Contents tagged with USA

  • U.S. puts Russians applying for American visas into ‘homeless nationalities’ category

    The U.S. Department of State has categorized Russians who want to apply for a U.S. visa as belonging to "homeless nationalities.". The list of ‘homeless nationalities’, in addition to Russia, includes Cuba, Eritrea, Iran, Libya, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen.

    American officials usually include in “homeless nationalities” citizens from those countries where there is no U.S. consular mission. The document prescribes those wishing to obtain an American visa to apply to the …

  • Russian oligarch Deripaska accuses FBI of stealing two bottles of vodka after search warrants executed in his American mansions

    Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska resorted to foul language on his telegram channel after the FBI raided American houses belonging to the businessman's relatives.

    The "law enforcement actions", according to Deripaska’s representative, were carried out on the basis of search warrants related to sanctions.

    Deripaska said, using an obscene synonym for the verb "steal", that two bottles of vodka were stolen.

    He added that the searches were carried out "in the best traditions of the Bolshevik …

  • US Department of Treasury plans to punish Russia’s Gazprom for circumventing sanctions

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury is set to work with the Congress to punish Russia's Gazprom for activities that violate U.S. sanctions, said Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo during a speech in the Senate Banking Committee.

    One of the senators criticized the U.S. Department of the Treasury for not imposing sanctions on the operator of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, Nord Stream 2 AG.

    "We are committed to working with you on this committee to hold Gazprom accountable for …

  • Ukraine receives new shipment of weapons and ammunition from the United States

    On Monday, October 18, the second shipment of international technical assistance from the US government to the Ukrainian Armed Forces arrived in Ukraine, said Colonel of Ukraine’s Armed Forces Medical Service Oleksandr Matviychuk.

    According to him, the cargo arrived as part of additional security assistance from the US government to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Medical supplies, weapons with ammunition were delivered to Ukraine in this shipment.

    Matviychuk called such assistance a step …

  • US Secretary of Defense: Russia started conflict in eastern Ukraine and is an obstacle to its peaceful resolution

    Russia started the conflict in eastern Ukraine and is an obstacle to its peaceful resolution, said the United States Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, at a briefing following a meeting with the Ukrainian Defense Minister, Andriy Taran.

    "Russia started this conflict, and Russia is an obstacle to a peaceful settlement. They could begin by respecting Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. Until that happens, we will do everything we can to support Ukraine's efforts to develop defense …

  • Russia accuses American warship of violating its border

    A US Navy destroyer attempted to cross Russia's border in the Sea of Japan, said the Russian Defense Ministry.

    The incident occurred around 17.00 GMT in the area, which Moscow declared closed to international shipping due to joint exercises with China, reports Interfax citing a statement of the Russian Defense Ministry.

    The drills were held the day before and are due to last until October 17. The American destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) has been in the area for several days.

    According to the …

  • Putin: Russia has won nuclear arms race with the United States

    For the first time in its history, Russia has been able to overtake the United States in high-tech weapons systems, President Vladimir Putin said at a plenary session of Russian Energy Week.

    According to Putin, the United States is only developing hypersonic missiles with a speed of slightly more than Mach 3.

    "And our systems are flying at speeds in excess of Mach 20. It's not just a hypersonic missile, it's an intercontinental missile. And they are on combat duty already in Russia," Interfax  …

  • Kremlin: Russians will remain without American visas for a long time

    Negotiations with the United States on restoring the normal work of embassies after the mass expulsion of diplomats ended in vain, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Interfax.

    Consultations with US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, who visited Moscow on October 11, according to Ryabkov, were held "openly and quite frankly", but did not bring progress.

    "Those subjects - visas, the conditions for the functioning of diplomatic missions, the rotation of diplomatic …

  • Kremlin: Russia does not accept American military presence in Central Asia

    Russia does not accept the US military presence in the countries of Central Asia, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov after a meeting with US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, reports TASS.

    "We emphasized the unacceptability of any form of American military presence in Central Asian countries," Ryabkov said.

    He explained that he had discussed Afghanistan with Nuland. The US Under Secretary of State flew to Moscow the day before to discuss bilateral relations, as well …

  • Kremlin: U.S. lifted sanctions from some Russian officials in exchange for Nuland’s visit to Moscow

    Washington excluded some Russians from the sanctions lists in exchange for the Kremlin allowing the visit of the US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland, said the spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, on the talk show "Sunday evening with Vladimir Solovyov" on the TV channel Rossiya 1.

    "She (Nuland) was really on the sanctions lists. This implies that a person cannot cross the border. They included Russian representatives and international …