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Brisbane artist Visaya Hoffie loses legs after being run over by seven carriages of New York train

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Visaya Hoffie fell onto the train tracks at 14 Street Station (pictured at the same station)

Visaya Hoffie fell onto the train tracks at 14 Street Station (pictured at the same station)

Visaya Hoffie fell onto the train tracks at 14 Street Station (pictured at the same station)

An Australian artist has lost her legs after she was run over by seven carriages of a New York City subway train. 

Visaya Hoffie was visiting a friend from Brisbane who was studying in the US when she was run over by a train after tripping onto the subway tracks at 14th Street station about 4am on January 11.

The 23-year-old lay unconscious on the tracks for about 20 minutes before her life was saved by her bright pink top.

She avoided being struck again by a second oncoming train when the driver caught sight of her bright clothing and slammed on the brakes. 

Visaya suffered multiple head wounds, a C2 vertebral fracture, a sheared vertebral artery, a skull depression and associated cuts and wounds as well as having both her lower legs amputated.

Despite all the injuries, she does not show any evidence of brain damage and is off life support.

In a heartfelft Facebook post Mrs Hoffie shared a photo of her daughter taken just moments before the horrific incident in her pink top (pictured)

In a heartfelft Facebook post Mrs Hoffie shared a photo of her daughter taken just moments before the horrific incident in her pink top (pictured)

Visaya is being monitored for a pseudoaneurysm in the femoral artery leading into her brain by the neck brace (pictured) she will have to wear for several months

Visaya is being monitored for a pseudoaneurysm in the femoral artery leading into her brain by the neck brace (pictured) she will have to wear for several months

In a heartfelt Facebook post Mrs Hoffie shared a photo of her daughter taken just moments before the horrific incident in her pink top (left) 

Despite all the injuries, Visaya (pictured) does not show any evidence of brain damage and is off life support

Despite all the injuries, Visaya (pictured) does not show any evidence of brain damage and is off life support

Despite all the injuries, Visaya (pictured) does not show any evidence of brain damage and is off life support

Her mother Pat Hoffie is at her bedside in New York.  

‘It’s difficult at the moment,’ Mrs Hoffie told The Courier Mail from beside her daughter.

‘But we are in the best possible medical home but we just have to put our heads together and work through it.

‘We’re in the middle of a very trying time.’ 

In a heartfelt Facebook post Mrs Hoffie shared a photo of her daughter taken just moments before the horrific incident in her pink sweater. 

‘This image of her [Visaya] was taken hours before the accident,’ she wrote.

‘The bright pink colour of her top is what alerted the engine driver of the second train to the fact that someone was lying across the track. 

‘When the first train had rolled across her unconscious body twenty minutes earlier, her black puffy jacket and black jeans had made her invisible to the driver. 

‘In the words of the investigating police, “it’s a miracle she survived.” Please pray that she continues to survive and to heal and to come home.’

On Wednesday, Visaya underwent further ‘corrective amputation’ on her left leg and is taking aspirin to avoid the risk of blood clotting. 

She is also constantly being monitored for a pseudoaneurysm in the femoral artery leading into her brain by the neck brace she will have to wear for several months. 

On Wednesday, Visaya underwent further 'corrective amputation' on her left leg and is taking aspirin to avoid the risk of blood clotting

On Wednesday, Visaya underwent further 'corrective amputation' on her left leg and is taking aspirin to avoid the risk of blood clotting

On Wednesday, Visaya underwent further ‘corrective amputation’ on her left leg and is taking aspirin to avoid the risk of blood clotting

Since the traumatic incident, the stitches in Visaya’s face have been removed but the staples in her skull are expected to remain for ‘some time’. 

As she remains in hospital, Visaya is being checked up on by doctors and nurses every half-hour.   

Visaya’s work was showcased at the Queensland College of Fine Art’s graduates collection in 2016, under the name Visaya Bose. 

Her mother Pat and late father Santiage Bose were both well-known in Brisbane’s art scene.  

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed in a statement they were providing consular assistance to an Australian woman in the United States.  

‘Owing to our privacy obligations we will not provide further comment,’ the statement said.

Mrs Hoffie has asked for her daughter's privacy to be respected as she continues to heal and deal with her traumatic injuries

Mrs Hoffie has asked for her daughter's privacy to be respected as she continues to heal and deal with her traumatic injuries

Mrs Hoffie has asked for her daughter’s privacy to be respected as she continues to heal and deal with her traumatic injuries

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Prince Harry picks up groceries in Canada as it’s revealed how The Queen BANNED Sussex Royal brand

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A low-key Prince Harry has been spotted grabbing his own lunch from a food market in Canada as the Daily Mail revealed that the Queen has banned him and Meghan from using the lucrative Sussex Royal brand.

The Duke of Sussex, 35, held two sandwiches and carried an eco-friendly bag full of groceries on Saturday as he headed home to the $14million Vancouver Island mansion where he and Meghan, 38, are living with baby Archie.

Harry appeared to be in good spirits while carrying out the sort of everyday task which sources have said he and Meghan have relished as ‘real homebodies’ since leaving the UK, such as taking the dogs out and hiking with friends.

The Mail revealed today that the Queen, following lengthy and complex talks with senior officials, agreed it was no longer tenable for the couple to keep the word ‘royal’ in their branding.

It was also announced this afternoon that the couple will no longer have an office at Buckingham Palace from April, following their decision last month to step down as senior royals. 

Harry was last seen – sporting the same baseball cap he donned for his grocery run – with Meghan when they returned from the US on a commercial flight which landed at Vancouver’s Victoria Airport on Friday afternoon.

The couple have spent tens of thousands of pounds on a new Sussex Royal website to complement their hugely popular Instagram feed. They have also sought to register Sussex Royal as a global trademark for a range of items and activities, including clothing, stationery, books and teaching materials.

In addition, they have taken steps to set up a new charitable organisation: Sussex Royal, The Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. It has now been made clear that they will need to ‘re-brand’.

A source told the Mail that, amid what has been described as a ‘complex’ situation, the ‘fine detail’ is still being thrashed out.

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Prince Harry wearing a baseball cap and jeans and carrying two sandiches and an eco-friendly bag full of groceries emerges from a local market on Vancouver Island on Saturday. It has since been revealed by the Daily Mail that the Queen has banned him and Meghan from using the lucrative Sussex Royal branding. It was also announced this afternoon that the couple will no longer have an office at Buckingham Palace from April, following their decision last month to step down as senior royals.

Prince Harry wearing a baseball cap and jeans and carrying two sandiches and an eco-friendly bag full of groceries emerges from a local market on Vancouver Island on Saturday. It has since been revealed by the Daily Mail that the Queen has banned him and Meghan from using the lucrative Sussex Royal branding. It was also announced this afternoon that the couple will no longer have an office at Buckingham Palace from April, following their decision last month to step down as senior royals.

Prince Harry wearing a baseball cap and jeans and carrying two sandiches and an eco-friendly bag full of groceries emerges from a local market on Vancouver Island on Saturday. It has since been revealed by the Daily Mail that the Queen has banned him and Meghan from using the lucrative Sussex Royal branding. It was also announced this afternoon that the couple will no longer have an office at Buckingham Palace from April, following their decision last month to step down as senior royals.

Harry appearing from a local market

Harry appearing from a local market

Harry leaving a store with groceries and sandwiches

Harry leaving a store with groceries and sandwiches

Prince Harry was dressed casually as he headed back to the $14million Vancouver Island mansion where he has been living with Meghan and baby Archie since ‘Megxit’. Harry was last seen – sporting the same baseball cap – with Meghan when they returned from the US on a commercial flight which landed at Vancouver’s Victoria Airport on Friday afternoon.

However, it is understood the couple have accepted that, as part of their new working arrangements, they will not be able to use the Sussex Royal name as they had hoped.    

The Queen was at the opening the new premises of the Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospital in London on Wednesday after news she had banned the use of Sussex Royal broke

The Queen was at the opening the new premises of the Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospital in London on Wednesday after news she had banned the use of Sussex Royal broke

The Queen was at the opening the new premises of the Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospital in London on Wednesday after news she had banned the use of Sussex Royal broke

The development is thought to represent a major blow to the Sussexes, who now face starting again and re-registering everything from their website to their charity under a new label. 

Harry and Meghan first began using the Sussex Royal branding this time last year, after they split their household from that of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – known as Kensington Royal.

The Sussexes’ Instagram page, @sussexroyal, has amassed 11.2million followers – the same number of fans as William and Kate’s account.

It was a natural progression, therefore, for Harry and Meghan to use the moniker for their new charitable foundation, due to be launched this year with the support of Buckingham Palace.

And as they secretly prepared for a new life in Canada, it was clear that Sussex Royal was at the forefront of Harry and Meghan’s plans.

Dozens of trademark applications were made for everything from bandanas to notebooks – although sources have always stressed that these were preventative measures to protect the trademark from others, and never intended for commercial use.

The couple also privately commissioned a new website. 

It went live last month to coincide with their bombshell announcement, with the introduction: ‘Welcome to the Sussex Royal community, your source for information on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.’

The couple’s decision to step down as senior working royals and pursue ‘financial independence’ put a spanner in the Sussex Royal works. 

It is the first time photographs have emerged of Harry since the Daily Mail revealed that the Sussexes would no longer be permitted to use 'royal' in their branding. The couple have spent tens of thousands of pounds on a new Sussex Royal website to complement their hugely popular Instagram feed. They have also sought to register Sussex Royal as a global trademark for a range of items and activities, including clothing, stationery, books and teaching materials.

It is the first time photographs have emerged of Harry since the Daily Mail revealed that the Sussexes would no longer be permitted to use 'royal' in their branding. The couple have spent tens of thousands of pounds on a new Sussex Royal website to complement their hugely popular Instagram feed. They have also sought to register Sussex Royal as a global trademark for a range of items and activities, including clothing, stationery, books and teaching materials.

It is the first time photographs have emerged of Harry since the Daily Mail revealed that the Sussexes would no longer be permitted to use ‘royal’ in their branding. The couple have spent tens of thousands of pounds on a new Sussex Royal website to complement their hugely popular Instagram feed. They have also sought to register Sussex Royal as a global trademark for a range of items and activities, including clothing, stationery, books and teaching materials.

Harry appeared to be in good spirits while carrying out the sort of everyday task which sources have said he and Meghan have relished as 'real homebodies' since leaving the UK, such as taking the dogs out and hiking with friends

Harry appeared to be in good spirits while carrying out the sort of everyday task which sources have said he and Meghan have relished as 'real homebodies' since leaving the UK, such as taking the dogs out and hiking with friends

Harry appeared to be in good spirits while carrying out the sort of everyday task which sources have said he and Meghan have relished as ‘real homebodies’ since leaving the UK, such as taking the dogs out and hiking with friends 








It placed the Queen in an invidious position, given her long-held conviction of refusing to allow working members of the family to profit from their positions.

Announcing Her Majesty’s decision to allow her grandson and his wife to pursue a new life abroad, officials made clear that the Sussex Royal title would still need to be re-evaluated.

All members of the family – including Harry and Meghan – were involved in the discussions, and it is understood they all agreed that, in light of the Sussexes’ decision to step back, their use of the word ‘royal’ would come into question.

Now, as well as giving up their HRH titles for work purposes and abandoning official appointments and patronages – including Harry’s military roles – the Sussex Royal brand will have to be abandoned.

Such is the sensitivity around the issue, Buckingham Palace officials would not discuss the developments last night.

The couple touched down on the commercial flight at Victoria airport around 4:45 pm Friday after returning from the US. They have previously been slammed for preaching about saving the planet, and then flying by private jet

The couple touched down on the commercial flight at Victoria airport around 4:45 pm Friday after returning from the US. They have previously been slammed for preaching about saving the planet, and then flying by private jet

The couple touched down on the commercial flight at Victoria airport around 4:45 pm Friday after returning from the US. They have previously been slammed for preaching about saving the planet, and then flying by private jet

Harry looked casual in a grey sweater and baseball cap and was beaming as he touched down in his new home last week with wife Meghan

Harry looked casual in a grey sweater and baseball cap and was beaming as he touched down in his new home last week with wife Meghan

Harry looked casual in a grey sweater and baseball cap and was beaming as he touched down in his new home last week with wife Meghan

There was no sign of baby Archie, who is believed to be being looked after in their $14million Canadian hideaway while the couple set to work carving out new business ventures

There was no sign of baby Archie, who is believed to be being looked after in their $14million Canadian hideaway while the couple set to work carving out new business ventures

There was no sign of baby Archie, who is believed to be being looked after in their $14million Canadian hideaway while the couple set to work carving out new business ventures

The couple appeared to have left behind the turmoil of recent weeks -triggered by their shock announcement they were stepping down as senior Royals - as they seemed happy and relaxed from their trip away

The couple appeared to have left behind the turmoil of recent weeks -triggered by their shock announcement they were stepping down as senior Royals - as they seemed happy and relaxed from their trip away

The couple appeared to have left behind the turmoil of recent weeks -triggered by their shock announcement they were stepping down as senior Royals – as they seemed happy and relaxed from their trip away

A source told the Mail: ‘In many ways this is inevitable given their decision to step down, but it must surely come as a blow to the couple as they have invested everything into the Sussex Royal brand The Queen would have had little choice, however.

‘The Sussexes’ original plan – of being half-in, half-out working royals – was never going to work. Obviously, as the Queen has made clear, they are still much-loved members of her family.  

‘But if they aren’t carrying out official duties and are now seeking other commercial opportunities, they simply cannot be allowed to market themselves as royals.’ 

The couple are reported to have ‘no regrets’ about their decision to step down.

Discussions about their charitable foundation took them to the prestigious Stanford University in California last week. 

Prince Harry on Saturday

Prince Harry on Saturday

Prince Harry on Saturday

Prince Harry on Saturday

Prince Harry on Saturday as he left a local food market on Vancouver Island, the quiet, leafy surroundings he and Meghan have opted for since moving away from the UK

Harry and Meghan have spent tens of thousands of pounds on a new Sussex Royal website, sussexroyal.com, to complement their hugely popular Instagram feed. It has now been made clear that they will need to 're-brand'

Harry and Meghan have spent tens of thousands of pounds on a new Sussex Royal website, sussexroyal.com, to complement their hugely popular Instagram feed. It has now been made clear that they will need to 're-brand'

Harry and Meghan have spent tens of thousands of pounds on a new Sussex Royal website, sussexroyal.com, to complement their hugely popular Instagram feed. It has now been made clear that they will need to ‘re-brand’

The couple's decision to step down as senior working royals and pursue 'financial independence' put a spanner in the Sussex Royal works and placed the Queen in an invidious position

The couple's decision to step down as senior working royals and pursue 'financial independence' put a spanner in the Sussex Royal works and placed the Queen in an invidious position

The couple’s decision to step down as senior working royals and pursue ‘financial independence’ put a spanner in the Sussex Royal works and placed the Queen in an invidious position








The foundation had been expected to launch in April, with the couple believed to be modelling the non-profit on those run by Barack and Michelle Obama, Bill and Hilary Clinton and Bill and Melinda Gates.

Harry and Meghan made their first post-Megxit appearance earlier this month at an event held by US banking giant JP Morgan in Miami – an organisation which has been embroiled in a succession of controversies. 

They reportedly dined with Jennifer Lopez after flying in on the firm’s private jet from Vancouver – despite previously calling for the world to embrace more eco-friendly ways to travel.

The appearance at the invitation-only summit is said to have earned the Sussexes up to £775,000. Local media reported that Harry appeared on stage with his wife and Gayle King, a TV host who attended Meghan’s baby shower last year.

A source told the New York Post that the duke ‘opened up to the wealthy crowd about the childhood trauma of losing his mother’, adding: ‘Harry also touched on Megxit, saying while it has been very difficult on him and Meghan, he does not regret their decision to step down as senior royals because he wants to protect his family.

The Duke and Duchess are currently residing at a $14million Vancouver Island mansion, where they have lived since November last year (pictured)

The Duke and Duchess are currently residing at a $14million Vancouver Island mansion, where they have lived since November last year (pictured)

The Duke and Duchess are currently residing at a $14million Vancouver Island mansion, where they have lived since November last year (pictured)








‘He does not want Meghan and their son Archie to go through what he did as a child.’ 

Last week it emerged Prince Harry’s team held talks with Goldman Sachs – an investment bank accused by the US government and senate of misleading investors about the value of subprime mortgages and contributing to the financial crisis. 

The couple, who quit The Firm last month and expressed their desire to become financially independent, are set to be invited to speak at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland next year. 

Experts claim they could make up to £1 ($1.3) billion if they network correctly with delegates and sign a combination of corporate deals and roles as brand ambassadors.  

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Ecuador’s ‘Throat of Fire’ volcano may be heading towards a ‘potential collapse’

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Ecuador’s Tungurahua (‘Throat of Fire’) volcano has shown signs that it may be growing unstable and could potentially collapse in the future, geologists warn.

The active volcano — known locally as ‘The Black Giant’ — appears to be developing an unstable western side, or ‘flank’, which could lead to a colossal landslide.

Such a collapse could cause widespread damage in the surrounding area — which includes Baños de Agua Santa, the second most populous city in the region.

Researchers are recommending that Tungurahua be closely monitored to keep an eye out for signs of an flank collapse.

‘This possible instability we have detected could led to a collapse one day, in a thousand years or never,’ said Geophysicist James Hickey of the University of Exeter.

‘The damage a collapse could have depends on how the volcano behaves and this is why it is important scientists continue to monitor it,’ he told MailOnline.

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Ecuador's Tungurahua ('Throat of Fire') volcano is showing the hallmarks of being headed towards a devastating 'potential collapse', geologists warn. The active volcano appears to be developing an unstable western side, or 'flank', which could lead to a colossal landslide

Ecuador's Tungurahua ('Throat of Fire') volcano is showing the hallmarks of being headed towards a devastating 'potential collapse', geologists warn. The active volcano appears to be developing an unstable western side, or 'flank', which could lead to a colossal landslide

Ecuador’s Tungurahua (‘Throat of Fire’) volcano is showing the hallmarks of being headed towards a devastating ‘potential collapse’, geologists warn. The active volcano appears to be developing an unstable western side, or ‘flank’, which could lead to a colossal landslide

TUNGURAHUA STATS 

Location: central Ecuador

Meaning of name: ‘Throat of Fire’

Volcano type: Stratovolcano

Last eruption: 2000–2018

Height: 16,480 feet above sea level

Pictured, Tungurahua smoking in 2010

Pictured, Tungurahua smoking in 2010

Pictured, Tungurahua smoking in 2010

‘Using satellite data we have observed very rapid deformation of Tungurahua’s west flank, which our research suggests is caused by imbalances between magma being supplied and magma being erupted,’ Dr Hickey said. 

The team suggest that the deformation can be explained by the temporary storage of magma at shallow depths beneath the volcano’s weakened west flank.

If magma continues to be supplied to this reservoir, the mounting stress in the volcanic core could cause the west flank to grow unstable and collapse.

‘Magma supply is one of a number of factors that can cause or contribute to volcanic flank instability,’ explained Dr Hickey.

‘So while there is a risk of possible flank collapse, the uncertainty of these natural systems also means it could remain stable,’ he added.

‘However, it’s definitely one to keep an eye on in the future.’

Researchers from the local Instituto Geofisico in Ecuador will be monitoring the volcano twenty-four-seven, Dr Hickey noted.

Such a collapse could cause widespread damage in the surrounding area — which includes Baños de Agua Santa, the second most populous city in the region. Pictured, Tungurahua

Such a collapse could cause widespread damage in the surrounding area — which includes Baños de Agua Santa, the second most populous city in the region. Pictured, Tungurahua

Such a collapse could cause widespread damage in the surrounding area — which includes Baños de Agua Santa, the second most populous city in the region. Pictured, Tungurahua

The team suggest that the deformation can be explained by the temporary storage of magma at shallow depths beneath the volcano's weakened west flank. If magma continues to be supplied to this reservoir, the stress in the volcanic core could cause the west flank to collapse

The team suggest that the deformation can be explained by the temporary storage of magma at shallow depths beneath the volcano's weakened west flank. If magma continues to be supplied to this reservoir, the stress in the volcanic core could cause the west flank to collapse

The team suggest that the deformation can be explained by the temporary storage of magma at shallow depths beneath the volcano’s weakened west flank. If magma continues to be supplied to this reservoir, the stress in the volcanic core could cause the west flank to collapse

Tungurahua — which has been active now since 1999, when an eruption (pictured) forced the evacuation of around 25,000 people from the surrounding area — has had a long history of undergoing flank collapse

Tungurahua — which has been active now since 1999, when an eruption (pictured) forced the evacuation of around 25,000 people from the surrounding area — has had a long history of undergoing flank collapse

Tungurahua — which has been active now since 1999, when an eruption (pictured) forced the evacuation of around 25,000 people from the surrounding area — has had a long history of undergoing flank collapse

Tungurahua — which has been active now since 1999, when an eruption forced the evacuation of around 25,000 people from the surrounding area — has had a long history of undergoing flank collapse.

An eruption of Tungurahua some 3,000 years ago led to a partial collapse of the west flank of volcanic cone the time.

This event is believed to have covered around 30.9 square miles (80 square kilometres) — the equivalent of some 11,000 football pitches — in an avalanche of rock, soil, snow and water.

Since this eruption, the volcano has steadily rebuilt itself, forming a steep-sided cone with a peak reaching some 16,480 feet (5,023 metres) above sea level — the west flank of which now shows signs it may be growing unstable as it did three millennia ago.

The full findings of the study were published in the journal Earth & Planetary Science Letters

The active volcano — known locally as 'The Black Giant' — appears to be developing an unstable western side, or 'flank', which could lead to a colossal landslide. Such a collapse could cause widespread damage in the surrounding area — which includes Baños de Agua Santa, the second most populous city in the region

The active volcano — known locally as 'The Black Giant' — appears to be developing an unstable western side, or 'flank', which could lead to a colossal landslide. Such a collapse could cause widespread damage in the surrounding area — which includes Baños de Agua Santa, the second most populous city in the region

The active volcano — known locally as ‘The Black Giant’ — appears to be developing an unstable western side, or ‘flank’, which could lead to a colossal landslide. Such a collapse could cause widespread damage in the surrounding area — which includes Baños de Agua Santa, the second most populous city in the region

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Turkey’s Syria offensive imminent: Erdogan

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned it is only a “matter of time” until a Turkish military offensive in Syria’s last rebel stronghold of Idlib begins, saying talks with Russia have been far from satisfactory.

“We can come one night suddenly. To say more clearly, the Idlib operation is a matter of time,” Erdogan told his party meeting in parliament.

Officials in Ankara and Moscow, which back opposing sides in Syria, have been trying to reinforce a fragile peace deal that had been agreed by Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

However, recent escalations following the Syrian government’s intensified attacks in Idlib have exacerbated the situation.

Both Turkish and Russian troops were killed in Idlib in the past few weeks.

Turkey has made “all kinds of preparations” to carry out its own military plans in Idlib, Erdogan said.

Turkey “will not leave Idlib to the (Syrian) regime” and its backers, Erdogan said, adding this is the “final warning” to the Syrian government to withdraw from Turkish posts in the north-western Syrian province.

“We unfortunately failed to reach the desired result in our talks with Russia. Although the talks will continue, it is true that we are very far from meeting our demands at the table,” the Turkish president said.

Russia, the main military backer of Syria’s government, warned that a Turkish military operation against the Syrian state in Idlib would be the “worst-case scenario,” according to Putin’s spokesman.

“We are determined to continue to use our working contacts with our Turkish counterparts to prevent the situation in Idlib from escalating further,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in comments carried by state news agency TASS.

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