WHAT SANCTIONS? Russia’s investment rating just got upgraded

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Under President Vladimir V Putin’s leadership, the country has gradually improved since the peak of the sanctions crisis near the end of 2015. The rating change means that Russia is no longer considered as “junk” investment territory. The Financial Times reports that S&P attributed the upgrade to the country’s “prudent policy response” taken in response to the sanctions.  The analysts further said this:

The ratings are supported by Russia’s commitment to conservative macroeconomic management, its strong net external asset position, low government debt, and relatively high monetary flexibility, including the flexible exchange rate regime. The ratings are constrained by our assessment of Russia’s economy, which remains dependent on revenues from oil and gas exports, as well as by wider institutional and regulatory weaknesses. Further constraints include geopolitical tension, and resulting international sanctions, creating a drag on Russia’s long-term economic growth prospects.”

The S&P rating lift takes Russia into what is considered stable investment territory.

https://theduran.com/sanctions-continue-to-work-in-russias-favor-as-investment-rating-is-raised/

Ukraine passes Donbass ‘reintegration’ law, effectively terminating Minsk peace accord

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Long have the Minsk Agreements been dead in the spirit of the law, but now they are practically dead in letter as well.

http://russiafeed.com/and-so-it-begins-donbass-reintegration-law-heralds-dark-days-ahead/

https://www.rt.com/politics/420045-russian-senators-blame-west/

Ukrainian military forces have already violated the ceasefire on a daily basis, and therefore it seems that they never had any intention to actually implement it:

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It’s no surprise that the Kiev regime, which has always hated Minsk, would violate these accords, with their Neo-Nazi marches and rabid ultra-nationalism:

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According to the Minsk Agreements, the conflict in East Ukraine is a civil war, a conflict within the territory of a single state:

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Anyone with basic knowledge of Russian and Ukrainian history understands that Ukraine and Russia have been from the inception, and for centuries one people:

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According to Minsk II Agreement, Russia is not mentioned as a party to any conflict, and the parties of the conflict, which are expected to peacefully negotiate with each other are the Ukrainian government and the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.  The regions are considered “temporarily occupied territories.” But in this case, occupied by whom? Their own citizens? No, generally speaking, when we speak of occupied territories, we are referring to territories occupied by another state.

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The new law considers Donbass merely an object to be won in battle, and the voices of Donbass people irrelevant.

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Kiev must talk to Donbass!

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What is the point of the Minsk Agreements then, which begin by stressing a cease-fire, and withdrawal of heavy weapons, and dialog between Kiev and Donbass? According to the new law, Russia is the aggressor, Donbass is Ukraine, and Ukraine has the right to capture Donbass by military force.

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One can only hope this is mere sabre rattling by Poroshenko, to boost his steadily declining rating, and this does not herald the start of more bloodshed:

The Russian Upper House has denounced a new Ukrainian law on the reintegration of Donbass as a step towards new war, and has accused Western nations of instigating the Ukrainian armed conflict:

Ukraine on Fire (Oliver Stone)

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Ukraine. Across its eastern border is Russia and to its west-Europe. For centuries, it has been at the center of a tug-of-war between powers seeking to control its rich lands and access to the Black Sea. 2014’s Maidan Massacre triggered a bloody uprising that ousted president Viktor Yanukovych and painted Russia as the perpetrator by Western media. But was it? “Ukraine on Fire” by Igor Lopatonok provides a historical perspective for the deep divisions in the region which lead to the 2004 Orange Revolution, 2014 uprisings, and the violent overthrow of democratically elected Yanukovych. Covered by Western media as a people’s revolution, it was in fact a coup d’état scripted and staged by nationalist groups and the U.S. State Department. Investigative journalist Robert Parry reveals how U.S.-funded political NGOs and media companies have emerged since the 80s replacing the CIA in promoting America’s geopolitical agenda abroad.

Pentagon admits zero evidence of E. Ghouta chem attack – but blames Russia all the same

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The Pentagon admits it used NGO reports on alleged recent chemical attacks in Syria and cannot confirm if they even took place. The lack of evidence, however, did not get in the way of the latest Russia blame game galore.

https://on.rt.com/9024

US blames Russia for latest chemical incident in Syria, regardless of who carried it out:

https://www.rt.com/news/416775-tillerson-russia-chemical-incident/

 

 

Women Are Free, and Armed, in Kurdish-Controlled Northern Syria

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By law, every government institution in Kurdish-controlled Syria has a co-president or co-chairman of each sex, and most government boards and committees have to be equally mixed by gender as well — except for women’s institutions, which are led by only women.  “There are always men thinking that women are slaves, but when women are an armed force, men are scared of them,” said Arzu Demir, the Turkish author of a book on the Y.P.J. militias.