The last time NATO warned about (and threatened) Russian forces on Ukraine, stocks freefell - but the market knew better...
We will see if that happens this time:
- *NATO CONDEMNS ENTRY OF RUSSIAN CONVOY INTO UKRAINE
- *NATO HAS SEEN TRANSFERS OF LARGE QUANTITIES OF ADVANCED WEAPONS
- *NATO SEES `ALARMING BUILD-UP' OF RUSSIAN FORCES NEAR UKRAINE
- *NATO'S RASMUSSEN URGES RUSSIA TO STOP DESTABILIZING UKRAINE
As Former US Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor warns "markets should be concerned, this is an actual invasion... and likely means war."
As Bloomberg reports,
“I condemn the entry of a Russian so-called humanitarian convoy into Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian authorities and without any involvement of the International Committee of the Red Cross,” NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says.
“This is a blatant breach of Russia’s international commitments, including those made recently in Berlin and Geneva, and a further violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty by Russia,” Rasmussen says in statement
“It can only deepen the crisis in the region, which Russia itself has created and has continued to fuel. The disregard of international humanitarian principles raises further questions about whether the true purpose of the aid convoy is to support civilians or to resupply armed separatists,” Rasmussen says
“We have also seen transfers of large quantities of advanced weapons, including tanks, armoured personnel carriers, and artillery to separatist groups in Eastern Ukraine. Moreover, NATO is observing an alarming build-up of Russian ground and air forces in the vicinity of Ukraine,” Rasmussen says
- NATO'S RASMUSSEN SAYS RUSSIA'S ACTIONS ONLY DEEPEN CRISIS IN REGION, WHICH RUSSIA ITSELF HAS CREATED AND HAS CONTINUED TO FUEL
And The US is piping in...
BREAKING: Russia has up to 18,000 "combat ready" troops on its border with Ukraine, U.S. defense official says - CNN