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Russia’s foreign ministry slams US sanctions

Posted by smeddum on October 24, 2008

Russia’s foreign ministry slams US sanctions
24/10/2008
MOSCOW (AFP) — Russia warned Friday that US sanctions on a Russian firm accused of defying a ban on sales of sensitive military technology to Iran will affect talks between world powers on Tehran’s nuclear programme. Read the rest of this entry »

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Russia should join EU, Berlusconi says

Posted by smeddum on October 19, 2008

Posted : Wed, 15 Oct 2008 19:58:01 GMT Earthtimes Brussels –

Russia should be allowed to join the European Union in the coming years, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said Wednesday. “I consider Russia to be a Western nation. So my project is that the Russian Federation should become a member of the EU in the coming years,” Berlusconi told Italian reporters on the sidelines of an EU summit in Brussels. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Russians are coming

Posted by smeddum on October 12, 2008

The Russians are coming

By Aleh Tsyvinski and Sergei Guriev, Special to Gulf News
Published: October 13, 2008, 00:03
Russia’s government is sitting on a giant pile of cash that it plans to invest in foreign assets. The glimpse of its economic muscle was revealed last week when the Prime Minister of Iceland announced that Russia may come with about $5 billion to save its troubled economy. Who could have thought that, given the chaotic Russia of the 1990s, only ten years later it would be in the position to bail out a developed country? Even more surprising is the fact that the helping hand for Iceland comes at a time when the domestic stock market is in a freefall and trading on the Moscow stock exchange is routinely halted. Read the rest of this entry »

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Time for a gold rouble?

Posted by seumasach on September 25, 2008

 

24th September, 2008

(John Laughland for RIA Novosti) – There used to be a habit of framing old Tsarist bonds and putting them on the wall. Lenin’s decision to renege on the Russian imperial debt meant that it became mere paper, interesting only as a historical relic.

In the light of the recent financial crisis in the USA, could the same thing happen now to the bonds issued by the American government, and could the country which has dominated the world for the last half century now enter history as a bankrupt state?  And what can Russia do in the circumstances?

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Chavez hails oil cooperation with China, blasts US

Posted by smeddum on September 24, 2008

Associated Press
By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN – 7 hours ago
BEIJING (AP) — China and Venezuela hailed rising oil exports and growing energy cooperation during a visit to Beijing by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez that lent him a new platform from which to criticize Washington. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hypocrisy of this Magnitude has to be Respected.

Posted by smeddum on September 6, 2008

Hypocrisy of this Magnitude has to be Respected.

By William Blum

06/09/08 “ICH” – — Im sorry to say that I think that John McCain is going to be the next president of the United States. After the long night of Bush horror any Democrat should easily win, but the Dems are screwing it up and McCain has been running more-or-less even with Barack Obama in the polls. The Democrats should run on the slogan “If you liked Bush, you’ll love McCain”, but that would be too outspoken, too direct for the spineless Nancy Pelosi and her spineless party. Or, “If you liked Iraq, you’ll love Iran.” But the Democrat leadership is not on record as categorically opposing either conflict. Read the rest of this entry »

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The War over South Ossetia

Posted by smeddum on September 5, 2008

The War over South Ossetia Gowanswordpress
Filed under: Civil Society, Color Revolutions, Georgia, NGOs, Rose Revolution, Russia, South Ossetia — gowans @ 10:36 pm
By Stephen Gowans
On August 4, 2008, Russia’s deputy foreign minister Grigory Karasin phoned US assistant secretary of state Daniel Fried to complain about the build-up of Georgian troops in the vicinity of South Ossetia. [1] Two days later, South Ossetian leader Eduard Kokoity, having evidence that Georgia planned a military strike before the month was out, told Denis Keefe, Britain’s ambassador to Georgia, that a Georgian invasion was imminent. [2] Read the rest of this entry »

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Ukraine’s pro-Western government on brink of collapse

Posted by seumasach on September 3, 2008

Yahoo
KIEV (AFP) – The party of Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko decided to quit the pro-Western governing coalition on Wednesday, plunging Ukraine into a new political crisis as relations with Russia worsened.
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Putin: Russia won’t be isolated

Posted by seumasach on August 30, 2008

Russia Today

Russia will not be isolated because it protected its citizens and upheld its peacekeeping mission, the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has said. In an interview on German TV, Putin suggested that if Russia had not responded to Georgian aggression, there could have been a tragedy along the scale of what happened in the former Yugoslavia.

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Nuclear Chicken in Poland

Posted by smeddum on August 24, 2008

Nuclear Chicken in Poland
Putin Can’t Afford to Back Down

By Mike Whitney

“Don’t blame the mirror if your face is crooked.” Vladimir Putin quoting Russian proverb

24/08/08 “ICH” — – If the Bush administration proceeds with its plan to deploy its Missile Defense System in Poland, Russian Prime Minister Putin will be forced to remove it militarily. He has no other option. The proposed system integrates the the entire US nuclear arsenal into one operational-unit a mere 115 miles from the Russian border. It’s no different than Khrushchev’s plan to deploy nuclear missiles in Cuba in the 1960s. Read the rest of this entry »

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Russia says NATO needs its help on Afghanistan

Posted by seumasach on August 22, 2008


 

Oleg Shchedrov

Uruknet

21st August, 2008

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russia’s foreign minister told NATO on Thursday that both sides benefited from joint cooperation and he pointedly raised the issue of Russian transit support for Alliance forces in Afghanistan.

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