Contents tagged with Washington

  • Turkish Ambassador to US: F-35s to be stationed outside S-400 cover zone

    The American 5th generation F-35 fighter jets will be stationed in Turkey outside the zone covered by the Russian S-400 aerial defense systems, said Turkish Ambassador to the US Serdar Kiliç.

    “The S-400s and the F-35s will be stationed in two specific regions of Turkey, and the F-35s will not be in the zone covered by the S-400s,” he said at the National Press Club in Washington.

    The Turkish diplomat drew attention to the fact that Israeli F-35s fly over Syria, where there are also Russian S-4 …

  • Turkish President Erdogan announces plans to produce S-500 missile systems with Russia

    Turkey and Russia will develop an S-500 air defense system, stated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as reported by Deutsche Welle.

    “Russia offered us a very good deal,” Erdogan said at a meeting with students in Istanbul, referring to the delivery of S-400 missile systems which, according to the agreement, will take place in July 2019.

    Once again, he noted that the purchase of S-400 counter-air defense systems from the Russian Federation is “a done deal”.  

    “Subsequently, the …

  • U.S. Secretary of State urges Russia to release Ukrainian sailors

    Washington hopes that Moscow will be able to negotiate with the new government in Ukraine and release Ukrainian sailors who were detained in the Kerch Strait, stated U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Sochi, Interfax reports.

    "We want Russia to reach out to the new Ukrainian government to find a way out of this situation. We also urge the Russian government to release the representatives of the crew that were captured in the Kerch …

  • Putin's aide: Washington has not asked for a meeting of Russian and US presidents yet

    Washington has not requested a bilateral meeting of Russian and US presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump at the G20 Summit in Osaka, said the Aide to Russian President, Yuri Ushakov, RIA Novosti reports.

    Ushakov answered that "nothing has happened" on this matter.

    Earlier, media sources reported that the US allegedly sent a request to organize a meeting of the presidents of the two countries. According to the RBC news agency, negotiations were proposed to be held at the end of June …

  • Kremlin: Russia does not intend to increase the number of its military in Venezuela

    The Russia does not plan to increase the number of military specialists in Venezuela, said Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov as quoted by RIA Novosti.

    "We did not even think about it," Borisov stated.

    In March, the spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that the presence of Russian specialists in Venezuela is regulated by an agreement between the countries on military-technical cooperation.

    In April, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Washington is ready …

  • Media: Washington to dismiss Yovanovitch from post of US ambassador to Ukraine

    On May 20, Marie Yovanovitch will be ceasing her role of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Ukraine, ZN.UA reported citing its sources.

    “Marie Yovanovitch left for Washington in a hurry to attend meetings. This Saturday, May 11th, the ambassador is due to fly to Ukraine. And on May 20, as all the diplomats at the embassy were informed today, Yovanovitch will be returning to Washington,” the news agency writes.

    According to the news agency, the …

  • US Ambassador to Germany warns again of Nord Stream 2 sanctions

    In an interview with the publication Focus, US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell alluded to the sanctions that Washington could impose on the German companies involved in the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project.

    “From an American perspective, the pipeline will bring more than just gas, but also an increased sanction risk,” he said. He pointed out that the pipeline will make EU countries dependent on Russia.

    The American diplomat has repeatedly said that “the companies that operate in the …

  • Venezuelan Deputy Foreign Minister: Russia will expand its military presence in Venezuela

    Venezuelan Deputy Foreign Minister Ivan Gil, returning home from a visit to Moscow on Thursday, said that Russia could soon expand its military presence in Venezuela.

    “New missions will probably arrive” to reinforce the contingent of 100 soldiers deployed in Caracas at the end of March, Gil noted.

    According to the deputy minister, no specific duration for the soldiers’ stay in the country has been set. “The group of specialist soldiers is [in Venezuela] as part of our agreements and contracts …

  • 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 …

  • Pentagon: US should have the right to inflict the first nuclear blow

    During a meeting in the U.S. Senate, which was broadcasted on the website of the Senate Committee on Armed Forces, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff committee, Joseph Dunford, was asked to clarify his opinion about Washington’s right to attack first with a nuclear strike.

    “It seems to me that our current policy (which allows such a right in the field of defense) complicates the adversary’s decision-making process. I would not recommend making a decision that will make this process …