Contents tagged with USA

  • U.S. expands sanctions against Nord Stream 2

    The U.S. Department of State has expanded sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which is intended to transport Russian gas to Germany.

    Sanctions imposed late last year halted construction of the $10.5 billion pipeline. The sanctions affected the pipe-laying vessels for Nord Stream-2. To date, about 160 kilometers of pipeline on the bottom of the Baltic Sea remain to be laid to complete the project.

    The updated Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act (PEESA) expands these restrictive …

  • Russia agrees to U.S. proposal to freeze nuclear arsenals

    Russia accepts the U.S. proposal to freeze nuclear arsenals mutually for the sake of extending the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) for another year, said the Russian Foreign Ministry in a statement.

    "Russia proposes to extend the New START for one year and at the same time is ready to make a political commitment together with the United States to "freeze" for this period the number of nuclear warheads available to the parties. This position can be implemented strictly and …

  • Gazprom accuses the U.S. of trying to oust Russia from EU gas market

    Threats of sanctions from Washington against the Nord Stream 2 project are nothing more than attempts to oust Russia out of the European gas market usig non-market instruments, stated the head of Gazprom Export (Gazprom's subsidiary) Elena Burmistrova, speaking at the Flame online conference.

    "Unfortunately, there is an additional threat that is increasingly affecting our cooperation - a political confrontation in general and, in particular, the threat of U.S. sanctions against Nord Stream 2," …

  • U.S. senators request verification of income sources and assets of Putin and his family

    U.S. senators have drafted a bill on personal sanctions against Russian officials involved in the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny.

    In particular, the document requires “a report on the sources and extent of the personal wealth of the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, and his family members”. The bill provides for the freezing of assets and denial of visas to officials responsible for gross violations of international law, including the recent poisoning …

  • U.S. strategic bombers fly over Ukraine

    Two U.S. B-52H strategic bombers once again entered Ukrainian airspace, reported the press service of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.

    The ministry said that the American warplanes were accompanied by Su-27 and MiG-29 fighters from the tactical aviation brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

    According to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, such flights are a demonstration of support for Ukraine's security by the United States.

    "U.S. pilots together with Ukrainian fighter jets create collective …

  • U.S. gives Russia ultimatum during nuclear missiles talks

    The global nuclear-weapon control system established in the last years of the Cold War is moving steadily towards collapse.

    The U.S. de facto gave the Russian side an ultimatum in negotiations on the fate of the Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty (START-3), the last existing agreement limiting the number of nuclear warheads on both sides.

    The treaty signed in 2010 by Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev expires in February 2021.

    Washington is proposing that Russia, as soon as possible, before …

  • Germany offers U.S. a deal in exchange for lifting sanctions against Nord Stream 2

    The German government offered the United States a billion-dollar deal in exchange for lifting sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 project. Berlin has expressed readiness to invest up to 1 billion euros in the construction of two terminals for American liquefied natural gas, reported Die Zeit, citing sources. "In exchange, the United States will allow the smooth completion and operation of Nord Stream 2," said a letter from German Vice Chancellor and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz sent on August 7 …

  • Ukraine to conduct large scale military drills with U.S. and U.K. during Russia’s Kavkaz 2020 exercises

    The military exercises Joint Effort 2020 will be held in Ukraine on September 22-25, announced the Chief of the Ukrainian General Staff Directorate for Doctrines and Training, Major General Oleksii Taran.

    About 12,000 weapons and up to 700 units of military equipment will be involved in the exercises. More than 100 military units of all types of troops will take part in the exercises.

    Also, military units of the U.S. and British armed forces will participate in the Ukrainian exercises. The …

  • U.S. accuses Russia of provoking road accident in Syria

    Russia is responsible for a road accident in Syria in which several American servicemen were injured, TASS reported, citing a statement from the head of the press service of the National Security Council at the White House, John Ullyot.

    CNN, citing sources, reported that one of the Russian vehicles appeared to have deliberately collided with a U.S. vehicle.

    In a statement, Ullyot noted that the actions of the Russian military violate the deconfliction protocols, which were concluded by Russia …

  • Russia warns Washington against interfering in Belarus internal affairs

    Russia warned the United States against interfering in the internal affairs of Belarus.

    "Russia warns the United States and the EU against any form of interference in the internal affairs of Belarus, including open calls for anti-government demonstrations in some capitals," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement, after a meeting between Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Bigan in Moscow. The Russian side also stressed that attempts to exert …