With the back-to-back retrograde stations by Mars and Saturn on March 1 and 2 coinciding with Russia’s incursion in the Crimea and the intensification of the crisis in the Ukraine (and setting the stage for the crisis-reaction pull-back in global stock markets yesterday), it’s been fascinating to watch the roles that key personalities play as events unfold.
Mundane astrologer Jim Cummins, who contributes regular “Big Picture Perspectives” articles for our members at the FinancialCyclesWeekly.com website, has been doing a great job of bringing some of those personalities into focus. You can see his latest article on the situaion in the Ukraine at http://www.financialcyclesweekly.com/snip/134.htm — it’s well worth reading, since a good background understanding of the geopolitical turmoil we’re in is essential to being properly positioned in the markets now.
It is, after all, a very challenging set of circumstances, and the markets can eat you alive if you’re not fully informed and prepared. That’s why we provide specific trading plans and timing strategies through our Gold-Plus Elite membership program at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com — to help our members trade safely and profitably in uncertain times.
At any rate, though, Jim Cummins has described Vladimir Putin as a master chess player on the geopolitical stage, and that’s an appropriate characterization, especially considering the Russian President’s recent moves in securing the Crimea while letting the interim breakaway government in the Ukraine stand (at least for now).
To get the real picture here, just adhere to the old adage and “follow the money.” While control in Crimea is a key to maintaining hegemony in oil and natural gas, that’s only part of the story.
Russia has committed to providing the Ukraine with $15 billion in economic aid, but so far it has only delivered on about $3 billion of that commitment. And with its economy in chaos, the Ukraine definitely needs the money.
But that Russian commitment, of course, was to the OLD Ukrainian government, the one that just got ousted last week without any real resistance. We shouldn’t overlook the fact that Putin could have sent in troops to crush the rebellion or topple the interim government before it even got started, but he chose not to.
It was an interesting gambit, not unworthy of an accomplished chess player.
After all, with a new Ukrainian government in place Russian is now off the hook to the tune of about $12 billion.
And with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arriving in Kiev today, guess who’s been left behind to pick up the tab as Putin heads for the exits?