Contents tagged with Pentagon

  • Ukraine and the US sign Protocol on Defense Cooperation

    Ukrainian-US bilateral defense consultations took place at the Central House of Officers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in Kyiv. After the meeting, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry and US Defense Department signed a Protocol that defines further areas of cooperation between the two defense agencies, reports the press service of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.

    "The Ukrainian delegation, headed by Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Alina Frolova, discussed with American colleagues the main aspects …

  • Pentagon promises to defend Syrian oil fields by force if necessary

    The US will defend Syria’s oil fields and use force if someone tries to capture them, said US Defense Secretary Mark Esper at a press conference broadcast by C-Span TV network.

    “The US will maintain control over the oil fields in north-eastern Syria. When [Islamic State ringleader] al-Baghdadi was alive, these fields were a source of financing for IS which supported its operation,” Esper observed. He said that the US will “respond seriously to any forces that threaten them”.

    The defense …

  • Putin: Russia is ready to help Africa in fight against terrorism

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the Armed Forces of African countries are not able to fight the terrorists alone and need substantial assistance, reports TASS.

    According to Putin, Russia's cooperation with the African countries in the field of security is an essential component of bilateral relations. "Without solving these problems, they won't be able to move forward," said Russian President.

    Putin noted that Russia will continue to expand contacts between intelligence agencies …

  • Pentagon tells Turkey to choose between Russian S-400 and American F-35

    US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that Turkey cannot have any US-produced F-35 fighters unless it calls off the contract to purchase S-400 aerial defense systems from Russia, Cumhurriyet reports. Esper said that Ankara cannot expect to be supplied by the US and Russia at the same time.

    This was Esper’s response to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu’s statement that the US is obligated to supply Turkey with the fighters for which it paid $1.4 billion.

    Çavuşoğlu said previously that …

  • Russian Foreign Minister warns the US against putting missile defense systems in space

    If the US places anti-missile defense systems in space, it will lead to a new arms race, said Russian Defense Minister Sergey Lavrov at a meeting between the foreign ministers of the BRICS countries, TASS reports.

    “A long time ago, Russia, in conjunction with China, presented a draft treaty on the prevention of weapons being placed in space at the disarmament conference in Geneva,” he noted.

    According to the minister, several countries’ increased military budgets and the disintegration of the …

  • US to allocate $4 million to Ukraine for construction of arsenals

    The United States is allocating $4 million to Ukraine for the construction of six storage facilities for explosives as part of a new Memorandum on Conventional Weapons Destruction signed by the two countries on June 25, reports the press service of the US State Department.

    "The United States and Ukraine signed a new memorandum of understanding on Conventional Weapons Stockpile Management. Signed by Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper and Ukraine …

  • Pentagon decides to allocate additional $250 million to Ukraine for defense

    The US Department of Defense announced that it will allocate an additional $250 million to Ukraine in the framework of cooperation between the countries in the field of defense, according to a statement on the Pentagon website.

    "This security cooperation is made possible by Ukraine’s continued progress on the adoption of key defense institutional reforms to align Ukraine’s national security architecture with Euro-Atlantic principles," reads the statement of the Defense Department of the USA. …

  • Warsaw and Washington agree to increase number of US troops in Poland

    The Chief of the Cabinet of the Polish President, Krzysztof Szczerski, said that the country has concluded talks on increasing the number of US troops, as reported by Polskie Radio. According to him, Polish President Andrzej Duda and US President Donald Trump would have to approve the  agreement.

    “As the political leaders of the countries, the presidents will decide whether or not they are satisfied with the deal. If so, we envision this political agreement will happen when the President of …

  • Russian Space Agency: Pentagon wants space sector relations to deteriorate

    The Pentagon’s decision to limit the use of Russian carrier rockets will lead to a deterioration in US-Russian relations in the space sector, the Russian space agency Roscosmos said in a statement on its official website.

    “This decision by the Pentagon could have a negative impact on the international cooperation to organize regular launches of spacecraft into targeted orbits on a commercial basis,” the statement reads.

    Roscosmos believes that, through this decision, the Pentagon is trying to …

  • Russia denies possibility of supplying ammunition to the US

    Russian defense concern Corporation Rostec, commenting on the reports about the Pentagon's intention to buy ammunition for Russian weapons, said that the supply of Russian ammunition for the needs of the United States is currently impossible. The ammunition of the Russian production can be delivered to the United States only in the case of lifting the sanctions, reports Interfax with reference to Rostec.

    Earlier, the publication Defence Blog reported that the Pentagon unit plans to purchase …