India Buys Russian S-400 Surface to Air Missiles Ignoring US

India has begun receiving Russian S-400 Triumf missile systems ignoring the threat of what many see as an impotent US. with sanction threats. India sees them as a boost to New Delhi’s air defense capabilities with the threats along the borders with China and Pakistan. Significantly the delivery is happening ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India for an annual summit with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi next month. Source: NikkeiAsia From The TradersCommunity News Desk

Iran Threatens To Follow North Korea And Withdraw From Nuclear Treaty

With world leaders heading to Japan and an OPEC meeting next week the WSJ reports Iran warned Thursday that if the 2015 nuclear agreement unravels, it would follow North Korea and quit a treaty aimed at stopping the spread of nuclear weapons.

Russian Cracks Appear as Sanctions Bite and Unemployment Rises

Oil prices have risen since the December lows on hopes the Russians cut production,despite Russia at new production highs and despite promises in the past. Sanctions are biting and even official unemployment rates are rising, Russia needs income to sate it’s huge poor population.