EU plans new Russia sanctions after sham ‘referendums’ UPDATE


The European Union has proposed a raft of new sanctions against Russia in response to the so-called referendums in four Ukrainian regions. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen made the announcement, saying the package was designed “to make the Kremlin pay” for escalating the conflict in Ukraine with what she called “sham” votes in occupied territory. This after Von der Leyen knows Europe is in for one heck of a ride this winter due to shortages of energy.The sanctions package will map out the legal basis for an oil price cap.

Always good to keep the eye on the ball.

Update: Blinken joins in the fun

Secretary Antony Blinken
@SecBlinken

United States government official
Today, we took swift and severe measures in response to President Putin’s attempt to annex regions of Ukraine – a clear violation of international law. We will continue to impose costs on anyone that provides political or economic support for this sham.
BREAKING: The U.S. imposes sanctions on companies from Belarus, Armenia and China for supporting the Russian military
“I’m not Sun Tzu but I don’t think we are at the part where we try to force people on to a side. That is Unless we are ready to add Ukraine to nato and start the war already.”

If this isn’t an old knee slapper. Lest we forget there is a bit of a problem:

Nord Stream: Sweden finds new leak in Russian gas pipeline

Sweden has found a new leak in a major undersea pipeline carrying Russian natural gas to the EU – making it the fourth discovered this week.

Denmark and Sweden reported gas leaks in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines earlier this week.

Nato said the incidents were the result of “deliberate, reckless and irresponsible acts of sabotage”.

Russia dismissed suggestions that it had attacked its own pipelines as “predictable and stupid”.

Instead, the Russian foreign ministry said the blasts had occurred in “zones controlled by American intelligence”.

The German ambassador to the UK, Miguel Berger, told the BBC it was clear that a non-state actor could not have been behind the incidents – in other words, a country must have been responsible.

Let’s keep ramping it up. This should work.

The sanctions package includes further import bans on Russian products, expected to deprive Moscow of an additional €7 billion ($6.7 billion) in revenues. It also features export bans on key technology used for the military such as aviation items, electronic components and specific chemical substances. The sanctions package will map out the legal basis for an oil price cap and will ban EU citizens from sitting on governing bodies of Russian state-owned companies, von der Leyen said. Will that include foreign President’s children sitting on Boards as well? Just thought I would ask.

Back in September I commented in a post:

European Union to Mandate a Reduction in Electricity Use

Energy isn’t the only item Europe is dependent upon Russia for.

Someone made a list of what EU won’t get anymore with the Russia boycott.: “nat-gas, rare earths, inert gases, potash, sulfur, uranium, palladium, vanadium, cobalt, coke, titanium, nickel, lithium, plastics, glass, ceramics, pharmaceuticals, ships, inks, airplanes, polymers, medical and industrial gases, sealing rings & membranes, power transmission, transformer and lube oils, neon gas for microchip etching, etc., etc.”

This should work in destroying Germany including Europe as a whole.  Biden is along for the ride. Another brilliant idea our gal has and started in September:

Price Caps on prices the EU will pay for Russian gas.

The European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said the move is necessary to weaken Russia’s economy further as it continues its invasion of Ukraine.  Russian President Vladimir Putin had earlier warned that Moscow will stop supplying oil and gas if price caps are imposed.

Well, now it looks like she won’t have to worry herself about that if the pipelines have been taken out.

It is reported that Russia is selling Nat Gas to China who in turn sells it on the market.

Then there is the old “flatten the curve” she mentioned back before the pipeline sabotage.

But I have digressed. Here is the story.

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34 Responses to “EU plans new Russia sanctions after sham ‘referendums’ UPDATE”

  1. Baysider Says:

    Re: leaks in the Russian pipeline. After reading about our planning scenarios Dark Winter, Global Mercury and Atlantic Storm I’d believe any of those explanations – or all of them – as plausible. (Spoiler Alert: the planners’ conclusion was the most effective control mechanism to keep people sheeple was social isolation.) I think Putin knows the score. Not sure Zelenksy is our “friend” but we are sure being played for what it’s worth. That does not make me a Putin fan any more than Hitler’s invasion of his ally the Soviet Union makes me a Stalin fan.

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  2. Mustang Says:

    As I asked the other day — when have sanctions worked to achieve any change in behavior among our potential competitors? Go ahead … I’ll wait. Go back as far as you wish.

    So, I’m thinking that everyone in this administration needs about a 75% pay cut — and double that for members of Congress.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      I have little doubt we are headed to war with this gambit. Russia and China united. What could possibly go wrong with putting sanctions on China with most of our stuff coming from China>>?? We are going to be as stupid as the EU…
      Sadly few are interested in this terrible turn of events.

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      • Mustang Says:

        Head in the Sand Syndrome, I’m afraid. That way, they can pretend that electing someone like Biden fulfills their responsibility as citizens.

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      • peter3nj Says:

        Forget EU, Russia, China when here at home with what Biden and his party have done and are not yet finished and still republican candidates are barely treading water against the most heinous and despicable democrats who are running. While there are many races to choose from Pennsylvanians ought to be embarrassed with whom the democrats are running and that their sun-human will probably defeat Oz. Even with the coming winter food and fuel shortages and war in Ukraine the Europeans have the time to laugh at us. We’re pathetic and come November we will be several notches below pathetic.

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    • Baysider Says:

      Mustang! We sanctioned drugs in the inner city. That’s worked out well. (snark)

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  3. peter3nj Says:

    How can anyone believe Europeans will take their collective heads out of their collective anal orifices simply because their food supply is dwindling and they may freeze those same butts off this winter. KISS: Keep it simple stupid as we say in the business world. It’s climate change that makes it hot in summer and cold in winter. Any European worth his/her/it’s salt will gladly starve and freeze to save the planet for future generations of believers. The Italian PM needs to watch her back as the left never sleeps.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      The only bits and pieces of Meloni’s speeches are on twitter…Youtube only has references to fascism to her.. Last I looked. They will bear down on her…..

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    • Mustang Says:

      I’m in Peter’s corner on this one. If leftists wanted to save the earth through population reduction and mankind’s carbon footprint, why don’t they go to Mars? See? They won’t put their money where their mouth is. Light weights. Slackers. Dip Schlitz.

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      • peter3nj Says:

        C’mon Mustang, do you honestly believe that when the first human sets foot on the red planet the Martians won’t pop out of their underground military installations and zap the hell out of the humans?

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      • Mustang Says:

        Peter, Peter, Peter … THAT’s the whole point. Since we don’t have the courage to Zap democrats, let’s send them to someplace where the residents do have gonads.

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      • peter3nj Says:

        Agreed Mustang but with all the democrats gone from earth searching for nirvana on the red planet(oh how apropos) how would we, could we we believe the right is capable of fixing the green planet? Next!!!

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      • Mustang Says:

        True Peter. But you understand, I hope, that no one lives forever. Why should the earth be any different? C’mon man …

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  4. Bill Heffner Says:

    Sham elections? Why sham? Because the US government didn’t conduct them?

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    • bunkerville Says:

      The research that seems reputable but I cannot attest to it… 20 percent of the population of one section they claimed victory was Russian. 80 percent Ukraine.. hard to square that one if true if they wanted to be ruled by Russia. But what do I know. About the same as everyone else.

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      • geeez2014 Says:

        Apparently, it’s pretty common knowledge that Russia’s elections are rigged……….why wouldn’t they be? Putin WINS…Putin MUST win. I’m sure they don’t have mail-in ballots, too…… we do a pretty good job at voting shams ourselves. Just imagine…takes America two months to cast a vote, takes Europeans about a day. Maybe WE need Haitian vote watchers now?

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      • bunkerville Says:

        I agree Z…When 99 percent approve Putin in Russia.

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      • Baysider Says:

        They don’t need mail in ballots in Russia. They’ve had too much practice perfecting the good old fashioned way. 🙂

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  5. Mustang Says:

    An imagined phone conversation between Robin Biden and Vlad the Impaler:

    Robin: Hi, Vlad?

    Vlad: Who’s this?

    Robin: It’s me, President Biden. The one with the idiot son.

    Vlad: Ah, yes. What do you want?

    Robin: Vlad, I just want you to know, man to man, that anything I say publicly about Russia and Ukraine is just politics. For show. We don’t mean it. We love you guys, and Connecticut loves Russian energy, so don’t take it personally, okay?

    Vlad: Okay R O B I N … I won’t. And that goes for me too. Even if I say publicly that you’re a gutless bastard, it’s just for public consumption. Okay? Even if I do mean it.

    Robin: Okay, Vlad (winking at the phone as if Putin can see him). I gotcha. So how’s everything going over there?

    Vlad: Click.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      Nicely done :). I am wondering when its going to occur to those States in New England that they are dependent on Russian oil.. I heard one congress man allude to it this morning and also wondered what provisions were made.. I can just see New Englanders out on the dunes watching for the Russian tankers to bring it on in.. Get out the popcorn. Give new meaning to the widows walk.

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  6. Mustang Says:

    I’m loving this, Bunks. An oil price cap. So let’s see how this will work out: Russia keeps Russian oil, and all of the people in Europe who depend on Russian oil can piss off. To me, that sounds like a very good plan. Ursula is the man. Er … no, she’s not. Sorry.

    But she’s also no genius. I do wonder, though … in fact, I woke up one morning at around 2 a.m. and pondered this: how many European citizens sit on Russian state-owned companies? In terms of a percentage of the total European population, I’m thinking it’s a dot followed by forty zeros and the smallest prime number.

    Apparently, no one told Ursula that she can’t prevent herself from getting Covid by putting her head inside her own butt — and now it’s stuck.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      I caught this comment left at the conclusion of the video:

      Honestly speaking the EU sanctions have hurt the EU as much as they have hurt Russia anyone who denies that after looking at their electricity and grocery bill and the value of the Euro which is nearly equal to the Dollar is delusional, and if more than 5 rounds of sanctions already applied on Russia not dissuaded them from this conflict.
      i doubt this extra round is going to do anything at all, the EU went in all tough about how they are going to bring Russia to it’s knees but the reality is that they are on their knees as well, and as for the people here in the comment section from Europe,

      i am glad Europeans feel the consequences of sanctions for once in their life since they have always applied sanctions to any country that doesn’t agree with them and make the common people there suffer since the Europeans themselves face no consequences due to them, well it’s different this time around hope the people there will be more sympathetic to people of other sanctioned countries like Cuba and Iran as well who are still suffering the consequences for their government’s decisions,

      hope this will bring a change in the condescending attitude of most Europeans once they understand that they aren’t the uncontested great powers who can do whatever they want and make anyone who doesn’t agree with them suffer anymore, there will be consequences everytime they take any unilateral and major actions in the future.

      Bunks: The sun may be setting on the EU if this gal keeps up with this

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      • Mustang Says:

        I hope you’re right, Bunks … but I do not have that “gut feeling.” Imagine, everyone in Europe concluding that they should give up all their human rights to a grand council of unelected people who think of themselves smarter than everyone else … and then wondering about the size of that electricity bill. It tends to blow the mind.

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      • bunkerville Says:

        I am really trying hard to understand why folks cannot connect the dots… I do think cold and hunger .. two of the basic requirements for life could have a bearing on the Europeans’ mind set… Hope springs eternal.

        As an aside, my post that discussed the Judicial System of the EU as well what they had given over to the EU got a lot of hits out of Europe – Sweden, Finland, Germany… I wonder if they even knew.

        How powerful is ECJ?

        Not only did the ECJ confirm the Van Gend en Loos ruling, it established that European law always supersedes national law since states transferred rights to the community. This has become known as the principle of supremacy, and together with direct effect it gives constitutional status to EU law.

        European Union Fires the shot to start WWIII in the Netherlands

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    • Baysider Says:

      price cap = short supply. I don’t need all of my 2 years of econ courses to know that one!

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  7. markone1blog Says:

    We will see if these plans go anywhere.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      The EU will soon need to come to the realization it has its hat in its hand.. unless they want to freeze to death and have their economy stopped in its tracks for many of its members. They are living in a bubble and risking a world war.

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  8. Ed Bonderenka Says:

    With a reduction in supply of lithium from Russia, I expect even more madness from the EU.

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  9. Ed Bonderenka Says:

    Odd, when intentional ruptures via sabotage are labeled “leaks”.

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