Contents tagged with USA

  • Austrian court postpones extradition of Ukrainian oligarch Firtash to United States

    Interfax-Ukraine reports that the Austrian Supreme Court has postponed the extradition of the Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash to the United States. The decision of the Austrian Court of Appeals was thus annulled, said Firtash’s lawyer, Lanny J. Davis, on Tuesday, December 26.

    "The Supreme Court ordered a stay of Mr. Firtash's extradition pending its review," the lawyer said.

    He also added that the case was suspended until the European Court of Justice delivers a preliminary decision on the …

  • Kremlin: Moscow has not decided yet on the provision of lethal weapons to Donbas separatists

    The Kremlin declared that Moscow has made no decision concerning the supply of defensive weapons to the separatist-controlled territory of the eastern Ukraine following the US decision to supply Kyiv with such weapons.

    "No decisions have been made regarding this," Russian President’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on December 25. According to him, the Kremlin has a negative attitude toward the US decision to supply Ukraine with Javelin anti-tank complexes.

    On December 23, US State Department …

  • Chechnya leader Kadyrov announces launch of new social network after Facebook and Instagram blocked his accounts

    On the night of December 23, the accounts of Chechnyan leader Ramzan Kadyrov were removed from Instagram and Facebook; after this turn of events, Kadyrov announced the launch of a Chechen social network called Mylistory.

    As reported by the publication TJ, Mylistory is an instagram clone available in the App Store and Google Play. Magomed Eskhanov is noted as the application developer. Externally, the application looks like a complete copy of the old version of the Instagram, in gold color and …

  • U.S. Congress approves sale of Javelin missile systems to Georgia

    The U.S. Congress has decided in favor of selling the Javelin anti-tank missile system to Georgia, as reported by Georgia Online, citing as a source a statement by the head of the Defense Ministry of Georgia Levan Izoria.

    According to him, the decision of the U.S. Congress means recognition of the reforms carried out by the Georgian Defense Ministry.

    “An important step has been taken toward acquiring the Javelin missile system. On March 29 of this year, I wrote to the U.S. Department of …

  • Kremlin: US national security strategy has an 'imperial nature'

    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov has said that the new US national security strategy "is of an imperial nature, and shows a persistent unwillingness to abandon a unipolar world", TASS news agency reports.

    "A cursory reading of [the strategy], particularly those parts in which our country is mentioned in one way or another, in general [shows that] the imperial nature of the document is evident; there is an unwillingness to abandon the unipolar world, with …

  • U.S. imposes sanctions against two Russian companies

    The U.S. Department of Commerce announced new licensing and export restrictions against two Russian companies that work in the military-industrial sector: missile designer Novator and research and production center Titan-Barricade, reports Radio Svoboda.

    According to the agency’s December 19 announcement, these companies are responsible for the production of cruise missiles which are banned by the 1987 arms control treaty between the USSR and the USA (on the elimination of small and medium- …

  • Russia calls on US to withdraw nuclear weapons from Europe

    Russia is calling on the US to withdraw its nuclear weapons from European countries, said Mikhail Ulyanov, director of the Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Department, as reported by RIA Novosti.

    “Russia has withdrawn all of its nuclear weapons to national territory. We believe that the same should have been done by America a long time ago,” Ulyanov said.However, Washington “continues to keep as many as two hundred aviation bombs in Europe, according to estimates,” he added.

    The diplomat …

  • Russia warns US and Canada against supplying weapons to Ukraine

    An the UN Security Council, Russia  warned the United States and Canada about the possible consequences of supplying lethal weapons to Ukraine, TASS news agency reports. "Pumping Ukraine with American and Canadian warfare means pushes its leadership to seek new military adventures," said Russia's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Pyotr Ilyichev, at a meeting of the Security Council dedicated to the small arms.

    Ilyichev reminded that Canada declared its readiness to issue licenses to …

  • Russia calls the new U.S. security strategy 'a threat to the world'

    The new U.S. national security strategy is aggressive and threatens the entire world, as stated on the Facebook page by Konstantin Kosachev, head of the Committee on International Affairs.

    Describing the general tone of the document, Kosachev called it a testament to the fact that “the United States has not accepted changes in the world in recent years, and they intend reverse the trend, returning the recent version of Pax Americana.” The head of the Senate Committee pointed out that the …

  • Kremlin: Russia wants to help Assad fight 'chaos'

    Viktor Bondarev, head of the Federation Council committee on defense and security, said that Russia will help Syrian President Bashar al-Assad oppose attempts to destabilize the country. Bondarev made a statement to this effect when commenting on the topic of US instructors training militants in Syria, RIA Novosti reports.

    “I am convinced that Bashar al-Assad has enough forces to oppose this, not to let anyone at all plunge the country back into chaos. For its part, Russia will help,” Bondarev …