Contents tagged with USA

  • Ukraine asks US to make it a major non-NATO ally

    The Verkhovna Rada adopted an appeal to the US Congress with a plea to conclude a defense agreement with Ukraine and grant Ukraine the status of Major non-NATO ally.

    232 deputies voted for the adoption of the draft resolution.

    "In accordance with the spirit and letter of the Budapest Memorandum, as well as in developing a strategic partnership between our states, we are asking the United States to consider concluding a defense agreement with Ukraine and granting Ukraine the status of Major …

  • Uncontrolled enclave near the borders of Ukraine: Is it the only way to solve the problem of the Donbas?

    Author: Dmytro Snegiryov, Head of Prava Sprava public initiative.

    Despite the fact that the parties to the armed conflict in the Donbas - Ukraine, ORDLO (separatists-held territories), and Russia - recognize the inefficiency of the Minsk Agreements, and the lack of prospects from the beginning, neither party offers another format, knowing perfectly well that it awaits the same fate.

    At the time, the representative of Ukraine to the political subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group on the …

  • Russia wants to check on activities of 'Radio Liberty' and 'Voice of America'

    Konstantin Zatulin, the First Deputy Chairman of the Committee of the State Duma for the CIS, has asked the State Duma to check that the activities of “Radio Liberty” and “Voice of America” are in compliance with Russian law, as reported by Interfax news agency.

    "I propose that we give official instruction to the Information Policy Committee to check that the activities of companies such as “Radio Liberty” and “Voice of America”, which have Russian service, are in compliance with the …

  • US officials: Washington knows where Putin’s assets are but freezing them will bring havoc to the world markets

    The U.S. Senate Banking Committee has tried to assess the effectiveness of sanctions against Russia, reports Voice of America.

    During the hearings, Senator Mike Crapo, the head of the committee, recalled that the U.S. Treasury sanctions list includes 520 Russian enterprises, commercial companies and individuals that are involved in aggression against Ukraine, human rights violations, and cyber-attacks against the United States and Western European countries.

    According to expert estimates, the …

  • US State Department announces preservation of sanctions against Russia over the Crimea

    The U.S. considers the Russian government guilty of violations of the rights of the inhabitants of the Crimea. Such a statement was made Thursday by official State Department spokesman Mark Toner. He also stressed that Washington still does not recognize the results of the referendum in the Crimea on March 16, 2014, as well as Russia’s “attempted annexation of Crimea and continued violation of international law."

    “Russia…staged an illegitimate referendum in which residents of the Crimea were …

  • US allocates $54 million to Ukraine for reforms

    The US has allocated $54 million for additional assistance to Ukraine, according to Voice of America.

    It was reported that the intergovernmental agreement was signed by the First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Stepan Kubiv and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Susan Fritz. The funds will be used to carry out reforms in Ukraine.

    “In accord with this agreement, Ukraine will receive an additional $54 million to carry out critical reforms. The money will …

  • Russian reconnaissance ship seen off the coast of the United States

    The Russia's Meridian-class reconnaissance ship "Viktor Leonov" is once again located in international waters off the eastern coast of the United States, as reported by the television channel Fox News.

    According to U.S. intelligence, to which the media refers, the ship is approximately 23 miles southeast of the U.S. Navy submarine base in King's Bay, Georgia. American territorial waters start at a distance of 12 nautical miles from the coast.

    The ship "Viktor Leonov" was first seen in …

  • Head of Rostec: Despite sanctions against Russia, Americans buy Kalashnikov assault rifles

    The U.S. continues to buy Russian Kalashnikov assault rifles despite sanctions against the Russian Federation, said Sergey Chemezov, head of Rostec State Corporation.

    "Practically all countries buy [these weapons]. Even the Americans, while they do not buy directly, but nevertheless, they are happy to acquire these weapons for the Armed Forces based in Afghanistan," Chemezov said during the program "V Rabochiy Polden” (In the Working Noon) on Russia 24 TV channel.

    According to Chemezov, the U. …

  • Head of Rostec: U.S. had to lift sanctions from Russia to purchase spare parts for Mi-17 helicopters

    Sergey Chemezov, the General Director of the state corporation Rostec, claimed that the sanctions imposed by the United States on the purchase of Russian weapons do not seriously affect Rosoboronexport's sales volumes.

    “We had practically no direct cooperation with the United States. Except for the helicopters that we supplied for the needs of the army of Afghanistan. About 50 Mi-17 transport helicopters were manufactured and delivered. Today, all that’s left is the task of how to repair them, …

  • NATO and Swedish air forces conducted reconnaissance near the borders of the Kaliningrad region

    On Monday, NATO and Swedish Air Force reconnaissance aircraft conducted flights near the Russian border in the south of the Baltic Sea, according to Western websites that monitor flights of military aircraft, Interfax reported.

    According to their information, the E-3A AWACS airborne early warning and control aircraft departed from the Geilenkirchen NATO base in Germany and approached the southern borders of the Kaliningrad region. Initially, it conducted a reconnaissance flight along the …