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East or West? That is the question for Russia…

The past week has been interesting. The Russian news is debating should Russia turn to the East and make the East its real home or should Russia keep trying to work with the lying deceiving West….

It has even gotten to the point that Lavrov has had to express that Russia works with both sides and wants a balance between the two…

Well good or bad, here is my thoughts on this…

Balance: Won’t happen! The West does not like competitors and like a jealous friend, life is hell when you try to befriend others… (Apply this thinking to anything from war to the American dollar…)

West: Truth, justice, trust and loyalty have become a lost words in the West…

East: Truth, justice, trust and loyalty still have meaning and bearing…

Russia: Russia is a country that looks at America and wants what that idea is, that America is suspose to be. Russians believe in America better than any American believes in America, anymore. That rose colored glasses approach is ending in Russia though. Hence we have such a mess on whether Russia should follow East or West…

My thoughts to the Kremlin and Washington DC: Russia is at a cusp and America with her undermining, has pushed the Russian mentality from pro American (West) to pro Eastern.  There is just so many times that America can stir the pot, before the veggies turn to mush…

East is the direction that Russia is headed and America has only herself to blame, as Russians love America with a passion and dream that Russia will be like the dreams they have of America…

It is sad that America has turned those dreams into nightmares all over the world…

Posted by Kyle Keeton
Windows to Russia…

74 Comments

  1. admin September 5, 2012

    President Vladimir Putin has stressed the importance of the Asia-Pacific region for Russia’s development ahead of an APEC summit to take place in the country’s Far East port of Vladivostok.

    “Russia has long been an intrinsic part of the Asian-Pacific region,” Putin wrote in an article for the Wall Street Journal Asia. “We view this dynamic region as the most important factor for the successful future of the whole country, as well as development of Siberia and the far east.”

    Russia hosts the 21-nation Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit on September 5-9.

    And Putin highlighted Russia’s investment in its Far East in his “Vladivostok 2012: Russian agenda for the APEC Forum” article.

    “We are already building modern ports in the Russian Far East, modernizing the transportation and shipment infrastructure, and improving national customs and administrative procedures,” he wrote.

    “According to assessments by experts of the APEC Business Advisory Council, the implementation of these projects will increase traffic flow between Europe and the Asian-Pacific region via Russia’s territory no less than fivefold by 2020,” he added.

    The Kremlin has invested $21 billion in preparing Vladivostok for the summit, which Putin will address later this week. U.S. President Barack Obama will not attend, however, and the United States will be represented by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    © RIA Novosti.

    Key Facilities of the 2012 APEC Summit in Vladivostok

    Analysts expect Putin to use the summit to bolster Russia’s standing in the region in the face of the U.S. Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership plan, a Pacific-area free trade arrangement. Washington has proposed a number of Asian countries sign up to the plan, but neither Russia nor China have received invitations.

    “The key challenge for Russia and all the APEC economies is supporting sustainable growth rates. The quality of growth matters, and that means putting emphasis on innovations and the development of human potential,” Putin wrote. “I believe we must use all the advantages of partnership in these areas, remove barriers to the circulation of ideas, expertise and technologies, coordinate science policy, and jointly shape promising innovation markets.

    Putin also focused on Russia’s recent membership of the World Trade Organization and its implications for the country’s role in the Asia Pacific region.

    “We suggest that the dialogue in Vladivostok focus on freeing up trade and investment flows to stimulate economic growth, taking into account new realities such as Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization,” Putin wrote.

    “Membership in the WTO gives us the ability to participate more broadly in setting the global trade rules—an issue that has been a focus of attention for APEC in the past,” he added.

    “I am confident that Russia’s fresh outlook on the objective difficulties and internal contradictions of the WTO will be useful. The very principle of free trade is undergoing a crisis. We regularly observe recurrences of protectionism and veiled trade wars instead of lifting barriers. In these circumstances, it is imperative that we develop common approaches to clearing the accumulated imbalances.”

    Putin also suggested the common market between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan could help to expand cooperation.

    “The Customs Union and Common Economic Space agreements, which already have been implemented, as well as the prospective Eurasian Economic Union are all designed to improve efficiency among its members, and also to play an active part in shaping the regional and international agenda,” he wrote. “By building it in accordance with WTO principles, we have prepared the way for new partners to cooperate with Belarus and Kazakhstan on the same terms and conditions.”

    “The initiative could play a significant role in global development and become a bridge between the European Union and the Asian-Pacific region. Closer integration of economic models, regulation and technical standards among the EU, APEC and the Eurasian Economic Union would offer businesses the ability to operate seamlessly across a vast area.”

    Putin also said food security will be a priority for discussion at the summit. “Instability in global food markets can lead to serious economic and social risks. We must jointly offer answers to this challenge,” he wrote.

  2. Zhann September 6, 2012

    Just curious, but whats your take on the new VISA rules between the states and Russia. Am I the only person that was completely caught by surprise by it? You of all people should be extremely happy 🙂

  3. admin September 6, 2012

    I follow it constantly and am working on a article. I am being patient because things still change as fast as they come into effect. Yes it makes me happy and it is a reversal of most of the crap that has been going on. I just got a visa a month ago and at that point nothing has changed. I will not see the changes for a year…

  4. Igor September 6, 2012

    simple as we say, the west is underhanded and the east you know where you stand,

    i read once that indians in america say white man speak with forked tongue,

    sounds just right

  5. admin September 6, 2012

    You got it correct: The phrase “speaks with a forked tongue” means to deliberately say one thing and mean another or, to be hypocritical, or act in a duplicitous manner. In the longstanding tradition of many Native American tribes, “speaking with a forked tongue” has meant lying, and a person was no longer considered worthy of trust, once he had been shown to “speak with a forked tongue”

    That sums up America is a nutshell I would say…

    Thanks

    Kyle

  6. admin September 6, 2012

    President Vladimir Putin has outlined Russia’s agenda for the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Vladivostok in his article published in the Asian edition of The Wall Street Journal.

    ­On Saturday, Russia will host the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit for the first time, and that means for almost a week, Vladivostok will be the epicenter of business and politics among the 21 nations in the Pacific Rim. APEC is a platform for leaders to discuss the most pressing global and regional problems.

    Since APEC discussions are open in nature, it’s only appropriate that I reveal the priorities we are proposing to our partners as the summit draws near. While the leaders always want to give momentum to fresh ideas, decisions must be made on a consensus basis. Such an atmosphere of trust has become one of the hallmarks of the integration processes in the Asia-Pacific region and was key to past successes.

    APEC’s experience is a good example of how integration contributes to economic development, giving a positive signal to businesses. We suggest that the dialogue in Vladivostok focus on freeing up trade and investment flows to stimulate economic growth, taking into account new realities such as Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization.

    Membership in the WTO gives us the ability to participate more broadly in setting the global trade rules—an issue that has been a focus of attention for APEC in the past. I am confident that Russia’s fresh outlook on the objective difficulties and internal contradictions of the WTO will be useful. The very principle of free trade is undergoing a crisis. We regularly observe recurrences of protectionism and veiled trade wars instead of lifting barriers. In these circumstances, it is imperative that we develop common approaches to clearing the accumulated imbalances.

    We have made food security a particular priority for discussion at the summit, a proposal that the other participants supported. Instability in global food markets can lead to serious economic and social risks. We must jointly offer answers to this challenge.

    One development that gives Russia new room to expand dialogue with its Asian-Pacific region partners is the creation of a common market between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. The Customs Union and Common Economic Space agreements, which already have been implemented, as well as the prospective Eurasian Economic Union are all designed to improve efficiency among its members, and also to play an active part in shaping the regional and international agenda. By building it in accordance with WTO principles, we have prepared the way for new partners to cooperate with Belarus and Kazakhstan on the same terms and conditions.

    The initiative could play a significant role in global development and become a bridge between the European Union and the Asian-Pacific region. Closer integration of economic models, regulation and technical standards among the EU, APEC and the Eurasian Economic Union would offer businesses the ability to operate seamlessly across a vast area.

    This idea will take time to come to fruition, but we and our partners can bring it closer by discussing a “transport profile” for such an integration project, aiming to build an efficient system for managing logistical risks and diversify trade routes. In this regard, Russia has much to offer. We are already building modern ports in the Russian Far East, modernizing the transportation and shipment infrastructure, and improving national customs and administrative procedures.

    According to assessments by experts of the APEC Business Advisory Council, the implementation of these projects will increase traffic flow between Europe and the Asian-Pacific region via Russia’s territory no less than fivefold by 2020. Such shipments are cost-competitive with the traditional routes through the Strait of Malacca and the Suez Canal, and offer advantages in terms of speed and safety.

    Today, the key challenge for Russia and all the APEC economies is supporting sustainable growth rates. The quality of growth matters, and that means putting emphasis on innovations and the development of human potential. I believe we must use all the advantages of partnership in these areas, remove barriers to the circulation of ideas, expertise and technologies, coordinate science policy, and jointly shape promising innovation markets.

    Special attention must certainly be given to education. Russia proposes organizing a network for university cooperation that would promote student and teacher exchanges and create environment for increased academic mobility. In our view, the time has already come to address the idea of forming a common educational space of the Asian-Pacific region.

    Russia has long been an intrinsic part of the Asian-Pacific region. We view this dynamic region as the most important factor for the successful future of the whole country, as well as development of Siberia and the Far East. We expect that the upcoming Vladivostok summit will once again demonstrate to the world that Russia is a nation of broad opportunities and ready to join forces with our neighbors to advance our common creative goals.

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  9. orilly September 6, 2012

    East is my bet and all my funds have been shifted. Don’t think that Americans are not shifting funds, they are and it is into the Asian side!

  10. Milan September 6, 2012

    I use to think that support was the most important thing! Support your country! But when your country turns on you, how can you support the country? The US has turned on her people and we are too stupid to see it! Leaving is the only way to save your ass and that is what I am doing!

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  13. Mary September 7, 2012

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  14. Patriot of the West September 7, 2012

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  15. Pig Face! September 7, 2012

    Without the west Russia will die! But then that is a good thing because Russia needs to die! LOL Russia is a place of drunks and whores! Die Russia!

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    Time to get your medications adjusted Pig Face…

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    Cool “Patriot of the West!” Please gargle and brush your teeth first though!!!!!!

  18. admin September 7, 2012

    Max – LOL

  19. admin September 7, 2012

    Interesting Milan – What you just said makes sense… Thanks

  20. admin September 7, 2012

    Orilly – East is my bet also and my money has been shifted already also…

  21. admin September 7, 2012

    LOL

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