Contents tagged with US Congress

  • US Congress releases bill on Nord Stream 2 sanctions

    The US Congress released a bill on the sanctions against individuals and legal entities involved in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

     It proposes to impose sanctions against companies that use their vessels to lay pipeline at a depth of 100 feet below sea level. Sanctions may also apply to the vessel insurers.

     According to the bill, the president of the United States may impose five or more types of sanctions against the targeted parties.

    The bill stipulates, among other …

  • US Energy Secretary promises sanctions on Nord Stream 2

    On Tuesday, May 21, during a visit to Ukraine, US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry assured Kyiv that US authorities intend to prevent the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline by imposing sanctions.  

    According to Perry, the law imposing penalties on companies participating in the project will be adopted “in the near future”. The secretary noted that, in the USA, many oppose building the gas pipeline from Russia to Germany and stressed that the sanctions bill would pass in Congress and  …

  • Congress urges Trump to reinstate Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch

    The decision to prematurely recall US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch has been criticized by the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which is led by members of the Democratic Party, Voice of America reports.

    “The Administration is harming American interests and undermining American diplomacy. We call on the Administration to reverse this decision immediately,” said Democrat Congressman Eliot Engel and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer in a statement.

    “Ambassador Yovanovitch is a …

  • US House of Representatives passes bill opposing Nord Stream 2

    On 25 March, the US Congress House of Representatives ratified bill H.R. 1616, which calls for the suppression of the Russian energy supply to Europe.

    The text of the document is available on the official Congress website.

    The short title of the bill is the “European Energy Security and Diversification Act of 2019”. Its primary goal is to assist “European and Eurasian countries to reduce their dependence on energy resources from countries that use energy dependence for undue political …

  • Saudi Minister of Energy: Sanctions against Russia will affect the global energy market

    During a press conference, Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources of Saudi Arabia Khalid Al-Falih said that the new sanctions against Russia can have an impact on the global energy market, RIA Novosti reported.

    “Russia is a big supplier of gas to Europe and oil to China. If this happens, it will affect Europe, China and the world,” the minister said, during a press conference in Baku, where the meeting of OPEC+ Monitoring Committee․

      The committee will evaluate the measures to …

  • Kyiv: US increased aid to Ukrainian defense sector by $50 million

    The press service of the Ukrainian Embassy to the US wrote on Facebook that the United States defense budget for 2020 may include $250 million to strengthen Ukraine Security.

    “The official draft of the US defense budget for 2020 includes $250 million to provide assistance and support to the military and national security force of Ukraine as part of the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI). According to the document, these funds are planned to be allocated as ‘assistance and support to …

  • Prigozhin’s propagandists claim to have repelled US military and FBI cyberattacks

    The Russian Federal News Agency (FAN), which is believed to be connected to Yevgeny “Putin’s Chef” Prigozhin, has published its response to a reported US military cyberattack against the Internet Research Agency (IRA, a.k.a. the “Troll Factory”) on US Congress election day. The FAN claims the Americans were “unprofessional” and that their attempts were “unproductive”. 

    The Russian propagandists say that there is “neither official confirmation nor any other reasons” to believe that the IRA and …

  • US Congress to increase aid to Ukraine by $75 million

    The Ukrainian embassy in the USA stated that US Congress considers increasing the budget of aid provided to Ukraine by $75 million in 2019.

    “In the US Congress, a draft bill was approved by the Senate and the House of Representatives “Department of State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs: FY2019 Budget and Appropriations”. The estimated assistance to Ukraine through the United States Department of State, United States Agency for International Development and relevant agencies is …

  • US Congress prepares to deal new blow to Russian economy

    The lull in sanctions which Russia enjoyed during US Congress’s interim elections and government shutdown is now coming to an end.

    After the four-month break, Congress is once again discussing new measures that can be taken against Russia. The possibilities range from a ban on investments in Russian government debt to a complete disconnection of Russian government banks from the global dollar transaction system.

    Congress’s first hearings following its elections will be held on 12 February in …

  • US House of Representatives supports sanctions against Nord Stream 2 pipleline

    On Tuesday, December 11, the House of Representatives of the United States Congress approved the resolution condemning the construction of Nord Stream 2, the main gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, and supported the imposition of sanctions to counteract this project.

    Laying the pipeline would be "a dramatic step backward in the issue of European energy security and interests of the United States,” the document noted. “Russia’s geopolitical interest in Nord Stream 2 is not about increasing …