Contents tagged with USA

  • US threatens to impose new sanctions on Russian oil giant Rosneft

    The US is considering the option of imposing additional sanctions on the Russian oil company Rosneft, which has not merely continued trading oil with Venezuela, but has increased its trade despite the sanctions on the Nicolas Maduro government, said US Special Representative for Venezuela Elliot Abrams at a press conference on Tuesday.

    “Throughout this entire year, we have been seeing the growing dependence of the Venezuelan PDVSA and regime on the Russian government and on Rosneft. Constantly …

  • Russian government confirms US spy was working in Kremlin

    Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov confirmed the reports that a US intelligence agent had been operating in the Russian Presidential Administration.

    Oleg Smolenkov, who is linked to a recent US-Russia espionage scandal, actually worked in the Russian Presidential Administration, but at a low level.

    According to Peskov, Smolenkov “was fired several years ago, his position did not fall under the category of senior officials, the so-called decree positions, however he was fired around two or …

  • Denmark to send troops to Syria

    Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman said that Denmark will send soldiers to Syria to help the US-led coalition to fight the Islamic State (IS), reports Al-Masdar news outlet.

    "The United States supports the message of the Danish government about sending the military to Syria. Our Danish partners will cooperate with the US forces in the North-East of Syria to maintain security and stability in the region," said Hoffman.

    Denmark will assist the international coalition by sending 14 …

  • Turkey and US conduct first joint patrol in Syrian de-escalation zone

    On Sunday, Turkish and American troops carried out their first ground patrol in the  “security zone” in north-eastern Syria, which is controlled by Kurds.

    Ankara insists on patrolling the buffer zone in order to keep Kurdish fighters away from the Turkish border. Turkey considers the Kurdish militia in Syria terrorists linked to the Kurdish fighters in Turkey who have fought against the Ankara government for three decades. However, the Syrian Kurds are key allies to the US in the fight against …

  • Putin claims he offered to sell newest Russian weapons to Trump

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, during his speech at the plenary session of World Economic Forum 2019, said that Russia offered to sell its hypersonic weapons to the United States.

    Putin noted that, during the last meeting with American partners in Osaka, the US raised a question "how to include newest Russian modern weapons, including hypersonic missile systems, into General agreements."

    "This means that no country in the world, including the United States, have such a weapon," Putin said. …

  • Top manager of Russian defense conglomerate Rostec arrested in Italy at US’s request

    Alexander Korshunov, an executive at the United Engine Corporation (UEC), a subsidiary of the Russian state-owned conglomerate Rostec, has been arrested in Naples at the US’s request.

    “We confirm the fact that one of our employees has been detained abroad. We are confident that he was not involved in any illicit activity. The corporation will do everything it can to protect his interests,” the UEC said in a statement as quoted by Interfax news agency.

    Rostec said that Korshunov was being …

  • Ukraine, Poland and USA sign gas memorandum

    Ukraine, Poland and the United States signed a Memorandum of Tripartite Cooperation in the Energy Sector, announced the Secretary of the Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Oleksandr Danylyuk on his on Facebook page . “At a meeting with US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, which preceded the signing of the Memorandum, we discussed the importance of diversifying the risks posed by the dependence on Russian gas supplies for both Ukraine and Poland. One of the steps to ensure the …

  • US-Ukraine Rapid Trident 2019 military exercises to be held near Lviv in September

    The US-Ukraine Rapid Trident 2019 military exercise will be held sometime between September 13 and 28 and will involve 3,700 soldiers from 14 NATO states and partners, announced the US Army Europe, reports Ukrinform. The drills will last 25 days.

    The drills will be conducted at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center of the Hetman Petro Sahaidachnyi National Ground Forces Academy.

    The US will be represented at Rapid Trident by personnel from the 101st Airborne Division, the …

  • Russia admits: Superweapons not combat ready

    A revision of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) that takes into account all of Russia’s prospective weapons is not possible, because several prototypes are not yet combat ready, Dmitry Novikov, First Deputy Chairperson of the State Duma International Affairs Committee, told Russian RT news agency.

    “Russia has a number of developments, but, as a rule, there is quite a long period of time between the development of a new kind of weapon and when is placed on combat duty. And in …

  • Poland opposes transfer of US troops from Germany

    Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz, in an interview with  the newspaper Rzeczpospolita, commented on the US plans to redeploy its military from Germany to Poland, because Berlin doesn't plan to increase its budget for NATO.

    Czaputowicz didn't support this idea, noting that US troops provide security for Poland even from the German territory. According to him, the US provides a "backup" in case of "attack from Russia," but they manage it well even from a distance.

    Also, the Minister …