When the choices are switch to the euro to trade commodities or go along with banning Russia from SWIFT and freeze, well, its not much of a choice now is it?
As for the USA taking its ball and going home, again, article five and SWIFT are not tied at the hip are they?
I don't imagine it to be an easy transition for either party, but Europe isn't a client state of the USA and can more or less do what it pleases.
More than likely if Washington felt that this is the path Europe would take they would back down rather than begin the first steps of replacing the...
The currency that commodities is traded in.
The Europeans appear to be balking at the thought of banning the Russians from SWIFT, probably because they would freeze to death without Russian oil and gas.
In order to, you know, survive, instead of using USD for commodities trade Europe and...
Depends on the situation. If they break Ukraine in the east and they have nothing credible left in the west to stop them, why stop?
As for red lines, what will the west do if they cross the Dnieper that they wouldn't do if Russia invades in a few weeks?
If I were to place bets on which sort of specialist operation we would see, I would bet on a airborne assault somewhere, maybe a key logistical center that the Russians don't want the Ukrainians blowing up.
As goes Germany, as goes Europe.
I don't know everything about SWIFT, is it a US run system? Can the USA block Russia and Europe continues with business as usual?
Regardless, if this is the case we are seeing a huge public split on the response to Russia.
Remember the USA saying they would remove Russia from the international banking system dealing a severe blow to the Russian economy?
The west couldn't even commit to that. Just rolling over.
Oh, it's clear they plan do next to nothing and then say it's up to Ukraine to defend itself, just like Afghanistan.
The rules have been written now, if you're outside of NATO and Russia or China wanted to conquer you, you're done. US will fun your insurgency.
Yup, just going to close their...
Please don't take me off ignore again please. You're ignore, not ignore stuff reminds me of my ex girlfriends....in high school.
Why do you feel the need to lie so much?
Meh, you cannot back up what you say and...