Жителів Карпатського регіону попереджають про шквальний вітер

Жителів Карпатського регіону попереджають про шквальний вітер

Рятувальники з посиланням на Укргідрометцентр закликають до обережності 14 листопада жителів Карпатського регіону через прогнозований там шквальний вітер.

«Протягом доби 14 листопада пориви вітру 15-20 м/с (І рівень небезпечності), на високогір’ї Карпат 40 м/с (ІІ рівень небезпечності). 14 листопада по Києву та Київській області пориви вітру 15-20 м/с (І рівень небезпечності)», – йдеться в повідомленні Держслужби з надзвичайних ситуацій.

Подібні попередження про погіршення погодних умов ДСНС поширює останні декілька днів.

За даними Укргідрометцентру, 14 листопада вдень в більшості західних областей невеликий дощ, на решті території без опадів. Вітер південно-східний, 7-12 м/с, пориви 15-20 м/с. Температура вдень 8-13; у західних та південних областях до +16.

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Піротехніки почали процес пошуку мін на лінії розмежування біля Петрівського – ДСНС

У Держслужбі з надзвичайних ситуацій повідомили, що 13 листопада розпочалися роботи з розмінування в районі розведення сил біля населених пунктів Петрівське-Богданівка Волноваського району Донецької області.

«Станом на 15:30 (13 листопада – ред.) піротехнічними розрахунками ДСНС України обстежено територію площею 0,07 га, було вилучено та знешкоджено встановленим способом 6 вибухонебезпечних предметів», – повідомила ДСНС вранці 14 листопада.

Повідомляється, що від рятувального відомства у розмінуванні взяли участь 20 фахівців із залученням 8 одиниць техніки.

Днями спецпредставник ОБСЄ Мартін Сайдік наголошував, що розмінування в районі Петрівського на Донеччині має початися не пізніше ніж 13 листопада.

Розведення сил і засобів поблизу Богданівки і Петрівського на Донеччині почалося де 9 листопада.

2 листопада завершилося розведення сил та засобів поблизу Золотого на Луганщині.

Збройний конфлікт на Донбасі триває від 2014 року після російської окупації Криму. Україна і Захід звинувачують Росію у збройній підтримці бойовиків. Кремль відкидає ці звинувачення і заявляє, що на Донбасі можуть перебувати хіба що російські «добровольці».

За оцінками ООН, станом на 31 грудня 2018 року, унаслідок збройного конфлікту на Донбасі загинули від 12 тисяч 800 до 13 тисяч людей.


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Appeals Court Again Backs House Request for Trump Tax Documents

A U.S. appeals court said on Wednesday it would not revisit an October decision backing a U.S. House of Representatives subpoena issued to President Donald Trump’s accounting firm for his financial records.The 8-3 vote by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, declining the Republican president’s request to rehear arguments that the subpoena to Mazars LLP was illegitimate, brings Democrats closer to shedding light on his business interests and how he built his fortune.In a statement, Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow said the president would appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.The House Oversight Committee subpoenaed Mazars this year, saying it needed the records to determine if Trump complied with laws requiring disclosure of his assets, and to assess whether those laws needed to be changed.While campaigning for the presidency in 2016, Trump broke with a decades-old convention of candidates releasing their tax returns publicly.Trump sued the House panel in April, arguing that its subpoena exceeded limits on Congress’s investigative power.He said the true motive for the subpoena was to expose private financial information “with the hope that it will turn up something that Democrats can use as a political tool against the President.”A lower court judge ruled against Trump in May, saying the documents might assist Congress in passing laws and performing other core functions.The May decision was the first time a federal court waded into the tussle about how far Congress can go in investigating Trump and his business affairs, and marked an important victory for House Democrats.A three-judge panel of D.C. circuit judges, in a 2-1 ruling, upheld the lower court judge in October.”Contrary to the president’s arguments, the committee possesses authority under both the house rules and the constitution to issue the subpoena, and Mazars must comply, Judge David Tatel wrote on behalf of the majority.Judge Neomi Rao, who was appointed by Trump to the D.C. appeals court, dissented from the October decision.Rao and another Trump appointee to the court, Gregory Katsas, voted to rehear the case, Wednesday’s order showed. They were joined by Karen Henderson, an appointee of former President George H.W. Bush.   

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$134 Billion Deficit in October for US Government

The U.S. government recorded a $134 billion budget deficit in October, the first month of the new fiscal year, the Treasury Department said Wednesday.That compared to a budget deficit of $100 billion in the same month last year, according to the Treasury’s monthly budget statement.Analysts polled by Reuters had forecast a $133 billion deficit for the month.Unadjusted receipts last month totaled $246 billion, down 3% from October 2018, while unadjusted outlays were $380 billion, a rise of 8% from the same month a year earlier.The U.S. government’s fiscal year ends in September each year. Fiscal 2019 saw a widening in the deficit to $984 billion, the largest budget deficit in seven years, a result of the Trump administration’s decision to cut taxes and increase government spending.Those figures reflected the second full budget year under U.S. President Donald Trump, a Republican, and a time when the country had an expanding tax base with moderate economic growth and an unemployment rate near a 50-year low.When adjusted for calendar effects, the deficit for October remained at $134 billion compared with an adjusted deficit of $113 billion in October 2018.

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Russia Reacts to Bolivia’s Political Turmoil

The political crisis in Bolivia — where roiling street protests amid accusations of election fraud forced the resignation of longtime President Evo Morales this week — is exposing long-held differences within Russia’s own political system, with pro-Kremlin and opposition voices splitting along familiar dividing lines.As the events in La Paz unfolded, Russia’s Foreign Ministry was quick to express support for Morales, a Kremlin ally who has paid repeated visits to Moscow, most recently in July to expand economic ties.In a statement posted to its website, the ministry condemned violence “unleashed by the opposition” and blamed it for preventing Morales from “completing his tenure” amid “developments typical of a well-orchestrated coup d’etat.” “It would be foolish to expect another reaction — it’s absolutely the consolidated position from the Russian side,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, when asked by journalists about the Foreign Ministry’s assessment.“Of course, we hope that Bolivians themselves will determine their fate without the interference of any third countries,” he said.Opponents of Bolivia’s President Evo Morales celebrate after he announced his resignation in La Paz, Bolivia, Nov. 10, 2019.Pro-Kremlin media outlets quickly picked up on the hint, noting that the United States included Bolivia, along with Venezuela and Cuba, as Latin American dictatorships.“The most logical version — a virtuosically prepared and executed coup by the United States, which is traditionally masked by slogans about democracy and human rights,” wrote Igor Pshenichnikov in a column explaining the events in Bolivia in the weekly Izvestia.“And now the time has come for the president and his country to experience for itself the might of American democracy,” he said.Collectively, the arguments were reminiscent of Russia’s position relative to neighboring Ukraine, where Moscow has long maintained that a 2014 pro-Western street revolution that drove another Kremlin ally — then-President Viktor Yanukovich — from power also was the work of the United States.As if to emphasize the Ukraine comparisons, pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine’s official Twitter account condemned the events in La Paz as a “fascist junta.” It’s another talking point widely used by Kremlin state media beginning in 2014 to denigrate Ukraine’s so-called “Maidan Revolution.”FILE – Police officers detain opposition supporters during a protest in Moscow, May 5, 2018. The posters read “I am against corruption.”Other viewsRussian opposition voices saw the events in La Paz, however, in an entirely different light — underlining Russia’s own fractured political environment.Proekt, an online investigative outlet funded by Kremlin foe and businessman Mikhail Khodorkvosky, issued a story reporting it was in fact Russia — driven by economic interests of its oil, gas and energy industries — that had played a key role in Morales’ reelection campaign.In turn, opposition figures were quick to note Russian President Vladimir Putin, like the now former Bolivian leader, also has stretched constitutional norms by serving an unprecedented fourth term in office and soon will face similar questions of if and whether to remain in power.“A corrupt president, unlawfully holding on to power at the expense of lies and falsification, has run from his country,” wrote Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny in posting a picture of Morales and Putin together on Twitter.Коррумпированный президент, незаконно удерживавший власть за счёт лжи и фальсификаций, сбежал из страны. Пока речь идёт о том, что слева. pic.twitter.com/1Wmr38cu5t— Alexey Navalny (@navalny) November 10, 2019“For now, that means only the guy on the left,” Navalny said, in referring to Morales.“Oh, what’s this?” chimed in Navalny’s key strategist, Leonid Volkov, in a similarly themed post.Ой что это?После фальсифицированных выборов люди вышли на улицу и полоумный престарелый диктатор, нарушивший конституционные ограничения на количество сроков, вынужден был уйти в отставку.Ух как хочется, как в Боливии! pic.twitter.com/J79tXbpyyG— Leonid Volkov (@leonidvolkov) November 10, 2019“After falsified elections, people went out on the streets and a crackpot old dictator, having broken the constitutional limit on number of terms, was forced to resign,” Volkov wrote. “Oh, how I would love for us to be like Bolivia!”In a column in business daily Vedomosti, however, political analyst Fyodor Krasheninnikov warned that events in faraway Bolivia could negatively affect politics at home — particularly in the wake of a summer of rolling protests in Moscow and other cities over the banning of opposition candidates from elections.“After Bolivia, all talk about how Russia could have some competitive elections and some softening of the regime amid a future transfer of power should be taken with even more skepticism,” Krasheninnikov wrote. His point? As with Ukraine in 2014, the events in Bolivia have made an impression in Moscow. Perhaps too big of one.The Kremlin has taken note.

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Трамп заявив про «чудову зустріч» із Ердоганом у Білому домі

Президент США Дональд Трамп заявляє, що купівля Туреччиною російських зенітно-ракетних комплексів С-400 створює «серйозні виклики», які, він сподівається, можна вирішити.

Трамп сказав про це 13 листопада після того, як провів, за його словами, «чудову і дуже продуктивну» зустріч із президентом Туреччини Реджепом Таїпом Ердоганом у Білому домі.

Відповідаючи на питання про подальшу долю спільної програми з виробництва винищувачів F-35, Трамп зазначив, що для продовження співпраці є безліч альтернатив. «За моїми прогнозами, ми що-небудь придумаємо», – підкреслив Трамп.

Президент США також повідомив, що країни планують розширити торговельну співпрацю. Перед переговорами Трамп нагадав, що на сьогоднішній день торгівля між країнами становить 20 мільярдів доларів. Передбачається, що обсяг може бути розширений до 100 мільярдів доларів.

Переговори проходять на тлі серйозного ускладнення відносин між двома країнами після початку турецької військової операції на півночі Сирії. Вашингтон виключив Анкару з програми F-35 після того, як Туреччина придбала російські зенітно-ракетні комплекси С-400.

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Суд продовжив на 2 місяці арешт Белька, який блокував міст Метро

Дніпровський районний суд Києва продовжив на два місяці запобіжний захід у вигляді тримання під вартою колишньому військовому Олексієві Бельку, який 18 вересня погрожував підірвати міст Метро в Києві, повідомила прокуратура столиці України.

«Підозрюваний перебуватиме під вартою до 12 січня 2020 року. Його дії кваліфіковані за ч. 2 ст. 259 (завідомо неправдиве повідомлення про загрозу безпеці громадян, підготовку вибуху, яке спричинило тяжкі наслідки) та ч. 4 ст. 296 (хуліганство із застосуванням вогнепальної зброї) КК України», – йдеться в повідомленні.

У вересні суд арештував Белька також на два місяці з правом застави у 288 тисяч гривень.

Як повідомили у прокуратурі, станом на 13 листопада застава не внесена.


18 вересня Національна поліція України повідомила, що невідомий заблокував рух на мосту Метро в Києві, зробив кілька пострілів і погрожував підірвати його і державні установи.

Через кілька годин у результаті спецоперації силовиків колишнього військового затримали на мосту. За даними поліції, ніхто не постраждав.


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Poll Gives UK PM Johnson’s Conservatives 10-point Lead in Election

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives have a healthy 10-point lead ahead of an election on Dec. 12, a poll by Savanta ComRes showed on Wednesday, extending their advantage over Labour after the Brexit Party stood down candidates.The poll, carried out for the Daily Telegraph newspaper, showed the Conservative Party with 40%, up 3 points from a poll last week, ahead of Labour on 30%, up 1 point.The poll was conducted after Nigel Farage said his Brexit Party would not put candidates up in Conservative-held seats, a major boost to Johnson. The Brexit Party will still stand candidates in Labour-held seats.”The Brexit Party’s decision not to stand in Conservativeseats is likely to have an obvious positive impact on the overall Conservative vote share,” said Chris Hopkins, Head of Politics at ComRes. “But it’s those Labour-held seats that the Conservatives need to win for a majority, and the Brexit Party could still scupper those best-laid plans.”The poll showed the Liberal Democrats on 16% and the Brexit Party on 7%. Voting analysis website Electoral Calculus said the vote shares implied a Conservative majority of 110 seats. The online poll of 2,022 adults was carried out on Nov. 11-12.

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Republicans Defend Trump in Public Impeachment Hearings  

Republicans contended Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump did not improperly pressure Ukraine to investigate political rivals for political advantage, with Representative Devin Nunes declaring the accusations were based on “zero evidence” and that Democrats “made it up.” 
At the urging of Trump, Republican lawmakers mounted a vigorous defense of the president’s actions in dealing with Ukraine over several months, and they asserted that the Democrats’ case for impeachment against Trump was nonexistent. Trump’s political supporters on the House Intelligence Committee focused on the fact that the president released military aid that Ukraine wanted, without opening investigations of former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, which Trump had urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to undertake. 
The Democratic-led impeachment inquiry against Trump entered a new phase Wednesday as witnesses began testifying publicly after weeks of closed-door testimony.   
 Top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine William Taylor, right, and career Foreign Service officer George Kent arrive to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 13, 2019.Acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor and George P. Kent, deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, were the first to testify at the open hearing. Taylor said a member of his staff overheard Trump on a July phone call with U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland inquire about “the investigations.” 
The call was said to have taken place on July 26 at a restaurant, a day after Trump asked Zelenskiy in a call to investigate a political rival, Biden, a potential rival in the 2020 presidential election, and his son Hunter, at a time when the Trump administration was withholding critical military aid to Ukraine. 
“Following the call with President Trump, the member of my staff asked Ambassador Sondland what President Trump thought about Ukraine,” Taylor testified. “Ambassador Sondland responded that President Trump cares more about the investigation of Biden,” for which Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuiliani, was pressing. 
Taylor acknowledged under questioning from Representative Jim Jordan, an Ohio Republican and steadfast Trump supporter, that he met with Zelenskiy three times last summer, but that linkage of U.S. military aid to Ukraine was never mentioned. 
The impeachment probe was triggered by a whistleblower complaint related to concerns about the July 25 phone call. 
Before Republicans questioned the witnesses, the party took to social media to criticize the hearing. 
A tweet from House Oversight Committee Republicans said: FACT CHECK: Neither Ambassador Taylor nor George Kent have first-hand knowledge of a quid pro quo from the President. We must hear from the whistleblower. https://t.co/nXnFytSkrb— Oversight Committee Republicans (@GOPoversight) November 13, 2019House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California contended, “Both of the Democrats’ star witnesses just admitted that they were NOT on the July 25th call between Presidents Trump and Zelenskiy. Everything they are saying today is 2nd or 3rd or 4th-hand knowledge. Democrats are trying to impeach the president based on a game of telephone.” 
In the lead-up to Wednesday’s testimony, a Republican strategy memo circulating at the Capitol outlined four defenses for Trump: that the July 25 call “shows no conditionality or evidence of pressure”; that both Zelenskiy and Trump have subsequently said there was no pressure during the call; that Kyiv was not aware at the time, only later, that U.S. military aid was being withheld; and that Trump eventually released the military aid on September 11 without the investigations of the Bidens being opened. 
“These four key points undercut the Democrat impeachment narrative that President Trump leveraged U.S. security assistance and a presidential meeting [with Zelenskiy at the White House] to force Ukraine to investigate the president’s political rivals,” the memo said. 
Trump has described his telephone call with Zelenskiy as “perfect,” and he is accusing Democrats of conducting a witch hunt, calling the entire impeachment inquiry a hoax. 
Some of Trump’s Republican supporters have said they don’t agree with asking a foreign government to investigate a political rival but they don’t believe it is an impeachable offense that could lead to his removal from office.  

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Esper: US Could Alter Military Drills to Boost North Korea Talks

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday that he is open to the possibility of altering American military activities in South Korea if it would help advance a diplomatic deal with North Korea to eliminate its nuclear program.In an interview with reporters flying with him to Seoul, Esper said any changes in military exercises or training would be done in ways that did not jeopardize troops’ combat preparedness. And he said they would be done in consultation with the South Korean government.FILE – U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper speaks to reporters during a briefing at the Pentagon, Aug. 28, 2019.He would not say what specific adjustments might be contemplated. The U.S. and South Korea already scaled back their 2018 and 2019 military exercises in the hope that it would help move North Korea toward agreement to give up its nuclear weapons. So far that has not worked.”We will adjust our exercise posture, either more or less, depending on what diplomacy may require,” Esper said, adding, “We have to be open to all those things that empower and enable our diplomats” in the nuclear talks.North Korea has long objected strongly to large-scale American and South Korean military exercises, which it calls preparations for an invasion of the North. President Donald Trump also has criticized the exercises as too costly and provocative, but U.S. military commanders consider them crucial to deterring North Korea and ensuring that any invasion by the North would fail.”As we consider adjusting — either dialing up or dialing down — exercises, training, stuff like that, we want to do that in close collaboration with our (South) Korean partners, not as a concession to North Korea but, again, as a means to keep the door open to diplomacy,” he said.Esper said he takes seriously North Korea’s statement that the end of this year is a deadline for the U.S. to change its approach to the nuclear negotiations.He said he is hopeful that diplomacy will prevail, given the history of tensions on the Korean Peninsula since the North Koreans began launching intercontinental-range ballistic missiles that could eventually be nuclear-armed.FILE – A missile is launched during testing at an unidentified location in North Korea, in this undated image provided by KCNA, Aug. 7, 2019.Esper recalled his concern about the prospects for war on the peninsula when he became Army secretary in 2017.”We were on the path to war,” he said. “It was very clear to me because the Army was making preparations.” He did not elaborate.The U.S. has about 28,000 troops in South Korea, and Esper said they must be ready to fight the North at a moment’s notice.Esper also said that during his talks in Seoul this week with his South Korean counterpart, he will express U.S. concern about Seoul’s stated plan to withdraw from an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan. Esper said the dispute between Tokyo and Seoul is only helping North Korea and China.

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Коломойський повідомив: тепер я дуже люблю мокшандського карлика!

benia love putinСьогодні відбулося дві знакових події:

1.За вказівкою офісу президента зеленського, північний апеляційний господарський суд у складі колегії суддів, головуючого: Пономаренка Є.Ю., суддів: Руденко М.А., Суліма В.В., при секретарі судового засідання Мовчан А.Б. подарував 7.5 мільярдів гривень ізраїльським шахраям і.коломойському і г.боголюбову. Таким чином, пограбувавши українців на цю суму! До речі, обов’язково запишіть і запам’ятайте ці прізвища, бо саме у них та їх нащадків ми будемо забирати ці гроші сторицею!!!

2.Ізраїльський шахрай і.коломойський дав інтерв’ю The New York Times в якому продемонстрував своє зневажливо-презирлеве відношення до українців. А також прояснив своє безрадісне майбутнє.

Ігор коломойський признався, що зараз американці і британці у його життєвій схемі “принижуйся і принижуй”, категорично відмовились бути його господарем. Бо для них мати справу із міжнародним злодієм, шахраєм і вбивцею є категорично неприйнятним. А тому у нього залишився єдиний шлях – смоктати у дідугана путіна. Він розуміє, що цей шлях не ідеальний і він може призвести до тюрми, чи могили. Але шанс, як у гобліна-кримського у нього є і бєня прагне ним скористатися.

Та кривавий карлик поставив перед коломойським ряд завдань та умов, які можливо вбережуть останнього від наглої смерті і принесуть значний гешефт.

1.Змусити нинішнє клоунське українське керівництво відмовитися від співпраці з Міжнародним валютним фондом.

2.Навколішки просити кредити у кривавого кацапського карлика.

3.Терміново забути усіх загиблих і поранених українських Героїв та зробити вигляд, що їх подвиги були марними.

4.Швиденько попроситися у нову московську колонію і радіти, коли українські хлопці будуть гинути за рассею по всьому світу.

5.Всіляко залякувати українців та їх нинішніх клоунів-керівників, що якщо вони не погодяться, то кацапські танки скоро стоятимуть біля Кракова та Варшави. А НАТО, в цей час, забруднить свої штани й купить «памперси», – додав коломойський. Бо він добре пам’ятає, як у нього самого завжди регулярно виникали такі казуси у скрутні моменти життя.

6.Якщо ж наведені кроки все ж не приведуть українців у кацапське ярмо, то підлесливим голоском потрібно пояснити їм, що насправді Сполучені Штати просто використовують Україну, щоб ослабити свого геополітичного суперника – мокшандію. А саме вона і тільки вона є справжнім другом і братом українців.

Воїни Добра

Мережа Правди

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Trump, Erdogan Discuss Turkey’s Purchase of Russian Missile Defense System

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday welcomed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the White House for a second time at what is a low ebb in relations between Washington and Ankara. 
“We’ve been friends for a long time,” Trump said in the Oval Office. “We understand each other’s country.” 
Erdogan recently infuriated U.S. officials when he ignored American warnings not to invade northeastern Syria in an operation targeting Syrian Kurds. 
The Turkish leader also upset American defense officials and diplomats with the purchase of the S-400 missile defense system from Moscow. The purchase violated the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanction Act (CAATSA), which prohibits major purchases of Russian military hardware. 
That also prompted the United States to eject Turkey from its F-35 joint strike fighter program.  FILE – First parts of a Russian S-400 missile defense system are unloaded from a Russian plane near Ankara, Turkey, July 12, 2019.”We’ll be talking about the S-400,” said Trump, when asked by reporters about the defense relationship. “We’ll be talking about the F-35 fighter jet.” 
Trump also was asked whether Turkey could possess F-35 jets while owning the Russian missile defense system. 
“We’re having a second meeting in a little while,” replied Trump, indicating there might be more to say about it at a joint news conference in the afternoon. 
Erdogan recently discussed with Russian President Vladimir Putin buying Su-57 and Su-35 fighter jets from Moscow if he is not able to get the American aircraft, according to media reports. 
Such a move could endanger Turkey’s membership in the U.S.-led NATO defense alliance. 
Earlier this week, a bipartisan group of congressmen sent Trump a letter requesting that he cancel his meeting with the Turkish president because of Erdogan’s “disastrous” actions in Syria and purchase of the S-400 system. 
“Given this situation, we believe that now is a particularly inappropriate time for President Erdogan to visit the United States,” the lawmakers wrote.  FILE – House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., arrives for a gathering of the House Democratic caucus as Congress returns for the fall session, at the Capitol in Washington, Sept. 10, 2019.Just before Erdogan arrived at the White House, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, called it “shameful” for Trump to host Erdogan, accusing the U.S. president of “again turning a blind eye to the actions of foreign leaders who have amassed power and seek to rule as autocrats, subverting democracy in their countries and exploiting divisions and ethnic conflicts to promote their own legitimacy.” In an interview with VOA’s Kurdish service, the spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, Mustafa Bali, called for the United States not to sacrifice the Kurds, Christians and other ethnic and religious groups in northern Syria for its economic interests. 
“President Trump should fulfill his moral obligations and prevent the ethnic cleansing and demographic engineering” carried out by Erdogan “since his forces started the occupation in Syria,” said Bali, who alleged that Turkey has been violating the cease-fire and expanding territory outside the so-called “safe zone.”    
Turkey considers the Kurdish forces, allies of the United States in the fight against the Islamic State group inside Syria, to be terrorists.  FILE – In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the Turkey-Syria border, in Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province, smoke billows from a fire in Ras al-Ayn, Syria, Oct. 20, 2019, days after the declaration of a cease-fire.In the Oval Office on Wednesday, alongside Erdogan, Trump said “the cease-fire is holding very well. We’ve been speaking to the Kurds and they seem to be very satisfied.” 
The discussions between Trump and Erdogan began amid the first day of public testimony in the impeachment inquiry the House is conducting against the U.S. president. 
“It’s a witch hunt, it’s a hoax. I’m too busy to watch it,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. “I see they’re using lawyers that are television lawyers. They took some guys off television.” 

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