NATO fighter jets make record number of flights due to Russian Air Force

In 2016, NATO fighter jets were scrambled 780 times from military bases in Europe in order to visually identify and escort planes from the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS). This is a record number of such incidents since the time of the Cold War, news outlet DPA reported, citing representatives of the Ramstein US Air Force Base in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

About 90 other such flights were made on account of the military planes of other states, passenger liners or other transport aircraft, …

U.S. authorities deny ExxonMobil cooperation with Rosneft in circumvention of sanctions

The U.S. Treasury announced that it would not make an exception for ExxonMobil, which asked for a temporary lifting of sanctions that prohibit the implementation of joint projects with Russian corporation Rosneft.

"In consultation with President Donald J. Trump, the Treasury Department will not be issuing waivers to U.S. companies, including Exxon, to authorize drilling prohibited by current Russian sanctions," Voice of America quoted Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin as saying.

Oil giant …

OSCE vehicle blown up near Luhansk in eastern Ukraine

Interfax news agency reports, with reference to a source in Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), that an OSCE vehicle was blown up near Lunahsk.    

“According to preliminary data, the vehicle with the OSCE monitors hit a roadside bomb near the town of Prishyb in Lunahsk. The bomb was placed by unknown persons. There are casualties", the source said.

The Interfax‘s source accused the Ukrainian side of placing that bomb, stating that the bomb could have been installed "intentionally for the …

US State Department representative will visit Ukraine to discuss military assistance programs

The U.S. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs, Ambassador Tina Kaidanow, will visit Ukraine next week to discuss military assistance programs, the State Department said in a message.

The report says that Kaidanow will visit Germany, Estonia and Ukraine on April 23-29 to discuss a number of international security issues.

"In Estonia and Ukraine, Ambassador Kaidanow will meet with civilian and defense officials to discuss a wide range of political-military issues, …

Syria and Russia hold negotiations about new arms shipments

Syria and Russia are holding negotiations about new shipments of arms, including anti-air defense weapons. Damascus is interested in latest generation systems, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

“Yes, this always happens before war and during it. Of course, we need more weapons after the war and on account of expending them, this is a part of everyday relations between the Defense Ministries of Russia and Syria,” he said, when asked whether concrete …