Russia Has Prepared A Confidential Retaliation Document As Ukraine Set To Hold NATO Accession Referendum

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Until now Russian retaliation against Western sanctions has been largely symbolic, culminating with this week's Holy Grail gas deal with China, 10 years in the making, which would not have happened on such a truncated timeframe had it not been for western prodding. However, now Russia may be getting ready for actionable retaliation against the west. RIA reports that Russia has prepared a "confidential document" with measures in response to Western sanctions, citing Kremlin advisor Andrew Belousov.

"I can say that, while it is not a strategy, we do have a tactic. It is in the form of a document which for understandable reasons is confidential. But it clearly lists the Russian sanctions: focusing on individuals, companies, sectors, whether they are comprehensive and systemic, and if they impact the banking system" Belousov was cited as telling TV channel Rossia 24.

According to him, there is a prescribed action at each of the listed levels. "So if any further action is taken against Russia, I can say that we know precisely how to react."

And while it is unclear if the US will dare to issue any more sanctions against Russia, considering the Russian stock market is now back to pre-sanctions levels, thus proving their complete futility (and if anything will simply serve to bring Russia and China even closer), one development that would certainly infuriate Putin is the news that Ukraine may hold a NATO accession referendum as soon as June 15.

Itar-Tass reports that Ukrainian presidential nominee Yulia Tymoshenko has suggested to hold an all-Ukrainian referendum on the country’s accession to NATO to coincide with possible second round of presidential elections. The politician said this in a statement on Friday.

Tymoshenko said: “We need to make a strategic decision. This decision is the accession of Ukraine to the system of collective security and defense of NATO”.

 

The presidential nominee believes “NATO is security and peace” and “all member states of this alliance are secured from aggression”.

 

“However, no politician has the right to make such a strategic decision without people’s will. Therefore, I suggest to hold the historic, fateful referendum on Ukraine’s accession to NATO on June 15, simultaneously with the second round of presidential elections,” Tymoshenko suggested.

Whether this is simply a publicity stunt by the former presidential frontrunner whose winning chances have slipped dramatically in recent weeks leading to the very distinct possibility of a second round runoff election without a clear winner this weekend, remains unknown. However, one thing Putin made explicitly clear earlier today is that he sees NATO expansion as the single biggest threat to Russia, especially considering the implicit understanding between James Baker and Gorbachev from 1990 that Nato would not expand east. Well, NATO may not only be expanding east but it may soon be knocking on Russia's doorstep.

And that would certainly provoke the Russian bear like nothing yet seen.

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Fri, 05/23/2014 - 11:45 | 4788735 One And Only
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Upvote me if you'd enlist in the military led by Obama to fight a ground war with Russia.

This should be a fun poll.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 11:46 | 4788751 MeMadMax
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That's what the draft is for fool...

And if that doesn't work, gun point works as well....

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 11:54 | 4788773 BC6
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On the list is for Russia to buy up all the manufactured golf balls, which will really hit Barry in the duff!

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 12:22 | 4788914 knukles
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Some of the MSM this morning was describing Putin as "embattled"
Uh huh....  scratching nuts

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 12:53 | 4789024 inky
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 knukles if you think thats bad you should see what that fraggle prince charles was calling putin.

 

Prince Charles's Putin-Hitler comparison

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/22/prince-charles-putin-hitler-outrageous-russia 

 

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 13:15 | 4789100 svayambhu108
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They already know they have a second round of presidential elections, nice "forecast", is hard to know who is appointed president, hardern to know when he is appointed

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 17:02 | 4789773 TheSecondLaw
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One must forgive Prince Charles.  He had an absent mother. 

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 19:48 | 4790097 strannick
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I thought he had two dads

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 21:21 | 4790269 The_Prisoner
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Prince Charles really knows Nazis. His father is one.

It takes one to know one.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 12:33 | 4788974 Canadian Dirtlump
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I figured this was being done by the deep state to start a war but at this point these moves in fact may have been done in order to have something hit BErri in the duff.

 

Sanctions for the down low man.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 11:54 | 4788774 Herd Redirectio...
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Classic doublespeak from Tymoshenko AKA Evil Princess Leah.  (check out her pre-braids, pre-blond lawyer look, if you can)

The presidential nominee believes “NATO is security and peace” and “all member states of this alliance are secured from aggression”.

All members except...  The newest member, of course.  Who will serve to draw everyone into a global conflagration?  Lets hope not.

 

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 12:24 | 4788930 CrashisOptimistic
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The phrasing in the article is suspect.  Her chances of winning have not just slipped.

She is expected to lose outright.  So it doesn't really matter what she proposes.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 12:32 | 4788968 pods
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I'd still slip it in her pooper.

 

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 13:11 | 4789089 Canadian Dirtlump
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Maybe just to teach her some respect, but to be honest you're probably thinking back to the old one, before she was transformed into an invalid crohn.

 

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/02/23/article-2565489-1BBEF838000005...

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 16:47 | 4789741 InvalidID
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sOMEONE SAID iNVALID?

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 16:21 | 4789672 Kirk2NCC1701
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If she's gonna act like a slut, I'd treat her to act like a propper Fluffer (that she is for her handlers).

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 17:11 | 4789786 BigJim
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 I'd still slip it in her pooper.

'It' being one of the thermonuclear devices she proposed using to incinerate several million ethnic Russian Ukrainians?

http://www.businessinsider.com/ukraine-pm-wipe-out-russians-2014-3

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 16:25 | 4789682 crazzziecanuck
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Ukraine can't join any more than Georgia can.

Outstanding border issues.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 11:55 | 4788778 SoberOne
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Trying to legitimize the impending war. Cocksucker banker war.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 12:10 | 4788866 CPL
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It's weird how “NATO is security and peace” usually means guns and bullets.  I wonder sometimes if people understand who they are actually working for.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 12:23 | 4788919 knukles
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Doublespeak, Winston.  It's Doublespeak.
And if you appear not to like it, we're going to put this hungry rat into the cage about your head and...

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 12:34 | 4788976 disabledvet
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"Plan Ost" is not double speak. Too much honest maybe...but not doublespeak.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 12:41 | 4788945 Anasteus
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None war. Concerted Russia-China treasury dumping & cash withdrawal, while simultaneously demanding delivery of 1000 tons of gold from Crimex, would do the job in few days.

These morons are doing their best to lose everything. They perhaps forgot whose hands were holding their balls. Time for another squeeze. The only war they can launch is a civil war in the US after implosion of the economy.

Idiots.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 16:35 | 4789706 El Vaquero
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Like I've said before, if the US really wants a shooting war over there, it is going to have to fire the first shot, and likely soon.  Otherwise, if it looks like Russia and/or China will be suckered into one, they will make some huge moves against the dollar first, and we'll get what you are talking about and what the country is primed for:  Another US civil war.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 12:35 | 4788981 Payne
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she would not make the proposal unless the election is already fixed.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 13:35 | 4789161 Bobportlandor
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That's what the student debt is for.

Enlist and we expunge all your student debt

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 11:47 | 4788752 observer007
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US authorities are pressuring non-governmental organizations to ignore the detention of Russian journalists in Ukraine, a source at a prominent media rights group told RIA Novosti Friday.

 

Latest on Ukraine:

http://tersee.com/#!q=ukraine&t=text

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 11:54 | 4788772 Relentless101
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Enlist and die for nothing. Don't enlist and die for nothing when we are nuked. Fucking doomsday prep people had it right all along. Just were preparing for the wrong event.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 12:21 | 4788909 CPL
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...it's going to get so much weirder than that.  Think left field and from out of no where.  Two things most people never think about, but are pretty important.  Solve the riddle and you'll have your answer.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 12:36 | 4788985 disabledvet
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some people are born assholes. some people become assholes. some people just are assholes.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 17:14 | 4789791 BigJim
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Ha!

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 12:27 | 4788940 earnyermoney
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Never up or down voted anyone. Stupid feature of the site. Not going to start now. Any way, my son will never be cannon fodder for the evil agenda of these arseholes. I'll help him avoid the draft if it comes to that.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 13:52 | 4789209 Fuh Querada
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do you get a #REF after 99 downvotes?

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 15:52 | 4789581 TheReplacement
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I voted up based on the idea that Obama literally leads - from the front - and that once one leader or the other is dead the fight is over.  In that scenario I would be very happy to be behind this tyrant.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 11:45 | 4788738 maskone909
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so russia gots the gas and is prepared to dump the dollar.  most likely on taco tuesday

ZING

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 12:01 | 4788816 Carpenter1
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Does this shit ever end? Feels like the beginnings of major hostilities over and over, but all end as quickly as they started,  then another starts, with the same result.

 

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 12:16 | 4788887 Winston Churchill
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Same was said in 1914 & 1939.
Look up the "phoney war" and then compare.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 11:45 | 4788743 SimplePrinciple
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The US treaties seem based on those with the Indians, as in Native Americans.  The difference is Russia has more than bows and arrows.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 11:45 | 4788744 MeMadMax
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Ukraine joining NATO/UN is a pipe dream.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 12:21 | 4788913 Winston Churchill
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The dreams you get after the third 'cup' of chandu at
the opium den.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 11:48 | 4788756 Fuh Querada
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NATO is toothless anyway.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/ukraine-crisis-shows-up-crac...

a couple of gems from this article:

...."Our commitment to collective defence is rock solid, now and for the future," NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said more than a week ago, first in the Polish capital Warsaw and then, on the same day, in the Estonian capital Tallinn. ......

Rasmussen's remarks were well intentioned but relatively toothless -- little more than whistling in the dark. The Balts and Poles sense it, and the NATO secretary general knows it.

" Slashed Budgets and Capabilities

in 2010 some 16 member states had cut spending, adjusted for inflation, to below 2008 levels. This applied to 18 countries in 2011, and in 2014 it is expected to apply to 21. Between 2009 and 2014, German defense spending shrank from 1.44 percent to 1.29 percent of GNP. All European member states combined spend an average of 1.5 percent of gross national product on defense, compared with the official NATO target of 2 percent, and in some countries the ratio is less than 1 percent. The report argues that already deficient defense structures as they exist now cannot even be maintained at that level. And yet, "despite the action by the Russian Federation in recent months, currently there is little evidence to suggest that the defense spending cuts experienced by a majority of allies over the past five years will be reversed to any great extent."

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 11:57 | 4788782 Relentless101
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Nail on head. The US is NATO. We are really the only one pushing to increase defense. If taken weighted, none of the other members matter all too much.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 12:03 | 4788821 Bioscale
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Not surprising, the Europaens are not stupid to spend on "defense" because of terrrrrrorrrrrists. Most people know that those terrorist are financed by CIA and USG that have FED with infinite $$$ printing machines. Once the dollar is gone, let's see the defense budget of USA, fuck yeah

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 11:51 | 4788766 Temporalist
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Need not worry, Obama is ON IT!

Russian Companies Active in Syria at Risk of U.S. Sanctions

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-23/russian-companies-active-in-syr...

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 11:55 | 4788777 AnAnonymous
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Looking forward to seeing the retaliation act. If the same type as previous actions, the only question remaining is when Putin signs the document to be accepted in the 'american' world gang.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 13:33 | 4789153 TheFourthStooge-ing
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.

Looking forward to seeing the retaliation act.

Confidential retaliation document has fragment leaked out of. Tells retaliation act if Prince Charles compares again Putin to Hitler. Responds with Putin compares Prince Charles to Liberace.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 16:01 | 4789611 ebear
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"compares Prince Charles to Liberace."

More like Pee Wee Herman.

Liberace had more class.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 11:55 | 4788780 Bankster Kibble
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Of course Ukraine will vote yes to join NATO.  A lot of the anti-NATO votes went to Russia with Crimea.  But the Ukraine vote is not as important as the NATO vote among its members.  Odds are, Ukraine will be blackballed because of the conflicts, frozen and hot, within its borders.  No way do France, Germany, or Italy want to be dragged into a shooting war with Russia, and that is what Ukraine would demand.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 12:02 | 4788827 SpanishGoop
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The chance that Ukraine will become a NATO member is the same as getting a health insurance after being diagnosed terminally ill which they currently as a country are btw.

 

 

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