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    Iran signs free trade with EEU


    Chairman of the board of the EEC​ Tigran Sargsyan (Aleksander Scherbak / TASS)

    Iran has signed a provisional free trade zone agreement with a Russia-led economic union, days after being hit by U.S. sanctions.

    The U.S. imposed sanctions on Iran’s central bank governor and three other individuals Tuesday after President Donald Trump pulled out of an international nuclear agreement with Tehran last week. Iran, which sought to save the nuclear deal with European signatories including Russia, was due to finalize a free trade deal with the Moscow-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) by the end of 2017.

    The free trade zone agreement between the EEU and Iran lowers or abolishes customs duties, setting off a three-year process for a permanent trade agreement, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported on Thursday.

    The deal seeks to expand on the $2.7 billion trade turnover between Iran and the EEU, which includes Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

    “The interim agreement provides for an effective dispute resolution mechanism,” RIA cited Tigran Sargsyan, the head of the EEU’s governing body, as saying.

    The EEU also signed a trade and economic cooperation agreement with China, RIA Novosti reported.
    Iran Agrees Interim Free Trade Zone With Russia-Led Eurasian Union

    I posted before about how Trump's confrontation with Iran is benefiting Russia: Trump helps Russia
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    I wonder why Russia doesn't put forth some sort of military alliance with like minded countries as well? It would make sense at this point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paris View Post
    I wonder why Russia doesn't put forth some sort of military alliance with like minded countries as well? It would make sense at this point.
    They do have the CSTO and there's also the SCO, which they basically co-lead with China.

    CSTO even has a joint rapid-response force

    against terrorism and such.

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    “Like-minded countries” would be defined as “lawless gangster states”. They don’t trust each other any more than anyone else does.

    It just seems to me that Russia could have taken all the time and energy and resources it took to bribe, cheat and murder its way into leadership of an economic bloc - and applied it to actually developing some cutting edge industries that the world would genuinely WANT to do business with.

    Typical gangster. The Godfather would have made more money, for longer, and lived a much happier life, if he’d just gone about actually importing olive oil.
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    Russia and Canada are playing hockey right now. Perfect example. Russia has a phenomenal team. And that’s without Ovie, who’s still with the Capitals and may finally win a Stanley Cup.

    Why the massive, decade long, state run cheating at sports. They’re GOOD at sports.

    Just... just actually be GOOD at things. In real life. Honestly. That’s what people respect.
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    I mean make a larger military alliance with countries such as Iran, Syria, Libya, etc., to assist them against Western imperialism.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Knuckles View Post
    “Like-minded countries” would be defined as “lawless gangster states”. They don’t trust each other any more than anyone else does.

    It just seems to me that Russia could have taken all the time and energy and resources it took to bribe, cheat and murder its way into leadership of an economic bloc - and applied it to actually developing some cutting edge industries that the world would genuinely WANT to do business with.

    Typical gangster. The Godfather would have made more money, for longer, and lived a much happier life, if he’d just gone about actually importing olive oil.
    It is sad, because they do have the talent, plenty of smart young people. But Putin is paranoid as hell, about allowing any sort of big thing developing there without his control.

    The Kremlin controls the resource and industry oligarchs

    These are people beholden to the government and some - to Putin personally, for all they ever had. Some, like the Rotenberg brothers, go way back with him, when they studied martial arts together as teenagers. Others are old buddies from the KGB. Etc. His people, in short.

    The IT guys are different. Younger, getting rich WITHOUT the Kremlin. Refusing to live by the rules of that old order. And, worst of all, they are CLEAN. The older oligarchs, they all got into various criminal shit to make their fortunes. That is why an oligarch can easily be jailed, at any time: Oligarch arrested in Russia

    That's yet another thing that enables Putin's system, by keeping those guys in constant fear of the FSB knocking on their door...

    But these new guys, they earn their money perfectly legally. There's nothing to hang any of them on!

    That is why the regime lashes out at them, it fears them honestly. That's why they ran Pavel Durov, for example, out of the country, took the VKontakte social network away from him, and now trying to strangle his Telegram as well.

    That's why there can never be innovation there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paris View Post
    I mean make a larger military alliance with countries such as Iran, Syria, Libya, etc., to assist them against Western imperialism.
    They are allied with Iran as is, there are Russian troops in Syria, if you haven't noticed, and, reportedly, some sort of covert forces now assisting a pro-Russian faction in Libya too...
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    When I hear about Russians being lawless gangsters, I can't help but remember that they weren't the ones colonizing the planet and killing natives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paris View Post
    When I hear about Russians being lawless gangsters, I can't help but remember that they weren't the ones colonizing the planet and killing natives.
    Russia is far from innocent in that regard either. Look at all their territory. You think they came to control all of that by being nice guys? Come now...
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