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WHITE HOUSE TRANSCRIPT: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office on Sept. 18

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(White House – September 18, 2014) PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, it is a great pleasure to welcome President Poroshenko to the Oval Office. He and I have been working together a lot over the last several months. And as I told him personally, and I want to repeat publicly, I think his leadership has been absolutely

Moscow Times: Ukraine Crisis Halves Number of U.S. and EU Tourists Visiting Russia

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – September 10, 2014) Russian travel agencies say 40 to 60 percent fewer European and U.S. holiday makers came to Russia in the first half of this year than in the same period of 2013, while three times fewer Russian tourists went abroad, a trend they attribute to bad blood between

Interfax: Sanctions against Russia already affecting production of tight reserves, could impact shelf

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KHANTY-MANSIISK. Sept 10 (Interfax) – The sanctions imposed by the EU and U.S. against Russia are already affecting the production of tight reserves, Russian Natural Resources Minister Sergei Donskoi said at a briefing in Khanty-Mansiisk. “The sanctions, first due to technology, have not yet impacted [the country's economy], but are already affecting the production of

Interfax: State obligation is to defend business from illegitimate actions of foreign countries, companies – Medvedev

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GORKI. Sept 9 (Interfax) – The state will continue to provide support to Russian business amid the Western sanctions, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said during a meeting with NOVATEK (MOEX: NVTK) CEO Leonid Mikhelson. “You can have no doubt that in the face of such unfair actions the state has always supported and will

Consumers Stay Away From Moscow’s Malls as Sanctions Deepen Russia’s Slump

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – September 9, 2014) Nearly 25 percent fewer people visited Moscow’s malls in the week leading up the start of the school year than in the same period of 2013, a survey said, indicating that Western sanctions and an economic slowdown are hitting Russian consumer demand. A report by consumer market

Baseball: The great Russian pastime?

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Anna Boiko, special to RBTH – September 7, 2014) Baseball has struggled in Russia, but is showing signs of life among the nation’s youth. The all-American sport of baseball has few fans among the Russians, who have long favored soccer or hockey. Yet the game has its own

RIA Novosti: Political Analyst: US Backs Kiev Regime As Only Anti-Russian Force in Ukraine

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MOSCOW, September 8 (RIA Novosti) – The United States supports Nazi-like Kiev regime as it is the only anti-Russian force that exists in Ukraine, director of the Moscow-based Institute of Globalization Studies said Monday. “The US supports them out of need, simply because they are the only existing anti-Russian,Russophobic force that exists in Ukraine. It’s

Moscow Times: Mrs. America Defies Politics and Brings Beauty Pageant to Crimea

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – September 5, 2014) While NATO on Thursday called on Russia to “end its illegal annexation of Crimea,” the organizers of a U.S. beauty pageant seem unfazed about the peninsula’s political status, and are planning to ship the country’s most beautiful married women to Sevastopol. Organizers of the Mrs. America beauty

Interfax: Stepashin: U.S., its allies are looking to get Putin out of power, isolate Russia

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MOSCOW. Sept 5 (Interfax) – Sergei Stepashin, chairman of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society and former prime minister of Russia, believes the purpose of the sanctions imposed by the U.S. and its allies on Russia is to get Vladimir Putin out of power and isolate Russia on the international scene. In his letter to U.S.

New Confrontation between Russia and the West Will Last a Long Time, Karaganov Warns

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(Window on Eurasia – Paul Goble – Staunton, September 4, 2014) On the same day that President Barack Obama used the most “forceful language against Russia” of any US leader since Ronald Reagan and made “the ultimate commitment” to defend NATO allies in Eastern Europe, Sergey Karaganov said that the confrontation between Russia and the

Poll: Most Russians Would Sacrifice Booze and Cigarettes to Hurt West

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – September 4, 2014) More than 70 percent of Russians would ban imports of booze and cigarettes from Western countries in retaliation for sanctions, but few would give up foreign cars or pay an additional tax on vacations abroad, a recent poll indicated. Other popular measures included blacklisting foreign hotels (supported

Russia Beyond the Headlines: Hot rhetoric, chilly war? Politicians and analysts on the future of U.S.-Russia relations

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – David Miller, RBTH – September 3, 2014) Relations between the U.S. and Russia deteriorated in 2014 at a rate few would have predicted, as divisions over civil unrest in Ukraine escalated into tit-for-tat rounds of economic sanctions. But is it a new Cold War? Political observers – and

RIA Novosti: “John Tefft Sworn In as New US Ambassador to Russia”

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WASHINGTON, September 3 (RIA Novosti) – The new US Ambassador to Russia John Tefft has been sworn into office in Washington, the US Embassy in Moscow reported on Twitter. “Congratulations! Today John Kerry has sworn new US Ambassador to Russia John Tefft into office,” the Tweet on Tuesday said. The date of the diplomat’s arrival

RIA Novosti: More Than Half of Americans Fear Tensions With Russia – Survey

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NEW YORK, August 29 (RIA Novosti) – More than half of Americans view growing tensions between Russia and its neighbors as a major threat to the United States, among a wide range of security fears that are revealed in a recent survey. “As the public’s views of global threats have changed, so have opinions about

As Russia and U.S. Struggle, China Rejoices

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Alexander Panin – August 25, 2014) With multi-billion dollar energy deals between Moscow and Beijing recently being pushed through, China, the world’s second-biggest economy, is benefiting the most from the spiraling tension between Russia and the West over the violence in Ukraine. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban earlier this month

Russian consumers hardest hit by sanctions

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Kira Tverskaya, special to RBTH – August 19, 2014) Economists point out that the Russian government’s recent food ban is likely to backfire as restaurants and consumers look for new sources for favorite products Moscow’s home cooks and restaurateurs alike have spent the past two weeks scrambling to

RIA Novosti: US Department of State Ignores All Information on Ukraine Coming From Russia – Moscow

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MOSCOW, August 19 (RIA Novosti) – Russia is systematically providing the US Department of State, which continues accusing Russia of escalating tensions in Ukraine, with selections of publications, reports by Russian and foreign media from hot spots, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said Tuesday. “We have started gathering facts; we have started collecting publications,

Moscow’s Food War With West Could Hurt Russia Most

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(RFE/RL Explainer – rferl.org – Charles Recknagel – August 21, 2014) Moscow’s sweeping ban on food imports is meant as a slap in the face to Western powers for imposing sanctions on Moscow over Ukraine. But the ban is also causing food prices to rise in Russia, which is a major importer of food and has few immediate supply alternatives. Here

Business New Europe: The west has no plan for an end game in the Ukraine conflict

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – Ben Aris MOSCOW BLOG – August 14, 2014) What does the west hope to achieve in its show down with Russia over the fate of Ukraine? An increasing number of articles have appeared recently arguing that the west has no long-term strategy to end this conflict and is being

Russian Foodies React To Import Ban With Patriotism, Some Gloom

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(RFE/RL  – rferl.org – Tom Balmforth – MOSCOW, August 7, 2014) Moscow’s upmarket food shoppers are reacting variously with patriotic approval and gloomy resignation at the prospect of going without some of their favorite foreign foods for a year. The Russian government on August 7 approved a lengthy shopping list of foods and produce that cannot be imported

White House Transcript: Remarks by the President at Press Conference After U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit [excerpt re: Russia]

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The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release August 06, 2014 Remarks by the President at Press Conference After U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit [excerpt re Russia] Q Thank you, Mr. President. Russia said today that it is going to ban food and agricultural product imports. That was about $1.3 billion last year. At

Interfax: Proposal to ban Western airlines from using trans-Siberian routes is “on the table” – Medvedev

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MOSCOW. Aug 7 (Interfax) – Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said that Russia is considering a potential ban on European and U.S. air carriers using trans-Siberian routes as a possible retaliatory step against Western sanctions targeting Russia’s low-cost airline Dobrolet. “The government of the Russian Federation is considering a number of retaliatory steps. But

Russians’ Regard for the West Has Plummeted, Poll Shows

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Allison Quinn – August 7, 2014) Anti-Western sentiments in Russia have hit a fever pitch amid the ongoing conflict in neighboring Ukraine, a survey conducted by independent pollster the Levada Center revealed Wednesday. A mere 18 percent of respondents harbor favorable attitudes toward the U.S., a significant decrease from January’s

Sanctions on Technology Imports Leave Russia Playing Catch Up

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Alexander Panin – August 4, 2014) The impact of the EU’s latest and harshest sanctions on Russia will be felt most keenly in the country’s economic sectors that are largely dependent on state-of-the-art Western technology, ranging from the extraction of hydrocarbons to civil aircraft production, analysts said. The European Union

Russia Beyond the Headlines: Tefft calls for working with the Kremlin

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Nikolai Litovkin, RBTH – July 31, 2014) The man likely to be the next U.S. ambassador to Russia indicates that options for cooperation must remain open On July 29, the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations held an unannounced meeting in which its members unanimously approved John Tefft’s

Russia Beyond the Headlines: Ukraine, sanctions and ammo: Finding the angle to engage local audiences

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Lara McCoy Roslof, RBTH – July 29. 2014) Lara McCoy Roslof, RBTH’s Executive Editor for the Western Hemisphere, writes about how seeing the news from a different social and geographical perspective reinforces the importance to news organizations of finding meaningful links between news stories and their target audience.

Russia Beyond the Headlines Press Digest: U.S. and EU sanctions are pushing Moscow toward Beijing

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Sofia Savina, special to RBTH – July 30, 2014) RBTH presents a selection of views from leading Russian media on the latest developments in Ukraine, featuring widespread reaction to the imposition of yet another wave of sanctions against Russia by the U.S. and the EU, as well as

Russia Beyond the Headlines: Russians less afraid of sanctions

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Kira Egorova, RBTH – July 30, 2014) A new survey shows that the number of Russians concerned about economic restrictions imposed by the West is steadily decreasing A new poll from the Levada Center has revealed that Russians are becoming less afraid of sanctions. The most recent survey,

Evolving Ukraine Crisis Tests Obama Foreign Policy

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(Voice of America – Catherine Maddux – July 25, 2014) Just hours after reports that Malaysian Airlines flight 17 had been shot down over eastern Ukraine, the stark reality that 298 civilians from nearly a dozen nations had just become the latest victims in a Russian-backed separatist movement came as somewhat of a jolt. All

RIA Novosti: Kiev Secures Political, Economic Backing from US

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KIEV, July 29 (RIA Novosti) – Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, who is on an official visit to the United States secured its backing to strengthen Ukraine’s defense capabilities, restoring the country’s economy and stabilizing the situation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday. “The US Vice President emphasized the United States’

Interfax: U.S. partner status to give Ukraine new cooperation opportunities – Ukraine foreign minister

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KYIV. July 29 (Interfax) – The issue of granting Ukraine a special partner status is currently being discussed in the United States, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said. Readiness to provide further assistance to Ukraine exists in the Congress and Senate and the U.S. already provides such help, Klimkin said in an interview with Voice

RIA Novosti: US Undecided on Lethal Weapons Supplies Requested by Kiev – Report

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MOSCOW, July 28 (RIA Novosti) – The United States have not made the final decision on whether to favor Ukraine’s request for lethal weapons, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes told CNN Sunday. “We haven’t made the decision to provide a certain type of weapons, but intelligence – we do provide intelligence,” Rhodes said. “The

RIA Novosti: Flight MH17 is Trump Card in US’ Information War with Russia

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(RIA Novosti – Ekaterina Blinova – July 25, 2014) Praising the ruthless military operation by Kiev against both armed rebels and unarmed civilians, American neocons have also been inciting Washington to launch wide-raging economic warfare against Russia in recent months. Thus, unsurprisingly, when the Ukrainian government released information on the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 catastrophe,

Obama’s Reluctance to Arming Rebels Stiffened by Airliner Strike

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(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com – Margaret Talev – July 23, 2014) The downing of a Malaysian passenger aircraft in Ukraine may stiffen Obama administration resistance to providing heavy armaments to rebels — or even besieged governments — seeking U.S. help in hotspots around the world. In the wake of the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) disaster, President Barack

RIA Novosti: Medvedev Says US, EU Companies Clearly Show Intention to Continue Work in Russia

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MOSCOW, July 23 (RIA Novosti) – Moscow has received «clear signals» from US and European companies about their intention to continue work in Russia, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday. «We have received quite clear signals that European and American companies are set to continue work with Russian partners. Time is ripe now to use

RIA Novosti: The Disaster, Lies and Video. And Obama’s Fueling it All

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(RIA Novosti – Dmitry Babich – July 22, 2014) The latest breaking news about the agreement of the insurgents in eastern Ukraine to permit Dutch forensics experts on Monday to search the wreckage of the downed Malaysia Airlines jetliner and to transfer the bodies of the victims, as well as the plane’s flight recorder boxes to the

Russian Billionaires in ‘Horror’ as Putin Risks Isolation

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(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com – Henry Meyer, Irina Reznik, Ilya Arkhipov – July 21, 2014) Russia’s richest businessmen are increasingly frantic that President Vladimir Putin’s policies in Ukraine will lead to crippling sanctions and are too scared of reprisal to say so publicly, billionaires and analysts said. If Putin doesn’t move to end the war in

Russia to Challenge U.S. Sanctions at WTO

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Mark Lammey – July 21, 2014) Russia is planning to complain to the World Trade Organization, or WTO, abou t sanctions imposed by the U.S. over Russia’s perceived failure to help de-escalate the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, media reports said. The U.S. on Wednesday let rip with its third and

RIA Novosti: US Conclusions on Boeing Crash in Ukraine Resemble Statements on Iraq’s Weapons – Rogozin

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MOSCOW, July 19 (RIA Novosti) – Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin compared Washington’s hasty conclusions on the cause of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing-777 crash in Ukraine to its statement on Iraq’s possession of weapons of mass destruction made years ago. “The White House has established the guilty even before the investigation of the Boeing

How will new round of sanctions affect Russia?

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Alexei Lossan, RBTH – July 18, 2014) The U.S. Department of the Treasury has included large Russian companies in its list of sanctions, including the main institute of development VEB (Vnesheconombank), the major oil company Rosneft, and several defense-industrial enterprises. Experts consider these to be the most serious

RIA Novosti: West Suspends Fighting Terrorism, Drugs With Russia Over Ukraine

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MOSCOW, July 16 (RIA Novosti) The pause in NATO’s collaboration with Russia in fighting terrorism and drug trafficking because of Moscow’s position on the Ukrainian crisis “punishes” primarily the people of the involved territories and points out the shortsighted approach of a range of Western countries, Ilya Rogachev, director of the department of new challenges

Moscow formally approves new U.S. ambassador Tefft

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Nikolai Litovkin, RBTH – July 10, 2014) The Russian Foreign Ministry has given its approval to American diplomat John Tefft’s appointment as the new ambassador to Russia. According to Russian political scientists, the career foreign service officer is known for his anti-Russian position – so how will his

TRANSCRIPT: [DoD Senate Testimony:] “Security Assistance and Support for Ukraine”

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US Department of Defense “Security Assistance and Support for Ukraine” Senate Foreign Relations Committee Testimony by Assistant Secretary of Defense Derek Chollet July 9, 2014 TESTIMONY FOR THE RECORD Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Corker, and Committee Members: Thank you for inviting me to discuss the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, which was precipitated by Russia’s occupation

TRANSCRIPT: [Steve Hadley Senate Testimony:] Russia and Ongoing Developments in Ukraine

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Testimony Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Statement of Stephen J. Hadley July 9, 2014 Russia and Ongoing Developments in Ukraine It is a great privilege to have the opportunity to appear before the committee this morning. I would like to discuss briefly what Russian President Putin is seeking to achieve by his actions in

TRANSCRIPT: [Zbigniew Brzezinski Senate Testimony:] Russia and Developments in Ukraine

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Statement before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee “RUSSIA AND DEVELOPMENTS IN UKRAINE” A Statement by Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski Counselor and Trustee Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) July 9, 2014 More than three months have passed since Putin’s triumphalist speech to the Russian Parliament. In it, he exalted in his military seizure of Crimea

TRANSCRIPT: [Treasury Department Senate Testimony:] Russia and Developments in Ukraine

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US Department of the Treasury Testimony of Assistant Secretary Daniel L. Glaser Senate Foreign Relations Committee Russia and Developments in Ukraine Wednesday, July 9, 2014 Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Corker, and distinguished Members of this Committee, thank you for inviting me to speak to you again about the Administration’s response to Russia’s occupation and purported

TRANSCRIPT: Russia and Developments in Ukraine; Nuland Statement Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

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(US Department of State – July 9, 2014) Testimony of Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Statement Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Washington, DC As prepared Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Corker and members of this committee-thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today on the situation in Ukraine and for

TRANSCRIPT: Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Hearing on Russia and Developments in Ukraine

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(US Senate Foreign Relations Committee – Washington, DC – July 9, 2014) U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below statement, as prepared for delivery, at today’s hearing titled “Russia and Developments in Ukraine.” “This hearing will come to order. We have two distinguished panels today to help

VIDEO: Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on “Russia and Developments in Ukraine”

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Watch the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on “Russia and Developments in Ukraine” here: foreign.senate.gov/hearings/070914 … or here: businessweek.com/videos/2014-07-09/nuland-glaser-chollet-testify-on-ukraine-pt-dot-1  [note from web producer: C-Span version embedded below]

A Bogeyman In Russia, U.S. Envoy Appears Poised For Moscow Job

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(RFE/RL – rferl.org – Carl Schreck – July 5, 2014) In Moscow they have called him a regime-change expert, a “diplomatic diversionist” dispatched by Washington to foment unrest in Russia’s neighboring states. And now he appears to be headed to Russia, where Kremlin surrogates warn he may try to do the same. Meet John Tefft, the man who has

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