"The Mood Is Very Pessimistic": US Begins "Removing Furniture And Equipment" From Seized Compound In Russia

Tyler Durden's picture

Two days after Russian President Vladimir Putin formally expelled 755 American diplomats and announced plans to seize two compounds used by US State Department employees, US officials have started "removing furniture and equipment from the compounds", according to Reuters.

The early start suggests that the US is making every effort to comply with Putin’s demand that the US reduce its 1,200 diplomatic personnel by 60% before Sept. 1, made in retaliation to a bill authorizing fresh sanctions against Russia that President Donald Trump is expected to sign. Late last year, the Obama administration expelled 35 Russian diplomats and seized two Russian diplomatic compounds near Washington, D.C. Putin refrained from responding at the time.

According to Reuters, the movers at the US compounds arrived at around 7 a.m. (0400 GMT) and were seen packing furniture, including beds and lamps, into three white vans over the course of three hours.

Ironically, the US is allowed to choose who stays and who leaves. Because of this, it’s expected that many of those who will be let go will be Russian citizens, Reuters noted. Putin’s decision has severely impacted morale among State Department employees, many of whom have given up on working and are instead updating their resumes and looking for new jobs online, Reuters reports.

“One person at the embassy, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to the media, said staff there were feeling depressed and despondent as they came to terms with the Kremlin's order.

 

‘The mood in the office is very pessimistic,’ the person said. ‘Everyone is just loitering, or sitting on job websites looking for a new job.’”

Reuters also noted that Putin’s ultimatum was carefully calibrated to preserve his relationship with Trump after the two world leaders purportedly hit it off over the course of several meetings at a G-20 summit in Hamburg last month.

“The ultimatum issued by the Russian leader is a display to voters at home that he is prepared to stand up to Washington - but is also carefully calibrated to avoid directly affecting the U.S. investment he needs, or burning his bridges with Trump.”

Congress’s sanctions bill risks derailing already tense US-Russia relations, despite Trump’s expressed desire to work more closely with Russia on areas of mutual benefit like containing ISIS in Syria. Vetoing the bill would be seen as a waste of political capital by Trump, who is fighting off allegations that his campaign colluded with the Russian government to tilt the election in his favor, because Congress, which passed the bill with overwhelming majorities in both the House and Senate, would likely be able to override it with a 2/3rds majority.

Despite Trump’s calls for closer ties, the Pentagon may be already contemplating its next steps in the escalating conflict with Russia, which as the WSJ reported will likely involve supplying Ukraine with antitank missiles and other weaponry - a red line for the Kremlin not even the Obama administration dared to cross.

By escalating tensions with Russia, the US also risks straining its relationship with Europe. On Monday, the Germany economy minister said that new penalties against Moscow proposed by US lawmakers violate international law, and that officials in Brussels should consider countermeasures.

Speaking to Funke Mediengruppe newspaper, Brigitte Zypries said that "we consider this as being against international law, plain and simple." She added that "of course we don't want a trade war. But it is important the European Commission now looks into countermeasures."

She also said that “the Americans can not punish German companies because they operate economically in another country." Retaliatory measures may include limiting US jurisdiction over EU companies, according to a memo leaked to the Financial Times and Politico last month. Some European government officials object to language in the sanctions bill that could limit interactions between US and Russian energy firms related to the construction of pipelines, which European officials believes could damage their trade relationship with Russia.
 

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NMA's picture

Isnt that what govenrment staff do on a normal day?? Thanks putin for helping the US taxpayer save some money... something our leaders will never do.... 

spag's picture

this is so unfair for burger flippers, now having to compete with robots and ex diplomats

python_snake's picture

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it.!pa87d: Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do... http://bit.ly/2f0fLIz

apadictionary's picture

you should reach out to those consulate employes

Manthong's picture

 

Oh, f me with clay spades.

Trump.. Tillerson… is this what you are all about?

DeadFred's picture

Transitional training is being given even now. "Vy khotite, chtoby vash gamburger s syrom" <Do you want your hamburger with cheese?>

SilverRhino's picture

755 diplomats might actually have to find HONEST work.    Thank you Putin.

HowdyDoody's picture

Someone's on their side. A top end Moscow clothing store has offered them a 20% discount. They could get some last minute bargains.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DGNMOfTXoAA2nmq.jpg

francis scott falseflag's picture

 

"LE COUP D'ETAT PROFOND, C'EST MOI"

Koba the Dread's picture

Yeah, you can get those kinds of jobs in Laos. 7k, I assume, means seven kip, the name of the Laotian currency. One million k equals around a hundred US dollars. Keep up the good work. Seven k, huh? You better get a day job, don't you think.

nmewn's picture

Wow, so Trump says he will sign the bill that results in...ahem..."diplomats" being expelled from Russia.

Obviously this is moar evidence of "collusion" Inquisitor Mueller as it helps Putin rid himself of American spies in his midst!

And...still winning ;-)

kw2012's picture

You say diplomats like I say "furniture".  I'm certain they are speding thousands of dollars to pack up and ship beds worth hundreds of dollars

Eyes Opened's picture

They should ONLY worry about the robots, the diplomats have proven themselves totally incompetent.... 

Anyhoo I don't want any skanky CIA operative spittin on MY burger ...

Gold Dog's picture

I watched the Tillerson confirmation hearings and am still floored that the State Department has 70,000+ employees.

What the hell are they all doing?

DPLETTENBERG's picture

There is a large military presence in the state department that are listed as "security". In a lot of countries it would be considered an army.

garcam123's picture

Suckin Hitlery's dick..........what else is there to do?

Buck Johnson's picture

What I heard is that a large section of many embassies are people who got those positions via favoritism and/or donors kids or themselves.  They are sad and having to look for jobs online, I guess getting kicked out of a vacation spot that the govt. pays for is sad enough.

 

 

EhKnowKneeMass's picture

OT.

I wonder why this wasn't covered by ZH. Everything Russia and China is mostly covered here. Puting has banned VPNs and proxies in Russia. China, too, is clamping down on VPNs--only those licensed by the Chinese government can be used. The next country to ban VPN will probably be India. All will be done in the name of terrorism and protecting peoples' lives.

https://techcrunch.com/2017/07/30/putin-passes-law-that-will-ban-vpns-in...

So, every effing politician wants to spread democracy and save democracy in another country. However, they will "rape" the shit out of it in their own. All of them are the same. Psychopaths in powers.

medium giraffe's picture

"All of them are the same."

People readily give their sovereignty away to these cunts and wonder why they get a raw deal when they beg for some of it back.

It's not like the people picked as 'leaders' are blessed with some rare mystical power and  insight.

It's not like the people picked as 'leaders' could even do a convincing job of being a decent human being.

wildbad's picture

thanks for that excellent link EhKnowKneeMass

junction's picture

On some Internet sites here, I now get requests to verify I am not a robot, which I think has something to do with my ESET VPN.  Big Brother does not like peasants having anonymizers of any sort.  This change is recent, and I think it has something to do with new software that Internet companies have started to use.  Maybe voluntarily, maybe not.

EhKnowKneeMass's picture

Yes, you are right. I have experienced the same behaviour on many sites.

We are being boiled very slowly. Most of the plebes are enjoying the warmth. Wait until the temperature rises a few more degrees and they realize what they have willingly given away.

We think we are free. You can't have a bigger lie than that.

opport.knocks's picture

It is sad - but cyberwarfare is a big new reality in every country. If anyone can launch a cyber attack and make it appear as if it came from somewhere else then Russia/China know they are at risk.

Someone in the US attacks its own systems then the affected party blames Russia because it came from their IP. Then Russia is forced to prove they did not do it (sound familiar?). The blame rests with those who decided to weaponize the internet, not to mention the global financial system.

EhKnowKneeMass's picture

Fair point. However, how does Russia banning VPNs prevent the situation you are describing from happening? Someone in the US can still access a VPN and use an IP address from Russia to launch a cyber attack. Then everybody can point their fingers to Russia.

What Russia has done is authoritarian in nature. Even the despots in the middle east hasn't done that.

Imagine a future with a boot on your face. Most of the plebes will willingly walk into the slaughterhouse thinking they are just taking a shower.

kw2012's picture

And don't forget banning of cash.  

Doom and Dust's picture

Europe should ditch the US and UK and seek closer cooperation with the Russia-Iran-China axis.

The sanctions by Zionist controlled Congress on one of its most important trade partners on the flimsiest oif evidence will only serve to hasten the process.

Trade in the future will be much more land-based than it has been since the age of discovery. European nations should get ahead and exit NATO as soon as politically feasible.

medium giraffe's picture

I'm still not convinced that they aren't all part of the same big club of assholes and are just playing us all like a fiddle.

If Russia really wanted to make the US squirm, why not bring up 9/11? Or false flags?  Human rights violations?

Hey, Dimitry, who's your friend?:

http://static.kremlin.ru/media/events/photos/big2x/VxTrQjMfW53691x3CT0SB...

yeah........

 

 

*crickets*

espirit's picture

...or the ISS.

Just business?

johnjkiii's picture

Yeah, that'll fix 'em once and for all.

BritBob's picture

Russia can't be trusted.

Russia tells Britain give back the Falklands before telling US what to do.

RUSSIA has told Britain it should "clean its conscience" and give back the Falkland Islands before it criticises them over their involvement in Ukraine. Moscow's ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin made the shocking remarks when responding to his British counterpart Matthew Rycroft at a UN security council meeting in New York. (Daily Express 4 Feb 2017)

Funny thing to say when Argentina has never legally owned the Falklands. So how can they 'be returned' ?

Falklands- Never Belonged to Argentina:

https://www.academia.edu/31111843/Falklands_Never_Belonged_to_Argentina

 

The bad guys ?

Koba the Dread's picture

Brit Bob! You're back, back with the same unwashed clothes and bad breath. And you're back playing the same old Walkman. Well, welcome back, Bob! Other than you and Maggie Thatcher and some sheep, nobody has ever cared about the Malvinas. Like eighteenth century Britain, the Malvinas have only one purpose--turning grass into wool. Why does it interest you so much? Did you invest your inheritance in some busted-out condo development for toffs looking to retire in South America? Ta-ta, Bob!

espirit's picture

Take it easy on BritBob. After the stroke there was but a single thought left which he posts by a crayon in his mouth.

pmurgs's picture

Britbob, stop banging the same drum all the time and using your accounts to upvote yourself. All the regulars can see you add nothing to the conversation.

medium giraffe's picture

could be worse I suppose, at least he's not a cryptovangelist.

sinbad2's picture

Some say that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

If that is true, you are barking mad Bob, woof woof.

hoytmonger's picture

The Falkland Islands have a native population, right? The Brits should give it back.

 

Hawaii was annexed by the US, the US should give it back.

opport.knocks's picture

No natives. Almost all Brits who controlled it since before Argentina was a country. In the last referendum all except 3 voted to stay with Britain. The correct position is that if Argentina wants it so badly they should buy off the current residents (there are only 3000) so they can settle somewhere equally desolate north of Scotland.

HowdyDoody's picture

No wonder - the Malvinas parasites are heavily subsidised by the UK taxpayer. The taxpayer even pays for the Malvinas brats to be educated in the UK.

 

RedBaron616's picture

Put British on the islands and wonder how they will vote. Shocker.

wafm's picture

Russia is right, the brits should get the fok out of the Malvinas. the UK's shameful colonialist history would at least begin to be redressed. However seeing the kind of morons in charge in London, I cannot see this likely to happen, same goes for Diego Garcia.

opport.knocks's picture

LOL - there was no local population there before the British ships arrived. So the Falklands were fairly settled. If Argentina wants it (supposedly there is offshore oil) then they can buy them out with real money, not their pesos.

Diego Garcia is defacto the USA's now. Good luck getting them to give it back to Mauritius.

RedBaron616's picture

And the remnants of the British Empire remain! How much money and lives were lost because your entire Navy had to go rescue a couple of sheep herders. And you have no doubt spent a fortune defending the islands, too. Insanity. The same kind of insanity that caused Britain to end WWII because of Germany's invasion of Poland, but didn't declare war on the USSR who invaded part of Poland from the other side. Then, at the end of the war, with hundreds of thousands dead, you hand the whole thing over to the USSR. Brilliant! This is how to destroy an Empire and become a shadow of yourselves. Nobody, even Argentina, is scared of the British Navy.

Fireman's picture

This is the future for USSA's global Pentacon occupation. Grab your crap and get your ass back to Slumville.

The end of the IOU I$I$ backed Saudi Mercan shit smeared petroscrip dollah means the end of deadbeat USSA'S free lunch and serial genocide of the anglozionazi filth in Washing town.

 

Buddy, can you spare a dime

http://www.dailyjobcuts.com/

Broke as in forever

http://www.usdebtclock.org/

U$$AN hubri$ knows no limits

https://www.statista.com/statistics/246420/major-foreign-holders-of-us-t...

 

Karma is a bitch!

gunzeon's picture

as a diversion, I had to laugh at all the knock backs that weed smokers get when applying for jobs. If you're a smoker then why would you want to work anyway ? oh, buy food/shelter, buy more weed, have a few pleasure in lif like the occasional spliff, and that means no job either.

karma kickng in again

hoytmonger's picture

Vetoing the bill would be seen as a waste of political capital by Trump

 

Since the bill states that congressional approval is required to lift or amend the sanctions, by signing the bill, Trump will be abdicating the authority of the executive office. This sets a bad precident that could lead to the office of the President becoming a ceremonial position.

simulkra's picture

Thre is a JFK clip where he says Truman said to him something like  Congress represents  250k (approx) and the President represents the rest. JFK then says there are those who think the role of the President is ceremonial but he didn't agree.. I think he was corrected on that.

Doom Porn Star's picture

I say again: Trump whould indeed VETO the stupid sanctions bill.

NO pocket Veto it either: project POWER by giving that bill Two Fat Stubby Thumbs DOWN.

gunzeon's picture

‘Everyone is just loitering, or sitting on job websites looking for a new job.’

ok, show me an office where that is not the case

East Indian's picture

at least they are so disheartened they are not watching porn