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Russia has condemned the move in extremely strong terms.

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Russia’s Foreign Ministry has reported that US security services including the FBI intend to search and possibly strip the facilities at the Russian Consulate in San Francisco as well as the residences of Russian diplomats living in the US.

The statement accuses the United States of a gross violation of the Vienna Convention which defines the property of foreign embassies and missions abroad as the sovereign territory of the nation whose embassy is on the property.

The current US actions demonstrate an atmosphere of hostility against Russia that is if anything elevated from that which transpired under Barack Obama.

Below is the statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry in full:

“On August 31,  US authorities announced unprecedented measures to restrict the activities of Russian diplomatic and consular missions in the United States . We were asked to close one of the largest general consulates in San Francisco and shut down visa, notarial and other consular services to Russian and US citizens living in several densely populated states for two days. The US has also prescribed to immediately cessation of the activities of the Trade Mission in Washington and its branch in New York. The requirements for the movement of Russian diplomats and official delegations are becoming much tougher.

This step represents a new gross violation of international law, including US obligations under the Vienna Conventions on diplomatic and consular relations. It even surpasses what it was thought of earlier in Washington, including the expropriation by the Administration of Barack Obama in December last year, despite the immunity, of the residential complexes of the Russian Embassy and the Permanent Mission to the United Nations .

In addition to the regular raider seizure of expensive Russian state property, which we have been urged to sell after they (the FBI) blocked access to such property, this time the demands of the US authorities create a direct threat to the safety of Russian citizens. American intelligence agencies set out on September 2 to conduct a search at the Consulate General in San Francisco , including in the apartments of employees residing in his building and having immunity, for which they ordered that they and their families, including minors and even infants, vacate within 12 hours. This is an invasion of the consular establishment and the home of diplomatic workers, and they are left to fend for themselves, so as not to interfere with the FBI agents.

With such defiant actions, the US continues to burden the already difficult atmosphere of the bilateral dialogue, undermining opportunities for cooperation, including in the interests of solving pressing international problems.

It is especially depressing that tens of thousands of ordinary citizens of both countries, far from the political situation, will suffer from such measures. The US demonstrates that they have absolutely no interest in the development of ties between people-first they stopped issuing visas to Russians in their consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok, and now they deprive Americans of the opportunity to obtain Russian visas to San Francisco. In essence, this is a continuation of the same line of the Obama Administration, according to which, in 2013, the FBI intimidated American participants in study trips to Russia, organized through Rossotrudnichestvo, and in 2016 the State Department stripped five of our honorary consuls in different states, actively engaged in the expansion of public (in this case educational) exchanges.

We strongly protest against Washington’s actions that ignore international law, and, as is customary in diplomatic practice, reserve the opportunity for retaliatory measures. This is not our choice. It has been imposed upon us”.

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journey80
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journey80

Oh, boy, I WONDER what they will find!!!!!!!!!!!! Something that will interest Mueller, I’m guessing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ryan_langemeyer
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ryan_langemeyer

I’m sure that that is sarcasm….. I think.

Once again, the USSA proves itself to be a dangerous, out-of-control rogue state. The UN must loudly and strongly issue sanctions against the USSA for gross misconduct of international law. If they don’t…. then it proves that the UN is worthless, or worse yet, a puppet of the aforementioned USSA.

ruca
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ruca

You need more proof?

Brian De Paolo
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Brian De Paolo

If they don’t find it they will manufacture it…they need a spy…a fall guy….I feel thats why they gave them such short time to move out…to corner them…they want a fall guy…there is a kid in Canada where I live that is Russian and they are extraditing him to the US for the Hack that never happened…they don’t care if he is innocent they just want it on the news…and never cover it to find out..social programming.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Poor kid.

Shue
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Shue

A kid? I’ll assume he’s a teenager then. They’re going to ruin his future, that’s really sad mate.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Especially if they go planting.

Wayne Blow
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Wayne Blow

they will find any thing they want to plant, they are famous for “false flags”, mark my words !!!!

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Mueller the FBI point man for the Cheney/Silverman take-down of the WTC? Whatever makes you think that?

Drinas
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Drinas

And Russia in its supreme idiocy will keep believing that somehow, sometime, it will become partner with the US, a US hellbent on subjugating it..

Brian De Paolo
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Brian De Paolo

they will continue that policy to show the world how the real America works…not for them and thats for sure…NSA spying on Merkel and Germany..and everyone else…the sanctions that hurt Europe…the immigration started by US wars hurting Europes social programs….I wish Europe would wake up to what has been done…

Drinas
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Drinas

It will not wake up because it is vassal to the US after WW2. No matter how much Russia assumes the role of the martyr, nothing will change. Only if it goes on the offensive can it change anything.

Terry Ross
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Terry Ross

You want to wage nuclear war?

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

I think a preemptive nuclear strike on the rogue state called the USA is totally justified now .

VeeNarian (Yerevan)
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VeeNarian (Yerevan)

No, let the US go down of its own accord, drowning in its greed for power.

Drinas
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Drinas

Ah, sure, because the only way Russia can defend itself is by “waging nuclear war”? Where exactly did I write anything about war?
Or is this the way an argument you do not agree with is treated on this site-by resorting to pathetic sophistry?

Terry Ross
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Terry Ross

Then what “offensive” did you have in mind?
BTW: An “OFFENSIVE” by definition is not defensive.

Drinas
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Drinas

More sophistry? How predictable..Still.. A few ideas-Finally shutting down the US consulate in Kaliningrad which is a nest of spies. More aggressively purging US NGOs that undermine state stability inside Russia. Threatening to recognize DNR, LNR sovereignty if Ukraine keeps shelling civilian areas. Openly talk about the persecution Russians suffer in Estonia. A few more..”advanced” ideas-providing Iran with the weapons that it desires, refusing to accept a Kurdish statelet within Syria and directly targeting FSA forces. Supporting the Syria/Iran plan to go for Idlib, the last terrorist stronghold. Not playing ball with the US over North Korea and openly support… Read more »

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

I remember seeing Caesar Milan, the “Dog Whisperer”, dealing with a frightened and potentially aggressive animal not by direct confrontation, but by entering its cage backwards, ie in a non-confrontational way. The dog was unable to react aggressively; instead, it began to sniff Milan’s back, as dogs do. I think this is Putin’s general idea; ie to get behind the US, and outmanouevre it, thus saving the entire world from the consequences of a US-instigated world war. This man is working for all of us ceaselessly; let us support him in all he does; he is the only person standing… Read more »

ruca
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ruca

One step at a time. ISIS is nearing extinction.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

I find your argument simplistic. The fact that Russia does not behave like a thug and a psychopath in the international arena means that it has returned to its 1000 year old roots and traditions, as the USA devolves to total rubbish barbarism and rogue state status. Two early way-stations on its long road to Hell.

christianblood
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christianblood

Indeed! Russia should react to these stupid and childish U$ provocations!

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

I think you completely misunderstand Putin and Russia.
Remember the old adage, “Keep your friends close, but your enemies even closer”.
Do not imagine for a single second that the RF has any illusions whatsoever about the Empire of Evil.

Drinas
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Drinas

Russian elites-Putin might be a fine specimen amongst them but he remains one of them-have long dreamed of one thing-becoming part of the game as equals, becoming “accepted”. In that sense yes, even Putin has a certain degree if not of illusions but certainly of false hopes. The latest manifestation of these is the notion that EU can become free of US control and Russia can help it achieve that.

Johnnyrvf
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Johnnyrvf

It doesn’t believe that for a moment. Russian authorities are far more cognisnent of U.S. attitudes and stupidity that the U.S. is of Russia. The U.S. acts as it does because it believes there wii be no repercussions to it’s actions.

Drinas
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Drinas

Hopefully you are correct..

EXCAN
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EXCAN

9/11 the building! Oh wait! you have to be american to do that!

Simon
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Simon

Oh my. They have gone mental.
Everything they do now, will only be done back at them….and not just by Russia.
Gosh, what will we find in the US consulate in St Petersburg…. actually nothing that we don’t already know 😉 but wait until someone like Turkey or Philippines etc etc pull this same stunt. Now that will be interesting !!

Thomas Hansen
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Thomas Hansen
AM Hants
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AM Hants

Cheers, I do like seeing him laugh.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

He laughs well… who laughs last.

Simon
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Simon

PS – just to show how stupid childish and short sighted this decision was; Zerohedge are reporting smoke from the SF consulate – so the Russians are burning stuff in a panic. Hilarious right?

But therefore just what are the consulates of the US in Russia doing right now ?!? – even though Russia has said/done nothing. Exactly the same thing !! Self inflicted wounds. Pathetic.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Don’t think US Diplomats are that bright and no doubt believe that Russia will say nought and come crawling. Like I said, they do not appear to be the brightest bulbs in the box or have the ability to look outside the box.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

If Taft, McFail and Knudlemann are examples they are the dregs of humanity.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

As if Russia were stupid enough to keep anything in any consulate in view of the Kindergarten on LSD that used to be the USA going rogue.
C’mon Simon.

ruca
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ruca

I love your quote from the Saker!

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Yes I should give credit but in the heat of battle… And Saker is generous I know.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb
lickeyleaks
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lickeyleaks

This is what has brought on Putins anouncement of getting the BRICS independant trading policy going at a guess,

Brian De Paolo
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Brian De Paolo

I agree…the potential new members from Asia and Pacifica can be a threat to the US buck and IMF

Robert Atack
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Robert Atack

22after.com is coming

Ivan Grozny
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Ivan Grozny

The U$ is inching closer and closer to declare all out war with the Russian Federation.
Be careful for what you wish for, this time war will NOT exclude the U$ mainland!

ruca
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ruca

Наконец-то….

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Davno pora.

ruca
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ruca

Это точно.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Ruca! Say something that I can reply to with the totally over the mountains cool and classy Russian ‘nu’
Pozhalujsta!

TravelAbout
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TravelAbout

Speaking as an American I sure hope your sentence is correct. I’m at a loss as to what it will take to awaken the 80+ percent of Americans out of their stupor short of getting back the Karma for what their government has done to others worldwide for decades.

As is so often said, Karma is a bitch!

Melotte 22
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Melotte 22

looks like they are all waiting for mushroom clouds.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Great movements in geopolitics never proceed from, or depend upon, hoi polloi; instead, upon a few brave men, and possibly women.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

This United States is best characterized as a rabid animal; against which, there is only one last line of defence.
The neocons must be taken out.

Ivan Grozny
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Ivan Grozny

Well, as the saying goes – against stupidity even the gods themselves fight in wain!

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Or also, whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad…

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Q U A R A N T I N E

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Think we might need more than 40 days to achieve the objective.
But who knows, once the cards start to fall, the end comes swiftly.

ruca
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ruca

So true. Russia has many ways to execute such a task.

Brian De Paolo
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Brian De Paolo

Acting like the spoiled brat….stupid is what stupid does….I can’t imagine a nation of people who voted any guy in…not see that their country is ruled by something else…its all lip service up to the election and then shtf….and then they look at the littlest event or situation to praise the dufus they voted in…I’m not talking just about Trump…I mean them all…there is more negative shit going on hidden by stories like this…immature move…to hide something else like the BRICS meetings and who just might join that group

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Yet another declaration of war on Russia. Funny, how Washington DC cannot get around to telling the tax payer and people of America that they have officially declared war on Russia. There again, is that because the people will not accept it? Can you imagine the hysteria if Russia had done similar? Bearing in mind, Russia waited 9 months, before responding to Obama’s declaration of war, back in December 2016. When he threw out 35 Russian Diplomats and families, with a couple of days notice, just before Christmas and confiscated the Russian property, belonging to the Embassy. This act, has… Read more »

Terry Ross
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Terry Ross

So one would expect condemnation from the UN in the strongest terms and that the US envoy to the UN be summoned before the Security Council to explain why his country has blatantly flouted the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
I believe that this task falls on the current Secretary General of the UN.
“According to Article 99, they (postholders of UN Secretary General) may notify the Security Council on matters
which “in their opinion may threaten the maintenance of international
peace and security”

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Would that be Nikki Haley? You can just see how that would go down, if they bothered doing anything. Just cannot understand how the US gets away with so many crimes against international law and then ramps up the next stage.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Maybe because the UN itself is entirely dependent upon the good offices of the US.
If they speak a word out of turn, and as Mr Trump has already threatened, all servicing of the agency, and access to its property in NYC, will be withdrawn, and we will once more be returned to a bloodier and more desperate stage in mankind’s history.
My own suspicion is that the jew seeks this outcome; and will propose that their reconstituted Sanhedrin should take over all the legal functions once subsumed under the UN charter.
At which time, the Palestinians will need to tread most carefully.

Seán Murphy
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Seán Murphy

You make a good case for moving the UN out of New York and the USA.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

I suggest moving it to Ireland.
Beneath the gentle influence of a few pints of Dublin-brewed Guinness, the world will become a kinder and a happier place.

ruca
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ruca

Yeah that capital Cunt. I couldn’t believe what what came from her mouth the 1st time yet alone anything after. Such an embarrassment.

Wayne Blow
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Wayne Blow

Oh that’s just for the rest of the world, you know the “real world”, eh !!!!!!

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

More proof the the signature of the United States on an official international treaty has the same value as used toilet paper.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

The US is a completely lawless entity, as we are reminded on a moment-by-moment, hour-by-hour, day-by-day, and week-by-week basis.
This entity is returning humanity to the law, not of God, but the law of the jungle.
An extremely dangerous wild beast; that can only be chained, and placed under constant observation.
It shows itself to be capable of literally anything, including the ending of all life on earth.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

Th American public is 99% completely distracted, and now the main “attraction” is news about the hurricane. I cant imagine that this is on their MSM news and even if it was, Americans have no idea what it means!

7awmee7
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7awmee7

Thanks for legal information. But these anti-Russians are specialists in selling intoxicating lies to their citizens.They were successful in fooling the USA and NATO populations to accept that Sadam Hussein had WMD. And the blind population believed the lies from Bush to Trump passing over 8 years of Obama. Then Libya then Syria then Ukraine then Russia. Neocolonialism dearest brothers and sisters.This time the world war is not cold not hot but warm and temperature is increasing daily.

ruca
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ruca

So true. I know “Christians” that still believe that the WMD’s went to Syria. Good luck reasoning with that lot.

John C Carleton
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John C Carleton

So they can plant false evidence, like a beat cop planting drugs on a minorty to bust him.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

The things the FBI do to give Mueller a helping hand. There again, should they find or plant anything in the Russian Consulate, as it is illegal, in accordance with the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, would they be able to use it?

John C Carleton
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John C Carleton

The USA now, ignores the Law, Treaties, Agreements, Constitution, and reality.
I know the CIA ids the main suppler of illegal drugs to the American people, but the butt wipes at the top must get the pure stuff, cause reality and Washington Dc ain’t had nothing to do with one another in over a hundred years.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Interesting that you quote a figure of one hundred years.
This would seem to coincide with the establishment of the Federal Reserve in 1913.
Everything has been downhill from then on.
The jew has taken over the US nervous system, and the maddened beast has run amok ever since.

John C Carleton
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John C Carleton

Actually, 118 years.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Que ??

John C Carleton
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John C Carleton

1899 it was installed by the Daughters of the Confederacy.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

The USA is above all laws. Habeas Corpus is dead and their War on Reality has been won.

Simon
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Simon

John, you may well be right, but fortunately we KNOW (‘reset’ button) that the CIA/State Dep can’t even speak Russian at a convincing enough standard to make such fake evidence 😉

John C Carleton
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John C Carleton

The state goons were more intelligent when i was a young fart.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

US IQ is in the single digits I fear. Certainly Russian and global IQ is two digits higher.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Mike Adams of the “fake news” website Natural News says that the US is in the grip of what he describes as Vaccine Madness; ie a mass poisoning of its citizenry with mercury.
I think he may well be right.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

The background radiation and Fluoride has not helped.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

True.
There are many sources of background toxicity; but one of them, ie mercury, is specifically targeted at the infant and the child.
Mercury is highly neurotoxic; and in conjunction with fluoride, lead, etc, produces a perfect storm of IQ-damaging propensity.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Neither does CIANN. I was reading the Jew-translated alleged Minutes of the Wannsee Conference. They are total forgeries and rubbish.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

It’s not evidence which is required, as we know.
Propaganda works by repetition, not by facts or evidence.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

There is an article on Zero Hedge and the comments are hilarious, Thanks Simon for the link, but, could not reply to your comment as it has gone.

‘…It remains to be determined if the NYT or the WaPo will report some time around 7pm on Friday, citing unnamed NSA/CIA/Deep State sources, that among the items burned were Donald Trump’s official KGB recruiting papers, videotapes of the president enjoying golden showers from Russian hookers and, of course, a first lien on the US granted to Vladimir Putin….’ Zero Hedge.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Those are exactly the items which the FBI Gestapo will ‘find’. They are running scared. They know that they stand together or they hang apart. The secret motto of the US since its inception. This time I think they will hang.

ruca
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ruca

A prelude to a false flag.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

26 September 2017 the US debt ceiling implodes, or the printers start working again. The last time was May and just after the 59 tomahawks were sent to Syria, following the false flag. No doubt there will be many false flag attempts and antagonising super powers. Also BRICS summit (remember 2014, when President Putin was flying back on 17 July 2014. What is on the menu, besides taking down the $USD currency reserve?

Boeren
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Boeren

So obvious : the 17 of July 2014,MH 17’s mistaken identity by UA Airforce as being the Aeroflot flight with Mr.Putin onboard. That was an act of War by the UA/US Puppet Government. A friend of mine,his wife and daughter died that day a horrible death.

ruca
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ruca

Condolences for your loss 🙁

Boeren
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Boeren

Thank you very much. He was a good man,Senator for a Dutch political party. They were on the wrong plane in the wrong place. The truth will be known only after many years when our US loving government lackeys are no longer in place.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Are you suggesting that the Tomahawks were launched as a quid pro quo so the debt ceiling would be raised?
If so, then we should expect some particularly devastating attack on civilization on or around 26th September this year.
Maybe a jew invasion of Syria, backed up by full US military support.
Netty has been making ominous-sounding remarks in that regard recently.
Russia has just laughed at his “fears”.

Johnnyrvf
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Johnnyrvf

What’s with the constant use of the word Jew?

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

I use the “jew” form of the word, to show my contempt for them.
In case you didn’t know, they entirely control the US, and direct its foreign and domestic policy.
Ditto with the European governments.
If you agree with that F & D policy, then I have the same contempt for you.

Johnnyrvf
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Johnnyrvf

Oh dear. So every Jew is in the U.S. GOVT. deep state by your reckoning. I know some who most definitely are not. Ultimately when people are that far removed from being human, it does not matter what race, religion or ideology they hold. There are plenty of others who lust for power and control as a very small minority of Jews or rather Zionists. Your arguments make a lot of sense but to blame it ALL on one people demeans your treatise.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

I don’t blame it all on one people in quite the sense you mean.
I acknowledge the existence of the so-called “Righteous Gentile”, ie the goy who performs the bidding of his jewish master; the likes of McSwine and Lindsay Gayam come to mind, as does the vilest of men, John Hagee.
But overall, this is a jewish plan, cooked up since the beginning, and co-opting all and sundry into its satanic web of lies, murders, thefts, and blasphemies.

ruca
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ruca

Look up the Oded Yinon Plan. Be enlightened.

michael houston
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michael houston

Wow…..makes me proud to be an american…..!!!!!!

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

Russia should order the closure of US Consulates in St.Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and Vladivostok. Anyway, they serve no purpose anymore, as they stopped delivering visas. Vladivostok US Consulate is staffed almost exclusively with CIA operatives, busy of snooping around Russia’s Far East military zone.

Voltaire
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Voltaire

and seize all of the contents in said Consulates….

Gall
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Gall

A stupid and desperate act of the increasingly impotent and delusional power. Really feel sorry for the good, kind, creative and so many ways great American people.

7.62x54r
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7.62x54r

Shut down the US neo-liberal spy dens down in Vladivistok and St. Petersburg. US extremists violate internationally agreed upon diplomatic norms.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Time to finally plant that ‘missing evidence’ of Trump’s collusion with the Kremlin, and anything else that the US Gestapo decides to pull out of its ass.
I have been calling for Quarantine of the USA for many months now.
The time has finally arrived. I would also seriously consider a preemptive nuclear strike on the US – that is certainly what they are planning for Russia and China. I would also recommend immediately installing nuclear armed missiles for the protection of Cuba and Venezuela as well as Iran.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Mueller was the point man for the Larry Silverstain-Duck Cneney demolition of the WTC.
When he was brought on board for the Deep State attack on Trump I knew it was all over.
What is interesting is that instead of lying low, Mueller chose the lure of more mass evil and came back to finish the destruction of the USA.
Iran Russia China have one option now. Quarantine followed by a nuclear strike on Washington.
Or better yet, a nuclear strike followed by Quarantine.
Karma is finally coming to the Indispensable State.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Quarantine the USA and ISISrael.

Deezee Aryan
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Deezee Aryan

Donald trump has got a permanent concrete thing up his a**e.

Deezee Aryan
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Deezee Aryan

It seems like Donald Trump Has got a Concrete Pillar permanently up his A**e and Nikki Haley seems to be in a permanent state of Orgasmic Delirium. IMHO she is the stupidest representative of the US in the UN. Sarah Palin is an intelligent Queen compared to her. The POTUS is itching for a showdown. N.Korea or Russia because he cannot talk,doesn’t have a clue about diplomacy and is hell bent on taking the world back to the Stone Ages. You elected this creep, people of the US, now bear the fruits of your stupidity.

Kaput
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Kaput

lol it might be true indeed

Ben
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Ben

I’d like to know who at the Department of State is driving the Russia witch hunt? I don’t think it is Tillerson because he realizes Exxon Mobil and all of the US oil and gas service companies are never going to work in Russia again.

Hamletquest
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Hamletquest

If the US was a democratic state would they not be investigating Comey instead?

Expect them to find some signed statement from Trump declaring the US is now part of the Russian federation…

louis robert
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louis robert

“We strongly protest against Washington’s actions that ignore international law, and, as is customary in diplomatic practice, reserve the opportunity for retaliatory measures. This is not our choice. It has been imposed upon us”.

As impeccable and necessary as the ministry’s statement may be, merely protesting has become futile. The Empire does not wish to have normal, decent relations with Russia. From now on, it needs be shown immediately and unequivocally, by Russia, that in every such instance, those silly, infantile games only turn out to be extremely detrimental to said Empire.

seby
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seby

tRump shows he is a useless POS yet again.

Ithamer
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Ithamer

The US is the primary cause of the animosity between the Russia and the US.

Bente Petersen
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Bente Petersen

USA the MAFIA country… lawless and evil… desperate as they know they have lost all…

XRGRSF
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XRGRSF

At some stage Russia will finally realize that the Empire is exceptionally insane, and can no longer be dealt with.

Kaput
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Kaput

I think that Russia does not care either way……… they probably having fun……… at the stupidity of amirikis….lol……….. Just close Russian air space to anything flying out of usa….. nice easy move.

XRGRSF
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XRGRSF

Fortunately, for my fellow Americans, Russia will conduct itself honorably, and ignore our infantile outbursts. However, at some stage Russia will become weary of waiting for America to grow up.

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

Why put up with this? Close all the embassies, do the same to US embassies in Russia and kick out ALL Americans – except the Ambassador, his immediate family, his cook, his maid and his chauffeur. OUT!

7awmee7
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7awmee7

Only a blind man won’t be able to evaluate such a move as aggressive and provocative. God bless we have a President as cool and tolerant as Putin. If one day Kim Jong Un gets angry well bye bye USA. Kim is not as patient as Putin. Now every Russian must behave as patriots. Each and everyone in Russia. The haters of Russia are not sleeping. But dear friends the Truth will triumph not Trump or NWO.

Godblessourchildren
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Godblessourchildren

This is a move of uncontrolled desperation by the USA. The USA is loosing it.

Dot
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Dot

A few hours for the US Special Services to take a break from fondling children in airports is good for everyone, except them of course.

lizzie dw
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lizzie dw

I am so mortified by this behaviour on the part of the US government. Our government has no dignity; the members behave like spoiled children, just breaking things because we have been faced with the repercussions of Mr. Obama throwing out the Russian diplomats with 36 hours notice last Christmas! The Russians ordered the the several hundred so-called diplomats from the USA out of the their country but they gave them a month to leave. In a snit about this our government threw out more Russian diplomats with 12 hours notice – and now they are in their homes trashing… Read more »

drnurse bedpan
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Beijing Threatens “Severe” Retaliation Against Canada If Huawei CFO Is Not Released

China’s warning marks an escalation in Beijing’s rhetoric as investors worry that the arrest could cause the shaky trade detente between the US and China to devolve into acrimony.

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Canada’s extraordinary arrest one week ago of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of Huawei founder and billionaire executive Ren Zhengfei, and its decision to charge her with “multiple” counts of fraud – a preamble to her likely extradition to the US to face charges of knowingly violating US and EU sanctions on Iran – has elicited widespread anger in Beijing, which declared Meng’s detention a “violation of human rights” during a bail hearing for the jailed executive on Friday.

That anger has apparently only intensified after the hearing adjourned without a decision (it will resume on Monday, allowing Meng’s defense team to argue for why she should be released on bail, contrary to the wishes of government attorneys who are prosecuting the case).

And with Canada insisting that it will prosecute Meng to the full extent of the law over allegations that she mislead banks about the true relationship of a Huawei subsidiary called Skycom, angry Chinese officials have decided to issue an ultimatum directly to the Canadian ambassador, who was summoned to a meeting in Beijing on Saturday and told in no uncertain terms that Canada will face “severe consequences” if Meng isn’t released, according to the Wall Street Journal.

China’s foreign ministry publicized the warning in a statement (though Canadian officials have yet to comment):

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng summoned Canada’s ambassador to Beijing, John McCallum, on Saturday to deliver the warning, according to a statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

The statement doesn’t mention the name of Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, though it refers to a Huawei “principal” taken into custody at U.S. request while changing planes in Vancouver, as was Ms. Meng. The statement accuses Canada of “severely violating the legal, legitimate rights of a Chinese citizen” and demands the person’s release.

“Otherwise there will be severe consequences, and Canada must bear the full responsibility,” said the statement, which was posted online late Saturday.

Phone calls to the Canadian Embassy rang unanswered while the Canadian government’s global affairs media office didn’t immediately respond to an email request for comment.

The warning marks an escalation in Beijing’s rhetoric as investors worry that the arrest could cause the shaky trade detente between the US and China to devolve into acrimony. A federal judge issued a warrant for Meng’s arrest back in August. Though after she was made aware of the warrant, Meng avoided travel to the US. She was arrested in Vancouver last Saturday while traveling to Mexico.

Aside from breaking off trade talks, some are worried that Beijing could seek to retaliate in kind by arresting a notable US executive. While the threats of Chinese bureaucrats might not amount to much in the eyes of US prosecutors, threatening a US executive with long-term detention in a Chinese “reeducation camp” just might.

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The trials of Julian Assange

Eresh Omar Jamal interviews Italian journalist Stefania Maurizi in relation to the situation of Julian Assange.

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Authored by Eresh Omar Jamal for The Daily Star (Bangladesh):


Stefania Maurizi is an investigative journalist working for the Italian daily La Repubblica. She has worked on all WikiLeaks releases of secret documents and partnered with Glenn Greenwald to reveal the Snowden Files about Italy. She has authored two books—Dossier WikiLeaks: Segreti Italiani and Una Bomba, Dieci Storie. In an exclusive interview with Eresh Omar Jamal of The Daily Star, Maurizi talks about the continued arbitrary detention of Julian Assange, why powerful governments see WikiLeaks as an existential threat, and the implications for global press freedom if Assange is prosecuted for publishing secret government documents.

You recently had the chance to visit Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. When was this and can you describe the state he is in?

I was able to visit him on November 19, after 8 months of failed attempts, because last March the Ecuadorian authorities cut off all his social and professional contacts, with the exception of his lawyers, and in the preceding 8 months, I had asked for permission to visit him nine times without success—the Ecuadorian authorities didn’t reply at all to my requests.

When I was finally granted permission to visit the WikiLeaks founder at the Ecuadorian embassy in London last November, I was literally shocked to see the huge impact his isolation has had on his health. Because I have worked as a media partner with him and his organisation, WikiLeaks, for the last nine years, I have met him many times and can tell when there are any changes in his body and mind. I wondered how his mind could keep working; but after talking to him in the embassy for two hours, I have no doubt that his mind is working fine. I still wonder how that’s possible after six and a half years of detention without even one hour of being outdoors. I would have had a physical and mental breakdown after just 6 months, not after 6 years.

Detention and isolation are killing him slowly, and no one is doing anything to stop it. The media reports, the commentators comment, but at the end of the day, he is still there; having spent the last six and a half years confined to a tiny building with no access to sunlight or to proper medical treatment. And this is happening in London, in the heart of Europe. He is not sitting in an embassy in Pyongyang. It is truly tragic and completely unacceptable. And I’m simply appalled at the way the UK authorities have contributed to his arbitrary detention, and have opposed any solution to this intractable legal and diplomatic quagmire.

Having bravely defended Assange for years, the Ecuadorian government in late March cut off almost all his communications with the outside world. What prompted this turnabout and what is its purpose?

Politics has completely changed in Ecuador, and more in general, in Latin America, since 2012, when Ecuador granted Julian Assange asylum. I have never had any interviews with the current Ecuadorian President, Mr Lenin Moreno, but based on his public declarations, it’s rather obvious to me that he does not approve of what Julian Assange and WikiLeaks do.

With all his problems, Rafael Correa (former president of Ecuador) protected Assange from the very beginning, whereas Lenin Moreno considers him a liability. Moreno is under pressure from the right-wing politicians in Ecuador, and also from very powerful governments, like the US and UK governments, who will leave no stones unturned to jail Assange and destroy WikiLeaks. I am not sure how long Lenin Moreno will hold out against this immense pressure, provided that he wants to hold out at all.

Assange was vindicated not so long ago as to why he cannot leave the embassy when the US Department of Justice “accidentally” revealed in November that the founder of WikiLeaks had been secretly charged in the US. What do you think those charges are for?

It’s hard to say unless the charges get declassified and I really appreciate how the US organisation, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, is fighting before the court in the Eastern District of Virginia, US, to have the charges declassified.

There is no doubt whatsoever that the US authorities have always wanted to charge him for WikiLeaks’ publications. They have wanted to do so from the very beginning, since 2010, when WikiLeaks released its bombshell publications like the US diplomatic cables.

But the US authorities have been unable to do so due to the fact that WikiLeaks’ publication activities enjoy constitutional protection thanks to the First Amendment. So it will be very interesting to see how they will get around this constitutional protection in order to be able to charge him and other WikiLeaks journalists and put them all in jail.

Why have some of the most powerful governments and intelligence agencies invested so much resources to attack Assange and WikiLeaks?

You have to realise what it meant for the US national security complex to witness the publication of 76,000 secret documents about the war in Afghanistan, and then another 390,000 secret reports about the war in Iraq; followed by 251,287 US diplomatic cables and 779 secret files on the Guantanamo detainees; and to watch WikiLeaks save Edward Snowden, while the US was trying everything it could do, to show the world that there is no way of exposing the NSA’s secrets and keep your head attached to your neck having done so.

You have to realise what this means in an environment like that of the US, where even the most brilliant national security reporters didn’t dare to publish the name of the head of the CIA Counterterrorism Center, Michael D’Andrea, even though his name and the abuses committed by his centre were open secrets within their inner circles. Although the New York Times finally did, later on. But this was and still is the reality in the US, and even though it may not be as bad in the UK, it’s still quite bad. Look at what happened with the arrest of Glenn Greenwald’s husband, David Miranda, at the Heathrow Airport during the publication of the Snowden Files. Look at what happened with The Guardian being forced to destroy its hard drives during the publication of those files.

There are different levels of power in our societies and generally in our western democracies, criticism against the low, medium and high levels of power via journalistic activities is tolerated. Journalists may get hit with libel cases, have troubles with their careers; however, exposing those levels is permitted. The problem is when journalists and media organisations touch the highest levels, the levels where states and intelligence agencies operate.

WikiLeaks is a media organisation that has published secret documents about these entities for years, and Julian Assange and his staff have done this consistently, not occasionally like all the other media organisations do. You can imagine the anger these powerful entities have towards WikiLeaks—they perceive WikiLeaks as an existential threat and they want to set an example that says, “Don’t you dare expose our secrets and crimes, because if you do, we will smash you.”

If Assange is prosecuted, what impact might it have on other publishers and journalists and on press freedom globally?

It will have a huge impact and that is why organisations like the American Civil Liberties Union are speaking out. Never before in the US has an editor and media organisation ended up in jail for publishing information in the public interest. If Julian Assange and the WikiLeaks’ staff end up in jail, it will be the first time in US history and will set a devastating precedent for attack on press freedom in the US, but actually, not only in the US. Because if a country like the US, in which the activities of the press enjoy constitutional protection, treats journalists this way, you can imagine how other countries where the press doesn’t enjoy such strong protection will react. It will send a clear message to them: “Your hands are free.”

At the end of the day, I think there are two sides to this Assange and WikiLeaks saga: the US-UK national security complex, but more in general, I would say, the people within the national security complex, who want to destroy Julian Assange and WikiLeaks to send a clear message to journalists: “Don’t mess with us if you don’t want your lives to be destroyed.” While on the other side, there are the freedom of the press guys, meaning journalists like me, who want to demonstrate the exact opposite: that we can expose power at the highest levels, we can expose the darkest corners of governments and come out alive and well. And actually, we must do this, because real power is invisible and hides in the darkest corners.

Eresh Omar Jamal is a journalist for The Daily Star (Bangladesh). You can find him on Twitter: @EreshOmarJamal and Stefania Maurizi: @SMaurizi

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Diplomacy a Waste of Time with Washington

Trump’s JCPOA pullout and threatened INF Treaty withdrawal show Washington can never be trusted.

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The US is a serial lawbreaker, operating by its own rules, no others.

Time and again, it flagrantly breaches international treaties, Security Council resolutions, and other rule of law principles, including its own Constitution.

Diplomacy with Republicans and undemocratic Dems is an exercise in futility.

Trump’s JCPOA pullout and threatened INF Treaty withdrawal show Washington can never be trusted.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova’s proposed US outreach to discuss INF Treaty bilateral differences is well intended – despite knowing nothing is accomplished when talks with Washington are held, so why bother.

It’s just a matter of time before the US breaches another promise. They’re hollow when made. Kremlin good intentions aren’t enough to overcome US duplicity and implacable hostility toward Russia.

“We are ready to continue the dialogue in appropriate formats on the entire range of problems related to this document on the basis of professionalism and mutual respect, without putting forward unsubstantiated accusations and ultimatums. Our proposals are well known and remain on the negotiating table,” said Zakharova, adding:

“We have admitted (US) documents for further consideration. This text again includes accusations in the form of unfounded and unsubstantiated information about Russia’s alleged violations of this deal.

Comments to Washington like the above and similar remarks are like talking to a wall. The US demands all countries bend to its will, offering nothing in return but betrayal – especially in dealings with Russia, China, Iran, and other sovereign independent governments it seeks to replace with pro-Western puppet ones.

Not a shred of evidence suggests Russia violated its INF Treaty obligations. The accusation is baseless like all others against the Kremlin.

“No one has officially or by any other means handed over to Russia any files or facts, confirming that Russia breaches or does not comply with this deal,” Zakharova stressed, adding:

“We again confirm our consistent position that the INF Treaty is one of the key pillars of strategic stability and international security.”

It’s why the Trump regime intends abolishing it by pulling out. Strategic stability and international security defeat its agenda. Endless wars and chaos serve it.

The US, UK, France, Israel, and their imperial partners get away with repeated international law breaches because the EU, UN, and rest of the world community lack backbone enough to challenge them.

It’s how it is no matter how egregious their actions, notably their endless wars of aggression, supporting the world’s worst tinpot pot despots, and failing to back the rights of persecuted Palestinians and other long-suffering people.

The only language Republicans and Dems understand is toughness. Putin pretends a Russian/US partnership exists to his discredit – a show of weakness, not strength and responsible leadership.

In response to the Trump regime’s intention to withdraw from the INF Treaty, he said Russia will “react accordingly” – precisely what, he didn’t say.

A few suggestions, Mr. President.

  • Recall your ambassador to Washington. Expel the Trump regime’s envoy from Moscow and other key embassy personnel.
  • Arrest US spies in Russia you long ago identified. Imprison them until the US releases all Russian political prisoners. Agree to swap US detainees for all of them, no exceptions.
  • Install enough S-400 air defense systems to cover all Syrian airspace. Warn Washington, Britain, France and Israel that their aircraft, missiles and other aerial activities in its airspace will be destroyed in flight unless permission from Damascus is gotten – clearly not forthcoming.
  • Publicly and repeatedly accuse the above countries of supporting the scourge of ISIS and likeminded terrorists they pretend to oppose.
  • Warn them in no uncertain terms that their aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic no longer will be tolerated. Tell them the same goes if they dare attack Iran.
  • Stop pretending Mohammad bin Salman didn’t order Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, along with ignoring the kingdom’s horrendous human rights abuses domestically and abroad – including support for ISIS and other terrorists.
  • Put observance of rule of law principles and honor above dirty business as usual with the kingdom and other despotic regimes for profits.
  • Do the right things at all times and damn the short-term consequences – including toughness on Washington, the UK, Israel, and their imperial partners in high crimes of war and against humanity.

VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: stephenlendman.org (Home – Stephen Lendman). Contact at [email protected].

My newest book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”

www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

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