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originally posted by: JiggyPotamus
But like I have said ever since this started months ago, the brink of war is NOT upon us. As much as Putin fears being seen as weak, he cannot really escalate this into an all out war. He just can't do it and hope to come out better than when he went in. It is not possible.
originally posted by: AllSourceIntel
a reply to: DeadSeraph
I would have to agree with about 99% of what you said except Russia doesn't need Mariupol. Why would they want Mariupol?
“The government is already undertaking these supportive steps, not only in the financial sector. I have called on our trade representatives abroad to search for alternative suppliers of high-technology equipment,” Medvedev said.
The Russian prime minister has also stressed that Russia should build a “more rational balance” of its own production and imports. “Especially, if we talk about production and technologies ensuring the country’s defensive capacity,” he said.
On Thursday, the Russian prime minister announced that the Russian government is expected to draft a plan on import replacement in the industrial and agricultural sectors in early October.
Russia and China are discussing over 30 joint projects worth over $100 billion with the frames of the mutual economic cooperation, Kirill Dmitriev, the CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, said on Friday.
“We have set up an intergovernmental Russian-Chinese commission and recently discussed over 30 projects worth over $100 billion,” Dmitriev said addressing the International Investment Forum Sochi-2014.
The bilateral investment commission comprising both private and state-run companies gathered for its very first session in China last week.
Western sanctions on Russia have not proven to be as effective as expected, participants in a Ukrainian roundtable meeting on sanctions against Russia said on Friday.
According to Yaroslav Zhalilo, deputy director of the National Institute of Strategic Research, Russia has not been very sensitive to the economic sanctions imposed on it.
Russia has said the conduct of the Scottish referendum "did not meet international standards", with its observers complaining the count took place in rooms that were too big and that the procedure was badly flawed.
In an apparent attempt to mirror persistent western criticism of Russia's own elections, Igor Borisov – an accredited observer – said the poll failed to meet basic international norms.
MOSCOW—Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev acknowledged that Western sanctions against Russia are taking a toll on the economy, the starkest admission yet by the country's leadership.
Speaking at a government meeting Thursday that approved a largely balanced budget for the next three years, Mr. Medvedev said it had been drawn up "in such difficult conditions, when the slowing of our economy coincided with the sanctions imposed against some sectors of our economy."
He added that the sanctions, imposed over Russia's role in the conflict in Ukraine, are "testing Russia."
originally posted by: BornAgainAlien
a reply to: DeadSeraph
And what would be the US populations response if Russia was behind a coup in Mexico to install a Russian puppet-regime in Mexico ?
They probably would be shouting against the US government not to do anything about it because Mexico is a sovereign nation...uhm.
"We are unable to join the Russian Federation directly, so we will build our own country," he said.