Contents tagged with US State Department

  • US State Department demands that Russia withdraw troops from Ukraine

    Russia continues to violate the Minsk agreements on the conflict in the southeast of Ukraine, the US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said on Wednesday.

    “The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) conflict monitors spotted four new Russian electronic warfare systems in eastern Ukraine. More evidence Russia’s military is orchestrating the conflict in the Donbas,” Nauert wrote in Twitter.

    Russia must fully implement the Minsk agreements that require it to transfer control over the  …

  • Russian Foreign Minister: Putin is ready to meet with ‘unfriendly’ Trump

    The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov said that Russia was ready to “meet even with representatives of the states that lead unfriendly policies – including the USA”, TASS reported.

    Commenting on the relevance of a meeting in the light of Washington’s statements on sanctions, Lavrov answered, “We have never avoided communication, including with representatives of the states that have adopted a clearly unfriendly policy towards us”.

     “If the two leaders feel the need to meet and refer to …

  • Russian steel producer EVRAZ states there are no plans to sell assets in the US

    Metallurgical and mining company EVRAZ is not planning on selling its assets in the USA, as they are of strategic interest, reported Interfax referring to the statement made by the president of the company Alexander Frolov.

    “We see an opportunity to further develop rails and large-diameter pipes, delivery of slabs is continuing, even despite the newly imposed tariffs. Therefore, we do not have any immediate plans to sell,” Frolov said.

    EVRAZ North America includes six production sites. They …

  • US State Department: Russia can avoid sanctions under several conditions

    The US State Department announced that the United States is ready to cancel anti-Russian sanctions due to Skripal's poisoning under several conditions.

    According to the message of Washington, in the next three months, Russia has to assure that it will not use chemical or biological weapons, reported RBC news agency. In addition, Russian authorities shall not obstruct the work of UN inspectors and independent international observers.

    The second package of sanctions stipulates reduction of …

  • US State Department commends the creation of an anti-corruption court in Ukraine

    The United States commends Ukraine for adopting a law on the Anti-Corruption Court and emphasizes the need to amend the law that will ensure this court considers existing cases under its jurisdiction, stated US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert.

    "The United States commends Ukraine for adopting a law to establish an independent anti-corruption court. We were pleased to see this important piece of legislation passed with broad support in the Verkhovna Rada. With this move, Ukraine …

  • US State Department accuses Russia of using intimidation tactics against the OSCE mission in the Donbas

    U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert declared that Russian-backed militants must stop shooting in the direction of the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) staff of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Eastern Ukraine.

    "I’m seeing reports that Russia-subordinated personnel fired a weapon to intimidate unarmed OSCE SMM monitors in eastern Ukraine," Nauert wrote. "OSCE SMM risks their lives to protect civilians. Russia should stop this deplorable behavior and …

  • 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 …