Contents tagged with USA

  • Poland considers buying M1 Abrams tanks from US

    Poland has decided to consider the possibility of purchasing US-produced M1 Abrams tanks. Among other things, the country will need to determine the extent to which these tanks would improve the army’s capabilities in view of the current threats. Poland’s political elite still consider Russia the primary threat to the country.

    Starting next year, Poland will commence with a 15-year program to upgrade the army and navy. As part of the program, the Polish command intends to replace the army’s “ …

  • US accuses Russia of mass coronavirus disinformation campaign

    The US has accused Russia of conducting a large-scale disinformation campaign on the situation surrounding the coronavirus, AFP reports, citing its own sources.

    According to the agency’s sources, thousands of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts linked to Russia have been spreading disinformation about the COVID-19 virus which puts the US in a bad light.

    The campaign, which includes a conspiracy theory, was begun by Russia one month ago, the sources claim.

    “Russia’s goal is to sow …

  • Elon Musk’s satellites scare Kremlin

    A group of 12,000 satellites launched by Elon Musk's SpaceX Starlink can be used for military purposes, said the chief designer of the Russian Missile Attack Warning System, the general director of the defense company VYMpel, Sergey Boev, as qoted by Interfax.

    Boev recalled that John Raymond met with Musk, Richard Branson (head of Virgin Galactic) and others involved in space development almost immediately after his appointment as first Chief of the U.S. Space Force’s.

    John Raymond wanted to …

  • US troops block Russian military convoy from travelling on Syrian highway

    The U.S. military blocked the way of a Russian military convoy heading towards the town of Amuda in the Syrian province of Al Hasakah. A video of the incident, taken from a car, was published by the “Military Observer” Telegram channel. The footage shows that the Americans blocked the path of a Russian jeep and three armored personnel carriers with Russian flags.

    This is not the first such incident in Syria.

    In January, it was reported that the U.S. military blocked the Russians from …

  • Russian state agency employee detained in Spain at US request

    Olesya Krasilova, a Russian citizen and employee of the state agency All-Russian Plant Quarantine Center, was detained while departing from Tenerife airport, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday, February 21. This happened on February 14, when the Russian was returning from a business trip, which she went to on February 10, as part of an official Russian delegation, the Foreign Ministry said. The organization in which she works is subordinate to the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary …

  • US strategic drone approaches Russian Defense Minister’s plane over Europe

    An unknown drone approached the plane of the Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu over Europe, reports the Russian newspaper Izvestia, citing Serbian military and diplomatic sources.

    The Minister’s plane was in Kosovo airspace at the time of the incident. The UAV approached the aircraft at an approximate distance of at least 150 km.

    Several MiG-29s of the Serbian Air Force were scrambled to intercept the UAV in case it was required.  

    The drone passed along the border between Serbia and …

  • US imposes sanctions on Swiss subsidiary of Russian oil giant Rosneft

    The US has imposed sanctions on Rosneft Trading, a Swiss subsidiary of the Russian oil company Rosneft, for trading oil with Venezuela, the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced on Tuesday.

    As of Tuesday, February 18, Rosneft Trading S.A. will be blacklisted by OFAC, and its assets will be frozen. Furthermore, US citizens and legal entities will be banned from concluding any deals with the company itself or any organization of which it owns more than 50%.

    Personal sanctions are …

  • US not planning to appoint special representative for Donbas

    Former US ambassador to Ukraine (2003-2006) John Herbst told Radio NV in an interview that he considers it unlikely that the US will appoint a special representative for the Donbas.

    “Volker is a very talented diplomat… and the fact that he has left is a certain loss. As far as I know, they have decided not to replace him, there will not be a new extraordinary ambassador for this matter – not for Ukraine, but for Donbas affairs,” said Herbst.

    With respect to the appointment of a new US …

  • US sends convoy of military vehicles from Iraq to Syria

    A US convoy of military vehicles has departed from Iraq towards Syria, Sky News Arabia reports, citing sources in the Iraqi security service.

    According to the source, the convoy consists of more than 50 military vehicles, and has already crossed the border from Iraq to Syria.

    The radio station Sham FM reported that a convoy of 55 American military trucks had arrived in the Hasakah province in north-eastern Syria. The convoy’s destination and objectives were unknown.

    The transfer of US …

  • Washington: Russia will not be able to complete Nord Stream 2

    Russia will not be able to complete the Nord Stream 2 pipeline on its own because it lacks the necessary technology. There will be a "long delay" in construction due to US sanctions, despite the assurances of Russian President Vladimir Putin that the gas pipeline will be completed in a few months, said the U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, February 15.

    "They can't," Brouillette said when asked.

    The U.S. Energy Secretary also denied reports …