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Hahaha……Valamir and Donald are headed for divorce…


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Having fun in the hills!


« on: July 31, 2017, 09:52:23 am »


Vlad is mad. He invested a lot in Trump and Trump turned out to be stupid, erratic and ineffective.

Meanwhile, the orange clown is running around like a chicken without a head.

 — comments posted by Washington Post readers in reply to the article reproduced below…




from The Washington Post....

Putin orders cut of 755 personnel at U.S. missions

The move signals the end of hopes for better relations with Washington.

By ANDREW ROTH | 15:33PM EDT - Sunday, July 30, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin watched a parade on the Neva River, followed by a short air show and gun salute to celebrate Navy Day on July 30th. — Photograph: Reuters.
Russian President Vladimir Putin watched a parade on the Neva River, followed by a short air show and gun salute to celebrate Navy Day
on July 30th. — Photograph: Reuters.


MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that the U.S. diplomatic missions in Moscow and elsewhere in the country will have to reduce their staffs by 755 people, signaling a dramatic escalation in the Russian response to American sanctions over the Kremlin's intervention in the 2016 presidential elections.

The United States and Russia have expelled dozens of each other's diplomats before — but Sunday's statement, made by Putin in an interview with the Rossiya-1 television channel, indicated the single largest forced reduction in embassy staff since the months following the Communist revolution in 1917.

In the interview, Putin said that the number of American diplomatic and technical personnel will be capped at 455 — equivalent to the number of their Russian counterparts working in the United States. Currently, close to 1,200 employees work at the United States' embassy and consulates in Russia, according to U.S. and Russian data.

“More than a thousand employees — diplomats and technical employees — have worked and are still working in Russia these days,” Putin told journalist Vladimir Solovyov on a nationally televised news show during Sunday evening. “Some 755 of them will have to terminate their activity.”

The Kremlin had said on Friday, as the Senate voted to strengthen sanctions on Russia, that some American diplomats would be expelled, but the size of the reduction is dramatic. It covers the main embassy in Moscow, as well as missions in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok.

“This is a landmark moment,” Andrei Kolesnikov, a journalist for the newspaper Kommersant who regularly travels with Putin and has interviewed him extensively over the past 17 years, told The Washington Post in an interview on Friday. “His patience has seriously run out, and everything that he's been putting off in this conflict, he's now going to do.”

The Russian government is also seizing two diplomatic properties — a dacha, or country house, in a leafy neighborhood in Moscow, and a warehouse — following the decision by the Obama administration in December to take possession of two Russian mansions in the United States.

The move comes as it has become apparent that Russia has abandoned its hopes for better relations with the United States under a Trump administration.

During the interview, Putin said that he expected relations between the United States and Russia to worsen, and that Russa would likely come up with other measures to counter American financial sanctions, which were passed by the House and Senate last week and which President Trump has said he will sign.

The reduction in U.S. diplomatic and technical staff is a response to President Obama's expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats in December in response to the alleged Russian hacking of the mail servers of the Democratic National Committee. The United States also revoked access to two Russian diplomatic compounds on Maryland's Eastern Shore and on Long Island. American officials said they were used for intelligence collection.

It is not yet clear how the State Department will reduce its staff in Russia. Many of the 1,200 employees are local hires and support staff, some hired to help with a significant expansion of the U.S. embassy compound in Moscow.

The move increases the likelihood of new, perhaps asymmetrical reprisals by the United States in coming days.

Michael McFaul, former ambassador to Russia, tweeted on Sunday: “If these cuts are real, Russians should expect to wait weeks if not months to get visas to come to US.”


• Andrew Roth is a reporter in The Washington Post's Moscow bureau.

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Related to this topic:

 • VIDEO: Why Russia is demanding the U.S. cut diplomatic staff

 • VIDEO: Putin lauds sailors at Russia's Navy Day parade

 • Russia pledges ‘long overdue’ retaliation against U.S. over any new sanctions

 • The Kremlin is done betting on Trump and planning how to strike back against U.S. sanctions


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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2017, 01:10:24 pm »

The swamp continues to be drained, 755 less public servants required, Trump should be very happy, if only we could cut 755 kiwirail trougher jobs, we would save heaps🙄
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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2017, 02:31:16 am »

....more good work by the Trump/ Pence team😜


Pence praises Montenegro for standing up to Russia
Published August 02, 2017
Associated Press
PODGORICA, Montenegro –  Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday described Montenegro's membership in NATO as a "historic achievement" for the Balkan country that traditionally was an ally of Russia in the turbulent region.

He added that "we truly believe the future of the Western Balkans is in the West. And we look forward to affirming the commitment of the United States to building relationships and strengthening ties between the European community, the Western Balkans and the United States of America."

Pence is the highest-ranking American official to visit the small Adriatic state in 100 years. Russia considers Montenegro its traditional Slavic ally.

Pence said earlier during a formal dinner with Montenegro President Filip Vujanovic on Tuesday evening that "your courage, particularly in the face of Russian pressure, inspires the world and I commend you for that."

Pence said "I bring greetings from President Donald Trump. He sent me here as a tangible sign of our commitment to Montenegro as the newest member of NATO."

Russia is accused of masterminding an attempted coup in Montenegro in October to prevent it from joining NATO.
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