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CONFIRMED: Serbia preparing to sue NATO for war crimes

The 1999 NATO attack on Yugoslavia was unambiguously a war crime and a totally devastating one at that. The Serbian people have still not received any justice after suffering under NATO’s multiple acts of war criminality.

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The Serbian Royal Academy of Scientists and Artists has put together a legal team in order to sue NATO in an international court for crimes against humanity.

The lawsuit relates to NATO using depleted uranium during its illegal war on the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Serbia being the largest part of the now destroyed state.

The illegal war led to the death of 2,000 civilians, including 88 children. The real refugee crisis it caused still continues to this day as the illegal occupation of the Serbian province of Kosovo and Metohija has seen the ongoing displacement of thousands of Serbian families.

The war was not only illegal, but was deeply immoral. In the 1990s, Yugoslavia, one of the most successful multi-cultural states in modern history began struggling for its survival after foreign powers ranging from the US, UK, Germany, Saudi Arabia,Turkey and others began funding various insurgent movements including far-right Croatian militants nostalgic for Hitler’s State of Croatia as well as radicalised Bosniaks who adopted political Islamism to varying degrees after decades of  secular government.

In 1999, NATO decided to finish Yugoslavia off by attacking Serbia and Montenegro in support of the terrorist organisation KLA whose predecessor groups had been committing atrocities against Serbian people since the 1980s, though matters got far worse in the 1990s when the group coalesced into the modern pro-Albanian terrorist group.

It is important to remember that while Serbian people, Serbian homes and Serbian Orthodox churches were major targets of the KLA and later NATO, the KLA also began to target Yugoslav Albanians who refused to cooperate in the killing of their neighbours. After all, Albanians living in Yugoslavia were living in a state with far higher living standards than Albania which in the 1990s transitioned from an isolated dictatorship to a chaotic civil-war torn mafia state.

Yugoslavia was one of the few states apart from the Soviet Union to mobilise against fascist aggression in the 1940s. In 1804, Serbia was also the first southern European state to declare its sovereignty from Ottoman Turkish colonialism, even before Greece.

NATO’s own charter was violated by the illegal act of aggression against Yugoslavia as NATO was supposed to be a defensive alliance and neither Yugoslavia nor Albania, the effective mother-state of the terrorist KLA, were members of NATO in 1999.

The propaganda from the west used to justify the NATO act of aggression still remains largely unchallenged in the west. They painted Yugoslavia which was fighting a terrorist insurgency as an aggressor and the terrorists as freedom fighters, in spite of the fact that for the vast majority of the 1990s, even the United States officially regarded the KLA as a terrorist group.

The after-effects of the war continue to linger. In the years since 1999, Albania has gone from a hyper-corrupt mafia state to a state where ISIS has taken control of much of the lucrative narcotics trade, a trade which represents half of Albania’s GDP.

While the west closes its eyes, Albania has become a perfect storm of local mafioso, the anti-Iranian terrorist group MEK and ISIS itself. Even the Washington Post now admits that many Albanians have joined the ISIS fight against Syria and Iraq.

READ MORE: Here’s why Albania is a failed state

The worst elements of the contemporary Albanian terrorist, human trafficking, drug trafficking and weapons trafficking problem are in the occupied Serbian province of  Kosovo and Metohija which since the 1999 NATO war has acted as a kind of satellite province of Albania under the guise of NATO recognised unilateral independence.

NATO clearly has much to answer for, but international justice has not been particularly fair to Serbia and Serbian people. The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at The Hague has notoriously ignored the crimes of Albanians, Bosniaks and Croatians whilst throwing the book at many Serbs whose role in the wars was tangential and certainly not criminal.

Because of this, one shouldn’t adopt high hopes about the legal case, nevertheless, it is an important move that may help to highlight NATO’s crimes against humanity and moreover NATO’s role in once again helping to create a terrorist element, this time in Europe.

Was this some sort of sick payback for Yugoslavia’s heroic fight against Hitler? Many in southern Europe increasingly see it this way, as the only planes which bombed Yugoslavia prior to NATO were those of fascist Germany.

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Kekr0pass
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Actually Russia was one of the first who had recognize the ”Fakedonia” pseudonation. Made in USA.
The real problem of Serbia was the communism lies of Tito. And what happens next was the results…

Michael DeStefano
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Michael DeStefano

There was NO reason for the US to support and foment the separation movements within Yugoslavia. Again, it was a neocon project. Destroy the state, pick up the pieces for NATO. It was as simple as that. It’s been a formula applied over and over, as we even witness today in real time.

Lars
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French Gen. Pierre-Marie Gallois was present when the plan to destroy Yugoslavia was agreed upon by Germany, the Vatican and the US – in 1976. With the fall of the wall, the remaining states on the map of the world (not completely under the western thumb) were actively targeted. The neocons become an active player from 1992 as far as Yugoslavia was concerned (Vatican’s recognition of Israel).

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Kekr0pass

a picture 1000 words… Just we speak for a nation in deep sleep. As easy to be Iraq the enemy. With evil terrorist chemical weapons and the rest. Then they wake up 20 years later to see the truth. As easy to be Israel a friend. Then they wake up 20 years later to see the truth. The same is for Balkans. In the american brain there is an imaginary place named ”macedonia”. There is not any ”macedonia” dude. Actually, if we speak for geography the 70% of ancient macedonian land today belongs to Greece, the 20% belongs to Bulgaria,… Read more »

igybundy
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igybundy

well half that country is now also nato.. US steals land and adds it, while splitting off other countries and making new ones.

mikhas
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As of late Friday evening GMT, yes, this is confirmed. One could ask -Why took it so long? It certainly did, but the western, German in particular, “Shock and awe” terror campaign had Serbia in it’s grip for longer than usual, assisted by 1.800 no less, heavily entrenched western NGO’s, Soros in a no small part and the entire western propaganda machine. Serbia has since lived in a kind of Stockholm syndrome with the western war criminals and it’s organisations The US imposed Quisling cult of former “Otpor” activists made sure that it stayed that way and they still remain… Read more »

Lars
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Apparently, the last attempt to sue NATO, was rejected due to jurisdictional issues – namely, because Yugoslavia was under sanctions and ostracized from the international community, it was not a subject protected under international law, hence it could be destroyed.

I would add, German emperor Wilhelm ii , was forced to sign peace in WW1, to prevent the Serbs from taking Vienna.

The German elites are a vindictive kind, and the plan to destroy Yugoslavia was laid down in 1976, according to French General Pierre Marie Gallois.

mikhas
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Is there any reason why “The Duran” suddenly deletes my comments as “spam?

Lars
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I’ve had similar problems after calling out a Jesuit provocateur. I’ve saved your comment>> mikhas As of late Friday evening GMT, yes, this is confirmed. One could ask -Why took it so long? It certainly did, but the western, German in particular, “Shock and awe” terror campaign had Serbia in it’s grip for longer than usual, assisted by 1.800 no less, heavily entrenched western NGO’s, Soros in a no small part and the entire western propaganda machine. Serbia has since lived in a kind of Stockholm syndrome with the western war criminals and it’s organisations The US imposed Quisling cult… Read more »

Lars
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This is a well written article. I would add, the French General Pierre-Marie Gallois says the plan to destroy Yugoslavia was laid down in 1976.
As for the previous law suit, it was sabotaged by the (US controlled) Professor Stojanovic to undermine the suit against 8 NATO states based on technicalities. Either way, Serbia today has a 4-6 times higher cancer rate than in the rest of Europe (US also intervened with the VMA cancer commission – the results might be worse).

Joris Joseph van Zweden
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Joris Joseph van Zweden

what can you expect from these teutons look back at their history

DarkEyes
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There has been a moment of doubt by me about Serbia and its course, its direction in the world and in Europe.
Now I must admit and with apology to the serbian people I doubt them.
This is the Serbia again we know. Stand on their rights and self respect.
It is a very good action to sue these NATO war criminals.
My respect to Serbia, the serbian people, the serbian government and may their God bless them and fully support Serbia in its claim for all the injustice done to them by US and NATO.

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

And didn’t this NATO attack occur under Clinton’s presidency??? And shouldn’t Clinton be brought to justice too?

Guy
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Guy

Absolutely , but good luck with that .

Suzanne Giraud
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Suzanne Giraud

these articles also shed light on the background of this heinous crime against Serbians and humanity
http://www.serendipity.li/nato/kla.htm

https://www.pri.org/stories/2011-03-27/kosovos-mafia-hotbed-human-trafficking

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

In a nutshell…wherever the US goes, shit follows.

7.62x54r
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7.62x54r

A bold and moral move to support the institution of the nation state.

James Johnson
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James Johnson

US (NATO) couldn’t destroy the Serbian army so they attacked the civilian infrastructure.

Americans are getting tired of NATO and it’s hatred of Russia. Russia has never attacked or done anything else to the US.

Michael DeStefano
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Michael DeStefano

Well, according to the trained gerbils posing as humans, ‘There’s no doubt that Russia is out to destroy western democracy’. This is their talking point. They all repeat it ad infinitum, ad nauseam. We Americans have descended into the gerbil netherworld. Only the smart ones will eventually navigate those intricate subterranean tunnels to fresh air and freedom. The rest will eventually suffocate from insufferable propaganda.

Myrthos Barthos
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Myrthos Barthos

The main problem with these so called “international criminal institutions” is a lack of independence. This site incorrectly states an “international court for crimes against humanity”; a court with that precise name doesn’t exist; it is probably meant the International Criminal Court” but that one is pursuing African citizens only so far and its legitimacy and independence are seriously compromised. On the other hand it can only try individuals, not organisations, such as NATO. The UN Security Council, which is dominated by five most powerful states can always prevent any investigation against any individual it deemed appropriate- hence lack of… Read more »

Michael DeStefano
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Michael DeStefano

I remember the CNN reporting of the days leading up to NATO’s intervention. (most if not all proven false in the aftermath). Propaganda is too kind a word for it. CNN never changes.

Michael DeStefano
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Michael DeStefano

Racak civilian massacre
100,000+ missing and presumed dead
Trepca mine mass graves
Pinochet-style soccer stadium concentration camps
Operation Horseshoe
Shambouillet

All lies, all repeated ad nauseam…..all devised for one purpose.

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Skripal and Khashoggi: A Tale of Two Disappearances

Two disappearances, and two different responses.

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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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BREAKING: Explosion in Crimea, Russia kills many, injuring dozens, terrorism suspected

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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