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Saturday, 17 January 2015

Russia Might Lift Food Import Ban from Greece if it Quits EU



On Friday, Minister of Agriculture N V Fyodorov told a news conference in Berlin that Russia might lift its ban on food imports from Greece if it quits the EU. Fyodorov is leading an official Russian delegation to the International Green Week public exhibition for the food, agriculture, and gardening industry. He said, “If Greece has to leave the EU, we’d build our own relations with it, we won’t apply the food ban to it”. He said that EU countries pinched from the slump in exports of foods to Russia asked Russia to cushion the impacts of Russian food import bans by expanding other types of imports, noting, “We’re looking at such possibilities… these countries offered new formats of coöperation in those areas that aren’t covered by Russian food sanctions. As concerns possible new sanctions, we aren’t looking at any such proposals from any structures”.

Earlier on Friday, Fyodorov met with his German counterpart, Christian Schmidt to discuss possible expansion of coöperation and mutual trade in agricultural products. The two ministers agreed that Russia and Germany might expand mutual trade in food products even under current laws. Schmidt said, “We can’t solve pressing political problems, but we can maintain dialogue in the current conditions. We can make trade between our countries more intensive”. Fyodorov shared this opinion, saying, “[The Berlin exhibition] was a non-political event working on problems of food security. We discussed possible expansion of coöperation and mutual trade in agricultural products and agreed to work in the new conditions strictly within the current legislation of Russia, the TS EvrAsES, Germany, and the EU”. Schmidt told journalists, “The dialogue was intensive and concrete; we spoke about how we can develop our cooperation”. Ahead of the International Green Week, German media reported that Schmidt planned to raise the subject of possible mitigation of Russia’s food sanctions at his meeting with his Russian counterpart.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, since August 2014, German exports of foods to Russia dropped by 23 percent, or 500 million USD (32.6 billion Roubles. 3.1 billion Renminbi. 30.8 billion INR. 600 million CAD. 608 million AUD. 433 million Euros. 330 million UK Pounds). At that time, Russia imposed measures to respond to economic sanctions from the USA, Australia, Canada, the EU, and Norway. Thus, Russia banned the import of fruit, vegetables, and milk and dairy products from these countries for one year. Some types of ready-to-eat meat and fish products (but not sausages) didn’t fall under the ban.

16 January 2015



Saturday, 4 January 2014

4 January 2014. Armenian Frontal Aviation… One Reason Why Armenia Chose the TS EvrAsES and NOT the EU

00 Armenian Mi-24 attack helicopter. 04.01.14


00 Armenian Mi-24 attack helicopter 01. 04.01.14


00 Armenian Mi-24 attack helicopter 02. 04.01.14


00 Patriarch Kirill & Catholicos Karekin in Yerevan. 04.01.14

Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias and Catholicos Karekin Nersessian of all Armenians at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin of the Armenian Apostolic Church at the monument to the Russian war dead in the Russo-Persian War in Yerevan ARMENIA


00 Russia and Armenia... Friends Forever! 04.01.14


The above images are of Mil Mi-24 assault helicopters of Armenian Frontal Aviation. Armenia is in a rough-ass neighbourhood, with hostiles on its borders. Ergo, it behoves them to cleave to those who’ll have their back in the clutch. Russia has always stood by Armenia. Indeed, the Mi-24 is a Russian-made craft. Recently, Armenia chose to join the TS EvrAsES NOT the EU… that pissed off the Americans mightily. Well, I’d say that the Armenians made the only sane decision open to them, given their situation. Armenia is safe because Russian forces are inside the country. To be blunt, the USA wouldn’t guarantee Armenia against Turkey and Azerbaijan. Indeed, given American actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, and American indifference to Turkish and Azerbaijani pogroms against Christians, Armenia faced a no-brainer. Would they join with Russia, who WOULD help them when the shit hit the fan, or, should they join with the USA, who’d leave them to the tender mercies of the Turks and Azerbaijanis? After all, Armenia doesn’t want a repeat of 1915!

Armenia did the only thing open to it. Besides, both Russia and Armenia are part of the Orthosphere. Why count on strangers when the neighbours are at hand? Russia and Armenia… friends forever!


Friday, 3 January 2014

Armenia to Become Full Member of TS EvrAsES in 2014

00 Tatev Monastery. ARMENIA. Russia and Armenia Friends


On Wednesday, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said that his country would join the Customs Union of the Eurasian Economic Community (TS EvrAsES) this year. He said in his televised New Year speech, “I’m sure that we’d become a full member of the Customs Union this year. It’d create a new environment for Armenia, in which it’d have better protection and be more competitive”. In September, Armenia decided to join the TS EvrAsES. It signed a preliminary agreement towards this on 24 December. In early December, Russia and Armenia signed an intergovernmental agreement to cancel export duties on natural gas, oil products, and rough diamonds shipped to the South Caucasus nation.

1 January 2014



Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Lavrov Condemns Pressure on the Ukraine to Turn Towards the EU… Azarov Sez Russian Deal Saved the Ukraine from Collapse

00 Putin meets with Yanukovich in Moscow RF. 18.12.13


On Wednesday, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov said that the blatant attempts to pressure the Ukraine into signing an association agreement with the EU surprised Russia. He said that the pressure was continuing despite Kiev’s clear choice to develop closer ties with Moscow. He spoke a day after President Vladimir Putin agreed to cut the price of Russian natural gas exported to the Ukraine by a third from 400 USD (13,180 Roubles. 426 CAD. 450 AUD. 291 Euros. 245 UK Pounds) per 1,000 cubic metres to 268.50 USD (8,850 Roubles. 286 CAD. 302 AUD. 196 Euros. 164 UK Pounds). Russia would also buy 15 billion USD (495 billion Roubles. 16 billion CAD. 16.9 billion AUD. 11 billion Euros. 9.2 billion UK Pounds) of Ukrainian debt in Eurobonds in a deal struck in Moscow with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich. Ukrainian Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov said that the “historic” agreement saved his country from imminent economic default and social collapse.

Lavrov told Russian lawmakers “We’re surprised by the attempts to put blatant pressure on the Ukrainian government, which continue despite the decisions taken in Moscow”. Ukrainian opposition leaders and EU official criticised the deal as a half-measure that failed to address the urgent need for economic reforms in the country, which they argue only EU integration could achieve. Lavrov said, “They demand that Kiev make a ‘free’ choice in favour of the EU”. However, he added, these demands clearly contradicted the right of a sovereign state to resolve the situation by itself and to act in accordance with its national laws and interests. Lavrov noted, “Our position is based on respect for the sovereign choice made by the Ukrainian people”.

The Ukraine became the focus of a diplomatic tug-of-war between Russia and the EU. Last month, the former Soviet republic stunned EU leaders by announcing that it was giving up pursuit of an association agreement that would strengthen trade and political links with the EU, and would instead seek closer ties with the Customs Union of the Eurasian Economic Community (TS EvrAsES). Lavrov said after a meeting with his EU counterparts on Monday that the sides agreed that they should respect the Ukraine’s sovereignty, and that people should have a free choice over the future development of their country.


On Wednesday, Ukrainian Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov said that the economic deal that the Ukraine signed with Moscow on Tuesday helped the country to stave off an imminent threat of economic and social collapse. Azarov said at a government meeting in defence of Kiev’s decision to establish closer ties with Moscow rather than Brussels, “What awaited the Ukraine? The answer’s clear… bankruptcy and social collapse”. The Ukrainian rejection of the EU deal prompted mass protests and threw the country into a political crisis, with hundreds of thousands attending rallies demanding the dissolution of the government and early elections. Both the EU and Moscow accused each other of using strong-arm tactics to secure economic ties with Kiev.

18 December 2013



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