Contents tagged with USA

  • Russian officials remove US diplomats from train during official trip to Severodvinsk

    Three US embassy employees were removed from the Nyonoksa – Severodvinsk train in Russia since they lacked authorization to enter the restricted territory, Interfax reports, citing an informed source.

    The US diplomats included Navy Attache Curtis, Attache Arriola and Attache Colonel Dann.

    “Since this territory is restricted, the US embassy staff were removed from the train, and signs of an administrative offense have been perceived in their actions,” the report reads.

    The source noted that …

  • US to lead largest military exercise in 25 years in Europe

    At the start of next year, the US will dispatch three tank brigades and thousands of other types of troops to Europe to participate in the largest US-led military exercise on the continent in the last 25 years, writes Stars and Stripes, the US Defense Department newspaper.

    The press service of the United States European Command (EUCOM) announced that the Defender Europe 2020 exercises will be held in Europe next year. The drills will be conducted in ten countries, but primarily in Germany and …

  • US representative for Ukraine Volker may be replaced by Ex-CIA officer

    72-year-old former CIA officer Michael Kostiw could replace former US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker, reports UNIAN news agency.

    Kostiw worked for the CIA for ten years, he was also an employee of one of the largest oil and gas companies,Chevron, and since 2011 has served as Vice President of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. And since January 2017 he is also the adviser to the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coates.

    Earlier, media reported that Kostiw …

  • Russian citizen detained in Spain at US request

    Spanish police arrested a Russian citizen at the request of the United States, reports TASS news agency, citing the Russian Embassy in Madrid.

    According to the embassy, the police detained a man on September 20 at the Valencia airport at the request of the United States. The Russian citizen was arrested, and after that, an employee of the Russian Consulate General in Barcelona visited him. A local lawyer is involved in the case. The diplomatic mission added that they are carefully following …

  • Russian MPs planning to attend UN General Assembly denied visas to the US

    The United States did not issue visas to members of the Russian delegation who were to attend the UN General Assembly in New York. According to RIA Novosti, the heads of the International Committees of the Federation Council and the State Duma, Konstantin Kosachev and Leonid Slutsky, were denied entry to the United States.

    Kosachev called this "an outrageous action" that has no explanation. Eight Russian diplomats were also denied entry to the US. The Russian Foreign Ministry has already said …

  • Russia cuts investments in US government securities

    In July, Russia reduced investments in US government securities to $8.5 billion, reports the US Department of the Treasury. $6.239 billion is accounted for long-term bonds and the remaining $2.262 billion for short-term treasury bills.

    Russia has been reducing its investments in US government securities for the fifth month in a row. The last time their volume increased in February. By the end of June, Russia's investments in US government securities amounted to $10.848 billion. In July, it …

  • Volker: West willing to help Russia find easy way to withdraw from Ukraine

    US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker told the Ukrainian TV channel 1+1 that Russia is achieving the exact opposite of what it had hoped by continuing its occupation and war in eastern Ukraine.

    Volker emphasized that the members of the Normandy Format and the US are willing to help Russia find an “easy way” to withdraw from the occupied Ukrainian territories.

    “I think that there are reasons why Russia should withdraw from the Donbas. They are actually not interested in keeping the …

  • Taliban delegation visits Moscow after talks with the USA failed

    A delegation of the Afghan Taliban visited Moscow, where they held talks with the Russian President's special representative for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov.

    During the talks, the Russian side stressed the need to resume negotiations between Washington and the Taliban. The Taliban, in turn, reaffirmed their readiness to continue the dialogue with Washington. Before that, the Taliban wants to strengthen its negotiating position, with the support of regional powers such as Russia, China, Iran, as …

  • Russia: The risk of unintentional nuclear war is real

    The collapse of the Russian-American nuclear arms control system makes nuclear war a real threat, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov on Thursday.

    The Russian politician asserts that it is exclusively western countries that are to blame for breaching the bilateral nuclear arms reduction treaties and creating the threat of an exchange of nuclear attacks. The West’s policy of “scrapping” the mechanisms that were developed over decades is “deliberate”, he says.

    “The negative …

  • US State Department approves $141.5 million to Ukraine for rifles and grenade launchers

    On September 12, the Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Clarke Cooper said that the US State Department approved the allocation of 141.5 million dollars to strengthen Ukraine's security and defense, reports the Voice of America citing the Defense News publication. The money will be used to buy sniper rifles and grenade launchers.

    It is noted that this amount is provided additionally to $250 million assistance for the defense, that was granted earlier by the US …