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S-400 a Pretext to Exclude Ankara From US F-35 Program – Retired Turkish General

US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus has warned Turkey about the “very negative consequences” their acquisition of the Russian S-400 missile defense systems will have if it goes ahead. The purchase of the surface-to-air missile defence systems will seriously affect the defence relations of the United States and NATO with Turkey, she said.

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‘Stupid economics’: Attack on Huawei tells world to avoid doing business with US – Prof. Wolff

The US has underestimated the consequences of the attack on Chinese telecom giant Huawei as it sends a strong signal for the rest of the world to avoid dealing with such an unstable partner, professor Richard Wolff believes.

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US sanctions boosted Chinese investment in Russia, Pentagon admits

The Russian economy has enjoyed increased Chinese investment as Western sanctions have pushed Beijing closer to Moscow, according to a report released by the US Department of Defense. Despite the 136-page document dedicated to China’s armed forces and Washington’s concerns over Beijing’s growing clout, including its economic strength, the US military did not forget to […]

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EU vows to trade with Iran, denounces US decision not to extend waivers to purchase Tehran’s crude

A year after President Trump unilaterally withdrew from the Iran Nuclear Deal, its European signatories, who still honor the agreement, have expressed concern over the US decision not to extend waivers on oil trade with Tehran.

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US Envoy to Germany Threatens Nord Stream 2 Firms With Sanctions AGAIN

Washington has repeatedly threatened to impose sanctions on all parties related to or working on Nord Stream 2, with President Donald Trump accusing Germany of being a “captive” of Russia and urging Berlin to halt its cooperation on the $11-billion project.

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US Faces ‘Test of Power’ in Trying to Enforce Iran Sanctions – Ex-EU Consultant

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo face an uphill struggle to force other nations to abandon their oil trade with Iran, former European Union consultant Paolo von Schirach told Sputnik.

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US Hopes Strangling Iran’s Oil Trade Sparks Insurrection – Ex-UK Ambassador

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US government is ending sanctions waivers for Iranian oil importers to provoke a violent insurrection or establish a casus belli for an external invasion, former UK Ambassador Peter Ford told Sputnik.

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‘Bees returned to honey’: Sanctions failed to stop Germany’s record investment in Russia

The fact that German investments in Russia hit a ten-year record high in 2018 shows that the pressure Washington has exerted on Europe failed to discourage German businesses from returning to the Russian market, analysts believe.

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WATCH Envoy Tell US to Stop Undercutting EU Interests With New Russia Sanctions

The US-European united transatlantic front on sanctions took a hit this week, with Brussels warning that it would retaliate if Washington moved forward with plans to impose a sanctions regime on foreign investments in Cuba which threatened European companies.

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Pompeo seeks to recruit top world oil execs to promote US foreign policy

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has sought to recruit some of the top oil industry guns to serve as Washington’s foreign policy tools to crack down on “bad actors” like Venezuela, Russia and Iran.

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Austrian Stakeholder of Nord Stream 2 Hits Back at US Pressure on EU Gas Market

Earlier in January, European companies participating in the venture aimed at building a new route for Russian gas to bypass Ukraine, reportedly received threatening letters from US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell. He warned the firms about the sanctions risk their involvement in the project incurs.

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Russia says it’s business as usual, EU sanctions extension changes nothing

The European Union’s economic sanctions against Russia will be extended for another six months, European Council President Donald Tusk has said. The measures targeting Russia’s economy were due to expire next month. “The EU unanimously prolongs economic sanctions against Russia given zero progress in implementation of Minsk agreements,” Tusk said on Twitter.

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Russia’s top 5 trump cards in the sanctions game against the US

Washington’s reported plans to ratchet up sanctions against Moscow have sparked heated debates both in the US and in Russia over which country will be hurt more. The US has hinted that it would target exports of sensitive national security goods to Russia, stop flights by Russia’s Aeroflot airlines to the US, and could go […]

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Cuba Sees EU Effort to Sidestep Iran Sanctions as Blueprint to Break US Embargo

A senior Cuban official says the country is looking closely at the Special Purpose Vehicle the EU is creating for Iran, because Havana may benefit from a similar mechanism.

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At Least 13 States Mull Buying Russia’s S-400 Despite US Sanctions – Reports

At least 13 countries have expressed their interest in purchasing the Russian S-400 Triumph surface-to-air missile systems instead of US equipment despite the likelihood of provoking Washington’s sanctions, media reported citing people with first-hand knowledge of a US intelligence assessment.

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