Russian government proposes ban on grain exports 

MOSCOW, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Russia might impose a ban on grain exports if their stocks fall to 10 million tons, Izvestia daily reported on Tuesday, citing a government document. The government working group on non-tariff measures in foreign trade recommended the Agriculture Ministry monitor grain stocks on monthly basis, Izvestia cited the protocol of the working group’s meeting.

If the monitoring shows stocks decrease to a “critically low level” of 10 million tons the ministry should propose the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Economy introduce a temporary ban on grains export. The Agriculture Ministry confirmed to Izvestia such scheme had been proposed by the government sub-committee, however it pointed out Russia has ample grain reserves given large stocks from last year and big harvest in 2023. The ministry did not respond to Reuters request to comment on the article. (Reporting by Reuters; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)

Comment: Well I’ll be damned. I did not expect this. I guess things aren’t all peaches and cream in Mother Russia as the tankies suggest. This means the recent grain harvest did not go as planned or even as well as it’s gone the last few years. Could have been the weather. Could have been fuel shortages for the agricultural sector. Could be the farmers are all off to war. It may be a shortage of rail transportation, again due to wartime requirements. Or it could be the old standby of corruption and mismanagement.

Just last August, Putin was boasting that Russia could supply the world with all the grains it needed. He threatened to make Ukrainian grain shipments totally unnecessary. Back in April 2022, Dmitry Medvedev boasted, “Our food is our silent weapon. Silent — but formidable.” The cutting back of Russian grain exports will only help Ukraine’s grain exports and Ukraine’s economy. Sounds like a D’oh moment in the Kremlin.

It’s not as bad as it looks though. I doubt Russians will have to do without their bread. Russia has reserves. This proposed export ban only applies to durum wheat and does not apply to humanitarian shipments or shipments to Abkhazia, South Ossetia or Belarus. Maybe Putin is just taking prudent precautions given that his war will drag on well into 2024 at least.


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58 Responses to Russian government proposes ban on grain exports 

  1. Yeah, Right says:

    Honestly, I do not read this in the same way that you do.

    It reads to me that Russia is resigned to the fact that war with NATO is inevitable, and so the Russians are no longer interested in exporting their grain and other foodstuffs to earn foreign exchange.


    They have decided that it is more important to horde that food so that the Russian government can feed its population while it is engaged in an existential war with Europe and the USA.

    Because this is a given: once that war starts then Russia isn’t going to be able to import food from overseas. Not a ship-load. Not a bushel. Not nothing.

    I can’t see how anyone can come to any other conclusion, and I am puzzled in the extreme that you can’t fathom that logic.

    I guess that people only see what they want to see.

    • TTG says:

      Yeah, Right,

      I gather you didn’t read the last sentence about Putin’s prudence.

      • English Outsider says:

        Yeah, Right. On matters related to food security Lavrov sets out out his stall here:-

        It is, from the Russian point of view, supremely realistic. Prepare for the worst is the subtext. And never forget that for all the grand talk, in the end the only country you can rely on is your own.

        In stark contrast to our own dealings in England during the Brexit fiasco. We were putting ourselves at risk of diminution of our European trade. On that, Brussels had the whip hand. But we neither looked to replace that trade if necessary with an expansion of our internal trade, nor did we make arrangements with other countries to strengthen trading links with them.

        And we forgot that other countries had no obligation to us to save our bacon. Trump was sympathetic to Brexit. But his duty was first of all to look after American interests. So nothing much from him. Same with the hoped for expansion of Australian trade. Why would the Australians give us a favourable trade deal if it meant them losing out? We wouldn’t do it. Silly to expect others to.

        So we left ourselves bare-arsed in the wind when it came to dealing with EU trade pressure. With the inevitable result. We could only give in to that pressure.

        All a little fake since most of our politicians had no intention of breaking loose from the EU any more than they were forced to, but it showed the cold logic of the situation had they had any such intention.

        The Russians have got their heads round that logic. OK, lots of grand talk about the BRICS and anti-colonialism and a united front against the West. Maybe that grand talk will come to something. But if it doesn’t they know full well that the only true reliance can be on themselves. From the link:-

        “Let’s look at the statistics. It’s helpful to understand what’s going on. But at this stage, we don’t need to think about how to restore relations with Europe. Now we need to think about how not to depend on the “twists” in European politics (primarily in the trade, economic and investment spheres) that they are making under the influence of Washington. We must protect ourselves in all key sectors of our economy (security and life in general), on which the future of the country depends. We must independently produce everything we need for security, economic development, solutions to social issues, and the introduction of modern technologies (another event on artificial intelligence was held recently), so as not to suffer from new “whims” when and if they want to pounce on us with sanctions.


        The link from a man who keeps a close eye on Russian policy statements, Karlof1. Found him on MOA. Valuable to know what’s being said over on the other side of the fence. The Russians aren’t messing around and in the matter of food security you comment on, least of all.

        International trading connections are obviously important. But they should never be so indispensable that the security of one’s own country is placed at risk if those connections are at risk. Great Britain learned that lesson during the last World War. We’ve now forgotten it. The Russians have taken that lesson to heart today.

      • English Outsider says:

        TTG – I still type too fast, for all that I do check afterwards. ” But they should never be so indispensable that the security of one’s own country is placed at risk if those connections are at risk.”

        You topic is Russian wheat. But would a request for an update on the Syrian imbroglio be out of place? It’s getting hellish complicated over there.

        • TTG says:


          Fixed it for ya. The only thing I hear about Syria is the tit for tat strikes between US forces and Iranian proxies. There’s a few who still follow events there. I’ll see what they have to say.

          • English Outsider says:

            Thanks, TTG. Repeating the phrase I used to hear so often in Ireland, you’re a scholar and a gentleman, Sorr. It was even applied to me a few times, when someone had run out of smokes and I hadn’t.

            Er, this is not Open Thread, but when it is, an American recipe for the best way to cook venison would come in handy. For some unaccountable reason our masters haven’t yet got round to stopping us shooting deer in England. So a neighbour’s done just that and in due course I am to expect a consignment.

            it was my turn to buy a round.


          • English Outsider says:

            Damn. Done it again. It was also said when one bought a round but that I thought, on consideration, was unnecessary to mention.

        • leith says:

          English O –

          My father, Virginia born, often used that phrase ‘gentleman and scholar’. He was not Irish. But perhaps he picked it up from the monks at St Mary’s Industrial School. Not a drinker, he used it with acquaintances to compliment a job well done or as an extended thank you. But once, I heard him use it as what could only have been a sarcastic slap to a petty bureaucrat at the DMV, although I doubt the DMV clerk understood the insult.

          He used a similar phrase with the ladies while tipping his hat. But my memory is tarnished.

          • English Outsider says:

            Leith – Yes, often an element of the sardonic. The Irish can be difficult to read.

            “You Brits want to palm Northern Ireland off on us. But we don’t want it!” said someone to me last time I was over there.

            A joke? A sour comment on a view more on both sides of the Irish Sea hold than care to admit, though it was said with a smile? Better not to ask, I thought.

          • Razor says:

            A fine gentleman and a scholar means little until augmented by the addition of “and a fine judge of Irish whiskey”. At that point you know it’s sincere respect around these
            Hibernian shores!

      • Yeah, Right says:

        I did. I give no credence to a claim that Putin is worried about food security in the case that the SMO drags on well into 2024, just as there is no evidence that he was so concerned during 2023.

        Ukraine can’t do anything to Russia’s food production, food exports, or food imports.

        Not. A. Thing.

        But a war with NATO is an altogether different matter, and what that article suggests to me is that the Russians consider it a very, very, very real possibility that they will be at war with NATO in 2024.

        So, yeah, I read your last sentence and, no, I don’t consider it at all relevant to my observation.

  2. F&L says:

    We’re doing just dandy here without Russian grain, thank you very much.

    “Anything to drink with your breakfast, sir – maybe a hot beverage?”
    “I’ll have a coffee, black. The kids will have their usual hot chocolate with heavy metals and lead, easy on the cadmium.”

    Popular Hot Chocolate Mixes Found to Contain Lead & Heavy Metals.

    • TTG says:


      Cocoa beans, Coffee beans, carrots, sweet potatoes, apples and probably many other foods naturally take up heavy metals in the soil. It’s not the mega-conglomerates adding the metals to the cocoa, it’s Juan Valdez. Actually it’s chemical fertilizers and pesticides that we add to the soil that cause the accumulation of heavy metals, so I guess it is the mega-conglomerates.

      • F&L says:

        Tea leaves contain shocking amounts of aluminum.

        One of my gotcha religious experience moments was when I learned that Maxwell’s equations for empty space have nontrivial solutions. Meaning in the absence of any matter at all, it predicts the existence of electric and magnetic fields. No charge or charges and no currents. It’s called light or electromagnetic radiation. I was mystically inclined at the time. Was I high on pot? Possibly. But it resonated with me because of the creation myth in Genesis, which I’m certain I remembered incorrectly. But my faulty recollection said that in the beginning God said let there be light, implying that in the absence of everything there is light. It was a minor religious experience. Then I was shocked back into reality to learn that that was classic E&M, and that it was thought that Quantum electrodynamics was more accurate. Nonetheless, that Scotsman James Clerk Maxwell was at least as brilliant as Einstein or Newton or any of the others. He died at a fairly early age comparitively. Interestingly, his professors didn’t accept his theory because it was conceptually too weird for them and wholly unprecedented. Because it introduced the concept of a field. No one could make any sense of it.

        The aluminum and lead atoms are probably solutions to some extended Schroeder equation for the case of 13 and 82 electrons. Which means that like light they are ineluctable, inescapable essences, like Platonic ideals, or triangles or tetrahedrons. By extension, probably everything is that way, but let’s not get too carried away. Much of what’s out there though kind of can’t be any other way. So we agree.

        “It’s Juan Valdez.”
        That deserves a plaque, underneath which are written Maxwell’s equations and E equals M C squared.

        Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a world where everyone had an education, a good one, and a philosophical outlook? It would but it’s not profitable. Would it go over well to learn that mom and apple pie are solutions to differential equations and things basically can’t be other than they are? If the kettle is whistling you can’t say “oh that’s Maxwell’s equations again.” I guess you could but you need to go turn off the burner.

  3. fredw says:

    “the recent grain harvest did go as planned”
    I assume that a “not” was left out’ “the recent grain harvest did not go as planned”.

  4. F&L says:
    In a tank factory in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, there was a severe explosion late Sunday evening, as reported by German news website
    According to Russian authorities, the explosion was caused by a fire in a transformer, triggered by a short circuit. However, on the same day in the morning, there was a drone attack on an aircraft factory in the city of Smolensk. The Kyiv Post reports that this was a targeted action. (More at link)
    Foreign mega-food conglomerates poison our kids with heavy metals in the hot chocolate while something goes boom in the Urals. Or is it propaganda, since it’s from the Kiev post? I cite this story to bring attention to the junk that often is featured in the news feeds on the big search engine news feeds directly under the text entry box. That’s where I found it. The casual uncritical reader gets the impression that Russia is losing. Nothing about 7,000 children killed in Gaza or the thousands still trapped or the huge numbers who can’t get care and are slowly dying in agony because the hospitals were bombed by Bibi and Joe.

    • Glenn Fisher says:

      Let me finish that last sentence for you: …were bombed by BB and Joe, because Hamas hides their bases and soldiers underneath hospitals and civilian centers, all while preventing anyone from leaving for safety.
      You’re welcome.

      • F&L says:

        Smug, are we?

        Try reading this. It probably won’t have any effect on you because you’re obviously not troubled by mass killings of children. Animals aren’t either, especially reptiles, insects, vultures and hyenas who feast on carrion.

      • Stefan says:

        It must be a Levintine thing. The Jewish terrorists, pre 1948, placed weapons shops, ammo cahes and safe houses below civilan infrastructure. Google is your friend mate. Hamas is doing just what the founders of Israel did….along with some of their early Prime Ministers.

        • Eric Newhill says:

          Grade school thinking – means nothing.

          The Muslims hate the Jews and want to kill them b/c they would not accept Mohammad as a true prophet.

          • Stefan says:

            “The Muslims hate the Jews and want to kill them b/c they would not accept Mohammad as a true prophet.”

            You clearly dont know many Muslims.

        • Fred says:

          If only Imperial Britain had run their mandate better than the Ottomans had run that possession they gained by conquest.

          • Eric Newhill says:

            I guess you missed the part where only “white people” can be genocidal colonizers. So Turks are A-OK no matter who they conquer and rule, genocide, etc. Also like how Muslim slave traders, even though the most prolific in history, deserve a pass and that history is not to be mentioned, but US Southerners? Destroy them!

            Get with the program, man. Pick your oppressed characters, then identify their oppressors and draw the cartoon. The world is black and white. No shades of grey.

            Also there’s part where Jews are white(ish), but Arabs, like Tlaib, are not white; even though Israel haters say that Arabs are really Jews.

            Somehow it sort of feels – at least to a dummy like me – like how a man who castrates himself and puts on a dress really is a woman, despite what zer’s DNA says about the true biology. It’s almost as if Neo-Marxists just make this stuff up as they go, but it’s all science and true history that us white cretins can’t understand (btw, our Christian religious beliefs are backwards and dangerous, but Islam deserves our sympathy).

  5. F&L says:

    The British deep-sixed the Istanbul peace deal in early 2022. I knew that Bucha was faked immediately not only from reading of careful analysis of photographs but because of the psychopathic clown Boris Johnson. “Bucha” sounds exactly like the word “Butcher” as pronounced by most Englishmen. It was chosen for it’s powerful subliminal psychologically suggestive property, and English being the international language. So the idea was to promote ideas of butchers and butchery.

    Zelensky ally’s revelations betray motive to stage Bucha – Moscow.
    Ukraine accused Russian forces of killing civilians in a suburb of Kiev to derail a peace deal, Maria Zakharova says

  6. ked says:

    from the Dept of Ukrainian History:
    “The whole history of the second world war looks different if you understand that Germany’s main war aim was the conquest of Ukraine.”

  7. LeaNder says:

    TTG, you obviously read this as pro-Ukraine. In both cases, the Ukraine and Israel, I would feel a lot better if there hadn’t been a wide road to this confrontation. How many died by now on both sides in Ukraine by now? Not a fan of the drone war porno.

    Seems China shifted from US corn/wheat to Brazilian. Thus, US prices are down. And Russia somehow increased its overall market share.

    On topic, link takes some time to load:

    Russia Restricting Its Own Exports
    Over the years, Russia has used a variety of trade-restrictive measures to ensure domestic food security. While recent Russian government statements have claimed that economic sanctions have hampered Russia’s ability to export, in the case of grains and oilseeds, the Russian government itself has applied export taxes and quotas that affect its prices and export volumes.

    In recent years, Russia has also constrained volumes of agricultural exports through export quotas. A decade ago, Russia would simply ban its exports when there were reduced crops, but has since shifted to limiting export quantities, particularly in the latter half of the marketing year. What began as a policy implemented to dampen domestic food price inflation during the COVID-19 pandemic has become an annual occurrence. This policy is directly responsible for constraining exporters’ shipments. The quota has been adjusted on an annual basis to account for the available supplies; a smaller quota was issued during 2021/22 when Russia had a much smaller crop, and the quota was expanded in 2022/23 after a record crop was harvested.

    • TTG says:


      This is good news for Ukraine. It takes a Russian weapon off the table and it takes a source of foreign currency for Russia off the table. Much like last year’s mild winter in Europe was a stroke of luck for the Ukrainian cause, whatever brought about the need to restrict Russian wheat exports is also a stroke of good luck for the Ukrainian cause. It’s certainly not a sign of Russia’s imminent collapse. This affect’s Russia’s war effort, not her existence.

      • LeaNder says:

        TTG, you are doing a great job, and I guess it is hard to come up with new topics constantly. But excuse me, considering context this is a bit surreal to me.

  8. Eric Newhill says:

    I read the Russian statement as a veiled threat; disguised thinly as production issues – as in, “We’re not monsters who would use critical food supply as a weapon of war. Nope. It’s just that our harvest might not be good enough for exports for the next few years”

    Ukraine is just about militarily and politically finished and, IMO, this food threat is meant to be a final nail in that failed country’s coffin that will cause the Ukrainians to beg for peace negotiations with the secret “ok” from NATO.

    • TTG says:

      Eric Newhill,

      How is this Russian “food threat” a danger to Ukraine? Russia’s threat was that she would easily supplant Ukraine as a supplier of grain. A reduction in Russian exports would only make Ukrainian grain exports more profitable and important to world supply.

      • Eric Newhill says:

        Ah – because Ukraine will not be producing – let alone exporting – anything come next year. Russia will be the sole source for regions that rely on Ukrainian/Russian grain.

        • Fred says:


          “…source for regions that rely on Ukrainian/Russian grain.”

          Rhodesia, the breadbasket of Africa will….
          Sorry, wrong century.

          Africa and take to the boats, Germany loves immigrants, so does Ireland. I’m sure that Europe will still be ‘open borders’ next summer. Well, except for the Dutch….

          • Stefan says:

            Except for the recent race riot in Dublin mind you. I just got back from England. Hundreds rampaging through Dublin attacking people and destroying property. It was well covered in British media, dont know about US media, I wasn’t here.

          • Fred says:


            “Mostly Peaceful” is certainly NOT acceptable when an immigrant/migrant/refugee rapes a child. Said person having been in Ireland for two decades, doing what you can research in that wonderful British media.
            In Belfast “white lives matter” is hate speech. (Belfast being in Britain not Ireland.) In America it only gets you de-platformed/fired.

          • TTG says:


            It was a more recent immigrant who stopped the knife attack in Dublin. No one raped a child in this incident.It was a multiple stabbing of children. The vast majority of rapes and sexual assaults in Ireland are committed by “white lives matter” Irish citizens, the same upstanding Irish citizens who rioted on a shithouse rumor that the knife assailant was an immigrant. All we know for sure is that the attacker was a 50 year old male.

          • Fred says:


            Thank goodness, only multiple stabbings. Sorry for the error with so much True News out there now.

          • Stefan says:

            There is an issue with some of the “white lives matter” folks in the north of Ireland. They are often linked with loyalist paramilitaries and those with links to the racist right ala Johnny “Mad Dog” Adair who was a known Nazi skinhead in Belfast before he took to murdering Catholics and dealing drugs and Billy Wright aka “King Rat” who was known to sport a swastika tattoo before he was killed by Irish Republicans whilst he was serving a prison sentence. He was also well known for killing random Catholics and dealing drugs.

            The recent issue in Dublin happened after a knife attack. It is unclear the background of the attacker at the moment and there have been no allegations of rape. The man who came to their aid was, as TTG said, an immigrant.

            I have been visiting Ireland for decades, and when I lived in England, I used to travel there at least once a month. You rarely had to worry about immigrants there, the issues were mostly with young, drunk/high Irish men.

            In recent years attacks on immigrants have been one of the methods various loyalist paramilitaries used as an intimidation action when feuding against other loyalist paras, usually over personal beefs or drug dealing territory. A recent attack on a mosque near Sandy Row in Belfast seems to be one example of this, with Nazi imagery being used.

          • Fred says:


            You are making excuses. Either the lives of everyone matter, or only the ones those with political power designate matter.

          • Stefan says:

            If you take “Black Lives Matter” to mean that other lives dont matter you clearly dont understand the movement. The movement is because there is a feeling amoungst a large segment of the population that black lives are not equal. The BLM movement is about ensuring all lives matter equally, not that some matter more.

          • jld says:

            “you clearly dont understand the movement.”

            You are clearly deluded or disingenuous.
            Have you not seen the frantic witch hunt against “All Lives Matter”?

          • Fred says:


            The ‘explainer’ is not matching reality of the ‘movement’. Though I’m happy you think BLM as currently constituted, which doesn’t include the multimillionaire grifters who left not so long ago, is against race based set asides, affirmative action, and a host of race based DEI commicrap.

      • Eric Newhill says:

        Also, to add a little fair and balancedness to the OP, Ukraine grain didn’t do so hot in 2023. Please see the link.,in%20central%20and%20southern%20Ukraine.

        So even without Russia drone attacking the tractors, burning the fields, attacking the grain stockpiles and blockading the shipping – all things that Russia can do in 2024, or already has done (I would sure do all of them if I was Russia), Ukraine already has production problems.

        • Mark Logan says:


          I can’t help but reflect on how similar the Ukraine soil seems to be to that of the stomping grounds of my youth, the black soils of the Palouse and western Idaho. Same crops due to the same water-holding capability of that black soil. Like a sponge that takes three months to dry out, enabling dry-land faming were rain might skip a month or two in the summer.

          Just like them, the key was that first 10-12 inches. If it was too dry, can’t plant. Seeds wouldn’t sprout. But if the seeds could sprout and send some roots down they could draw all the water they need.

          • Eric Newhill says:

            Mark Logan,
            That’s interesting. Is it all potatoes there, or wheat and corn too? That’s one of the few parts of the country I’ve never explored.

          • leith says:

            For the Palouse it’s wheat. And more recently some damn good vinyards.

          • Mark Logan says:

            No, as Lieth said it’s mainly wheat rotated with canola and rapeseed for nitrogen replacement, and a fallow of hay and clover…a wonderful nitrogen replacer if you can get it going…we’d leave it for a couple years fallow, financing permitting. The cows love it anyway.

            Potatoes are grown further south in Idaho, along the Snake river plain where, should there be a month without rain, irrigation is possible. A lot of those guys went to circular sprinklers too. No irrigation possible up on the plain.

            I so resembles the difference between the dry-land farming of Zaporizhia and the irrigated, slightly more volcanic soils of Crimea it boggles my mind a bit.

      • F&L says:

        The grain statement may have something to do with the effects of the blown dam on the Dnieper. For example Crimea lost its water and any crops those waters nourished. And the whole strip they occupy which is called the “land bridge” also had its agriculture affected negatively. It’s a wild guess but maybe there’s a need to provide for the Crimean inhabitants. It’s also possible they foresee losses inside Russia that may decrease grain production consequent mobilization and other war footing adjustments.

        • Fred says:


          Ukraine cut off that water supplier years before the war.

          • leith says:

            Fred –

            Russia restored the flow of water in March 2022. But then they lost it again in June 2023 when they blew up the dam. There is an effort underway to re-establish the flow via pumping stations. Hard to do though in a combat zone.

  9. F&L says:

    You can’t do better than to listen Col Wilkerson carry forth here at length on any number of issues. It opens with a deconstruction of Elon Musk’s wimpy collapse in an interview with Bibi and proceeds through, Gaza and Ukraine, the present non existent state of American diplomacy (with the exception of Bill Burns who is head of CIA) and even a discussion of what Koch’s recent backing of Nikki Haley for President means. It means that Koch has calculated that Trump will not be allowed to win and that she’s the least harmful of the others on offer with the exception of Chris Christie (who is in reality a brilliant man) who can’t win for reasons of marketability. Five stars. Highest recommendation. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

    Netanyahu is Deadly Wrong | Col. Larry Wilkerson

    • F&L says:

      For anyone needing help seeing how much things have changed in America, two Nixon press conferences. The 2nd seems to be held during the 1968 World Series between the Detroit Tigers and the Saint Louis Cardinals. He was running for President. The intro by Bud Wilkerson is priceless as is Nixon’s acknowledgement of Bud after taking the stage. Billy Graham is in attendance sitting next to future first lady Pat Nixon. Is it creepy, cringe, nostalgic .. ? You decide.

      Nixon Press Conference on Kent State Shoots.

      The Nixon Answer: Southern Town

        • F&L says:

          It’s interesting – the tendency to attribute all those war crimes to Kissinger rather than those ultimately responsible, namely Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford etc. I’m not suggesting he doesn’t bear responsibility, not at all. It’s just very convenient to blame it on the 2nd in command – Lucifer, the devil, the evil vizier, than on El supremo – God. Of course God can do no wrong. The popular Russian TV shows do it too in their WW2 tv series and movies. Stalin is the wise benevolent grandfather and any evil, if there is any, is due to Beria. It’s even more interesting in the ethnic and national distancing – Kissinger is a German and a Jew, this doubly an “other,” an evil other, and certainly not a “good” American.

          • F&L says:

            From the Rolling Stone article, pasted below. Mind boggling evil. Hedging between Humphrey and Nixon to destroy peace talks. Just so he could be secretary of state or national security advisor.

            Every single person who died in Vietnam between autumn 1968 and the Fall of Saigon — and all who died in Laos and Cambodia, where Nixon and Kissinger secretly expanded the war within months of taking office, as well as all who died in the aftermath, like the Cambodian genocide their destabilization set into motion — died because of Henry Kissinger. We will never know what might have been, the question Kissinger’s apologists, and those in the U.S. foreign policy elite who imagine themselves standing in Kissinger’s shoes, insist upon when explaining away his crimes. We can only know what actually happened. What actually happened was that Kissinger materially sabotaged the only chance for an end to the war in 1968 as a hedged bet to ensure he would achieve power in Nixon’s administration or Humphrey’s. A true tally will probably never be known of everyone who died so Kissinger could be national security adviser.

      • English Outsider says:

        F&L – impossible to decide, unless one knows more about the man and his time than I do. Certainly on foreign policy he had a nobler vision than that of his successors.

        From 7 mins 33 seconds:-

  10. Peter Williams says:

    It’s quite obvious that none of you are involved in, or have any connection to the food industry. The possible ban applies only to durum wheat! Durum is a hard wheat, it’s not used for bread, only pasta. Pasta can be stored for years, possibly decades. I was recently in Russia, and I started storing food in my apartment, nothing obvious, and will get it taken to the village where my ex-wife’s mother lives. I love my kids and grandkids, and my extended family. My eldest daughter said that I was crazy, I replied that inflation made it a good investment.

    The village isn’t far from town, but most people are “old-believers”. They accept me. I helped them years ago, unrequested, so that makes me a possible saved individual when the end times occur.

    I’m an Australian, but Australia is now legally an “unfriendly country”. I couldn’t even make a will at the Notarist without permission from the authorities in Yekat. (I own an apartment with my eldest daughter, and I wanted my Australian will to agree with a Russian will.)

    Under the new Citizenship Act of 26 October, citizenship is much harder. I’ll probably have problems, a broad Australian accent murders the Russian language, my daughters usually translate my Russian into Russian. Officials look in amazement as I write in cursive Russian. I read. write and generally understand Russia, (children under 10 exempted), but few understand my spoken Russian.

  11. mcohen says:

    No bark peace cont….

    It is quite simple.There is an unbalance of power in the gulf of gas and it is going to lead to payback instead of paycheck.No bark peace.

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