AH, THE GOOLD OLD DAYS: Vladimir Putin has said that the collapse of the Soviet Union was the “major geopolitical disaster of the [20th] century”.

Method in Putin’s madness

The hit to Australian food exports imposed by Russian sanctions is not the end of our involvement in Eastern Europe’s latest political power play.


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For sure the embargo is a small price to pay,but the burden should carried by all Australians. The impact on individual producers could be between serious and a disaster including bankruptcy. It is so easy to be self righteous about an issue if one is not carrying the burden.

John, Here federal agriculture minister, Barnaby Joyce's 8 August response in case you missed it:-------- Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce admits the year-long ban will hurt farmers but the government will try to minimise the impact. "I know this is something that's going to cause hardship in the country for rural producers," he told ABC radio on Friday. "But we will try and work around it and find alternate markets." The government was not ruling out financial assistance for affected producers. "I would hope we're able to manage it without assistance," Mr Joyce said. The minister said it was important to keep all lines of contact open and cancelling Mr Putin's invitation to the G20 would not help matters. "You can't resolve an issue with someone you're not talking to."

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