RT News - August 4, 2017 (12:00 MSK)

Washington blames Russia for the current escalating diplomatic crisis, while Donald Trump blames Congress for derailing relations with Moscow over sanctions. Another leak from the White House - transcripts of the U.S. President's calls with world leaders are released by the media, raising fears over U.S. national security. The opposition in Venezuela says it will refuse to vacate parliament - as the country's newly-elected Constituent Assembly prepares for its inaugural session. A German rescue boat with migrants on board is seized by Italian authorities - who suspect the crew had been in contact with Libyan smugglers.