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Lavrov: “I simply don’t have any normal terms left to describe all this.”

Russian foreign minister expresses strong rebuke against US Ambassador Nikki Haley’s rhetoric about a new strike in Syria

Seraphim Hanisch

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Russia and the West are headed for a clash, it seems, and the West is leading the charge in a markedly insane way. At this time there are three separate attack “fronts” against the Russian Federation. All of them are (presently) rhetorical: The RussiaGate charade being fomented and built up by a large contingent of the US government and almost all of its media outlets; the recent accusation and 24 hour ultimatum given by British Prime Minister Teresa May; and in a meeting of the UN Security Council on 13 March, US ambassador Nikki Haley threatened a new US strike on Syria, reminiscent of the cruise missile strike one year ago.

TASS News Agency reported that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had very strong words about this:

“If a new strike of this kind takes place, the consequences will be very serious… Mrs. Haley should understand that it is one thing to irresponsibly exploit the microphone in the UN Security Council and it is another thing when both the Russian and American militaries have communication channels and it is clearly stated via these channels what can be done and what must not be done… The US-led coalition knows well about that.

“When, against the backdrop of an obvious failure to implement [UN] Resolution 2401, in as much as it concerns militants and their sponsoring West, new resolutions are put forward under the pretext that it is Russia, Iran and the Syrian government that have failed to provide for the requirements of the previous resolution while Mrs. Haley makes a statement that the US is, of course, a peaceful nation but it may at any time deliver a strike against the forces in the Syrian Arab Republic, as they did a year ago by striking the Shayrat airbase, I simply don’t have any normal terms left to describe all this,” Lavrov pointed out. (Emphasis mine)

Ambassador Nikki Haley threatened the strike in response to  reports of chemical weapons’ use and other attacks against civilians in the ongoing civil war in Syria, but her language, while appearing strong and righteous in the UN, actually hides a rather sinister plot, according to Russian sources. According to Russia’s General Chief of Staff, Valery Gerasimov, the United States is allegedly (either explicity or through inaction) using anti-Assad militants to stage a chemical attack, and after the attack takes place, the US intends to pin the blame on the Syrian government and the Russian leadership supporting it.

The group suspected is Tahrir al-Sham, and though on the books the US opposes this group, it is often alleged that the group is a proxy for American policy expressed as military force in the region, as was also the case with al-Sham’s previous incarnation as the al-Nusra Front.

This is extraordinarily strong rhetoric coming from Russia, and once again, it appears that a line has been reached… and crossed.

This is merely speculative (and hopefully wrong!!), but based on observations of Vladimir Putin’s State of the Nation speech on March 1st, and launch tests of Kinzhal and reports of other extremely highly advanced new weapons President Putin disclosed, as well as the British situation and now this Syrian situation, it appears that although Russia wants to avoid a fight, it seems that it knows one is coming.

The American policy mess in these matters is utterly astounding. Even though the United States has a very good President, it appears (again as merely an observation) that the American government and indeed, now, the British and maybe even other Western powers, have lost touch with reality. Russia has conducted no aggressive action of any type against anyone. There is no evidence or even a hint that this has taken place, yet the West is building a case with a ferocity we have not seen since the “New Cold War” started. Worse, unlike the North Korean situation, this one’s lack of factual basis makes it extremely dangerous, and at least according to the level of rhetoric, the chance of the war of words getting physically hot seems rather high.

The most alarming thing about this is the lack of rationale, and the danger is that once shots are fired, any remaining reason will be rapidly lost.

Now to be sure, the reality of this situation may well be trumped up. This is an election week in Russia, and it may possibly be that some of this is intended to make the Russian government under Putin look strong. But honestly, I doubt it. There is no pervading sense in Russia that the nation’s strength is in trouble or that they are in any way losing control. The point of view inside Russia seems to largely be that the Americans have lost their minds. There is no real anger at them, but there is a lot of disappointment and frustration.

It would appear that Mr. Lavrov’s words “I simply don’t have any normal terms left to describe all this,” really express this sentiment very well.

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Donald Trump plays good cop and bad cop with a weak Theresa May (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 55.

Alex Christoforou

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US President Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK was momentous, not for its substance, but rather for its sheer entertainment value.

Trump started his trip to the United Kingdom blasting Theresa May for her inability to negotiate a proper Brexit deal with the EU.  Trump ended his visit holding hands with the UK Prime Minister during a press conference where the most ‘special relationship’ between the two allies was once again reaffirmed.

Protests saw giant Trump “baby balloons” fly over London’s city center, as Trump played was his own good cop and bad cop to the UK PM, outside London at the Chequers…often times leaving May’s head spinning.

Even as Trump has left London, he remains front and center in the mind of Theresa May, who has now stated that Trump advised her to “sue” the European Union to resolve the tense negotiations over Brexit.

Trump had mentioned to reporters on Friday at a joint press conference with Theresa May that he had given the British leader a suggestion that she found too “brutal.”

Asked Sunday on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show what that suggestion was, May: “He told me I should sue the EU. Not go into negotiation, sue them.” May added…

“What the president also said at that press conference was `Don’t walk away. Don’t walk away from the negotiations. Then you’re stuck.”‘

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris summarize what was a state visit like no other, as Trump trolled the UK PM from beginning to end, and left London knowing that he got the better of a weakened British Prime Minister, who may not survive in office past next week.

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Via CNBC

It wasn’t exactly clear what Trump meant. The revelation came after explosive and undiplomatic remarks Trump made this week about May’s leadership — especially her handling of the Brexit negotiations — as he made his first official visit to Britain.

In an interview with The Sun newspaper published Thursday — just as May was hosting Trump at a lavish black-tie dinner — Trump said the British leader’s approach likely “killed” chances of a free-trade deal with the United States. He said he had told May how to conduct Brexit negotiations, “but she didn’t listen to me.”

He also praised May’s rival, Boris Johnson, who quit last week as foreign secretary to protest May’s Brexit plans. Trump claimed Johnson would make a “great prime minister.”

The comments shocked many in Britain — even May’s opponents — and threatened to undermine May’s already fragile hold on power. Her Conservative government is deeply split between supporters of a clean break with the EU and those who want to keep close ties with the bloc, Britain’s biggest trading partner.

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Deep State poster boy Peter Strzok gives bizarre testimony that goes viral (Video)

The face of the Deep State.

Alex Christoforou

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If you were not convinced that the Deep State exists, then look no further than Peter Strzok’s bizarre, yet revealing, congressional testimony, showcasing the arrogance and smugness of a powerful FBI agent who worked diligently to push a fake Trump-Russia narrative onto the American public.

Via Zerohedge

While Peter Strzok’s marathon Congressional testimony was full of bickering, chaos and drama – mostly between members of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees – a clip of the disgraced FBI agent’s seemingly giddy reaction after answering a question is creeping people out.

Some have suggested that Strzok’s reaction was “Duper’s delight” – a hidden smirk that slips out at an inappropriate moment when a liar celebrates a successful manipulation.

Watching Peter Strzok, its hard, if not impossible to believe that this man is not a psychopath, who hated Trump so much that he was willing to forward a collusion story that has cost American taxpayers millions, and torn American society apart.

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The video clip even had Donald Trump Jr retweeting it, as he labeled Strzok “the creepiest person in America.”

Via RT

One particular moment from Peter Strzok’s raucous congressional hearing left Twitter users confounded and disturbed, even prompting Donald Trump Jr to label the FBI agent “the creepiest person in America.”

Strzok faced the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees on Thursday to answer questions about his conduct during the 2016 investigations into Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

The lengthy hearing quickly descended into a partisan shouting match, as Republicans and Democrats interrupted each other’s questions, heckling or applauding Strzok.

Strzok’s peculiar reaction to one question caught the eye of viewers and many took to Twitter to confirm that their eyes weren’t deceiving them.

Strzok’s facial expressions were also noticed by the congressmen in the room and prompted one of the most dramatic moments of the hearing when Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) accused Strzok of outright lying.

“I can’t help but wonder when I see you looking there with a little smirk; how many times did you look so innocent into your wife’s eyes and lie to her about Lisa Page,” Gohmert told Strzok, referring to the agent’s extramarital affair with his former colleague Lisa Page, with whom he exchanged anti-Trump text messages. Gohmert’s comment sparked vociferous objections from Democrats.

The hearing evoked a significant reaction, with many describing it as a farce. Former New York mayor and current attorney to US President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, labelled it a “disgrace” and said it “taints the entire Mueller witch hunt.”

“President Trump is being investigated by people who possess pathological hatred for him. All the results of the investigation are ‘fruit of the poison tree’ and should be dismissed,” he added.

Democrats seemed to agree with that sentiment, as California Congressman Ted Lieu said it was “a stupid and ridiculous hearing.”

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Greece folds to deep state demands, expels Russian diplomats over meddling (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 54.

Alex Christoforou

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Ahead of the NATO summit, Alexis Tsipras made an unprecedented move to expel two Russian diplomats and bar the entry of two others Russian diplomats to Greece.

The claim that Tsipras’ radical left government cites in its expulsion is the tried and true Russia meddling narrative. The SYRIZA Greek government claims alleged “Russian meddling” in an attempt to foment opposition to the “historic” name deal between Athens and Skopje, a deal which coincidently paves the way for FYROM to join NATO.

A little creativity would have been nice, but in this specific case Alexis Tsipras decided to just go with the canned, Deep State script known as “Russian meddling” in order to guarantee that his very unpopular name deal with FYROM goes through the rigged approval process.

The fact that a government as corrupt as Greece’s SYRIZA is now suddenly issuing expulsions for bribery is ironic to say the least.

Did Tsipras cut off his nose to please his EU/NATO paymaster to spite Greece’s face?

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss Greece’s recent expulsion of Russian diplomats, in what is clearly a Deep State orchestrated maneuver to drive a wedge between two countries that have had traditionally close ties, while fitting another piece into NATO’s geopolitical puzzle to engulf the balkan states.

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