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From the article:

“MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin on Friday renewed criticism of U.S. plans to deploy a missile shield in Eastern Europe, saying Russia would take “appropriate measures” to counter the system.”

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Not a complete article! To see the entire article you have to pay for it however, in the short portion that is free to all some relevant points are made.

From the article:
“Summary:  Russia’s imperial ambitions did not end with the fall of the Soviet Union. The Kremlin has returned to expansionism, trying to recapture great-power status at the expense of its neighbors, warns one of Ukraine’s most prominent politicians. The United States and Europe must counter with a strong response — one that keeps Russia in check without sparking a new Cold War.”

Another quote from the Article:
“In the aftermath of communism’s collapse, it was assumed that Russia’s imperial ambitions had vanished — and that foreign policy toward Russia could be conducted as if former diplomatic considerations did not apply. Yet they must apply, for Russia straddles the world’s geopolitical heartland and is heir to a remorseless imperial tradition. Encouraging economic and political reform — the West’s preferred means of engaging Russia since communism’s end — is of course an important foreign policy tool. But it cannot substitute for a serious effort to counter Russia’s long-standing expansionism and its present desire to recapture its great-power status at the expense of its neighbors.”

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“MOSCOW, April 21 — At their first meeting with journalists since taking over Russia’s largest independent radio news network, the managers had startling news of their own: from now on, they said, at least 50 percent of the reports about Russia must be “positive.”In addition, opposition leaders could not be mentioned on the air and the United States was to be portrayed as an enemy, journalists employed by the network, Russian News Service, say they were told by the new managers, who are allies of the Kremlin.”

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“On Tuesday, the police raided the Educated Media Foundation, a nongovernmental group sponsored by United States and European donors that helps foster an independent news media. The police carried away documents and computers that were used as servers for the Web sites of similar groups. That brought down a Web site run by the Glasnost Defense Foundation, a media rights group, which published bulletins on violations of press freedoms.”

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From the article:
“Russia plans to build the world’s longest tunnel, a transport and pipeline link under the Bering Strait to Alaska, as part of a $65 billion project to supply the U.S. with oil, natural gas and electricity from Siberia.”

“The transit link is that string on which all our industrial cluster projects could hang,”said Vasily Zubakin, deputy chief executive officer of OAO Hydro OGK, Unified Energy’s hydropower unit and a potential investor.”

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Is it a good idea to give the Russians a tool to use against the U.S. in the future? If they will turn off the flow of gas to the Ukraine they would certainly turn off the oil to the U.S. at a crucial moment.

Partnerships with Russia… bad idea!

From the article:

“Communists always make the French elections interesting. The upcoming presidential election, for which the first round of voting will commence on April 22, promises more of the same.”

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From the Article:
“China’s foreign exchange reserve reached 1.2 trillion US dollars by the end of March, up 37.36 percent from the same period last year, the People’s Bank of China announced Thursday.”

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“China surpassed the United States as the world’s second-largest exporter in the middle of last year, according to figures released Thursday by the World Trade Organization, and the Asian country is pulling further and further ahead.”

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“The new Cold War won’t be like the last one, with massed tank divisions stretched across the German plain ready to repulse a Communist invasion of Western Europe. No, the looming power struggle between resurgent Russian nationalism and Western liberty will be determined by raw economic muscle and political clout or, in Russia’s case, blackmail and intimidation.

You have only to look at the implosion of Ukraine’s fledgling democratic institutions to see the effectiveness of the new tactics the Russian bear is using to claw back its influence over its former empire.”

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Russian billionaire Boris Berezovsky said he is planning a revolution in Russia to topple President Vladimir Putin, in comments published on Friday.

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Diplomacide Mothballed

Diplomacide has been mothballed.
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