Russia Draws a Big Red Line


Russia warns the United States that any further sanctions against Moscow would threaten their bilateral ties. Speaking on the phone, Russian President Vladimir Putin tells his American counterpart, Joe Biden, that introducing more bans would be a colossal mistake. Biden, for his part, warns Russia of a decisive response in case Moscow invades Ukraine. The 50-minute-long call is the second time the two leaders spoke directly to each other in just over three weeks. The West accuses Moscow of planning to attack Ukraine. Moscow denies the accusation, arguing that its military build-up along its border is a means of protection against NATO’s Eastward expansion. Officials from the two countries will hold security talks over the issue in January.


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  1. Andrew Armavir (Russia)
    US is able to buy from Russia due to Russia’s refusal to politicize commerce.
    US isn’t the only country that exploits this, while happily slapping whatever sanctions they’re directed to. Even when the sanctions are being placed on product’s, service’s the country need’s, and look’s totally stupid doing it. (Germany wouldn’t do anything like this Ukraine either)
    Best I can tell this is a one way street, Russia continues to trade, while these countries are total assholes. This may change in future. The Bear is beginning to get angry. Those poking the Bear grossly underestimate, in their unearned arrogance.

  2. Andrew…Yes, quite similar to the US buying Venezuelan oil while we sanction them. Funny how corporate desires overrule ‘national security’, our go-to excuse for everything.

  3. Well, with the events in Kazakhstan, it looks like the US has given it’s reply. That is, unless one believes that what is occurring there is only coincidentally similar to Chechnya, Ukraine, Syria, Libya…

  4. Pardon me, but isn’t this BS a show? Biden seriously tries to threaten Russia over US propaganda? Come on. Putin threatens ‘bi-lateral’ relations will be severed over more sanctions? Really? I mean Putin has bent over backwards in Russia’s view, but in reality Russia has re-aligned it’s entire financial networks already(debt load) and it’s economy and industry have also been revamped with new products and ventured into production they did not previously have. They have also begun their own monetary international payment scheme. It has in a few years changed their economy completely due to sanctions, almost like the US after WWII. If one were to look at it over the last 2 decades, it almost looks to have been planned. However, should there be a spat, they could stop selling us oil and rockets. Most Americans have no clue we buy this from Russia. That could hurt our ‘great’ economic powerhouse of cards. What sanctions we could impose yet remains to be seen. More like more leaning on Russian/EU partners.

    • The USA buys a lot from Russia. Somewhere directly, somewhere through shell companies. And no sanctions are imposed on these goods. And if they do, American and Russian companies find loopholes.

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