CS. It did not take long for Putin to start its retaliation against the sanctions and excuse was presented by JP Morgan's block of some payments on the grounds that Bank Rossii was involved in transaction. Bank Rossii was on the list of sanctions and even its issued international credit cards were declined after that. Mr Putin said that he will open his personal account in that bank and now it became really personal. We are not judging who is right in all this mess created by CIA vs KGB 2014 War Games, but ultimately aimed to push China from its path of Dangerously Fast Rising Into Power by all means possible including the last asset of the Falling Empire - Military Industrial Complex. We are just observing the outcome.
For us this action from Russian Largest Bank is the sign of US Dollar Exit flashing Red to everybody who is watching. Any Exit will not be even contemplated without China supporting it - we guess some arrangements are in place already. Putin is looking to reallocated Russian Oil and Gas, Metals and Agricultural Commodities towards Asia: China and India particularly.
So far China was benefiting from all these Ukraine games by playing "The Smart Monkey Watching Two Tigers' Fight": by abstaining in UN's vote, but treating Michelle Obama during her "family visit" at the highest level at the same time. China is more than happy to buy Copper and Copper projects at the lower price, Chinese are buying the record amount of Gold and now will have the upper hand on pricing in the ongoing long negotiations on Oil and Gas supply to China, which are reported to be concluded in May.
Next moves will be very interesting to say at least. Western Equity markets are levitating without any reflection of reality of the underlining economy and all it takes now to bring these Currency Wars to the next level is for Putin to announce that All Russian Commodities will be traded Not In US Dollars and any pricing and transactions in US Dollar will be prohibited by Russian Central Bank. Next move could be the pricing and transactions in Gold based currency which is so well explained by James Rickards.
Russia has already announced the creation of its own payment system not depending on the western financial institutions. White House Hawks are better take notice now as their push to isolate Russia can succeed and Russia can take into "isolation" China, India and other BRICS Club countries with a good half of the world population. Wall Street can survive for a while rigging what is left from the financial markets, but once all Cloud and Mobile Games IPO will be sold to Muppets people will be asking for Food on the streets. As for the "Isolated" - just check your iPhone. Was it Made in China - we guess? The Isolated Club will have all commodities and technology available to prosper. Who will be left behind in the end?
How China Fooled The World ... And Will Do It Again.
"This documentary brings the very important perspective to the China's economic miracle. We do agree that Collapse of China will be nothing less spectacular than its Rise, but will it ever happen? Nobody questions that the growth above 10% is unsustainable, but will anything "less amazing" like 7.0% -7.5% will Crash China? Western media would like us all to believe so. We are not convinced. Timing is very suspicious. West is desperate for another War, for anything to fight for ... with its last Empire attribute left - The Military Industrial Complex. Whether it is Syria, Ukraine or even China does not really matter. Whatever it takes to keep the party going."
Russian Retaliation #1: Russia Largest Bank Halts Foreign Currency Loans
It didn't take long for Russia to launch the first retaliatory salvo against the unexpected JPMorgan "act of aggression." Moments ago Bloomberg just reported that Sberbank, the largest bank in Russia and all of Eastern Europe, just halted the issuance of consumer loans in foreign currency. Bloomberg adds that "Sberbank, Russia's biggest lender, holds 43.3% of nation's consumer deposits, 32.7% of consumer loans and 32.1% of corporate loans."
Why is this important? Well, it is possible that the biggest Russian bank is running low on foreign reserves with which to issue non-ruble loans, which is rather unlikely for a bank which is defacto part of the Russian financial system. Still, it would be problematic if Russia is indeed telegraphing its commodity-export driven economy is suddenly low on Dollars and/or Europe's artificial, life-supported currency.
And then there is another possibility: as we explained yesterday, "what JPM may have just done is launch a preemptive strike which would have the equivalent culmination of a SWIFT blockade of Russia, the same way Iran was neutralized from the Petrodollar and was promptly forced to begin transacting in Rubles, Yuan and, of course, gold in exchange for goods and services either imported or exported." And this: "One wonders: is JPM truly that intent in preserving its "pristine" reputation of not transacting with "evil Russians", that it will gladly light the fuse that takes away Russia's choice whether or not to depart the petrodollar voluntarily, and makes it a compulsory outcome, which incidentally will merely accelerate the formalization of the Eurasian axis of China, Russia and India."
Judging by the first retaliation, which just showed what Russia thinks of the petrodollar regime by voluntarily isolating itself from it, this is certainly a growing possibility."