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The Russian Foreign Ministry has called America’s actions unprecedented and aggressive.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The planned searches in the Russian diplomatic compounds in the United States is viewed in Moscow as an unprecedented and aggressive action, initiated by US intelligence to organise provocations, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Saturday.

Earlier in the day, the Russian Foreign Ministry summoned Minister-Counselor at the US Embassy in Moscow Anthony Godfrey to receive a protest note amid the plans to conduct searches in the Russian Trade Representation in the United States.

“The note stresses that the planned illicit searches of Russian diplomatic compounds in the absence of Russian officials and threats to break the entrance door is viewed as an unprecedented and aggressive action, which, by the way, can be used by US intelligence services to organize an anti-Russian provocation with the help of planted compromising items,” the ministry said in a statement.

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BobValdez
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BobValdez

Of course that is what it is for. It is a DIRECT provocation! The us MUST start a war with SOMEONE NOW! No war means financial and economic collapse and the end of the empire.

Kaput
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Kaput

ahhha they trying to bait an ex KGB a officer………….. how cute……… he has lots of patience, who cares about a consulate………… lol, Putin has better fish to fry

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

Patience AND brains. In fact, every US provocation seems to backfire and make Russia stronger and more respected in the world. His life-long judo training has taught him much.

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

Yes. They are trying to create the PRETEXT for the COURSE OF ACTION they have already decided they are taking. They Have No More Cards Left to Play. They are out of options. 1. They are MAXED out on their credit card with NO EASY way to get another loan. (War is the only 100% way to automatically increase the U.$. debt limit with the Rothschild Fed.) 2. Investors a fleeing the U.$. market. (Even the Rothschilds have begun to diversify out of the U.$ and western market into South America and Asia.) 3. A series of Natural Disasters have… Read more »

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

It sounds like you must watch and read all the same resources that I do. I think your 8 points are pretty much spot on. Not sure I’m on board with no. 3, though, the ‘more to come’ bit?

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

@ Great Expectations: Re No.3. Number three is an examination of climatic and seismic cycles. The U.$ has had a lull of geological seismic events in the West, There has been no ‘major’ earthquake on the Western Seaboard for a quarter of a century; and no ‘catastrophic’ movements for more than a century. The Ring of Fire has been very active all over the world for the last decade; from Chili, to New Zealand, Indonesia, and Japan. The U.$. Western Seaboard is the only ‘region’ not to suffer a catastrophic event in living memory (the 1800’s San Francisco quake is… Read more »

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

Ah yes, the Ring of Fire, I see where you’re coming from now. Totally agree with you.

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

I think we may read many of the same things. It would be good to get a ‘recommended reading list’ from you. It’s hard filtering out all the Fake News that is cluttering the place up. Maybe we could put one together..?

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

As long as you’re not a CIA agent, looking for sites for Googgle to block ;). Never forget, we’re being watched on here and there are only a few of us, so it’s easy.

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

@ Great Expectations: Re CIA. Yes, your right. But for those of us living in a dream land, its too late. We are ALL already on a CIA ‘threat watch’ list. We have said the wrong things in public. And this is a U.$. website. We are ALL on the list already. Re websites. Hmmm… How to create a recommended reading list without jeopardizing the security of the website we want to recommend../ I’m not sure. Most of us have similar tastes I believe. There are a couple of UkroNazis trying to sabotage things and take pleasure flaming people with… Read more »

BobValdez
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BobValdez

(thumbs up) 🙂

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

BUT war with Russia and China rather than countries without a nuclear deterrent in reality means a US wasteland .

BobValdez
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BobValdez

So be it. If that is what they want, give it to them in spades.

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

I have also come to the same conclusion whether I live or die.

Nofearorfavor
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Nofearorfavor
Punisher 1
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Punisher 1

Talk is useless,actions need to be taken instead. The US clearly believes they are beyond international law. Its time to show them they aren’t. The best step would be to close permanently all US consulates in Russia. Confine diplomatic services to Moscow alone. And close all the Russian consulates in the US. Only use the Embassy in Washington DC. The UN Mission is a separate situation. If the US wants to interfere there,then the UN will need to be moved out of the US to solve that problem. If Russia and hopefully China was to threaten to withdraw from the… Read more »

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

The UN does seem to be just another layer in the “Anglo-Zionist Consummate Cant” described by Nietzsche. They, at best, have delayed the inevitable showdown of the Good part of the Planet against the part that merely calls itself ‘good’, because no one else will.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

The US regime already has a bill awaiting passage to get the US out of the UN and to remove the UN from US territory….Russia and China might be best to wait and see what happens with this bill, since the US is imploding on all fronts including this one.
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-23/congressman-introduces-bill-withdraw-us-united-nations

Nofearorfavor
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Nofearorfavor

Also true …

Kathryn Bondoux
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Kathryn Bondoux

I agree with you. The MilitaryIndustrial complex wants and needs a war. Why because they profit from it. So they keep poking the bear and the bear is getting tired of it. There has been No proof of any wrong doing by Russia but look what we have done to them. Surrounding them with UN ships and trying to get Ukraine to become a UN. What do you think we would do if the reverse happened.

Nofearorfavor
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Nofearorfavor

Brilliant idea!

Simon
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Simon

Well, not much one can do against such threats. But I would suggest DON’T open the doors and get the RT team down there plus others, also offer $2000 reward to best alt-media video of the US breaking in and violating diplomatic premises.
That should play well, worldwide.

william D' Altruist
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william D' Altruist

I’d do it for $10,000/ I’d have to use hidden go pros on my person, and triangulate at least 3 more manipulating the camera’s via computer. They’ll seal the street off at the very least… difficult situation. Can’t emagine press being allowed anywhere near the places(s). Someone should be set up already in building(s) across the street…if they’re clever… however this won’t be easy as well. The neighborhood will be absolutely swarming with CIA & secret service. This a very,very, high level security situation & absolute madness. I’m seriously wanting to leave the U.S. A type mass hysteria has affected… Read more »

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

I think you mean, “martial law”.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

“Someone should be set up already in building(s) across the street…if they’re clever… however this won’t be easy as well.”

It was easy enough when the Muellers and Comeys and Soroses of the day murdered the LAST President of the USA – J F Kennedy.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

I am waiting to see international coverage of the US’s threats/actions….so far all they are mentioning is the closing and not the US’s illegal searches.

Simon
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Simon

UPDATE – Russia were much smarter then my idea. They let the RT guys film inside their empty diplomatic properties before the search.
No one will believe there was any ‘gotcha’ document left behind.

Brilliant. You have to give these guys credit when it is due.

André De Koning
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André De Koning

Have they called for a special UNSC session yet on this unprecedented, unlawful move? Could they expand on the endless breaches of international laws and principles or do we all now have to accept that these have become irrelevant at the UN?

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

I think you are rather native, believing the UNSC can accomplish anything. It is an agency run by the US for the US.

André De Koning
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André De Koning

Yes, I think you are right, but thought they could possibly show them for what they are or blatantly express is at the UN and keep on challenging it so people can see it for what it is. Probably useless whatever one does.

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

More often than not, I have the feeling the UNSC is just there to rubber-stamp whatever the US does. And same goes for israel.

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

Jews and Zionists are ‘special’ people they are not bound by the silly UN rules for the Goyim. 🙂

Rollo10
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Rollo10

The UN was created to produce NWO, One World Government, just as the EU was. In 1917 the War to end all Wars ended, but the objective [Russia] remained so the Zionists sent in Stalin and his ‘Bolsheviks’, when this failed, they used Hitlers ambition to start WW2, this too failed when the Russians defeated the German army in Russia. They then broke up the ‘League of Nations’ and introduced United Nations, who have been acting as a ‘World Government’, introducing laws against Sovereign people Koyoto, UN Agenda 21, UN Agenda 2030, Paris Climate Agreement…….Far to many UN-ELECTED bodies are… Read more »

André De Koning
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André De Koning

Soon BRICS and independence of the petro dollar might change things as this anti-Russia nonsense does not reach far anymore.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

And US actions seem to suggest their desperation. The best hope must be that their desperate acts don’t cause any great, long-lasting harm to the rest of us and they are eventually put out of their misery.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

Yes!

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

@ Rollo10 re “Far to many UN-ELECTED bodies are making laws against Sovereign people! UN, EU, IMF, BIS, WHO all protected by NATO.” Yes. It’s time for BRICS to expand. Set up a defacto “Supervisory Group” based on the Astana talks with the purpose being for promoting independent economic cooperation; with individuals “elected” (not nominated) by ‘opposing’ governments so that the representative of the Government they are Representing has no say in the issues that they are supposed to represent. This is under the philosophical premise that anyone who Wants to Be Leader, is ineligible to be leader because they… Read more »

Seán Murphy
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Seán Murphy

Two can play at that game.

Simon
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Simon

Just two Sean? The US has almost 300 embassies and consulates around the world.
Apparently these are the new ‘rules’ which apply to them.

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

Yes. These are the new rules. The U.$. reserves the right to force their way into any embassy in the world to search for evidence of crime by any country they have deemed as an Enemy of U.$. interests. This is the key term here most people will miss. U.$. INTERESTS. This is the justification. A threat to THEIR Interests. They are protecting their INTERESTS. Interests may include anything from the Oil Contract EXON hoped to sign in the Sudan; to Boeing’s “failed” bid to win a plane sales deal somewhere in Asia, to suring up U.$. reserve currency status… Read more »

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

The shadow government does seem to have finally been exposed to be that insane. Someone is going to fly in Nero with his violin soon.

WalkinTheWalk
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WalkinTheWalk

“Babylon is Fallen.” Listen. As early as 4 December. What comes next, it would seem, is nowise pleasant for the naive, gullible, wishful worldwide … however.

Andrew Pate
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Andrew Pate

Wow 300 Embassies and yet 900 military bases to protect freedon and democracy American style. Sounds very much like a peace loving country.

ghartwell
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We are living in history. How does it feel, to see America take the world down the path to war? We are living witnesses to the provocative and illegal actions of the American government. I fear how silly and childish and totally irrelevant America will look if and when the time comes when she does not just collapse economically, and in reputation but her infrastructure gets destroyed and cities infected with Biological warfare attacks. This type of action is both pathetic and deeply frightening in the face of how close you are to destruction.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

The US has always done this. But they were usually better masked. I think this may be the last time.

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

Judging by the mass looting in Houston and the flooded areas, the US would truly revert to its past and become a Wild West with ‘Mad Max’ type figures terrorising all who survived the nuclear attacks.

Its rather funny 🙂

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

@ Florian: “It’s rather funny.” I used to think the same; but then I started meeting and talking to some Americans. Lots of them are really nice everyday people, and many are just as horrified as us ‘aliens’ of what is happening in Washington and Wall Street. America has been pillaged by the Ruling Class and DeepState to such a degree that it is just a shell of what it once was; and it’s the poor unfortunate everyday American whom has lost their home; has no health insurance; is out of work or on an entirely insufficient disability pension after… Read more »

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

I second that. And I feel the same about we British, who seem hated by some people for what the elite did to them in the past. Well, the elite did it to us too.

Nofearorfavor
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Nofearorfavor

Great– they did and still do it to us all — control the banks and leaders of most countries throughout the world– own and exploit their natural resources, their big corps everywhere, GMO everywhere… the list goes on and on, but for sure, they have their dirty fingers in every big pie… Local traitors in every country, part of their global club– all colours of the rainbow too.

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

I concur with all that you say. However ONLY the US people can remove the parasites that now control their lives. The American people who want real change have to walk out from their Safe Spaces and stand tall. This will involve many of them losing their lives to the Zio Marxist storm troopers .
The alternative is de facto slavery with debt, actual slavery in US jails (+ Fema Camps) and complete penury for others.

Nofearorfavor
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Nofearorfavor

What you say is real– but they’ve never had to endure a world war on their soil– their government just continues their falsely created wars all over the world– the blood of millions of innocents on their hands all these wars on behalf of the Zio’s. But as you say, if Americans want to save their land and have a future, they will have to set their differences aside and hit the streets nationally– en masse– yes and be prepared to die while securing the futures of their children and country from those who are bent on not only US… Read more »

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

It is encouraging that so many around the globe are able to converse and learn that we are not alone in shunning US/EU policies of terror.

Nofearorfavor
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Nofearorfavor

On the other hand, we must consider the American people, as they too– are as controlled (perhaps even more so), been subjected to brainwashing for many decades, along with most western allied countries too– actually it applies to most nations throughout the world– their reserve banks, Rothschilds owned, their leaders often freemasons– virtual proxies really, as they must tow the line and in exchange receive all the freebies which go with such “honours.” — while living like kings, they’ve betrayed their people– sold their respective countries down the tube. Its a fact of life all over the world– people have… Read more »

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

The ordinary American people are not responsible for how silly and childish the ruling men are. But these ruling men are profoundly incompetent and stupid and only succeed because of their absolute power. I watched a YT video of JFK’s assassination recently and the incompetence of these US traitors was breathtaking. But they still got away with it, didn’t they? For decades, until no one felt strongly enough about it anymore to ponder what they had done, even though many people now know he was not murdered by Lee Harvey Oswald (I’m British, by the way.). The economic collapse predicted… Read more »

Филипп
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Филипп

You definitely didn’t look at Russia when it took Europe down the path of war, starting invasive war in Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova.

Rollo10
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Rollo10

You have been listening to the US propaganda machine. Russia didn’t invade Ukraine, they attacked Georgia after America set the little state up and they didn’t attack Moldova, that was done by NATO > http://thesaker.is/failed-nato-invasion-of-moldova-sitrep-by-scott/

Филипп
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Филипп

You are literally citing russian propaganda machine. In your fairy world US propaganda occupied Crimea and shot down civilian airliner.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

‘When you point the finger of blame at others, there are three fingers pointing back at you.’ That’s an old, old elitist saying, that was taught to me by an acquaintance, who had grown up knowing these men.

Nofearorfavor
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Nofearorfavor

Don’t mind him …. If he is not into seeking the truth with an open and fair mind, he will sadly come to feel the pain, as so many of us have experienced and still do~! That is why we are here– in a safe harbour, finding the truth behind the shameless western fake news lies, we’re constantly bombarded with.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

You put that well.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

Philip, you don’t believe what you have said. Anyone who finds the Duran has already swallowed the red pill and knows what is really happening. Or, they have been directed to the Duran by someone else? So, why are you here?

Филипп
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Филипп

Oh so this is a tinfoil hatters community. I get it now, disregard anything that I said before.

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

Since when has the US given a $hit about any compliance with anything.

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

I think that was established with the first treaty with the Native Americans.

Guy
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Guy

So typical.The US is losing credibility and scrambling to demonize Russia in any way they can .At least Russia knows what they are up to.

WalkinTheWalk
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WalkinTheWalk

“U.S.” equals “Deep State” that is “controlled” by whom, where … it is not clear for good reason (but absolute control since the removal of last American President, John F. Kennedy) RIP

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

The US is run by gangsters; real gangsters. The same gangsters that organised the killing of JFK. So rules don’t apply to them and never have.

Guy
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Guy

It is run by the mafia.Not necessarily the Italian mafia,although they are still part of it.”Operation Gladio ” by Paul L.Williams .It is a mafia that has morphed , now with world wide tentacles .Drugs , prostitution ,money laundering , big banks ,big business , CIA , Mossad , Vatican and on and on.It is not a pretty picture .

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

Yes, I watched a three hour long YT video the other day, Francis Connolly’s ‘ From JFK to 911: Everything is a rich man’s trick’. Interesting because, unusually, he is English (so much geopolitics begins and ends in America) and I’d never heard of him but I found something somewhere that described him as a school history teacher in the past. There was both praise and condemnation for what he had to say but it was worth watching, I thought. The reason I mention it is because he stressed the idea that the US mafia were heavily involved in his… Read more »

K Walker
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K Walker

After going through Russiagate for over a year, I think Russia should fear the planting of evidence, as should the American pubic. I agree that the RT press or trusted witnesses with cameras should be around this building 24/7. San Francisco has lost its way but I do not think these orders came from the City government.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Any ‘evidence’ from this outrage will have as much value as the ‘evidence’ of tortured innocents at Guantanamo Bay.

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

Yes. The chances of FABRICATED evidence being planted are high. Everyone, including law enforcement knows that ‘if a criminal’ suspect they someone may be onto them or about to ‘bust them’ then they will destroy the evidence to avoid incrimination. Now, this isn’t to suppose that Russia is guilty of ‘election meddling’ like the U.$. is with countless countries over the years; but I probable don’t need to point out that the prospect that the U.$. Law Enforcement services ARE coming into the building will 100% guarantee that ‘any evidence’ that was there will 100% be destroyed. So, any evidence… Read more »

my2Cents
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my2Cents

How about booby trapping the building? If no one has the right to be there than they get whatever is coming to them no.???

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

Brilliant! Do you want to make them nuclear? you know, just the tactical kind the U.S. has used in Syria (and Yemen? or was that the Zionist entity?).

my2Cents
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my2Cents

Nah, just your average house/garden/kitchen variety boobytrap will do, just to send a message😁

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

I imagine that is something the US regime might do to the building….blow it up while the FBI and gang are “searching” the building then blame it on Russia, saying they set the bombs. Who in the US population would not accept it as their MSM pushes it as a “reason” for all out war with Russia?

my2Cents
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my2Cents

Very Machiavellian..yikes

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

But a true possibility from the masters at the game of false flags!

my2Cents
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my2Cents

Yes I know and that scares the hell out of me.

tjoes
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tjoes

gasoline is simple and effective

Wayne Blow
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Wayne Blow

You just know, there will be false flags planted there today!!!!!! Beat them at their own game, the slime-balls!!!! Can’t wait to see Trumps involvement, hypocrite!!!

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

“Can’t wait to see Trumps involvement”

Apparently it was Trump himself that ordered the closing: https://sputniknews.com/politics/201709011056979584-trump-consulate-general-closed-himself/

tjoes
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tjoes

Trump is a liar….who said his Kol Nidre prayers

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

Trump could have been: genuine and overthrown; a Trojan horse from the beginning; or a modern day Faustus. There are so many conflicting ideas and facts about what he has said and done over the past couple of years, it’s impossible to say. But, what really matters are the outcomes, not his motives. Debates about his motives are a deliberate distraction, to stop people looking in the right direction for answers to what is happening, what will happen, and who are responsible.

Aurelio Ferdinand
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Aurelio Ferdinand

Its the ”Deep State” working at the behest of the ”Zionist/Global Cabal” centered around the British (Brutish) Monarchy.

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

@ Aureio: re: Its the ”Deep State” working at the behest of the ”Zionist/Global Cabal”

Yes. Bibi just came back empty handed from Sochi (Со́чи) after grovelling to Putin. It didn’t go very well. So, time to ‘up the ante.’

There will be may ‘pretexts’ ‘discovered’ around the globe. I thought the ‘750 billion email addresses that were hacked’ was one of the ‘Russia Did It’ campaigns, but no one has proffered that in the media yet (give it time though).

Desperation levels are rising in the U.$. and IsraHell. Things are not going well for them.

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

Orwellian Law is about to be implemented. Your communications are being monitored in violations of state and international law. The U.$. DeepState is about to force their way into the private premises of a country they have CLASSIFY is the ENEMY and written as such into law. They have already decided there WILL BE NO PEACE, and blocked the highest office of the land from pursuing such an objective. The U.$. DeepState are going to LOOK for evidence of a crime, without supervision; in breach of international law, without any independent party to examine their actions; and without any legal… Read more »

André De Koning
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André De Koning

So true, time for Bitcoin although I would not know where to start buying it safely. Do you?

Michelxya
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Michelxya

America is a terrorist. How long will it take before the world understands.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

I don’t think the tipping point will ever be reached.

Michelxya
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Michelxya

I think the tipping point is already in the past 😉

Cale
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Cale

There is not much diplomacy possibilities left for Russia to talk to Washington. It seems that US politicians have become insane.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

Desperate men do desperate things. Fortunately, Putin and Lavrov are wise.

Sara Bridge Reinhardt
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Sara Bridge Reinhardt

what the whole anti-russia sentiment is about in the intel agencies is that the deep state is threatened by a possible joint frce for good that US and Russia could and would be: two giant CHristian nations working together could rid the world of the deep state pedos obombya was pissed of when Putin was a real man, and obombya was not; because Putin would not accept the politcal agenda of gay rights, he became an “outsider” to be destroyed: Ukraine takeover vy fascists, border aggresson by NATO,NOTHING TOO EVIL TO PUT rUSSIA IN BAD LIGHT GOD WILL REDUCE THESE… Read more »

Nofearorfavor
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Nofearorfavor

That is the first thought which concerned me too… planting fake evidence…

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

Re Several Posts Below. About 2006 there was a news article on ABC Australia News TV and it was about the then elect President Bill Clinton giving an award to the NSA. The award was for “providing intelligence to U.$. industry which helped secure Boeing winning a contract against the Brazilian Airline Industry. After this example of how U.$. Government Secret Intelligence Services could be used to successfully promote U.$. industry over the industries of foreign countries, a bill was passed (and I don’t know what number it was, the news didn’t go into that), requiring the U.$. intelligence agencies… Read more »

disqus_1Op5S8jvui
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disqus_1Op5S8jvui

Russia shall search all US facilities in Russia.

AlexanderAmproz
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AlexanderAmproz

It’s ironic to say,

but Russia, Iran, Hezbollah and China saved the “Free World”

from the US insatiable thirst to Colonize the World !

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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)

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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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