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Russia has condemned the move in extremely strong terms.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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journey80
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journey80

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

ryan_langemeyer
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ryan_langemeyer

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

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

ruca
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ruca

You need more proof?

Brian De Paolo
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Brian De Paolo

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

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Poor kid.

Shue
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Shue

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

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Especially if they go planting.

Wayne Blow
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Wayne Blow

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

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

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

Drinas
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Drinas

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

Brian De Paolo
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Brian De Paolo

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

Drinas
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Drinas

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

Terry Ross
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Terry Ross

You want to wage nuclear war?

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

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

VeeNarian (Yerevan)
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VeeNarian (Yerevan)

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

Drinas
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Drinas

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

Terry Ross
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Terry Ross

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

Drinas
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Drinas

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

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

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

ruca
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ruca

One step at a time. ISIS is nearing extinction.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

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

christianblood
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christianblood

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

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

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

Drinas
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Drinas

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

Johnnyrvf
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Johnnyrvf

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

Drinas
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Drinas

Hopefully you are correct..

EXCAN
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EXCAN

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

Simon
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Simon

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

Thomas Hansen
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Thomas Hansen
AM Hants
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AM Hants

Cheers, I do like seeing him laugh.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

He laughs well… who laughs last.

Simon
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Simon

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

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

AM Hants
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AM Hants

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

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

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

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

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

ruca
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ruca

I love your quote from the Saker!

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

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

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb
lickeyleaks
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lickeyleaks

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

Brian De Paolo
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Brian De Paolo

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

Robert Atack
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Robert Atack

22after.com is coming

Ivan Grozny
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Ivan Grozny

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

ruca
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ruca

Наконец-то….

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Davno pora.

ruca
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ruca

Это точно.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

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

TravelAbout
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TravelAbout

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

As is so often said, Karma is a bitch!

Melotte 22
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Melotte 22

looks like they are all waiting for mushroom clouds.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

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

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

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

Ivan Grozny
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Ivan Grozny

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

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

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

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Q U A R A N T I N E

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

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

ruca
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ruca

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

Brian De Paolo
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Brian De Paolo

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

AM Hants
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AM Hants

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

Terry Ross
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Terry Ross

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

AM Hants
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AM Hants

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

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

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

Seán Murphy
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Seán Murphy

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

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

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

ruca
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ruca

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

Wayne Blow
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Wayne Blow

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

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

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

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

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

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

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

7awmee7
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7awmee7

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

ruca
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ruca

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

John C Carleton
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John C Carleton

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

AM Hants
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AM Hants

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

John C Carleton
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John C Carleton

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

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

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

John C Carleton
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John C Carleton

Actually, 118 years.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Que ??

John C Carleton
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John C Carleton

1899 it was installed by the Daughters of the Confederacy.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

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

Simon
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Simon

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

John C Carleton
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John C Carleton

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

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

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

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

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

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

The background radiation and Fluoride has not helped.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

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

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

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

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

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

AM Hants
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AM Hants

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

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

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

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

ruca
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ruca

A prelude to a false flag.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

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

Boeren
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Boeren

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

ruca
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ruca

Condolences for your loss 🙁

Boeren
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Boeren

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

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

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

Johnnyrvf
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Johnnyrvf

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

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

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

Johnnyrvf
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Johnnyrvf

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

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

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

ruca
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ruca

Look up the Oded Yinon Plan. Be enlightened.

michael houston
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michael houston

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

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

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

Voltaire
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Voltaire

and seize all of the contents in said Consulates….

Gall
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Gall

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

7.62x54r
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7.62x54r

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

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

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

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

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

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Quarantine the USA and ISISrael.

Deezee Aryan
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Deezee Aryan

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

Deezee Aryan
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Deezee Aryan

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

Kaput
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Kaput

lol it might be true indeed

Ben
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Ben

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

Hamletquest
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Hamletquest

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

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

louis robert
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louis robert

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

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

seby
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seby

tRump shows he is a useless POS yet again.

Ithamer
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Ithamer

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

Bente Petersen
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Bente Petersen

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

XRGRSF
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XRGRSF

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

Kaput
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Kaput

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

XRGRSF
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XRGRSF

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

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

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

7awmee7
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7awmee7

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

Godblessourchildren
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Godblessourchildren

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

Dot
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Dot

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

lizzie dw
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lizzie dw

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

drnurse bedpan
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BREXIT storm deepens, as parliamentary coup may be forming against May and Corbyn

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 166.

Alex Christoforou

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Emboldened by Theresa May’s lack of leadership and will to deliver the Brexit that UK citizens voted for in a democratic referendum, remain MPs are now mobilizing to do the EU’s bidding in forcing Britain to nullify the Brexit process and eventually stay a part of the European Union.

After yesterday’s thumping of May’s Brexit plan in parliament, The Times’ Matthew Parris is now openly floating the idea that “it’s time for parliament to wrest control from the zombies, stating that “Theresa May isn’t any good” and “Jeremy Corbyn is equally useless”…

There exists no leadership in either the government or the opposition capable of taking us through this mess. No hidden strengths, no unexpected qualities; no whizzbang new thinking, no magic. Forget May. Forget Corbyn. Salvation is not coming from these directions.
So it’s up to parliament. MPs are coming to understand that they have to act. It has been stealing on parliamentarians for months now and close contacts between leading members of both parties have been made and have been deepening.
From within the Commons a shadow executive must emerge, and is beginning to. Labour’s Yvette Cooper talks to the Tories’ Dominic Grieve. Around them is a cluster of senior parliamentarians who are getting used to talking.
A common purpose unites them: rescuing the country from a no-deal Brexit that only a small minority actually want. Whether this is to be done by seeking a better deal than May’s or by a new referendum, or both, they need to find a way soon. An “indicative” vote of the House of Commons may help guide them.
And however speedily the House can find its leadership and direction, it’s hard to imagine this can be done without an extension to the Article 50 negotiating period.
Overwhelmingly, the conclusion to be drawn from last night’s vote is that parliament must wrest control from a zombie prime minister, a zombie cabinet and a zombie opposition. I heard in May’s response to the result the hint of the straw at which she may now clutch: a Labour-style Brexit under a Tory nominal prime minister. I would be amazed if her party would accept it.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the turbulent and uncertain road ahead in the Brexit saga as a March deadline looms.

Shifting sands, and betrayal at the highest level is now crystallizing, as hints of a possible parliamentary coup against May and Corbyn is being floated as a possible solution to the impasse that will ultimately steer the UK back under EU control, and cancel the Brexit referendum.

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The words “humiliated” and “crushed” featured prominently in British newspaper headlines following Parliament’s massive rejection of a divorce deal with the European Union on Tuesday (Jan 15).

Dailies said Prime Minister Theresa May’s grip on power was waning after the huge vote against the agreement struck between her government and Brussels, as she prepared to fight a no-confidence motion on Wednesday.

“May humiliated by 230 votes,” The Daily Mirror tabloid said.

The Daily Telegraph wrote: “Humiliation for Prime Minister as MPs overwhelmingly reject deal and Labour tables no confidence vote.”

The broadsheet’s parliamentary sketchwriter Michael Deacon said Mrs May had somehow defied the odds by making a historic event an anticlimax.

“Her speech had all the brio of a mouldy gym sock,” he wrote.

“She sounded as winningly persuasive as a mother snapping at her children to eat up their cabbage or go to bed hungry.”

The vote itself “was as if Agatha Christie has allowed Miss Marple to solve the murder half way through and spend the rest of the novel pottering about in the garden”.

‘ZOMBIE PM’

The Times columnist Matthew Parris said it was time for senior MPs to take over the Brexit process.

“There exists no leadership in either the government or the opposition capable of taking us through this mess,” he wrote following the vote.

“Theresa May isn’t any good; she doesn’t have a fiendish, secret strategy; she’s careless with the truth and will say anything to get her through another week. She doesn’t know what to do.

“Overwhelmingly, the conclusion to be drawn… is that Parliament must wrest control from a zombie Prime Minister, a zombie Cabinet and a zombie opposition.”

The Daily Mail said the defeat left Mrs May’s power “hanging by a thread”, calling it a “devastating result, which threatens to plunge the Brexit process into chaos”.

The Sun, Britain’s biggest-selling newspaper, said: “Crushed PM dares MPs to vote for general election after record Brexit defeat.”

“The crushing defeat – which saw 118 Tories turn against the PM – is the worst since the advent of full democracy and suggests Mrs May will never win enough support for her strategy,” said the tabloid.

The Financial Times newspaper ran a headline reading: “May’s defeat spells trouble for the EU’s Brexit approach.”

“Huge loss leaves PM in race against time,” the broadsheet said.

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Ukraine’s Cult of Stepan Bandera: Not a Detail, but a Cornerstone

Unlike Poroshenko with his aerial bombings of the Russian-speaking Donbass in 2014 and 2015, Bandera killed the “wrong” victims, the representatives of those nations that are valued even by the modern Western media.

Dmitry Babich

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During the recent years of the confrontation between Russia and Ukraine, there has been one issue where the Western mainstream press simply cannot fully ignore or reject the Russian arguments. This issue concerns the life and actions of Stepan Bandera (1909-1959) and his followers from what is known as the “Banderite” faction of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN, a far-right organization that took terrorist actions against Polish and Soviet officials from the 1920s to the 1950s and which is now legally protected from any criticism in Ukraine).

THE “WRONG” AND “RIGHT” VICTIMS

Because Bandera was born on January 1, 1909, celebrations of his birthday have become disgusting New Year’s rituals in Ukraine in recent years, with thousands participating in Nazi-style torch-lit marches that include shouted protests against “Putin’s Russia” and rants such as, “Jews out!” which are heard by everyone except the police. This New Year was no exception, since the current Ukrainian government under President Petro Poroshenko (who publicly identified himself as a Banderite after taking office in 2014) officially added Bandera’s 110th birthday to the list of Ukraine’s most important anniversaries. This time, there were several quiet voices of condemnation heard in Poland, Israel, and even the US. Why? In truth, torches, masks, political murders, and mob attacks against “pro-Russian” public figures are nothing new in post-Maidan Ukraine. And these things usually pose no problem for the mainstream press of the US and its allies. So, why is Bandera an exception?

The answer is ethnic, as awful as that may sound. Unlike Poroshenko with his aerial bombings of the Russian-speaking Donbass in 2014 and 2015, Bandera killed the “wrong” victims, the representatives of those nations that are valued even by the modern Western media, with its double and triple standards. In the 1930s Bandera killed Polish officials, in the 1940s his people killed civilian Jews and Polish peasants, and these are groups whose plight even the New York Times cannot ignore today. If Bandera’s infamous slogan “Death to enemies!” had been directed only against “disloyal” Russians and anti-Banderite Ukrainians (the groups currently persecuted by Poroshenko), Bandera would have been no different from his modern admirers in the Ukrainian government. But Bandera’s followers from the OUN decimated the Jewish population of Lvov and Kiev in 1941, trying to curry favor with the advancing Germans. And between 1943 and 1944, the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), taking its orders from Bandera’s OUN officers, ethnically cleansed his native Western Ukraine of ethnic Poles, killing from 70,000-100,000 of them (the infamous “slaughter of Volhynia”). The aim was to create an “ethnically pure” Ukraine before the arrival of the Red Army in late 1944. Documents published by the Polish historian Grzegorz Motyka indicate that Bandera and the OUN hoped that the Red Army would soon be replaced by Anglo-American domination. “His strategy was to clean up the house before the arrival of the real master,” Motyka concludes in his book.

THE LADY OF THE RADA VS. ISRAEL’S PRESIDENT

The American domination took another 70 years, but it did come. And now the Banderites’ (and Poroshenko’s) only historic disagreement with the West is over the infamous “ethnic cleansing,” to which Bandera’s “glorious heroes” subjected Ukraine in 1941-1944. When Israeli President Reuven Rivlin dared to raise the issue during his visit to Ukraine in 2016, he got a scolding from the vice speaker of the Ukrainian parliament (Verkhovna Rada), Irina Gerashchenko: “The Israeli president allowed himself some incorrect and undiplomatic words about the OUN’s tragic history,” Gerashchenko said at the time. “It was highly inappropriate, especially now, when Ukraine is fighting for its independence.” Gerashchenko forgot to mention the fact that Babi Yar, the burial site of some 30,000 Jews killed by German and Ukrainian Nazis in Kiev in 1941, was vandalized nine times between 2015 and 2016, according to data provided by the Ukrainian Jewish Committee.

WHY THE WEST WANTS TO FORGET, BUT CANNOT

In the immediate aftermath of the Maidan coup in 2014, the mainstream press was ready to forget even that, since an honest account of Bandera’s activities between 1939 and 1959 could rekindle memories of the undesirable parallels to the “resistance to Russian occupation” by Poroshenko’s army in the Donbass in 2014 and 2015. Between the summer of 2014 and the winter of 2015, about 10,000 people died there, victims of the aircraft and tanks sent by Poroshenko (just months earlier, the US and the EU had been unable to abide the use of truncheons by the police of the ousted president, Viktor Yanukovych). At the time, the NYT called Bandera the “Ukrainian nationalists’ hero.” Obviously, the NYT’s authors were taking their cues from the Washington Post’s Anne Applebaum, with her Banderite headline, “Nationalism is exactly what Ukraine Needs” in the once-glorious New Republic.

But here the mainstream press tried to kill off a memory that will never die — the memory of how Hitler’s East European Nazi allies participated in the destruction of the region’s Jewish population in the early 1940s. This was something not even Anne Applebaum could make people forget.

In his articles in the American press, the director of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee, Eduard Dolinsky, tried to explain to the American public that Bandera’s cult is not an isolated, unpleasant phenomenon: Stepan Bandera never acted alone, he represented a crudely nationalist ideology. Unfortunately, this ideology reigns triumphant in modern Ukraine behind the “liberal” façade displayed for the West. For example, Dolinsky notes that Poroshenko’s hypocritical speeches memorializing Jewish victims can be heard next to, say, a memorial to OUN activist Ivan Rogach, whose newspaper called Jews “the greatest enemy of the people” in 1941. “The Ukrainian leadership set itself on the course of rehabilitating anti-Semitism and introducing censorship of history,” concludes the official statement of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish human-rights group, famous for its work to bring Nazi criminals to justice.

THE RUSSIAN QUESTION BEHIND THE JEWISH ONE

If the West cannot afford to be completely silent about Bandera’s participation in the Holocaust, it is willingly ignoring another huge injustice that is inseparable from Bandera’s cult in modern Ukraine — the erasure of the Russian and anti-Banderite component of Ukraine’s historic memory. In 2017, Kiev’s Vatutin Avenue was renamed Bandera Avenue, resulting in an outcry in Russia and complete silence in the West. This avenue, a major thoroughfare in the Ukrainian capital, had originally been named in honor of General Nikolai Vatutin, who liberated Kiev from Nazi occupation in 1943 and died in a shootout with the OUN’s guerillas in 1944. At the time, there was no question about where America’s sympathies lay: the fight against Hitler was not yet over, and Vatutin, born in 1901 to a peasant family living immediately adjacent to the future Russian-Ukrainian border, was a useful ally for the United States. Will Bandera and his modern followers be a good replacement? Only someone with Poroshenko’s plans for Ukraine or with Anne Applebaum’s views on history could agree.

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Entering a Major Regional Re-set – The Syria Outcome Will Haunt Those Who Started This War

It should be obvious now that we are entering a major regional re-set.

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The Middle East is metamorphosing. New fault-lines are emerging, yet Trump’s foreign policy ‘hawks’ still try to stage ‘old movies’ in a new ‘theatre’.

The ‘old movie’ is for the US to ‘stand up’ Sunni, Arab states, and lead them towards confronting ‘bad actor’ Iran. ‘Team Bolton’ is reverting back to the old 1996 Clean Break script – as if nothing has changed. State Department officials have been briefing that Secretary Pompeo’s address in Cairo on Thursday was “ slated to tell his audience (although he may not name the former president), that Obama misled the people of the Middle East about the true source of terrorism, including what contributed to the rise of the Islamic State. Pompeo will insist that Iran, a country Obama tried to engage, is the real terrorist culprit. The speech’s drafts also have Pompeo suggesting that Iran could learn from the Saudis about human rights, and the rule of law.”

Well, at least that speech should raise a chuckle around the region. In practice however, the regional fault-line has moved on: It is no longer so much Iran. GCC States have a new agenda, and are now far more concerned to contain Turkey, and to put a halt to Turkish influence spreading throughout the Levant. GCC states fear that President Erdogan, given the emotional and psychological wave of antipathy unleashed by the Khashoggi murder, may be mobilising newly re-energised Muslim Brotherhood, Gulf networks. The aim being to leverage present Gulf economic woes, and the general hollowing out of any broader GCC ‘vision’, in order to undercut the rigid Gulf ‘Arab system’ (tribal monarchy). The Brotherhood favours a soft Islamist reform of the Gulf monarchies – along lines, such as that once advocated by Jamal Khashoggi .

Turkey’s leadership in any case is convinced that it was the UAE (MbZ specifically) that was the author behind the Kurdish buffer being constructed, and mini-state ‘plot’ against Turkey – in conjunction with Israel and the US. Understandably, Gulf states now fear possible Turkish retribution for their weaponising of Kurdish aspirations in this way.

And Turkey is seen (by GCC States) as already working in close co-ordination with fellow Muslim Brotherhood patron and GCC member, Qatar, to divide the collapsing Council. This prefigures a new round to the MB versus Saudi Wahhabism spat for the soul of Sunni Islam.

GGC states therefore, are hoping to stand-up a ‘front’ to balance Turkey in the Levant. And to this end, they are trying to recruit President Assad back into the Arab fold (which is to say, into the Arab League), and to have him act, jointly with them, as an Arab counter to Turkey.

The point here is obvious: President Assad is closely allied to Iran – and so is Moscow and Turkey. To be fashionably Iranophobic – as Pompeo might wish the GCC to be – simply would spoil the GCC’s anti-Turkey ‘play’. Syria indeed may be (justly) skeptical of Turkey’s actions and intent in Syria, but from President Assad’s perspective, Iran and Russia are absolutely crucial to the managing of an erratic Turkey. Turkey does represent an existential Syrian concern. And trying to lever President Assad – or Lebanon or Turkey – away from Iran, would be absurd. It won’t happen. And the GCC states have enough nous to understand this now (after their stinging defeat in Syria). The Gulf anti-Iranian stance has had ‘the burner’ turned sharply down, (except when their need is to stroke US feathers).

They can see clearly that the Master of Ceremonies in the Levant – putting together the new regional ‘order’ – is not Mr Bolton, but Moscow, with Tehran (and occasionally Ankara), playing their equal part ‘from behind the curtain’.

Presumably, America’s intelligence services know, (and Gulf states certainly are aware), that in any case, Iranian forces are almost all gone from Syria (though of course Syria’s ‘Iranian connection’ remains as firm, as ever) – even as Pompeo and Israel say the precisely the opposite: that they are pushing-back hard at the ‘threatening’ Iranian military ‘footprint’ in Syria. Few in the region will believe it.

The second notable emerging regional fault line then, evidently is the one that is opening between Turkey and the US and Israel. Turkey ‘gets it’: Erdogan ‘gets it’ very clearly: that Washington now deeply distrusts him, suspects that Turkey is accelerating into Moscow and Beijing’s orbit, and that DC would be happy to see him gone – and a more NATO-friendly leader installed in his stead.

And it must be clear to Washington too ‘why’ Turkey would be heading ‘East’. Erdogan precisely needs Russia and Iran to act as MCs to moderate his difficult relations with Damascus for the future. Erdogan needs Russia and Iran even more, to broker a suitable political solution to the Kurds in Syria. He needs China too, to support his economy.

And Erdogan is fully aware that Israel (more than Gulf States) still hankers after the old Ben Gurion ideal of an ethnic Kurdish state – allied with Israel, and sitting atop major oil resources – to be inserted at the very pivot to south-west and central Asia: And at Turkey’s vulnerable underbelly.

The Israeli’s articulated their support for a Kurdish state quite plainly at the time of Barzani’s failed independence initiative in Iraq. But Erdogan simply, unmistakably, has said to this ‘never’ (to Bolton, this week). Nonetheless, Ankara still needs Russian and Iranian collaboration to allow Bolton to ‘climb down his tree’ of a Kurdish mini-state in Syria. He needs Russia to broker a Syrian-led buffer, vice an American-Kurdish tourniquet, strapped around his southern border.

It is unlikely however, that despite the real threat that America’s arming of the Kurds poses to Turkey, that Erdogan really wants to invade Syria – though he threatens it – and though John Bolton’s ‘conditions’ may end by leaving Turkey no option, but to do it. Since, for sure, Erdogan understands that a messy Turkish invasion of Syria would send the delicately balanced Turkish Lire into free-fall.

Still … Turkey, Syria, Iran and Russia now all want America gone from Syria. And for a moment, it seemed it might proceed smoothly after Trump had acquiesced to Erdogan’s arguments, during their celebrated telephone call. But then – Senator Lindsay Graham demurred (against the backdrop of massed howls of anguish issuing from the Beltway foreign policy think-tanks). Bolton did the walk-back, by making US withdrawal from Syria contingent on conditions (ones seemingly designed not to be met) and not tied any specific timeline. President Erdogan was not amused.

It should be obvious now that we are entering a major regional re-set: The US is leaving Syria. Bolton’s attempted withdrawal-reversal has been rebuffed. And the US, in any event, forfeited the confidence of the Kurds in consequence to the original Trump statement. The Kurds now are orientated toward Damascus and Russia is mediating a settlement.

It may take a while, but the US is going. Kurdish forces (other than those linked with the PKK) are likely to be assimilated into the Syrian army, and the ‘buffer’ will not be directed against Turkey, but will be a mix of Syrian army and Kurdish elements – under Syrian command – but whose overall conduct towards Turkey will be invigilated by Russia. And the Syrian army will, in due time, clear Idlib from a resurgent al-Qaida (HTS).

The Arab states are returning to their embassies in Damascus – partly out of fear that the whipsaw of American policy, its radical polarisation, and its proclivity to be wholly or partially ‘walked-back’ by the Deep State – might leave the Gulf unexpectedly ‘orphaned’ at any time. In effect, the GCC states are ‘hedging’ against this risk by trying to reconnect a bifurcated Arab sphere, and to give it a new ‘purpose’ and credibility – as a balance against Turkey, Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood (Syria’s old nemesis).

And yet – there remains still another layer to this calculus, as described by veteran Middle East journalist, Elijah Magnier:

“Indeed the Levant is returning to the centre of Middle East and world attention in a stronger position than in 2011. Syria has advanced precision missiles that can hit any building in Israel. Assad also has an air defence system he would have never dreamed of before 2011 – thanks to Israel’s continuous violation of its airspace, and its defiance of Russian authority. Hezbollah has constructed bases for its long and medium range precision missiles in the mountains and has created a bond with Syria that it could never have established – if not for the war. Iran has established a strategic brotherhood with Syria, thanks to its role in defeating the regime change plan.

NATO’s support for the growth of ISIS has created a bond between Syria and Iraq that no Muslim or Baathist link could ever have created: Iraq has a “carte blanche” to bomb ISIS locations in Syria without the consent of the Syrian leadership, and the Iraqi security forces can walk into Syria anytime they see fit to fight ISIS. The anti-Israel axis has never been stronger than it is today. That is the result of 2011-2018 war imposed on Syria”.

Yes. This is the third of the newly emergent fault-lines: that of Israel on the one hand, and the emerging reality in the Syrian north, on the other – a shadow that has returned to haunt the original instigators of the ‘war’ to undermine Syria. PM Netanyahu since has put all the Israeli eggs into the Trump family ‘basket’. It was Netanyahu’s relationship with Trump which was presented in Israel as being the true ‘Deal of the Century’ (and not the Palestinian one). Yet when Bibi complained forcefully about US withdrawal from Syria (leaving Syria vulnerable, Netanyahu asserts, to an Iranian insertion of smart missiles), Trump nonchalantly replied that the US gives Israel $ 4.5 billion per year – “You’ll be all right”, Trump riposted.

It was seen in Israel as an extraordinary slap to the PM’s face. But Israelis cannot avoid, but to acknowledge, some responsibility for creating precisely the circumstances of which they now loudly complain.

Bottom line: Things have not gone according to plan: America is not shaping the new Levantine ‘order’ – Moscow is. And Israel’s continual, blatant disregard of Russia’s own interests in the Levant, firstly infuriated, and finally has provoked the Russian high command into declaring the northern Middle East a putative no-fly zone for Israel. This represents a major strategic reversal for Netanyahu (and the US).

And finally, it is this repeating pattern of statements being made by the US President on foreign policy that are then almost casually contradicted, or ‘conditioned’, by some or other part of the US bureaucracy, that poses to the region (and beyond) the sixty-four-thousand-dollar question. The pattern clearly is one of an isolated President, with officials emptying his statements of executive authority (until subsequently endorsed, or denied, by the US bureaucracy). It is making Trump almost irrelevant (in terms of the setting of foreign policy).

Is this then a stealth process – knowingly contrived – incrementally to remove Trump from power? A hollowing out of his Presidential prerogatives (leaving him only as a disruptive Twitterer) – achieved, without all the disruption and mess, of formally removing him from office? We shall see.

And what next? Well, as Simon Henderson observes, no one is sure – everyone is left wondering:

“What’s up with Secretary Pompeo’s extended tour of the Middle East? The short answer is that he is trying to sell/explain President Trump’s “we are leaving Syria” policy to America’s friends … Amman, Jordan; Cairo, Egypt; Manama, Bahrain; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE); Doha, Qatar; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Muscat, Oman; Kuwait City, Kuwait. Wow, even with his own jet and no immigration hassles, that’s an exhausting itinerary … The fact that there now are eight stops in eight days, probably reflects the amount of explaining that needs to be done.”

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