Contents tagged with USA

  • Stoltenberg confirms funding for US army depot in Poland

    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has confirmed that the alliance will allocate $260 million to the construction of a military storage site for the US forces in Poland, Polish Radio reports.

    The base will be located in Powidz, and will house armored vehicles, ammunition and weapons for the American brigade.

    Stoltenberg said that this investment from the NATO headquarters is of key significance due to the close proximity of a major military airport.

    “This investment in infrastructure in …

  • US Special Representative predicts fall of Maduro regime within year

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro will be removed from power or step down on his own accord within a year, said US Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams.

    Abrams does not think the Venezuelan conflict has the potential to drag on or to transition to an active phase as happened in Syria. He also stressed that Washington was initially not expecting a rapid change of government in Venezuela, and is now waiting for the situation to unfold.

    “I highly doubt it [that Maduro will …

  • Turkmenistan’s Ambassador to US bought $6 million in real estate during 18-year tenure

    Turkmenistan’s Ambassador to the US Meret Orazov has acquired real estate worth $6 million during his 18-year tenure in the US, according to an investigation by journalists Bayram Shikhmuradov and Ruslan Myatiev for Turkmen.news.

    Orazov bought his first house in Washington in 2002 through Oronco Investment & Development Corp., a company run by his wife Irina Orazova and his classmate Mikhail Brodsky, paying $278,000, although its market value should have been higher. Over the 18 years, the …

  • Washington: Russian military arrive in Venezuela to restore S-300 missile systems affected by blackouts

    The United States special envoy for Venezuela, Elliot Abrams, speaking at the media briefing, announced that Russian military soldiers who arrived in Venezuela are helping the Venezuelan authorities to restore the work of the Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems, which have been affected by a number of large-scale power outages in the country. The video from this event was published on the official U.S. Foreign Ministry’s Twitter.

    “As we thought from the very beginning, one of the …

  • Turkey opens military operation control center in eastern Syria

    On March 31, Turkish Minister of Defense, Hulusi Akar, accompanied by the commanders of the country's troops, inspected military units stationed near the border with Syria. As part of the trip, the head of the military department took part in the opening of the Joint Operational Center for the management of the planned “anti-terrorist operation” in Syria’s territory, located east of the Euphrates River, reports Anadolu.

    The Turkish generals also drew attention to the military actions in …

  • Russia’s Federation Council: Military base in Venezuela would be 'inexpedient'

    It would be “inexpedient” to establish a Russian military base in Venezuela, commented Vladimir Dzhabarov, deputy chairperson of the Federation Council’s Foreign Affairs Committee, to the Russian news agency Interfax.

    The Russian MP made this statement the day after Trump demanded that Russia “get out” of Venezuela, a country that the Kremlin has loaned $17 billion to over the last 12 years.

    The political and economic crisis in Venezuela should be resolved through “political methods”, …

  • China refuses to lend yuans to Russian government

    The Russian government’s decision to turn to the East in its economic and foreign policy in response to western sanctions continues to face difficulties, reports finanz.ru.

    The project to issue sovereign bonds denominated in Chinese yuans, which the Russian government has been discussing since 2014, has once again been delayed.

    There are still none of the platforms needed for Chinese investors to use yuans to buy specially issued government bonds on the Russian market, Russian Deputy Finance …

  • Israel carries out airstrike in Syria

    The Syrian news agency SANA has reported a series of explosions caused by airstrikes near the Aleppo airport and the adjacent industrial zones. Israeli fighter jets are believed to be behind the attack.

    “At around 23:00 [local time] on Wednesday, our aerial defense systems repelled an Israeli aerial attack on a number of facilities in the Shaykh Najjar industrial zone north-east of Aleppo, and shot down several missiles,” SANA cites its source as saying. The losses were reportedly limited to “ …

  • Media: Netanyahu pitched Syrian settlement plan to Putin and Trump

    Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, presented his settlement plan for Syria to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the United States President Donald Trump, reports The Times of Israel, quoting an unnamed high-ranking official.

    The Times of Israel did not specify when the presidents of the United States and Russia received proposals for a Syrian settlement from the Israeli prime minister. According to the newspaper, Putin showed interest in Netanyahu’s plan.

    The official noted that …

  • US House of Representatives passes bill opposing Nord Stream 2

    On 25 March, the US Congress House of Representatives ratified bill H.R. 1616, which calls for the suppression of the Russian energy supply to Europe.

    The text of the document is available on the official Congress website.

    The short title of the bill is the “European Energy Security and Diversification Act of 2019”. Its primary goal is to assist “European and Eurasian countries to reduce their dependence on energy resources from countries that use energy dependence for undue political …