Putin orders to end trade in US dollars at Russian seaports

To protect the interests of stevedoring companies with foreign currency obligations, the government was instructed to set a transition period before switching to ruble settlements.

According to the head of Russian antitrust watchdog FAS Igor Artemyev, many services in Russian seaports are still priced in US dollars, even though such ports are state-owned.

The proposal to switch port tariffs to rubles was first proposed by the president a year and a half ago. The idea was not embraced by large transport companies, which would like to keep revenues in dollars and other foreign currencies because of fluctuations in the ruble.

Artemyev said the decision will force foreigners to buy Russian currency, which is good for the ruble.

In 2016, his agency filed several lawsuits against the largest Russian port group NMTP. According to FAS, the group of companies set tariffs for transshipment in dollars and raised tariffs from January 2015 “without objective grounds.”

The watchdog ruled that NMTP abused its dominant position in the market and imposed a 9.74 billion rubles fine, or about $165 million at the current exchange rate. The decision was overturned by a court in Moscow in July this year.

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“Israel” and Putin: Master and Servant? (Op-ed)

image-israel putin Russia to replace US as Israel's main ally in the Middle East
Russian media: Russia to replace US as Israel’s main ally in the Middle East

‘Israel’ and Putin: Master and Servant? A question asked based on the following points and needs an answer, all respectful replies are welcomed, so many dots connected and begs proper answers.~by the editor.

Just let us view the facts:

#1: Netanyahu and the MOSSAD-chief meet with Putin over Syria (why should anyone not authorised to decide on Syria debate Syria with some third person, not authorised to decide on Syria as well?).
#2: After the defeat of its mercenaries, labelled “ISIS”, at Deir-Ezzor, “israel” again bombs SAA-positions deep inside Syria, this time at Masyaf.
#3: After this illegal aggression – a blatant violation of International Law – the western (Zionist-run) presstitutes hurry to bring up again the well-known lies about Syria allegedly stockpiling chemical weapons (or again was working on getting them).
#4: As always, NO evidence is given and NO attempts from the Russian administration are made to counter this propaganda-attack on Syria.
Obviously, the renewed “israeli” and Western-fabricated allegations against Syria are just the second row of attacks after the military ones, and obviously, they are aimed to deceit the (already brain-dead) Western masses and prevent them from realising:

  • The constant “israeli” and Western meddling,
  • The constant provocative actions of “Israel” against Syria on the Syrian Golan Heights,
  • The support for al-Qaeda and ISIS-terrorism by “Israel” and the West,
  • The repeatedly performed direct military aggressions of “Israel” and the West against Syria.

It must be a coincidence that, just now, the Russian-israeli relations have become “the warmest in history”…

And now you people who still defend Putin the THUG tell those Syrian children who lost their fathers in Masyaf (and the Russian children who lost their fathers fighting alongside the heroic SAA in Syria as well) there were no dots to be connected.

*The author, born 1964, is a German historian and political scientist. 


image-israel putin Russia to replace US as Israel's main ally in the Middle East
Russian media a year ago cheering Russian desire to be Israel’s main sponsor in the Middle East!

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‘Not on the guest list’: Putin not invited to Trump-hosted meeting on UN reform


Russian president Vladimir Putin has not been invited to a meeting on reforming the United Nations, reportedly set to be hosted by Donald Trump and due to take place ahead of the General Assembly in New York, Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov said.

“As far as I know, no [he hasn’t],” Ushakov said, responding to a question from a journalist on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok on Thursday.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also told TASS last week that the Russian leader does not plan taking part in the session of the UN General Assembly this year.

Trump, an outspoken critic of the United Nations, is reportedly determined to gain support for reforming the world body when he hosts an event at UN headquarters on September 18.

Countries will be invited to attend Trump’s meeting only if they sign on to a US-drafted 10-point political declaration backing efforts by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres “to initiate effective, meaningful reform,” according to a draft of the political declaration seen by Reuters.

Pushing the world body to reform, Trump has previously described the US contributions to the United Nations as “peanuts compared to the important work.”

When ambassadors to the United Nations Security Council gathered at the White House in late April, the US president described the UN as “an under-performer” albeit one that has “tremendous potential”.

“We must also take a close look at the UN budget. Costs have absolutely gone out of control,” Trump said.

Donald Trump previously lambasted the UN shortly after the world body voted to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem in late December. The then president-elect said on Twitter that the UN had “such great potential”, but had grown to become “just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. So sad!”

“As to the UN, things will be different after January 20th,” Trump warned, referring to his inauguration.

The new US leader is set to formally address the 193-member organization for the first time on September 19. According to the preliminary plan for the forum, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is set to deliver his speech at the UN General Assembly on September 21.

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Putin Bans Bill Gates From Russia Following Removal Of Microsoft

 Putin Bans Bill Gates From Russia Following Removal Of Microsoft : – 

Vladimir Putin puts Bill Gates on Security Service watchlist

Vladimir Putin has issued a complete ban on Microsoft products in Russia.

Putin has also put Bill Gates on a Federal Security Service watchlist due to “concerns over security and reliability,”.

The removal of all Microsoft software has now begun in Russia with immediate effect

 Government spokesman Sergei Zheleznyak explained that Microsoft had been caught carrying out “minute-by-minute surveillance” on millions of Russian citizens – as well as citizens of other countries.

“The US, which presents itself as a bastion of democracy, has in fact been carrying out minute-by-minute surveillance of tens of millions of citizens of Russia and other countries.“

“All the main internet companies that were formed in the US are involved in this ugly story, and these companies operate on the territory of our country,” said the Kremlin spokesman.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates’ place on a Federal Security Services (FSB) watchlist has also been raised for revue, pending further investigation, with expecations in the Kremlin that he will join George Soros and Jacob Rothschild on the Russian Federation’s blacklist.

Supporting local industry

Bloomberg reported that Artem Ermolaev, head of information technology for Moscow, and Russia’s Communications Minister Nikolay Nikiforov, stated that Moscow will initially replace Microsoft Exchange Server and Outlook on thousands of computers with an email system developed by the Russian company Rostelecom PJSC.

Next year, it will install software developed by New Cloud Technologies — another Russian software vendor — on millions of systems. Even Microsoft Office and Windows will be replaced with homegrown versions, Ermolaev said.

“We want the money of taxpayers and state-run firms to be primarily spent on local software,” Nikiforov said, adding that starting next year, officials “will be tightening their grip” on state-run institutions that do not opt for domestic alternatives.

Microsoft did not respond to requests for comment.




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Putin & Xi agree to ‘appropriately deal’ with N. Korea nuclear test – Xinhua

The two leaders agreed to stick to the goal of denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and keep close communication and coordination to deal with the new situation,” the report says.

The presidents met in the southeastern Chinese city of Xiamen for the ninth BRICS summit, which is scheduled for September 3-5.


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Putin Issues Warning To The World: North Korea “On The Verge Of A Large-Scale Conflict”


(ZH) As tensions between the US, its regional allies and North Korea continue ebb and flow, depending on what and where Kim lobs the next missile and whether Kelly can block Trump from tweeting for the next few hours, Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to personally weigh in on the conflict for the first time since the UN passed new sanctions against the North earlier this month. In an article published on the Kremlin’s web site, the Russian president warned that the two sides are “balancing on the verge of a large-scale conflict,” adding that any efforts to pressure the North to end its nuclear program would prove “futile,” and that the only tenable solution to the standoff would be a “dialogue with preconditions.”

“It is essential to resolve the region’s problems through direct dialogue involving all sides without advancing any preconditions (for such talks),” Putin wrote. “Provocations, pressure, and bellicose and offensive rhetoric is the road to nowhere.”

His remarks about a diplomatic solution alluded to a “road map” to peace formulated jointly between Russia and China…. without the U.S.

According to the joint Russian-Chinese deescalation plan, North Korea would stop work on its missile program in exchange for the US and South Korea halting large-scale war games, allowing tensions to gradually subside.

Here’s more from AJ:

“Russia believes that the policy of putting pressure on Pyongyang to stop its nuclear missile programme is misguided and futile,” he wrote in the article sent to media in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – the BRICS member states.


“The region’s problems should only be settled through a direct dialogue of all the parties concerned without any preconditions. Provocations, pressure and militarist and insulting rhetoric are a dead-end road.”

As recently as last week, tensions between the two sides appeared to be easing, with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson praising the country’s restraint after the North went nearly a month without a new missile test, despite restrictive new UN sanctions that took effect on Aug. 5. That quickly changed with the beginning of the US and South Korea’s annual 11-day joint military exercises, which appeared to provoke an especially vitriolic response from the North this year, prompting not one but two rocket launches over the next few days.

Two days ago, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reportedly warned Tillerson that it would be “dangerous” to push for more sanctions against North Korea.

Here’s Newsweek:

“Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Tillerson that the U.S. should avoid taking military actions against Kim Jong Un’s regime and that the Russian government believes additional sanctions could prove “counterproductive and dangerous.”


Tillerson’s response to Lavrov is unclear, but the pair did condemn the North’s most recent test on Monday, when a missile sailed over U.S. ally Japan.”

Of course, the North’s missile launch earlier this week which flew over Japan airspace appeared to – at least temporarily – startle investors, triggering a short-lived selloff in global stocks. A day ago, US and South Korea insisted on a provocation of their own, conducting a bombing drill with nuclear-capable US bombers and the new F-35 stealth fighter.

Despite the bellicose rhetoric from both sides, an all-out war is much less likely than the public might believe. Echoing comments made by former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, a professor warned yesterday that the US is in “no position” to start a war with the North because of the unprecedented devastation the North’s artillery could unleash on Seoul, the densely populated South Korean capital.

As Bannon said during an interview with the American Prospect, the US doesn’t have a tenable military option for toppling Kim Jong Un.

“Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that ten million people in Seoul don’t die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don’t know what you’re talking about, there’s no military solution here, they got us.”

As the war of words stretches into its eighth month, observers will surely keep this in mind. Investors, on the other hand, are just looking for an opportunity to “buy the fucking nuclear war dip.”

Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/putin-warning-north-korea/

Putin Warns of War on the Korean Peninsula

Putin Warns of War on the Korean Peninsula

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

In an article ahead of the September 3 – 5 BRICS summit in Xiamen, China, titled “BRICS: Toward New Horizons of Strategic Partnership,” he stressed the importance of continuing the battle against terrorists in Syria and other countries, stressing:

“Russia calls for going over from debates to the practical creation of a broad counterterrorism front based on international law and led by the UN. Naturally, we highly appreciate the support and assistance of our BRICS partners in this respect.”

The risk of potentially catastrophic war on the Korean peninsula weighed on his mind, saying:

“I have to say a few words about the situation on the Korean Peninsula, where tensions have grown recently and the situation is balancing on the brink of a large-scale conflict.” 

“Russia believes that the policy of putting pressure on Pyongyang to stop its nuclear missile program is misguided and futile.” 

“The region’s problems should only be settled through a direct dialogue of all the parties concerned without any preconditions. Provocations, pressure and militarist and insulting rhetoric are a dead-end road.”

Russia and China created a “roadmap” for resolving contentious issues on the peninsula, he explained – a way to ease tension and create an environment for peace and stability.

Provocative US, South Korean and Japanese military exercises heighten tensions. Pyongyang believes its nuclear and ballistic missile programs are essential for self-defense.

Multiple rounds of harsh sanctions accomplished nothing toward resolving things. Nor will more sanctions.

Pyongyang genuinely fears possible US aggression – why it won’t abandon its most effective deterrent.

Russia and China are right. The only solution is diplomatic resolution. Washington rejects it, choosing saber rattling and threats instead – risking possible catastrophic nuclear war on the peninsula, devastating for the region if launched.

Would Trump risk the unthinkable? Given his rage for endless wars, anything is possible.

A Final Comment

In response to the latest Security Council criticism of its ballistic missile tests, along with provocative US/South Korean military exercises just concluded, the DPRK’s UN envoy in Geneva, Han Tae Song said: 

“Now that the US has openly declared its hostile intention towards the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea…my country has every reason to respond with tough countermeasures as an exercise of its right to self-defense.”

North Korea’s KCNA news agency said its military intends more ballistic missile tests, citing its right of self-defense against possible US aggression.

China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said resolving issues peacefully on the peninsula “lie in the hands of Pyongyang and Washington, and also Pyongyang and Seoul.”

Diplomacy is the only solution. Sanctions and harsh rhetoric don’t work. Was is unthinkable. What’s coming is anyone’s guess.

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Putin’s concern on N. Korea crisis: Tensions ‘balancing on brink of large-scale conflict’


Attempts to pressure North Korea into stopping its nuclear missile program through sanctions are “misguided and futile,” Russian President Vladimir Putin warned, adding that threats and provocations would only add more fuel to the fire.

“The situation on the Korean Peninsula, where tensions have grown recently, is balancing on the brink of a large-scale conflict. Russia believes that the policy of putting pressure on Pyongyang to stop its nuclear missile program is misguided and futile,” Putin, who is due to attend a summit of the BRICS nations in China next week, wrote ahead of his trip.

“The region’s problems should only be settled through a direct dialogue of all the parties concerned without any preconditions. Provocations, pressure and militarist and insulting rhetoric are a dead-end road,” he noted.

Russia and China have created a roadmap for a settlement on the Korean Peninsula that is designed to promote the gradual easing of tensions and the creation of a mechanism for lasting peace and security, the Russian leader added.

The Russian-Chinese initiative of “double freezing,” put forward by the Russian and Chinese foreign ministers on July 4, is designed to cease any missile launches and nuclear tests by Pyongyang, as well as large-scale military exercises by Washington and Seoul.

Last month, the UN Security Council unanimously agreed to impose more restrictive measures on Pyongyang, banning exports of coal, iron, lead, and seafood. The move came in response to North Korea’s missile launches in July, which it, as well as South Korea and the US, claimed were intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests. Moscow has questioned the claim, arguing North Korea was testing intermediate range rockets.

China announced a full ban on imports of coal, iron, and seafood, among other goods from North Korea as of August 15, thus cutting key export revenues for Pyongyang.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday that all conceivable and unimaginable sanctions against North Korea have already been imposed, to no avail.

“All possible sanctions aimed at preventing North Korea from using a map of external relations for the development of missile and nuclear programs banned by the [UN] Security Council, all conceivable and even unimaginable sanctions, which have little to do directly with these areas of DPRK’s [the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] activities, have already been adopted by the Security Council. In addition, unilateral sanctions have been adopted, which we consider illegitimate,” Lavrov said.

In a bid to ease tensions, Moscow will seek the resumption of six-party talks on the situation on the Korean Peninsula, the Russian Foreign Minister noted.

“We will still seek to resume these talks,” he said, adding that “we know that Americans are talking with representatives of Pyongyang via some semi-secret, semi-official, semi-academic channel.”

Moscow will be happy “if they agree on some de-escalation, so that all parties cool down, sit down at the negotiating table and start talking.”

“We have a common goal – denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, so that neither the North nor the South, the US and us [Russia] have nuclear weapons,” Lavrov said.

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