Contents tagged with USA

  • Ukrainian President: Russia will be forced to consent to UN peacekeepers in Donbas

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is confident that Russia will be forced to support the deployment of an international UN peacekeeping contingent in the Donbas and to withdraw its own divisions from the occupied regions of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk provinces.

    “The UN peacekeepers, when they come into the Donbas, will force Russia’s occupation forces out of the Ukrainian territories, disarm the illegal armed formations, and ensure the withdrawal of the heavy weaponry and safety for the …

  • Russia and U.S. exchanged accusations over situation in Venezuela

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo had a telephone conversation to discuss the situation in Venezuela. Both the Russian Foreign Ministry and the United States Department of State stated that Pompeo and Lavrov exchanged accusations over the situation in Venezuela.

    Lavrov stressed that “Washington’s attempts to organize a coup d'état in Venezuela and threats against its legitimate government are a violation of the United Nations Charter and …

  • Ukrainian Security Service officer defects to Russia

    A self-professed “renegade from the Security Service of Ukraine” (SBU) named Vasyl Prozorov has shown up in Moscow, speaking at a press conference organized by the government news agency Rossiya Segodnya on Monday 25 March, the date on which Ukraine honors its security service.

    “My name is Prozorov Vasyl Nikolayevich. Between 1999 and 2018 I was an employee of the SBU. As of May 2014, I worked in the Central Apparatus, specifically in the headquarters of the SBU’s Anti-Terrorist Center. As of …

  • US ambassador urges Ukrainians to vote

    In a video message published on the website of the US Embassy to Ukraine, Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch urged Ukrainians to vote in Ukraine’s upcoming presidential elections on 31 March.

    “The US supports the Ukrainian nation in anticipation of the free, fair and safe elections that will take place in Ukraine next week, and we call on the Ukrainian government, civil society and all citizens to make their contribution to Ukrainian democracy,” Yovanovitch said.

    The American diplomat stressed that …

  • Kremlin: Russia to adjust Crimea communication strategy in light of Trump’s Golan Heights decision

    The Russian Foreign Ministry intends to adjust its communication strategy on Crimea in light of the US’s pledge to recognize Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights, the department’s spokesperson Maria Zakharova wrote on Facebook in response to a statement by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

    On Saturday, a Sky News reporter suggested that by condemning the annexation of Crimea but recognizing the annexation of the Golan Heights, the US is demonstrating double standards in its policy. Pompeo …

  • Media: Washington will not recall ambassador Yovanovitch from Ukraine amid 'do-not prosecute list' scandal

    The United States cannot leave Ukraine unattended or in the care of a new ambassador.

    According to Mirror Weekly article by journalist Tatyana Silina, contrary to the rumors that are being disseminated across the Ukrainian media, Washington is not going to immediately withdraw its ambassador from Kyiv because of the current scandal. On the contrary, the US State Department is persuading her to stay in Ukraine at least until the summer, although the family circumstances require Marie …

  • Mirror Weekly: US opens cases against Poroshenko’s entourage

    the US has initiated criminal cases against several members of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s close circle, according to an article by the Ukrainian newspaper the Mirror Weekly.

    “According to our sources’ information, criminal cases have been initiated in the United States, in which they are investigating the facts of various abuses committed by people from Poroshenko’s team. They primarily concern money withdrawal and laundering. The same sources attest that several defendants in …

  • Us court orders return of painting stolen by Nazi from Ukrainian museum

    The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York intends to return to Ukraine the painting, which was stolen during the Second World War by the Nazis from a museum in Kyiv, reads the statement published on the court.

    According to the United States authorities, based on the testament of collector Vasily Savinsky, in 1924, the canvas of the artist Pierre Louis Goudreaux, was transferred to the National Museum in Kyiv, also known as the Bogdan and Varvara Khanenko Museum of …

  • The US accuses two Russian citizens of illegally supplying electronics to Russia

    The Prosecutor’s Office of the Northern District of California has filed charges against a Russian and an Estonian citizen for illegally supplying electronics from the United States to Russia, stated the US attorney office.

    According to the statement published on the website of the US Attorney, the Prosecutor’s Office has filed charges against Valery Kosmachev and Sergei Vetrov. Kosmachev was detained on September 12, 2018 in Estonia and extradited to the United States on March 14. According …

  • Kremlin comments on American B-52 flight close to Russia

    Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that the presence of American bombers in Europe and their flights close to Russia’s borders are causing increased tension in the region.

    “Such actions by the US do not lead to reinforced security and stability in this region, which is directly adjacent to Russia’s borders,” Peskov said, adding that “from a military and tactical perspective, this matter should be commented on by military specialists”.

    Early on 21 March, the Russian Defense Ministry  …