"US Will Feel Tangible Losses," Russia Prepares To Unleash Retaliatory Trade Wars

Tyler Durden's picture

"It's a troubling continuation/expansion of trade as a geopolitical tool," warns one Washington-based consulting firm as Russia prepares to unleash retaliatory actions to US and European sanctions. As Bloomberg reports, Russia said yesterday it may ban imports of chicken from the U.S. and fruit from Europe and is investigating McDonald's cheese for safety. In addition, a Russian lawmaker has drafted legislation that might result in U.S. accounting firms being barred from doing business in his country. All of this is odd given Jack "trust me" Lew's reassurance that Russian sanctions would have no impact on the US economy. Russia's response, US will feel 'tangible losses' from 'destructive, myopic' sanctions.


As Bloomberg reports, while Russia and the U.S. have long sparred over agricultural trade, the actions fueled speculation they could be retaliatory.

Russia’s food safety agency said it may ban imports of U.S. poultry and some European fruit due to contamination of the products, according Bloomberg BNA, citing Russian state media. The food safety agency, known as Rosselkhoznadzor, also said it will examine suppliers of McDonald’s cheese for their use of antibiotics.


Russia was the second-largest market, after Mexico, for U.S. chicken last year, according to the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council. The U.S. exported about $309 million worth of broiler chickens to Russia last year, according to the council.


Russia, which joined the World Trade Organization in 2012, is considering banning some European fruit that includes seeds and pits from the entire EU or from bloc’s individual member countries, said Alexei Alekseenko, an aide to Rosselkhoznadzor director Sergei Dankvert, BNA reported.


Fruit shipments from the EU have recently contained Oriental fruit moths, he said, according to the Russian news agency RIA. He proposed talks with EU suppliers over the issue.

Seems like that would impact the US and European economy...

“This is not a surprise,” Mike Cockrell, chief financial officer at Sanderson Farms Inc. (SAFM) of Laurel, Mississippi, said by phone. “It’s not unusual for Russia to find something wrong when they have a political reason to do so.”


Officials from McDonald’s, based in Oak Brook, Illinois, didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Russia explained these are not anti-US sanctions...

“These are not sanctions against U.S. We don’t have a goal to harm U.S. citizens’ quality of life,” Fedorov said. “There are companies in Russia which have sensitive positions in terms of Russia’s sovereignty and economic security.”


Fedorov said consulting firms and audit firms will be the first to be targeted by the new bill. Next will be U.S. media, he said.

And Russia issued a statement that US will feel 'tangible losses' from 'destructive, myopic' sanctions.

We have repeatedly spoken about the illegitimacy and groundlessness of the US sanctions against Russia. Washington will gain nothing from such decisions except for further complication of Russian-American relations and the creation of an unfavorable atmosphere in international affairs, where the cooperation between our countries often plays a key role.


The U.S. administration, strained creating the appearance of "sequence" in its current behavior, in fact, is merely trying to avoid responsibility for the tragic developments in Ukraine. Not Russia, and Kiev regime and its overseas patrons guilty of a growing number of civilian casualties in the eastern regions. In his pompous manner prosecutorial White House, covering the bloody military operation of Kiev, which contrary to all international norms sunk to rocket attacks peaceful cities, continues to put forward baseless claims against us.


One gets the impression that the U.S. sanctions pressure, transformed now at sectoral level, has one goal - to get even with us for an independent and uncomfortable for Washington politics. Please also note the obvious elements of unscrupulous trade and economic competition in the U.S. actions.

The losses that Washington will sustain from such a destructive and myopic policy will be very tangible

US officials are not happy...

“Assuming that they take this action, it would be blatant protectionism,” Clayton Yeutter, a U.S. Trade Representative under President Ronald Reagan, said in a phone interview. “There is little or no legitimacy to their complaints.”

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Putin warned of boomerangs... and sure enough here they come...


And France is screwed...

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Wednesday that Russia has the capability to build Mistral-class helicopter carriers on its own if France cancels the existing contract, RIA Novosti reported. “The French must prove they are serious partners and reliable contractors,” Rogozin said after a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and government ministers.


“If they fail to do so, we will build the [Mistral] ships on our own. We are finally capable to do it,” Rogozin said. On Monday, he expressed doubts that France would cancel the contract, which he said would be worse for France than for Russia.

And it seems Russia is not as isolated as President Obama would like everyone to think...


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sessinpo's picture

The only ones that really pay are the commoners of both sides.

DeliciousSteak's picture

Indeed. How will the Russian commoner survive without cheeseburgers? Guys, I think this is getting serious.

icanhasbailout's picture

I love being Obama's economic human shield

espirit's picture

Hard to be a shield when everyone around Obamao has been shot in the foot.

undercover brother's picture

Russia shouldn't worry about sanctions, given the US gov't level of incompetence, they will figure out a way to screw this up too.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Really?  Then read this http://en.apa.az/news/214045 (posted by DCH 5022461 up above).

The NWO never thinks or moves only one move ahead, as many readers seem to think.  And don't ignore Rules #1 and #2 in The Art of War, as you seem to.

Metalredneck's picture

Time to set up my still again.  Not quite Stolichnaya, but the cost is proper.

Sudden Debt's picture

I think Europe should label American food imports.

GMO food is forbidden here but I don't think they can be trusted.

Sandmann's picture

They used the NSA taps of pederasty among politics to get the EU to permit GM feed for animals.....France and Russia have been fighting this. Brazil is the only source of non-GM soya

Urban Redneck's picture

GMO is forbidden, that's a good one... regardless of ingredients the food isn't GMO-free unless all the inputs along all the supply chains are GMO free. I think when I go the store in 10 minutes I'll check ans see if I can find Purina Chock Full o' GMO Pet Food.

DuPont data fraud

Perhaps even more troubling is a fact pointed out by Seralini and colleagues in a letter to the editor of FCT: The DuPont study actually fed GM food contaminated with herbicides to both groups of rats in the study. Therefore, the finding of "no health differences" provides no useful information.

Seralini's team conducted an independent analysis of the Purina brand rat chow used as the standard diet in the DuPont study. The researchers found that the feed was actually composed of 18 percent NK603 GM corn -- the same variety tested in the Seralini study, and engineered for the same trait as the Roundup Ready canola that the DuPont researchers were testing. In addition, the rat chow contained 14.9 percent GM "Bt" corn, which is engineered to produce a pesticide in its tissues. The chow was also contaminated with the herbicide Roundup (glyphosate), as well as the glyphosate metabolite AMPA.


Cathartes Aura's picture

diabetic pets, including organ failures, very profit-able for the veterinary club-meds.

as for "human" so for the animals they keep.

degraded, branded, dying. . .

NotApplicable's picture

We switched to Diamond pet foods, as all of our dogs/cats were getting obese while starving for nutrition. Even though it's pricey, we have to feed them a lot less, so in the end, it's about the same, if not less.

Oh, and the dog shit is no longer green.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



We don't buy pet food anymore.  We switched to leftovers from the local Mexican restaurant.  They scrape the plates into a five gallon bucket and give it to us for free.  Our dogs and chickens have never been healthier or happier. 

Our cat works for a living.

Nevsky's picture

It's either a young small mouser, or the rodent got too many free passes into your grain storage [and got a bit fat]. Might need to increase the feline population.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Might need to increase the feline population.

When all the obese, single, militant women cat owners unfailingly associated with the local cat rescue push their agenda to spay and neuter cats, to address the supposed over population of cats, I suggest they simply stop buying cat food, and put their cats on a true paleo diet.  Let nature work.  The veterinarians doing the surgeries and the cat food manufactures disagree with me...of course.

Nevsky's picture



I always laugh when I hear the 'we-must-kill/neuter-cats-dogs-or-disaster' false dichotomy.


One may speculate that it is pushed by the same people who don't understand supply-demand laws of economics.


Cathartes Aura's picture

it's good to keep up-to-date on all the recalls, corporate pet food "consolidation" of companies, and where the foods are manufactured - recipes are changing often, and "lesser" ingredients substituted each time. . .

this link shows some recalls for Diamond - not picking on the product, the website shows a better quality than most "supermarket" store-bought foods.

in the end I've realised that all animals need to eat as much "real food" as possible, so I just make my own food batches, as they are my responsibility & my companions, and while our cats source most of their own food prey, it's good to have some "extra" to hand.  this is a good link to cat foods investigated, with recipes, etc.  dogs are different and can eat many foods, but cats are obligate carnivores, so all that "grain 'n' fruit" labeling nonsense, designed for the consumer-tastes trained

is why the incidence of feline diabetes is sadly so high.

best wishes for keeping all your family healthy.


Abitdodgie's picture

I get 50 lbs of rice and get the trimmings and bones from the locaL butcher and cook them up together and that feeds the rottwieller for quite some time for about 2 months so $45 for the rice and $10 for a lot of trimmings about 30lbs , $30 bucks a month to feed a very healthy dog.

Abitdodgie's picture

So your pet becomes diabetic and the owners do not think that it could posibly be the shit they are feeding it , no just give the poor fuck insulin.

Sandmann's picture

What German companies must do is invoice exports via Turkey or Hong Kong or South Africa or India or Brazil. As for Russia it should build a major banking hub with China in Hong Kong and cut off titanium exports to Boeing.

In fact Moscow Narodny Bank created the Eurobond Market when it thought the US might confiscate dollars so it could now develop the Eurasian Bond Market and build a capability. Europe is not going to waste money on weapons and arms build up - so the US can carry that load alone......in fact Western Europe should cut defence budgets and let the US pay the bills in Europe.......Britain has two aircraft carriers the US could buy since the US is unable to produce any fixed wing aircraft for them

oudinot's picture

The US still thinks it is the only superpower and can do as it wants.

I believe 2014 wll change that attitiude.

oudinot's picture

The US still thinks it is the only superpower and can do as it wants.

I believe 2014 wll change that attitiude.

Sandmann's picture

The US is 'exceptional' much as an autistic child is 'exceptional' but not as 'exceptional' as Israel which is 'wildly exceptional"

Cathartes Aura's picture

the "US" plays its global scripted role.

anyone who believes otherwise might do some

deeper re-search, sooner rather than later. . .

Dublinmick's picture

America acts as mercenaries for the City of London and Rome.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

You're half right (with London): Take that London-Rome general direction, and extrapolate it to the end of the eastern Mediterranean.


STG5IVE's picture

Lavrov has just poropsed the UNSC to adopt a resolution to allow peacekeepers to MH17 site

Kina's picture

Doont worry the US will 5% GDP growth figure from somewhere.

Omen IV's picture

so it is called "Sanctions" on a whim when US does it to Russia and evil "Protectionism" when Russia does it

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Double-speak.  Another fine Madmen idea.

LawsofPhysics's picture

More food for those SNAP babies in the U.S.S.A.?  I guess the real question is who do you want to be walled in with?

Sandmann's picture

Without South Stream southern Europe faces a tough time......might get very explosive inside the EU

TweedleDeeDooDah's picture

Hee hee....
Remember a few months back when Russia "investigated" Lithuanian cheese and dairy products, and banned them?

Well, it lasted a couple of weeks, anyways, before everyone and their brother laughed at them and their "testing", and now they import more than before.

As far as fruit goes, Russia doesn't really need it... they can always buy apples from Poland, until EU export tariffs rise. Heck, they can buy all the oranges they need from Poland, too.

froze25's picture

The russians are better suited to play the protectionism game, or as I like to call it the "Hey if you want to keep your soviernty don't be dependent on foriegn nations to feed your people or heat your homes Game".

gcjohns1971's picture

I can't speak for Europe.

But here in the US most of the fields are planted with corn.  The corn is not for eating.  It is for making ethanol.

Also,  tree-growing is more subsidized than food production.

If you have farmland to use as a rentier asset, and don't want to have to spend on farm machinery, the simplest thing to do is to grow trees.   Logging companies will harvest them every five years - which is enough to pay taxes and mortgage.  And the Gov't will pay them to replant the trees to, you know, "stop global warming".

The problem with the mass of urbanites is that they don't know anything about the real world - the one that exists apart from human society.

Dr. Engali's picture

When I see silly retaliation like investigating cheese on a hamburger, it makes me skeptical of what's really going on. My mind keeps going back to something Madeline Albright said, when she bemoaned the fact that the US was the world's only superpower. Suggesting that the US needed a boogie man to keep its power in check, or more than likely keep its citizens distracted. It makes me wonder sometimes if this is all a big act by all people involved, or Putin is really a thorn in their side and they are doing everything in their power to either make him conform to the NWO or get rid of him.

Postal's picture

The US and Russia need each other and a third boogie-man to keep things interesting. Kinda like a pair of lesbians who sqabble over who has to take a man so they can have a child.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

They use IVF in most cases, but use hetero Surrogates in some cases.

The Fem gets to be the Surrogate for the Butch in lesbian couples.

Freddie's picture

Sounds like you may have a side job.

Cathartes Aura's picture


It makes me wonder sometimes if this is all a big act by all people involved


"big act" sure looks like the obvious choice, if one doesn't want to choose sides to "defend" - which will eventually lead to the same conclusion, merely delaying the realisation until the mind feels secure enough to

admit the truth.

Dublinmick's picture

I don't think the push for Russian resources is playing very much. They were very close to having them in hand until Kordokovsky was jailed and Beresovsky had to flee.


These guys are not playing either.


Icewater Enema's picture

Or Putin simply knows better than his predecessors how to play the US. He warns of investigating MacDonald's cheese suppliers for antibiotics and blocking chicken shipments and our industry goes crying to our politicians saying "stop the sanctions, it's going to kill our business!" Then the soccer moms say, "Antibiotics? What have I been feeding my babies? That's got to stop!" And while we're all yelling at ourselves, he laughs and goes right back to his expansionism.

Ghordius's picture

keep citizens distracted... or keep consumers shopping? actually, keeping consumers shopping - never mind the debts - is the primary goal, and the distraction is a welcome side-effect, imo

Albright had a problem, yes. the whole world expected Uncle Sam to reap the famous Peace Dividend. Am I the only one old enough to remember the discussion?

but this would have implied cutting the defense budget from freaking 50% of the world's expenditures to something like 25%, or even 10%. just to reflect on the different world after one superpower imploded

but no, the logic of politics-by-lobbyism is relentless, and 9/11 brought the emotional distraction for moar military spending

"it's all about money", remember?

Dublinmick's picture

Notsobright displayed the mind of the typical pscychopath. She said if we have this great military, why can't we use it?

Postal's picture

That's what I've said for years about our nukes.

Kina's picture

In the end Obama and Kerry will be on their knees begging to suck Putin's cock.

123dobryden's picture

2015: Russia finally got a needle and pops the US bubble out of existence

Quinvarius's picture

Obama must be furious that he is getting Trayvon Martined again.

nah's picture

its the economy bitchez!