Streetwise Professor

May 21, 2012

Ivan FUD

Filed under: Economics,Energy,Politics,Russia — The Professor @ 11:54 am

Russia is continuing its Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt campaign aimed at arresting the decline in oil prices (h/t R):

Some countries favor more than ever using a military strike to stem Iran’s nuclear ambitions, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said.

Talks this month in Baghdad must show progress on reaching an agreement over the Persian nation’s nuclear program to placate the international community, he said today on a flight as he returned from the Group of Eight meeting in the U.S.

“Russia is concerned that an attempt to resolve this problem with military methods is still a possibility,” Ryabkov told reporters. “We periodically get signals publicly and via private channels that certain capitals favor this option much more than they did up to this point.”

How constructive.  When interpreting any Russian statement on these issues, never forget that Russia benefits directly from turmoil in the Persian Gulf.  Anything it can do to raise concerns about the risk of conflict there also raises the price of oil-which redounds directly to Russia’s benefit.

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  2. What’s even more important to remember is that America benefits directly from peace and stability in the Middle East and low oil prices.

    In other words, America’s and Russia’s interests are diametrically opposed, contrary to the absurd lies churned out by the Obama administration.

    Russia acts in its interests, which are the opposite of America’s. Russia’s interest is to harm the USA. It is our enemy. Oh and, just by the way, Russia is ruled by a proud KGB spy who spent his entire life learning how to hate and destroy the USA. Coincidence?

    Comment by La Russophobe — May 24, 2012 @ 1:54 am

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