Contents tagged with Pompeo

  • US Secretary of State urges Hungary to support Ukraine

    On Monday, February 11, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began his Central European tour of Hungary, Slovakia and Poland. At the joint press-conference with the Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó, Pompeo spoke about the need to support Ukraine, Voice of America reported.

    "Today I spoke with the foreign minister about the urgent importance of supporting Ukraine in its quest for sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he said. "Hungarians know all too well from their history that an …

  • NATO may consider deploying missiles in Czech Republic in response to Russia's violation of INF treaty

    The Czech Minister of Defense Lubomir Metnar stated that he does not rule out the possibility that NATO might soon return to discussions about deploying missiles on the territory of the Czech Republic. 

    In his opinion, the issue will be discussed in six months, when a decision will be made regarding the termination of the Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missile treaty (INF) between the USA and Russia. 

    “It is possible that after the treaty ends, the security situation will deteriorate. I …

  • German newspaper discloses locations of Russian 9M729 cruise missiles

    Russia has deployed 9M729 cruise missiles in the locations that previously have not been reported. On February 10, the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, citing western intelligence sources, wrote that the missile divisions are located near Mozdok in North Ossetia, and in Shuya town near Moscow, reports the Russian service Radio Liberty.

    Previously reported cruise missiles installations are located at the Kapustin Yar Russian rocket launch and development site in southern …

  • Media: Russia has tested Putin’s new 'doomsday' weapons at sea

    Russia has tested the reactor of the Poseidon, the unmanned underwater vehicle which Russian President Vladimir Putin boasted of last year, reported TASS with a reference to its source in the Russian military-defense industry.

    According to the source, the test was carried out at sea and confirmed “the previously declared specifications of its unlimited range of use and speed of over 200 kmph”.

    Thee information has not been officially confirmed by the Kremlin.

    Putin first spoke about the …

  • Russian Defense Minister orders to expedite new missile development to counter US

    Russia will have to develop new types of weapons in a limited time frame in response to the US’s withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said in a conference call on Tuesday.

    The defense industry has been given two years to create a ground-based variant of the Kalibr system with the long-range cruise missile that “proved itself” in Syria according to Shoygu.

    “In this same time frame, we will have to create a ground-based …

  • US gives Russia evidence of 9M729 missile tests which violates INF Treaty

    US Ambassador to Russia John Huntsman said that the US has given Russia the geographical coordinates and the dates of the tests done with the 9M729 missiles which the Pentagon believes violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

    The Russian government has repeatedly claimed that the US has presented no evidence to support its accusations that Russia is in breach of the treaty, which prohibits missiles with a range between 500 and 5,500 km.

    “Russia conducted flight tests of the …

  • US to withdraw from Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia in early February

    On February 2, after a six-month period, the United States will eventually withdraw from the Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF) Treaty, DW reported.

    In early December, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave Russia 60 days to return to the implementation of the INF Treaty. This period expires on February 2.

    US Permanent Representative to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison clarified that a six-month period will begin on February 2, during which the United States will remain a party to …

  • Kremlin: Russia showing 'goodwill' by discussing Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with US

    Russia is demonstrating “goodwill” by going to the negotiating table with the US on the missile issue, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov ahead of the consultations with the US in Geneva, TASS reports. 

    The deputy foreign minister stated that Russia is “by no means more interested than the US” in furthering the dialog. “Under conditions in which they have tried and continue to issue all kinds of ultimatums, preconditions and demands, we are demonstrating significant goodwill. …

  • Germany calls on Russia to take a prohibited cruise missile out of service

    To maintain the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), Moscow should take out of service the cruise missile that violates agreements with the USA, stated German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, Welt reports. 

    "Moscow has the key to maintaining the INF Treaty. If Russia wants to maintain the treaty, it should disarm so that it could be checked,” Maas said and added that "Russia violated the treaty by developing and putting a prohibited cruise missile [9M729 missile] into service." 

    Maas …

  • Russia sees no reason for prisoner swap for detained US citizen Paul Whelan

    Russia does not see any reason to exchange the US citizen Paul Whelan, who is facing charges of espionage in Russia, for Russians arrested in other countries, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told Interfax in a comment.

    “It should be pointed out that the situation with Paul Whelan, a citizen of the US and a number of other countries, is developing in strict accordance with the requirements of our legislation, and also in accordance with our obligations of a bilateral nature, …