Originally published on Apr. 7, 2021 by TraderStef at CrushTheStreet
Since Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, there have been ongoing skirmishes between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian “separatists” in eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region and intermittent periods of cease-fire. On March 30, 2021, the U.S. European Command raised its watch level from “possible crisis” to “potential imminent crisis” (the highest level) in response to the buildup of Russian forces on the border with Ukraine. Today’s attempt to negotiate a cease-fire failed with objections by Russia over the wording.
Russian Military Build-up Near Ukraine (Apr. 2021)
The description of soldiers in green uniforms without insignia became known as “little green men” and is burned into the memory of anyone who witnessed media reports of the covert invasion seven years ago.
Russia’s Little Green Men Enter Ukraine: Russian Roulette in Ukraine (Mar. 2014)
Biden exudes feebleness and his administration projects a weak U.S. with domestic and geopolitical policies that reverse the country onto a path of Obama doctrine. Biden calling Putin a killer in the public arena was certainly not helpful and resulted in Russia pulling its U.S. ambassador out of D.C. in mid-March. It appears as if a Manchurian Candidate is seated in the Oval Office and mainstream media parrots White House reports that President Biden regularly consults with Obama. Several sources have already begun to pose the question of who is in charge. U.S. adversaries such as China vs. Taiwan, Iran vs. Israel, the Iran nuclear deal that never was, and North Korea’s renewed testing of tactical-guided ballistic missiles and terror cells crossing a now crisis-ridden southern border are viewing the administration as weak and Obama’s fourth term in office. Globalists are back to conducting business as usual to position themselves ahead of the Great Reset.
If you have any doubt about adversaries’ view of the Biden administration, consider the diplomatic disaster that took place between Biden’s delegation and Chinese officials in Alaska last month. Read the opening statements in the transcript with a barf bag handy.
A diplomatic disaster in Alaska… “Secretary of State Blinken looked like a deer in the headlights when the Chinese officials responded. He and Sullivan obviously decided to criticize China at the press conference to counter Republican criticism that President Biden is weak on China. This was not diplomacy — it was virtue-signaling for America’s Biden-lapdog mainstream media. But it is inexplicable that they were not prepared for a furious response by their Chinese counterparts… It also confirms claims by Biden critics that his foreign policy team is headed by inept second and third-string Obama retreads, America’s enemies are watching and planning how to cash in on President Biden’s weak and incompetent foreign policy.” – Spectator, Mar. 19
How it happened: Transcript of the US-China opening remarks in Alaska… “China’s Yang: ‘Is that the way that you had hoped to conduct this dialogue?’” – Nikkei Asia
Last week, U.S. Navy and NATO membership along with non-members Ukraine and Japan concluded a “Sea Shield” naval exercise in the Black Sea. Retired Navy Adm. Mark Montgomery said the exercise was meant to send a message to President Vladimir Putin that the U.S. and NATO can operate in “what he considers his back yard.”
NATO membership encroaching upon Russia’s sovereign border is precisely the reason for Putin’s support of separatists in 2014, and his fury originates over the deployment of new U.S. missile defense systems in Europe. When discussions came to light in 2018 about Ukraine and Georgia seeking NATO membership, Putin’s stance was clear and he warned of “unspecified consequences for the alliance.” It was in Jun. 2016, during Russia’s St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, that Putin had a question-and-answer session with world news agencies where he opined on U.S.-NATO missile placement in Europe (timestamp 38:20 to 48:35).
In the meantime, while the West pounds sand over Russia deploying an extraordinary amount of military hardware along eastern Ukraine over the last couple of weeks and shelling around Donetsk over the last few days is not dying down, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Twitter account is posting a history lesson with anniversary artwork of the Russia-Ukraine reunification in 1694.
“On this date in 1654 the Zaporozhian Host was taken under Russia’s protectorate by Tsar Alexey I on the basis of Pereyaslav Treaty. This marked the reunification of Russia & Ukraine (then known as Little Russia) – a major milestone in our common history.” – MFA, Apr. 6
The West waits for Putin’s next move as Russia-Ukraine tensions rise… “‘If anywhere I would watch south and to the water problems being experienced in Crimea. The risk is that Russia is trying diversionary tactics in Donbass when the bigger prize would be a military thrust into Ukraine to capture water courses which supply Crimea with water,’ Ash said. ‘Maybe Putin thinks the West is weak and divided and unable to respond,’ Ash continued, citing inadequate sanctions by the Joe Biden administration on, for example, the Nordstream gas pipeline, over the SolarWinds hack, that breached U.S. government networks, and 2016 election meddling ‘as a signal that the U.S. is just petrified to act for fear of what Russia might do.’” – CNBC, Apr. 1
Russia warns NATO against deploying troops to Ukraine… “Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday that Russia would be forced to respond if NATO troops were deployed to Ukraine… ‘There is no doubt such a scenario would lead to a further increase in tensions close to Russia’s borders. Of course, this would call for additional measures from the Russian side to ensure its security,’ he said, without specifying which measures would be adopted.” – Aljazeera, Apr. 2
Putin ally warns that crisis with Ukraine could go nuclear… “Astonishing claims made on Russian state TV suggest that Putin should consider going (tactical) nuclear if NATO doesn’t back down on their demands over Ukraine.” – The Sun, Apr. 7
While the winds of change are blowing, investors should consider adding these military-industrial complex stocks to their watch list. While reviewing the charts, I noticed that a few have already broken out decisively from recent weakness. Don’t forget to grab some physical gold and silver if you can find them.
Updates to this article can be found at its Twitter thread. There is no century in recorded history that did not have a major military conflict or world war. Do you think there will not be another world war in your lifetime? Life can be short, so cherish those around you that give a damn.
“History is Not a Theatre of Happiness” – Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
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