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Ukraine PM Accuses Russia of Wanting WWIII ^ | April 27, 2014 | Mike Shedlock

Posted on 04/27/2014 11:10:46 AM PDT by Kaslin

Ukraine and Russia remain in the spotlight this weekend. Here are the top stories.

  1. Russia hiked interest rates 50 basis points on Friday accompanied with a warning about inflation and a sluggish economy.
  2. Russian Markets Have Worst Week Since Crimea.
  3. Ukraine's acting prime minister accused Russia of wanting to start WWII.
  4. Ukraine forces barricade the rebel stronghold of Slavyansk

Russia Issues Downbeat Economic Statement

The World Politics Journal notes Russia’s central bank issues a downbeat statement on the Russian economy.

On Friday, April 25th, Russia’s central bank raised its benchmark interest rate by 50 basis points to 7.5 per cent, giving higher inflation risks as a reason behind its decision.

‘The probability of inflation exceeding the 5% target at the end of 2014 has increased substantially’, the Russian central bank said in a statement.

Annual inflation stood at 7.2 per cent as of Monday, April 21st. However, the central bank estimates that inflation would not exceed 6 per cent by the end of 2014.

The Russian economy expanded 1.3 per cent in 2013, the slowest pace of growth since a 2009 recession. For comparison, the economy grew by 3.4% in 2012. The Bank of Russia said in a downbeat statement on the economy: ‘Labour productivity growth is sluggish, while fixed capital investment continues to contract because of declining profits in the real sector, limited access to long-term financing in both international and domestic markets, as well as low producer and consumer confidence.

The Russian central bank predicts that the country ‘will continue to witness a downward trend in economic growth’ in 2014, adding ‘Amid economic uncertainty and declining producer confidence there is a strong probability of a reduction in fixed capital investment. Combination of slower growth in real wages and a decline in household lending growth rates will have a dampening effect on consumer activity’.

Russian Markets Have Worst Week Since Crimea as S&P Cuts Rating

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Russia
KEYWORDS: crimea; mikeshedlock; russia; ukraine
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1 posted on 04/27/2014 11:10:46 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Putin certainly wants territory but he knows that there’ll be no *big* war at least.That's because he knows that Europe is *unable* to stop him and that President Flexibility is unwilling to stop him.
2 posted on 04/27/2014 11:17:38 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: Kaslin

WWIII, what the Founders taught us to avoid by not falling for the British tempting folly of having British origin settlers join with them in the repression of Dutch or French or German settlers. No, they would not be compelled to do horrible things for the crown.

Nowadays Republicans love to side with illegal Mexicans, muslim brotherhood, chinese companies and sooner or later Russian gangsters will get in as a result.

Of course Russia would like WWIII... and Rinos are following right into the trap.

3 posted on 04/27/2014 3:04:27 PM PDT by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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