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ZERO HEDGE: EUROPEAN SUPPORT OF RUSSIAN SANCTIONS STARTING TO FRAY ...

As most readers here know, we've been following the developing mess in the ongoing crisis in the Ukraine, the economic sanctions against Russia, and Russia's response (particularly with respect to GMOs). One of my concerns has always been that this could backfire against the Anglo-American political-financial oligarchy in a major way, as Europe is far more dependent on its trade relations with Russia, and in the long run, it has no real geopolitical interest in seeing a rise of tensions between it and Russia.

Now, according to Zero Hedge (and my thanks to Ms. M.L. for sharing this important article), the smaller nations of Europe - and the European locomotive, Germany - are beginning to feel the impact of this insane foreign policy being dictated in Washington and its satrapy in Brussels:

"Anti-Putin" Alliance Fraying: Germany, Slovakia, Greece, Czech Republic Urge End To Russian Sanctions

Hidden within this article is a lurking implication, and I want to spend some time with it, as it goes directly to my hypothesis that the BRICSA bloc, and Russia in particular, is cleverly maneuvering the GMO issue as a means to turn it into a geopolitical issue for use against the growing western agribusiness hegemony over the world's food production. So, while the general thrust of the Zero Hedge article is clear, I want to focus on this:

"As we reported previously, it all started with the Greeks, a nation of heavy food exports into Russia, who were the first to announce their displeasure with the "Stop Putin" coalition:

"The moment Russia retaliated, the grand alliance started to crack. Enter Greece which has hundreds of millions in food exports to Russia, and which was the first country to hint that it may splinter from the western "pro-sanctions" alliance. According to Bloomberg, earlier today the Greek foreign minister and former PM said that "we are in continuous deliberations in order to have the smallest possible consequences, and if possible no significant impact whatsoever."

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And making it very clear that this will be a major political issue was a statement by the main opposition party Syriza which today said that the Greek government's "blind obedience to the Cold War strategies of Brussels and Washington will be disastrous for country’s agriculture." In a moment of surprising clarity, Syriza asked govt to immediately lift all sanctions to Russia, as they don’t contribute to a solution of the Ukrainian crisis, and "instead fuel an economic and trade war, in which Greece has unfortunately become involved." Syriza concluded that the government hasn’t weighted Greece’s special interests and bilateral relations with Russia."(all emphases in the original article)

Now in this context, recall last Thursday's News and Views from the Nefarium (August 21, 2014), where I reported on the recent Russian government labeling laws and imposition of fines on entrepreneurs who did not observe them. Also recall the stories from earlier this year that a significant segment within the Russian bureaucracy and state Duma want a complete ban on all GMOs in order to conduct long-term inter-generational scientific studies of the problem. Recall additionally the impending Russian court action against McDonald's, and an interesting picture begins to emerge.

Let us say the Greek government should withdraw from the sanctions regime in order to continue its agricultural exports to Russia(and given the scale of revenues involved in that already financially-strapped country, who can blame them?). Under the current Russian agricultural regime, those imports would have to be relatively GMO-free or labeled, and in a country such as Russia where GMO use has dramatically fallen, that could have the effect of transforming Greek agriculture to less dependence on the American and European agribusiness corporate giants.

And that means the GMO issue just became geopolitical. Of course, this is a far cry from my speculation that it is the BRICSA bloc doing this, but it is a step in that direction. TIme will tell. In the meantime, however, the Greek and Slovakian situation are a microcosm, and a warning, of what will eventually happen in Europe at large. The real question is, are American foreign policy mandarins willing to risk losing Europe in the long term, just to punish Russia today?

See you on the flip side...

10 thoughts on “ ZERO HEDGE: EUROPEAN SUPPORT OF RUSSIAN SANCTIONS STARTING TO FRAY ...”

  1. The PIGS are how screaming their heads off now that they’re on the roasting split. And they will soon be join by Germany and Slovakia will be jumping this ship of fools to save their economic skins. Like all smart rats they know when to abandon the EU-USA economic sinking ship.

  2. As history amply shows, alliances are steadfast as long as they are never put to the test.

    But of course this time it’s different, because it’s Washington calling in the chits. Surely its minions will fall into line when they see no threat and can only reap economic pain. Good luck with that, Beltway sociaopaths…

  3. GMOs should be a “no brainer” for any sovereign country. Err… what’s left of them. You see, another “no brainer” is sovereign currency. Sovereign currency where a country issues its own currency to be at the helm of its own policies. The US doesn’t even have that (1913). So it appears there were already beaucoup dumbed-downed-dummy leaders, at the helm of State, hitting iceberg after iceberg, to cover the international banking cartel’s ponzi-schemed-pipeline loses. How fortuitous that right after the FED passage, the IRS came on line(to pay the compound %). The how fortuitous that 1914WW! came on down the cartel’s crisis pipeline to reap ungodly profits and institutionalize bank ownership(through holding title, favors, bloodline associations of corporate ownership via bank lending, etc., etc.,). All tried & true formulas of by gone eras of power ownership whose #1 enemy is and always will be the will of the people and the finite resources of mother earth. For extraction is their game, and absolute power is their aim.

    1. you forgot about the Titanic hitting the berg on her maiden voyage….or was it the Olympic as some claim?
      that would make it a CO conspiracy of confusion of which ship was which that God could not sink.

      1. Robert, you make some good points, but to those smarty pants in Brussels and Washington all of that is ancient history. Things are totally different now.

        1. Nidster
          Your right, the rabbit-hole progressively spirals downward, adding layer upon layer to the proverbial onion of deceptions. But the gaming of the “population” remains the same. In fact, deception is endemic throughout the universe: baked into the cake as they say.

  4. It appears Vlad Putin is playing the strong hand. Whilst the AngloSphere loses it’s footing on the slippery slope of it’s own construction. If Russian sanctions are ignored. I wonder if the Icelandic volcano will erupt on or about the same time? Yet Another Amazing Coincidence.

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