Contents tagged with USA

  • U.S. builds new military base in northern Syria

    The U.S.-led coalition forces have begun building a new military base in northern Syria, where Russia has been trying to establish its presence, reported Russian Telegram-channel " the Military Observer" which monitors the Syrian conflict.

    It is noted that the new base is being built in rural areas in Deir ez-Zor province, which is home to a third of Syria's oil deposits. Russia is very interested in this territory and it has repeatedly made attempts to take control of it. One such attempt a …

  • Washington imposes sanctions on Russian pipe-laying ship working on Nord Stream 2

    The U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions on the Fortuna pipe-laying ship and its owner, which are involved in the construction of Russia's Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline, as stated on the website of the U.S. Treasury Department.

    Last December, Fortuna's specialized barge laid about 2.6 km of pipeline in German waters, after a nearly year-long hiatus in construction due to U.S. sanctions.

    Now the ship, which flies the Russian flag, has been added to the list of companies and entities that …

  • Washington confirms continued support for Ukrainian Armed Forces

    U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin confirmed continued support for the Ukrainian Armed Forces as part of Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI), reported the press service of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.

    It is noted that, on February 19, Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Taran held a telephone conversation with the U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

    During the conversation, the parties confirmed the strategic nature of the bilateral relations between Ukraine and the United States …

  • U.S. and UK impose sanctions on Lukashenko’s associates

    The U.S. imposed sanctions on 43 citizens of Belarus in response to the sentencing of two journalists of Belsat TV channel, as well as crackdown on peaceful protesters, pro-democracy activists, and journalists.

    The names of those sanctioned have not been published, but it is specified that they are "high-ranking justice sector officials; law enforcement leaders and rank-and-file personnel who detained and abused peaceful demonstrators; judges and prosecutors involved in sentencing peaceful …

  • U.S. may ban recognition of Russian sovereignty over Crimea

    A bill has been submitted to the U.S. Congress, which prohibits the U.S. government from recognizing Russia's sovereignty over annexed Crimea.

    The author of the document, which was published on the website of the U.S. Congress,  is the representative of the Democratic Party from Virginia, Gerry Connolly.

    "To prohibit United States Government recognition of the Russian Federation's claim of sovereignty over Crimea, and for other purposes," the document reads.

    The text of the document has not …

  • Kremlin: Russia prepares for 'a serious conversation' with U.S.

    Russia is preparing for a "serious conversation" with the U.S. over Washington’s response to the arrest of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, said the spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova.

    According to Zakharova, Washington should mind "its own business". She sterssed that the rhetoric that America supposedly allows itself about Russia will not be able to help in relations between the countries.

    At the same time, she said that differences between Russia and the United …

  • U.S. prepares sanctions against Russia over Navalny’s sentence

    The U.S. will prepare a package of sanctions against Russia in connection with the case of Alexei Navalny, who was poisoned in August with Novichok nerve agent and on Tuesday sent to the penal colony for 2 years and 8 months, said Republican Senator Mitt Romney, who represents Utah and is a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

    "Strong leaders don’t have to jail adversaries to maintain power. First, Alexei Navalny was poisoned, and when unsuccessful, the Putin regime has now jailed him …

  • Washington promises to supply lethal weapons to Ukraine

    U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, during a telephone conversation with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, that Washington is ready to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine.

    "Anthony Blinken assured Dmytro Kuleba of the readiness of the new U.S. administration to develop strong economic and military support for Ukraine, including the provision of lethal weapons," reported the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry on its website.

    In addition, Kuleba stressed the importance of involving the …

  • Russian tycoon Vekselberg claims $1.5 billion frozen in his foreign accounts

    Russian oligarch, the founder of Renova Group, Viktor Vekselberg said that more than $1.5 billion of his funds were blocked in the foreign accounts after U.S. sanctions were imposed against him.

    According to the billionaire, these funds can be used only with the permission of the U.S. Treasury Department, but the agency does not give consent regardless of how this money will be used.

    "They didn't even allow to give anything to charities fighting the pandemic, even though it was about …

  • U.S. plans to hand over to Kyiv details of investigation into Ukrainian oligarchs

    Washington will hand over to Kyiv details of investigation into the activities of Ukrainian oligarchs, said Daniel Fried, former Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, reports the Ukrainian news outlet Espreso.

    According to Fried, he expects that the American President Joe Biden will make sure that the Ukrainian leadership continues these investigations.

    Fried stressed that the new U.S. administration wants to block illegal funds coming into the United States.

    "Joe …