Contents tagged with Pompeo

  • Russia and U.S. exchanged accusations over situation in Venezuela

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo had a telephone conversation to discuss the situation in Venezuela. Both the Russian Foreign Ministry and the United States Department of State stated that Pompeo and Lavrov exchanged accusations over the situation in Venezuela.

    Lavrov stressed that “Washington’s attempts to organize a coup d'état in Venezuela and threats against its legitimate government are a violation of the United Nations Charter and …

  • Kremlin: Russia to adjust Crimea communication strategy in light of Trump’s Golan Heights decision

    The Russian Foreign Ministry intends to adjust its communication strategy on Crimea in light of the US’s pledge to recognize Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights, the department’s spokesperson Maria Zakharova wrote on Facebook in response to a statement by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

    On Saturday, a Sky News reporter suggested that by condemning the annexation of Crimea but recognizing the annexation of the Golan Heights, the US is demonstrating double standards in its policy. Pompeo …

  • Russia and US start talks on future of Venezuela

    Russia and the US will soon start talks on the future of Venezuela, which for years has been suffering from a sever economic crisis, hyperinflation, and a shortage of basic necessities, and is now also facing a bitter political crisis.

    Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov arrived in Rome early this week to meet with the US Special Representative for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on 4 March that he is willing …

  • Russian oil conglomerate Rosneft threatens to sue Washington after US accuses it of buying Venezuelan oil

    Rosneft has responded to the accusations voiced by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the Russian company is buying oil from Venezuela in contravention of the sanctions. The response was published on the official Rosneft website.

    “Rosneft is assessing the consequences of the statements made by US officials, and if damage is identified, it will seek to protect its rights in accordance with the standards of international law,” the document states.

    The Russian oil company emphasizes that it …

  • Washington: Russia's 'referendum' in Crimea 'a farce at the barrel of a gun'

    The so-called “’referendum’ at the barrel of a gun”, conducted by Russia in the Crimea five years ago, was a farce, wrote State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino on Twitter. He remarked that it was “rightfully condemned by the international community”.

    On July 25, 2018, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued the Crimea Declaration whereby the United States rejected Russia’s annexation of the Crimea. Pompeo stated that the United States pledged to maintain this policy until …

  • Pompeo and the leaders of Cyprus and Greece will meet in Israel to discuss gas pipeline to Europe

    US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and President of Cyprus Nikos Anastasiadis will arrive in Israel in the near future to discuss the construction of the world's longest underwater EastMed gas pipeline from the Eastern Mediterranean to Europe, Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the Jewish state stated on Wednesday.

    “In a few days, the leaders of Cyprus and Greece will come here together with US Secretary of State Pompeo to advance the construction of a …

  • Kremlin offers the US to start Venezuela negotiations

    The Russian government has started to lose faith in its ability to keep Nicolás Maduro in power in Venezuela, despite the $17 billion Moscow has spent on assistance for the country over the last 12 years.

    When another of Venezuela’s major creditors – China – began negotiations with opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who has been recognized as interim president by the US, EU and 8 Latin American countries, the Russian Foreign Ministry contacted Washington, asking to begin bilateral consultations on …

  • United States plans to leave around 400 military in Syria

    A number of news agencies, referring to a high-ranking representative of the U.S. presidential administration, reported that after the withdrawal of armed forces from Syria, the United States intends to leave about 400 troops in the country, writes Deutsche Welle. 

    Earlier, the White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, said that Washington wants a small peacekeeping group of about 200 to remain in Syria for a certain period of time. She explained that this would help to "protect peace" in …

  • US Secretary of State calls Lavrov to inform about new sanctions against Russia

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a telephone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, during which he announced Washington’s intention to impose additional sanctions against the Russian Federation, reported the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry. 

    “In connection with the US Secretary of State’s intention to impose additional sanctions on Russia under the absolutely unproven excuse of last year’s turbid story of the alleged “poisoning” of S.B. Skripal and his …

  • Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov warns Pompeo against sanctions for Skripals poisoning

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have recently spoken over the phone at the latter’s initiative, the Russian foreign policy department reported on Tuesday. 

    The officials discussed two main topics. 

    The first was the possible imposition of new sanctions on Russia due to the poisoning of former GRU agent Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the UK. Lavrov warned that this would cause further deterioration in the two countries’ relations and …