ZeroHedge - BY TYLER DURDEN - FRIDAY, MAR 25, 2022 - 11:18 AM
Coming the day after the emergency NATO summit in Brussels, where Jens Stoltenberg vowed that Russia will pay "severe costs" for "years to come" over its Ukraine invasion, and with Joe Biden now visiting Poland to highlight the refugee crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday hit back at US and Western sanctions, calling them tantamount to an act of "total war" on Russia.
He called the sum total of isolation measures against Russia being pushed under US leadership "a real hybrid war" and said that "total war was declared on us," according to The Associated Press.
As The Hill writes further of the fresh remarks, "The international sanctions have clearly hurt the Russian economy, though Lavrov emphasized that many states will decline to join that effort."
Lavrov said: "We have many friends, allies, partners in the world, a huge number of associations in which Russia is working with countries of all continents, and we will continue to do so" - which at the very least includes China, India, Brazil, and others - which make up an outsized portion of the global economy. Meanwhile...
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With newsflow out of Ukraine nothing less than a firehose (of often fake news), with market-moving headlines firing every other minute on average, traders can be forgiven if they have just given up following the narrative. To help out, here is a snapshot of all the latest market-moving news out of Ukraine from the last few hours courtesy of Newsquawk:
- "There is progress in ceasefire negotiations with Russia", according to Ukrainian President Advisor cited by Sky News Arabia; expresses "cautious optimism" about talks with Russia; There is a possibility of a diplomatic breakthrough in talks with Russia
- Turkey President Erdogan says Russia and Ukraine can reach compromise on four of six issues discussed, but territorial disputes remain.
- The Russian military will submit a proposal to Russian President Putin on how best to respond to NATO beefing up its Eastern flank, according to the Kremlin
- US Pentagon senior official said Russia is running out of precision-guided munitions for the war in Ukraine and that the Ukraine war makes Russia a strategic burden for China.
- US Pentagon's new strategy will describe Russia as an acute threat but one that cannot pose a long-term systemic challenge, while Russia will emerge from the Ukrainian war weaker militarily and politically.
- EU joint statement noted the EU demands that Russia stop committing war crimes in Ukraine and EU is prepared to close loopholes in Russian sanctions.
- US President Biden said the US, EU coming together to reduce the bloc's dependency on Russian energy; we should not subsidize Russia President Putin's attack on Ukraine
- Australia announced new sanctions on Russia and Belarus including Belarusian President Lukashenko and members of his family.
- Russia is mulling selling its oil and gas for Bitcoin as sanctions intensify, according to CNBC.
- US DoJ charged four Russian government workers over hacking campaigns that targeted the global energy sector, according to FT.
- Indian Government is expected to formally announce an INR-RUB payment arrangement next week which would allow the bypassing of US sanctions, according to Sputnik.
- North Korea confirmed Thursday's launch was a 'new-type' Hwasong-17 and that its leader Kim directly guided the ICBM test, while Kim sees the new ICBM as an important deterrent against nuclear war. Kim also stated the new weapon shows the might and modernity of North Korea's strategic force and that they are preparing for a long confrontation with US imperialism. Furthermore, he said North Korea's strategic force is ready to check and contain any military attempt by the US, while he warned whoever attempts to infringe on North Korea's security will pay dearly.
- The US imposed sanctions on five entities and individuals in Russia, North Korea, and China for weapons proliferation, according to the State Department.
- Indian Foreign Minister said military talks with China have made progress, but issues are not sorted out, according to Reuters.
Putin rages against Western cultural sanctions - thinks it is similar to Nazism
Resett.no - Of Maria Zähler-March 25, 2022 | 14:44
Putin compares the West's punitive reactions to Russian culture to the Nazi book bonfire of the 1930s.
Many Western countries are boycotting Russian culture and cultural workers as a result of the country's invasion of Ukraine, to which the Russian president is reacting strongly.
- They are trying to strike a line over a thousand-year-old country. I'm talking about the growing discrimination of everything that can be linked to Russia, says Putin, pointing to Russian music and literature.
- The last time we witnessed such a massive campaign to destroy unwanted literature was when Nazis in Germany did it almost 90 years ago, he says.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also singled out the Nazis in Germany and on Friday accused the West of declaring "total war" against Russia.
- They do not hide what the goal is, they have publicly announced that the goal is to destroy, ruin and stifle the Russian economy and Russia as a whole, he said according to the state Russian news agency Tass.
The bottom line is for the people to regain their original, moral principles, which have intentionally been watered out over the past generations by our press, TV, and other media owned by the Illuminati/Bilderberger Group, corrupting our morals by making misbehavior acceptable to our society. Only in this way shall we conquer this oncoming wave of evil.
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