Contents tagged with US Senate

  • US state of Virginia recognizes Holodomor as genocide against Ukrainian people

    The Embassy of Ukraine in the United States reports that the US state of Virginia joined other US states in recognizing the Holodomor of 1932-1933 as the genocide of the Ukrainian people. Virginia is the 18th US state to do this.

    Governor of Virginia Ralph Northam issued a proclamation stating, "Soviet leader Joseph Stalin and his totalitarian regime committed an act of genocide through the implementation of an engineered famine by confiscating land, grain, and animals from the Ukrainian …

  • US ramps up sanction pressure on Russia

    On Thursday, the US announced that it is expanding the sanctions against Russia for meddling in US elections, as part of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

    27 Russians have been blacklisted for “acting on behalf of the intelligence or defense sector of the Russian government,” the US State Department reported.

    The blacklisted Russians include GRU chief Igor Korobov and Yevgeny Prigozhin, who started as a restaurateur in St. Petersburg, and is now believed by …

  • Washington: USA is under no illusion that Russia will take steps to avoid sanctions

    The USA firmly disbelieves that Russia will accept Washington’s conditions or take actions to avoid the second round of sanctions arising from the Skripal incident, stated the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, Andrea Thompson, as published on the Senate’s website.

    Thompson recalled that the first phase of sanctions against Russia was imposed as part of the Chemical Weapons Convention. She said, “The United States has made it clear that we will cease pursuing its …

  • American senator delivers Trump’s letter to Kremlin

    US Senator Republican Rand Paul said that during his visit to Moscow, he delivered a letter from President Donald Trump to Russian authorities.

    “I was honored to deliver a letter from President Trump to President Vladimir Putin’s administration. The letter emphasized the importance of further engagement in various areas including countering terrorism, enhancing legislative dialogue and resuming cultural exchanges,” Paul wrote on Twitter.

    In connection with this, the White House press …

  • US Senate sends the market of Russian government bonds spiraling downward

    The market for Russian government debt, which has already experienced two major sell-offs since April, is going into a recession, finanz.ru reports.

    The price of Russian debt on the Moscow Exchange has fallen for two consecutive days, in light of news that the US Senate has introduced a bill which would drastically increase the sanctions against Russia. The document, which was put forward by an inter-party group, including republican John McCain and democrat Bob Mendendez, demands that the …

  • Senate votes to allow US partners to purchase weapons from Russia

    The US Senate has passed legislative changes that will allow the President waive sanctions on countries that are attempting to establish closer relations with Washington, but are also involved in weapons deals with Russia.

    The decision passed with 87 Senators voting in favor and 10 voting against, writes RFE/RL.

    This decision had already been passed by the US House of Representatives, and now awaits President Trump’s final approval.

    Earlier, US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis appealed to …

  • US Senators warn France, Germany and Great Britain against evading Iranian sanctions

    Ten US Senators sent a letter to the Embassies of Germany, Great Britain and France, urging them to deepen transatlantic cooperation against Iran and warning them against evading sanctions against the country, as stated on the website of one of the document’s signatories, Senator Ted Cruz.

    "We write to urge you to comply with all American sanctions but also to emphasize we would consider it particularly troubling if you sought to evade or undermine American statutes. First, these statutes …

  • US Senate majority leader calls for new anti-Russian sanctions

    US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel has urged two key Senate committees to hold hearings on the possibility of placing new sanctions on Russia in order to prevent the Kremlin’s interference in future US elections, Voice of America reports.

    McConnel has asked the leaders of the foreign relations and banking committees to “facilitate Congress’s efforts to formulate a state-level response to interference by Russia, or any other country, in our elections in 2018”.

    Republican Senator Lindsey …

  • US Senate approves military aid for Ukraine

    On September 18, the US Senate supported the key elements of the amendments to the US National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2018, which increases assistance to Ukraine in the area of security.

    The bill envisions the provision of $500 million of security assistance, including lethal and non-lethal equipment, training and technical assistance, Voice of America reports.

    This is the first time the bill allows for aid to be given to increase Ukraine’s naval capabilities, which deteriorated …

  • The bill on anti-Russian sanctions was transferred from the Senate to the US House of Representatives

    Representatives of the upper house of the US Congress resolved technical issues in the bill on expanding sanctions against Russia. Those issues prevented the document from being deliberated in the House of Representatives, Reuters reported.

    On June 20, Republicans in the lower house stalled the document, transferring it for consideration to the Foreign Affairs Committee. According to them, the draft law in its present form violates the constitutional order concerning the issues of government …