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US Unveils New Sanctions Against 7 Russians, 17 Companies

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U.S. sanctions, to be announced today, will target Russian individuals and companies involved in financial, energy, infrastructure sectors, congressional official familiar with White House plan tells Bloomberg’s Jonathan Allen.

  • *U.S. SAID TO SANCTION 7 RUSSIANS, 17 COMPANIES IN NEW ACTIONS
  • *PERSON ON CAPITOL HILL DISCUSSES NEW U.S. SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA

As we already noted it appears Rosneft and Gazprom (and Gazprombank) will be among the companies but the one to watch is for a direct sanction against Vladimir Putin himself. Full list to follow... and then the blowback.

 

President Barack Obama said earlier today in Manila that the U.S. is “moving forward with an expanded list of individuals and companies that will be affected by sanctions. They will remain targeted. It will also focus on some areas of high-tech defense exports to Russia.”

Statement by the Press Secretary on Ukraine

The United States has taken further action today in response to Russia’s continued illegal intervention in Ukraine and provocative acts that undermine Ukraine’s democracy and threaten its peace, security, stability, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.  At the contact group meeting in Geneva on April 17, 2014, Russia, Ukraine, the United States, and the European Union decided on a number of steps to deescalate the situation in eastern Ukraine, including refraining from further violence or provocative acts.   Since April 17, Russia has done nothing to meet its Geneva commitments and in fact has further escalated the crisis.  Russia’s involvement in the recent violence in eastern Ukraine is indisputable.
 
The United States made clear it would impose additional costs on Russia if it failed live up to its Geneva commitments and take concrete steps to deescalate the situation in Ukraine.  Consequently, today the United States is imposing targeted sanctions on a number of Russian individuals and entities and restricting licenses for certain U.S. exports to Russia.  The Department of the Treasury is imposing sanctions on seven Russian government officials, including two members of President Putin’s inner circle, who will be subject to an asset freeze and a U.S. visa ban, and 17 companies linked to Putin’s inner circle, which will be subject to an asset freeze.  In addition, the Department of Commerce has imposed additional restrictions on 13 of those companies by imposing a license requirement with a presumption of denial for the export, re-export or other foreign transfer of U.S.-origin items to the companies.  Further, today the Departments of Commerce and State have announced a tightened policy to deny export license applications for any high-technology items that could contribute to Russia’s military capabilities.  Those Departments also will revoke any existing export licenses that meet these conditions.
 
The international community has been unified in its position that Russia must cease its illegal intervention and provocative actions in Ukraine.  The United States, working closely with its partners, remains prepared to impose still greater costs on Russia if the Russian leadership continues these provocations instead of de-escalating the situation, consistent with its Geneva commitments.  The executive order signed by the President on March 20, 2014, authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to impose sanctions on individuals and entities operating in key sectors of the Russian economy, such as financial services, energy, metals and mining, engineering, and defense.  If there is further Russian military intervention in Ukraine, we are prepared to sanction entities under this authority.


 

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Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:32 | 4703446 A_Nejad
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oooo Now I'm scared!!

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:38 | 4703457 Latina Lover
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Sanctions are an act of War.  So is the relentless lying anti russian propaganda.  The USSA Military/Industrial/Cyberspying complex needs a new war to suck money from hapless taxpayers, now that the bogeyman of muslim terrorism has gone stale, hitting its sell by date.

Counting down on the military Draft.....10, 9,...

 

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:39 | 4703475 SumTing Wong
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So is this the "double secret probation" that we were so worried about?

Don't you know that Putin and his cronies are laughing at this crap? 

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:44 | 4703490 Arius
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wondered what is going with muppets ???

 

they tried to push gold lower and somehow it is helding above water (1300) ... wondered whats up???? 

any muppets out there to give us a heads up?

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:55 | 4703541 I am more equal...
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This is a similar path that the US used to get into WWII.  Wow, history may not repeat but it sure does ryhme.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 09:05 | 4703576 kaiserhoff
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Are we at war with Russia?  Under what theory, pretext, or color of law does Obama steal from Russian citizens and companies?

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 09:07 | 4703583 negative rates
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OKAY, now on too the next story.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 10:26 | 4703848 Doña K
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Japan retaliated with Pearl harbor after the US oil blockade of Japan. (Crash the zaibatsu was the plan) Who is going to crash the American beltway bandits Zaibatsu and the MIC now?  

Masters of deception, merchants of wars, to cover up their mess.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 09:19 | 4703633 Proofreder
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It's NOT stealing,

it's just a sanction.

There, no authorization necessary, bitchez!

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 10:09 | 4703787 DeadFred
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Executive orders. Don't you guys read? He just decides what he wants to do and issues the order. I guess more accurately he's told what he wants to do then issues the order. Better for the golf game that way.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 10:10 | 4703792 swmnguy
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We've always been at war with EastAsia.  Or Eurasia.  Whatever.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 09:27 | 4703659 astoriajoe
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I think I saw Fozzy Bear around earlier. He had his teeth all blinged out with gold and diamonds, so I guess we know a few muppets are still buying gold.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 10:11 | 4703794 swmnguy
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Wocka-wocka-wocka.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:42 | 4703484 pods
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Gotta do something to hide the deline.

Ain't like things are all gumdrops and daisies over in the US.

Foarward!

pods

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:47 | 4703496 machineh
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Butting into other peoples' quarrels.

It's a signature policy ... of EGOTISTICAL ASSHOLES.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:55 | 4703546 knukles
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I wanna do a tee shirt

Top line;  BRING BACK THE DRAFT

Center picture:  Humongoliod fireball and cars blowing up all over, mayhem, death incarnate

Words surrounding the fireball picture:  There's nothing like mass death and destruction

Across the fireball;  at NASCAR

Kinda plays to the sense of over entertained and underinformed nature of the citizenry

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 09:06 | 4703578 Truther
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C'mon Knukles.... Big O will classify you as a TRRRRST and will impose sanctions on you.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 13:25 | 4704487 Clycntct
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And snarf your tee shirt.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 09:11 | 4703592 negative rates
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This ones better. This man is our president, this country is going to pizzas, get yours at your loco dc parlor. 

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 09:25 | 4703649 WillyGroper
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Great idea.

Some WB7 images.

Might wake up a few Rumpelstiltskins.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 09:18 | 4703624 Omen IV
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There will be NO draft!  That is the point where they lose complete control of the masses - so they wont do it

The draft stopped the War in Vietnam and caused all the riots 1967-1970 - the military nor the politicians ended the war - it was kids on the street.

we are at the point where Obama has NO credibility with his party, the progressives, EU allies nor around the world  - his presidency is the lamest lame duck in history and completely despised  

so extreme move is possible nothing to lose - they will push Putin to take military action  - response could be anything

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 09:51 | 4703738 ElvisDog
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I have a feeling that this whole thing is just a Kabuki theatre on both sides. The Russian and U.S. Oligarchs don't need an actual shooting war. They just need escalating "tensions" that can be breathlessly drilled into their people's heads with the corporate owned media in both countries to keep their populations on board with continued and expanding state control.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 09:21 | 4703638 Nexus789
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If they exchanged nukes no point in the draft. You fight with what you have.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 09:08 | 4703584 negative rates
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Yea, aint you boys scared?

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:32 | 4703447 buzzsaw99
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everybody loves the imperialist swine

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:32 | 4703448 youngman
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I bet Russia does not send a representative to the Miss Universe Contest this year....that will show us whos boss..

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 09:03 | 4703573 RafterManFMJ
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As in all tragedies, it's the nubile hotties that suffer the most.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 10:40 | 4703899 Gavrikon
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Yes, the NAS will probably attack russianbrides.com.  

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:34 | 4703450 Cacete de Ouro
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Gazprom sponsors the Champions League and Chelsea. So what are they going to do, ban the Champions League? Ban Chelsea? Haha

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:37 | 4703463 johnnyarrowmaker
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Gazprom sponsoring the Champions league, so sanctions will be an own goal then?

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:37 | 4703464 butchee
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I have a soft spot in my heart for the post AIG collapse Man U kit.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:39 | 4703472 youngman
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How is their stock doing...was that a good IPO???

 

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 09:02 | 4703567 Winston Churchill
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Chelsea fans are the modern day Visigoths.
Safer to try to rip off the Russian Mafia than upset
them.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:34 | 4703454 ...out of space
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any bets, how will this time  US saction blow US in a face?

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:54 | 4703540 Bernoulli
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US sanctions will blow mostly in Berlins and Brussels faces...

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 09:03 | 4703572 Truther
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Like a LNG canister....

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 09:04 | 4703575 Whoa Dammit
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Gasoline prices will spike in a floundering economy.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 10:50 | 4703947 Overfed
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It's already up to $4/gal here in my neck of FEMA region X.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 12:37 | 4704280 Miffed Microbio...
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$4.35 today here. But that's ok, we Californians are all rich and feel dutiful to pay more to support those less fortunate.

Miffed;-)

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:34 | 4703456 Dr. Engali
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It's a good thing we have a Nobel peace prize citizen if the world in the white house. Zero is busy making friends and influencing people around the world.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:36 | 4703462 buzzsaw99
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there are no terrorists in saudi arabia [/sarc.]

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:39 | 4703473 Ban KKiller
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The idle young are getting tired of the mall scene though, beware!

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:56 | 4703554 knukles
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Like smack, once you try mayhem, you can never stop.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:37 | 4703466 Winston Churchill
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Obozo just got nowhere on his far east goodwill tour.
Saving Obozo's 'face' could kill us all.
Such a worthy cause to die for.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:40 | 4703474 buzzsaw99
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i don't mind dying as long as dc and wall street get their's first

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:43 | 4703479 Dr. Engali
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I would respond with my thoughts, but I don't want  the knock on my door from the black suits and drug off to FEMA camp six.

 

I love our NSA overlords.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:49 | 4703505 machineh
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All well and good. But have you hugged your HKIC (Head Kenyan In Charge) today?

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 10:25 | 4703830 Boxed Merlot
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My up arrow click is registered, recorded and credited to me too, right?

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:36 | 4703461 Cattender
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Russians are NAUGHTY!!!!

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 19:38 | 4705798 StychoKiller
Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:38 | 4703469 Ban KKiller
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Just protect the war profiteers right? 

I am one who thinks war is to hide corruption. Rumsfeld spoke about missing money at the Pentagon on September 10th. Office investigating was destroyed. BIS, is it safe? Gosh, wouldn't want them harmed.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:49 | 4703506 BadDog
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On Sept. 10, 2001, Rumsfield disclosed that there was $2.3 trillion missing from the pentagon.  On the morning of the next day all of that was sweep away never to be heard of again except among conspiracy theorist.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xU4GdHLUHwU

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 10:35 | 4703879 Zwelgje
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"What difference does it make!"

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:43 | 4703486 BandGap
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I have a different take here.

I think the world was lured in, at least the ignorant people were. By that I mean the world was lead to believe the US had an ass kisser president, who would do anything so we could all just get along. Turns out he is an ass kissing puppet, the poster child for propaganda. Always taking the high road, so concerned about the "people".  He won a Nobel Prize for peace, right? While the biggest proponent of state funded abortion, he meets with the Pope. He lies constantly and openly.  This shit has been planned out for such a long, long time. Image versus reality, and you dare not question because he is BLACK. The 5th column press corps was machined right along with him. Look at the number of journalists in his regime.  He was brought in to sow confusion and mistrust. He is doing very well.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:47 | 4703498 Azannoth
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The only surprising thing is that his approval rating is still above 10%(that is if you can trust the numbers).

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:52 | 4703525 Winston Churchill
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BLS seasonally adjusted.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 10:42 | 4703904 Gavrikon
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The percentage of blacks in Amrica is something like 12-14%, so he'll always have at least 95% of that. . .

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:45 | 4703491 Ignorance is bliss
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With these new sanctions the U.S. Looks tough and in control. I am sure the world is looking on in total fascination as the U.S. deploys sanctions against 7 people and 17 companies. Perhaps Obama should drone a helpless third world nation for emphasis.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:50 | 4703508 machineh
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Or sacrifice a goat on the South Portico.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 09:03 | 4703560 knukles
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And cook it in a big cast iron pot sitting atop a large fire with people dancing all about, singing mysterious, unsettling songs dressed in rag loin cloths for effect  .......

Could even invite Vlad for a beer...

 

You fucking Democrats...  You were the people worried about Sarah Palin, FFS
Where's the outrage about incompetence
If Bush was an idiot, then ....

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 09:16 | 4703603 Dugald
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And cook it in a big cast iron pot sitting atop a large fire

And chuck in a couple of Missionaries just to flavour, be sure they are no Friers they turn tuff when boiled

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:46 | 4703494 Edward1290
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Theater of the Absurd.......these aszholes will take the world to the brink of nuclear war and then annouce SDR reserve currency........

Putin is in on it........they are all in on it

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:47 | 4703495 wmbz
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Obozo is an un-funny clown. Most likely a c student at best, but who would know. He is a major fuck-up and a huge embaressment. Just shows exactly how smart vorters are. We are surrounded by morons!

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:47 | 4703497 Ignorance is bliss
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I am embarrassed by my government,

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:48 | 4703502 Azannoth
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You should be .. by calling "them" (your) government

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 09:02 | 4703569 Dr. Engali
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Your government..... LOL.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:52 | 4703499 Atlas Crapped
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And let us not forget that these personal attacks on the Russian energy industry and its benefactors are all a retaliation against the evil Russian empire's assault on the freedoms and liberties of Ukrainians (any tear gas or chemical weapons yet?) who the U.S. has chosen to liberate among all the many oppressed people of the world for all kinds of good and virtuous reasons that have nothing to do with keeping the dollar system as the worlds dominant global economic paradigm.

Forward Lemmings ... the cliffs await!!

www.roacheforque.blogspot.com

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:49 | 4703503 tucano
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Europe noticeably absent from this headline...

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:52 | 4703520 machineh
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Who cares what THEY think?

This is all about our own greatness and generosity.

Look on our works, ye mighty, and despair!

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 10:38 | 4703894 Zwelgje
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"Fuck the EU."

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:51 | 4703514 Joenobody12
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The shit-stirrer in chief at the black white houe is trying to outstupid himself everyday- 

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:52 | 4703518 Bernoulli
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The funny part of this all is that the stronger the US "sanctions" are, the more Europe & European economy & European markets will be hurt at the end.

So maybe this whole thing is not about Russia at all but about forcing ECB into money printing or even destroying the Euro?

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:54 | 4703534 Atlas Crapped
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Or maybe it's all about Europe playing both ends against the middle to allow the dollar to destroy itself?

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:52 | 4703519 williambanzai7
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Cut the gas...

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 09:09 | 4703587 ThisIsBob
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Nah,  take their money.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 09:35 | 4703685 ILLILLILLI
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Raise the price and demand payment in Rubles or gold.

Start dumping Treasuries. Not enough to cause a panic, but kinda like spraying water on some shit-disturber on a muddy cliff before he plunges to his death.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 23:23 | 4706435 IronForge
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Concur.

Payment made in Advance.  W/o the Discount.  In Physical Gold or CASH via Rubles, Swiss Francs or Eurodollars (allows for IMF/ECB Relief Funding to pay off Existing and Future Gas Bills). 

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:52 | 4703523 MFL8240
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Here comes the war, the coward will push till Putin makes the first move so when the US dollar crashes he can blame that on Russia!

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:53 | 4703527 Kawaii Empress ...
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I can't see any way how this might go pear shaped at all, absolutely none whatsover. Absolutely fool proof I tells ya, fool proof. /sarc

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 09:05 | 4703536 Dubaibanker
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China does not support Russian sanctions by the West. http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/china-refuses-to-budge-on-ant...

India does not support sanctions agaiant Russia. http://thediplomat.com/2014/03/india-will-not-support-western-sanctions-...

Cyprus said 'up yours' to the EU and the West. http://www.financialmirror.com/news-details.php?nid=32263

Even Czech and Slovaks do not wish for sanctions. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/24/us-ukraine-crisis-czech-slovak...

ZH and other thinktanks say that Russian sanctions by the West will back fire because Russia is a large economy and is interwined with the global economy. http://m.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/04/06/the-west-and-boomerang-of...

Instead of the West putting sanctions, Russians are thinking of putting a 'fee' on Mastercard and Visa. http://rt.com/business/154188-russia-payment-system-insurance/

Mastercard has already started issuing statements and shitting bricks about its future revenues from Russia. http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_04_25/Mastercard-worries-about-Russia...

In this tit for tat game, in which everyone is a loser including Ukraine, does anyone even worry about the people of Ukraine or bother to ask them: what do they want? Why has this matter become a US vs Russia story instead of being a 'Save Ukraine story'.

What options does Russia have, if most of the erstwhile USSR citizens wish to rejoin Russia or not? Let it be their worry, why has it become an international incident?

Can everyone just take a deep breath and JUST CHILL!

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 09:07 | 4703581 BurningFuld
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Mastercard and Visa should be worried. Fuck them.

http://business.financialpost.com/2014/03/28/b-c-supreme-court-certifies...

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 10:15 | 4703807 Boxed Merlot
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why has it become an international incident?...

 

 

Seems to me this latest round of individual targeted sanctions may be precisely the reason Soro's boy king was placed at that spot on the chess board.

 

 

jmo.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:54 | 4703538 Joenobody12
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Sanction against Gazprom now that is funny. The only thing that will be more funny is for Gazprom to reduce the ng shipment by 10% and riase the price by 11%.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:55 | 4703545 Brokenarrow
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Karey's wife, the billionairess, will stop buying russian cavier and sable coats for thirty days. these fucking people are dispicable. before its over we will be in a fucking war. obama will be playing golf and ill die from radiation poisoning, starvation, and pain.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:55 | 4703548 ThisIsBob
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Watch your nose,  Obama.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 09:02 | 4703565 d edwards
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The Russians play chess, the 0bamao regime play with themselves.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 09:01 | 4703559 highwaytoserfdom
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""Who am I? Why am I here?"    The main stream propaganda machine spun this brilliant statement by Stockdale into idiot chatter.. Considering Gore, Quayle. Bush,Clinton, Bush, Obama.....      AL CIA DUH!

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 09:01 | 4703561 viator
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"Imposing sanctions can rally domestic audiences—they did in the Arab world, and they could in the US or Russia. Increasing sanctions could bring European allies toward accepting military reinforcement of eastern NATO states. But sanctions risk drawing the US into spats with Russia's neighbors, and major world economies, such as China, without which any sanctions on Russia are toothless." - http://hnn.us/article/155419#sthash.XtEAfC37.dpuf

My bet China sides with Russia, then we have a Sino-Russian axis and history as farce.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 09:01 | 4703564 Bill of Rights
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Putin can be heard laughing his ass off in the back room saying, " Dopes, I got my money out weeks ago " such a poorly staged poorly acted event.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 09:58 | 4703755 Peacen1k
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The Geneva meeting on the situation in Ukraine agreed on initial concrete steps to de-escalate tensions and restore security for all citizens.

All sides must refrain from any violence, intimidation or provocative actions. The participants strongly condemned and rejected all expressions of extremism, racism and religious intolerance, including anti-semitism.

All illegal armed groups must be disarmed; all illegally seized buildings must be returned to legitimate owners; all illegally occupied streets, squares and other public places in Ukrainian cities and towns must be vacated.

Amnesty will be granted to protestors and to those who have left buildings and other public places and surrendered weapons, with the exception of those found guilty of capital crimes.

It was agreed that the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission should play a leading role in assisting Ukrainian authorities and local communities in the immediate implementation of these de-escalation measures wherever they are needed most, beginning in the coming days. The U.S., E.U. and Russia commit to support this mission, including by providing monitors.

The announced constitutional process will be inclusive, transparent and accountable. It will include the immediate establishment of a broad national dialogue, with outreach to all of Ukraine’s regions and political constituencies, and allow for the consideration of public comments and proposed amendments.

The participants underlined the importance of economic and financial stability in Ukraine and would be ready to discuss additional support as the above steps are implemented.


Above is the full text of the April Geneva agreement. Nowhere in it does it state that only Russia is obligated to influence the events in Ukraine. US has done nothing but encourage the acting Kiev government in their "anti-terrorisst" military campaign against the Ukrainian opposition in the South-East. It would be quite refreshing if for once in its history the US lead by example instead of leading by the usual lies and double standards.

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