to two levels above default. “We now believe it is likely Ukraine will default in the absence of significantly favorable changes in circumstances, which we do not anticipate,” said the agency.



24th February, 2014

Ukraine made an urgent call on Monday for $35 billion in foreign assistance over the next two years, following the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovych on Saturday.

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Spanish report on Ukraine

Posted by seumasach on February 24, 2014

This Spanish report will dismay the forces behind the coup in Ukraine. The worst thing that can happen to “opposition” of this type is taking power. especially on the back of armed insurrection. Here we learn that the Maidan gunmen want “new faces” who won’t as they see it betray Ukraine. They are not happy with the appointment of Turchinov and don’t want Tymoshenko. Turchinov himself is delirious calling on Ukraine to “renew the path of European integration”. This is a non-starter: can you imagine the EU taking in one of the world’s most backward economies of 45 million people. All the Europeans ever offered and ever will offer is a free trade deal backed by IMF loans whose conditions will destroy any government that accepts them. We are seeing an illegal government, brought to power through foreign intervention, held hostages to armed madmen following a purely imaginary political agenda. And all this in Europe with the approval of the EU. Surreal, astonishing!

Ucrania reemprende el camino de acercamiento a la Unión Europea

El Pais

24th February, 2014

Las autoridades de hecho de Ucrania, es decir, los partidos que hasta el sábado por la mañana constituían la oposición, legislaban ayer y se preparaban para formar un nuevo Gobierno sin tener aún la situación bajo firme control. El presidente en funciones, Alexándr Turchínov, aseguró que el país volverá a retomar el camino de la integración europea y pidió a Moscú respeto para esta decisión. El ambiente es inestable, con muchas incógnitas. Europa, Rusia y EE UU han advertido contra el peligro de una secesión.

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Careful what you wish for in Ukraine

Posted by seumasach on February 24, 2014

“Russia most likely will adopt the same stance towards pro-European Union politicians that the Egyptian military and its Saudi backers took toward Egypt’s the Muslim Brotherhood: let the opposition take the blame for economic and social chaos, and then move in when the country is on its knees.”

It will now become obvious that all the stuff about Ukraine joining EU was nothing but a rouse. It succeeded in drawing protesters onto streets with EU flags but even if they can sideline the militants and restore some kind of order they will not be able to bail out Ukraine given they can barely bailout Greece, Spain etc. Any stable government in Ukraine will turn to Russia for aid by default. I believe this intervention aimed at a civil war as the Western media never ceased to suggest. Yanukovitch’s ceding of power could then have been the masterstroke. The hapless Ashton now heads to Ukraine in a state of blind panic.


Asia Times

24th February, 2014

Western governments are jubilant over the fall of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, a Russian ally. They may be underestimating Vladimir Putin: Russia has the option to hasten Ukraine’s slide into chaos and wait until the hapless European Union acquiesces to – if not begs for – Russian intervention.

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