Contents tagged with US Senate

  • US Senate approves $300 million in military aid to Ukraine

    On June 27,  the US Senate approved the draft military budget for the 2020 fiscal year, which ensures the allocation of military assistance in an amount of 300 million dollars to Ukraine, reports the Embassy of Ukraine in the US on Facebook.

    It is noted that the US Senate passed a bill proposing to increase assistance to Ukraine in the field of security to $300 million dollars, which is $50 million more than the amount allocated this year.

    At the same time, $100 million out of this amount is …

  • US prepares to impose sanctions on Nord Stream 2 construction companies

    Washington is preparing to impose sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project.

    According to the relevant bill, which was published on the US Senate website, sanctions will be imposed on a number of foreign construction companies that are involved in laying the pipeline on the bottom of the Baltic Sea.

    The “Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act of 2019” was authored by republican senators Ted Cruz, John Barrasso, Tom Cotton and democrat senator Jeanne Shaheen.

    The senators stipulate …

  • Kyiv: U.S. Senate proposes increasing assistance to Ukraine in defense budget up to $300 million

    The United States Senate proposes to increase aid to Ukraine up to 300 million dollars in the defense budget for 2020 and significantly expand the security assistance to Ukraine, reports the Embassy of Ukraine in the United States.

    "United States Senate Committee on Armed Services approved the U.S. National Defense Budget proposal for 2020", which authorizes the allocation of 300 million dollars to the Pentagon to provide security assistance to Ukraine. The amount has increased by 50 million …

  • US senators propose ‘Azov sanctions’ bill against Russia

    On Wednesday, a group of US senators put forward a bill that envisages additional sanctions against Russia in response to “Russian interference in the operation of democratic institutes abroad” and for its aggression in Ukraine. 

    According to a statement published by the Senate’s foreign affairs committee, the document was authored by republicans Lindsey Graham and Cory Gardner and democrats Bob Menendez, Ben Cardin and Jeanne Shaheen. 

    The list of sanctions proposed by the senators has two …

  • European ambassadors urge US to lift sanctions from Deripaska’s companies

    European diplomats in the US have called for En+ and Rusal, two companies belonging to the Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska, to be removed from the sanctions list, according to a letter to Chuck Schumer, leader of the democratic minority in the US Senate. 

    The document, which was published by the European foreign policy service on Friday, January 11, was authored by ambassadors from Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the UK, France and Sweden, Deutsche Welle reports. 

    The authors believe that …

  • US Senate calls for ‘tough operation’ to liberate Kerch Strait for navigation

    The US Senate has called for a “tough operation” to liberate the Kerch Strait for navigation, with nearly half of senators urging President Donald Trump to take such a step, BBC reports.

    The authors of the resolution, which was signed by 39 Senate members, believe that this is a necessary response to Russia’s actions in the Kerch Strait on November 25, when it captured three Ukrainian vessels and their crews.

    The resolution was drafted by Republican Ron Johnson, head of the Homeland Security …

  • US state of Virginia recognizes Holodomor as genocide against Ukrainian people

    The Embassy of Ukraine in the United States reports that the US state of Virginia joined other US states in recognizing the Holodomor of 1932-1933 as the genocide of the Ukrainian people. Virginia is the 18th US state to do this.

    Governor of Virginia Ralph Northam issued a proclamation stating, "Soviet leader Joseph Stalin and his totalitarian regime committed an act of genocide through the implementation of an engineered famine by confiscating land, grain, and animals from the Ukrainian …

  • US ramps up sanction pressure on Russia

    On Thursday, the US announced that it is expanding the sanctions against Russia for meddling in US elections, as part of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

    27 Russians have been blacklisted for “acting on behalf of the intelligence or defense sector of the Russian government,” the US State Department reported.

    The blacklisted Russians include GRU chief Igor Korobov and Yevgeny Prigozhin, who started as a restaurateur in St. Petersburg, and is now believed by …

  • Washington: USA is under no illusion that Russia will take steps to avoid sanctions

    The USA firmly disbelieves that Russia will accept Washington’s conditions or take actions to avoid the second round of sanctions arising from the Skripal incident, stated the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, Andrea Thompson, as published on the Senate’s website.

    Thompson recalled that the first phase of sanctions against Russia was imposed as part of the Chemical Weapons Convention. She said, “The United States has made it clear that we will cease pursuing its …

  • American senator delivers Trump’s letter to Kremlin

    US Senator Republican Rand Paul said that during his visit to Moscow, he delivered a letter from President Donald Trump to Russian authorities.

    “I was honored to deliver a letter from President Trump to President Vladimir Putin’s administration. The letter emphasized the importance of further engagement in various areas including countering terrorism, enhancing legislative dialogue and resuming cultural exchanges,” Paul wrote on Twitter.

    In connection with this, the White House press …