Tit-for-Tat, U.S. Invades Russian Consulate

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On September 2, smoke was seen coming from a chimney at the Consulate General of Russia in San Francisco. The consulate and two other diplomatic facilities owned by Russia in Washington and New York were ordered to be vacated by the Trump administration and then were searched by the FBI the following day. The smoke may have been from consulate employees burning documents.

This follows the broad economic sanctions against Russia enacted by Congress and signed into law by the President in July. Russia retaliated by seizing two American-owned government properties in Russia and expelling 755 out of the 1,210 U.S. diplomats and staff working there.

President Obama started this tit-for-tat when he evicted hundreds of Russian diplomats in December, to punish Putin for supposedly meddling in the U.S. election. This was a setback for Trump, who had insisted during the campaign that he wanted good relations with Russia.

Vladimir Putin made headlines over the weekend when he condemned the U.S. for its aggressive actions on the Korean peninsula–specifically the military exercises with South Korea. He said that the North Koreans “will eat grass but will not stop their nuclear program as long as they do not feel safe.”

The Russian deputy foreign minister Sergey Ryabkov told journalists,

“The only feasible way forward in our miserable relationship with the US is to stop this vicious circle of measures and counter-measures, tit-for-tat, and try to find a neutral form of identifying a positive agenda… We have offered some ideas to the US to that extent and we will continue dialogue.”

The Russian Foreign Ministry is demanding the immediate return of the consulate.

Why this Matters: Now that there is no evidence of any sabotage in the election, or collusion between Donald Trump and Russia in order to steal the election from Hillary Clinton, it seems that the military-industrial complex/Deep State is trying other means to worsen relations. This type of actions always precede war–although war is not inevitable, thank God.

Pray for a pathway for better relations with Russia and North Korea. God is able to affect the hearts of even the world’s politicians! Let’s watch and wait for the Lord’s intervention.
Prov. 8:34, 35 – Blessed is the man that hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso finds me finds life, and shall obtain favor of the LORD.

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