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Military Solution to N Korean Problem to Have ‘Terrible Consequences’ – Berlin
The German government reiterated German Chancellor Angela Merkel's call for a diplomatic and political solution to the crisis on the Korean Peninsula. The German government believes that a military solution to the North Korean issue will have terrible consequences, spokesman Steffan Seibert said. [...]
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Eurasian Economic Union Expects to Sign Free Trade Deal With Iran This Year
A temporary agreement on establishing a free trade zone between the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and Iran may be signed in 2017, Chairman of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) Board Tigran Sargsyan said Monday. [...]
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China Shows Readiness to ‘Punish Anyone’ Who Destabilizes Korean Peninsula
China "will stay neutral" if North Korea launches missiles threatening the United States, according to an op-ed in the influential Chinese newspaper Global Times. At the same time, Beijing will respond if the US and South Korea strike first and try to overthrow the North Korean regime. [...]
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‘No US warplanes over Syria’: Congress & Pentagon hit with 68k petition signatures
A CIA whistleblower and ex-Marine Corps captain are among the outspoken leaders of a campaign to stop the US bombing of Syria before a “nuclear apocalypse” erupts out of the conflict with Russia. The National Press Club in Washington, DC on Tuesday hosted a conference of five speakers opposed, morally and legally, to US inte [...]
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US ready to use ‘full range of military capabilities’ against N. Korea – top officer
The United States is ready to use the "full range" of its capabilities if provoked by North Korea, the country's top military officer said, noting that Washington is still hoping for a "peaceful resolution" to the crisis. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made clear on Monday that Washingto [...]
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Why Expulsion of US Diplomats From Russia Caught Washington Off Guard
Washington has once again misread Moscow, not expecting that a series of anti-Russia measures adopted under the Obama and Trump administration would result in the large-scale expulsion of US diplomats from Russia, Pavel Salin, the director of the Center for Political Studies at Moscow's Financial University, told Radio Sputnik. [...]
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‘Excited at the Prospect’: UK Used Iraq’s Invasion of Kuwait to Boost Arms Sales
The UK government saw Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait as an "unparalleled opportunity” to hawk military wares to international customers, particularly the Gulf states, declassified documents reveal. An arms trade researcher has told Sputnik their efforts created strong bonds between the UK and repressive regional powers that en [...]
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Pentagon Declines to Comment on Reports of Ukraine Selling Arms to N Korea
The US Department of Defense declined to comment on reports of Ukraine selling military technology to North Korea. The US Department of Defense declined to comment on reports of Ukraine selling military technology to North Korea and referred to the Intelligence Community to respond, Department spokesman Col. Rob Manning s [...]
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Iran Resumes Oil Swap Operations in Caspian Sea for 1st Time in 7 Years
Iran has resumed oil swap operations in the Caspian Sea in a bid strengthen the country’s strategic position in the region, local Mehr news agency reported Monday. An oil tanker arrived to Neka terminal earlier in the month to discharge oil for swapping purposes for the first time in seven years, the Iranian Petroleum Mi [...]
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Sanctions to ‘Break Europe Away From US’, Facilitate EU-Russia Ties
Russia will only stand to gain from US sanctions, which also threaten to sour Washington’s relations with its European partners, political analyst Dmitry Solonnikov told Sputnik. "The sanctions will not only have negative consequences for Russia, but will also hurt Europe and the US itself.   [...]
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Europeans Start to Realize Consequences of US Military Involvement in Ukraine
The German media has characterized US arms deliveries to Ukraine as a nightmare. In an interview with Sputnik, political analyst Igor Shatrov said that this opinion is shared by all Europeans who have fallen victim to Washington’s sanctions. [...]
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Berlin calls for retaliation against ‘illegal’ US sanctions on Russia
New penalties against Moscow proposed by US lawmakers violate international law and officials in Brussels should consider countermeasures, the German economy minister said on Monday. "We consider this as being against international law, plain and simple,"Brigitte Zypries told the Funke Mediengruppe newspaper chain. [...]
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EU to Become Global Balancer if It Gains Geopolitical Independence From the US
Washington's relentless efforts to fence off and punish countries which protect their own national interests and maintain sovereignty will result in the isolation of the US, geopolitical analyst Gilbert Mercier predicted in his interview with Sputnik. [...]
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US sanctions won’t stop Russia’s pipeline project to Europe
The latest US sanctions targeting Russia's oil and gas sector will cause Gazprom some headaches in building the new gas pipeline to Germany, experts say. However, US restrictions are unlikely to stop the project. "The price of any project automatically increases," Tatiana Mitrova, director of the Skolkovo Energy Center told [...]
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‘It’s a Nightmare’: German Media on US Supplies of Lethal Weapons to Ukraine
Since the presidency of Barack Obama, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has demanded arms supplies from the US. However, the prospect of Washington satisfying Kiev's request frightens Germany and France, Deutschlandfunk radio station reported. [...]
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Where German Gold Is Stored and How to Bring It Back to the Country
Germany's gold bars have been kept abroad since the end of the WWII. The activist campaign "Bring our gold back home!" demands the return of the gold reserves to German soil. The process of repatriation is already underway. In early 2017, it was reported that Germany's Bundesbank had repatriated almost half its gold reserves [...]
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Trump Says US Relations With Russia ‘at All-Time & Very Dangerous Low’
US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that the US-Russia ties are "at an all-time" and "very dangerous" low. Our relationship with Russia is at an all-time & very dangerous low. You can thank Congress, the same people that can't even give us HCare!" Trump said in a Twitter statement a day after he signed into law the U [...]
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