[Marxism] Fwd: Greek Prime Minister Asked Putin For $10 Billion To "Print Drachmas", Greek Media Reports | Zero Hedge

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Jul 25 07:58:44 MDT 2015


> “It was all a fantasy,” said a senior Greek banker. “The Left Platform’s
> dreams of free gas and a Russian-backed drachma have crumbled away.”

Russian officials, including Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, have 
pointed out again and again that Russia does not have the money to feed 
Donbas and that the breakaway territories were Ukraine’s responsibility.

So, who would supply medicine to millions of people in rebel republics 
of Luhansk and Donetsk? Donbas should not expect much from Russia on 
that front, either. Its pharmaceutical market depends on for foreign 
producers who demand payment from dwindingly supplies of foreign currency.

In fact, Russia does not have money left to feed itself: on Wednesday, 
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev,admitted that there was no money left in 
Russia’s budget to support 94 so-called crisis cities dependent on 
single industries; about 19 million Russians live in these one-factory 
towns, now, without support programs.

Maybe the Kremlin should have thought a year ago whether Russia was 
prosperous enough for a foreign policy that leaves neighboring areas 
expecting support from Moscow.

full: 
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/07/25/can-putin-afford-to-keep-east-ukraine.html



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