Contents tagged with US

  • 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 …

  • 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, …

  • Newest U.S. fighters will be deployed in Europe

    The U.S. Air Force will deploy a small number of F-35A Lightning II fighters in Europe in the next two days. They, along with other U.S. and NATO aircraft, will be used for several weeks for pre-deployment training within the framework of the European Reassurance Initiative program, as reported by the US Department of Defense.

    According to the press service of the U.S. Department of Defense, the deployment of these fighters for training marks an important milestone and a logical next step in …

  • North Korea threatens U.S. with preemptive strike

    North Korea has issued a series of statements threatening the United States and its allies in the region, primarily South Korea, with a preemptive strike in the case, as Pyongyang said, of continuing American "provocations."

    In an interview with the "Associated Press" in Pyongyang, Deputy Foreign Minister of North Korea Han Song-Ryol said that his country is "completely ready to cope" with any threat from the U.S., and added: "If the U.S. comes with reckless military maneuvers, we will …

  • Russia and Iran warn the US against crossing 'the red lines in Syria'

    A joint military command for the Syrian operation consisting of Russian, Syrian and Hezbollah has released a joint statement warning the US against crossing the ‘red lines’ in Syria as reported by Ilam al Harbi  news agency.

     According to the statement, Iran and Russia will ‘respond with force’ against any further American actions in Syria.

    “What America waged in an aggression on Syria and is a crossing of red lines. From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red …

  • American senators want to create 'hybrid tribunal' on Syria, Russia disagrees

    A group of influential American senators introduced a bill to prosecute the war crimes committed in Syria (Syrian War Crimes Accountability Act). The bill envisions the possible creation of a hybrid tribunal to judge Assad and his regime, as well as to investigate the war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by all sides of the conflict in Syria, including the Jihadist group “Islamic State”.

    The “hybrid tribunal” could contain both Syrian and foreign jurists, judges and other …

  • Kremlin talks about similarities between Putin and Trump

    The Kremlin has said that Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump are similar in their principled approach to international relations. The Press Secretary of Russian President, Dmitry Peskov, spoke about this on a broadcast of TV channel ABC.

    "One defends the national interests of the United States, and the second - the national interests of the Russian Federation. And they understand very well that sometimes it is better for the national interest to maintain good relations with a colleague, …

  • Moscow concerned about Tillerson's statement regarding 'Russia's aggression'

    The words of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with regard to “Russian aggression in Ukraine” have aroused bewilderment in Moscow. This was stated in a message on the website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    "We regret to report that such an assessment was announced the day after the meeting of the Russia-NATO Council at the level of the Permanent Representatives," the statement said.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry believes that NATO puts “its ideological dogma" above real work …

  • The Pentagon promises to respond to Russia's violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

    In the near future the US intends to make a decision concerning their reaction to Russia’s violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, Reuters reports.

    Three weeks ago the Pentagon accused Russia of deploying missiles prohibited by the INF treaty of 1987. US Secretary of Defense James Mattis made a statement to this effect at a press conference in London with the British Defense Minister Michael Fallon.

    Mattis pointed out that this problem is a “matter of highest-level of …