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WASHINGTON — The U.S.-led military mission in Afghanistan planned to hold a flag-lowering ceremony on Friday in Kabul with NATO allies but the event was cancelled at the last moment amid questions over what the ceremony was meant to signify, according to three U.S. Defense officials. The flag-lowering ceremony at the Kabul headquarters for NATO’s “Resolute Support” mission, which trains and advises Afghan security forces, was called off only hours before it was due to begin, the Defense officials said. The ceremony likely would be held at another date, two Defense officials said, and would only include officers and officials already working at the headquarters due to concerns over Covid-19. U.S. troops already have handed over several bases and airfields to Afghan security forces and C-17 cargo planes are continuously flying out equipment. The Defense Department “continues to pursue, analyze and refine the best options available and will announce corresponding decisions and implementation plans as they become available and appropriate,” Lodewick said.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Joe Biden, Donald Trump’s, Biden, , , Stephanie Kostro, ” Kostro, Rob Lodewick, ” Lodewick, Defense Department “, Biden’s, Ronald Neumann, Jake Sullivan, Tayyip Erdogan, Sullivan, Hamid, Erdogan Organizations: NATO, U.S . Defense, U.S, Pentagon, , Defense, United, Taliban, U.S ., Lawmakers, State Department, U.S . Agency for International Development, Professional Services Council, Professional Services, NBC, DoD, Department of Defense, State, Department, Defense Department, The State Department, Washington Post, International Airport, Monday, American Foreign Service Association, Afghan, Coalition Locations: The U.S, Afghanistan, Kabul, Washington, Resolute, Covid, U.S, United States, , Turkey, Brussels, American
Barton & Gray and Freedom Boat Club are two of the big clubs. Its 40,000 members have access to about 3,200 boats, all under 24 feet long. Freedom Boat Club has added nearly 10,000 members since the pandemic began, said Brenna Preisser, president of the business acceleration division at Brunswick. (In the summer, the boats are up North, but they go to Florida and the Carolinas for the winter.) Most members pay $54,000, which gives them access to all the boats but limits them to booking four charters at a time.
Persons: , ” Mr, Pierce, Mr, Brenna Preisser, Organizations: Gray, Boat, Brunswick, & Gray, Carolinas Locations: Puerto Rico, Florida, , Brunswick,
As e-commerce sales proliferate, Amazon holds on to top online retail spot
  + stars: | 2021-06-18 | by ( Lauren Thomas | ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -0.79   time to read: +1 min
In 2008, e-commerce sales accounted for just 3.6% of total retail sales in the United States, according to data from eMarketer. E-commerce sales are predicted to account for 15.3% of total retail sales by the end of this year and jump to 23.5% by 2025, eMarketer said. Walmart and Target are holding competing deals events — as they have in past years — to coincide with Amazon Prime Day 2021. Both discounters will start sales on Sunday, but Walmart's offers extend through Wednesday, while Target and Amazon end on Tuesday. Both Walmart and Target hope to reach customers who are already browsing the web on Prime Day for summer discounts.
Persons: WMT AMZN Justin Sullivan, eMarketer Organizations: Walmart, eBay, Apple, Depot, Target, eMarketer, Amazon, Walmart's Locations: United States, eMarketer
But a new immigration program comes close. "The reality is, as an immigrant you never know if you may stay in the country," Zhang said. After getting the visa, Zhang left BlackRock last year for business school. But the program, known as the International Entrepreneur Rule, has been in limbo ever since the Trump administration tried to cancel it. In the meantime, Eggers said the NVCA is hosting webinars and emailing members to bring attention to the International Entrepreneur Rule.
Persons: Melissa Zhang, Zhang, Biden, Trump's, Trump, Lex Zhao, Ada Yeo, Yeo, Jason Finkelman, Finkelman, he's, Naresh Sunkara, Elizabeth Goss, Justin Sullivan, Goss, that's, Barry Eggers, Eggers, Melia Russell Organizations: BlackRock, Stanford, Way Ventures, Immigration Services, University of California, Getty, Immigrants, National Venture Capital Association, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Twitter Locations: San Francisco, London, Singapore, Austin, Berkeley, Boston
The golf industry is seeing a surge in demand during the pandemic, with PGA Tour Superstore reporting a 55% increase in overall year-to-date sales compared with 2019. Demand is so high that suppliers are struggling to keep up, Dick Sullivan, CEO of PGA Tour Superstore, said on CNBC's "The Exchange" on Friday. "We are hearing that factories are purchasing additional factories overseas to keep up with this incredible demand," Sullivan said. PGA Tour Superstore is also facing the same supply-chain challenges as others in the retail industry, with congested ports, container shortages and Covid-19 outbreaks slowing shipments. "But I was in California this week working with suppliers to see how we can accelerate the lead times to make sure we satisfy this demand."
Persons: Dick Sullivan, Sullivan, we're, We're Organizations: PGA, PGA Tour Locations: California
Trump endorses Murkowski challenger in 2022 Senate race
  + stars: | 2021-06-18 | by ( David Morgan | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, listens during a U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing in Washington, U.S., March 18, 2021. Tshibaka, the former state administration commissioner, launched her campaign in March with a vow to defeat Murkowski in the 2022 election and has already enlisted the help of former Trump advisers. "I am honored and grateful to have the support of the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump," Tshibaka tweeted. Murkowski voted to convict Trump of inciting the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot, in which his supporters attacked Congress in an effort to stop certification of the 2020 election. The Alaska Republican Party later censured Murkowski and pledged to recruit a challenger to oppose her.
Persons: Sen, Lisa Murkowski, Susan Walsh, Donald Trump, Kelly Tshibaka, Tshibaka, Murkowski, Trump, Trump's, Joe Biden's, Donald J, David Morgan, Andy Sullivan, Jonathan Oatis Organizations: U.S, Senate Health, Education, Labor, WASHINGTON, Trump, Republican, Tea Party, Republicans, Democratic, Congress, Alaska Republican Party, Thomson Locations: Alaska, Washington , U.S, Tshibaka, United States
Turkey Will Continue Securing Afghan Airport, U.S. Says
  + stars: | 2021-06-17 | by ( Gordon Lubold | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.85   time to read: +1 min
Jake Sullivan, President Biden’s national security adviser, told reporters Thursday that both sides had made a “clear commitment” on the security of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. “We are feeling good about where we are in terms of the planning with the Turks on this issue,” Mr. Sullivan said. The issue of airport security is critical to the American diplomatic presence in Afghanistan. A Taliban takeover of the airport could make it impossible for American and allied personnel to safely evacuate the country. Taliban leaders already have expressed opposition to any foreign personnel, including from Turkey, remaining in the country to provide airport security.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Jake Sullivan, Hamid Karzai, ” Mr, Sullivan Organizations: U.S . Locations: The U.S, Turkey, Kabul, U.S, Afghanistan,
2 job at Blackstone, singled out real estate investment trusts (REITs). He singled out real estate investment trusts (REITs) as a solid bet: "You can invest in a good basket of public REITs," he said. When making any kind of real estate investment, he said, you need to ask yourself: "Is this a good piece of real estate, where supply is limited, demand is favorable?" At Blackstone, Gray has helped spearhead the division of the company that buys single-family homes to rent out to tenants. "Our investment in rental housing is based on the fact that we just haven't built a lot of housing since 2008-09.
Persons: Jon Gray, Gray, Blackstone, it's, David Rubenstein, " Gray, Insider's Tara Mastroeni, Insider's Casey Sullivan, Dan Geiger, There's, Bloomberg's Rubenstein Organizations: Bloomberg, Blackstone, Wall Street, Income Locations: Austin , Texas, Cambridge , Massachusetts, London, Amsterdam, Tel Aviv, Blackstone, Wall
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan meets with U.S. President Joe Biden on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium June 14, 2021. He added that dialogue on the issue wouldSullivan told reporters that Biden and Erdogan, in their meeting on Monday at the NATO summit, discussed the Afghanistan issue. Erdogan sought certain forms of U.S. support to secure the airport and Biden committed to providing that support, Sullivan said. The security of the airport is crucial for the operation of diplomatic missions out of the Afghanistan as Western forces pull out. As president, Biden has adopted a cooler tone than predecessor Donald Trump towards Erdogan.
Persons: Tayyip Erdogan, Joe Biden, Murat Cetinmuhurdar, Jake Sullivan, Sullivan, Biden, Erdogan, Hamid, Donald Trump, Humeyra Pamuk, Trevor Hunnicutt, Chris Reese Organizations: U.S, NATO, Presidential, REUTERS, U.S . National, International Airport, Turkish, Taliban, Erdogan, Thomson Locations: Brussels, Belgium, REUTERS WASHINGTON, Turkey, Kabul, United States, Afghanistan, U.S, Russian, Syria, Ankara, Washington
White House considering talks between Biden and China's Xi
  + stars: | 2021-06-17 | by ( Trevor Hunnicutt | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
China's President Xi Jinping speaks during a bilateral meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., April 7, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File PhotoWASHINGTON, June 17 (Reuters) - The White House will consider arranging talks between President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, as the two countries spar over issues including human rights, a top U.S. official said on Thursday. read more"Soon enough we will sit down to work out the right modality for the two presidents to engage," Sullivan told reporters on a conference call. Biden and Xi are both expected to attend the G20 meeting in October hosted by Italy, one possible venue for such talks. Asked if he would call on Xi to push for an investigation in COVID-19 origins, Biden on Wednesday told reporters: "We know each other well; we're not old friends.
Persons: Xi Jinping, Donald Trump, Carlos Barria, Joe Biden, Jake Sullivan, Sullivan, Biden, Xi, It's, Trevor Hunnicutt, Chris Reese Organizations: U.S, Trump's, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, Group, Seven, Wednesday, Thomson Locations: Lago, Palm Beach , Florida, U.S, Beijing, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, China, Italy, COVID
WASHINGTON – The Biden administration was unable to work out a resolution with Turkey following Ankara's defiant purchase of a Russian weapons system, which the NATO alliance views as a security risk. National security advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters Thursday on a call that President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the 2017 multibillion-dollar weapons deal with Russia this week at NATO's headquarters. In December, the Trump administration slapped sanctions on Turkey, a NATO member, for buying the S-400 missile system in a confrontation not typically seen within the alliance. There was not a resolution of the issue. There was a commitment to continue the dialogue on the S-400," Sullivan said, adding that the Biden administration would have more to say on the matter after Washington and Ankara hold additional talks.
Persons: WASHINGTON –, Biden, Jake Sullivan, Joe Biden, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Trump, Sullivan Organizations: NATO Locations: Turkey, Russian, Russia, Washington, Ankara
Live Covid Live Updates: As U.S. Death Toll Nears 600,000, the Counting Is Complicated Many experts say the official total is probably an undercount. Credit... Justin Sullivan/Getty Images The United States is poised to reach a once-unthinkable number of 600,000 Covid-19 deaths. “Using the older definition of Covid-19 deaths, a resident who had Covid-19 but died due to another cause, like a car accident,” would still have been counted. As the pace of infection and death slows, public health agencies continue to revisit their death totals. Although it is one of three such drugs authorized in the United States, it is the only one currently in use nationwide.
Persons: Justin Sullivan, , Mitch Smith, Andrea Mantovani, Regeneron, Adriana Zehbrauskas, Peter Horby, Eli Lilly, Vir Organizations: Highland Hospital, Health, Public, New York Times, Times, ., The New York Times, European, European Commission, European Union . Travel, European Medicines Agency, World Health Organization, European Union, and Drug Administration, Covid, University of Oxford, Beta, GlaxoSmithKline Locations: California, Oakland, Calif, States, Northern California, Alameda County, , United States, Washington State, Missouri, Washington and Ohio, Oklahoma, West Virginia, New Jersey, New York City, Europe, Paris, Australia, Japan, South Korea, China, Albania, Lebanon, North Macedonia, Serbia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, European Union, Greece, Spain, Chandler, Ariz, Britain, South Africa, Brazil
Brian Sullivan's RBI: Coal is the new commodity seeing rising prices
  + stars: | 2021-06-16 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -0.88   time to read: 1 min
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailBrian Sullivan's RBI: Coal is the new commodity seeing rising pricesBrian Sullivan's daily RBI segment focuses on coal prices and demand across the world.
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Those warnings focus on a potential invasion attempt by China, which has increased its military activity in the area. But Taiwan and the US face a threat short of an invasion: a Chinese blockade that could cut Taipei off from the world. Chinese forces have conducted a number of live-fire drills that appear directed at Taiwan, and Chinese military flights across the median line in the Taiwan Strait and into Taipei's air-defense identification zone have hit record levels. Much of the focus has been on military preparations for deterring or fighting off a Chinese invasion. While essential, that focus misses an important threat short of a full-scale invasion: a blockade.
Persons: Joe Biden, Rong Xu, Lonnie Henley, Taiwan's, Henley, Liu Rui, Xi, Ian Easton, Easton, j.g, John Horne, they've, Tammy Duckworth, Dan Sullivan, Chris Coons Organizations: US, Taiwan, Taiwan's Ministry of Defense, Pentagon, East, China Economic, Security, Commission, China, Ministry of National Defense, Defense Intelligence Agency, Getty, Southern Theaters, Experts, Navy, Taiwan's Defense, American, Taipei Songshan, Central News Agency, Assistance Locations: Taiwan, China, Taipei, Beijing, Japan, Australia, Xiamen, East Asia, South China, South, Henley, Xinhua, Eastern, AFP, Russian, Shandong Peninsula, United States, Asia, Taipei Songshan Airport
Jon Gray still remembers what it was like when he was hired as an entry-level analyst at a seven-year-old private-equity shop in New York City in 1992. Fresh out of the University of Pennsylvania, Gray was interviewed by the Blackstone cofounders Stephen Schwarzman and Pete Peterson themselves. Recruiters first delayed the kickoff of the ultra-competitive process in the fall of 2020 in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Now the traditional on-cycle associate recruiting process likely won't start until late summer or early fall 2021, Insider previously reported. In October of 2020, we spoke with Gray, headhunters who recruit for the firm, and Blackstone's global head of human resources to learn what it takes to stand out.
Persons: Jon Gray, Gray, Blackstone, Stephen Schwarzman, Pete Peterson, couldn't Organizations: University of Pennsylvania, Wall Locations: New York City, Chicago
A record year for RaineIn Raine's investment-banking business, Jeff Sine was one of the top dealmakers in America in 2020. After facing off as rival media bankers for years, Joe Ravitch and Jeff Sine banded together to found The Raine Group. For Sine, Masa could hardly have been a better client to have throughout Raine's 12-year run. Masayoshi Son and Rupert Murdoch, News Corp's founder, were both clients of Jeff Sine and also collaborated on deals around the turn of the century. Moelis assured McDermott he was assembling a murderer's row, with Jeff Sine as Exhibit A.
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Google agreed to pay $267 million to settle a French antitrust case alleging it abused its online ad market dominance. Lawyer Damien Geradin, who filed the French complaint, explained why the case would have a global impact. The investigation also found that Google's AdX offered superior interoperability features to Google Ad Manager than it did to rival ad marketplaces. This is the first time that a competition authority [has found] that Google abused its dominant position in the adtech market, which of course is a core market for Google. It would have been surprising if Google would suddenly modify in a material way the way it goes about the adtech sector.
Persons: Damien Geradin, AdX, , Le Figaro, Geradin, Google didn't, That's, it's, Sundar Pichai, Justin Sullivan Organizations: Google, Ad, News Corp, Rossel, French Authority, Commission, Facebook Locations: France, Europe, Belgium, Germany, Italy, United States, Texas
Russian President Vladimir Putin said he and President Joe Biden agreed Wednesday that their respective ambassadors will return to their foreign posts, marking a resumption of diplomatic relations between the two adversaries that had been suspended since April. Currently, neither Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Anatoly Antonov, nor Washington's ambassador to Moscow, John Sullivan is stationed at his post. As a result, consular operations, visas and other diplomatic services in both countries effectively ground to a halt. The summit began with a 90 minute meeting featuring only Biden, Putin and their top foreign policy aides, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Officials had previously agreed that Putin would give the first press conference following the talks, and Biden would speak afterward.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Joe Biden, Anatoly Antonov, John Sullivan, Biden, Putin, Antony Blinken, Sergey Lavrov Organizations: Russian Locations: U.S, Moscow, Russia, Geneva
Brown | AFP | Getty ImagesAn extreme heat wave gripping the western United States will intensify and spread this week, creating dangerous conditions amid the worst drought in the last two decades and raising concerns about severe wildfires and electrical grid failures. More than three-fourths of the West is in severe drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. High temperatures in areas dependent on air-conditioning could result in grid failures and endanger people unable to escape the heat. Grid operators in Texas and California have called on residents to limit electricity use in order to avoid blackouts this week. In Texas, high temperatures have already caused a slew mechanical issues at power plants — just four months after a deadly winter storm knocked out power for millions of people.
Persons: Frederic J, Brown, Grant Mohn, David Becker, Rupa Basu, Ethan Miller, Basu, Justin Sullivan Organizations: AFP, Getty, U.S . Drought, California, Environmental Health, Recreation Area Locations: Los Angeles , California, United States, Nevada, Arizona, Las, Badwater, North America, Death, , California, U.S, Mead, Recreation Area , Arizona, Texas, California, Phoenix Lake, Ross , California
GENEVA — President Joe Biden will arrive Wednesday in Switzerland for his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a decade in a period of stark deterioration in relations between their two countries. "Since his 2014 aggression against Ukraine, in particular, Putin has seen Russia as increasingly at war with the West." Sullivan said Biden will lay out his expectations for Russia's behavior and the consequences if Putin doesn't meet them. There could also be an announcement that the two countries are taking steps to normalize diplomatic relations, including allowing the U.S. ambassador to return to Moscow and the Russian ambassador to be sent back to Washington. "I don't think the trajectory of the relationship is going to be fundamentally changed, but at least there will be a few areas for follow-up dialogue."
Persons: Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin, Jake Sullivan, Biden, Putin, Putin's crackdowns, Donald Trump's, Antony Blinken, he's, we'll, Michael McFaul, Obama, Alexei Navalny, Alexander Vershbow, George W, Bush, Sullivan, Putin doesn't, Sen, Chris Coons, McFaul, Trump's Organizations: White, NBC News, Putin, U.S, Russia Locations: GENEVA, Switzerland, White, Europe, Ukraine, Russia, Crimea, United States, U.S, East Coast, Belarus, Geneva, China, Moscow, Trump, Helsinki, Russian, Washington
The host welcomed back a full house to the Ed Sullivan Theater , home of CBS' "The Late Show," on Monday. It was the first time in 15 months that Colbert presented the show in front of a live audience. However, none of those moments truly matched the energy that was in the Ed Sullivan Theater on Monday night. Colbert said with a smile to audience members during the opening monologue. "There's no way of knowing that I've been gone for 15 months," Colbert said after his flub.
Persons: Stephen Colbert, Ed Sullivan, Colbert, Scott Kowalchyk, Stephen, Chris Licht, it'd, Jon Batiste, hadn't, I've, Jon Stewart, Dana Carvey, Joe Biden, Stewart, I'm, Evelyn, Evelyn Colbert Organizations: CNN, CBS, CNN Business, CBS Broadcasting Inc, Ed Sullivan Theater Locations: York, Broadway, New York, United States, South Carolina
WASHINGTON — The United States and Europe will announce a new joint technology and trade initiative on Tuesday, part of a wide-reaching effort this week by President Joe Biden to rally European allies and challenge China's rising influence. The U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council will have three overarching goals: To establish new global trade standards for emerging technology; to promote democratic values online; and to find ways for the United States and the EU to collaborate on cutting edge research and development. On the U.S. side, the trade council will be co-chaired by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and Ambassador Katherine Tai, the U.S. trade representative, said a Biden administration official who briefed reporters and requested anonymity to discuss ongoing negotiations. Other specific goals of the council include:To coordinate standards on new technology like artificial intelligence, quantum computing and biotechnology. Over the past decade, China has made huge public investments in its technology sector.
Persons: Joe Biden, WASHINGTON —, Jake Sullivan, Antony Blinken, Gina Raimondo, Katherine Tai Organizations: NATO, WASHINGTON, EU Trade, Technology, EU, Biden, World Trade Organization Locations: Brussels, Belgium, United States, Europe, U.S, China
A meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden in Geneva on Wednesday is unlikely to yield concrete deals but the talks will still be useful, a Kremlin aide said. The leaders will meet for the first time since Biden became president as the bilateral relationship stands at the lowest point in years. Putin's foreign policy adviser, Yuri Ushakov, told reporters that the agenda - apart form the final communiques - was confirmed in his phone call with White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan on Monday. I look at this meeting with practical optimism," Ushakov told reporters in comments cleared for publication on Tuesday. A lawyer said last year that Russian arms dealer, Viktor Bout, was one of the prisoners Moscow wants freed.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Joe Biden, Biden, Yuri Ushakov, Jake Sullivan, I'm, Ushakov, Putin, Washington, Viktor Bout Organizations: U.S, Kremlin, White House, Marines, Thomson Locations: Geneva, Russia, Syria, Ukraine, Moscow, Russian, United States, U.S
Biden is reportedly expected to bring up Reed's case in his first meeting with Putin on Wednesday. In an NBC News interview this week, Putin called Reed "just a drunk" who "got himself s---faced." Russian President Vladimir Putin has called a former US Marine who is imprisoned in Russia a "drunk" who "got himself s---faced and started a fight" in an interview ahead of his first summit with President Joe Biden. John Sullivan, the US ambassador to Russia, called the case against the 29-year-old "flimsy," and Reed's family have called on President Joe Biden to intervene. However, in an interview with NBC News aired on Monday, Putin said Reed's sentence was fair and labelled him a drunk.
Persons: Trevor Reed, Biden, Putin, Reed, Vladimir Putin, Joe Biden, Trevor, John Sullivan, Antony Blinken, , It's, Anna Moneymaker, CNN's, Reed's, He's, Paula, Joey Reed, Jen Psaki, Sergey Lavrov, Blinken, Paul Whelan, Biden's, Ned Price, Donald Trump Organizations: NBC, Marine, NBC News, CNN, White House Press, Reuters, Russian, US Marine, Department Locations: Russia, Switzerland, Washington ,
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden during their meeting in Moscow March 10, 2011. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin/File PhotoExpectations for a major breakthrough at a summit on Wednesday between U.S. President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin are low with ties between Washington and Moscow at their most strained in years. But Biden intends to bring up the issue and has suggested he wants Russian authorities to crack down on such cybercriminals. Putin had made clear that Ukraine is a 'red line' and that he wants Washington to steer clear. Russia recalled Anatoly Antonov, its ambassador to Washington, in March after Biden said he believed Putin was a "killer", while John Sullivan, the U.S.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Joe Biden, Alexander Natruskin, Biden, Alexei Navalny, Putin, NAVALNY Biden, Washington, Anatoly Antonov, John Sullivan, Paul Whelan, Trevor Reed, Viktor Bout, Konstantin Yaroshenko Organizations: Russian, U.S, REUTERS, FBI, Colonial Pipeline Co, meatpacker JBS SA of, HUMAN, Nuclear Forces Treaty, West, NATO, NBC, Thomson Locations: Moscow, Washington, Geneva, Ukraine, Syria, Russian, Russia, United States, meatpacker JBS SA of Brazil, Europe, UKRAINE, Crimea, Ukraine's, Kyiv, U.S
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