Contents tagged with US State Department

  • US warns Assad of 'firm' measures if southern Syria is attacked

    The US has warned that it will take “firm and appropriate measures” to enforce the ceasefire agreement in southern Syria if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad sends his troops against the opposition who are based in that part of the country.

    The territory in south-western Syria between the border city of Daraa and the Israeli Golan Heights has become another “hot spot” in the large-scale conflict between the irreconcilable enemies in the region: Israel and Iran.

    In 2017, the US, Russia and …

  • US Department of State agrees with findings of MH-17 investigation

    The State Department has released a statement on its website noting that the US does not doubt the findings of the Joint Investigative Team (JIT) in the course of the investigation into the crash of the Malaysian Airlines Boeing in the Donbas.

    "It is time for Russia to cease its lies and account for its role in the shoot down [of the aircraft]," the press statement said.

    It also called on Moscow to respect and comply with UN Security Council resolution 216, which requires all states to …

  • US State Department: Russian-speaking population in most danger where Russia is 'protecting' it

    State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert has claimed that the most dangerous place for Russian-speaking people to live is in eastern Ukraine, where Russia is "protecting" them.

    "Russia has claimed it wants to protect Russian speakers, but as our Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations, Kurt Volker has pointed out on numerous occasions, there’s nowhere in the world more dangerous for Russian speakers right now than in eastern Ukraine," she said.

    According to Nauert, Russia has …

  • United States plans to sell combat helicopters and missiles to Bahrain

    US Department of Defense intends to sell combat helicopters and aircraft missiles to Bahrain for an estimated cost of $911.4 million. The Pentagon has delivered the required certification notice to the Congress. The statement emphasizes that the State Department doesn’t object to the supply of such arms.

    Bahrain has requested attack helicopters AH-1Z, replacement engines, AGM-114 and APKWS II missiles, as well as radars, communications systems and other equipment. The US Defense Ministry …

  • US State Department confirms death of Russian mercenaries in Syria

    Assistant US Secretary of State A. Wess Mitchell has said that Russian mercenaries are operating in Syria. Speaking on Wednesday at a House Foreign Affairs Committee meeting on the topic of "US Policy in the Troubled Middle East," he stressed that Moscow “professes a wish to defeat ISIS but directs its bombs at fighters and even civilians who oppose the regime [of Bashar al-Assad].”

    He said that the Kremlin's actions could lead to further escalation of the conflict, threatening direct military …

  • US State Department approves sale of Javelin missile systems to Ukraine

    The US Department of State has approved the sale of 37 Javelin anti-tank weapons systems and 210 missiles to Ukraine in exchange for $47 million, Radio Liberty reports.

    "The Javelin system will help Ukraine build its long-term defense capacity to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity in order to meet its national defense requirements. Ukraine will have no difficulty absorbing this system into its armed forces," the Pentagon's March 1 statement reads.

    The Department said that the …

  • US Department of State: Nord Stream-2 pipeline will undermine Ukraine's energy independence

    The US opposes the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea, which will have negative consequences for the energy sector and the economy of Ukraine, as stated by the US Deputy Secretary of State, John Sullivan, during his speech at the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine, UNIAN reports.

    Speaking about energy policy concerning Ukraine, the diplomat said that the United States stands for Ukraine's stable, independent, self-sufficient energy future.

    "The future will not depend …

  • United States Deputy Secretary of State explains purpose of supplying Ukraine with defensive weapons

    During a speech at the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine, United States Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan explained that his country’s goal in providing Ukraine with defensive weapons is to ensure Ukraine’s protection against external aggressive attacks, UNIAN reports.

    Speaking about defensive weapons, the diplomat said that "these weapons should not be a threat to anyone who does not conceive of aggression or offensive actions." The speech, in this case, regarded an installment of sniper …

  • The US State Department estimates that Russia lost $3 billion in cancelled contracts due to sanctions

    Due to new US sanctions, Russia has lost contracts with a number of foreign countries amounting to more than $3 billion, according to Heather Nauert, an official representative of the US State Department's official.

    "We are pleased that some countries have stopped the purchase of certain Russian materials and supplies. We believe somewhere north of $3 billion – we’ve been able to stop those transactions," Nauert said.

    According to her, the United States warned countries around the world on …

  • US State Department Secretary: Nord Stream 2 undermines European security

    Washington and Warsaw share the common view that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project undermines Europe's security and energy stability and gives Russia an instrument of political pressure, stated Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during a joint press conference with the Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz held on Saturday, January 27 in Warsaw.

    "Like Poland, the United States opposes the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. We see it as undermining Europe’s overall energy security and stability, …