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Putin, Party of One: Obama ‘Leads’ Ousting from G-8, But Russia Finds New Friends

The G-7 sets a "trigger" for tough sectoral sanctions: invading more of Ukraine.

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Bridget Johnson

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March 24, 2014 - 6:23 pm
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Leaders of the G-8 met at the Dutch prime minister’s residence Monday night and decided to reduce the size of their fraternity to seven.

The White House was quick to paint the meeting and its outcome as the president’s idea.

Russia was expelled from the Group of Eight leading industrialized countries before President Vladimir Putin was scheduled to host the G-8 summit in Sochi at the beginning of June — technically, Russia became its own Group of One as the others pulled out to form their own G-7. Russia assumed the presidency of the group at the beginning of the year, and soon after invaded Ukraine and annexed Crimea.

In what is called The Hague Declaration, leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, along with the president of the European Council and the president of the European Commission, affirmed support for Ukraine’s “sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence.”

“International law prohibits the acquisition of part or all of another state’s territory through coercion or force. To do so violates the principles upon which the international system is built. We condemn the illegal referendum held in Crimea in violation of Ukraine’s constitution. We also strongly condemn Russia’s illegal attempt to annex Crimea in contravention of international law and specific international obligations. We do not recognize either,” states the declaration.

The leaders said they “remain ready to intensify actions including coordinated sectoral sanctions that will have an increasingly significant impact on the Russian economy, if Russia continues to escalate this situation.”

“This Group came together because of shared beliefs and shared responsibilities. Russia’s actions in recent weeks are not consistent with them. Under these circumstances, we will not participate in the planned Sochi Summit. We will suspend our participation in the G-8 until Russia changes course and the environment comes back to where the G-8 is able to have a meaningful discussion and will meet again in G-7 format at the same time as planned, in June 2014, in Brussels, to discuss the broad agenda we have together. We have also advised our Foreign Ministers not to attend the April meeting in Moscow. In addition, we have decided that G-7 Energy Ministers will meet to discuss ways to strengthen our collective energy security.”

The declaration also hails the International Monetary Fund for its “central role leading the international effort to support Ukrainian reform, lessening Ukraine’s economic vulnerabilities, and better integrating the country as a market economy in the multilateral system.”

A senior administration official told reporters that President Obama “hosted the meeting and led the discussion.”

“All of the leaders spoke during the course of the meeting and then the president summarized the way forward at the conclusion of the meeting. And there was agreement on The Hague Declaration, which is a very strong joint statement that hits all of the key elements that we were seeking to get out of this G-7 meeting,” the official said.

“…In short, Russia is suspended from the G8 pending its current activities in Ukraine, and the necessity is now on Russia to deescalate to avoid this continued isolation from the international community.”

The official stressed that “Eastern and Southern Ukraine is the clearest trigger for these sectoral sanctions” — so, more invasion by Putin.

But “status quo” — keeping Crimea — “could mean more sanctions. Well, it depends on how that status quo evolves, to be completely candid with you.”

“…So we believe we’ve imposed a cost and we’re going to continue to impose a cost for what they’ve done in Crimea. They’ve been suspended from the G8. They’ve been isolated politically as well as economically.”

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The Russian designs for Europe and the world have their roots in Haushofer’s geopolitics, which were a major strategic component of the Third Reich’s war strategy. Aleksandr Dugin’s influence on this movement cannot be overstated. The techniques employed by the Russian military and propaganda outlets nearly mirror those used by Hitler and OKW in the early war years. Moreover, the conception of Russians as one people under the Russian Orthodox Church provides a simple unifying theme for future mobilization, much as the idea of the master race coalesced German patriotic fervor throughout the 1930s and 1940s. Hitler did not stop at Czechoslovakia; instead he advanced onto Poland. Americans and western Christians should remain very wary of the intentions of a new imperial Russia.
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The CRIBS vs FIG JUUSC

ALPHA males vs beta males. The Alphas are building up, seizing land and sea...the betas are busy fighting against climate computers that will not surrender to a false narrative.

The CRIBS are acting like gangbangers. FIG JUUSC is sticky, cloyingly saccharine and has as its only defense ...the clogging of governmental and security arteries.

In a bizzaro upside down Inversion Narrative world...take a look at the trajectory of the economic models of each side. The CRIBS seem to be liking free market income and FIG JUUSC seems to hate the free market and are trying to destroy themselves and it. The large C communists are not as in love with communism as the small c communists.

The race to embrace the third gang in the world turf war, radical Islam, seems to be going in favor of FIG JUUSC as well. Canada can't wait to jail Mark Steyn, France is imploding, and Obamerica has gone from hyperpower to Pajama Boy nation in five years.

Both sides are trying to flex their muscles at the other side. But to the citizen observers it is looking more and more like Mike Tyson vs Richard Simmons. Both are training and exercising. But not for the same end result....then again, maybe they are.
27 weeks ago
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Is it safe to assume Putin is not on board the New Age agenda to destroy nations, and getting the innocent murdered in support of the Muslim Brotherhood in the old Caliphate?

If Putin was POTUS of these United States, I bet he would not tolerate the illegal alien invasion across the southern border, and that would make him a domestic terrorist not supporting the North American Union.

What a world we live in now.
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my co-worker's mother makes $64 /hour on the internet . She has been unemployed for 8 months but last month her paycheck was $15675 just working on the internet for a few hours. read http://tiny.tw/3iu2
26 weeks ago
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The Jewopoly just can't understand why Putin doesn't just bend over for them and their JEW World Order. Yanuckovich gets forced out by an American backed fascist coup and we are all supposed to jump on board. Crimea votes overwhelminingly to join Russia and that we are supposed to oppose. What is wrong with America. I will answer that for you. America has been Jewjacked.
26 weeks ago
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Y'know, if The Great King ever reads the nasty things we all write about him, we'll all wind up in concentration camps. Fortunately for us, Val Jar makes sure he never sees our stuff---lest his head explode.
27 weeks ago
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This is a joke. Five of the G-7 countries are insolvent. The other two have other problems. Germany is yoked to the insolvent EU. Canada, ithe other is, so to speak, 'So far from God, so near the United States'. Russia, on the other hand, has some new friends that are not quite so busted. In fact, last week, Russia lined up a new customer for its oil and natural gas, just in case the EU decided to cut off its collective noses to spite itself. Meanwhile, the US, UK, EU posture like politicians, puffing themselves up like pigeons, trying to make themselves look potent.
27 weeks ago
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I guess this will all depend on whether Russia is content with having their sole access to their new "Republic" be by ferry and deeper water. The whole thing could be just a stopgap until Russia completes a base on its own territory. Given the self-limiting nature of the fleet due to Turkish restrictions, one wonders how much of this is pride.

If it's not pride, and if Russia is more ambitious than we know, they must pick a fight with Turkey and throw them out of the European landmass. That's not likely to happen.

If Russia is to annex the S.E. Ukraine, likely they will move slowly and with all the legalistic show they can muster.
27 weeks ago
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Vlad Putin is going to follow the dictum of Martin Luther: "Be a sinner and sin boldly, but trust and rejoice in Christ".
27 weeks ago
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Greetings:

It's been quite a while since my psychology studying daze but I seem to remember that in group-think situations, ostracism was a fairly predictable tactic.
27 weeks ago
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Our foreign policy has been reduced to Obama de-friending Putin on Facebook.
27 weeks ago
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Upholding "international" law is suddenly a priority? Meanwhile back at the ranch; our own supreme law is being violated on a daily basis. The word "hypocrite" comes to mind. Obama is merely outnumbered but politically he has to take credit; hey his approval rating is "lower than a snake's belly in a wagon rut" and his charm has worn off "faster than a rabbit on a date."
In reality Obama is being schooled ...
27 weeks ago
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Putin knows everything better than Obama and knows how to do everything better than Obama. Except maybe for golf and that would probably only take him a few holes.
27 weeks ago
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http://nyyrc.com/blog/2014/03/geopolitik-russias-foreign-policy-plans-explained/

The Russian designs for Europe and the world have their roots in Haushofer’s geopolitics, which were a major strategic component of the Third Reich’s war strategy. Aleksandr Dugin’s influence on this movement cannot be overstated. The techniques employed by the Russian military and propaganda outlets nearly mirror those used by Hitler and OKW in the early war years. Moreover, the conception of Russians as one people under the Russian Orthodox Church provides a simple unifying theme for future mobilization, much as the idea of the master race coalesced German patriotic fervor throughout the 1930s and 1940s. Hitler did not stop at Czechoslovakia; instead he advanced onto Poland. Americans and western Christians should remain very wary of the intentions of a new imperial Russia.
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