Sunday, May 19, 2019

Did a Chinese-Russian-Iranian coalition opposing NATO debut in Moscow?

The Moscow Conference on International Security in April was used as a venue to give notice to the US and NATO that other world powers will not let it do as it pleases. Talk about joint efforts between China, India, Russia and Iran against NATO expansion were augmented with plans...

IMF Makes Ukraine War-Fighting Loan, Allows US to Fund Military Operations Against Russia, May...

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has agreed on a scheme of war financing for Ukraine. For the first time, according to Fund sources, the IMF is not only violating its loan repayment conditions, but also the purposes and safeguards of the IMF’s original charter. IMF lending is barred for a...

Putin proposes currency union with Belarus, Kazakhstan

It’s time to think about the prospects of creating a currency union between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, President Vladimir Putin has said. “We think the time has come to talk about the possibility to form a currency union in the future,” Putin said Friday at a meeting with his Kazakh...

In Talks With Merkel, Putin Calls for Improving Relations With Europe

MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin used a visit on Sunday by the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, to call for a return to normal relations with Europe, brushing aside the widespread boycott by Western leaders of the huge Victory Day parade on Red Square a day earlier. “We do face...

Russia’s Bond: It’s Official! (… and Private … and Anything Else It Wants to...

Ukraine's bond restructuring talks are in high gear, and, as ever, Russia is trouble du jour. Not only is it threatening to hold out in the bond deal and take Ukraine to arbitration, Russia also seems poised to block IMF disbursements to Ukraine using an arcane Fund policy on...

Russia Rebounds, Despite Sanctions

Sanctions meant to punish Russia for snatching Crimea from Ukraine one year ago were supposed to hurt Russian business. And they did. Russian stocks, bonds and commodities had the worst performance in 2014 of those in any emerging market. That was then. Now the picture is changing, with investors starting...

As Russia’s Stock Market Soars, Ukraine Stuck In ‘Frozen Conflict’

I can hear it now: nice going FORBES, valuing money over people’s lives. A disclaimer: this is the investment channel. And that means crisis is looked at through the lens of economic pain and gain, not who is a better president: Poroshenko or Putin, nor the history of Crimea...

Ruble Strong: Russian Currency No Longer Reacts to Oil Prices, Foreign Debt

The ruble has grown by 13 percent since the beginning of the year, and has found a new point of balance as it no longer reacts to falling oil prices or foreign debt payments, Russia's Finance Minister said. The ruble no longer reacts to the oil price, the fall of...

Kerry holds ‘frank’ talks with Putin in bid to improve ties

Sochi (Russia) (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and US Secretary of State John Kerry held four hours of rare face-to-face talks on Tuesday as the two nations sought ways to cooperate after a sharp deterioration in relations. The highest level US visit to Russia since the Ukraine crisis erupted...

Congress Demands War in Ukraine!

Just weeks after a European-brokered ceasefire greatly reduced the violence in Ukraine, the US House of Representatives today takes a big step toward re-igniting -- and expanding -- the bloody civil war. A Resolution, "Calling on the President to provide Ukraine with military assistance to defend its sovereignty and territorial...
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Russian military reveals details of ISIS-Turkey oil smuggling

Turkey’s leadership, including President Erdogan and his family, is involved in illegal oil trade with Islamic State militants, says the Russian Defense Ministry, stressing that Turkey is the final destination for oil smuggled from Syria and Iraq. The Russian Defense Ministry held a major briefing on new findings concerning IS funding...

Jordan agrees deal for Russia to build nuclear plant

The $10bn power plant in energy-poor Jordan is scheduled to be completed in 2023. Jordan said Tuesday it has signed a framework agreement with Russia for the construction of the first nuclear power plant in the kingdom at a cost of $10bn. The deal was signed by Khaled Tukan, head of the Jordan Atomic Enegry Commission,...
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Putin: ISIS financed from 40 countries, incuding G20 members

President Vladimir Putin says he’s shared Russian intelligence data on Islamic State financing with his G20 colleagues: the terrorists appear to be financed from 40 countries, including some G20 member states. During the summit, “I provided examples based on our data on the financing of different Islamic State (IS, formerly...

Russia unveils plans for high speed railway and superhighway to connect Europe and America

Plans for a new high-speed transport corridor that could potentially link London and New York by rail and superhighway have been unveiled. The idea, dubbed the Trans-Eurasian Belt Development (TERP), would see a high speed railway and motorway built from Eastern Europe, across Siberia and over the Bering Strait to...

Russia security paper designates Nato as threat

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed an updated national security paper describing Nato's expansion as a threat to the country. The paper says Russia's "independent domestic and foreign policy" has triggered a "counter-action" from the US and its allies. It accuses these countries of striving to dominate global affairs. The conflict in...

Russia to join China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Moscow (AFP) - Russia is to sign up to the Chinese-led development bank AIIB, first deputy prime minister Igor Shuvalov said Saturday at an international forum in China, cited by Russian news agencies. "I'd like to inform you that Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken the decision that Russia will...

Are the Russians actually behind the Panama Papers?

The “Panama Papers”—does this strike anyone else as a very fishy story? It’s like something out of a cheap spy movie. In early 2015, “John Doe” sends (out of the blue) an email to the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ), offering 11.5 million documents from a Panamanian law firm relating...

Legendary Investor Jim Rogers: Buy Stocks from Russia Fast

Rock bottom oil prices, a resurgent ruble and a rebounding stock market make it a good time to invest in Russia, according to American investor Jim Rogers. "I'm very optimistic about the future of Russia," Rogers told the audience at a Moscow investment conference put on by investment firm BCS. "Certainly one of the most...

Ukraine Debt Rating Now Super-Duper Junk

When Arseniy “Yats” Yatsenyuk took over the Prime Minister role in Ukraine, he said that his country was going to go through some austere, difficult times. He wasn’t kidding. With the economy expected to contract by 8% this year, and Western bailouts becoming its only salvation, the Ukrainian debt bomb ticks closer to a...

The Eurasian Union: Undermining Economic Freedom and Prosperity in the South Caucasus

Abstract Russian President Vladimir Putin is seeking economic and political alliances to counterbalance the influence of the U.S., the European Union, China, and transnational Islamism. Putin is determined to strengthen Moscow’s hegemony in the “near abroad”—the post-Soviet space. One of the instruments he has created to achieve that strategic objective...

Coups and Color Revolutions: US Wages Geopolitical Warfare against Russia in Central Asia and...

The US is waging geopolitical warfare against the Russian Federation in Eurasia through preparing colour revolutions, coups, destabilisation operations and strategically-motivated alliances in an attempt to weaken Moscow’s position and isolate the nation. This complex strategy involves destabilising countries in Russia’s sphere of influence which creates numerous security problems for...

Ukraine Fight Flares Again: U.S. Should Keep Arms And Troops At Home

The ceasefire in eastern Ukraine is under strain as Kiev presses the West for more financial and military aid. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko warns that full-scale war could explode “at any moment.” Yet many of his country’s young men are avoiding conscription into the no-win conflict. Americans’ sympathies should...

From Energy War to Currency War: America’s Attack on the Russian Ruble

A multi-spectrum war is being waged against Moscow by Washington. If there are any doubts about this, they should be put to rest. Geopolitics, science and technology, speculation, financial markets, information streams, large business conglomerates, intelligentsia, mass communication, social media, the internet, popular culture, news networks, international institutions, sanctions,...

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