Obama Prepared To Unleash More Sanctions On Russia

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With almost metronomic frequency, and perhaps related to Putin's emergency meeting of the State Duma, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Obama administration is prepared to expand a new set of economic sanctions against Russia if the country doesn't take steps to end Ukraine's conflict with pro-Russia separatist fighters. No details were exposed by the senior administration official, but as WSJ notes, current sanctions don't prevent U.S. entities from doing business with the Russian firms or freeze their assets. We await the new boomerang.


As WSJ reports,

The Obama administration is prepared to expand a new set of economic sanctions against Russia if the country doesn't take steps to end Ukraine's conflict with pro-Russia separatist fighters, a senior administration official said.




Under the new sanctions program, the Treasury Department could expand the number of institutions affected and expand the limitations placed on the Russian firms, the senior administration official said. The current rules prevent people or firms with ties to the U.S. from providing medium- and long-term credit to Rosneft, Russia's second-biggest natural-gas producer and two major financial institutions. The Treasury also bars equity financing for some of the firms.


The official didn't elaborate on what a broader array of limitations might look like. The current sanctions don't prevent U.S. entities from doing business with the Russian firms or freeze their assets.




But Obama administration officials are prepared to take more extreme steps if necessary that could have a broader economic impact to force Russian cooperation, the official said.

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But the US will keep buying its satellite rockets from them?

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Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:22 | 4994160 TeamDepends
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More pink lines for Puty.  Because they have worked so well in the past.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:24 | 4994171 Pinto Currency
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This is about the BRICs going their own way and not about Ukraine.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:26 | 4994188 icanhasbailout
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Today's sanction is called "the comfy pillow".

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:35 | 4994241 Keyser
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or I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow you Vlad if you stop making me look bad in the MSM... 


Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:37 | 4994260 taraxias
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Someone remind me again, what was it that Eistein said about the definition of insanity? 

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:43 | 4994288 cifo
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So then Russia is the new Cuba?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:14 | 4994325 ZerOhead
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This just in...

Obama says Russians holding two Americans one German and one Latvian hostage aboard the International Space Station. Promises Americans that we will take the ISS back by force if necessary. Just as soon as we can develop and build a rocket capable of getting us there...


Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:56 | 4994691 Pinto Currency
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Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 re-routed by Ukrainian air traffic control into danger zone just before missile strike:



Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:01 | 4994713 Save_America1st
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ooooooooh, scaaaaaaarrrrry...

What's obama gonna do?  Tell Putin he can't use U.S. dollars anymore?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 17:58 | 4995256 Sirius Wonderblast
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Yes, that would do it...

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:36 | 4995935 The Alarmist
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Well I didn't expect the bloody Spanish inquisition.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:52 | 4994341 sunnydays
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What is insane is the plane that took off as mh17 is not the same plane that crashed in Ukraine.  Photo Proof of that. 



Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:00 | 4994385 cifo
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WTF? Is getting weirder by the day.


Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:06 | 4994418 ZerOhead
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It almost like intentional disinformation is being put out there to clusterfuck our minds into a state of complete confusion.

It's working.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 17:13 | 4994517 TeamDepends
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It's your meds (ha)!  Like we, and others, said earlier, it looks like it was actually 370 that crashed.  Which makes the report that the bodies had been long dead before they hit the ground seems more plausible (were they the 370 passengers?).  Also, the story that there were over 100 AIDS experts onboard has been retracted.http://jimstonefreelance.com/

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:38 | 4995943 The Alarmist
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Most likely outcome is that the Ukes were using civil airliners as shields for their fighter-bombers, and nobody actually thought the pro-Russki militia would shoot a civil airliner down to protect themselves.  

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:37 | 4994601 kchrisc
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Doesn't work on thinking people.

I personally wouldn't believe any pol, crat or bankster if they told me the sky is blue.

I would just wonder what their corrupt angle was.

And that is what amazes me the most about the sheeple: At what point do you just get sick of being lied to, manipulated, robbed and oppressed?!

"The bumper sticker seen on my guillotine: 'DC and NYC or bust'."

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:11 | 4994453 Freddie
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The plane that crashed in the Ukraine made a side trip to Diego Garcia.  My guess is their refrig system for the bodies was noit working too well when they loaded em back on the plane.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:25 | 4994531 ZerOhead
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Can't be.

The DNA testing or visual inspection to identify the bodies will ascertain that these were the same passengers who embarked on the plane.

Not to say that the plane might have been swapped out before but why?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:39 | 4994602 TeamDepends
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To dispose of 370, passengers and all.  But, perhaps even more sinister, to divert attention from Cast Lead II massacre of God knows how many Gazans, which commenced at pretty much the exact same time.  Were White Phosphorous and/or DU used again?  Bad Zionist!!!  (sorry Freddie didn't see you linked the same link)

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 17:29 | 4995152 cifo
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What brand are those cell phones dropped from 33k feet and still working?



Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:17 | 4994483 InTheLandOfTheBlind
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wouldnt put too much stock in to einstein's definition of insanity.... the whole space curvature thing proves that he can't quite see through his... yeah i know i am over generalizing but so does everyone that thinks einstein found e=mc^2 when maxwell knew about long before...

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 17:21 | 4995106 Dugald
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We will have a war if its the last thing we do.......

The  White House.....

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:37 | 4994255 Leonardo Fibonacci2
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It ain't a cock fight between Obama & Putin simply because Obama has a Vagina.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:55 | 4994370 orangedrinkandchips
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Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:08 | 4994434 ZerOhead
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Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:29 | 4994848 SheepDog-One
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Seriously, if Hitlery is put in as president I'm just to get a back back and a wooden flute and just go wander around, fuck it.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:46 | 4995455 Sirius Wonderblast
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You need some Jethro Tull in your life.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 17:22 | 4995112 Ariadne
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Begin a new life in the off-world colonies...

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:13 | 4994463 Freddie
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The only thing worse then obam is the retards who voted for him.  Not like we get a real choice.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:28 | 4994204 screw face
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Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:39 | 4994610 what's that smell
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are presstitute rim jobs a gdp booster?

there's a bull market in rim jobs i tell ya.

“If money isn’t loosened up, this sucker could go down,” Bush declared

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:35 | 4994232 TeethVillage88s
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Idiot US Citizens don't even realize that Sanctions and Blockades are an Act Of War.


Corporate Lebensraum
Sinking of a Ship
Bush Doctrine
Overthrow of Democratic Government by Outside Country

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:41 | 4994281 TeethVillage88s
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Obama's War with Russia probably won't Increase GDP in 3rd OR 4th Quarter. These things take time. And Defense Weapons Spending takes time and ends up in the hands of a relatively few executives.

Obama Doctrine would be a Domestic Policy that ignores the biggest problems, but promises growth & jobs. For this he played along with a Ruse that Fiscal Spending and Monetary Policy would repair the Economy & Provide more Jobs. This having failed NEOCONs & NYT writers raised the possibility of War as a Stimulus for the Economy. This is also a Ruse.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 17:06 | 4995027 Peter Pan
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War will not increase 3rd or 4th quarter GDP if the war is fought under inclement weather conditions.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:26 | 4994835 _ConanTheLibert...
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Obummer can't stand that! Too late you assHOLE18.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:03 | 4995242 Kirk2NCC1701
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The BRICS might be taking a Fleetwood Mac line ("You can go your own way"), but the US is still trying to front-run and play its own game by...[drum roll]  Getting the EU community to label the East Ukraine fighters as "Terrorists".  The blatant attempt to draw parallels to the Lockerbie disaster is deliberate, obvious and premeditated.  It is the Pretext to get the EU to label the Resistance as "Terrorists".

I suspect that Putin got wind of this upcoming attempt, and needs to front-run the US and its cowardly EU allies like the UK, Holland, Belgium and Denmark, rather than doing what I suggested 4 months ago:  Sending in Russian "Blue Helmets" as Peacekeepers, until the EU and UN step up and do their part, or are shamed into having to do their part.

If the US succeeds, and the Newsweak edition that portrays Putin as evil is part of the anti-Russia and anti-Putin smear campaign, they get to isolate Russia internationally to a much larger extent.  They could thus thwart its attempts to de-Dollarize the global community, or a good part of the G20 countries.

Each side is trying to outflank and outpace the other, in this PR war, Currency war, Trade war, and Hot war-by-proxy.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:25 | 4994173 NotApplicable
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Did Obummer just ask Putin to level Kiev?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:17 | 4994491 ChanceIs
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I was wondering the same.  Taken literally...'end the conflict'...could be taken as making western Ukraine glow in the dark.  No western Ukraine, no conflict.  Problem solved.

Another interpretation would be that Kiev would be leveled this winter by the residents burning their houses to stay warm.  take away the project financing for NG production and Kiev gets cold.  So does a lot of the rest of Eastern Europe.

I read that a lot of the Democratic members of Congress up for close reelection races seem to have business elsewhere when Obama shows up in their state.  Will Obama be so very welcome in Poland, Hungary, Bosnia when the tree leaves turn from green to red and there is a little frost on the pumpkin?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 17:12 | 4995064 Aaron Hillel
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There are rumours the Obama is ready to indefinitely take Putin off his Kwanzaa mailing list.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:25 | 4994166 Stoploss
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Have they tried bitch slappin him yet??




I mean Barry...

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:28 | 4994196 buzzsaw99
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yeah, owebomba fights like a girl. name calling, hair pulling, scratching. did the same thing in iran with incremental sanctions. it worked really well. /s

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:30 | 4994219 disabledvet
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So it really is time to start moving up the artillery pieces to silence the anti aircraft fire coming from Russia proper then.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:38 | 4994259 NOTaREALmerican
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Apparently, that's what the manly men want. 

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:39 | 4994267 buzzsaw99
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huh? when i see two bitchez fighting and make fun of them then you suppose that I would prefer they stabbed each other with knives?


egad i'm surrounded by retards

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:37 | 4994261 buzzsaw99
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huh? when i see two bitchez fighting and make fun of them then you suppose that I would prefer they stabbed each other with knives?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:08 | 4994427 Winston Churchill
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What do you mean.

Sanctions worked out great on Rhodesia.Only took 26 years to bite.

What a great place it is now.A real Obozotopia.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:23 | 4994168 syntaxterror
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5th time's the charm! Go Barry go!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:58 | 4994369 Zero Govt
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how many rounds did they go and couldn't sort their Govt budgets out

and they think they can command the world

cue Benny Hill theme tune

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:12 | 4995306 Kirk2NCC1701
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No doubt Russia will hand-craft anti-US sanctions that don't hurt their EU-Russia trade, but only US-Russia trade.

I guess we won't get cheap Russian ammo or guns any more, huh?  What about Serbian arms (Zastava) & ammo (Prvi Partizan / First Partizan)?

Note also that the Benelux countries (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg) and Denmark get little Russian oil or gas, and are thus more likely to side with the UK and US.  If Russia can maintain close ties to Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria and Turkey, the Benelux and UK won't matter one bit.

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