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US Issues Travel Alert For Russia, Warns Of "Potential Military Clashes (Either Accidental Or Intentional)"

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Just out from the State Department, which in the aftermath of the most recent failure by John Kerry to resolve the Ukraine situation, appears to be escalating to populism and engaging the general public. The best part in the warning is the following clarification: "all U.S. citizens located in or considering travel to the border region, specifically the regions bordering Ukraine in Bryansk, Kursk, Belgorod, Voronezh, and Rostov Oblasts and Krasnodar Krai, should be aware of the potential for escalation of tensions, military clashes (either accidental or intentional)." Somehow we have a feeling we may be seeing a spike in "accidental military clashes" over the next week.

From the State Department:

Russian Federation Travel Alert - Events in Ukraine

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens in Russia to the ongoing tensions in Ukraine and the potential for increased public demonstrations and anti-American actions in Russia in connection with Russian actions in the Crimea.  The Department of State also alerts U.S. citizens in Russia to the heightened military presence and on-going military exercises of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation along the border region with Ukraine.  This Travel Alert expires on June 13, 2014.  The Department of State strongly recommends that all U.S. citizens residing or traveling abroad enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in order to receive pertinent safety and security information. 

The U.S. government currently has no information concerning active military conflict inside Russia as a result of regional tensions or of any threat specific to U.S. citizens.  However, all U.S. citizens located in or considering travel to the border region, specifically the regions bordering Ukraine in Bryansk, Kursk, Belgorod, Voronezh, and Rostov Oblasts and Krasnodar Krai, should be aware of the potential for escalation of tensions, military clashes (either accidental or intentional), or other violence, and the potential for threats to safety and security.  Media accounts note there has been a sizable Russian military build-up in those regions and there are reports of an increased presence of Russian neo-Nazi and radical nationalist and extremist groups in those regions.

U.S. citizens considering travel to Russia should evaluate their personal security situation in light of current political tensions and the possibility of violence or anti-U.S. actions directed against U.S. citizens or U.S. interests.  

The Department of State advises that U.S. citizens should avoid all public demonstrations, whether properly authorized by local officials or not, and avoid any large crowds and public gatherings that lack enhanced security measures.  Demonstrations related to the conflict may appear anywhere throughout Russia, at any time.  These demonstrations may increase the possibility of confrontation and violence.  Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates.  Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.  

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Russia enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  STEP enrollment allows you to receive the Department’s safety and security updates, and makes it easier for the nearest U.S. embassy or U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you do not have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

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Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:03 | 4549954 drink or die
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"The Department of State advises that U.S. citizens should avoid all public demonstrations, whether properly authorized by local officials or not, and avoid any large crowds and public gatherings that lack enhanced security measures."


Brings to mind this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AdDLhPwpp4

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:08 | 4549969 ZerOhead
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So Bonesman Kerry was shot in the ass you say... hmmm... that explains the obvious brain damage then...

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:17 | 4550005 Vampyroteuthis ...
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I doubt Russians firing torpedoes will be accidental this coming week.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:48 | 4550109 McMolotov
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World War Whoops!!!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 21:01 | 4550546 Mister Kitty
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There's no war coming.  Russia will be crushed economically...again.  Those bastards never learn.  Bitches.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 21:23 | 4550608 old naughty
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What, no visit Russia...Before they visit?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:54 | 4550133 Stoploss
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Time to get ready for the 'accidental' dirteeee boom?

Not so sure the rock star troops are ready for this one based on the look of surprise when they hear there are 60K + all ready to go  bad guy's, and an endless train behind.

The MSM makes it sound like we are whipping their ass, but fails to mention the build up. 

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 19:14 | 4550154 TruthInSunshine
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One has to just shake their head in amazement at the western MSM referring to Putin as "paranoid."

The west has been overtly trying to annex former terra firma of Russia (and huge chunks of terra firma, at that) which just so happen to be immediately adjacent to Russia, into NATO & other western alliances (i.e. Ukraine into EU), and has spoken openly of arming them and installing military installations therein, yet the U.S. nearly went to war with the USSR in the 60s when they installed some missile pads on a tiny island 90 miles away from Florida.

The U.S. and the west have also courted former eastern block nations, such as Poland, the former Czechoslovakia & Hungary, in a rather threatening way to Russia's interests, with huge military armaments and missile defense installations, too - as Russia has yet to react in 20 some years of this.

And what about the former Russian soil that the CIA has co-opted to such a degree that they actively operate "black sites" and "rendition prisons" within, that border Russia?

Yet, Putin is "paranoid."

I'm not claiming Putin is a saint or even trying to defend his overt heavy handedness, but is he worse than many leaders of other nations we are fostering much better relations with?

He is not paranoid; he is acting logically & rational, at least in terms of recognizing a clear attempt at weakening Russia's geopolitical strength.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 23:15 | 4550972 TheReplacement
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They sure aren't going to say, "Yes, we poked the bear and he bit off our legs."

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 01:16 | 4551249 TruthInSunshine
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Incompetent diplomacy & a rush to declare "red lines" has significantly increase the odds that the ability to bring Russia into a long term, constructive alliance with the west that would be to and for the betterment of the entire world.

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 04:06 | 4551367 Element
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The amazing thing, TiS, is the entire Western world has almost no clue at all that it's entire 'reality' is the imaginary product of a lifetime of exposure to organized state deep-propaganda.

The West is so staggeringly deluded it actually thinks that sort of deep propaganda only happens in bizarre places like North Korea, China, Cuba, Vatican, Israel, and Pakistan.

The even more amazing thing is that it has remained so effective for so long, and co-opted even many non-westerners into its incredible web of en-echelon subterfuge.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:20 | 4550023 LMAOLORI
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What explains the long face a birth defect?


Russian companies withdraw billions from west, say Moscow bankers
Fri, 03/14/2014 - 19:06 | 4550158 CrashisOptimistic
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haha, that's hilarious.  Talk about sanctions so they have time to rip their money away and bankrupt London.

The UK may just abandon the EU over this.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:07 | 4549972 THX 1178
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I don't care my silver is right where i left it.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:48 | 4550108 Jadr
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Silver's primary use is industrial and thus it is a risk on asset unless there is a massive nuclear war or something where all industrial uses are no longer using it. Then it may have a chance of having currency value but it won't increase in price like gold would in a world that doesn't have a nuclear war but it won't increase in price if there is turmoil in global markets.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 19:27 | 4550232 saints51
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ummm.... in a nuclear war I am pretty confident nobody will worry about silver or gold. At that point its just surviving.

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 01:24 | 4551264 Rock On Roger
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Gold is very good at absorbing radiation.

I need a tunic like Gold Shirt Man.



Stack On

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:28 | 4550048 robertsgt40
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Soon the state dept will have to issue travel warnings outside the continental US

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:54 | 4550135 Peter Pan
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"avoid all public demonstrations, whether properly authorized by local officials or not, and avoid any large crowds and public gatherings that lack enhanced security measures."

Are they thinking of the Boston Marathon?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 21:10 | 4550572 williambanzai7
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Fri, 03/14/2014 - 21:22 | 4550605 IridiumRebel
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I just sharted in my mouth.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 23:18 | 4550976 TheReplacement
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Best I've seen so far but still not really any more repugnant than the original picture, which sadly, really did happen.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:05 | 4549961 reTARD
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This actually means it is a great time to visit Russia.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:18 | 4550014 McMolotov
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I'm booking a 3-day, 2-night getaway in Yakutsk as we speak.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:52 | 4550123 ApollyonDestroy
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Likewise. I'm mostly going to be doing the sluts

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:58 | 4550140 McMolotov
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It's gonna rule!


p.s. Thanks for making me feel old.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 21:23 | 4550609 ApollyonDestroy
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Remember in that gem when their shenanigans cause a Hoover failure and the whole dam gives!? That was cool. Too bad that doesn't happen in real life..

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:22 | 4550026 LMAOLORI
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@ reTard

Careful the dictator might take your assets and by dictator I mean Obama!


Against Ukraine War? Obama May Seize Your Assets
Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:51 | 4550120 A Lunatic
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I thought he already had that covered with ObamaCare........

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 23:19 | 4550978 TheReplacement
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Don't be surprised if both dictators do that.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:25 | 4550034 nmewn
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Just not via Malaysia Airlines.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:48 | 4550107 yogibear
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Russia loves collecting US dones. Yellen and the Fed can print more money so the government can produce more drones and cruise missles, while the Russian collect them.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:06 | 4549965 The Gooch
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"Enhanced security measures".

Boston Strong!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:13 | 4549978 McMolotov
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Bend over for Uncle Sam while chanting USA!

edit: The Boston mess was my breaking point. The whole shelter-in-place martial law thing was just too much, and then when people cheered afterwards... I don't think I've ever been more ashamed of Americans than I was that day.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:15 | 4549996 drink or die
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More enhanced security in the US:



Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:25 | 4550032 The Gooch
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Also, you Aussies lost your guns, first.



Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:42 | 4550076 css1971
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Did they?


Seriously, you can build a fully automatic sub machine gun in your garage for ~$100 parts from your local hardware store, and people in Australia already are.



These are P.A. Luty "Expedient" machine guns.



Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:58 | 4550143 The Gooch
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+1 for ingenuity.

-2 for balls.

= -1.

If your country gave them up once...

Just trying to paint a very simple picture for anyone who stumbles in.

The regulars already know.

You are not your fuckin' khakis.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:49 | 4550111 yogibear
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So much for liberty and free speech.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:53 | 4550127 BeansMcGreens
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The moment of breaking to me was the day that woman with a child in the backseat was murdered by the capital police, and then the Senate gave them a standing ovation. Sick.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 19:03 | 4550151 drdolittle
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I didn't pay attention to that or the cheering for the boston shut in. I was freaked enough about he gov buying up all the ammo. There's no excuse for that other than they don' t want the citizens to have it. For some odd reason.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:06 | 4549967 Oxygen
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Lets the war begin!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:16 | 4549986 ZerOhead
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< They are that stupid

< Someone is bluffing

You do not want a war. Once the weakest or least committed side in the conflict starts to lose the unthinkable thought of a 'limited' tactical nuclear strike suddenly becomes thinkable...


Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:17 | 4550008 rtalcott
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I agree....NATO gets its ass kicked and Putin moves west of Ukraine and it's suddenly time for tactical nukes but I suspect that will escalate quickly.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:07 | 4549970 Spungo
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1: Buy VIX ETN
2: Release vaguely threatening press statement.
3: Profit. 

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:10 | 4549980 Jreb
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The world has gone mad.... mark this weekend on your calender.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:26 | 4550041 The Gooch
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How many red x's does it take?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:53 | 4550125 MeMongo
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I for one can say these past two days around the Pittsburgh 911 airwing near Pitt airport c130's and many other military aircraft have been coming and going in such large numbers that I haven't seen in a long while. As I sit here chewing my nails I'll just remember all the words of encouragement my friends have given me, that this is all normal as the 911th is simply busy cuz it's a refuelling wing:-[

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:11 | 4549982 Confundido
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If the referndum in Crimea is illegal, the British are illegally occupying the Falklands, for they too, had teir troops stationed in a foreign land at the time of their referendum.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:11 | 4549984 surf0766
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Old Man McCain and Frankenstein will fix it.

I can't wait for the old fart to yell

Make no mistake the surge is working

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