Contents tagged with US State Department

  • US State Department comments on Saakashvili situation

    The United States is closely following events in Kyiv connected to the detention and escape of Mikheil Saakashvili, the former President of Georgia and former Governor of Odessa Oblast, said State Department spokesman Heather Nauert during a briefing, TSN reports.

    "We’re closely monitoring that situation and what happened in Kyiv. We are in close contact, as you know. We have a good relationship with the Government of Ukraine. It doesn’t mean that we agree with them on absolutely everything, …

  • US State Department warns of Russian energy domination in Europe

    State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert stated at a press briefing that the implementation of the Turkish Stream and Nord Stream 2 projects will strengthen Russia's dominance of energy in Europe, which will inevitably lead to a security threat for Europe.

    "We know that Europe is working to diversify its energy sector overall. It’s also assessing projects [such as Turkish Stream] that would undermine some of these efforts. We agree with many of our European partners that Nord Stream 2 and …

  • US State department approves sale of weapons to Poland worth $500 million

    The United States Department of State has provided its consent to the possible sale of weapons worth USD 500 million to Poland. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense notified Congress of this decision.

    Half of the cost of the defense contract for Poland is for the HIMARS light multiple rocket launchers (USD 250 million).

    The other half of the order covers an arsenal of weapons ranging from artillery munitions to GPS-receivers. 

    In particular, Warsaw …

  • Washington: US State Department follows up the adoption of Russian law on foreign agent media

    The Department of State is closely following the fate of the Russian law on foreign agents, RIA Novosti reports, citing a department representative.

    "We are closely following this bill to see whether it will be adopted and how it will be implemented," he said.

    According to him, the State Department informed its Russian partners that "FARA (Foreign Agents Registration Act in the United States) promotes transparency without limiting freedom of speech."

    Previously, the State Duma adopted, in …

  • US State Department Envoy called on Ukraine to create an anti-corruption court

    Ukraine needs to create an anti-corruption court in addition to fulfilling the requirements for obtaining the next tranche of the International Monetary Fund's loan, as stated by Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    "We were pleased to see that a number of very important reform laws have been adopted in Ukraine but much remains to be done. The efforts on establishing an Anti-Corruption Court should continue," he said.

    Mitchell …

  • Chairman of Ukrainian Parliament urged the US State Department to provide Ukraine with lethal weapons

    The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, Andriy Parubiy addressed Wess Mitchell, the new Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs with a request to provide Ukraine with lethal weapons. Parubiy had the following to say on Facebook:

    "I had a strategic and constructive meeting with US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell. This visit is a sign of great support for Ukraine from the US. I called on the US State Department to provide Ukraine …

  • US State Department refuses to comment on media reports of a military grant for Ukraine

    The State Department refused to comment on media reports that Washington could provide Ukraine with a $47-million grant for the purchase of arms from the US. "We do not comment on possible or an anticipated transaction before Congress is notified about them," a representative of the Department of State told TASS news agency on Saturday.

    Earlier, ABC news reported that advisors of US President Donald Trump could urge him to provide Kyiv with a $47-million grant, which would allow the Ukrainian …

  • US State Department: delay with introduction of new sanctions against Russia caused by complexity of the process

    The US State Department is working on identifying individuals and organizations associated with the Russian defense and intelligence sectors, and the complexity of the process has caused the deadline to be set back, said State Department spokesman Heather Nauert at a press briefing.

    According to Nauert, defining such persons and organizations may lead to them being subjected to new sanctions. The State Department "is working to complete the process." " My understanding – and I’m not working on …

  • US Department of Defense and Department of State officially recommend the provision of lethal weapons to Ukraine

    A decision on the provision of lethal weapons support to Ukraine is now at the White House. Joseph Dunford, spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces, announced this during a Senate hearing, reports Radio Liberty. At the same time, he did not name a deadline for the adoption of the decision by the White House.

    “The US Department of Defense and State Department have officially recommended the provision of lethal weapons to Ukraine,” noted Senator Roger Wicker during the …

  • Putin's Aide Surkov says after meeting with US envoy on Ukraine Volker that situation in the Donbas does not suit anyone

    The current situation in the Donbas does not suit either party to the conflict, nor the external forces that are facilitating the settlement, said Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov after a meeting with US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker, reports Russian media.

    "We agreed that the current situation in the southeast of Ukraine cannot satisfy neither the conflicting parties, nor the external forces that are contributing to the resolution.

    The discussion …