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‘Dirty money’ blunts Russia sanctions

US officials fear that they will be unable to impose effective sanctions on Vladimir Putin if Russia invades Ukraine because of the volume of “dirty money” in London.
Diplomatic sources told The Times that US State Department officials had expressed “dismay and frustration” at the British government’s failure to tackle the problem.
“The fear is that Russian money is so entrenched in London now that the opportunity to use it as leverage against Putin could be lost,” a source in Washington said.
Clearly filthy fraudsters have bought many in society outright . The shame and opprobium that such behaviour induces is obviously no impediment to their continuation . Just gimme the money , is all they revere .




I was surprised how reliant Turkey is on Putin's Russia... no wonder he is balancing between Russia and Ukraine ....

Ankara has obvious economic, security, and geopolitical stakes in the current conflict, but it is careful not to burn bridges with Russia and end up entangled in economic conundrums.

To start with, Russia is a vital trading partner, providing 45 percent of its natural gas, 17 percent of its oil demand,

A colossal 70 percent of its wheat, a high-priority import at a time of escalating bread prices.

Russia is also Turkey’s biggest source of tourists—and thereby hard currency—with its 4.7million visitors accounting for 19 percent of all travelers to the country in 2021.

Russia’s energy giant ROSATOM is also building Turkey’s first nuclear power plant, meant to start operating in 2023.

Turkey cannot afford to lose such a vital partner at a time when the Turkish lira lost 47 percent of its value in less than a year, and inflation increased to a 20-year high.

Of no less importance is Ukraine for Turkey. Turkey’s Erdogan denounced Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and is a firm supporter of Crimean Tatars who have suffered immensely under Russian rule. Trade between the two, as well as investments, has been on the rise.

As of 2021, Turkey was the largest foreign investor in Ukraine, totaling nearly $4.5 billion, with more than 700 Turkish companies operating in Ukraine.

Though Turkish officials have refused to disclose details of drone sales to Ukraine, independent estimates believe Ukraine has purchased between twenty and fifty Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 armed drones as well as MILGEM Ada-class corvettes.

For Turkey, Ukraine represents a venue where military products can be tested in real combat situations, which significantly raises their pricing and reputation on world markets.

Because of strained relations with its NATO partners, Turkey is hedging its bets on increased military-technical cooperation with Ukraine.

Last year, for example, Motor Sich agreed to provide Turkish defense company Baykar with thirty turboprop engines to use in its Akinci high-altitude strike drones.

Such cooperation, using reliable Ukrainian engines and advanced Turkish technology, catapulted Turkey into the stratosphere of the global defense market.

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"VLADIMIR PUTIN'S health has been the subject of constant debate in recent months. But what actually is wrong with the Russian President?...

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