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Washington (AFP) — The United States on Friday demanded Russia “immediately” withdraw an aid convoy of vehicles from Ukraine and warned of further international sanctions if Moscow did not respect Kiev’s sovereignty.

“Russia must remove its vehicles and its personnel from the territory of Ukraine immediately. Failure to do so will result in additional costs and isolation,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, left, and former President Donald Trump.

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In the professional stratum of politics, few verities are treated with more reverence than the outcome of next year's midterm, when the Republican Party is deemed certain to recapture majorities in the House and Senate. With weary wisdom, any pol or pundit will cite the long string of elections that buttress this prediction.

Political history also tells us that many factors can influence an electoral result, including a national crisis or a change in economic conditions — in other words, things can change and even midterm elections are not entirely foretold. There have been a few exceptions to this rule, too.

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