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Over $30 billion of Venezuela’s assets stolen on ‘Trump’s orders’ – official

More than US$30 billion were illegally diverted from Venezuela in two months, the country’s communications and information minister has revealed, accusing the US of orchestrating the operation.

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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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Germany Plans to Cut Military Budget in Spite of US Calls to Reach NATO Target

Berlin’s failure to meet the alliance’s agreement to spend 2% of GDP on defence has been a source of tension between Germany and the US. Angela Merkel earlier pledged to boost military spending up to 1.5 percent of GDP by 2024. But the budget plan, introduced in Berlin, suggests that the expenditures will be decreasing […]

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‘A Society in Trouble’: US Jobs Report Reveals Economy in ‘Extreme Difficulty’

All things considered, politically and economically, the US economy isn’t doing as well as mainstream media would like Americans to think, and it couldn’t be clearer when reviewing the US Labor Department’s latest report on unemployment, Dr. Richard Wolff, economist and professor at the New School University, tells Sputnik.

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F-35s Fully Mission Capable Only 27 Percent of the Time – GAO Report

The US military’s F-35 Lightning II stealth aircraft have a problem with spare parts, and it’s keeping the planes out of the sky, according to a new report by a government watchdog. “F-35 aircraft were unable to fly nearly 30% of the May-November 2018 time period due to spare parts shortages,” according to an April report by the Government Accountability […]

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Turkey Interested in Other Russian Weaponry Apart From S-400s – Official

The contract for Turkey to procure Russian air defence systems has been vehemently opposed by Washington, who is trying to convince Ankara to ditch it threatening the country with sanctions and freezing deliveries of F-35 fighters.

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‘A Very Big Gap’: China’s PLARF Outclasses US Missiles, Puts Carriers At Risk

The Chinese military is winning the conventional missile arms race, particularly for anti-ship missiles, and US commanders are frantically trying to come up with alternative strategies before US aircraft carriers become obsolete.

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Five Eyes Out of Focus: Scholar on Why UK Defying US Warning, Embracing Huawei

The UK has approved the use of Huawei products in defiance of American threats to halt intelligence cooperation and the Five Eye’s concerns. Speaking to Sputnik, Chinese academic Zhu Feng has explained London’s rationale and cast doubt on Washington’s apparent plan to ban Huawei worldwide.

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Russia Hails Turkey’s Push for S-500s Amid Ankara’s Adherence to S-400 Deal

In March, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated Ankara’s commitment to its deal with Russia on the purchase of S-400 missile systems, adding that Turkey may subsequently look into buying S-500 systems.

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Boeing’s 2nd Biggest Client Mulls Switching to Airbus Amid 737 MAX Controversy

The American aviation giant has faced major problems since the fleet of its newest 737 MAX jets was grounded worldwide after two of its aircraft crashed, possibly due to a faulty sensor and an aggressive stall-prevention system, in just half a year.

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Turkey to Benefit if it Buys Russian Jets Instead of F-35 – Political Strategist

The United States on Monday announced its decision to halt shipments of F-35-related equipment due to Ankara’s plans to purchase Russia’s S-400 missile defence system. Turkey, a US-NATO ally, has been planning to purchase 100 F-35 fighter jets from the US. Sputnik discussed this with Oliver Steward, a political strategist from the UK.

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Crime That Won’t Be Forgotten: 20th Anniversary of NATO Aggression in Yugoslavia

Crime That Won’t Be Forgotten: Twenty years ago, NATO forces launched a military operation against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, pounding the country with cruise missiles and airstrikes in an alleged attempt to protect the Kosovar Albanians. The NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, codenamed Operation Allied Force, ended up killing scores of civilians and wreaking havoc upon the country’s infrastructure […]

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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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Mexico, Germany Oppose Interventionist Scenarios in Venezuela – FMs

MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – Mexico and Germany oppose any scenario of military intervention in Venezuela, believing that it would lead to catastrophic consequences, the two countries’ foreign ministers said at the joint press conference on Thursday.

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