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Has Russia Stopped Exporting Ammunition to U.S. in Retaliation Against Obama’s Sanctions?

By Eowyn @DrEowyn

Yesterday, by signing yet another executive order declaring Russia’s occupation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula to be “an extraordinary threat” to U.S. national security, Obama imposed a number of economic sanctions on Russia — “individuals and entities responsible for violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.”

According to the website, Russia has retaliated against Obama’s imposition of economic sanctions by stopping its export of ammunition to the United States.

On its “About Us” page, describes itself as a site “to discuss the precious metal market and current world events” by educating its readers “on the value of protecting your financial assets.” Only three years old, founded in March of 2011, the site rapidly grew from “5,800 pageviews in the first month of operation to over 750,000 monthly pageviews as of March of 2012,” and is “a favorite among many respected silver analysts and investors.”

In a post dated today, March 7, 2014, says that recent shortages of ammunition in the United States — due to Americans’ panicked buying from fears of post-Sandy Hook gun control, as well as multi-billion round purchases by the DHS and other federal agencies — were alleviated somewhat via massive imports of Russian production. 

However, was informed by “the largest wholesale gun & ammo distributors in the US . . . in private conversation today that a massive scramble is on for all 7.62 (used in the semi-automatic AK-47) as Russia has reportedly halted all exports to the US of Russian made ammunition.”’s distributor source said that “yesterday they had several hundred thousand rounds of Russian made 7.62 TulAmmo, and after receiving word early today on the halt of Russian exports to the US, they have been completely wiped out of every last round in the past 10 hours.” opines that “While Obama and Kerry threaten Russia with economic sanctions over the Ukranian crisis, it appears that [Russian president Vladimir] Putin has quietly taken the first step and launched economic sanctions of his own against the US. We have a feeling that we are seeing only the beginning.”

Bob Owens of Bearing, however, says that the claim that Russia has halted its ammunition exports to the United States is not true. It is ”news to TulAmmo. We called Tula USA moments ago, and they are reporting that it is ‘business as usual,’ in their office. Bearing Arms also spoke to several distributors who also said that they are not scrambling for ammo . . . . None of the distributors we talked to report having heard of any credible information that the Russians would stop the export of ammunition.

H/t Freedom Outpost and FOTM’s Wild Bill Alaska.

See also “If Obama imposes sanctions, Russia will retaliate by dumping U.S. treasury bonds“.


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