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How Western Press Has Kept Silent For Years on War in Donbass & Neo-Nazism in Ukraine

Russia on 24 February launched a “special operation” in Donbass aimed at protecting Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), which were recognized as independent entities by Moscow on 21 February. The Western media called the operation “an invasion” they have long warned about. The “Russia invasion” narrative wasn’t the West’s “prophecy” but rather […]

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US Pressure on Germany Growing. Blinken’s Package of Sanctions against Russia

Washington continues to advance the idea of ​​establishing a new plan of severe sanctions against Russia over the Ukrainian crisis. Recently, US officials presented a draft of anti-Russian sanctions during a trip to Berlin. Considering the seriousness of the measures and the clear objective of suffocating Russia economically, the plan can be considered a real […]

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German politician compares anti-Russian sanctions to atomic bomb

Cutting Russia off from the international banking payment system SWIFT would have a serious impact on Western economies, according to the incoming leader of Germany’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Friedrich Merz. The politician stressed that the suspension of the system for Moscow “would basically break the back of international payment traffic,” damaging not only European-Russian trade […]

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Why US-Germany Deal on Nord Stream 2 is a Face-Saving Move Veiling Washington’s Defeat

The US-Germany deal on the Nord Stream 2 project aimed at increasing the capacity of the initial Nord Stream gas pipeline running from Russia to Germany to 110 billion cubic metres (3.9 trillion cubic feet) is expected to be announced as early as on Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reported on 20 July. According to […]

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Shameless US Hypocrisy on Cuba

US corporate media are having a field day over public protests in Cuba that are being hailed as a revolt against the island’s communist government. The protests are said to have been prompted by economic hardship which has been aggravated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Scarcely mentioned by the Western media is the proverbial elephant in […]

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US continues to commit ‘gross human rights violations’ both at home & abroad despite branding itself as global leader, says Moscow

The Russian Foreign Ministry has accused the US of violating human rights both at home and abroad, noting that Washington is not only discriminating against minorities in America, but also causing problems in foreign countries. This goes against America’s self-declared image of itself as a “global leader” in the protection of rights and freedoms around the world, […]

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How Biden’s Effort to Weaponise Human Rights Against Russia May Backfire on Washington

While Joe Biden has vowed to “press” Moscow on human rights issues in Geneva, he may be given a dose of his own medicine one day given Washington’s record of human rights abuses both at home and abroad, according to economist and author Dr. Paul Craig Roberts. President Joe Biden has vowed to bring up […]

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Sanctions against Russia are inflicting ‘enormous damage on both sides,’ warns EU watchdog, calling on Brussels to ‘build bridges’

Harsh economic measures imposed by the EU on Russia hurts business on both sides of the divide, the president of one of the bloc’s largest industry bodies has bemoaned, saying politicians should focus on common ground instead. Writing in Austria’s daily Kurier newspaper on Monday, Christoph Leitl, the President of the European Chamber of Commerce (Eurochambres) […]

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US ‘Must Realise’ It Cannot Stop Nord Stream 2 Construction, Oxford Analyst Says

Multi-billion-euro gas pipeline project Nord Stream 2 was put on pause last year after the United States imposed sanctions against firms involved in its construction. The project’s operator said on Saturday that it was planning to resume “the pipe-laying work” this year. American sanctions will not stop the Nord Stream 2 project from being completed, […]

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European Commission Slams Potential Extraterritorial US Sanctions on Nord Stream 2 as Illegal

The Trump administration has long been critical of the EU, especially Germany, over their support for the transnational pipeline project, which will boost the capacity of Russia to sell natural gas to Europe. Washington insists that the EU must instead buy more expensive LNG from the US or other countries. The European Commission has condemned […]

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German Businesses Pen Letter to Democrat Lawmakers Urging US to Lift Sanctions on Nord Stream 2

Washington already imposed sanctions on the Russian-German energy project late last year, tacking them on to the US National Defence Authorization Act. Now, a bipartisan group of lawmakers from both the House and Senate is reportedly looking to introduce additional restrictions against it before the end of the year. An influential group of German businesses […]

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Greenback at Risk? Dollar Loses Crown as World’s Payments Currency for First Time Since 2013

The ongoing US trade war with China has raised concerns about the United States deploying the ‘nuclear option’ of freezing China’s banking sector out of the global US dollar payments system, prompting the use of alternative currencies such as the euro and the yuan to settle financial transactions. The European Union’s single currency was the […]

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Iran to Enjoy Free Arms Trade Under Nuclear Deal Starting on Sunday, President Says

Iran will become free to sell and buy weapons starting Sunday as the UN arms embargo will be terminated under the 2015 nuclear deal despite the active resistance from the United States, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday. “This 10-year oppressive embargo will be lifted on Sunday, 18 October, with people’s resistance and the […]

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Navalny Accuses Putin of Poisoning: Why Claim Holds No Water and Who Could Benefit From It

Russian opposition figure Navalny, who has been discharged from the Charité hospital in Berlin where he was treated after an alleged poisoning, claimed in an interview with Der Spiegel that Putin “was behind the crime”. But some analysts pour scorn on the suggestion that the Russian president ordered the political figure to be poisoned. Claims […]

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Germany warns US against imposing sanctions on Nord Stream 2, says no country has right to ‘dictate’ its energy policy

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has warned the United States not to interfere with the completion of the Russian-led Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, stressing that Europe has the right to choose its own energy sources. “Sanctions between partners are definitely the wrong way to go,” Maas said during a joint press conference with […]

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