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Russian troops return to bases after exercises, world stocks rise

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  • Rhinoish
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    wth Putin, I wanted cheaper stocks tomorrow. shopping list still has a few names on it.
    4 Mar, 02:46 AM Reply Like
  • SharkDude
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    ???????? This has nothing to do with Crimea. In fact maybe they stopped the exercise to prepare for something in Ukraine. Damn, the mkt will rally on anything. Putin could have announced a new lasagna recipe and the mkt would have rallied.
    4 Mar, 02:59 AM Reply Like
  • Rseye
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    Thanks Putin (ERUS) ...
    4 Mar, 03:03 AM Reply Like
  • filipo
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    Gazprom announced that it's natural gaz deliveries to the EU would become problematic if and when there would be sanctions from the part of that EU.
    Putin has every reason to keep Russian control over Ukraine. It's the key to Russian exports and to Russian foreign policy.
    Take that key away and Russia falls back into pre-Peter the Great-conditions.
    That is a reality everyone should be conscious of, Kerry included.
    4 Mar, 03:37 AM Reply Like
  • bobhairgrove
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    Ties of Russia to Kiev and the Ukraine go much farther back than Peter the Great. The modern peoples of Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia all claim the old Kievan Rus', established in the 9th century, as their cultural inheritance. It was where Christianity was introduced to that area of the world. That is another big reason why Russia has a hard time letting go, although the modern-day economic reasons are also compelling.
    4 Mar, 04:04 AM Reply Like
  • filipo
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    bob,
    That's why I wrote PRE-...
    http://bit.ly/1f0b0BC)
    Peter the Great created the Russian navy.
    4 Mar, 04:25 AM Reply Like
  • fred1724
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    Russia owned Crimea for 171 years. soviets gave it to Ukraine SSR in 1954. I think Putin will not invade the rest of Ukraine. He will just keep Crimea making sure his only warm water port and major naval base is not part of a possible NATO member.
    4 Mar, 12:17 PM Reply Like
  • filipo
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    fred,
    "I think Putin will not invade the rest of Ukraine."
    I'm not so sure.
    East and South Ukraine's population is in majority Russian.
    Here's a map that gives you an idea of how that 44 m society is divided and where Russians / Ukrainians live:
    http://bit.ly/1g8dyOP
    Putin has reasons to protect these Russians in these areas as well.
    Rather a complex situation.
    In my opinion, better split that nasty business like they did in Tsjechia and Slowakia. It appears though that the powers that be (Putin, Merkel...) are strongly opposed to a division for whatever reason.

     

    In this crisis there's more at stake than just that unpaid gas bill or than the geopolitical importance of the gas pipelines.
    It's Ukraine as a Russian window to the world and it's demographic sensitivities (once again....)
    4 Mar, 03:14 PM Reply Like
  • luizinga
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    I hope Natural Gas weakens too. I am long on DGAZ
    4 Mar, 05:23 AM Reply Like
  • filipo
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    luiz,
    Imo there's little chance NG will decrease in price the coming months.
    4 Mar, 06:41 AM Reply Like
  • Krakin
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    Putin,China and the mullahs realize there is no one to stop them from seizing control of their areas of interest.it should come as no surprise to anyone.there is now no nation or group of nations that can keep these bad actors honest given our poor leadership on the world stage.
    4 Mar, 09:01 AM Reply Like
  • Tricky
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    Just as no one can stop the US from engaging in rough play within our area of interest. It's what great powers do.
    4 Mar, 09:41 AM Reply Like
  • COBeeMan
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    Being a world leader and being a world police force are totally different concepts that you seem to have confused.
    4 Mar, 11:03 AM Reply Like
  • bobhairgrove
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    "There is now no nation or group of nations that can keep these bad actors honest given our poor leadership on the world stage."

     

    What is your definition of "bad actors"? I think that there is a big grey area today, whereas 75 years ago it was much easier to determine who was a "bad actor".

     

    How much leadership was necessary to be against Hitler in WW2? He was, indeed, the BAD GUY ... didn't take much to be against that one! Winston Churchill made the immortal comment that he would make a pact with the devil himself in order to defeat Hitler (or words similar to that) in justifying his alliance with Communist Russia.

     

    Today, people are crying about "poor leadership", whereas in reality, it takes great leadership *NOT* to jump into a conflict unless all the bases are covered.
    4 Mar, 11:03 AM Reply Like
  • filipo
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    bob,
    "whereas 75 years ago it was much easier to determine who was a "bad actor"."
    Indeed, Hitler made that very easy to figure out.
    He actually caused more hardship to the Germans than the Allies did.
    All Germany wanted was more influence and Hitler saw military action as the only option. That was his mistake and that's why I call WWII the most useless world conflict ever.
    Nowadays Germany gets more influence in a very smooth way that nobody objects -economically- because everyone profits.

     

    "it takes great leadership *NOT* to jump into a conflict unless all the bases are covered."
    Spot on. Plus, I wouldn't call nowadays Putin a new Hitler.
    The difference is Hitler wanted territory that wasn't his while Putin only wants to protect the degradation of the Russian republic.
    I'm not a great fan of Putin, I don't like his style at all, but in this case, I think he has reason to be upset.
    All he has to do is grant more political rights to the Ukrainian part of the population.
    4 Mar, 03:31 PM Reply Like
  • COBeeMan
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    How about Putin taking out a long term triple net "lease" on the mostly Russian part of Ukrain? All responsibility, expenses, and revenues in that area would then become Russian for the duration of the lease. They can even put it to a public vote of those who would be affected. That way everybody wins!
    4 Mar, 04:08 PM Reply Like
  • Tricky
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    The most durable solution may be splitting Ukraine into 2 different countries.
    4 Mar, 04:29 PM Reply Like
  • filipo
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    Tricky,
    That's exactly what I think: they did that in Tsjechia and Slowakia and now both countries thrive and are peaceful.
    5 Mar, 03:16 AM Reply Like
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