Asia Stands With Putin (Source thetrumpet.com) Obama says Russia is isolating itself from the world. At least 3 billion people disagree. Russia’s bullying of Ukraine and takeover of Crimea have exposed Vladimir Putin as the authoritarian dictator that he is. These moves have Eastern Europeans quaking with fear and the Western world deeply concerned. But what about China and India? These Asian powerhouses have made clear that they support Putin. This is a stunning fulfillment of a biblical prophecy! A key scripture to understand is Revelation 9:16. This says the end-time Asian bloc led by Russia will command the largest army in history—a gigantic force of 200 million men. This army comes from the same geographic regions described in Ezekiel 38. These statements of support from China and India mean that RIGHT NOW, rallied behind Vladimir Putin and Russia’s 144 million people, potentially stand China’s 1.36 billion and India’s 1.24 billion! That is a virtually endless supply of manpower! That will be key to the success of this Asian alliance. President Obama and even top-tier analysts thought the idea of a revived Russian empire would pose too great a danger to China and India for those countries to support it. But that perspective fails to recognize a significant truth: to India and especially to China, the West is a far greater enemy. More importantly, that perspective fails to recognize the prophecies of the Bible.
Russia threatens Europe with higher energy prices (Source euobserver.com) Russia reacted angrily to the EU economic sanctions, threatening to increase energy prices. “Obsessed with sanctions, Brussels is itself creating barriers for further cooperation in such a key sector as energy industry,” the Russian foreign ministry said in statement. “It is a senseless and irresponsible step, which will inevitably cause European energy market prices to rise,” the statement said. The ministry added that the economies of Russia and the EU are interlinked and that the “stage three” sanctions will affect the economic situation in the EU “not less than in Russia”. Some 30 percent of the overall EU gas consumption is covered by Russian gas imports, but some eastern member states are up to 90 percent dependent on Russia. The possible retaliation in the energy sector was factored in when the EU decided to adopt economic sanctions. As for the arms embargo, Russia said it was “perplexed” since it “does not take part in the military conflict in Ukraine.” Moscow also accused the EU of being influenced too much by the US: “It’s a shame that after having long searched for its own ‘single voice,’ the EU now speaks Washington’s voice.” The US has released intelligence showing that Russia continues to arm the pro-Moscow separatists in Ukraine and said it believed YouTube audiotapes of rebels talking about shooting down a passenger plane were authentic. The Russian foreign ministry however said current EU foreign policy is not based on facts, but defined by Washington who is “watching questionable YouTube videos”.
“Of course, we will take into consideration the current non-constructive and non-independent behaviour of the EU when building our relations,” it concluded.