Crimea





MH17 downed by Russian military Missile System, say Investigators - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "a Russian military missile was responsible for shooting down flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014 !!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "an international team of investigators said on Thursday - for the first time pointing the finger directly at Russia  !!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the international team: evidence shows missile came from a Russia-based unit !!!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur - when it was shot down over the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine on 17 July 2014 - all 298 people onboard were killed"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in 2016, investigators announced they had evidence that the BUK system involved in the incident had crossed the border into eastern Ukraine"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "from Russia !!! - and returned after the plane had been shot down !!!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "at a press conference in The Hague, the investigators showed photo and video evidence that they said proved they had identified the specific BUK missile system responsible"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "they said they had "legal and convincing evidence which will stand up in a courtroom" - that the BUK system involved came from the 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade based in Kursk, in western Russia"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "after a series of Russian media claims of Ukrainian responsibility - were all shown to be false !!! - Moscow appears to have settled on the idea that it was “impossible to tell” which side was responsible"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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G7 warn of tougher Sanctions against Russia - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "the Group of seven G7, Barack Obama, and European leaders - warn the Kremlin !!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "of tougher economic sanctions !!!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "unless Russia stopped facilitating violence in eastern Ukraine !!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we stand ready to intensify sanctions !!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and to consider significant additional restrictive measures to impose further costs on Russia !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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the Days of Empire and Spheres of Influence are over - Washington Times: LINK ¤ WASHINGTON TIMES

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  • US President Barack Obama: "we stand together because we believe"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that people and nations have the right to determine their own destiny"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "bigger nations must not be allowed to bully the small"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "or impose their will at the barrel of a gun"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we refuse to allow the dark tactics of the 20th century"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to define the 21st"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "further Russian provocations will only mean more isolation and costs for Russia"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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US to boost Military in Europe in wake of Ukraine Crisis
- the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "Barack Obama has pledged a billion-dollar military programme of reinforcements in Europe"

 

 

 

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  • "to assuage east European alarm at the Kremlin's expansionist ambitions following the Ukraine crisis"

 

 

 

 

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  • "to rotate more US troops in and out of Poland, to strengthen air patrols over the Baltic"

 

 

 

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  • "and to beef up naval operations in the Black Sea off the Russian and Ukrainian coasts"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sanctions against Russia - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "people familiar with the US treasury department playbook, and the financial weaknesses of the Russian economy, say"

 

 

 

 

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  • "there are far more aggressive and dangerous gambits available as Washington seeks to retaliate against Moscow for its assault on eastern Ukraine"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the US could use presidential orders or a provision of the Patriot Act"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to freeze Russian institutions"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "out of the international financial system"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "cutting off some of their major institutions, or even oligarchs and their networks"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "you have the ripple effect of the European private sector deciding that they are not going to do business with the entities"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "such a move could be devastating for Russia, which is more dependent on the dollar than almost any other emerging market"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "90% of Russia's exports are traded in the greenback"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and add an anti-kleptocracy campaign against the Russian elite"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to include the president himself and his inner circle"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "then you have a very aggressive campaign"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the effects would cascade down the economy, as banks and firms struggled to raise funds"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to roll over debts worth US$ 193bn that need to be refinanced"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "if they can't refinance then it means higher interest rates, it means less investment"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it means less and less growth, and more capital flight and pressure on the rouble"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Russia raises Gas Prices by 80 Percent - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "Russia announced two price hikes in gas for Ukraine"

 

 

 

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  • "taking it up to US$ 485.50"

 

 

 

 

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  • "Gazprom's CEO, Alexei Miller, said that Ukraine had received huge savings on gas based on its agreement to prolong the so-called Kharkov agreements"

 

 

 

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  • "by which Russia retained the right to base its Black Sea fleet in Crimea"

 

 

 

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  • "the agreement, signed in 2010, extended the lease from 2017 to 2042"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Russia ousted from Group of 8 - New York Times: LINK ¤ the NEW YORK TIMES

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  • "the United States and its closest allies"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "cast Russia out of the Group of 8 industrialized democracies (G8)"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "President Obama and the leaders of Canada, Japan and Europe’s four strongest economies"

 

 

 

 

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  • "punished President Putin for his lightning annexation of Crimea"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "having Russia as part of that group since 1998 was meant to signal cooperation between East and West"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "they will boycott a Group of 8 meeting planned for Sochi"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Putin’s Black Sea showcase for the recent Winter Olympics"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the seven countries will instead gather by themselves in Brussels"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we will suspend our participation in the G8 until Russia changes course"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the seven countries declared"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the G8 was something Putin wanted to be part of"

 

 

 

 

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  • "for him a symbol of being part of the big-boy club, the great power club"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Putin took membership in the group so seriously"

 

 

 

 

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  • "that he went all out when it came time for Russia to host the annual meeting for the first time"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "he rebuilt a broken-down czarist-era palace outside his hometown, St. Petersburg"

 

 

 

 

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  • "adding a series of new mansions to the grounds for each leader to stay in"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Russia faces Recession - Bloomberg:
LINK ¤ BLOOMBERG

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  • "sanctions imposed by the US and the European Union are pushing Russia toward a recession"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "as the intensity of their economic penalties increases"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "banks including state-run VTB Capital say the world’s ninth-biggest economy"

 

 

 

 

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  • "will shrink for at least two quarters"

 

 

 

 

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  • "rattle markets, curb investment and raise the cost of borrowing"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the ones who’ll pay the bill for this aggression"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "will be the Russian people"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "there’s a huge difference between the economic force of the EU and the US, and that of Russia"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Russia’s Micex stock index has plunged 13.7 percent this year"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "investors pulled out US$ 5.5 billion from Russian equities and bonds"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings cut their outlook on Russia’s credit grade to negative"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the current situation in the economy "bears clear signs of a crisis," said Deputy Economy Minister Sergei Belyakov"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Russia will dip into a recession in the second and third quarters"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "domestic demand is set to halt on the uncertainty shock and tighter financial conditions"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Russia’s central bank unexpectedly raised its benchmark interest rate by 150 basis points"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Russia may shun foreign debt markets because of higher borrowing costs"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Finance Minister Anton Siluanov:"

 

 

 

 

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  • "some people say these sanctions won’t affect Russia’s financial system but they already are"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the ruble is down 8.4 percent against the dollar"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "capital outflows from Russia reach US$ 70 billion in the first quarter"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Herman Gref, Sberbank-CEO: "outflows of US$ 100 billion would risk zero growth"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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to settle the Ukraine Crisis, start at the End - Henry A. Kissinger: LINK ¤ WASHINGTON POST

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  • "far too often the Ukrainian issue is posed as a showdown"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "whether Ukraine joins the East or the West"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but if Ukraine is to survive and thrive, it must not be either side’s outpost against the other"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it should function as a bridge between them"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Russia must accept that to try to force Ukraine into a satellite status"

 

 

 

 

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  • "would doom Moscow to repeat its history of self-fulfilling cycles of reciprocal pressures"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the West must understand that, to Russia, Ukraine can never be just a foreign country"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the Ukrainians are the decisive element"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "they live in a country with a complex history and a polyglot composition"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the west is largely Catholic"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the east largely Russian Orthodox"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the west speaks Ukrainian, the east speaks mostly Russian"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "any attempt by one wing of Ukraine to dominate the other"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "as has been the pattern - would lead eventually to a break up"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "a wise policy toward Ukraine seeks a way for the two parts of the country"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to cooperate with each other"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we should seek reconciliation, not the domination of a faction"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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leaders of all sides should return to examining outcomes
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  • 1.: "Ukraine has the right to choose freely its economic and political associations"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • 2.: "Ukraine should not join Nato"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • 3.: "Ukraine should be free to create any government compatible with the expressed will of its people"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "wise Ukrainian leaders would then opt for a policy of reconciliation between the various parts of their country"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • 4.: "it is incompatible with the rules of the existing world order for Russia to annex Crimea"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to that end, Russia recognizes Ukraine’s sovereignty over Crimea"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and Ukraine should reinforce Crimea’s autonomy in elections held in the presence of international observers"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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G7 drohen mit härteren Sanktionen gegen Russlandd
- der Standard: LINK ¤ der STANDARD

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  • "die G7 verurteilt die anhaltende Verletzung der Souveränität und territorialen Unversehrtheit der Ukraine durch Russland"

 

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  • "Russlands illegale Annektierung der Krim und Aktionen zur Destabilisierung der Lage in der Ostukraine sind unannehmbar und müssen beendet werden"

 

 

 

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  • "Russland soll seine Streitkräfte vollständig von der ukrainischen Grenze zurückziehen und den Zustrom von Waffen und Aktivisten in das Nachbarland stoppen"

 

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  • "die Staats- und Regierungschefs drohen mit weiteren Sanktionen, um den Preis, den Russland zu zahlen hat, zu erhöhen"

 

 

 

 

 

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US baut militärische Präsenz in Osteuropa aus - der Standard: LINK ¤ der STANDARD

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  • "die USA stocken als Reaktion auf die russische Ukraine-Politik ihre Truppen in Osteuropa auf"

 

 

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  • "dafür werden eine Milliarde US-Dollar (735 Millionen Euro) bereitgestellt"

 

 

 

 

 

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Russlands Wirtschaft stagniert - der Standard: LINK ¤ der STANDARD

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  • "die ökonomischen Auswirkungen des Konfliktes greifen auf Russland über"

 

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  • "bereits eingesetzt hat eine Kapitalflucht, allein im ersten Quartal haben Investoren und Anleger 64 Milliarden Dollar abgezogen"

 

 

 

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  • "dieser Trend dürfte anhalten. Die russische Wirtschaft wird laut EBRD heuer nicht wachsen"

 

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  • "die Sorge vor weiteren Sanktionen verunsichert zahlreiche Unternehmen und Konsumenten"

 

 

 

 

 

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Russland erhöht Gaspreise um 80 Prozent - der Standard: LINK ¤ der STANDARD

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  • "Russland hat den Preis für Gaslieferungen um 80 Prozent"

 

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  • "auf 485,5 Dollar pro 1.000 Kubikmeter angehoben"

 

 

 

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  • "zudem forderte Gazprom ausstehende Zahlungen für bereits geliefertes Gas in Höhe von 2,2 Milliarden Dollar"

 

 

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  • "Russland hatte der Ukraine in einem 2010 geschlossenen Abkommen Preisnachlässe für Erdgas gewährt"

 

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  • "im Gegenzug für die Nutzung des Hafens Sewastopol auf der Krim durch die russische Schwarzmeerflotte"

 

 

 

 

 

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Russlands Wirtschaft - der Standard: LINK ¤ der STANDARD

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  • "Investoren fliehen regelrecht aus Russland. Der Kreml selbst rechnet mit einem massiven Kapitalabfluss"

 

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  • "im ersten Quartal wurden bis zu 70 Milliarden Dollar abgezogen"

 

 

 

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  • "Russland sagte bereits die vierte Auktion von Staatsanleihen in Folge ab"

 

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  • "schon seit Wochen steigen die Risikoaufschläge"

 

 

 

 

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  • Ökonom Anders Aslund: "das Handeln Putins ist ein ökonomisches Desaster. Putin ist verrückt"

 

 

 

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  • "Russland ist nicht in der Position"

 

 

 

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  • "derart arrogant zu agieren"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "auch was die Energie betrifft, ist Russlands Vorgehen schlicht selbstschädigend"

 

 

 

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  • "die Hälfte der Gasexporte geht durch die Ukraine"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Krim Krise - der Standard: LINK ¤ der STANDARD

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  • der frühere US-Außenminister Henry Kissinger: "man muss die Sache nur vom Ende her denken"

 

 

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  • "dann wird einem schnell klar, dass die Ukraine nur ein Land sein kann"

 

 

 

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  • "das sich historisch-politisch"

 

 

 

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  • "zwischen Europa und Russland positioniert"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "alle Fantasien von EU- oder Nato-Beitritt sind ebenso zurückzustellen wie eine Teilung des Landes"

 

 

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  • "das Gebot der Stunde in der Ukraine ist es"

 

 

 

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  • "wie man die Aussöhnung der Ukrainer befördert"

 

 

 

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  • "zwischen West und Ost, zwischen den Sprachgruppen, zwischen den Religionen und Volksgruppen"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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CRIMEA - Wikipedia EN: LINK ¤ CRIMEA

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  • "the Ukrainian Crimean Peninsula is a major land mass on the northern coast of the Black Sea, that is almost completely surrounded by water"
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