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#301 HOLYMOLY

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 04:35 PM

I think we better start Fracking.

#302 JohnM

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 05:12 PM

I don't think we are hearing the truth from any "side" in this. Just don't trust any of 'em. Anyway, it's a done deal. 



#303 bobbruce

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 05:24 PM

I think we better start Fracking.


This could well be a very nice effect for the British government. A few months with limited hrs of gas supply would do wonders for frackings PR.

#304 GeordieSaint

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 05:29 PM

I think we do far more consultancy than arms deals these days with the former Warsaw Pact countries that aren't in NATO.  Technically, we're not selling them any arms but we're giving them the expertise and knowledge to do more than enough.

 

The big point that's being avoided is where the line in the sand is that cannot be crossed before we intervene in ways other than "we're not selling you stuff any more".  I have no clue about that, would we sit back and let Ukraine be swallowed up by Russia on a very vague pretext of "defending ethnic Russians"?

 

That expertise and knowledge has firmly been turned off... won't be seeing any 'fancy' Russian uniforms on these shores for a while...

 

As for the line in the sand, no idea; one thing is certain, relationships between the West, Russia and other nations around the world will have really soured on the back of Crimea's annexation today; big changes are afoot...!


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#305 Saint Billinge

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 07:45 PM

It's been reported that one Ukrainian military officer has been shot dead and one wounded, while other soldiers have been taken away. 


Edited by Saint Billinge, 18 March 2014 - 07:46 PM.

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#306 GeordieSaint

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Posted 21 March 2014 - 04:11 PM

This crisis has opened up a huge chasm between Russia and the rest of the world (bar a small number of locations like Serbia and Armenia); not heard rhetoric like this in a long time and the Europeans beginning to turn away from Russia as a reliable partner. Interestingly reading in between the lines, it is pretty clear on the UN Secretary General's thoughts on the issue. I wonder what the future will hold...?


Edited by GeordieSaint, 21 March 2014 - 04:12 PM.

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#307 Tiny Tim

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 02:11 PM

I am just trying to draft a notification to my Russian team members in the Moscow office to let them know that the project we are working on (sponsored by a US client) may get pulled if the US pushes forward with wider ranging sanctions.

 

These Russian folk are not the easiest to deal with at the best of times and telling them it's business as normal but if their beloved leader continues with his invasion of Ukraine we may have to revisit this, is not the easiest thing to convey without coming across as a bit blunt.

 

I am tempted to ask the Ukrainian team members to break the news to them....but they are currently not talking to each other.


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