Yanukovych’s “Trial” in Ukraine: a Coup That Doesn’t Let to Forget Itself

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A British writer and journalist Edward Lucas, one of the pioneers of the theory presenting Russia as an existential threat to the US and the European Union, several years ago coined the term of “whataboutism.”

The term is supposed to denote the inclination of Russian media to question the moral ground of Western accusations against Russia by pointing to the West’s own failures: “What about the war in Iraq,” “what about tapping the phones of citizens in the US,” etc.

Edward Lucas, however, forgot to mention the way in which the mainstream Western media answers “whataboutist” questions. The usual answer is “Let’s move on!”

https://sputniknews.com/columnists/201708161056509983-ukraine-yanukovych-trial/

Justice Dept. and DEA don’t see eye-to-eye on marijuana research & MS-13

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‘US Attorney General Jeff Sessions is blocking marijuana research which the Drug Enforcement Administration has requested to undertake dozens of times. The DEA and the DOJ also have opposing views on tackling the so-called MS-13 gang.

The DEA started accepting applications in order to grow marijuana for research a year ago. This month, it had 25 proposals to look over. DEA officials say that they need the DOJ’s approval to move forward but has not received it yet.’

“They’re sitting on it,” an unnamed law enforcement official familiar with the matter reportedly told the Washington Post. “They just will not act on these things.”

“The Justice Department has effectively shut down this program to increase research registrations,” an unnamed senior DEA official told the Post.

https://www.rt.com/usa/399855-dea-doj-marijuana-research/

‘Loser superpower’: Russian senators claim US campaign in Afghanistan ended in failure

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‘Members of the Russian upper house have stated that the 16-year US military campaign in Afghanistan had ended in failure and reiterated a call for Washington to withdraw troops from that country.

George Bush Junior started the war, Barack Obama promised to end it but never did it. As a result, President Donald Trump has been left with a disaster on his hands. Loser superpower,” Senator Aleksey Pushkov tweeted.’

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Pushkov released this comment soon after Taliban released an open letter to Trump in which it claimed that the military operation in Afghanistan was in vain despite the huge costs, both in terms of human casualties and material losses. The letter then urged Trump to make a decision that would always see him remembered as an advocate of peace.

US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert confirmed receipt of the Taliban’s open letter and said that Washington was considering various options as far as possible troop removal from Afghanistan is concerned.’

https://www.rt.com/politics/399884-loser-superpower-russian-senators-claim/

Russia’s Rosatom to build nuclear power plant in China

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China has invited Russia to take part in a nuclear power plant (NPP) project in the province of Jiangsu, according to Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom.
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The project will be overseen by Rosatom’s subsidiary for South Asia Projects ASE.

Russia will take part in the construction of at least two out of six reactors, according to Andrey Lebedev, the vice-president of the company.

https://www.rt.com/business/399918-russia-china-plant-nuclear-project/

America can’t substitute Russian gas in Europe even if it ships it for free – diplomat

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The United States will most likely fail to oust Russia as the main supplier of gas to Europe, according to the Russian envoy to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov.

“And if even Americans supplied liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe free of charge, they simply would not have had enough opportunity to replace Russian supplies,”Chizhov said in an interview with Sputnik radio.

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Russia to dominate European gas market for next two decades

https://www.rt.com/business/399893-russia-us-lng-europe-gas/

Russia stays ahead of Saudi Arabia as top global oil supplier

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Crude production data for June shows Russia remains the world’s largest oil producer, according to the Joint Organizations Data Initiative (JODI).
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Russia produced 10.36 million barrels per day (bpd) during the month, while Saudi Arabia pumped slightly above 10 million bpd.

https://www.rt.com/business/399868-russia-saudi-arabia-oil-production/

‘US hegemony has come to an end’: Bolivian FM rejects idea of intervention in Venezuela

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The Bolivian foreign minister has firmly rejected Washington’s hegemonic ambitions as manifested in Donald Trump’s latest threat of a military intervention in Venezuela, while underlining Caracas’ right to self-determination without outside meddling.

READ MORE: US-Venezuela standoff: Latin America haunted by ‘ghost of military interventions’

Speaking to RT in Moscow following his meeting with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, Fernando Huanacuni Mamani emphasized that any foreign meddling in Venezuela’s domestic affairs is unacceptable.

https://www.rt.com/news/399854-us-hegemony-venezuela-bolivian/