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    Post  GarryB 16/07/22, 07:00 am

    BRICS is not about Russia or China creating their own little cult like the US has with HATO.

    The purpose is not to transform other countries into Communist China like States or Democratic Russian like states... the purpose is for each country that is a member to both work with other countries so it has the strength of a group, but at the same time retain its own culture and ethics and morals and not be polluted by influences it does not want to be influenced by.

    BRICS is not intended to convert muslim countries, but it is not going to reject them either... Russia is not in charge so you don't need to join the orthodox christian church to trade with Russia, and equally you don't need to suddenly become godless communists to talk to China either, this is about treating other countries with respect even if they are different... especially because they are different.

    Most of the extremist muslim nutters were created by the crime of other countries trying to convert them or control them or steal from them... just the same as most extreme nutters from every religion or non religious nutters comes from violence done to them or their countries or ethnic group.

    Packing all the muslims together sounds like a terrible mistake... look at what packing all the western christian countries is doing... they are the most dangerous force on the planet...

    Russia already has muslims in its country... every country does... if your solution is to group them together and hide them... well that is going to bite you in the arse when you enemies get to them and whisper in their ears... Chechnia in Russia, the Urgurs in China... enormous violence and pain on both sides... terrible destruction... but not to the western powers that instigated it... ironic the way the west treats others... though you could say 11/9 was created by their actions towards muslims, but I would say they are owed rather more pain than that considering what they have done.

    I think BRICS will be good for all the countries that join, it will be healthy trading with countries that are not the same as yours.

    When a skyscraper in a big city is build is the first thing they do get lots of christians together or a big group of jews or muslims... no, they have people from all sorts of faiths and backgrounds working together to get the job done and everyone benefits from the results.

    The western way seems to be more and more the British way with unions that demand their union does this and that work and will refuse to do this that and the other job because that is what their union has decided and agreed on with the other unions.

    You can't move forward on your own, but for most to move forward the only option is to join a western group which means changing ethics and morals and culture to that of America or as dictated by Brussels which is infected with Americas bullshit.

    BRICS is way to work as a group, to cooperate, and not be indoctrinated with anyone elses culture or ethics.

    Russia is not demanding every country that joins BRICS supports everything they do or say, and nor does India or China.

    A friend would tell a friend if they think they are doing something wrong that is going to bite them in the arse further down the line.

    In the west a friend is a bitch too scared to have an opinion other than what you tell them to think.... not a good future considering the person in charge is a selfish bastard who is very very dumb.

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    Post  ahmedfire 17/10/22, 02:41 am

    A result for the US idiot politicians  Very Happy

    Ramaphosa confirms Saudi Arabia wants to join Brics family.

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    Post  GarryB 17/10/22, 10:00 am

    It is an organisation not dominated by the US or any US like countries that will tell Saudi Arabia how to treat their alphabet people or what form of government they should have, and wont push their culture on them either.

    A cooperation and trade group not dedicated to making the US richer and more powerful... unusual in this day and age.

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    Post  Rodion_Romanovic 31/10/22, 03:57 pm

    What do you think are the consequences for Russia with Lula's victory of brasilian presidential election?

    Is he a better or worse partner than Bolsonaro for Russia?

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    Post  kvs 31/10/22, 04:07 pm

    Rodion_Romanovic wrote:What do you think are the consequences for Russia with Lula's victory of brasilian presidential election?

    Is he a better or worse partner than Bolsonaro for Russia?

    The western left is rotten to the core. Somebody with better knowledge of Brazilian politics has to inform us if Lula is a legitimate
    leftist or a neo-leftist globalist scumbag. He could have been acting like a legitimate leftist in the past but that does not mean he
    is not a globalist tool.

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    Post  Kiko 31/10/22, 04:10 pm

    Rodion_Romanovic wrote:What do you think are the consequences for Russia with Lula's victory of brasilian presidential election?

    Is he a better or worse partner than Bolsonaro for Russia?
    With Lula as President it will be better for Russia than it would be with Bolsonaro.
    Now all the main Latin American economies will be headed by progressive Heads of State and Moscow has excellent relationships with them.

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    Post  Kiko 31/10/22, 04:21 pm

    kvs wrote:
    Rodion_Romanovic wrote:What do you think are the consequences for Russia with Lula's victory of brasilian presidential election?

    Is he a better or worse partner than Bolsonaro for Russia?

    The western left is rotten to the core.   Somebody with better knowledge of Brazilian politics has to inform us if Lula is a legitimate
    leftist or a neo-leftist globalist scumbag.   He could have been acting like a legitimate leftist in the past but that does not mean he
    is not a globalist tool.    
    If Lula will again be a legitimate leftist or a neo-leftist globalist scumbag will ultimately depend on who he appoints as his Foreign Affairs minister. Lately, Bolsonaro has ignored the so-called Itamaraty Brazilian school of diplomacy, which to my feelings is a globalist (traditionally) pool of diplomatic thought.
    I sincerely hope that Lula does not pick someone such as favourite candidate Celso Amorim for the post.

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    Post  Kiko 08/11/22, 06:57 am

    Everybody wants to hop on the BRICS Express, by Pepe Escobar for The Cradle. 11.07.2022.

    Eurasia is about to get a whole lot larger as countries line up to join the Chinese and Russian-led BRICS and SCO, to the detriment of the west.

    Let’s start with what is in fact a tale of Global South trade between two members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). At its heart is the already notorious Shahed-136 drone – or Geranium-2, in its Russian denomination: the AK-47 of postmodern aerial warfare.

    The US, in yet another trademark hysteria fit rife with irony, accused Tehran of weaponizing the Russian Armed Forces. For both Tehran and Moscow, the superstar, value-for-money, and terribly efficient drone let loose in the Ukrainian battlefield is a state secret: its deployment prompted a flurry of denials from both sides. Whether these are made in Iran drones, or the design was bought and manufacturing takes place in Russia (the realistic option), is immaterial.

    The record shows that the US weaponizes Ukraine to the hilt against Russia. The Empire is a de facto war combatant via an array of “consultants,” advisers, trainers, mercenaries, heavy weapons, munitions, satellite intel, and electronic warfare. And yet imperial functionaries swear they are not part of the war. They are, once again, lying.

    Welcome to yet another graphic instance of the “rules-based international order” at work. The Hegemon always decides which rules apply, and when. Anyone opposing it is an enemy of “freedom,” “democracy,” or whatever platitude du jour, and should be – what else – punished by arbitrary sanctions.

    In the case of sanctioned-to-oblivion Iran, for decades now, the result has been predictably another round of sanctions. That’s irrelevant. What matters is that, according to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), no less than 22 nations – and counting – are joining the queue because they also want to get into the Shahed groove.

    Even Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, gleefully joined the fray, commenting on how the Shahed-136 is no photoshop.

    The race towards BRICS+

    What the new sanctions package against Iran really “accomplished” is to deliver an additional blow to the increasingly problematic signing of the revived nuclear deal in Vienna. More Iranian oil on the market would actually relieve Washington’s predicament after the recent epic snub by OPEC+.

    A categorical imperative though remains. Iranophobia – just like Russophobia – always prevails for the Straussians/neo-con war advocates in charge of US foreign policy and their European vassals.

    So here we have yet another hostile escalation in both Iran-US and Iran-EU relations, as the unelected junta in Brussels also sanctioned manufacturer Shahed Aviation Industries and three Iranian generals.

    Now compare this with the fate of the Turkish Bayraktar TB2 drone – which unlike the “flowers in the sky” (Russia’s Geraniums) has performed miserably in the battlefield.

    Kiev tried to convince the Turks to use a Motor Sich weapons factory in Ukraine or come up with a new company in Transcarpathia/Lviv to build Bayraktars. Motor Sich’s oligarch President Vyacheslav Boguslayev, aged 84, has been charged with treason because of his links to Russia, and may be exchanged for Ukrainian prisoners of war.

    In the end, the deal fizzled out because of Ankara’s exceptional enthusiasm in working to establish a new gas hub in Turkey – a personal suggestion from Russian President Vladimir Putin to his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    And that bring us to the advancing interconnection between BRICS and the 9-member SCO – to which this Russia-Iran instance of military trade is inextricably linked.

    The SCO, led by China and Russia, is a pan-Eurasian institution originally focused on counter-terrorism but now increasingly geared towards geoeconomic – and geopolitical – cooperation. BRICS, led by the triad of Russia, India, and China overlaps with the SCO agenda geoeconomically and geopoliticallly, expanding it to Africa, Latin America and beyond: that’s the concept of BRICS+, analyzed in detail in a recent Valdai Club report, and fully embraced by the Russia-China strategic partnership.

    The report weighs the pros and cons of three scenarios involving possible, upcoming BRICS+ candidates:

    First, nations that were invited by Beijing to be part of the 2017 BRICS summit (Egypt, Kenya, Mexico, Thailand, Tajikistan).

    Second, nations that were part of the BRICS foreign ministers’ meeting in May this year (Argentina, Egypt, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Thailand).

    Third, key G20 economies (Argentina, Indonesia, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Turkiye).

    And then there’s Iran, which has already already shown interest in joining BRICS.

    South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has recently confirmed that “several countries” are absolutely dying to join BRICS. Among them, a crucial West Asia player: Saudi Arabia.

    What makes it even more astonishing is that only three years ago, under former US President Donald Trump’s administration, Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman (MbS) – the kingdom’s de fact ruler – was dead set on joining a sort of Arab NATO as a privileged imperial ally.

    Diplomatic sources confirm that the day after the US pulled out of Afghanistan, MbS’s envoys started seriously negotiating with both Moscow and Beijing.

    Assuming BRICS approves Riyadh’s candidacy in 2023 by the necessary consensus, one can barely imagine its earth-shattering consequences for the petrodollar. At the same time, it is important not to underestimate the capacity of US foreign policy controllers to wreak havoc.

    The only reason Washington tolerates Riyadh’s regime is the petrodollar. The Saudis cannot be allowed to pursue an independent, truly sovereign foreign policy. If that happens, the geopolitical realignment will concern not only Saudi Arabia but the entire Persian Gulf.

    Yet that’s increasingly likely after OPEC+ de facto chose the BRICS/SCO path led by Russia-China – in what can be interpreted as a “soft” preamble for the end of the petrodollar.

    The Riyadh-Tehran-Ankara triad

    Iran made known its interest to join BRICS even before Saudi Arabia. According to Persian Gulf diplomatic sources, they are already engaged in a somewhat secret channel via Iraq trying to get their act together. Turkey will soon follow – certainly on BRICS and possibly the SCO, where Ankara currently carries the status of extremely interested observer.

    Now imagine this triad – Riyadh, Tehran, Ankara – closely joined with Russia, India, China (the actual core of the BRICS), and eventually in the SCO, where Iran is as yet the only West Asian nation to be inducted as a full member.

    The strategic blow to the Empire will go off the charts. The discussions leading to BRICS+ are focusing on the challenging path towards a commodity-backed global currency capable of bypassing US dollar primacy.

    Several interconnected steps point towards increasing symbiosis between BRICS+ and SCO. The latter’s members states have already agreed on a road map for gradually increasing trade in national currencies in mutual settlements.

    The State Bank of India – the nation’s top lender – is opening special rupee accounts for Russia-related trade.

    Russian natural gas to Turkey will be paid 25 percent in rubles and Turkish lira, complete with a 25 percent discount Erdogan personally asked of Putin.

    Russian bank VTB has launched money transfers to China in yuan, bypassing SWIFT, while Sberbank has started lending out money in yuan. Russian energy behemoth Gazprom agreed with China that gas supply payments should shift to rubles and yuan, split evenly.

    Iran and Russia are unifying their banking systems for trade in rubles/rial.

    Egypt’s Central Bank is moving to establish an index for the pound – through a group of currencies plus gold – to move the national currency away from the US dollar.

    And then there’s the TurkStream saga.

    That gas hub gift

    Ankara for years has been trying to position itself as a privileged East-West gas hub. After the sabotage of the Nord Streams, Putin has handed it on a plate by offering Turkey the possibility to increase Russian gas supplies to the EU via such a hub. The Turkish Energy Ministry stated that Ankara and Moscow have already reached an agreement in principle.

    This will mean in practice Turkey controlling the gas flow to Europe not only from Russia but also Azerbaijan and a great deal of West Asia, perhaps even including Iran, as well as Libya in northeast Africa. LNG terminals in Egypt, Greece and Turkiye itself may complete the network.

    Russian gas travels via the TurkStream and Blue Stream pipelines. The total capacity of Russian pipelines is 39 billion cubic meters a year.

    TurkStream was initially projected as a four-strand pipeline, with a nominal capacity of 63 million cubic meters a year. As it stands, only two strands – with a total capacity of 31,5 billion cubic meters – have been built.

    So an extension in theory is more than feasible – with all the equipment made in Russia. The problem, once again, is laying the pipes. The necessary vessels belong to the Swiss Allseas Group – and Switzerland is part of the sanctions craze. In the Baltic Sea, Russian vessels were used to finish building Nord Stream 2. But for a TurkStream extension, they would need to operate much deeper in the ocean.

    TurkStream would not be able to completely replace Nord Stream; it carries much smaller volumes. The upside for Russia is not being canceled from the EU market. Evidently Gazprom would only tackle the substantial investment on an extension if there are ironclad guarantees about its security. And there’s the additional drawback that the extension would also carry gas from Russia’s competitors.

    Whatever happens, the fact remains that the US-UK combo still exerts a lot of influence in Turkey – and BP, Exxon Mobil, and Shell, for instance, are actors in virtually every oil extraction project across West Asia. So they would certainly interfere on the way the Turkish gas hub functions, as well on determining the gas price. Moscow has to weigh all these variables before committing to such a project.

    NATO, of course, will be livid. But never underestimate hedging bet specialist Sultan Erdogan. His love story with both the BRICS and the SCO is just beginning.

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    Post  Hole 10/11/22, 11:51 pm

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    BRICS++++  Very Happy

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    Post  Kiko 11/11/22, 12:30 am

    Rewiring Eurasia: Mr. Patrushev goes to Tehran, by Pepe Escobar for The Cradle. 11.10.2022.

    The meeting this week between two Eurasian security bosses is a further step toward dusting away the west's oversized Asian footprint.

    Two guys are hanging out in a cozy room in Tehran with a tantalizing new map of the world in the background.

    Nothing to see here? On the contrary. These two Eurasian security giants are no less than the – unusually relaxed – Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev and Ali Shamkhani, the Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council.

    And why are they so relaxed? Because the future prospects revolving around the main theme of their conversation – the Russia-Iran strategic partnership – could not be more exciting.

    This was a very serious business affair: an official visit, at the invitation of Shamkhani.

    Patrushev was in Tehran on the exact same day that Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoigu – following a recommendation from General Sergey Surovikin, the overall commander of the Special Military Operation – ordered a Russian retreat from Kherson.

    Patrushev knew it for days – so he had no problem to step on a plane to take care of business in Tehran. After all, the Kherson drama is part of the Patrushev negotiations with US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on Ukraine, which have been going on for weeks, with Saudi Arabia as eventual go-between.

    Besides Ukraine, the two discussed “information security, as well as measures to counter interference in the internal affairs of both countries by western special services,” according to a report by Russia’s TASS news agency.

    Both countries, as we know, are particular targets of western information warfare and sabotage, with Iran currently the focus of one of these no-holds-barred, foreign-backed, destabilization campaign.

    Patrushev was officially received by Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, who went straight to the point: “The cooperation of independent countries is the strongest response to the sanctions and destabilization policies of the US and its allies.”

    Patrushev, for his part, assured Raisi that for the Russian Federation, strategic relations with Iran are essential for Russian national security.

    So that goes way beyond Geranium-2 kamikaze drones – the Russian cousins of the Shahed-136 – wreaking havoc in the Ukrainian battlefield. Which, by the way, elicited a direct mention later on by Shamkhani: “Iran welcomes a peaceful settlement in Ukraine and is in favor of peace based on dialogue between Moscow and Kiev.”

    Patrushev and Shamkhani of course discussed security issues and the proverbial “cooperation in the international arena.” But what may be more significant is that the Russian delegation included officials from several key economic agencies.

    There were no leaks – but that suggests serious economic connectivity remains at the heart of the strategic partnership between the two top sanctioned nations in Eurasia.

    Key in the discussions was the Iranian focus on fast expansion of bilateral trade in national currencies – ruble and rial. That happens to be at the center of the drive by both the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and BRICS towards multipolarity. Iran is now a full SCO member – the only West Asian nation to be part of the Asian strategic behemoth – and will apply to become part of BRICS+.

    Have swap, will travel

    The Patrushev-Shamkhani get together happened ahead of the signing, next month, of a whopping $40 billion energy deal with Gazprom, as previously announced by Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Mahdi Safari.

    The National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) has already clinched an initial $6.5 billion deal. All that revolves around the development of two gas deposits and six oilfields; swaps in natural gas and oil products; LNG projects; and building more gas pipelines.

    Last month, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandr Novak announced a swap of 5 million tons of oil and 10 billion cubic meters of gas, to be finished by the end of 2022. And he confirmed that “the amount of Russian investment in Iran’s oil fields will increase.”

    Barter of course is ideal for Moscow and Tehran to jointly bypass interminably problematic sanctions and payment settlement issues – linked to the western financial system. On top of it, Russia and Iran are able to invest in direct trade links via the Caspian Sea.

    At the recent Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) summit in Astana, Kazakhstan, Raisi forcefully proposed that a successful “new Asia” must necessarily develop an endogenous model for independent states.

    As an SCO member, and playing a very important role, alongside Russia and India, in the International North-South Transportation Corridor (INSTC), Raisi is positioning Iran in a key vector of multilateralism.

    Since Tehran entered the SCO, cooperation with both Russia and China, predictably, is on overdrive. Patrushev’s visit is part of that process. Tehran is leaving behind decades of Iranophobia and every possible declination of American “maximum pressure” – from sanctions to attempts at color revolution – to dynamically connect across Eurasia.


    Iran is a key Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) partner for China’s grand infrastructure project to connect Eurasia via road, sea, and train. In parallel, the multimodal Russian-led INSTC is essential to promote trade between the Indian subcontinent and Central Asia – at the same time solidifying Russia’s presence in the South Caucasus and the Caspian Sea region.

    Iran and India have committed to offer part of Chabahar port in Iran to Central Asian nations, complete with access to exclusive economic zones.

    At the recent SCO summit in Samarkand, both Russia and China made it quite clear – especially for the collective west – that Iran is no longer going to be treated as a pariah state.

    So it is no wonder Iran that is entering a new business era with all members of the SCO under the sign of an emerging financial order being designed mostly by Russia, China and India. As far as strategic partnerships go, the ties between Russia and India (President Narendra Modi called it an unbreakable friendship) is as strong as those between Russia and China. And when it comes to Russia, that’s what Iran is aiming at.

    The Patrushev-Shamkhani strategic meeting will hurl western hysteria to unseen levels – as it completely smashes Iranophobia and Russophobia in one fell swoop. Iran as a close ally is an unparalleled strategic asset for Russia in the drive towards multipolarity.

    Iran and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) are already negotiating a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in parallel to those swaps involving Russian oil. The west’s reliance on the SWIFT banking messaging system hardly makes any difference to Russia and Iran. The Global South is watching it closely, especially in Iran’s neighborhood where oil is commonly traded in US dollars.

    It is starting to become clear to anyone in the west with an IQ above room temperature that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, or Iran nuclear deal), in the end, does not matter anymore. Iran’s future is directly connected to the success of three of the BRICS: Russia, China and India. Iran itself may soon become a BRICS+ member.

    There’s more: Iran is even becoming a role model for the Persian Gulf: witness the lengthy queue of regional states aspiring toward gaining SCO membership. The Trumpian “Abraham Accords?” What’s that? BRICS/SCO/BRI is the only way to go in West Asia today.

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    Post  Kiko 17/11/22, 09:03 pm

    Russia, India, China, Iran: The Quad That Really Matters, by Pepe Escobar for The Unz Review with courtesy of Press TV. 11.15.2022.

    Southeast Asia is right at the center of international relations for a whole week viz a viz three consecutive summits: Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Phnom Penh, the Group of Twenty (G20) summit in Bali, and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bangkok.

    Eighteen nations accounting for roughly half of the global economy represented at the first in-person ASEAN summit since the Covid-19 pandemic in Cambodia: the ASEAN 10, Japan, South Korea, China, India, US, Russia, Australia, and New Zealand.

    With characteristic Asian politeness, the summit chair, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (or “Colombian”, according to the so-called “leader of the free world”), said the plenary meeting was somewhat heated, but the atmosphere was not tense: “Leaders talked in a mature way, no one left.”

    It was up to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to express what was really significant at the end of the summit.

    While praising the “inclusive, open, equal structure of security and cooperation at ASEAN”, Lavrov stressed how Europe and NATO “want to militarize the region in order to contain Russia and China’s interests in the Indo-Pacific.”

    A manifestation of this policy is how “AUKUS is openly aiming at confrontation in the South China Sea,” he said.

    Lavrov also stressed how the West, via the NATO military alliance, is accepting ASEAN “only nominally” while promoting a completely “unclear” agenda.

    What’s clear though is how NATO “has moved towards Russian borders several times and now declared at the Madrid summit that they have taken global responsibility.”

    This leads us to the clincher: “NATO is moving their line of defense to the South China Sea.” And, Lavrov added, Beijing holds the same assessment.

    Here, concisely, is the open “secret” of our current geopolitical incandescence. Washington’s number one priority is the containment of China. That implies blocking the EU from getting closer to the key Eurasia drivers – China, Russia, and Iran – engaged in building the world’s largest free trade/connectivity environment.

    Adding to the decades-long hybrid war against Iran, the infinite weaponizing of the Ukrainian black hole fits into the initial stages of the battle.

    For the Empire, Iran cannot profit from becoming a provider of cheap, quality energy to the EU. And in parallel, Russia must be cut off from the EU. The next step is to force the EU to cut itself off from China.

    All that fits into the wildest, warped Straussian/neo-con wet dreams: to attack China, by emboldening Taiwan, first Russia must be weakened, via the instrumentalization (and destruction) of Ukraine.

    And all along the scenario, Europe simply has no agency.

    Putin, Raeisi and the Erdogan track

    Real life across key Eurasia nodes reveals a completely different picture. Take the relaxed get-together in Tehran between Russia’s top security official Nikolai Patrushev and his Iranian counterpart Ali Shamkhani last week.

    They discussed not only security matters but also serious business – as in turbo-charged trade.

    The National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) will sign a $40 billion deal next month with Gazprom, bypassing US sanctions, and encompassing the development of two gas fields and six oilfields, swaps in natural gas and oil products, LNG projects, and the construction of gas pipelines.

    Immediately after the Patrushev-Shamkhani meeting, President Putin called President Ebrahim Raeisi to keep up the “interaction in politics, trade and the economy, including transport and logistics,” according to the Kremlin.

    Iranian president reportedly more than “welcomed” the “strengthening” of Moscow-Tehran ties.

    Patrushev unequivocally supported Tehran over the latest color revolution adventure perpetrated under the framework of the Empire’s endless hybrid war.

    Iran and the EAEU are negotiating a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in parallel to the swap deals with Russian oil. Soon, SWIFT may be completely bypassed. The whole Global South is watching.

    Simultaneous to Putin’s phone call, Turkiye’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan – conducting his own diplomatic overdrive, and just back from a summit of Turkic nations in Samarkand – stressed that the US and the collective West are attacking Russia “almost without limits”.

    Erdogan made it clear that Russia is a “powerful” state and commended its “great resistance”.

    The response came exactly 24 hours later. Turkish intelligence cut to the chase, pointing out that the terrorist bombing in the perpetually busy Istiklal pedestrian street in Istanbul was designed in Kobane in northern Syria, which essentially responds to the US.

    That constitutes a de-facto act of war and may unleash serious consequences, including a profound revision of Turkiye’s presence inside NATO.

    Iran’s multi-track strategy

    A Russia-Iran strategic alliance manifests itself practically as a historical inevitability. It recalls the time when the erstwhile USSR helped Iran militarily via North Korea, after an enforced US/Europe blockade.

    Putin and Raeisi are taking it to the next level. Moscow and Tehran are developing a joint strategy to defeat the weaponization of sanctions by the collective West.

    Iran, after all, has an absolutely stellar record of smashing variants of “maximum pressure” to bits. Also, it is now linked to a strategic nuclear umbrella offered by the “RICs” in BRICS (Russia, India, China).

    So, Tehran may now plan to develop its massive economic potential within the framework of BRI, SCO, INSTC, the Eurasia Economic Union (EAEU), and the Russian-led Greater Eurasia Partnership.

    Moscow’s game is pure sophistication: engaging in a high-level strategic oil alliance with Saudi Arabia while deepening its strategic partnership with Iran.

    Immediately after Patrushev’s visit, Tehran announced the development of an indigenously built hypersonic ballistic missile, quite similar to the Russian KH-47 M2 Khinzal.

    And the other significant news was connectivity-wise: the completion of part of a railway from strategic Chabahar Port to the border with Turkmenistan. That means imminent direct rail connectivity to the Central Asian, Russian and Chinese spheres.

    Add to it the predominant role of OPEC+, the development of BRICS+, and the pan-Eurasian drive to pricing trade, insurance, security, investments in the ruble, yuan, rial, etc.

    There’s also the fact that Tehran could not care less about the endless collective West procrastination on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as Iran nuclear deal: what really matters now is the deepening relationship with the “RICs” in BRICS.

    Tehran refused to sign a tampered-with EU draft nuclear deal in Vienna. Brussels was enraged; no Iranian oil will “save” Europe, replacing Russian oil under a nonsensical cap to be imposed next month.

    And Washington was enraged because it was betting on internal tensions to split OPEC.

    Considering all of the above, no wonder US ‘Think Tankland’ is behaving like a bunch of headless chickens.

    The queue to join BRICS

    During the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand last September, it was already tacit to all players how the Empire is cannibalizing its closest allies.

    And how, simultaneously, the shrinking NATO-sphere is turning inwards, with a focus on The Enemy Within, relentlessly corralling average citizens to march in lockstep behind total compliance with a two-pronged war – hybrid and otherwise – against imperial peer competitors Russia and China.

    Now compare it with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Samarkand presenting China and Russia, together, as the top “responsible global powers” bent on securing the emergence of multipolarity.

    Samarkand also reaffirmed the strategic political partnership between Russia and India (Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called it an unbreakable friendship).

    That was corroborated by the meeting between Lavrov and his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar last week in Moscow.

    Lavrov praised the strategic partnership in every crucial area – politics, trade and economics, investment, and technology, as well as “closely coordinated actions” at the UN Security Council, BRICS, SCO and the G20.

    On BRICS, crucially, Lavrov confirmed that “over a dozen countries” are lining up for membership, including Iran: “We expect the work on coordinating the criteria and principles that should underlie BRICS expansion to not take much time”.

    But first, the five members need to analyze the ground-breaking repercussions of an expanded BRICS+.

    Once again: contrast. What is the EU’s “response” to these developments? Coming up with yet another sanctions package against Iran, targeting officials and entities “connected with security affairs” as well as companies, for their alleged “violence and repressions”.

    “Diplomacy”, collective West-style, barely registers as bullying.

    Back to the real economy – as in the gas front – the national interests of Russia, Iran and Turkiye are increasingly intertwined; and that is bound to influence developments in Syria, Iraq, and Libya, and will be a key factor to facilitate Erdogan’s re-election next year.

    As it stands, Riyadh for all practical purposes has performed a stunning 180-degree maneuver against Washington via OPEC+. That may signify, even in a twisted way, the onset of a process of unification of Arab interests, guided by Moscow.

    Stranger things have happened in modern history. Now appears to be the time for the Arab world to be finally ready to join the Quad that really matters: Russia, India, China, and Iran.

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    Post  Kiko 23/11/22, 08:19 pm

    Russian consortium Uralchem sells fertilizers to Brazil for yuan currency, 11.23.2022.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Russian Uralchem consortium, one of the world's leading producers of fertilizers, already sells its products to Brazil for yuan, the company's President Dmitry Mazepin said.

    "Lately we learned not to make payments in euro and dollar. For example, we already sell fertilizers for yuan to Brazil," Mazepin said at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    According to Mazepin, Russian fertilizer exporters face difficulties related to charter contracts, marine insurance and making payments.

    "We hope that one day the BRICS [Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa] will introduce their own currency or start using national currencies so that we can use rubles," he added.

    The willingness of developing countries to pay in yuan, he continued, is due to the fact that this currency currently has the greatest liquidity. The Uralchem company is the second in the world and the first in Russia in the production of ammonium nitrate.

    At the same time, Russia is ready to expand work on supplying fertilizers to the world market "with all partners without any exceptions," Mazepin said.

    He praised the work of the company, stating that it continues to operate "despite the artificial obstacles created by some countries." In addition, he called the blocking of supplies of Russian fertilizers to countries in need unacceptable.

    "They are blocked, even free supplies. It is absolutely unacceptable. But that's what happens," he stressed.

    In addition, he stressed the importance of protecting the interests of Russian farmers, supporting partners, as well as providing assistance to developing countries, primarily African countries. In turn, Mazepin reported that more than 260,000 tons of Uralchem fertilizers were blocked at the ports of Estonia, Latvia, Belgium and the Netherlands.

    The Russian president assured that he maintains contact with the office of UN Secretary General António Guterres on the unblocking of fertilizers, and approved Mazepin's initiative to request assistance from the United Nations and the African Union to authorize supplies.

    "I will give the respective order to all our colleagues to provide the necessary help," he stressed.

    Putin also spoke in favor of including the resumption of ammonia supplies through Odessa in the food pact, according to the note on the Kremlin's website.

    "I am not against" this initiative, Putin said in a conversation with Mazepin.

    He stressed that the supplies of this colorless gas, used for the production of fertilizers, will benefit all participants of this pact.

    Mazepin recalled that according to the food pact, reached in July this year, the UN should support the unblocking of a pipeline that is used to supply ammonia from the Russian city of Tolyatti to the ports of Odessa and its subsequent shipment to other states.

    However, he indicated, the delivery of this product continues not to resume despite the extension of the food pact on November 17. In this context, he called on the president to facilitate the export of Russian ammonia to and from the port of Odessa.

    In mid-November, the UN World Food Program chartered the first ship with 260,000 tons of Russian fertilizers on board for African countries. It is scheduled to depart the Netherlands the week of November 21.

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    Post  Kiko 24/01/23, 08:53 pm

    Russia agrees to exchange BRICS presidency with Brazil in 2024, 01.24.2023.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed that it will assume the presidency of the BRICS, a group that brings together Brazil, India, China and South Africa, in 2024, at the request of the Latin American nation. The confirmation was given on Tuesday (24).

    Brazil proposed that Russia assume these functions in 2024, and Brazil, in turn, in 2025 (instead of 2025 and 2024, respectively).

    "In 2019, Brazil officially asked Russia to change the order of BRICS presidencies as an exception, in connection with Brasilia's plans to lead the G20 in 2024. Of course, we responded positively to the request of the Brazilian partners. The agreement received the support of the other members of the five countries and was secured through the exchange of diplomatic notes," the ministry said.

    Last Sunday (22), South Africa said it expects Putin at the 1st BRICS summit in person post-pandemic, in August.

    The South African ambassador to Moscow, Mzuvukil Maketuk, stressed: "We will definitely send him an invitation and wait for him".

    The diplomat said that the venue of the summit has not yet been decided, but the meeting of the group's leaders could take place in one of the country's four largest cities: Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban or Pretoria.

    This will be the first face-to-face meeting of the BRICS after the start of the pandemic.

    The BRICS brings together Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa and was founded in 2009 with the aim of expanding economic ties between the countries, in parallel with negotiations and alliances promoted by the West.

    Currently, several countries have already expressed interest in joining the economic group, such as Argentina, Iran and Algeria.

    South Africa won the BRICS presidency from China earlier this year, remaining until the end of 2023.

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    Post  Kiko 26/01/23, 12:46 am

    Lavrov: BRICS Mulling Own Currency, by Andrei Dergalin for SputnikNews. 01.25.2023.
    The matter is expected to be discussed at the bloc's upcoming summit in South Africa in August.

    Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa may soon explore the possibility of creating their own currency within the framework of BRICS, an informal economic bloc comprised of these countries.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov raised the possibility during a visit to Angola, as he delivered a statement following a meeting with Angolan President Joao Lourenco.

    Lavrov explained that the currency is needed given that the mechanisms created and promoted by the West – such as the inviolability of property, the presumption of innocence, fair competition and globalization – can be trampled upon at any time.

    “Serious, self-respecting countries are perfectly aware of what is at stake,” Lavrov said.
    This is why, the Russian foreign minister continued, there is talk among the countries from the BRICS and the CELAC (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) about establishing their own new currencies within the frameworks of these blocs.

    “This matter, for example, will definitely be discussed at the BRICS summit that is going to take place in South Africa in August,” Lavrov said, adding that the high-ranking guests from African nations invited to that summit include President Lourenco.

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    Post  flamming_python 26/01/23, 12:33 pm

    How is that going to work?

    These are all states with 'developing' economies but wildly different ones, with completely different circumstances in reserves, inflation and so on. Pinning a single currency on all of them will restrict everyone's flexibility with monetary policy

    But of course if it's an additional currency exchangeable with all the national ones, that's designed expressly to make mutual trade more convenient - then that could be an idea.

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    Post  ALAMO 26/01/23, 01:25 pm

    The same way as the transfer ruble was working for the CMEA.
    You just create an artificial currency that won't exist in real form. Only as a transactional value.

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