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A)Dont get Russia wrong NATO intel warns against misjudging Moscow on Ukraine
Cat : Peace And Security
Date : 08/12/2014                      Reader : 98

H.D.A :NATO INTEL WARNS AGAINST MISJUDGING MOSCOW ON UKRAINE!!NATO REPEATS : "DO NOT GET RUSSIA WRONG!!ALL WESYETRN HYPOCRITES KNOW VERY WELL THAT EAST UKRAINE IS FULL OF RUSSIANS OF ORIGIN WHO EVEN SPEAK RUSSIAN LANGUAGE!!ALL are subjected to persecution as minority by pro Western Ukraine!!WHEN US INTERVENES IN YEMEN FOR A SINGLE AMERICAN HOSTAGE AND BOMBARD YEMEN WITH ALL MEANS INCLUDING DRONE STRIKES AND COMANDOS ATTACK,WHY NOT RUSSIA TO DEFEND ITS CITIZINS  OF UKRAINE WHO ARE RUSSIANS OF ORIGIN!!WILL US,UK,France allow their citizins to be killed any where?!!

WE URGE BAN KI.MOON TO DEAL WITH WORLD WMDs ON THE GLOBE TO DISMANTLE ALL FOR SAFETY OF HUMANITY!!US ALREADY USED WMDs AGAINST JAPAN IN WWII,IN HIROSHIMA AND NAGAZAKI AGAINST CIVILIANS!!THOSE RED INDIANS AND COWBOYS ARE NEVER HUMANS OFTRUST!!THEY KILLED MILLIONS IN VIETNAM,AFGHANISTAN,IRAQ AND ELSE WHERE!!UN MUST INTERVENE IN UKRAINE TO CONTAIN DISPUTE BEFORE IT BECOMES TOO LATE WITH THE AXE ON THE HEAD!!!

RT.COM    8-12-2014

A)'Don’t get Russia wrong': NATO intel warns against misjudging Moscow on Ukraine

B)Russian Ties Complicate U.S. Sanctions

Russia doesn’t want Ukraine to be split up, NATO intelligence officials say, warning their colleagues against wrongly assessing Moscow’s policy on the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

That’s according to a report in German magazine Der Spiegel written by intelligence officers from several NATO countries. They argue that Moscow is not interested in escalating the situation in Ukraine, and is not going to repeat the scenario of what happened in Crimea.

The officers believe that the Kremlin is merely interested in seeing the reorganization of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics into functioning administrative units within a federalized Ukraine, if those regions can reach an agreement with Kiev.

NATO has severed practically all cooperation with Russia in the wake of the Ukrainian crisis, as it is accusing Moscow of sending troops and military equipment to self-defense forces in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk republics. Though NATO did not provide any substantial proof of such accusations, it launched a massive military build-up of troops in the Baltic States and other Eastern European NATO member countries.

The alliance claims this is needed to build confidence in the respective governments of NATO’s protection from an attack by Russia.

READ MORE: NATO top commander vague about 'Russian threat' while pledging more military aid to Kiev

NATO’s new chief, Jens Stoltenberg, says that the alliance’s members, particularly the Baltic States, have complained of an increasing number of Russian military exercises close to their borders. He acknowledged that Russia conducts those exercises in international airspace and waters and is not violating international treaties, however.

“We have already boosted our presence in the eastern part of our alliance. We have five times more planes in the air. Our forces start an exercise every two days. And we have also increased the number of ships in the Baltic and the Black Seas,” Stoltenberg told the media earlier in December.

READ MORE: NATO destabilizing Baltic by stationing nuke-capable aircraft – Moscow

Moscow sees NATO expansion towards its borders as aggressive and a violation of post-Cold War agreements. It wants the alliance to guarantee that Ukraine and Georgia would not become part of the NATO military bloc, but Stoltenberg said they cannot and will not give such guarantees.

The Kremlin also believes that NATO is using the Ukrainian civil war and the secession of Crimea as a pretext to justify larger military spending by members of the alliance.

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B)Russian Ties Complicate U.S. Sanctions

U.S. companies trying to avoid running afoul of the recent sanctions against Russia face a monumental challenge: Figuring out which companies are owned by those blacklisted.

Some of the people and entities on the new lists of sanctions, part of the U.S. government’s effort to pressure Russia over the conflict in Ukraine, have extensive connections to other companies in countries throughout the world. That poses hurdles for American companies, which are restricted in doing business with some companies owned by those that are blacklisted.

The U.S. has put 50 entities and 57 individuals on the new Russia and Ukraine sanctions lists since March, according to the U.S. Treasury Department. But those 107 parties hold ownership stakes or potentially exercise control of thousands of other companies around the globe, sometimes indirectly, according to data compiled by Dow Jones Risk & Compliance.

Some of those companies have blacklisted individuals among their executives or directors, where they could exert influence or control.

Companies with ownership or management ties to those lists can be found in more than 70 countries around the world, including the U.S., according to the Risk & Compliance database. News Corp ’s Dow Jones & Co., which owns the Risk & Compliance database, is the publisher of The Wall Street Journal.

The number of countries is a testament to the wide net U.S. companies must cast when trying to comply with the new sanctions.

The targets of the recent sanctions own companies “all over the world,” said Judith Lee, a partner at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP. That is a change from the other sanctions regimes, which have generally focused on targets that are more isolated from the global business community, she said.

“It’s really hard to comply with the Russian sanctions,” said Ms. Lee. Among the challenges is finding accurate information on who owns what.

Among the businesses with ties to people and entities on Russia and Ukraine sanctions lists are a Finland-based shipbuilder and a Pennsylvania titanium company.

Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Inc., a Finland-based builder of Arctic icebreaking ships, is 50%-owned by Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corp., which works with partner STX Finland Oy, according to its website and the Dow Jones data. Americans and American companies were barred in July from doing business with the Russian state company and, because of the size of the Russian stake, would also be barred from dealings with Arctech Helsinki.

Arctech didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Further complicating matters: U.S. authorities don’t provide any list of these subsidiaries, leaving companies to do their own research on the ties a business partner might have to the sanctions list. Meanwhile, many global companies have to scrutinize sanctions lists from the European Union and other countries, which contain some different names than the U.S. lists.

That means companies are left with the difficult task of figuring out if their business partners are connected to sanctions. To do this, they are turning to technology, beefing up their compliance departments and hiring specialized investigators.

Companies face strict liability if they violate the sanctions laws, meaning they can be penalized with civil fines even if they didn’t know about the violation. The Treasury Department does, however, often lighten penalties for sanctions violations if a company has a good compliance program or wasn’t aware of the violation.

Doing business with these subsidiaries is prohibited in some cases and allowed in others, and sometimes falls in a gray area. For example, the U.S. put large Russian firms including Bank of Moscow and Rosneft on a less restrictive sanctions list known as the Sectoral Sanctions Identifications, or SSI, list that bans U.S. companies only from specific activities like providing equity or debt financing beyond the short-term. Those same specific restrictions apply when dealing with certain subsidiaries of SSI list companies.

Despite the looser restrictions, experts say U.S. firms still need to be wary of subsidiaries of companies on any sanctions list. “Once an entity is on the SSI list, you know that they’re in the cross hairs of the U.S. government,” said Ms. Lee.

Uniti LLC, a Moon Township, Pa., titanium joint venture between Allegheny Technologies Inc. and what an Allegheny Technologies spokesman described as a U.S. subsidiary of Russia’s VSMPO-Avisma Corp., is linked to the sanctions list, according to the database. The Russian company is 25%-owned by Rostec, a state-owned entity that the U.S. placed on the less-restrictive SSI list in September.

The spokesman for Allegheny Technologies said “business is as normal” in the joint venture.

Restrictions typically kick in only when doing business with certain subsidiaries: those that are owned 50% or more by a blacklisted party. But officials have signaled that companies should be careful doing business with a firm that is less than 50%-owned by a person or entity on these sanctions lists.

“If you’re dealing with a company that may be 33%-owned by designated parties, I would sweat a little bit,” said John E. Smith, deputy director at the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, at a Dow Jones conference in April.


 
 
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