Russia Faces Extreme Challenges After Iran Deal

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Russia Faces Extreme Challenges After Iran Deal
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While the top US officials fear that Russia might attack Ukraine in the nearest future, the whole world is wondering whether European Union is going to lift the economic sanctions that are crippling the Russian economy or, on the contrary, impose more sanctions.

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However, the sanctions are not the only problem for Russia now. After world powers negotiated the framework deal with Iran, which dismantles its nuclear program in exchange for lifting economic sanctions that have worsened the state of Tehran’s economy, Russia faces new challenges for its economy.

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As a result of the deal, Iran will return to the energy market, which is likely to take down the price of oil to as little as $20 per barrel. That, in turn, means Russia will lose up to 75% of its income from energy, which equals to the collapse of the Russian economy. Brent oil current price is at around $65 per barrel.

Furthermore, the fact that Iran refuses to be a nuclear country will hurt the Russia’s nuclear sector, which has been enriching Tehran’s uranium for the past 7 years.

The number of nuclear clients of Russia is decreasing by the second. Ukraine, which has been the top client of the Russia’s nuclear sector, is posed to develop a cooperation with the US companies in order to upgrade its own nuclear infrastructure.

Russia is not stupid

However, Russia is not stupid, so it takes preventative measures and voluntarily revises its gas contracts not only with Ukraine, but also a number of other European countries in an attempt to decrease the price of gas.

And it’s not just “the Western opinion,” as the supporters of Russia would say. A great number of analytical centers of Russia forecast a drop of Russia’s main economic indicators.

Meanwhile, seeing the tragic situation in the Russian economy, the Kremlin is trying to escape the hardship by adjusting its foreign policy and strategy according to the decrease of its domestic economic numbers. As an example, Russian Gazprom offers its Chinese counterparts mutually beneficial conditions for drilling in the Western Siberia, favorable treatment and other.

The funny part is that Russia is the only one who is responsible for its own collapse (demise, if you will). The Western economic sanctions were not imposed out of the blue. And there are good chances that if Russia starts to adhering to the Minsk ceasefire agreement, the sanctions will be lifted as early as this summer.

Russia increases its presence in Ukraine and prepares to attack

However, Putin doesn’t seem so eager to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine and keeps on fueling it by supporting his pesky rebels in the region.

Putin has recently ordered to increase Russia’s military presence in Donetsk and Luhansk (both in eastern Ukraine) as well as conduct military drills and deploy air defense systems near the frontline.

Furthermore, a State Department spokeswoman, Marie Harf, said last week that there is “the highest amount of Russian air defense equipment in eastern Ukraine since August.”

Meanwhile, US Air Force General Philip Breedlove, the top NATO commander, told the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday that Russian forces have used a recent lull in fighting in Ukraine to “reset and reposition” while protecting its territory gains.

“Many of their [Russia’s] actions are consistent with preparations for another offensive,” Breedlove warned, according to The Associated Press. Breedlove acknowledged the fact that he was not able to predict the Kremlin’s next move and added that: “What we can do is learn from his [Putin’s] actions.”

Can you predict Putin’s actions?

And really, is there anybody in the world who is able to predict Putin’s actions? It has been more than a year since Russia shocked the world by ordering its troops to annex Crimea.

Later, Putin publicly said that he didn’t regret doing it, hinting that if there will be a similar opportunity, he will do the same thing. The questions is: will the world just sit and watch like it did in case with Crimea?

Despite the recent escalations in eastern Ukraine and Russia’s increased presence at the border of the two countries, the United States President Barack Obama’s administration is still uncertain about providing lethal aid to Kyiv’s government, which would help end the one-year-old conflict in Ukraine.

Although the US has recently sent its 300 troops to train and advise Ukrainian forces in Ukraine, the move is likely to escalate the fighting but not end it.

There have been numerous comments by pro-Russian rebels in Russian media that US’s decision to deploy its troops to Ukraine will only motivate them engage in more severe fighting due to their openly expressed hatred to the Americans.

It all depends on Putin now

As Obama’s softness doesn’t allow him to provide the Ukrainian government with the means of ending the conflict once and for all, it all depends on Putin. As hilarious as it sounds, but it does. It can go either way, obviously.

One of the two scenarios is Putin decides that he is done playing geopolitical games and stops viewing Ukraine as the toy of his interest, which means ending the conflict by withdrawing his troops from eastern Ukraine and ordering his rebels to come to their senses.

The second scenario is far more tragic – escalating the conflict and starting an all-out war.

And while the second scenario is more likely, the world must be prepared for any action the erratic Putin might take. It all might even resolve as early as in just a week, during the World War 2 victory celebrations on May 9.

What if Mr. Putin prepares a surprise for us and plans to end the conflict once and for all? Or will he begin the World War 3?

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Polina Tikhonova is a writer, journalist and a certified translator. Over the past 7 years, she has worked for a wide variety of top European, American, Russian, and Ukrainian media outlets. Polina holds a Master's Degree in English Philology from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Saint Petersburg State University. Her articles and news reports have been published by many newspapers, magazines, journals, blogs and online media sources across the globe. Polina is fluent in English, German, Ukrainian and Russian.
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  1. I notice that you are not disputing the facts, just frothing at the mouth and screaming “Troll” because you don’t like the truth. Well, frothing and screaming won’t jam 2,000,000 people in those streets.

  2. History was just one of my majors. Economics and political science were also included. After that, I graduated from law school and worked for seventeen years in a mid size western law firm. Since retiring, I have written several historically based novels. What have you done besides kneeling before Vladimir Putin and begging for milk?

  3. How many even vote third party? 95% of those who even make the effory to vote are brainwashed into believing that voting for anyone other than an oligogarchical candidate is a “wasted vote”. Voting third party is too revolutionary for over 95% of Americans.

  4. When intelligent and successful Americans experience the free world, they realise life is too short to live in the US. You truly are ignorant and I don’t have the time to baby sit you. Look up FATCA on Forbes or the WSJ or “The New American”. Read it and get educated or get your care giver to read it to you.

  5. Crimea is not Ukraine. The people there refused to accept the illegal government we set up in Kiev and freely voted to secede from Ukraine. Russia accepted their petition to be annexed to Russia and took over without a shot being fired – because they were legally invited to the party. If you doubt the legality, look up the word “Kosovo”. We set the precedent that any region could secede by referendum without the permission of the old country, the UN, the US, or the Pope.
    Why in the world would Russia attack Poland or Finland? Are they going to get so desperate for Polish sausage that they send the army to bring some back? It is just a dumb idea that no one but Breedhate could come up with.

  6. Russia’s friends? They have more friends that we do and, better yet, they don’t have to threaten them and bribe them to keep them in line.
    Let’s see. Start with the BRICS (Brazil,India, China, South Africa), add in Cuba and half of the countries in South America. Then we move to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia and most of the countries in that region. North Korea doesn’t count. Nobody wants them for a friend, but we can include a lot of countries in the middle east such as Syrian, Iran, Egypt.
    The countries on the non-European side get along pretty well. Belarus, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Mongolia. Most of the world just doesn’t share America’s paranoid hatred of Russia.

    Actually, Russia hasn’t threatened any of it’s neighbors, or anyone else. NATO, run by a paranoid nut from America, claims every day that Russia has threatened someone with nuclear Armageddon. Problem is, they never have. The closest that Russia has come to that is to remind America that if we attack them, they will shoot back. Not the same as threatening anyone except in Breedhate’s fevered imagination and on the pages of CNN.

  7. Who did you think the rebels were? This wasn’t two farmers and a miner taking their shotguns to war.
    On day one, the first day of the conflict, the rebel army consisted of the one third of the Ukrainian army that defected. They took their guns and tanks and artillery and Grad rockets and anti-aircraft with them. They also took over a third of all the army bases and supply depots in one of most heavily armed areas in the world. They also took a command structure and shared training with them.
    In less than two weeks, they had full time armor repair shops running 24 hours a day to refurbish and repair their tanks. You can see the weapons shops in several YouTube videos. They were, after all, in a highly industrialized weapons producing area, not in the south Bronx. Because they worked harder than the corrupt shops in Kiev, the rebels pulled ahead in useable vehicles within a few months.
    To this day, in spite of Ukrainian bombing, they have chemical plants turning out heavy shells.
    Russia sending tanks to Ukraine would be like sending ice to Greenland. They already have plenty.

  8. Only person with no BS detector could possibly believe it was so.

    Allowing just enough space around each person to sit down and turn around occasionally, two million people would occupy a space of 18,000,000 square feet (each person with 3 feet of space around him/her). 18,000,000 square feet of people, standing on streets with 15 feet of useable space (allowing a little for parked cars and buses) would fill 1,200,000 feet of streets or about 230 miles of people packed cheek to jowl.

    I somehow doubt that there were hundreds of miles of streets packed with people. I certainly saw nothing that would support that number and I doubt that the world media did either.

  9. Tax is fine if you get something for it. Tax with no benefits is extortion. Every western country has people wanting to immigrate to them from the third world. The US is the easiest to get into and the hardest to get out of. If you are a US citizen and move to another country, you ae still charged tax by Uncle Sam despite receibing no benefits. There again people in the US get SFA benefits from the US govt. anyway. because of FATCA, it is hard for American citizens to do business, open a bank account or work because of teh cost of complying with FATCA. If you miss the filing deadline, there is an automatic fine of $10,000. The cost of renouncing US citizenship is $2,350, having be raise 400%. It is over 10 times as much as other countries charge to give up citizenship. Some people can’t afford it so they remain prisoners of the American slave cult. Even after you have gone through the renunciation process, which takes several months, it still has to be approved by an office in Washington.

  10. At least Russia does not tax its citizens outside Russia. At least Russia does not have something like FATCA to prevent its citizens from leaving. At least Russia does not charge more than 10 times as much as any other country to renoucne citizenship and join the free world as does the U Mess. Apart from North Korea, the US is arguably the least free country in the world. Its subjects are imprinsoned, brainwashed and enslaved.

  11. Can you read? There were 100,000 demonstrators tops and I explained how they could be paid by the US DOD. Therer is no proof that the snipers supported the president. They must not teach logic or reading where you are supposedly majoring in history.

  12. How do you rent two million people? And if the president left Kiev to prevent further bloodshed, it was his own first.
    He did leave behind snipers who were randomly shooting into the crowd.

  13. I did not say “U.S. News & World Report. I said “U.S. news and other world outlets…’ By this I meant that a great many U.S. news outlets were reporting the 2 million number. Videos released at the time clearly showed very many people in the streets, all over the entire city. I had no doubt the numbers were either correct of very nearly so. Only a blind man could now say it was not so.

  14. If the US govt. would not let a state peacefully secede (I’m thinking of Texas versus White), I should imagine they would pull out all the stops if the people tried to take back the govt. from the oligarchy. If less than 5% of Americans are revolutionary enough to vote third party, it’s hard for me to imagine a revolution against the oligarchy would gain traction.

  15. My point was that the US is about the last country in the world that would abide by the extract from the Declaration of Independence that you quoted. The only territory the US has ever given up is the Panama Canal and some American politicians are even complaining about that.

  16. US News & Worl Report is a shameless neocon rag. They are nothing like a reliable source. The rent-a-mob was backed by NATO and the president left Kiev to avoid further bloodshed. As a result, a rump parliament were held hostage and worked at gun point. You must be an avid reader of US News if you think Russia was actively interfering in the Ukrainian elections but elections run by a junta that sezed power by force was somehow democratic. You evidence that he sole 32 billion is? US News? LOL.

  17. Well, he wasn’t a dictator. He was the first and last democratically elected president of the Ukraine. The new boy set up election rules that disqualified the opposition from running, so his election was a farce.
    The only way to get 2 million people in the center of Kiev would require that you clear space by burning a lot of buildings to the ground and clearing the rubble. The way to get the papers to print 2 million is to get a friendly drunk to count the crowd and pass the inflated figures to a biased media outlet – like CNN.
    Actually, we only had to pay of a few thousand people directly. That’s what the NGO’s are for. As usual, we spent years and several billion dollars to establish NGO’s and recruit every malcontent, trouble maker and opposition leader we could. That’s what we mean by “education” and “supporting democratic ideals”. We funnel money into opposition parties and make certain there is plenty for salaries and offices and expenses.
    When the big day comes, we have provided enough money for buses, signs, “perdiems” for the protestors, tents, food, and the full time organizational staff. Twenty thousand people can’t hold a riot together for weeks without a full time professional staff nearby and this time we set up the Right Sector with offices in Kiev. BBC filmed the offices and their full time professional staff for one story, but pulled the story off the web in less than a day when they realized that showing all those uniforms with swastikas on the sleeves and all those shields with the SS symbol on them might not advance the narrative they wanted.
    I bet you thought a bunch farmers and butchers were so incensed that they walked barefoot for days to get to the protests. You probably missed the free buses, tents, food and signs the NGO’s provided out of the money we gave them.
    That’s why the rioters listened when Ambassador Nuland told them who to pick for the new president. I bet you thought that they just loved her cookies so much that they listened to her.
    Anyway that’s how we do it, again and again and again.

  18. US news has also reported hundreds of invisible Russian tanks in Ukraine that none of the impartial observers can find. US media lies big time.

    As for interference in Ukraine, you can go to YouTube and watch our Ambassador picking the new president of the illegal interim government. As for the corruption of the old president, he was a democratically elected president so a recall or impeachment was appropriate, not an American sponsored riot.

  19. na wa sha ppl go just they get mind write rubbish sha …….well is an article to make the US looks like a savior ones again …

  20. At the time this was happening, U.S. news and other world outlets were reporting two million demonstrators were in the streets in the middle of winter. The fact that the government could not defend itself against all of them proves pretty conclusively that it was much more than just a few thousand. Not only that, but it was also clear that Russia had been actively interfering in Ukraine’s elections to make sure their man was put in office. Once there, he stole 32 billion and took it with him to Russia.

  21. Alaska was bought. period. Crimea was gifted by the leader of Russia-illegally. land is not gifted-it’s either bought or won, never is getting for nothing, that’s why it must return to those who shed blood to win it from turks. learn the history.

  22. The EU needs to decide whether they are ??????????? for money or whether they have the courage and dignity to stand up to Russian filthy corruption, fascist aggression and totalitarianism.

  23. He may not deploy anything on Ukrainian territory, not vacationing or “lost” paratroopers, not air defense systems, not anything. Ukraine is not Russia, for you geographically- and intellectually-challenged Russians.

  24. You are quite naive. The only way for Ukraine to end the conflict is to defend their country against Russian aggression, making the price they pay too great. In reality, WWIII has already started and Russia’s goals lie far beyond Ukraine. Read what Alexandr Dugin, Kremlin geopolitical strategist, wrote:

    It is the goal of full Eurasianism – Europe from Lisbon to Vladivostok. Great Eurasian Continental Empire. And we will build it. This means European Revolution will be Eurasian Revolution. This is our last horizon. And each of our successful step (from maintaining the integrity of Russia in the face of Chechen separatism in the 2000s to the liberation of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in August 2008 and until now the Crimea in March 2014) – it is a step towards the European Revolution. Which will be carried out by the Man of Destiny. (see Dugin, Horizons of our Revolution From Crimea to Lisbon)

    Ukraine is just the first step of Putin’s plans for European domination. There is no chance he will stop unless he is STOPPED.

  25. You are quite naive. The only way for Ukraine to end the conflict is to defend their country against Russian aggression, making the price they pay too great. In reality, WWIII has already started and Russia’s goals lie far beyond Ukraine. Read what Alexandr Dugin, Kremlin geopolitical strategist, wrote:

    It is the goal of full Eurasianism – Europe from Lisbon to Vladivostok. Great Eurasian Continental Empire. And we will build it. This means European Revolution will be Eurasian Revolution. This is our last horizon. And each of our successful step (from maintaining the integrity of Russia in the face of Chechen separatism in the 2000s to the liberation of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in August 2008 and until now the Crimea in March 2014) – it is a step towards the European Revolution. Which will be carried out by the Man of Destiny.
    (http://openrevolt.info/2014/03/07/alexander-dugin-crimea/)

    Ukraine is just the first step of Putin’s plans for European domination. There is no chance he will stop unless he is STOPPED.

  26. I have said it again and again,any hater of peace is turned to pieces by his or her own compatriots.Despots never last.
    A little ant can put an end to an elephants by attacking its tusks.So little ants can help or harm bigger creatures.

  27. We have to believe a translator? I have been a translator for 25 years but I did not know I could decide politico-economic issues of the world.

  28. The only way for Ukraine to end the conflict once and for all, is to accept the loss of Crimea and to come to a reasonable compromise with the “separatists” Those who think that providing Ukraine with “military means” will allow Ukraine to “end the conflict once for all” are right in the sense that Ukraine will end to be an independent state and return to the its previous status as a part of Russia, it had been for 3 centuries before Russia created Ukraine as independant republic. And may be, if Ukrainian politicians are stupid enough, it doesn’t deserve to be an independent state.

  29. “Putin has recently ordered to increase Russia’s military presence in Donetsk and Luhansk (both in eastern Ukraine) as well as conduct military drills and deploy air defense systems near the frontline.” – Probably Putin personally told Polina that he had ordered to increase military presence. Russia may conduct military drills wherever it likes on its own territory as well as to deploy air defense systems without any permissions. Most of the little girls know that.

  30. Polina be yourself and do NOT leak the Western boot, if you are really of Slavic decent and NOT a Jew… After your words of “the erratic Putin” nothing else comes to mind as brownnosing, etc. You can call Putin any names you like but he has NEVER been, is or will be ERRATIC!!! Pls fess up & confess…

  31. The oligarch led fascist regime in Kiev was installed by US (NED and the US embassy) trained neo nazis ousting the democratically elected oligarch. The E. provinces exercised their democratic right to secede. Wall St needs the E. Ukraine for the purpose of pillage, NATO for strategic advantage, Monsanto and the IMF are already in W. Ukraine.
    Russia has stated categorically it does not want those provinces to be part of Russia. The US and EU corporatocracies are backing fascists against democrats. And whining about Russia’s diplomatic efforts to stop the brutal neo nazis attacking the secessionists.
    The US’ NATO (the liar Breedlove) is the provocateur here, missiles around Russia’s border and exercises to a state of war readiness. Russia responded in kind. If a war is started by a false flag, NATO-CIA of Gladio fame will be the architects.
    Why? The dollar is collapsing along with the crooked banking system. The BRICS are establishing a rival system with gold backed currencies.

    Glad to see the US is waking up in Baltimore and 20 other cities. People power.

  32. There a a numerous examples in the world like Albanians in Kosovo, Serbs in Bosnia or Russian in eastern Ukraine. I could not mention all of them in my short comment.

  33. Peter L. I was not responding to you but that is ok. Yes the CSA lost. The reason they left the Union was ill conceived. If Americans want a return the Republic from the Oligarchy it is today they have every right to do so. That is why we have the right to keep and bear weapons. The fore fathers new what could happen in he future. I don’t think a revolution to restore the republic would fail.

  34. I would love to be paid what Polina gets (I expect it to be a significant amount), and I can write a more convincing article about Russia’s collapse (and all the calamities that can put Russian economy to grave overnight … or in a month … or in a year). She doesn’t work hard enough for her 30 … whatever currency she gets. All those geopolitical games (including Russian arms sales) won’t produce a winner. But the losers might be all of us.

  35. In the American media, real journalists get fired for not toeing the govt. line. Look at Amber Lyon, Peter Arnett and Phil Donahue.

  36. For a supposed history major you don’t appear to have the capability of asking history questions that are not heavily laced with US govt. propaganda nad newspeak. Your so-called “corrupt dictator” was the democratically elected president who had not yet finished the term he was elected to. Your “2M” demonstrators have been estimated to be anywhere from 20,000–100,000. The US annual military budget is $581.0B. 1% of that would be enough to pay $5.8M to $29M to each “demonstrator”. Plenty of money to rent a mob. They just shake down the American tax payer. Seems to got a pretty bad deal on your “history degree”.

  37. Evelyn, there is no way to feel safe while trying to undermine security of the opponent like Russia. Safer world can come only from mutual respect of interests. The only alternative is MAD world of fear, and in that world Defense Department will not be able to help you at all. State department – may be.

  38. This article is more like a trailer for a Die Hard episode. Even if much of Polina writes has more than a grain of truth in it, the way of delivering the message is hardly worth a spot on one of the major news websites.

  39. That was Russia who was actively involved in brokering that deal. Not to mention it is getting a lot of new contracts with Iran, the increase of Iranian oil output is likely will be going via Russia. So it is a balanced deal: first they supply Iran with S-300 air-defense systems plus a few more deals than they transport Iranian oil. This ValueWalk author is obviously a part of Information Forces of Ukraine (you probably won’t believe, but there is such).

  40. “Demise”, “collapse”, why new words, their economy is already “in tatters”, as the leader of Free World said in January. If you believe the article, you can try make money of off this knowledge of the unavoidable collapse of Russia: short RSX index stock now. And the time will tell how useful this read is buy making you reach or maybe not.

  41. Iran might join OPEC. What then? It would all be about market share, and Saudi Arabia may not want to share their customers.

  42. I disagree with the other commenters. This is not the dumbest and most biased article that Valuewalk has pubished recently. However it is in the top 2 or 3.
    No, Russia didn’t “bring it on themselves”. The US paid for a coup in Ukraine, hoping to get control of another Russian border and eventually plant a NATO base in Crimea after they threw out the Russians. It didn’t work the way they thought it would.
    It will be hard for Russia to reinforce its troops in Donetsk and Lukansk because they don’t have any troops there. The OSCE, the UNHRC and even the head of the general staff of Ukraine say there are no Russian army units in Ukraine. Putin cannot withdraw what does not exist. He has also made it clear, and the evidence backs him up, that he does not command the rebel forces. That is another American fantasy.
    The number of nuclear clients is increasing. Russia has signed two new deals since the sanctions were imposed.
    $20 oil is not going to happen. Even if Iran gets back on line and increases production, much of the current supply is from high cost sources such as shale. When prices go down, the high cost producers shut down and the price ends up at a little below what the high cost producers can afford. Look at the current situation. Oil dropped down below $50, American producers were forced to cut back rigs and the price settled around $65. That will happen again.

  43. This was my comment on this article– before I started perusing the comments of others .

    What a SAD article —- littered with the writers biases and opinions ( and Wishes ?? ).

    She speaks of Russia’s collapse / demise !!!

    her quote — ” The funny part is that Russia is the only one who is responsible for its own collapse (demise, if you will. ) ”

    She should be out on a street corner – holding up signs [ end of the World // end of Russia // ].

    How could any reputable news Organization , give her space to write such drivel ? — How SAD !

    Then she has the audacity to add :-

    “” As Obama’s softness doesn’t allow him to provide the Ukrainian government with the means of ending the conflict once and for all,……”” — !!!!
    What exactly is she driveling on about ? – What means of ending the conflict ? – What can Obama give Ukraine that will help them END THE CONFLICT once and for all !!!?/
    If America itself could not do anything about
    GEORGIA ( and there were over a thousand American and jewish advisers there ! – along with tanks and other weapons / equipment { which was all left there for the Russians !! } –
    or do anything about the CRIMEA
    or EASTERN UKRAINE ???
    What exactly does she think Ukraine can do to defeat Russia — if America itself can not do that – period.
    HOW ??? – can any REAL news agency — give writing space and exposure to
    someone to write such an unadulterated , biased ,disgusting , opinionated piece of work — and then ,masquerade it as objective reporting ?
    In many ways , it says more of the Organizations that print it — than of her herself.
    Sad — terribly SAD.

  44. This was my comment on this article– before I started perusing the comments of others .

    What a SAD article —- littered with the writers biases and opinions ( and Wishes ?? ).

    She speaks of Russia’s collapse / demise !!!

    her quote — ” The funny part is that Russia is the only one who is responsible for its own collapse (demise, if you will. ) ”

    She should be out on a street corner – holding up signs [ end of the World // end of Russia // ].

    How could any reputable news Organization , give her space to write such drivel ? — How SAD !

    Then she has the audacity to add :-

    “” As Obama’s softness doesn’t allow him to provide the Ukrainian government with the means of ending the conflict once and for all,……”” — !!!!
    What exactly is she driveling on about ? – What means of ending the conflict ? – What can Obama give Ukraine that will help them END THE CONFLICT once and for all !!!?/
    If America itself could not do anything about
    GEORGIA ( and there were over a thousand American and jewish advisers there ! – along with tanks and other weapons / equipment { which was all left there for the Russians !! } –
    or do anything about the CRIMEA
    or EASTERN UKRAINE ???
    What exactly does she think Ukraine can do to defeat Russia — if America itself can not do that – period.
    HOW ??? – can any REAL news agency — give writing space and exposure to
    someone to write such an unadulterated , biased ,disgusting , opinionated piece of work — and then ,masquerade it as objective reporting ?
    In many ways , it says more of the Organizations that print it — than of her herself.
    Sad — terribly SAD.

  45. Most countries in the world would be absolutely happy to see the Iran deal happening if it would mean oil price to spiral down to 20 bucs a barrel except for Russia for obvious reasons. Since the outcome of the Iran deal (if it comes to fruition) won’t be favorable to Russia’s pocket books, gives them more reason to try to undermine the deal.

  46. Uh huh . That’s why he went in and took the Crimea —- because he is scared —.. and then there was Georgia and Eastern Ukraine .. and a little whiles back , a little thing called Vietnam .
    Buddy, Russia kicked America out of Vietnam.
    Then America and NATO just sat by while he/they rolled in to Georgia , Crimea and Ukraine.
    Wake up . Smell the coffee. Educate yourself.
    Go to google or the internet and dig up some history.

  47. What a SAD article —- littered with the writers biases and opinions ( and Wishes ?? ).

    She speaks of Russia’s collapse / demise !!!

    her quote — ” The funny part is that Russia is the only one who is responsible for its own collapse (demise, if you will. ) ”

    She should be out on a street corner – holding up signs [ end of the World // end of Russia // ].

    How could any reputable news Organization , give her space to write such drivel ? — How SAD !

    Then she has the audacity to add :-

    “” As Obama’s softness doesn’t allow him to provide the Ukrainian government with the means of ending the conflict once and for all,……”” — !!!!
    What exactly is she driveling on about ? – What means of ending the conflict ? – What can Obama give Ukraine that will help them END THE CONFLICT once and for all !!!?/
    If America itself could not do anything about
    GEORGIA ( and there were over a thousand American and jewish advisers there ! – along with tanks and other weapons / equipment { which was all left there for the Russians !! } –
    or do anything about the CRIMEA
    or EASTERN UKRAINE ???
    What exactly does she think Ukraine can do to defeat Russia — if America itself can not do that – period.
    HOW ??? – can any REAL news agency — give writing space and exposure to
    someone to write such an unadulterated , biased ,disgusting , opinionated piece of work — and then ,masquerade it as objective reporting ?
    In many ways , it says more of the Organizations that print it — than of her herself.
    Sad — terribly SAD.

  48. All out war is “more likely”?? This is the first time I’ve ever heard that. How clarvoyant Polina must be.
    Iran refuses to be a nuclear country, she says?? Again, what’s up with that? Under any circumstances, Iran will be nuclear; it’s just a question of being peaceful or having nuclear weapons.

  49. It is only applicable when the majority of the population is a different ethnicity than those who govern. Russians are a minority in every province of Ukraine. They may be a plurality in some, but Not a majority, so the Declaration is not applicable.

  50. The Iranian deal is by no means certain or that it will be kept ? For this article to assume that it is or will be takes a great deal of almost childish naivety which increasingly seems to transcend the US media articles on President Putin which clearly are lacking in objectivity to be taken seriously, that one wonders why they are the even written !

  51. One of the most powefull documents of democracy is Declaration of Independence of USA. It says: When in the Course of
    human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. This is valid for Albanians in Kosovo, Serbs in Serbian Krajina, Serbs in Bosnia, Russians in Ukraine, Americans in California during Mexican occupation…

  52. Who writes this idiocy
    This Polina Tikhonova is horrible
    Journalism has been dead long ago.
    Idk Putin or any rational person wants war and this has nothing to do with ww3
    Hilarious that that article is also written by this Tikhonova person.

  53. “As a result of the deal, Iran will return to the energy market, which is likely to take down the price of oil to as little as $20 per barrel.” — This won’t happen as this would effective destroy US shale, bankrupt Saudi Arabia and the rest of the OPEC. Do people just make stuff up without thinking and call it an article nowadays. (Edit: Just noticed it’s a Polina article. Good grief!)

  54. Posted By: Polina TikhonovaPosted date: May 03, 2015 10:15:26 AMIn: Politics, Russia

    Might this have been posted by a western ukrainian?

  55. Polina is one of the paid lackeys and tries to present her fantasies as objective facts. What you gonna do, journalism was always was similar to prostitution. The one who pays orders the music.

  56. putin is angry with lawless Obama .he knows Obama is scared of war and of putin.On the other hand putin is scared to attack USA or nato.He just wants to keep Obama and UK scared of him

  57. “Putin has recently ordered to increase Russia’s military presence in Donetsk and Luhansk ” Polina, what the propaganda bs is this? I couldn’t find anything like that in the “reference” article (written by you btw). Are you additionally paid for this lie or it is just your own eccentric point of view?
    Looks like it’s almost impossible to find an objective overview of all this crap going on in Ukraine. Journalism level definitely fell down all over the world.

  58. the article implies that Obama’s unwillingness to arm and train the ukrainian JOKE of an army is why they cannot stop the russian advance. allow me to make it clear: you cannot give a child a gun equal to that of a well trained assassin and suggest that the two are now the same. ukraine is behind russia, and giving them weapons is giving russia weapons. they will not, and cannot, win in a war between the two nations, no matter who is backing who. russia is right on the border, and in fact has two strategic strongholds and the entire peninsula of crimea. any war started was lost a year ago when they made those gains.
    the fact that the united states continues to attempt to stem the tide when this is russia’s back yard and europe’s problem tells me that our leadership is both warmongering and foolhardy. this is not something for the united states to get involved in. period. putting any sort of human being affiliated even remotely with combat is a very poor decision that will end just like vietnam and korea, or even worse since russia is poised to move quickly and with force, as opposed to china who dragged their feet korea and who was actively against the vietnamese.
    what you can take away from this and should is that we will lose any conflict in ukraine, and it will only be a black hole of american life and money if we get involved. we have nothing to lose or gain there, but russia has much to gain and lose. we have the ball in our court, the hand we have to play isn’t good or bad so it makes no sense to call a bluff when the russians are in a better position. let it go, and let it be. if europe has a problem, EUROPE CAN STOP IT.

  59. PRESIDENT OBAMA!!!! To the so called American Government, I for one think it is dumb that we are even having to read an article like this!!! Anyone that would leave Vladimir Putin, as the lead player on what happens in the Ukraine next! Needs their head examined, and quite frankly as an American I’m sick of his threats to use nuclear weapons!!! And his antics of sending nuclear bombers to dilly dally , around US Air Space off the coast of Alaska!!! With no accountability just blows my mind, if you asked me if I feel safer today in America!!! I would look at you as if you were joking and laugh, at our gut less Defense Department!!!! If this article like it says is leaving the decision of a World War lll to V. Putin and his next move, I say we should head for the caves in the mountains!!! And prepare for our nuclear destruction, thanks for the worry Washington D. C., it sad because you will probably be the first place he strikes!!! Evelyn Bernhagen Writer, and Activist.

  60. ” A great number of analytical centers of Russia forecast a drop of Russia’s main economic indicators.”
    What are those centers, Polina?
    For someone, claiming to be fluent in Russian, it is a glaring omission to not provide at least a couple of those.

  61. I still remember Budapest Memorandum. Why would any country trust the US when they broke a their word? Putin will not stop; he will have to be stopped. Sooner the better.

  62. As opposed to hotheads who dive into conflict on complete information and preconceived notions?
    War needs to the a absolute, last resort of utter desperation because wars have minds of their own so to speak. They are utterly unpredictable and more often than not lead participants to outcomes never even imagined.
    Calling caution and care concerning armed conflict “weak kneed sheep” is a foolish idea.

  63. Sorry, but I have an impression that this article was written by a Russian troll. She reveals where she comes from in one of her initial sentences where she says that “the whole world” breathlessly wonders whether sanctions on Russia will be lifted or not.

  64. This inflammatory warmongering propaganda sounds quite inappropriate for a decent young lady. People should realize though, that profane education does not make anyone wiser, and much less a better person.

  65. “Putin has recently ordered to increase Russia’s military presence in Donetsk and Luhansk (both in eastern Ukraine) as well as conduct military drills and deploy air defense systems near the frontline.” Oh really??? and how do you posses this information? Hacked Putin’s blackberry? LOL

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