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  • Putin refuses to congratulate Biden despite Trump's decision to hand over power

    Russian President Vladimir Putin still sees no need to congratulate Joe Biden on his victory in the U.S. election, said Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov during a press briefing.

    According to Peskov, Donald Trump's decision to launch a formal transfer of power to the new administration was "not enough" for Putin to acknowledge Biden's victory.

    "You know that the review and recount of votes in some states is still ongoing, without this the results of the elections cannot be officially …

  • U.S. prepares sanctions against specific companies involved in Nord Stream 2

    U.S. authorities have identified companies that will be sanctioned due to their involvement in the Nord Stream project, dpa news agency reported, citing a senior U.S. official.

    It is noted that not only companies but also individuals can be sanctioned if they do not stop their operations related to the pipeline.

    "We’re in the process of calling a number of these companies to make them aware that they’re likely engaged in sanctionable activity," the official said.

    At the same time, he did not …

  • German lobbyists ask Washington not to pursue sanctions against Nord Stream 2

    The Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations, an organization that lobbies for the interests German companies operating in Russia and Eastern Europe, appealed to prominent representatives of the U.S. Democratic Party with a request to abandon new, extraterritorial sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. The letter is addressed to the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and other well-known Democratic politicians, reports the newspaper Handelsblatt. As the …

  • Washington: Russian puppets still sit in Ukrainian Parliament

    There are still Russian puppets in the Ukrainian Parliament, and Kremlin’s anti-Western narratives are being spread in the Ukrainian media, stated the U.S. Chargé d’Affaires in Ukraine. Kristina A. Kvien, reports.

    "Ukraine is currently fighting Russia's aggression on many fronts: the occupation and the attempt to annex Crimea, supported by the conflict in the Donbas. There are also cyberattacks and misinformation spread from the territory of the Russian Federation and through Russia’s …

  • Biden intends to put an end to Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline

    U.S. President-elect Joe Biden wants to stop the Russian Nord Stream-2 project, writes the German newspaper Bild.

    "In the next few months, Joe Biden will tighten the reins again to stop the Kremlin's prestigious project," Bild writes.

    The publication reminds that the U.S. Senate has already agreed on the most severe sanctions against active supporters of the project. The sanctions will be put in place in January by the winner of the presidential race.

    According to Bild, European gas experts …

  • Pentagon to purchase anti-aircraft radars from Ukraine

    The Ukrainian state-owned company Scientific and Production Complex Iskra will once again supply radar equipment to the United States, reported the news outlet "Defense-Industrial Courier" with reference to the statement of Iskra’s chief designer Dmytro Semenov.

    "We have successful experience in supplying radars to the United States. As far as we know, these radars are actively used. The customers are happy with the quality of these products. Just a few days ago, another contract was signed to …

  • Kremlin claims it is ready for U.S. sanctions against Russian national debt

    Possible U.S. sanctions against the Russian government's borrowing will be "fairly painless" and the Russian government has prepared for such a development, said First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov in an interview with TASS news agency ahead of the forum "Strong Ideas for a New Time."

    "For us, it (purchase of the Russian OFZ (Russian government federal loan bonds)) is not a high-risk story, because all the time our American colleagues warned us that they are going to kill it all. The …

  • Lithuania to buy Black Hawk helicopters from U.S.

    Lithuania will buy four UH-60M Black Hawk combat helicopters from the United States. The contract should be signed as early as this week, said the Lithuanian Defense Ministry. Lithuania will pay a total of 181 million euros for the helicopters. The U.S. has allocated 25 million euros to support the project.

    The first deliveries are scheduled for the end of 2024. In addition to the helicopters, Lithuania will also receive equipment, spare parts and training. The contract provides for the …

  • Washington to send F-35 fighter jets intended for Turkey to Greece

    The U.S. decided to sell F-35 fighter jets initially intended for Turkey to its opponent, Greece, reported the Greek media referring to the agreements reached during the recent visit of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Athens.

    According to the deal, a total of 20 fighters will be delivered to Greece, including those multifunctional F-35 fighter jets that Turkey was supposed to receive. Greece is now waiting for the first six aircraft to be delivered. In addition, Athens will purchase six …

  • India signs key military agreement with the U.S. moving further away from Russia

    India, once Russia's key ally in Asia and Russia’s largest buyer of weapons, is finally refocusing on military cooperation with the United States.

    On Tuesday India and the United States signed an agreement BECA (Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geo-Spatial Cooperation), which provides for the exchange of advanced military technologies and geospatial information.

    Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said at a press conference that the document was signed during the third Indian- …