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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    You're simply naive if you believe that source. Most action takes place after 10:00 when the stock markets open, something that's conveniently not shown in the source. Heck you can even go to the...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    To me it seems Cold War II has started, I hope it stays cold.
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    Oh because Russia is different...or any other state for that matter, it's called capitalism.



    Inaction does not mean you approve, you might just be lethargic and not act even if you dissaprove...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    You've caught my interest, please elaborate.
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    Those two American warships were (alledgedly) long planned in advance, and since naval manouvers take time I'm inclined to believe it. At least one of the warships arrived before the Russians invaded...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    Actually I believe the amount of equipment in active service is far lower, only 2,562 battle tanks instead of the 15.500 total and similar figures with APC's and other vehicles. I'm not sure wether...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    Oh please, 3 reconnaissance planes? The US is stationing only a handful of fighterplanes in the Baltic and Poland and those two warships were already planned to be stationed in the black sea, for...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    Maybe because he's lining up his toy soldiers on the ukrainian border, 80k strong. I guess he's just doing that to keep a dickwaving contest, or he's planning a real invasion because the response to...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    Russia is the one kicking of here, I'm just wondering why the EU hasn't even begun to mobilise the troops yet.
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    Or we could just ignore the debate about legality and punish Russia for Realpolitik's sake. This is is the third time Russia invaded foreign territory under some dodgy pretext and practicly annexed...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    Naturally, as is slogan of the crap Russians get fed by their newschannels
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    So yeah the presence of the Russian army with Kalashnikovs, tanks, mines , apc and whatnot makes for a good incentive to hold an honest referendum....
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    Of this I have no doubt, Putin has no way back. Russia will however face repercussions, and I surely hope they're going to be severe.
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    Europe has plenty of muscle, it however lacks decisiveness and will to use it.
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    My two cents here:
    I wouldn't consider 60%, even if all ethnic Russians are in favour for annexation by Russia, a vast majority. Putin for one, isn't taking any chances.

    It's funny how HH...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    Easily:
    One, Russia cannot wait for the west to formulate a response. So it has to be quick.
    Two, 60% is not a vast majority (and legaly whise, a higher margin than 60% could be needed for such a...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    I think we're on the brink of finding out how stable the Russian economy really is.

    Note: Oh my, the stocks are already going down at the mere mention of sanctions, I wonder what would happen if...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    You're a funny guy, demanding facts when you know there's a scarcity of reliable data to be found.
    1: It is not a assumption, every referendum that's held during occupation by foreign forces is per...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    Very simple:
    1: The chances of the process being conducted in a fair 'democratic' way I rate to be very low. The current parliament was installed in a devious way and I wouldn't be surprised if...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    True it's not all about gas, and Russian trade & investments will be a thing to take into account, but don't overstate the importance of Russia in the European market, or the importance of Germany in...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    So the plot thickens.....

    Regardless, it's what Anker says, cutting off the gas won't hurt Europe that much because of the mild winter and decent reservers, but also because Europe has much more...
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    Re: Crimea secedes, Russia deploys troops, Ukraine region on brink of war

    Oh yes, win the election do whatever you want in your term of office. That's a perfectly good model that stimulates good government. No, if the government messes up and faces an uprising this big,...
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    Re: Crimea secedes, Russia deploys troops, Ukraine region on brink of war

    Fine, entails then. And we know that support for the Government hit rock bottom and that it was a popular uprising, not one made by a minority.
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    Re: Crimea secedes, Russia deploys troops, Ukraine region on brink of war

    Oh by all means yes, and successful ones too. You'll never see me defending America's geopolitical history here.
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    Re: Crimea secedes, Russia deploys troops, Ukraine region on brink of war

    Being greek, I assume you now what democracy means. It means that if 50% of the country no longer support the Government it's time to step down and go for new elections.



    True, though I'd say...
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    Re: Crimea secedes, Russia deploys troops, Ukraine region on brink of war

    It terms of legitimations it would've been a far better option, and I would certainly tone down my rethoric against the Russians should the Crimeans call for Russian protection, this time it just...
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    Re: Crimea secedes, Russia deploys troops, Ukraine region on brink of war

    And was there any real threat to Crimean regions? I don't recall so. Such requiest for militarily was pre-empitive at the least.
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    Re: Crimea secedes, Russia deploys troops, Ukraine region on brink of war

    Democraticly elected government. The democratic aspect of a fair election has been questioned, and the last few months of protesting clearly showed that the democratic support of the government has...
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    Re: Kiev in flames.Police moves to clear up protesters

    Calling Putin a dictatorial A-hole doesn't quite cut it, the world is quite aware of that already.
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    Re: Crimea secedes, Russia deploys troops, Ukraine region on brink of war

    Well, I'd say the ball is actually in the court of the western powers, though Ukraine could kick off prematurely. In everything else I'd say you're likely to be right.



    Oh come on, If Crimea...
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    Re: Kiev in flames.Police moves to clear up protesters

    This matter is purely geopolitical in nature. Not acting strongly will give Russia a carte blanche in any similar situation, which are bound to pop up the the near future, knowing that the west will...
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    Re: Kiev in flames.Police moves to clear up protesters

    I've always found ZeroHedge to be 'dodgy' in terms of reliability. Even if the US would react militarily, such decision wouldn't be made within 1-2 days.
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    Re: Crimea secedes, Russia deploys troops, Ukraine region on brink of war

    It's not genocide, it's an invasion and an outright violation of international law. Yes, the Crimeans like the Russians, but that doesn't give them the right to intervene militarily in foreign...
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    Re: Crimea secedes, Russia deploys troops, Ukraine region on brink of war

    Though I don't think any of the involved factions are out for a full-scale war, yet it could however escalate quickly should Ukraine act out on it's own. Though in the current situation I think...
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    Re: Kiev in flames.Police moves to clear up protesters

    Said trump card is not that strong anymore, especially the EU has worked hard to reduce its dependence on Russian Gas. I'd need a quote, but I recently read that now StatOil (A Norwegian company)...
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    Re: Kiev in flames.Police moves to clear up protesters

    An actual full-scale war isn't yet likely to happen, unless Ukraine is going to respond militarily, but even in that case it's likely going to gather enough allies first which means the EU and the US...
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    Re: Kiev in flames.Police moves to clear up protesters

    Oh, Ukraine got into a tug of war between the EU and the Russian federation and both sides have done their best to influence the situation in Ukraine to their best interests. I'm not picking sides...
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    Re: Kiev in flames.Police moves to clear up protesters

    To my perception the only valid response would be full military mobilisation by western powers like the US the EU and NATO. Any other diplomatic threat will (rightfully) flal on death ears. If the US...
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    Toilet paper is a pain to plumbing systems in any nation..... I think that at the next Olympics female journalists complain they can't throw their feminine hygiene products in there either.
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    Incentives? Neh, to American. What about school programs on primary schools that aid in familiarizing youth with Beta type studies. Both genders need stimulus in that direction anyway.



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