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Protectionist policies also hurt the countries that impose them – Russia’s Finance Minister to RT

Protectionist policies and sanctions hurt not only the countries they target, but the global market as a whole, ultimately hampering the economic growth of the states that implement them, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov has said. The official gave RT an exclusive interview following the International Monetary Fund (IMF) spring meeting in Washington. The protectionist policies implemented by “certain states” were ...

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US debt load ballooning, set to outpace some African countries in 5yrs – IMF

The US debt-to-GDP ratio is projected to jump to 116.9 percent by 2023, leaving behind Italy, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In five years, the American debt burden will also be worse than some countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, such as Mozambique or Burundi. Read more “In the United States, the revised tax code and the two-year budget agreement ...

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All countries must heed UN Charter – Secretary-General after US-led Syria strike

Following airstrikes on Damascus, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said that all countries are obliged to “act consistently” with the UN Charter, noting that the document is “very clear on these issues.” Read more “There’s an obligation, particularly when dealing with the matters of peace and security, to act consistently with the Charter of the United Nationals and with international ...

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Abby Martin interview critical of Israel is blocked by YouTube in 28 countries

An episode of Abby Martin’s Empire Files, featuring journalist Max Blumenthal and spotlighting rising militarism in Israel, has been blocked by YouTube in 28 countries, including Israel and the UK, for violating “local laws.” “Just notified by YouTube that Abby Martin’s interview with Max Blumenthal has been blocked from being viewed in 28 countries (including Israel) to ‘comply with local ...

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Moscow expels diplomats of countries that kicked out Russians over Skripal case

In a tit-for-tat response, the Russian Foreign Ministry has expelled some embassy and consulate staff of countries which earlier ordered Russian diplomats to leave. Moscow is ousting the same number of people other states have. On Friday, the foreign ministry summoned the heads of diplomatic missions whose countries announced a number of Russian diplomats persona non grata in what they ...

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Nearly 160 countries outside 'Western bloc' want to see proof in Skripal case – Russia’s UK embassy

Scores of non-Western countries refuse to take the UK’s assertion that Russia was behind the incident in Salisbury at face value, demanding it present the evidence, Moscow’s embassy in London said. Some 160 states share that view. While many in the Western world, save several notable exceptions, united behind the UK as it accused Russia of poisoning the former spy ...

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Austria refuses to expel Russian diplomats as EU countries jump on UK-led bandwagon

Vienna chose not to expel Russian diplomats as a response to the poisoning of double agent Sergei Skripal, saying it wants to keep dialogue with Moscow open. Some European opposition figures say the move will only create problems. Despite more than a dozen European nations expelling Russian diplomats over the Skripal case, not every nation or politician is on board. ...

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‘A load of bull’: Duterte rejects ICC treaty, calls on more countries to leave

Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte has called on more countries to follow his lead and withdraw from the treaty underpinning the International Criminal Court (ICC). The firebrand strongman described the treaty as “bull” during an address at a graduation ceremony for army cadets, according to Rappler. “The treaty, if you read it, it’s all bull…,” Duterte said, seemingly stopping short of ...

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US rating agencies unfairly downgrade developing countries & keep US ratings high – analysts

Standard & Poor’s (S&P), Moody’s, and Fitch Group are often accused of using double standards when assessing countries, companies and financial instruments. RT has talked to experts about this bias. “It is absurd when Russia, a country with the fifth-largest reserves of physical gold, and with gold reserves of $ 450 billion, had a rating lower than the investment grade ...

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Soviet toxin research was smuggled out and continued in other countries, including US – OPCW envoy

The ‘Novichok’ nerve agent allegedly used in the Sergei Skripal attack likely came from a country were Russian chemists were taken after the Soviet Union collapsed to continue their research, Russia’s OPCW envoy told RT. “As for ‘Novichok,’ there was never a scientific program under such a codename in the Russian Federation,” Alexander Shulgin, Russia’s permanent representative at the Organization ...

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