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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.

Mr Putin wants the East Ukraine to get a good land Bridge to the KRIM and Mr Poroshenko would like to get rid of a place where he only got some 20 percent of the votes last time
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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

Article here in the FT forecasting the battle for hearts and minds of the Russian people will be between the television (propaganda) and the refrigerator (shortages of food and expensive). (you might need to be a FT subscriber?)

The article claims that only 19% of Russians now believe Ukraine should be part of Russia, versus about 50% a year ago.
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If only the Russia citizens had a say.
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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

the ukranian situation is all ukraine made. How can u blame the russians for wanting to brake away when ukranians cant stand their own...


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The so-called “lustration law” adopted in October could see a million Ukrainian officials, including members of government, investigated, Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk estimates. Introducing the legislation was one of the most vigorous demands of the Maidan protesters, who took part in overthrowing President Yanukovich a year ago.

The political cleansing spree has spilt into the streets in a wave of mob “trash lustrations,” with angry crowds attacking officials, beating them up and dumping them in trashcans

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Old 19.02.2015, 01:59
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the ukranian situation is all ukraine made. How can u blame the russians for wanting to brake away when ukranians cant stand their own...


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The so-called “lustration law” adopted in October could see a million Ukrainian officials, including members of government, investigated, Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk estimates. Introducing the legislation was one of the most vigorous demands of the Maidan protesters, who took part in overthrowing President Yanukovich a year ago.

The political cleansing spree has spilt into the streets in a wave of mob “trash lustrations,” with angry crowds attacking officials, beating them up and dumping them in trashcans
Description of lustration law here.

An over extreme reaction to the situation under Yanukovych
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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

Belarus is seeking to cooperate with NATO? Putin has really become so toxic he is driving away even his closest of allies, either out of fear of military take-over, àla Ukraine, or else economic collapse, àla sanctions, etc..

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However, according to Alexander Lukashenko, it does not mean that Belarus will forfeit cooperation with other countries and military political organizations.

“As a sovereign state we are open to a constructive dialogue with NATO on the basis of parity and transparency. We have a lot of common matters to take care of. The joint work to take care of these matters fully meets Belarus' interests,” noted the head of state.
http://eng.belta.by/all_news/preside...O_i_79724.html
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Belarus is seeking to cooperate with NATO? Putin has really become so toxic he is driving away even his closest of allies, either out of fear of military take-over, àla Ukraine, or else economic collapse, àla sanctions, etc..


http://eng.belta.by/all_news/preside...O_i_79724.html
It is called "keeping all doors open".
Putin maybe winning support in Russia but he is generating fear in a number of ex-Soviet republics.
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It is called "keeping all doors open".
Putin maybe winning support in Russia but he is generating fear in a number of ex-Soviet republics.
A strategy used not that long ago by Ukraine itself. (and still used by Moldova, well it's difficult to do something else when the economy is worse than ever, you don't really have population's support for long term decisions)
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the ukranian situation is all ukraine made. How can u blame the russians for wanting to brake away when ukranians cant stand their own...


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The so-called “lustration law” adopted in October could see a million Ukrainian officials, including members of government, investigated, Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk estimates. Introducing the legislation was one of the most vigorous demands of the Maidan protesters, who took part in overthrowing President Yanukovich a year ago.

The political cleansing spree has spilt into the streets in a wave of mob “trash lustrations,” with angry crowds attacking officials, beating them up and dumping them in trashcans
Well, yes, OK, one could think of this as rather extreme but considering how bad a problem corruption is in Ukraine you can hardly blame them.

And I fail to see how such a law (which barely affects a handful of fatcats) could lead one to think of going towards the shining pillar of democracy that Russia is... where blanket arbitrarily laws and decrees affect the freedoms of millions of ordinarily people...
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A strategy used not that long ago by Ukraine itself.
Both true statements. However, the door between Belarus and the West had largely been closed in the past, so it's interesting that suddenly Belarus chooses to open that door now. No doubt it will anger Putin who would like to keep Belarus within only his sphere of influence and away from the West's.

Regarding Ukraine, Yanukovich should have done a better job balancing Ukraine between the West and Russia. When he refused to sign the EU deal in favor of one with Russia, that's when everything fell apart. He could/should have been more shrewd and kept Ukraine a little more in the middle of the road. Now after the Russian takover of Crimea and it's proxy war in the East, it will be a long time before Ukraine/Russia relations will normalize.
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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

Russia pours billions into modernizing their Armed Forces:

http://tass.ru/en/russia/779091

...while NATO's "rapid reaction" forces don't have enough money to buy real machine guns so they train with broomsticks painted black:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/...-machine-guns/

(Or maybe they are only using broomsticks as not to "provoke" Russia? )
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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

Platinum Lion 15: Promoting Regional Stability
Published on Jan 28, 2015


Platinum Lion 15 is a Black Sea Rotational Force multi-national exercise featuring Serbian, Bulgarian, Romanian and American armed forces. The exercise focuses on basic infantry skills, non-lethal systems and promoting interoperability and regional security. The exercise was held at Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria, 12-25 Jan, 2015.




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http://rt.com/news/235311-estonia-bo...litary-parade/

US armor paraded 300m from Russian border (VIDEO)

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Old 27.02.2015, 11:42
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^^Estonia celebrates their Independence Day (Feb.24) every year with a parade. As Estonia is a NATO country, sometimes other NATO countries are invited to participate.

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U.S. Soldiers from the 2d Cavalry Regiment were among the allied soldiers to march with Estonian defense and security forces in the Armed Forces Parade today in Narva. This is the second year that the U.S. has participated in the parade. It is one of many special events taking place to commemorate the 97th anniversary of Estonian Independence.
Congratulations to Estonia on this day and thanks to all who took part in the parade.
See more photos taken of the parade by the Estonian Defense Forces (Eesti Kaitsevägi) here: http://goo.gl/fTtrr9
PS- A few hunderd meters on the other side of the border 2,000 Russian airborne troops were conducting drills:

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MOSCOW — Up to 2,000 Russian soldiers took part in drills in the country's west on Wednesday as Moscow conducted an inspection of its paratrooper units in the latest show of strength likely to alarm its neighbors.
Some 500 units of equipment were also to be included in drills in the western Pskov region which borders EU members Estonia and Latvia, defence ministry spokeswoman Irina Kruglova told AFP.
The drills, which will see some 1,500 paratroopers parachute en masse, were to continue until Saturday, she said, adding that soldiers would also capture and destroy a fictional enemy's airfield.
http://www.defensenews.com/story/def...tvia/24026565/

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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

Breaking news
Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov killed in the center of Moscow


"Today at approximately 11:15 PM Nemtsov was walking with a female companion, who is in town from Ukraine, along the Bolshoy Kamenniy bridge. A car approached, from which were fired several shots. Four shots hit Nemtsov in the back," Ministry of Internal Affairs spokesperson Elena Alekseeva said.

Nemtsov was 55 years old. He was a former deputy prime minister in the Russian government under President Boris Yeltsin. At one point he was considered a likely presidential candidate. After Vladimir Putin became the country's president, Nemtsov actively criticized the administration and its policies.

Read more: http://sputniknews.com/russia/201502...#ixzz3SzQwG6fw

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Breaking news
Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov killed in the center of Moscow


"Today at approximately 11:15 PM Nemtsov was walking with a female companion, who is in town from Ukraine, along the Bolshoy Kamenniy bridge. A car approached, from which were fired several shots. Four shots hit Nemtsov in the back," Ministry of Internal Affairs spokesperson Elena Alekseeva said.

Nemtsov was 55 years old. He was a former deputy prime minister in the Russian government under President Boris Yeltsin. At one point he was considered a likely presidential candidate. After Vladimir Putin became the country's president, Nemtsov actively criticized the administration and its policies.

Read more: http://sputniknews.com/russia/201502...#ixzz3SzQwG6fw

It's beginning to look more and more that young Vlad is taking up the mantle left by uncle Josef.

Time to take the tarpaulin off the B52s?
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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

Vlad has announced that he will personally lead the investigation into the murder; so do not hold your breath for a result soon - unless they find some poor sod to "confess".

Vlad has also labelled this murder a "provocation" so it looks like he will spin it into an excuse to crack down on what is left of his opposition.
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Vlad has announced that he will personally lead the investigation into the murder
Preliminary investigation reports are in:

-it was Obama and his CIA doing a "false-flag" operation

-it was Right-Sector agents sent by the Facist Juanta in Ukraine to provoke Russia into war (radar images of a Ukrainian SU25 fighter plane over the Kremlin will be released soon in a military briefing to support this)

-it was homosexuals from Western Europe just killing people randomly
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Vlad has announced that he will personally lead the investigation into the murder; so do not hold your breath for a result soon - unless they find some poor sod to "confess".

Vlad has also labelled this murder a "provocation" so it looks like he will spin it into an excuse to crack down on what is left of his opposition.
Mr Nemstov seems to have survived remarkably long, considering his strong opposition to the Putin government.
How long (in minutes) do you think Tony Blair, Obama etc. would survive while strolling around in a major city unaccompanied by a huge entourage of security personnel ?
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