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Russians Complain: We Never Get Benefit of Doubt Like Saudis

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By    |   Monday, 15 October 2018 08:58 PM

A news website with ties to the Russian government argued in an opinion piece that the Trump administration is going easy on Saudi Arabia over claims that it killed a journalist compared to how the White House and NATO countries have reacted to Russia in recent years.

In what appears to be an editorial, RT said there is a double standard.

Calling it a "mostly low-key reaction from the Washington to the disappearance" of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, RT said retaliation against Russia for things such as the poisoning of a former Russian spy earlier this year comes too quick.

"When ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned in Salisbury in March, it took nothing more than a swift declaration (sans evidence) from British intelligence agencies before sanctions had been slapped on Moscow," the story reads.

"Within days of the poisoning, British Prime Minister Theresa May had expelled 23 Russian diplomats from the country and requested that Britain's allies do the same. The U.S. along with a slew of European countries were happy to oblige, all announcing they too would kick Russian diplomats out of the country as punishment for the poisoning of the Skripals — for which there was no actual solid evidence presented."

Two weeks after Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, rumors are flying that a Saudi hit team murdered him and chopped up his body. Khashoggi was critical of the Saudi government and was a U.S. resident, although not a citizen.

Mentioning Trump's comments from last week in which he cited the millions of dollars in arms sales between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, RT said the administration is not serious about seeking justice if Khashoggi is found to have been killed by the Saudis.

"So much for the notion that the U.S. really cares about standing up for human rights around the world," RT wrote. "As is so often the case, when human rights conflict with war and money, war and money win — and not just under Trump, as some journalists have been quick to suggest."

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A news website with ties to the Russian government argued in an opinion piece that the Trump administration is going easy on Saudi Arabia over claims that it killed a journalist compared to how the White House and NATO countries have reacted to Russia in recent years.In...
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