Ex-Prime Minister of Sweden suddenly became an advocate of Nord Stream-2


Everyone was surprised by the former Prime Minister and ex-Foreign Minister of Sweden Karl Bildt.


In an interview with "News" Bildt said that “US sanctions against Nord Stream 2 are direct American interference in European affairs.” Bildt called on Europeans "not to be afraid of restrictions against the project, to defend their independence and the right to choose their energy partners."

From friends of Kiev - to the site "Peacemaker"


For those who have forgotten this Swedish politician who has fallen into the shadows, we recall: Karl Bildt has always been distinguished by particularly harsh Russophobia. During the time of the Ukrainian Euromaidan, he (then Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden) led the company of the Baltic Tigers, which defended the interests of the new Kiev authorities and opposed Russia.

As experts noted, there was not a single anti-Russian initiative in Kiev that Bildt would not have supported in the international arena. Moreover, he did it actively, assertively, with loud public statements and political demarches.

Bildt is not our friend at all today. He still advocates the use of military force to deter Russia. He considers our foreign policy to be revisionist, threatening European interests. He is worried that the countries of Eastern Europe will not fall into the zone of influence of Moscow again.

Recently, the Swede "pierced." At the Munich Security Conference, he, along with other influential politicians, signed the document “Twelve Steps to Greater Security in Ukraine and the Euro-Atlantic Region”.

They included 12 recommendations to Ukraine on the settlement of the conflict in the east of the country. It was proposed, inter alia, to resume dialogue between the West and Russia. The document caused fierce criticism of the delegations of the United States and Ukraine. At their request, he was removed from the official website of the conference, and Karl Bildt (together with the head of the Munich Conference Wolfgang Ishinger) was included by “grateful Ukrainians” in their scandalous site “Peacemaker”.

Attitude towards America is changing in Europe


How did it happen that an anti-Russian Swedish diplomat and politician turned out to be on the wrong side for the West stories? It is easy to explain. Today Carl Bildt is Co-Chair of the European Council on Foreign Relations. This is such a private research organization of authoritative retired politicians who have earned in their history (dating back to 2007) the informal title of "European factory of thought."

So the situation is binding. In shaping its political agenda, the Council should listen to the sentiments of Europeans. And today they have no illusions about America, they see Washington washing out economic trump cards from the Old World in order to weaken its competitive capabilities.

So Karl Bildt had to step on the throat of his own song and “hesitate along with the party line” - that is, to be in the mainstream of European politics. It is generally different. The positions of globalists and Euro-Atlanticists, gravitating towards the American democrats, are still strong in it.

However, around the leaders of European countries a powerful layer of pragmatists has already been formed, imprisoned to defend their own economic interests. It is believed that the impetus for the development of this political force was the snappiness of the current owner of the White House, recognizing only the law and interests of America.

Meanwhile, it is worth remembering that Washington began to crush Europe even under President Obama. He, under various pretexts, exacted multibillion-dollar fines from European banks. Deutsche Bank ($ 14 billion) and Royal Bank of Scotland ($ 10,1 billion) paid the most. Over $ 6 billion in fines came from BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse and UBS.

In addition to banks, large European companies, for example, German automobile concerns, fell under the pressure of Americans. In a word, Europe had enough reasons to doubt its friendship with America. Now, when Washington is trying to tie the Old World to itself through energy dependence, even stubborn Russophobes like Karl Bildt could not stand it.

It is appropriate to note here that the American sanctions against Nord Stream 2 did not unsettle the Europeans. Almost all companies financing the construction of the pipeline remained in the project. These are companies from Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and France: ENGIE, OMV, Shell, Uniper and Wintershall Dea. They were not left out of love for Russia. The project has invested more than $ 20 billion. This money should return to the European economy and work for it.

There is one more reason for such a unity of Europeans. The German business newspaper Handelsblatt, citing its sources in Washington, recently reported: Americans are preparing new sanctions against Nord Stream 2. They will be put into effect if an attempt is made to complete the construction of the gas pipeline.

The head of the German Bundestag committee on economics and energy reacted to the newspaper’s message. He said that any threats by the United States over the imposition of new sanctions would be repulsed not only by Germany, but also by Europe.

This determination of Europeans should not deceive us. Today it focuses on only one piece of our economic cooperation - the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline. In general, relations between Russia and the EU will remain tense until another shake from the ocean pushes the Europeans to meet us.
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  1. ProkletyiPirat 29 February 2020 00: 19 New
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    In short, another "political weather vane" calls for all good versus all bad ...
    1. Lexus 29 February 2020 01: 44 New
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      Everyone was surprised by the former Prime Minister and ex-Foreign Minister of Sweden Karl Bildt.

      Not at all. Like the “megalopolitics” of the Russian Federation, who bought the used “Product No. 2” in the secondary market and are waiting for “rainbow” illusions about its “powerful” support and victory in a knowingly losing party. Obviously, they extended a helping hand to the “colleague”.
      Political prostitute is a political cliché used to designate an unprincipled politician who is ready to give up honor, conscience, duty (to the people and the fatherland) and other high values ​​for their own benefit. The author of the expression is not known for certain. (C)
    2. bessmertniy 29 February 2020 01: 49 New
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      Eco got him. If earlier I would try to work for the good of Europe, not the States! lol Unfortunately, people like Bildt grow wiser after retirement, when their opinions already mean little to the authorities and current politicians. request
      1. 210ox 29 February 2020 06: 37 New
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        EX-and that says it all.
      2. New Year day 29 February 2020 14: 21 New
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        Quote: bessmertniy
        getting smarter after retirement

        very many-freedom and no obligation
      3. Starover_Z 29 February 2020 22: 29 New
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        Quote: bessmertniy
        Eco got him. If earlier I would try to work for the good of Europe, not the States!

        Bildt said that “US sanctions against Nord Stream 2 are direct American interference in European affairs.” Bildt called on Europeans "not to be afraid of restrictions against the project, to defend their independence and the right to choose their energy partners."

        Clever .... Return to power and steering wheels, as you call now! Or weak Oh ?!
    3. maidan.izrailovich 29 February 2020 04: 11 New
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      In short, another "political weather vane" ....

      There is not so much a “weather vane” as ordinary European pragmatism. In neighboring Norway, oil and gas deposits are depleted. And the prospect of buying from Russia looms.
      1. rich 29 February 2020 10: 13 New
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        There is not so much a “weather vane” as ordinary European pragmatism. In neighboring Norway, oil and gas deposits are depleted. And the prospect of buying from Russia looms.

        A ghost roaming Europe - it's a ghost of pragmatism repeat
        1. Brturin 29 February 2020 11: 54 New
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          Quote: Rich
          A ghost roaming Europe - it's a ghost of pragmatism

          And a shift in environmentalism - the last coal-fired Vartaverket power plant in Stockholm will finish work at the end of the current heating season, in the spring of 2020. They plan to spend 2021 in the EU green budget (or deal) in the EU budget 2027-7,5 billion euros (Fair Transition Fund). Poland is guaranteed a € 2 billion refusal from coal.
          “If the government really decided to replace coal with gas at the Ostroleka power plant, it has several options for gas supplies. The topic is controversial because it relates to Russian Gazprom, ”writes Wojciech Jacobik, Biznesalert editor-in-chief.
          https://eadaily.com/ru/news/2020/02/25/perehod-s-uglya-na-gaz-putaet-plany-polshi-po-otkazu-ot-rossiyskogo-topliva
          .
    4. knn54 29 February 2020 08: 46 New
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      Just a two-in-one Swede and Co-Chair.
  2. Beringovsky 29 February 2020 00: 30 New
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    20 billion dollars "sank".
    Well, the Americans are far from stupid. They gave to reach Denmark, they purged there for several months, and then, when it was within reach, they blocked the project. Those. they waited until the gas pipeline operators invested in full and covered up the project. But they could have done it right away, but they didn’t.
    This is called a strategy.
    This is not HPP. wassat
    1. Evdokim 29 February 2020 01: 11 New
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      Quote: Beringovsky
      But they could have done it right away, but they didn’t.

      But Chersky is moving to the Baltic, probably to lay the remaining pipe.
      What can USA do? All that remains is to drown Chersky. But this ... ...
      PS If the joint venture works, it will be interesting to observe collective pulling out
      ass hair in USA. hi
      1. Beringovsky 29 February 2020 01: 17 New
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        Quote: Evdokim
        Quote: Beringovsky
        But they could have done it right away, but they didn’t.

        But Chersky is moving to the Baltic, probably to lay the remaining pipe.
        What can USA do? All that remains is to drown Chersky. But this ... ...
        PS If the joint venture works, it will be interesting to observe collective pulling out
        ass hair in USA.,

        Shutnik, huh? laughing
        Why drown Chersky?
        Americans have already announced their next steps. Sanctions will be applied to those European companies that will buy gas from Nord Stream 2, if it is completed.
        Considering how quickly the Swiss surrendered, I think there are no hunters to buy gas.
        So Chersky will not help. Therefore, he is not in a hurry.
        1. Evdokim 29 February 2020 01: 37 New
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          Quote: Beringovsky
          Sanctions will be applied to those European companies that will buy gas from Nord Stream 2

          USA themselves are happy to buy oil and gas from Russia. The truth is somehow cunning. That Europe too
          they’ll come up with something cunning, otherwise the Americans bent them with the letter “ZU” anyway.
          Of course, I understand that the blue American dream of the American financial elite is to sell all of the world's gas, and even better, all of the world's oil, at least for every transaction to have your own not weak percentage, and it is advisable not to invest a cent.
          That's for this and all this fuss around the North Stream. Now, if they controlled his crane and received mani, mani from him, then there would be peace and grace. hi
          1. Beringovsky 29 February 2020 08: 03 New
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            Quote: Evdokim

            USA themselves are happy to buy oil and gas from Russia. The truth is somehow cunning. That Europe too
            they’ll come up with something cunning, otherwise the Americans bent them with the letter “ZU” anyway.
            hi

            1. Americans are always happy to do what others are forbidden. This is called "double standards" and nobody is going to abandon them.
            You do not know? wink
            2. There was already the EU Fak and the impudent surveillance of EU politicians and the bending of European banks and businesses. What did the Europeans come up with in response? But nothing.
            Understand - there is no single Europe. There are a bunch of variegated political dwarfs who are ready to squabble with each other for any reason. Which is what the Americans use. And this situation will not change tomorrow, so the sense of the European "partners" is so-so. hi
            These things should be considered before getting involved in such projects. Otherwise, it is adventurism.
            1. Lopatov 29 February 2020 12: 19 New
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              Quote: Beringovsky
              Understand - there is no single Europe. There are a bunch of variegated political dwarfs ready to squabble with each other for any reason. Which is what the Americans use.

              And that's fine.
              This is entirely in the interests of Russia.

              Well, if the Americans in the fight against SP2 widen the gap even more between themselves and the countries of old Europe and between Poland and the countries of old Europe, then it’s right for our authorities to issue millions of prizes to the State Department and their Congress.

              European moneybags can forgive a lot. But not constant blows to their pockets.
              1. Beringovsky 29 February 2020 13: 04 New
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                It would be great if the Americans were idiots. But alas, they are not. They conduct their game and their positions in Europe for historical and economic reasons are much stronger than ours. If not two. This must be taken into account.
                As for the European moneybags, no one promised them an easy life and the safety of their pockets. laughing they don’t have a choice, the Americans directly say - do not like it? We can hit the pocket even harder.
                1. Lopatov 29 February 2020 16: 11 New
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                  Quote: Beringovsky
                  It would be great if the Americans were idiots. But alas, they are not

                  But this is a very controversial statement.
                  Especially in light of the ..... oddities of American politics in recent decades.
                  Even such an ultra-patriot of the USA as Zbigniew Brzezinski openly declared the lack of adequacy in foreign policy decisions ....

                  It can be understood. He played chess, they don’t even have checkers, they have Chapaev

                  One fact. Pervez Musharraf was a longtime and consistent US supporter. For which they "thanked" him. Now Pakistan is the patrimony of China.
                  1. Beringovsky 29 February 2020 17: 38 New
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                    Well, Brzezinski didn’t say anything, maybe he let the fog in, they’re masters at doing it.
                    As for Pakistan, this is understandable. The Americans are courting India, so they have to choose between it and the Pak. India is larger and more important, it has a common border and conflict with China (and a thirst for revenge in Tibet, by the way), and the Americans have chosen it. It’s quite reasonable.
                    1. Lopatov 29 February 2020 17: 55 New
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                      Quote: Beringovsky
                      Well, you never said Brzezinski

                      A lot.
                      If he said that American diplomacy has no brains, I definitely believed him

                      Quote: Beringovsky
                      India is bigger and more important

                      And unlike Pakistan, it’s not going to drag chestnuts out of the fire. Because success with the Americans is miserable.
        2. Evdokim 29 February 2020 01: 47 New
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          Quote: Beringovsky
          So Chersky will not help. Therefore, he is not in a hurry.

          And about the leisurely “Chersky”. A contract with B / W has been signed, then why rush?
          If he has been sailing for years. So you can finish everything calmly without straining.
          PS True, the score is 1-0 in favor of USA. hi
        3. Sadam 29 February 2020 08: 12 New
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          I don’t think that Europeans will bury 20 billion just like that. these 10% will be completed somehow. only now from a winning project will the pipe become a subject of bargaining and you will have to move somewhere
        4. Lopatov 29 February 2020 12: 14 New
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          Quote: Beringovsky
          Americans have already announced their next steps. Sanctions will be applied to those European companies that will buy gas from Nord Stream 2, if it is completed.

          Hooray!!!!
          It remains for you and the Americans to figure out how to separate consumers of gas passing through SP-2 from gas consumers of a joint venture
          laughing
          1. Beringovsky 29 February 2020 13: 56 New
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            Not the end consumers, but the companies buying gas, will separate. They will be separated according to financial statements, nothing complicated.
            1. Salty 29 February 2020 13: 58 New
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              Quote: Beringovsky
              Will be separated according to financial statements, nothing complicated

              There are no data in the financial statements as to which pipe purchased gas.
              1. Beringovsky 29 February 2020 17: 15 New
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                There is. There is an operator serving this site, which, incidentally, is also obliged to provide its data to German tax authorities and EU bodies, such as the European Commission.
                Well, in the end, the American regulator may require the company, which he suspects explanation. Failure will be the reason for the sanctions.
                In general, it is impossible to secretly surpass tens of billions of cubic meters of gas, this is not even funny, to be honest.
                1. Salty 29 February 2020 17: 27 New
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                  Quote: Beringovsky
                  There is

                  No.

                  Quote: Beringovsky
                  US regulator may require company that it suspects explanation

                  Can. And even can get them. But everything is one, it is impossible to understand objectively from which pipe the gas is.

                  Quote: Beringovsky
                  Failure will be the reason for sanctions

                  As practice shows, an excuse is easily invented without any reason. The problem is that sanctions are a double-edged thing, and Europe is not at all as toothless as you apparently think. But this is a completely different topic.
                  1. Beringovsky 29 February 2020 17: 53 New
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                    No

                    How is it not ?! If the operator serving the pipeline entering the territory of Germany (and the EU, respectively) is required to provide a full report to various authorities, from tax to the environment? And the energy companies that buy this gas must do the same.
                    Have you ever had to deal with a Western bureaucracy? I assure you, the Soviet is resting on the sidelines.

                    Europe has teeth, it’s only afraid of biting them, sometimes it will even bark slowly. But mostly whines.
                    1. Salty 29 February 2020 17: 55 New
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                      Tired.

                      Quote: Beringovsky
                      Not the end consumers, but the companies buying gas, will separate. Will be separated according to financial statements, nothing complicated

                      Show where exactly and in which specific “financial statements” it is written that the purchased gas was pumped through SP-2. thank hi
                      1. Beringovsky 29 February 2020 19: 57 New
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                        No gas was pumped through SP2.
                        Sp2 is not completed. hi
            2. Lopatov 29 February 2020 16: 14 New
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              Quote: Beringovsky
              and companies buying gas.

              All right.
              And how do they determine?
              Technically.
              1. Beringovsky 29 February 2020 20: 16 New
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                Quote: Spade
                Quote: Beringovsky
                and companies buying gas.

                All right.
                And how do they determine?
                Technically.

                You are joking? Do you or your friends have a gas meter at home? Is it sealed?
                To determine where the gas can be even from its composition, it is different. It is not difficult.
    2. carstorm111 29 February 2020 04: 52 New
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      you just forget about 70 years and the pipe-and-gas project) they interfered no less)
      1. Beringovsky 29 February 2020 08: 08 New
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        Quote: carstorm111
        you just forget about 70 years and the pipe-and-gas project) they interfered no less)

        There was the Soviet Union and there was a period called "detente" if you are not in the know.
        Russia cannot be compared and is close in power to the USSR, and our time cannot be called a "relaxation of tension". no
        Cap Evidence hi
        1. Lopatov 29 February 2020 12: 31 New
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          Quote: Beringovsky
          Cap Evidence

          Apparently, "Cap Evidence" and did not understand what was meant. And the dates are confused. That's rubbish grinding

          But it was a little time. when Mrs. Thatcher was arguing with an American actor, and part-time as president of the United States over gas pipes for the USSR. And she won, the British were taken out of sanctions.
          1. Beringovsky 29 February 2020 18: 18 New
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            It seems you are confused about dates.
            Quote: carstorm111
            you just forget about 70 years and the pipe-and-gas project) they interfered no less)

            The first gas in a gas-pipe deal went to Germany in 1973.
            Thatcher became prime minister in 1979, and Reagan as president in 1981, i.e. much later than the project was implemented.
            What does Thatcher and Reagan have to do with it, explain?
            1. Lopatov 29 February 2020 18: 29 New
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              Quote: Beringovsky
              What does Thatcher and Reagan have to do with it, explain?

              Google "John Brown Engineering"

              Quote: Beringovsky
              Reagan as president in 1981m, i.e. much later than the project was implemented.

              No.
              Just before his accession and before the announcement of sanctions, they managed to do a little. For example, "Urengoy - Pomary - Uzhgorod" was built in 83
              1. Beringovsky 29 February 2020 18: 48 New
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                What does Urengoy-Pomary-Uzhgorod have to do with it ?!
                Read carefully the comment I replied to carefully.
                Quote: carstorm111
                you just forget about 70 years and project pipe gas) there interfered no less)

                Gas pipes and Urengoy Pomary Uzhgorod - different projects, at different times.
                1. Lopatov 29 February 2020 18: 55 New
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                  Quote: Beringovsky
                  Gas pipes and Urengoy Pomary Uzhgorod - different projects, at different times.

                  Yah?
                  And I heard that 1972 plus 20 years of the contract is 1992 ... And 1983 definitely falls into this period of time

                  By the way ...
                  1. Beringovsky 29 February 2020 19: 39 New
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                    1. Yes, what's the difference 20 years, 30 or 50? At least 100.
                    It different projects.
                    The gas pipe deal was concluded on February 1, 1970. Gas has gone on the constructed gas pipeline in Germany in 1973 year.
                    Urengoy Pomary Uzhgorod - наш project (therefore, the end point is Uzhgorod, not Cologne)))), and they began to design it only in 1978 yearbut built in 1983 year (I highlight especially for you).
                    This is not a continuation of the gas-pipe deal.
                    And the only thing that unites these projects is the gas that goes to Europe. Well, by this logic, you can also write SP1, SP2, Turkish Stream, etc.
                    2. You can write any slogan slogans at least on pipes, at least on the fence (although they usually write different there). Everywhere in the USSR it was written "The Soviet people - the builder of communism" and "Lenin lived, will live and will live!", But what's the point.
                    Here it is also. They planned to build two branches of the gas pipeline, and as a result of the resistance of the Americans, they built one. So that.
                    Teach materiel.
    3. ZAV69 29 February 2020 11: 31 New
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      It is impossible to cover such a passage. Drive Chersky and finish. So do not raise Americans to the level of God. Yes, they could fool and did it. But this project is too profitable for Europeans, so there they will stand on their heads and the project will be brought to an end. It’s just that at the moment there is an option not to invest, but to make Gazprom invest, so they pretended to be scared.
  3. Avior 29 February 2020 00: 34 New
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    Academician Chersky passed Singapore without a call, although it seemed that he was going there
    Now he leaves the Strait of Mallaka and goes to Sri Lanka. In any case, it’s written at his place of destination

    It is possible that in Europe
  4. savage1976 29 February 2020 05: 14 New
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    And they have it traditionally there, as soon as the status of "former" appears, they immediately begin to be able to.
    1. Avior 29 February 2020 08: 51 New
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      It is necessary to get a job somewhere
      1. cniza 29 February 2020 09: 03 New
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        Quote: Avior
        It is necessary to get a job somewhere


        Such an option is quite possible.
  5. ochakow703 29 February 2020 07: 50 New
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    All of them are there, in Geyrop, air shoes!
  6. antivirus 29 February 2020 08: 37 New
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    ingenious article-level agitation
    today anyone decides which store to go to and Europe is also being pushed to choose
    marketers from the usa will defeat the builds and Russia, albeit not in SP2 - in a different way, but now here
  7. Brigadier 29 February 2020 08: 53 New
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    All these Hans and Fritz, when they become "exes", begin to think normally.
    But who will already be interested in their thoughts and statements?
    After all, ex is nobody. And no one is interested that he is chatting there.
  8. cniza 29 February 2020 09: 02 New
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    Ex-Prime Minister of Sweden suddenly became an advocate of Nord Stream-2


    All ex quickly see through, they have nothing to lose ...
  9. Ros 56 29 February 2020 10: 09 New
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    And what happened to this next Russophobe, or without posts they all heroes and brains are in place? It seems that having come to power in the West, a man puts on a hat of an idiot, which he is given along with his post.
    1. ZAV69 29 February 2020 11: 35 New
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      Not a fool's hat, but a chain attached to the eggs for control
      1. Ros 56 29 February 2020 11: 36 New
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        I think one another is not a hindrance. hi
  10. nnz226 1 March 2020 11: 26 New
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    For stupid Western politicians, "enlightenment in the mind" comes only after they get a kick in the ass with a retirement! Then the retired goats drummers begin to ravage reasonable things, and before that they croak about the "Russian threat"