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Russia Shuts Down its Border with China Due to Coronavirus Threat

Visas Temporarily Suspended for Chinese Visitors

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State owned Russia Today reported that Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin issued an order to close Russia’s border with China in the Far East.

The Far East is Russia’s largest region in terms of landmass and it’s also the most remote area of the country.

This decision is following Vladimir Putin’s instructions on Wednesday when he requested that government officials do whatever they can to prevent the dissemination of the Chinese coronavirus.

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Furthermore, Mishushtin directed Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova to update the public on a daily basis on the status of coronavirus in Russia. As of now, the Russian government has not confirmed any cases of the virus.

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“An order has been signed today, it has become operational,” Mishustin informed ministers in Moscow.

“We will inform everyone today of the relevant measures to close the border in the Far East region and other measures the government has taken [to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Russia].”

Similarly, Moscow temporarily suspended the issuance of electronic visas to Chinese nationals, according to a Foreign Ministry announcement on Thursday afternoon.

These measures will apply to border checkpoints in the Far East and Kaliningrad, in addition to all entry points in the Leningrad region and St Petersburg. On top of that, it advised Russian travelers to not travel to China, unless the trip is absolutely necessary.

The Russian government’s announcements came on the heels of Chinese authorities revealing on Thursday morning that the number of people who caught the virus stood at 7,700 thousand, with at least 170 people dying from the virus. 38 of those deaths took place within the timespan of Wednesday and Thursday.

 

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U.S. Law Enforcement Bust 27 People Connected to Mexican Sinaloa Cartel

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Over two dozen people were arrested on drug charges in connection to a Mexican cartel smuggling cocaine into the U.S. Following a two-year investigation, 27 people were arrested through Operation Tripwire, an investigation effort U.S. officials have been working on featuring members of the Sinaloa Cartel.

The trafficking network went from Los Angeles, California to Tucson, Arizona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where cocaine originating from Mexico was smuggled stateside. The United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott Brady declared “this is a large organization that was trafficking hundreds of kilograms of cocaine throughout the country and has direct ties to the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico.”

U.S. authorities recounted that the investigations started after an agent in Pittsburgh was able to identify an address that received large quantities of suspicious-looking packages coming from California. Since then, agents started to do investigation on other members of the network across the U.S.

Across the span of seven months, authorities were able to intercept U.S. calls made by some of the alleged traffickers with Sinaloa carte leaders in Mexico. On September 9, 2020, 27 were arrested in Arizona, California, and Pennsylvania.

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According to American authorities, $1.3 million in cash and over 140 kilograms of cocaine were seized. The aforementioned people arrested are now facing a prison sentence of between 10 years and life in prison.

The border situation is no joke. Prior administrations have largely neglected the issue and have allowed for unprecedented levels of illegal immigration and drug trafficking to cross the U.S. border.

In a prior instance, BLP reported on how Mexico is a failed state that cannot maintain public order and is largely being pushed around by cartels. Due to its proximity to the U.S., Mexico’s problems will likely spillover stateside.

This is why border security is crucial. Thankfully, the U.S. has a president in Donald Trump that gets the memo. He’ll still need help from Congress, however,

That’s why it’s crucial that America First Republicans have strong showings at all branches of government in 2020.

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