The Trump administration eases sanctions against Russia

A mural of Putin and Trump in Vilnius. Image: Facebook/Keulė Rūkė

A mural of Putin and Trump in Vilnius. Image: Facebook/Keulė Rūkė 

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The USA’s Treasury Department has allowed American companies to interact with Russia’s Security Service, the FSB, in order to receive the licenses and permissions needed to export “certain information technology products” to Russia, a statement on the Treasury Department’s site reads.

The sanctions, which were introduced by the Obama administration on 29 December 2016, prohibited local US companies from interacting with the FSB, as well as sanctioned nine entities and individuals linked to GRU, Russia’s largest foreign military intelligence agency, and the FSB. Four high-ranking officers of the GRU were also sanctioned, as were three companies that “provided material support to the GRU’s cyber operations.”

The new order “authorizes certain transactions with the Federal Security Service that are necessary and ordinarily incident to requesting certain licenses and authorizations for the importation, distribution, or use of certain information technology products in the Russian Federation, as well as transactions necessary and ordinarily incident to comply with rules and regulations administered by, and certain actions or investigations involving, the FSB.”

Thus, the Treasury’s new order eases sanctions only on the FSB. Exporting goods to Crimea is still forbidden.

The Russian agency RBK previously reported that the December sanctions against the FSB complicated imports of electronics to Russia, because the FSB controls the import of all devices using encryption. To export electronic devices like smartphones to Russia, a company must submit a note about its encryption mechanisms.

The sanctions of 29 December 2016 were issued as a retaliatory measure after the emergence of reports of the US intelligence community linking the hacked emails of the DNC with Russia’s GRU. Then, Barack Obama called Russia’s “malicious cyber-enabled activities” a “national emergency” aimed at undermining democratic processes. Additionally, 35 Russian diplomats were ejected from the United States, and the Russian compounds in  New York and Maryland were closed.

The USA also introduced sanctions against the Russian Federation over its occupation of Crimea and participation in the conflict in Donbas. After Donald Trump, who was according to the American intelligence community supported by Russia, won at the Presidential elections, statements were issued suggesting that the US would cancel or ease sanctions against Russia.

With reporting by Meduza.io

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  • veth

    Another proof Trump is an Russian agent…………………and sponsored by Russia. GOP members are all commies.

    • туфтуф

      But he seems to be an efficient 1…lolz

    • Turtler

      Riiiight. Because the party that condemned the Castro dictatorship and the lifting of sanctions thereof is Communist.

      And everybody who benefits Putin is apparently a Russian agent.

      Without double standards, posters like you probably would have none at all.

  • Victor Victory

    Where’s Claus von Stauffenberg when you need him?

    Next week Trump will remove all sanctions placed on Der Furher Putler.

    • Alex George

      In all seriousness, I don’t think it will be all next week, but a little each week or each month. Trump and his crew are hoping nobody will notice as sanctions are lifted bit by bit.

      • туфтуф

        Good for both nations’ economies that sanctions are lifted. Time to build, not destroy.

        http://www.politico.eu/article/russias-nuclear-attack-on-europe/

        • Brent

          Well “Toto”, then why do you support Russia trying to destroy Ukraine?

          • Victor Victory

            He’s a nazi fascist terrorist supporter.

          • туфтуф

            Oh l never!

          • туфтуф

            Oh l never! I even share data with SBU. All l m saying is that despite all our efforts, ukros dnt stand a chance of winning a war against the Republics, let alone Russia. Acc to the official estimate of ukro ddefense ministry, ukros need to suffer 40.000 dead soldiers in order to occupy Donbass. And that estimate is a week old, before Russians openly sent Cossack batallions 3 days ago.

          • Alex George

            LOL You never share data with anyone, because you have no data to share. ;o)

            Don’t worry about Donbas – your Russian forces are suffering far heavier casualties than the Ukrainians. That is what poor training and lack of motivation does.

          • Andrew Chmil

            Except Ruski have an ASIATIC view of human life…. ALWAYS!

          • туфтуф

            Several intel agencies read all we write, FSB being 1 of them. My wife is ukrorussiian and have to be careful.

          • Alex George

            As I wrote, you never share data with anyone, because you have no data to share. ;o)

          • туфтуф

            Ok.

          • туфтуф

            Ok

          • туфтуф

            I dnt. I am just predicting what might happen.

          • туфтуф

            I never….

          • Neckto

            тфу…!

  • Alex George

    So this is how sanctions will end, little by little.

    Republican leaders prorested; Trump went ahead anyway. I guess he is confident that they are just all talk.

    It’s funny how it’s justified by Trump supporters: “meant to stop unintended consequences, that American businesses can’t sell encryption products to Russia”. I would say that was precisely the intention of imposing these sanctions.

    It is so reassuring to know that US businessmen are now allowed to have contact with the FSB in order to sell encryption technology in Russia!

    • туфтуф

      Trumps election seems to be the deepest KGB penetration in history.

  • Rafael Hernandez

    Good, only positive outcomes can come out of a friendlier line between US and Russia, like we saw in ww2. As for the pathetic regime in Kiev, they should be ashamed for having confirmed started the shelling of Avdeyevka

    • Victor Victory

      There’s no proof ukraine started the shelling only RT says so.

      • туфтуф

        Doesnt matter who started it. Who will finish it, matters.

        • Alex George

          Of course it matter who started it, and that was Russia

          • туфтуф

            True. But who finishes it as victor matters more. Ukros havent even fired a single bullet towards Crimea which they voluntarily gave away, and u say its theirs. Once u give something away without even TRYING to get it back, it ceases being urs.

          • Alex George

            On the contrary, who started it is the most important thing. That is why Russia is desperately trying to deny starting it, but nobody believes them.

            Crimea is Ukrainian, so is Donbass. And Russia will hand back both .

          • туфтуф

            Of course its denying
            Russian secret services dnt go around giving interviews for cnn. Lolz

    • Mykola Banderachuk

      russia the greatest nazi collaborator of all time came begging to the West for help fighting Hitler-begging for help. this is after russia was an ally of Nazi Germany signing a treaty in 1939. And we all know what happened after ww2 was over. russia and stalin went back to being an enemy of the West after receiving all this help. as for this shelling do you have confirmation of what you say and do not bother linking me to RT TV we all know what that stands for – russian terrorism tv.

      • туфтуф

        Ukraine seeking help from China to fight off Russian aggression. Maybe if u offer Crimea to the Chinese and NK, they will help you keep Donbass?

        • Victor Victory

          Russia’s allies are the best! Iran, Iraq, Syria, North Korea, China, Venezuela you know… the terrorist and dictatorship countries.

          • Brent

            Don’t forget Robert Mugabe and Zimbabwe….

          • туфтуф

            Agreed. Chinas culturally to different to be offered Crimea. Better under Russia.

          • Alex George

            Why would China want Crimea? It is going to take over half of Russia.

          • туфтуф

            I wish. But in a way, it has already happened. They signed Eurasian community agreement. With Russias mineral riches and commies’ formidable economy, EU will pale into insignificance

      • Rafael Hernandez

        You mean the Sovier unioun, As for that logic; the western Ukrainians(same as in Maidan) helped the germans invade Ukrainian Belorussian and Russian ssr, by fighting for the fascists and revealing intel.

        • Alex George

          Some did, as did many Russians.

          Stalin helped Hitler prepare his armies, and did a deal with him to divide western Europe.

          In the end, it was the USSR that defeated Nazi Germany in the east – led by the Ukrainians and Belarusians

          • Rafael Hernandez

            You are confused. Nazi Germany was defeated by Russia and Russia. What you are confusing Ukrainians and Belarussians are the Ukrainian and BeloRussian fronts who consisted of all type of Soviet people, but they liberated countries

          • Alex George

            Yes, you are confused. Russia did not defeat Nazi Germany in the east.

            The USSR did. That means Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Russia, Kazakh, Armenia, etc etc. Proportional to population, Belarus and Ukraine played a far higher role than Russia did.

          • Rafael Hernandez

            Nope, does Stalingrad Leningrad and Kursk tell anything to you? Germany may have not been beaten entirely by Russians, but they were defeated in Russia

          • Andrew Chmil

            “Stalingrad” & Kursk are Ukrainian ethnic areas!

            White people! Not monhols!

            http://tinyurl.com/h3gmpem

          • Alex George

            Nice attempt to deflect, but fail.

            Russia did not defeat Nazi Germany in the east.

            The USSR did. That means Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Russia, Kazakh, Armenia, etc etc. Proportional to population, Belarus and Ukraine played a far higher role than Russia did.

          • Rafael Hernandez

            You are unfortunately very clueless. They were defeated in Russia, infact Germany destroyed Belarus and Ukraine. When it comes to the ethnicity of people, Russians, Ukrainians, Kazakhs and Belarussians(mostly) played a huge role. But the fact remains that Germany was defeated in Russia by Russians and Ukrainians

          • MichaelA

            russia abandoned belarus and ukraine to the germans because russians are cowards

          • Rafael Hernandez

            Wow, and Ukrainians didn’t manage to defend their “land”? Somehow it is all Russia’s fault

          • MichaelA

            russia ie the kremlin abandoned belarus and ukraine
            you were stupid enough to say that only russia defeated germany
            dont blame us for your stupidity

          • Alex George

            Yes, you are very clueless.

            Germany was not defeated in the east by Russia. It was defeated by the USSR.

            And that would not have been necessary except for Stalin’s deal with Hitler to divide Europe. Two fascists working together until one of them betrayed the other – it was just a question of who would get in first.

        • zorbatheturk

          The Soviet Onion.

    • Murf

      The US despised Stalin and the USSR.
      Just like to day.
      That was one of those unpleasant duties you have to preform so you hold your nose and try to keep your breakfast down.
      Jut like now.
      Although why Trump thinks he has to is beyond me.

      • туфтуф

        Thats cus ur slow. And lack info.

        • Brent

          Hey Toto, who is in the photo? They look very similar….a brother and sister perhaps?

          • туфтуф

            Ye.

          • Brent

            So your parents were siblings? That explains your mental incapacity…,

          • туфтуф

            Ye.

        • Murf

          My info is up to date it just lacks the classic Russian wishful thinking.
          But do tell, what does Putin have, REALLY have, that Trump REALLY needs.
          And if you say help fighting ISIS the question is how?

        • Alex George

          Coming from the person who always gets the most basic info wrong, that is quite funny!

    • Brent

      “Walnut brain Ralphie” is back!!! Did you get your Kremlin troll reprogramming completed? Oh wait, judging by the idiocy of your post I already know the answer…..

      Patton had the correct answer with how U.S. Russia relations should have been dealt with in World War II. It would have saved your ancestors from living under Soviet rule for 47 years and maybe you could have received https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/48fd118ce2b6facfd3c5bb6e9ede7a6b5516399253d6bc4240b41527788199fc.jpg better nutrition growing up so that you brain would have grown bigger than the size of a walnut….

  • Murf

    Trump’s new UN ambassador has strongly reaffirmed the US’s support for Ukraine and her territorial integrity.

    • туфтуф

      I affirm it as well. But how will that help ukroland? Lolz

      • Murf

        How about 350 in military aid and another 1 billion in low interest loans for starters already in the 2017 US budget.
        Canada is proceeding with the FTA with Ukraine. That defacto means a FTA with the US.

        Trump has approved the Keystone XL pipeline. this pipeline will bring Canadian crude to the gulf coast for refining. He has promised to remove restrictions on oil exports.
        So you see lifting some minor sanctions is not going to improve the Russian economic situation overly much. Oil will still be low and Russia will still be burning up it’s cash reserves.

        • туфтуф

          Its good for murders, but bad for ukroeconomy…..

          • Alex George

            Don’t worry about the Ukrainain economy. Nordstream II will never be built.

          • туфтуф

            Russia signed a multibillion dollar gas contract with the largest evonomy im.the world-China. To me, looks like an ideal partnership, nigh marriage. Europe is dying. In 20 yrs time it will have 80% black and mussie population. Russia and China are the lands of the future.

          • Alex George

            LOL you do realise that Russia’s muslim population is growing far quicker than Europe’s?

            And yes, Russia has signed a number of deals with China . They all fail because Russia can’t deliver.

          • туфтуф

            China helpin. Mussies bee gud in Russia. Patriotic. In eu, mostly terrorists. In London, we have a part called Brick Lane. They have shariah police there.

          • Alex George

            Oh please, so you know nothing about muslim atrocities in Russia – you really are just an old windbag.

            And Russia’s Muslim population is growing far quicker than Europe’s.

            Russia has signed a number of deals with China . They all fail because Russia can’t deliver.

          • туфтуф

            Been to Chechnya. With the wife. Have to find my pic for u and upload it here. On it, my wife and l with a …… whose face l had to blank out. Havent made it to Dagestan, though..

          • туфтуф

            Nordstream is operational. On which planet do u live? Lolz

          • Alex George

            LOL Learn the difference between Nordstream and Nordstream II, you ignorant moron.

          • туфтуф

            Lolz. Got ur food stamps yet? Or has daddy run.off with a handsome neighbour from the trailer next door, in support of european values? Lolz

          • туфтуф

            Soon China will be Russias biggest customer. We are rich and can afford US gas and oil. This all cr*p abt being competitive on the markets truly gets on my nerves. I say lets line the US oligarchs’ pockets a bit. Its called “energy diversification”. Lolz

        • туфтуф

          When it coms to dealing with Russia, money is of little value. Having spent 5 yrs in Moscow and having a zRussian wife, trust me, know them too well.

          • Alex George

            Sure, just you like you know all the separatist leaders personally etc etc.

            Money is everything in Russia. For the wealthy elites of course.

          • туфтуф

            I know only one personally. He s not a separatist leader. He is Death Incarnate.

          • Alex George

            You don’t know anyone personally.

            you are just an old windbag who wants to sound important.

          • туфтуф
          • Alex George

            Yes, death incarnate – who never does any fighting, just hangs around Donbass taking selfies. ;o)

          • туфтуф

            He s got a bunch of trophies taken from nazis he has smoked. Wierd man.

          • туфтуф
          • Njordheim

            Wait until Crazy Andrew Chmil aka *Galician Swine* see this picture… This Banderite is especially found of Serbs. When Serbs put him in jail for molesting children this lifetime UkrNAZZi did not have very good time!

          • Alex George

            Except the one who is wanted in Serbia is actually the moron in the photo above. That’s why he hangs around Donbass but never does any fighting – he can’t go home.

          • Alex George

            Except none of them are in Donbass, are they? As Beric himself admitted.

            And all Beric is about is taking selfies and posting to facebook.

          • туфтуф

            I spoke to him on messenger 2 days ago. Forgot to turn off his gps.

          • туфтуф

            Oh? So that is the reason why his head is worth $1 million? Come to think about it, your logic is impeccable. Lolz

          • Njordheim

            And how are you an expert in Russia? Did you attend Russian study in Tell Aviv, old Soros troll?

          • Alex George

            HA ha, the old troll doesn’t even know anything about Russia now!

            Try researching, reading, learning, for a change. Or if that is too difficult, go back to school and get an education. ;o)

          • Njordheim

            Be more specific… do you mean they would outplay you at any cost – judging by their military advancement in less than 10 years, this is how it really is – really!!

          • туфтуф

            While NATO was asleep, bombing small countries and taking pride in raping children and goats (acc to US law, soldiers on duty can practise zoophilia), Russia has built up its military potential in all respects. There is a popular misconception in the West that when Putin was elected, it was a triumph ofWestern demoNcracy. Nothing of the sort. KGB took over the country. One cnt “duck” with a country of the size and might of Russia with an intel agency running it. In US, CIA is often sidelined. No one can sideline KGB . Here is one more present for u: Death lncarnate with a typical Serbian 3 finger salute. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ea93fdd8d888c935ff885a5b724f0de64ca173bf2d4e6ede71eed4815b61cbf6.jpg

          • Alex George

            LOL the Russian army has gone downhill under Putin. As its lack of success demonstrates.

            The FSB is incompetent, a pale shadow of tghe former KGB.

            And this guy Beric is a well-known self-promoter, that’s all.

          • туфтуф

            Lolz.

          • туфтуф

            Change of theme yorge: bestiality allowed in US military? Been wondering what the duck they ve been doin in Afganistan for so long. Cnt get off camels and sheep? Or is it the poppy business?

        • Njordheim

          All this while the TWO-THIRDS OF US DECK-BASED FIGHTERS ARE FAULTY – due to “insufficient budget” – More proof every day that US goverment is out of touch with reality!

          • Alex George

            How true – pity that its the Russian aircraft that keep crashing. ;o)

        • Njordheim

          What this has to do with Ukraps?

          More and more Ukrainian politicians are openly declaring the the Minsk Accords are dead and that only a military solution is possible. Some members of the Rada want to declare war on Russia.

          The Americans are closely monitoring the situation, US drones were detected all along the line of contact, but Donald Trump seems to have decided that he has no interest in stopping the Ukrainians. Bad tongues will say that he doesn’t have the wisdom or political will to take action. Trump-still-hopefuls are saying that Trump wants to let the Ukronazis attack just to place the blame on them and dump them politically.

          Very interestingly, for the very first time most Russian experts who participate in Russian TV talkshows are openly saying that if the Ukronazis officially renege on the Minsk Agreement and attack the Donbass Russia should unilaterally launch a peace-enforcement operation and impose an end to the hostilities in the Donbass and then deal with the complaints coming from the US and Europe. They point out that both the US and Turkey have large forces deployed in Syria in total illegality and that they are in no position to criticize Russia for imposing a end to combat operation right across the Russian border.

          • туфтуф

            Ukraine is dead. Just doesnt know it yet.

          • Alex George

            And it will go on not knowing it long after you are gone, but you will live to see the collapse of Russia.

          • туфтуф

            Wow! And China too, l suppose.lol

          • Alex George

            “More and more Ukrainian politicians …”

            Ha ha, like who? You don’t have a clue what is going on in Ukraine.

            “US drones were detected all along the line of contact”

            LMAO – try none, you ignorant bozo.

            “Russia should unilaterally launch a peace-enforcement operation ”

            First they need to find an army that will fight

      • Alex George

        Since you have zero influence or contacts, not at all. ‘o)

      • Njordheim

        Don’t make it too complicated for Murf to understand. Make it very simple – Tanker Simple!!

    • MichaelA

      about time.

    • Njordheim

      POINTLESS! There is a consensus opinion amongst experts that the Ukronazi junta is horrified by the election of Donald Trump and that they see only one option to force the hand of Trump: to force Russia to openly intervene in defense of the Novorussian Republics which would, of course, result in a military defeat for the Ukraine but also a political victory as the US and EU cannot allow Russian to openly defeat the Ukrainians without reacting.

      The Ukrainians have moved forward heavy artillery systems, including ballistic missiles and heavy long range multiple rocket launchers from where it can strike in downtown Donetsk. Ukrainian MBT and APC/IFV are also seen in large number all along the line of contact. The deployment of such systems is a direct violation of the Minsk-2 Agreement but the Ukronazis don’t seem to care.

      • туфтуф

        No matter of what intl support they get, no matter what Trump or comrade Xi say, the days of the junta are numbered.

        • Alex George

          Correct – the days of the junta in the Kremlin are numbered.

          • туфтуф

            Is it true that bestiality is allowed in US military? Or are my sources lying to me? Lol

      • Alex George

        There is no such consensus. Russia has been caught out firing its own artillery at Donetsk.

        Russia has already intervened in Ukraine, but its army isn’t good enough to defeat Ukraine.

  • туфтуф
    • Murf

      Russia can’t even tie Ukraine into an energy lock.

      • туфтуф

        Read. Serious sh*t. Then talk.

        • Murf

          Russia NEVER had more than 30% of the European market.
          That’s it! no more than a 1/3.
          Now thanks to growing LNG facilities and the shale revolution the US, Oman,Iran,Iraq, Algeria, Azerbaijan, the Kurdish Regional Government, Israel, and soon Egypt can compete in the market.
          Then there is Britain and Norway. They can crank up production in a matter of weeks.
          If Russia can undercut the price that just means they make even less.
          Also now there will be no more long term contracts that stiffled open competition. the price will fluctuate but competition will keep the price down.
          Anytime the Russians feel like throwing their weight around the Europeans can just buy it from some one else.
          But even is none of that mattered there is the shale revolution.
          Several countries are looking at it and the Ukraine company Bursima has already started 12 wells.
          And if that doesn’t work- Renewables Dude!
          Their use is spreading, rapidly.
          China is building a 1 billion dollar solar park in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
          And even if Russia manages to fight off the competition. Even if they can suppress the shale AND renewables.
          Even if Putin’s dream of a monopoly on European energy comes true; EVERY Troll I have come in contact quotes the high prist of Eursianism, Dugan, saying that Europe is fading.
          It’s time has come and gone.
          It is economically withering.
          So if that is true…Why bother!
          You, like Putin are still thinking 19th century Industrial Revolution in a digital age.
          Get with the times man.

          • Brent

            Russia’s puppet state Iran also wants to recapture its former European gas markets and also has its eyes on China as a customer. Turkmenistan and Azerbaijini would also both benefit from a southern pipeline to Europe. If I recall correctly, Turkmenistan currently exports its gas through Russia, who inexplicably cut back on what it would import and then resell elsewhere. More competition for Gazprom is a great thing!!!

            http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/Russia-on-edge-as-Europe-eyes-other-gas-sources

            http://www.naturalgasworld.com/china-iran-gas-market-26413

          • zorbatheturk

            Putin has very little leverage over Iran.

          • Murf

            I read a year ago that Turkmenistan was looking at building a pipeline across the Caspian to tie in with the Azerbaijani network or south to Iran and using their ports.
            The Iranians are working on building a pipeline through Iraq to link up with the Turkish system.
            Another interesting item is the the new locks on the Panama canal allow BIG LNG carriers to use the short cut and have reduced the transportation cost of US LNG by half. China is buying up as much as we will sell.
            Bottom line; Russia and her Trolls can dream the impossible dream all they want.
            They just need to start doing it in this Century and not the 1930s

          • туфтуф

            Wjat duck d ya want? 50? 60? Lolz

          • Alex George

            LOL As usual, you don’t have a clue . Just an old windbag trying to be important.

  • zorbatheturk

    All western sanctions on exporting live Ebola virus to RuSSia must be lifted.

    • туфтуф

      They have serious bacterial warfare factories in Georgia. Need to use them, otherwise dead assets.

      • zorbatheturk

        Eat a raw bat.

  • Dalton

    Ukrainians calm down. This story is misleading. None of the Ukraine related sanctions were affected and these sanctions were put in place by Obama just before he left office and the sanctions weren’t lifted, but “It’s a rule change clearing up a problem with the sanctions regime that prevented U.S. exporters of non-sanctioned electronic devices from complying with both U.S. and Russian law. The problem was identified by the Obama administration, and this appears to be the response to address it. “Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a Russia hawk who has called for more sanctions on Moscow, told NBC News that Thursday’s move looks like “largely a technical fix.”
    http://www.cnbc.com/2017/02/02/us-treasury-eases-some-sanctions-against-russian-intelligence-service.html

    The truth behind the headline is that the US has been selling things to the FSB for years prior to the sanctions.

    The POSITIVE thing that directly relates to Ukraine was the new UN Ambassador today publicly denouncing Russia for the recent escalation of hostilities in Donbass.
    http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/02/politics/haley-russia-un/
    “I consider it unfortunate that the occasion of my first appearance here is one in which I must condemn the aggressive actions of Russia,” she said. “We do want to better our relations with Russia. However, the dire situation in eastern Ukraine is one that demands clear and strong condemnation of Russian actions.”
    I suggest watching the video on the site where she specifically mentions Crimea and Ukrainian sovereignty.

    The US and President Trump is NOT going to abandon you. Don’t listen to the trolls and misinformation.

    • Oknemfrod

      Absolutely right. The FSB permissions to import e-devices is the entire scope of “easing the sanctions”. Everything else is right on the money, too.

      • туфтуф

        Fsb is the most important player

        • zorbatheturk

          You play with Putin’s tiny tool.

      • Alex George

        Sorry, but no his comment was just the usual disingenuous fluff.

        He went quiet while Trump sat and did nothing in the face of Russian aggresion. Now that Trump has been forced to respond, due to many other US figures speaking out, he tries to claim that Trump took the lead in this . But Trump has been a follower, not a leader.

        There was no valid reason to lift the sanctions on communications wiht the FSB. The stated reason for lifting this one was to facilitate US companies selling technology to Russia, including encryption technology. It is precisely for that reason that this sanction was imposed in the first place.

    • туфтуф

      On the other hand, Russia has survived sanctions officially. It wld be better to lift them completely, recognise Crimea and stop the war in Donbass, giving it to ukroland so it has power to protect Russias interests in Rada, and get on with proppping up the non existant ukro economy…??? Or ukros carry on killing each other?

      • Dalton

        Good idea, see if you can get your boss to stop the war in Donbass, recall his killers from Ukrainian land and then lift the sanctions! Problem solved. Otherwise maybe good to keep the sanctions in place, maybe provide some sophisticated technology to Ukraine to neutralize the banned weaponry that Russian thugs are using to kill and destroy, and perhaps provide some tech to neutralize the air defenses so Ukraine can better deal with the issues themselves. All that has to be done is maintain the pressure and give Ukraine some time to produce the necessary weaponry and technology from US provided tech, and technically we wouldn’t be providing weapons ourselves, just the tools needed to decimate Putin’s machines. Now isn’t it time for you to clock out?

    • Brent

      And what conflicts have the United Nations been effective in resolving lately?

      It’s easy to tell people to “calm down” but Russia’s war on Ukraine had been going on for almost years and people are still dying at the hands of Russian terrorists

      • Dalton

        Brent you’re acting more like a Russian troll than a thoughtful commenter. Try to take off your snowflake glasses and realize the important aspect of the comment isn’t a commentary on the UN but a public announcement of the policy of President Trumps administration…Which I believe is the exact opposite of what you have been spewing over in all of our recent exchanges.
        It was very encouraging for the strong affirmation of support by the US to Ukraine and its people, including support and recognition of its sovereignty and occupation of its land by Russia.

        • туфтуф

          Brentoman aint no russian troll. If u say that 1 more time l ll flag u.

        • Brent

          The “all knowing” Drumpf lover Dalton has spoken!!! All while still doubting the 17 U.S. Intelligence agencies who report that Russia hacked the DNC…..

          • Dalton

            Again you’re misquoting and mischaracterizing. Now please continue with that actual report that shows the claims.

          • Alex George

            Err no, you weak little snowflake, the Ambassador’s speech, coming after other western leaders and many US public figures have spoken out, shows that Trump finally realises that the has no choice but to get board. I(ts timing proves Brent’s point. in spades.

            Thank goodness there are some true leaders in the USA. They just aren’t in the White House.

            “The Trump administration is showing some promising signs with regard to Ukraine and not as was portrayed by my beloved news sources”

            Yes, finally, after being shown the way by real US leaders. Trump knows he has no choice in the matter.

        • Alex George

          Oh please – you are the one acting like a Russian troll. Your comment has rightly been approved by our resident troll. ;o)

          Try to take off your snowflake glasses and realize the important aspect of the comment is the fact that Trump has finally been forced to speak out in favour of Ukraine.

          That is due to many other US public figures, and many word leaders, speaking out first.

          • Dalton

            Of course, and whatever works.

        • туфтуф

          Brentoman possibly didnt get his food stamps this week?

      • туфтуф

        And they will continue dying to defend EU values. Ukraine is at the forefront of defending pederasty et al and its worth dying for. A big war is a-comin’. And its in the very nature of war that ppl die. Nothing can be done abt it.

        • Alex George

          “Pederasty” – you mean like Putin kissing the stomach of little boys in public, then running for cover when he realised somebody filmed him? ;o)

          • Andrew Chmil

            “”Pederasty” – you mean like Putin kissing the stomach of little boys in public, then running for cover when he realised somebody filmed him? ;o) ”

            GOT BUSTED!!! :)

            Litvenenko wrote about Putin’s “thing” for little boys…..

            He —– JUST COULDN’T HELP HIMSELF!!!!!
            … the nasty, tacky old faqqot! DISGUSTING!!!

          • туфтуф

            I mean european gay soldiers and german animal brothels. And ddanish dad/daughter marriage. That all awaits ukroland should it not be destroyed and entered EU.

          • Murf

            Or they could stick with morally superior Russians and have HIV/Aids be the number three killer in the country and drink hand wash.

          • туфтуф

            Pederasty and zoophilia shld be protected as genuine values of Western civilization. I hope if Ukraine becomes sovereign, it will protect them values too. The barbaric China hates the said values. Wtd?

          • Alex George

            Putin certainly thinks so.

            Then he could kiss the stomach of little boys in public, without having to run for cover when he realised somebody filmed him.

          • Alex George

            Oh okay, I thought you meant Putin kissing the stomach of little boys in public, then running for cover when he realised somebody filmed him.

      • Murf

        Brent, you know I am not a Trump fan but you do have to careful when reading the Western Media with regards to him.
        When they develop a case of the a$$ with someone they represent EVERYTHING the person does in the worst possible light.
        There was a joke back in the 2000s that illustrates this .

        George Bush was walking along the Potomac with the Pope. a guest of wind comes up and blows the pope’s tall miter hat into the middle of the river.
        The Pope says “Oh no what will I do?”
        George says “Hay don’t worry Mr Pope, I’ll get it!”
        George calmly walks across the water reaches down and pick up the floating hat. then he walks back not have even got his shoes wet.
        The Pope is AMAZED! He says “The was incredible! how did you do that?”
        George laconically says; “Aw it’s nothn’. Hey! Ya want to see the Lincoln Memorial?”
        The next day the headlines read;
        “GEORGE BUSH CAN’T SWIM!”

        I am not going to justify anything Trump does but I encourage you to look beyond the headlines.

        • Njordheim

          The same is true for Putin. The liberal garbage-propaganda media is deep-state driven and plain disgusting !!

      • Njordheim

        Jo,…more garbage and propaganda spewing, Brenddy?

        • Alex George

          Yes, you are.

          • Njordheim

            Brenddy – remind me of the word in Yiddish for being an old, grumpy and fool… that’s what you and Alex George are most of the time if not all the time.

      • туфтуф

        Its completely normal that ppl die in wars. Thats the purpose of war. Once the illegal gvt in Kiev chose the path of confrontation with a superpower, what else can they expect than death?

    • Alex George

      You have no right to call anyone “trolls” except yourself.

      You have no idea if Trump is gong to abandon Ukraine. So far there is no sign that he thinks Ukraine is important, whereas he clearly does think Putin is important.

      The reason US has not abandoned Ukraine is because of many brave Americans who ARE prepared to back it publicly and create “facts on the ground” which corner Trump. Those Americans, including many Reps and Dems in Congress, are the ones who deserve praise.

      Putin began his attacks within a few hours of speaking to Trump, once he sensed his weak and vacillating nature.

      • Dalton

        I sure wish I had access to Putin’s thoughts like you do, or Trumps for that matter. You’re just amazing, and yes I agree it was horrible for Trump’s silence on Ukraine for all of 14 days into his Presidency, I mean that is the main problem facing America and he was elected as Ukraine’s President, right?
        Amazing insight. Wow can I have your autograph?

        • Alex George

          What on earth does 14 days into his presidency have to do wiht anything? You don’t seem to understand why you have a president.

          And it didn’t stop many other US leaders from commenting, far sooner than Trump.

          • Dalton

            Meaning it only took two weeks to prove all you wrong who were saying he was going to abandon Ukraine, Putin’s puppet, yada yada yada.
            That’s all Alex. Just admit you misjudged and move on.

          • MichaelA

            Your dodging is obvious.

            You are trying to avoid what he wrote in his first post that Trump didn’t say anything about Putins attacks for several days while other leaders spoke out promptly

          • Dalton

            I have several comments on this particular article and am hardly dodging. What’s laughable is when snowflakes who said he would abandon Ukraine were proven wrong, you just find something else you can criticize – Now it wasn’t fast enough. Give it a rest Michael.

          • Alex George

            You are “dodging” throughout this thread, and yes, you are a snowflake.

            You didn’t like it when the obvious was pointed out – Trump went silent on Russian aggression against Ukraine, but was forced to condemn it after the real leaders in US and elsewhere spoke out.

            As for Trump abandoning Ukraine, too early to say that he won’t. Fortunately, the fact that Congressmen and other leaders are speaking out so strongly will make it very difficult for him to do so.

          • Alex George

            I have not been proved wrong in anything – but you have.

            You are just dodging the point that was made – Trump held back from condemning the latest Russian aggression until the real leaders in the US and overseas forced his hand. The point you are desperately trying to avoid.
            That’s all Dalton. Just admit you misjudged and move on.

          • Dalton

            LOL yeah Alex, the “real leaders” who he really listens to.. yeah.. okay. You’re a prog, of course you’re right. I’m desperately trying to avoid the point (whatever it is).
            F’idiot. Indeed I will move on.

  • туфтуф

    Churkin in UN: We will return.Crimea only when the UK returns illegally annexed territories of Maldives, Gibraltar etc. In other words, never. Or after a war for the ownership of Crimea.

    predlozhil-londongolbis.com/pin/churkin-u-ochistit-sovest-vernuv-anneksirovannyie-territorii/#.WJRMI4d7jJw.facebook

    • Alex George

      Except even that conversation didn’t happen. You just can;t get anythingrigth, can you?!

      • туфтуф

        But l included an open source link…

        • Alex George

          And the conversation didn’t happen. Keep wishing my friend. .

          • туфтуф

            Yorge, this is a pic of the Serbian batallion. Dnt know anyone except Death lncarnate. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/683dbc657ed4200e62754d69b28861bf05d9995101c19a4bdaf695bef4b83966.jpg

          • Njordheim

            He wont respond – deep is the shame of the UkrNaZZi who is supported by no one!!

          • Alex George

            That;s not fair – Tuphtuph doesn’t always fail to respond. But yes, like you, he is a nazi

          • Alex George

            That’s a battalion? 13 men?

            And as I said, Beric himself admitted in a post back in June that he was the only Serb he knew actually in Donbass.

            The Serbian battalion is a myth.

          • туфтуф

            Ok.

    • zorbatheturk

      You ruZZians are so dumb. Can a ruZZian even learn how to tie a shoelace? I doubt it.

      • туфтуф

        Churkin was pretty clear: the moment Brits return territories to their legal owners, P will return Crimea. On the other hand, some ppl doubt it cus they think Crimes has already been returned. To Russia.

        • zorbatheturk

          Bog off you unredeemable idjeet.

  • Alex George

    LOL and even now he can;t get even the most basic facts right!

  • Alex George

    LOL You have no friends on the frontline, or anywhere else, and you have no idea what is happening in Donbas.

    • туфтуф

      Ok.

    • Njordheim

      More LOLs old trolly?

      • Alex George

        LOL and now we hear from the other silly old troll – who can never refute anything that any of us say. Scornful laughter is the usual response to your pathetic attempts at argument.

  • Racquel

    Merely a testing of the waters here. Republicans… silence. McCain, one of the few Rs with a patriotic bone left in his body, caved/minimized just as he did WRT endorsing Donald or Tillerson or investigating Russian election interference, etc. All bark, no bite. It’s what he does, not says. The same goes for Nikki at the UN. This Administration’s turned Orwell’s 1984 into a best-seller again.

    Despite it all, I’m glad McCain was re-elected. Ukraine can always count on him. He did out Comey for sitting on the PeePee dossier and has been mopping up Donald’s disastrous FP. Losing allies and credibility at record pace here, but, hey, at least Obama Care’s repealed :)

    • Turtler

      “Merely a testing of the waters here. ”

      Maybe, but that raises the question of- if something like this might have been testing the waters- Obama only decided to institute these particular sanctions in the first place at the twilight of his mandate, after his successor was already elected (and well after Putin’s thugs showed them to be deserving it), amidst utter balderdash about Putin supposedly “hacking the election” (which is balderdash; while I am absolutely certain the Kremlin interfered in the election the idea that they “hacked” it or somehow rigged it does not add up in the slightest, and the lack of any proof whatsoever for attacks on the polling stations or voter rosters is indicative), when it would have essentially no legitimacy on the other side of the aisle and be an easy target to roll back.

      If Obama thought these sanctions were worth instituting- and I think they were- he should have done it months if not YEARS before, taken the time to try and get bipartisan support (which he probably would have received), and do it in the light of day. And not just after his party lost an election and he decided to go out the door flipping the bird to the opposing party and his legal successor with faaaaar pettier stuff like the anti-Israeli abstention.

      ” Republicans… silence.”

      Apparently, Mattis doesn’t get any credit for calling Putin out on it.

      “McCain, one of the few Rs with a patriotic bone left in his body,

      Because apparently everybody you don’t disagree with is unpatriotic.

      “or
      investigating Russian election interference, etc. … All bark, no bite.
      It’s what he does, not says.”

      And he still appointed Haley and Mattis to high office. that’s doing, not merely saying.

      And as for investigating Russian election interference, the problem wasn’t Trump or the Republicans. The problem was intentionally dishonest messaging coupled with throwing an investigative stonewall up. There were claims that Putin somehow “hacked the election” which- after bipartisan examination of the voting system concluded that just “hacking” it from the outside and changing all the vote tallies was utterly impossible- amounted to “Putin was behind the DNC leaks.”

      The problem is that the DNC never actually bothered to prove it. It hired supposedly reliable independent contractors that came back with the result, but stonewalled all attempts by the FBI or other government officials to- you know- check for themselves.

      That is kind of bloody inappropriate behavior if you’ve supposedly been compromised by an *enemy intelligence agency* and are claiming so.

      ” This
      Administration’s turned Orwell’s 1984 into a best-seller again.”

      The only time 1984 was not a bestseller was when Eric Blair was hammering it out.

      But in terms of two facedness, I am sadly well aware of Trump talking out of both sides of his mouth. that is why I do not trust him.

      But in terms of doubletalk, nothing Trump has done or has had a CHANCE to do yet compares to what Obama and Clinton did regarding Benghazi and how it supposedly was not a terrorist attack.

      “Despite it all, I’m glad McCain was re-elected. Ukraine can always
      count on him.”

      Indeed, and as one of the people who previously voted for him in the Presidential Election that is one of the few things I like about him.

      ” He did out Comey for sitting on the PeePee dossier ”

      Everybody sat on the PeePee dossier.

      Because it was a load of disreputable [email protected]

      Even Mother Jones- which is by no stretch of the imagination a pro-Trump echo chamber- refused to publish it and stated in great detail why.

      http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/01/heres-bit-more-trump-russia-dossier

      It’s the equivalent of the Birther nonsense regarding Obama.

      “Losing allies and
      credibility at record pace here, but, hey, at least Obama Care’s
      repealed :)”

      Have you paid any attention to the past several years?

      Not only is Obamacare not repealed, but Obama screwed the pooch with critical allies like Israel, the UK, Japan, Poland, Georgia, and Canada (Keystone XL was pretty important to them).

      Trump is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination and his butt kissing of Putin is unforgivable, but this kind of nonsense is why he won.

  • Turtler

    Shameful, but probably inevitable. Considering these sanctions were put into place past the 11th hour and largely on the basis of ludicrously ginned up and utterly bogus claims about the Kremlin supposedly “hacking the election” (which Putin could only wish he did), these policies had little legitimacy or support stateside for the same reason the refusal to veto the anti-Israeli resolution did. So it was probably inevitable these were getting rolled back if only to try and play “nice” walking out the starting gate.

    But I’d be a fool to think it isn’t worrying. Doing transactions with the FSB is doing transactions with the spiritual heirs of the Okhrana and the direct heirs of the Cheka, and that is almost certainly a VERY bad thing.

    The public declaration that sanctions on the whole would not be lifted until Russia left Crimea (which I note this site didn’t chronicle) is welcoming if only because it makes it harder for Trump’s admin to walk back from it. But words are relatively cheap and I damn well hope this isn’t the start of a pattern.

  • Njordheim

    There are consistent reports that the Novorussian forces are on their highest combat alert status and that they are impatiently waiting for a green light to finally launch a counter-offensive against the Ukronazis. The Novorussian forces are much smaller, in the 30’000-40’000 range, but they are much better trained, commanded and equipped, and they are on the defensive. Their morale is very high, in sharp contrast to the regular Ukrainian forces (Nazi volunteer battalions’ morale is, reportedly, also high).

    There are also reports that Northern Wind and Voengorg have had a sharp surge. If that is indeed the case, and I believe that it is, this leads me to conclude that the Russian intelligence agencies have concluded that an attack is inevitable. Hold on to your seats!!

    • Alex George

      There are no Novorossiyan forces – nobody in Donetsk believes in Novorossiya.

      In occupied Donetsk there are only Russian forces and their puppet separatists – neither of which are capable of defeating the Ukrainian Army.

      That is because the Ukrainian forces are much better trained and commanded, and they are on the defensive. Their morale is very high, in sharp contrast to the Russian forces.

      As fo rhte separatists, they now realise that the Russians are using them to soak up casualties. When their commanders don’t die in combat, they are assassinated by the FSB.

      • Njordheim

        Actually they do – deeply. It is Kremlin that is not supporting the idea and is pressuring them to respect Minsk agreement. If not , Rabid, unmotivated Ukrap’s forces would have been defeated long time ago.