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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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Skripal and Khashoggi: A Tale of Two Disappearances

Two disappearances, and two different responses.

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Authored by Finian Cunningham via The Strategic Culture Foundation:


Two disappearances, and two very different responses from Western governments, which illustrates their rank hypocrisy.

When former Russian spy Sergei Skripal went missing in England earlier this year, there was almost immediate punitive action by the British government and its NATO allies against Moscow. By contrast, Western governments are straining with restraint towards Saudi Arabia over the more shocking and provable case of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The outcry by Western governments and media over the Skripal affair was deafening and resulted in Britain, the US and some 28 other countries expelling dozens of Russian diplomats on the back of unsubstantiated British allegations that the Kremlin tried to assassinate an exiled spy with a deadly nerve agent. The Trump administration has further tightened sanctions citing the Skripal incident.

London’s case against Moscow has been marked by wild speculation and ropey innuendo. No verifiable evidence of what actually happened to Sergei Skripal (67) and his daughter Yulia has been presented by the British authorities. Their claim that President Vladimir Putin sanctioned a hit squad armed with nerve poison relies on sheer conjecture.

All we know for sure is that the Skripals have been disappeared from public contact by the British authorities for more than seven months, since the mysterious incident of alleged poisoning in Salisbury on March 4.

Russian authorities and family relatives have been steadfastly refused any contact by London with the Skripal pair, despite more than 60 official requests from Moscow in accordance with international law and in spite of the fact that Yulia is a citizen of the Russian Federation with consular rights.

It is an outrage that based on such thin ice of “evidence”, the British have built an edifice of censure against Moscow, rallying an international campaign of further sanctions and diplomatic expulsions.

Now contrast that strenuous reaction, indeed hyper over-reaction, with how Britain, the US, France, Canada and other Western governments are ever-so slowly responding to Saudi Arabia over the Khashoggi case.

After nearly two weeks since Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, the Saudi regime is this week finally admitting he was killed on their premises – albeit, they claim, in a “botched interrogation”.

Turkish and American intelligence had earlier claimed that Khashoggi was tortured and murdered on the Saudi premises by a 15-member hit squad sent from Riyadh.

Even more grisly, it is claimed that Khashoggi’s body was hacked up with a bone saw by the killers, his remains secreted out of the consulate building in boxes, and flown back to Saudi Arabia on board two private jets connected to the Saudi royal family.

What’s more, the Turks and Americans claim that the whole barbaric plot to murder Khashoggi was on the orders of senior Saudi rulers, implicating Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The latest twist out of Riyadh, is an attempt to scapegoat “rogue killers” and whitewash the House of Saudi from culpability.

The fact that 59-year-old Khashoggi was a legal US resident and a columnist for the Washington Post has no doubt given his case such prominent coverage in Western news media. Thousands of other victims of Saudi vengeance are routinely ignored in the West.

Nevertheless, despite the horrific and damning case against the Saudi monarchy, the response from the Trump administration, Britain and others has been abject.

President Trump has blustered that there “will be severe consequences” for the Saudi regime if it is proven culpable in the murder of Khashoggi. Trump quickly qualified, however, saying that billion-dollar arms deals with the oil-rich kingdom will not be cancelled. Now Trump appears to be joining in a cover-up by spinning the story that the Khashoggi killing was done by “rogue killers”.

Britain, France and Germany this week issued a joint statement calling for “a credible investigation” into the disappearance. But other than “tough-sounding” rhetoric, none of the European states have indicated any specific sanctions, such as weapons contracts being revoked or diplomatic expulsions.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was “concerned” by the gruesome claims about Khashoggi’s killing, but he reiterated that Ottawa would not be scrapping a $15 billion sale of combat vehicles to Riyadh.

The Saudi rulers have even threatened retaliatory measures if sanctions are imposed by Western governments.

Saudi denials of official culpability seem to be a brazen flouting of all reason and circumstantial evidence that Khashoggi was indeed murdered in the consulate building on senior Saudi orders.

This week a glitzy international investor conference in Saudi Arabia is being boycotted by top business figures, including the World Bank chief, Jim Yong Kim, JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon and Britain’s venture capitalist Richard Branson. Global firms like Ford and Uber have pulled out, as have various media sponsors, such as CNN, the New York Times and Financial Times. Withdrawal from the event was in response to the Khashoggi affair.

A growing bipartisan chorus of US Senators, including Bob Corker, Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham and Chris Murphy, have called for the cancellation of American arms sales to Saudi Arabia, as well as for an overhaul of the strategic partnership between the two countries.

Still, Trump has rebuffed calls for punitive response. He has said that American jobs and profits depend on the Saudi weapons market. Some 20 per cent of all US arms sales are estimated to go to the House of Saud.

The New York Times this week headlined: “In Trump’s Saudi Bargain, the Bottom Line Proudly Stands Out”.

The Trump White House will be represented at the investment conference in Saudi Arabia this week – dubbed “Davos in the Desert” by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. He said he was attending in spite of the grave allegations against the Saudi rulers.

Surely the point here is the unseemly indulgence by Western governments of Saudi Arabia and its so-called “reforming” Crown Prince. It is remarkable how much credulity Washington, London, Paris, Ottawa and others are affording the Saudi despots who, most likely, have been caught redhanded in a barbarous murder.

Yet, when it comes to Russia and outlandish, unproven claims that the Kremlin carried out a bizarre poison-assassination plot, all these same Western governments abandon all reason and decorum to pile sanctions on Russia based on lurid, hollow speculation. The blatant hypocrisy demolishes any pretense of integrity or principle.

Here is another connection between the Skripal and Khashoggi affairs. The Saudis no doubt took note of the way Britain’s rulers have shown absolute disregard and contempt for international law in their de facto abduction of Sergei and Yulia Skripal. If the British can get away with that gross violation, then the Saudis probably thought that nobody would care too much if they disappeared Jamal Khashoggi.

Grotesquely, the way things are shaping up in terms of hypocritical lack of action by the Americans, British and others towards the Saudi despots, the latter might just get away with murder. Not so Russia. The Russians are not allowed to get away with even an absurd fantasy.

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US-China trade war heats up as surplus hits record $34 Billion (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 136.

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According to a report by the AFP, China’s trade surplus with the United States ballooned to a record $34.1 billion in September, despite a raft of US tariffs, official data showed Friday, adding fuel to the fire of a worsening trade war.

Relations between the world’s two largest economies have soured sharply this year, with US President Donald Trump vowing on Thursday to inflict economic pain on China if it does not blink.
The two countries imposed new tariffs on a massive amount of each other’s goods mid-September, with the US targeting $200 billion in Chinese imports and Beijing firing back at $60 billion worth of US goods.

“China-US trade friction has caused trouble and pounded our foreign trade development,” customs spokesman Li Kuiwen told reporters Friday.

But China’s trade surplus with the US grew 10 percent in September from a record $31 billion in August, according to China’s customs administration. It was a 22 percent jump from the same month last year.

China’s exports to the US rose to $46.7 billion while imports slumped to $12.6 billion.

China’s overall trade — what it buys and sells with all countries including the US — logged a $31.7 billion surplus, as exports rose faster than imports.

Exports jumped 14.5 percent for September on-year, beating forecasts from analysts polled by Bloomberg News, while imports rose 14.3 percent on-year.

While the data showed China’s trade remained strong for the month, analysts forecast the trade war will start to hurt in coming months.

China’s export jump for the month suggests exporters were shipping goods early to beat the latest tariffs, said ANZ’s China economist Betty Wang, citing the bounce in electrical machinery exports, much of which faced the looming duties.

“We will watch for downside risks to China’s exports” in the fourth quarter, Wang said.

Analysts say a sharp depreciation of the yuan has also helped China weather the tariffs by making its exports cheaper.

“The big picture is the Chinese exports have so far held up well in the face of escalating trade tensions and cooling global growth, most likely thanks to the competitiveness boost provided by a weaker renminbi (yuan),” said Julian Evans-Pritchard, China economist at Capital Economics.

“With global growth likely to cool further in the coming quarters and US tariffs set to become more punishing, the recent resilience of exports is unlikely to be sustained,” he said.

According to Bloomberg US President Donald Trump’s new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement isn’t that different from the North American Free Trade Agreement that it replaced. But hidden in the bowels of the new trade deal is a clause, Article 32.10, that could have a far-reaching impact. The new agreement requires member states to get approval from the other members if they initiate trade negotiations with a so-called non-market economy. In practice, “non-market” almost certainly means China. If, for example, Canada begins trade talks with China, it has to show the full text of the proposed agreement to the U.S. and Mexico — and if either the U.S. or Mexico doesn’t like what it sees, it can unilaterally kick Canada out of the USMCA.

Although it seems unlikely that the clause would be invoked, it will almost certainly exert a chilling effect on Canada and Mexico’s trade relations with China. Forced to choose between a gargantuan economy across the Pacific and another one next door, both of the U.S.’s neighbors are almost certain to pick the latter.

This is just another part of Trump’s general trade waragainst China. It’s a good sign that Trump realizes that unilateral U.S. efforts alone won’t be enough to force China to make concessions on issues like currency valuation, intellectual-property protection and industrial subsidies. China’s export markets are much too diverse:

If Trump cuts the U.S. off from trade with China, the likeliest outcome is that China simply steps up its exports to other markets. That would bind the rest of the world more closely to China and weaken the global influence of the U.S. China’s economy would take a small but temporary hit, while the U.S. would see its position as the economic center of the world slip into memory.

Instead, to take on China, Trump needs a gang. And that gang has to be much bigger than just North America. But most countries in Europe and East Asia probably can’t be bullied into choosing between the U.S. and China. — their ties to the U.S. are not as strong as those of Mexico and Canada. Countries such as South Korea, Germany, India and Japan will need carrots as well as sticks if they’re going to join a U.S.-led united trade front against China.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the escalating trade war between the United States and China, and the record trade surplus that positions China with a bit more leverage than Trump anticipated.

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Via Zerohedge Trump Threatens China With More Tariffs, Does Not Seek Economic “Depression”

US equity futures dipped in the red after President Trump threatened to impose a third round of tariffs on China and warned that Chinese meddling in U.S. politics was a “bigger problem” than Russian involvement in the 2016 election.

During the same interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes”, in which Trump threatened to impose sanctions against Saudi Arabia if the Saudis are found to have killed WaPo reported Khashoggi, and which sent Saudi stock plunging, Trump said he “might,” impose a new round of tariffs on China, adding that while he has “great chemistry” with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and noting that Xi “wants to negotiate”, he doesn’t “know that that’s necessarily going to continue.” Asked if American products have become more expensive due to tariffs on China, Trump said that “so far, that hasn’t turned out to be the case.”

“They can retaliate, but they can’t, they don’t have enough ammunition to retaliate,” Trump says, “We do $100 billion with them. They do $531 billion with us.”

Trump was also asked if he wants to push China’s economy into a depression to which the US president said “no” before comparing the country’s stock-market losses since the tariffs first launched to those in 1929, the start of the Great Depression in the U.S.

“I want them to negotiate a fair deal with us. I want them to open their markets like our markets are open,” Trump said in the interview that aired Sunday. So far, the U.S. has imposed three rounds of tariffs on Chinese imports totaling $250 billion, prompting China to retaliate against U.S. products. The president previously has threatened to hit virtually all Chinese imports with duties.

Asked about his relationship with Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin’s alleged efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election, Trump quickly turned back to China. “They meddled,” he said of Russia, “but I think China meddled too.”

“I think China meddled also. And I think, frankly, China … is a bigger problem,” Trump said, as interviewer Lesley Stahl interrupted him for “diverting” from a discussion of Russia.

Shortly before an audacious speech by Mike Pence last weekend, in which the US vice president effectively declared a new cold war on Beijing (see “Russell Napier: Mike Pence Announces Cold War II”), Trump made similar accusations during a speech at the United Nations last month, which his aides substantiated by pointing to long-term Chinese influence campaigns and an advertising section in the Des Moines Register warning farmers about the potential effects of Trump’s tariffs.

Meanwhile, in a rare U.S. television appearance, China’s ambassador to the U.S. said Beijing has no choice but to respond to what he described as a trade war started by the U.S.

“We never wanted a trade war, but if somebody started a trade war against us, we have to respond and defend our own interests,” said China’s Ambassador Cui Tiankai.

Cui also dismissed as “groundless” the abovementioned suggestion by Vice President Mike Pence that China has orchestrated an effort to meddle in U.S. domestic affairs. Pence escalated the rhetoric in a speech Oct. 4, saying Beijing has created a “a whole-of-government approach” to sway American public opinion, including spies, tariffs, coercive measures and a propaganda campaign.

Pence’s comments were some of the most critical about China by a high-ranking U.S. official in recent memory. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo got a lecture when he visited Beijing days later, about U.S. actions that were termed “completely out of line.” The tough words followed months of increases tit-for-tat tariffs imposed by Washington and Beijing that have ballooned to cover hundreds of billions of dollars in bilateral trade.

During a recent interview with National Public Radio, Cui said the U.S. has “not sufficiently” dealt in good faith with the Chinese on trade matters, saying “the U.S. position keeps changing all the time so we don’t know exactly what the U.S. would want as priorities.”

Meanwhile, White House economic director Larry Kudlow said on “Fox News Sunday” that President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping will “probably meet” at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires in late November. “There’s plans and discussions and agendas” being discussed, he said. So far, talks with China on trade have been “unsatisfactory,” Kudlow said. “We’ve made our asks” on allegations of intellectual property theft and forced technology transfers, he added. “We have to have reciprocity.”

Addressing the upcoming meeting, Cui said he was present at two previous meetings of Xi and Trump, and that top-level communication “played a key role, an irreplaceable role, in guiding the relationship forward.” Despite current tensions the two have a “good working relationship,” he said.

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Massacre in Crimea kills dozens, many in critical condition

According to preliminary information, the incident was caused by a gas explosion at a college facility in Kerch, Crimea.

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“We are clarifying the information at the moment. Preliminary figures are 50 injured and 10 dead. Eight ambulance crews are working at the site and air medical services are involved,” the press-service for the Crimean Ministry of Health stated.

Medics announced that at least 50 people were injured in the explosion in Kerch and 25 have already been taken to local hospital with moderate wounds, according to Sputnik.

Local news outlets reported that earlier in the day, students at the college heard a blast and windows of the building were shattered.

Putin Orders that Assistance Be Provided to Victims of Blast in Kerch – Kremlin Spokesman

“The president has instructed the Ministry of Health and the rescue services to take emergency measures to assist victims of this explosion, if necessary, to ensure the urgent transportation of seriously wounded patients to leading medical institutions of Russia, whether in Moscow or other cities,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitriy Peskov said.

The president also expressed his condolences to all those affected by the tragic incident.

Manhunt Underway in Kerch as FSB Specialists Investigate Site of Explosion – National Anti-Terrorist Committee

The site of the blast that rocked a city college in Kerch is being examined by FSB bomb disposal experts and law enforcement agencies are searching for clues that might lead to the arrest of the perpetrators, the National Anti Terrorism Committee said in a statement.

“Acting on orders from the head of the NAC’s local headquarters, FSB, Interior Ministry, Russian Guards and Emergency Ministry units have arrived at the site. The territory around the college has been cordoned off and the people inside the building evacuated… Mine-disposal experts are working at the site and law enforcement specialists are investigating,” the statement said.

Terrorist Act Considered as Possible Cause of Blast in Kerch – Kremlin Spokesman

“The tragic news that comes from Kerch. Explosion. The president was informed … The data on those killed and the number of injured is constantly updated,” Peskov told reporters.

“[The version of a terrorist attack] is being considered,” he said.

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