Contents tagged with US State Department

  • Putin's Aide Surkov says after meeting with US envoy on Ukraine Volker that situation in the Donbas does not suit anyone

    The current situation in the Donbas does not suit either party to the conflict, nor the external forces that are facilitating the settlement, said Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov after a meeting with US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker, reports Russian media.

    "We agreed that the current situation in the southeast of Ukraine cannot satisfy neither the conflicting parties, nor the external forces that are contributing to the resolution.

    The discussion …

  • Media: Talks between US envoy on Ukraine Volker and Putin’s aide Surkov may be held next week

    A meeting between US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker and the Russian Presidential Aide Vladislav Surkov is scheduled for the first half of next week, and will be held in Minsk. This was reported by Interfax, citing an outside source.

    "The meeting is expected to be held in Minsk in the first half of next week," the source said.

    The parties intend to discuss the implementation of the Minsk agreements. It is also possible that they will touch upon the topic of the …

  • The US State Department doesn’t discount the possibility of arms supplies to Ukraine

    The United States has not provided defensive weapons to Ukraine yet, however they have not ruled out the possibility. The head of the US State Department's press service, Heather Nauert said this on Tuesday in response to a request to comment on the statements made by US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker in an interview with the BBC, who confirmed that Washington is considering giving American weapons to Ukraine.

    "We are not doing that yet," she answered on the …

  • Volker: Russia has more tanks in the Donbas than Western Europe combined

    US States Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker said that possible shipments of weaponry to Ukraine cannot provoke Russia, because Russia has already concentrated a large military contingent in the Ukrainian territory.

    In an interview for Radio Svoboda’s “Current Time” project on July 25 in Paris, Volker emphasized that the current US government is discussing the matter of shipping lethal weapons to Ukraine.

    “Russia is already in Ukraine with all its heavy weapons. Right …

  • U.S. special envoy calls conflict in Donbas ‘hot war’

    After visiting Adviivka in the Donbas, the US State Department’s special representative on Ukraine, Kurt Volker called Ukraine a “flourishing state” which is undergoing a terrible tragedy. He called the conflict in Eastern Ukraine a “hot war”.

    “Our primary task is to restore the integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. As I understood, this is not a frozen conflict, but a hot war. And the cost is dangerously high – human lives,” the press center  of the Ukrainian Armed Forces cited Volker as …

  • US State Department approves sale of Patriot missile system to Romania

    The U.S. State Department approved the sale of Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems to Romania, according to a report from a Pentagon agency said.

    The planned sale will be in the amount of $3.9 billion. The contract for providing the missile systems is with Raytheon Co. and Lockheed Martin. In total, seven systems will be sent to the country, as well as radar equipment, guidance systems and other necessary equipment.

    “Romania will use the missile systems to strengthen defense and counter …

  • US State Department: Separatists in the Donbas use children as human shields and as soldiers

    The residents of the war-torn Donbas most often become victims of human trafficking in Ukraine. Sexual exploitation is not the only concern. Experts are increasingly recording cases of children being used as informers and human shields by separatists in eastern Ukraine. This is stated in the annual “Trafficking in Persons” report of the US State Department.

    In recent years, Ukraine remains the source, transit and destination place for men, women and children who are victims of trafficking, …

  • State Department: US concerned about actions of pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine

    State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said on Thursday that the US is deeply concerned about the alarming pattern of violence and brutality on the part of Russia-supported separatists in eastern Ukraine toward unarmed civilian employees of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission.

    Recently, she continued, in the east of Ukraine, a number of incidents have taken place in which the participants of the Monitoring Mission have been harassed, threatened, and subjected to shelling. This happened, …

  • Russian hackers fabricated evidence of cooperation between Russian independent media and the U.S. State Department

    Russian hackers fabricated evidence of cooperation between the U.S. State Department and independent Russian media and opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The corresponding research was published by the human rights organization Citizen Lab.

    According to Republic news outlet, the falsification became possible after hackers got access to the documents of American journalist David Satter, who had worked for Radio Liberty in Moscow since 2013. Before placing Satter's documents in the public domain, …

  • The US State Department proposed reducing financial assistance to Ukraine in 2018

    The State Department of the United States of America presented a budget plan for 2018, which proposed a threefold reduction of the financial assistance to Ukraine in comparison with 2016. This is stated in the project on the website of the State Department.

    "More than 667 million USD was allocated in 2016 fiscal year. In the next 2018 fiscal year, which begins in September 2017, the State Department offered to limit payments to 203.78 million USD for the same purposes," the table included in …