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Old 22.12.2014, 14:56
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Old 22.12.2014, 15:05
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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

Alexei Kudrin, former Finance Minister and a candidate to succeed Prime minister Dmitry Medvedev warned today Russia faces a “full-blown economic crisis” next year.
Amazingly he also called on Mr Putin "to do what was necessary to improve relations with the west".
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No, he is an Archbishop so you call him Archbishop!
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Old 14.01.2015, 00:27
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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

Ruble back down to 65 for one US $ while Brent crude is down to $46. Rumours the Russian central bank is spending even more billions to hold the ruble up.

Ukraine claims pro-Russian rebels are stepping up attacks on Donetsk airport; although there does not seem to be much left of the infrastructure.
The "peace" meeting last Monday failed to agree anything new.

NATO is talking about beefing up its exercises in the Baltics.

Overall 2015 is looking riskier than 2014
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Old 26.01.2015, 22:56
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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

Nato statement today that Russia is causing a bigger crisis in Ukraine by shipping in more troops and heavy weapons.

Meanwhile S&P has cut Russian credit rating to junk and the ruble is down to 68 to the US$
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Old 28.01.2015, 14:26
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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

Looks like Putin's "little green men" adventures in Ukraine is alienating him from even his closest allies...

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“No matter who comes to the Belarusian land, I will fight,” Lukashenka said in an interview with Russia’s independent Dozhd television last May. “Even if it is [Russian President Vladimir] Putin.”

Belarus has not joined Russia in implementing countersanctions against EU countries, despite being a member of the Moscow-led Eurasian Economic Union.

Last week, state media in Belarus announced a new policy of “de-Russification” of the country’s schools, a policy seemingly aimed at reviving the Belarusian language. According to a 2009 poll, 53.2 percent of Belarusians consider Belarusian their native language, down from 73.6 percent in 1999.


On January 26, the government announced its largest-ever peacetime exercises of military reserves, involving some 15,000 people.



And on February 1, a new military doctrine will take effect that specifically states the “sending of armed groups, irregular armed forces, mercenary groups, or regular armed forces who use arms against the Republic of Belarus by a foreign country or countries or on behalf of a foreign country or countries” will trigger a declaration of war.
http://www.rferl.org/content/belarus.../26816183.html

Another interesting article on Lukashenko:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/paulcoye...pendable-ally/
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Old 28.01.2015, 14:32
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Looks like Putin's "little green men" adventures in Ukraine is alienating him from even his closest allies...


http://www.rferl.org/content/belarus.../26816183.html

Another interesting article on Lukashenko:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/paulcoye...pendable-ally/
Looks like the new Greek Govt. will stop any new EU sanctions against Russia. Hopefully Russia will slip them a few billion under the table to keep the EU budget bureaucrats away.
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Old 29.01.2015, 07:53
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Looks like the new Greek Govt. will stop any new EU sanctions against Russia. Hopefully Russia will slip them a few billion under the table to keep the EU budget bureaucrats away.

That would be fine. Russia paying the bills of Greece, and having a side-door to Western Europe which to a Russian perspective includes Greece, Poland and the Balticum
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Old 29.01.2015, 10:54
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The EU and Russia need to do a prisoner swap: Greece for Ukraine. Everyone's happy
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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

Meanwhile, we still have this story (admittedly from a few months back, but I haven't seen any indication of a change in plans) floating about.

Russia flexes muscles with long-range bomber flights near U.S. shores

Escalation and willy-waving. But it's really annoying.
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Old 29.01.2015, 12:40
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Meanwhile, we still have this story (admittedly from a few months back, but I haven't seen any indication of a change in plans) floating about.

Russia flexes muscles with long-range bomber flights near U.S. shores

Escalation and willy-waving. But it's really annoying.
With the low price of gas, now is the perfect time to take out the long-range bombers for a spin

But I wonder with Russia's economic problems, how much longer they will be able to finance their military adventures? Some interesting statistics released by a Russian conducted poll:

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About a third of the respondents said everything was fine with their clothes, housing and work
Only 1-in-3 in Russia is happy with their work/housing situation?

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Meanwhile, only about 10% of the respondents agreed to their wage and pension freeze in coming years and 12% could consent to tax hikes.
And only 1-in-10 would be fine with taking a salary/pension reduction...

When Russia's reserves run dry in the next 2 years, somethings got to give. Based on Russia's deputy PM's statement, sounds like the military budget will stay the course, as Russian's are willing to eat less:

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The Russians will never give up their leader. We will tighten our belt, eat less food, suffer any privations
I wonder, is this guy any relation to Marie Antoinette? "Let them eat, ...well..., nothing!"

http://itar-tass.com/en/russia/773896
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Old 30.01.2015, 00:32
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Meanwhile, we still have this story (admittedly from a few months back, but I haven't seen any indication of a change in plans) floating about.

Russia flexes muscles with long-range bomber flights near U.S. shores

Escalation and willy-waving. But it's really annoying.
From today's Guardian here "Russian ambassador summoned to explain bombers over English channel"
Biggest issue is that they turn off their transponders which means they disrupt civilian traffic in the area.
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Old 01.02.2015, 22:45
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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

NATO is afraid to send arms to Ukraine as not to "Provoke" Russia...while Russia is flying nuclear bombers over the English Channel?
...I did see the earlier report, but wasn't aware they were armed with NUCLEAR BOMBS.

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(CNN)Russia's ambassador to Britain was summoned to the UK's Foreign Office on Thursday to explain why two Russian bombers were flying over the English Channel this week, a representative of the office said.



Two Russian bombers "caused disruption to civil aviation" when they flew near, but did not cross into, British airspace on Wednesday, the Foreign Office representative said.


Two UK Royal Air Force jets intercepted the bombers, both capable of carrying nuclear weapons, south of Bournemouth, England, over the English Channel, a UK defense spokesman said Thursday.
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/29/wo...s-intercepted/


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Sources within the Ministry of Defence last night revealed that one of the two long-range bombers was carrying at least one air-dropped “seek and find"d nuclear warhead-carrtying missile, designed to seek and destroy a Vanguard submarine.

The missile was not armed, and the aircraft's crew would have required a direct order from President Putin before making it live.
The other bomber was said to have been acting in the role of “mothership”, overseeing the military exercise.



One senior RAF source said: “We downloaded conversations from the crew of one plane who used a special word which meant the would-be attack was a training exercise.


"They know that we can pick up their transmissions and it would only be of concern if the often used release weapon order was changed.
"We also knew from another source that one of the aircraft was carrying a nuclear weapon long before it came anywhere near UK airspace.”
http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/555...er-the-Channel
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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

PBS FRONTLINE: Putin's Way

Aired: 01/13/2015

FRONTLINE investigates the accusations of criminality and corruption that have surrounded Vladimir Putin's reign in Russia. Tracing his career back over two decades, Putin's Way reveals how the accumulation of wealth and power has led to autocratic rule and the specter of a new Cold War.


http://video.pbs.org/video/2365401766/

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PBS FRONTLINE: Putin's Way

Aired: 01/13/2015

FRONTLINE investigates the accusations of criminality and corruption that have surrounded Vladimir Putin's reign in Russia. Tracing his career back over two decades, Putin's Way reveals how the accumulation of wealth and power has led to autocratic rule and the specter of a new Cold War.


http://video.pbs.org/video/2365401766/


The aging KGB Special Agent of course become more and more autocratic
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The aging KGB Special Agent of course become more and more autocratic
it is widely believed that he is the richest man in the world. and naturally he does not want to leave the Kremlin in a coffin. so without a good plan for succession of power he is also a prison in the Kremlin...
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Sublime groaning at Bigfujitsu for that one....what is it, does Putin have so many fans across the world or did it touch a sensitive chord?

P.S. Bigfijitsu: I personally don't think he's the richest man in he world, but he obviously must be in top 20 or so.
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Well if he de facto owns Russia and everything in it, that would make him the richest. He has been known to take private assets when it suits him. ahem....
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I personally don't think he's the richest man in he world, but he obviously must be in top 20 or so.
If his assets are all in Rubles, then some recalculation may be in order
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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

From UBS

Dear reader,

The meeting in Minsk by presidents Francois Hollande, Petro Poroshenko and Vladimir Putin and Chancellor Angela Merkel has resulted in an agreement signed by representatives of the separatists in eastern Ukraine, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Russia and Ukraine.
The agreement is a step in the right direction and is likely to temporarily support Russian asset valuations. Its longer-term impact on asset prices would depend on the ability of all parties to implement it.
Given a poor track record of implementation of the first Minsk ceasefire agreement (September 2014), we remain cautious about the prospects of the deal being implemented.
We continue to attach a low (5%) probability of US/EU sanctions against Russia being reduced in any meaningful way in the next six months. We maintain our 30% probability that sanctions will be meaningfully increased, which includes a 5% probability of a tail risk that could affect global asset prices. This leaves us with our base case of a fluid, unstable status quo, to which we attach a 65% probability.
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