• 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 …

  • US carrier strike group enters Mediterranean

    A US Navy carrier strike group, headed by Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry Truman, has begun an operation in the Mediterranean Sea, the US Navy’s press service reported.

    The operation is being held “to continue supporting NATO allies, European and African partner states, coalition partners and national security interests of the US and Europe in Africa”.

    According to US Sixth Fleet Commander Lisa Franchetti, the group will practice “the full scope of naval operations” during its stay in …

  • Estonia begins largest naval exercises in its history

    The Mere-Siil (Sea Urchin) 2018 naval exercises, the largest in the history of Estonia began in Tallinn’s Mine Harbor. According to the press service of the Estonian Defense Forces Command, the activities of the naval command structures will be worked out and the reservists will undergo training during these exercises.

    Navy Commander Captain Yuri Saska explained that navy training on such a large scale had not been conducted for twenty-five years. He said that it would start with gathering and …

  • Iran threatens to restore uranium enrichment

    Iran would to restore uranium enrichment if Europe supports US sanctions, stated the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in an interview for Der Spiegel.

    Zarif claims that the European Union did not respond appropriately to the US withdrawal from the nuclear agreement.

    “Europeans and other signatories must act to compensate for the consequences of US sanctions,” he said and stressed that first of all this concerns the banking system and oil business.

    In the event of a violation of …