Contents tagged with NATO

  • Diplomatic war between Russia and the West spirals out of control

    Relations between Russia and the West continue to spiral downwards reaching the "bottom" of the Cold War.

    In just over a week, Moscow and Western countries mutually expelled more than 140 diplomats and embassy staff, breaking the record of the spy wars of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.

    On April 15, as part of a package of sanctions for election interference, chemical weapons and cyberattacks, the U.S. declared 10 employees of the Russian embassy persona non grata. They, according to …

  • Three military cargo planes from U.S., Canada and UK land in Ukraine

    Between April 19 and April 21, three heavy transport aircraft of the U.S. Air Force, Great Britain and Canada delivered military cargo to Ukraine, reported Interfax-Ukraine with reference to the data of Western air traffic observers.

    A military transport aircraft C-130J Hercules arrived from Stuttgart, where the headquarters of the U.S. European Command is located. A RAF Bae 146-200 delivered military cargo from the UK. Another heavy cargo plane  C-17 Globemaster III of the Canadian Air Force …

  • Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany: Ukraine will consider restoring its nuclear status if not accepted in NATO

    If Ukraine is not accepted into NATO, it may consider restoring its nuclear status to defend against Russia, said Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk on Deutschlandfunk radio.

    According to him, to date, about 90,000 Russian military personnel have been transferred to the borders of Ukraine, the annexed Crimea and territories of the Donbas which are not under Kyiv’s control. The intelligence information indicates that their number will increase to 110,000.

    The Ambassador drew …

  • Kremlin tells Washington to stay away from Crimea ‘for its own good’

    Moscow views the U.S. sending its warships to the Black Sea amid the escalation in the Donbas as a "provocation" and warns that they should "stay away" from Russian shores, said the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergei Ryabkov.

    According to him, Russia will continue to "protect the Russian-speaking population" in the Donbas, despite U.S. warnings that the resumption of hostilities in southeastern Ukraine will entail a "payback."

    "Any threat only strengthens our conviction that we are on …

  • Kremlin rejects possibility of U.S. joining Donbas talks

    U.S. policy towards Ukraine precludes this country from joining the "Normandy format" negotiations to resolve the situation in the Donbas, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, RIA Novosti reports.

    "With the approaches that Washington demonstrates and applies, it has no business in the Normandy format," Ryabkov said, commenting on the words of Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Oleksii Reznikov that Kyiv is interested in involving the United States and Poland in the negotiations. …

  • Russia begins combat readiness check of its entire armed forces

    The Russian Defense Ministry announced the beginning of a large-scale inspection of the combat readiness of the armed forces, which will span all Russian military districts and the Northern Fleet.

    According to Interfax, during the month of April, the Russian armed forces will hold 4,048 exercises of various scale at a hundred training sites and 520 training facilities. "All types of troops of the Armed Forces will be involved in the readiness checks," the Defense Ministry said.

    The beginning …

  • Russia prepares for yet another round of ‘terrible sanctions’

    The U.S. has reached out to Russia in connection with the situation in southeastern Ukraine, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

    The contacts took place "at a high level" and the U.S. side "expressed concern” about “Moscow’s actions”, Ryabkov said.

    The Pentagon estimated that 4,000 troops and equipment were transferred to the border with Ukraine.

    "We are carrying out on our territory, on Russian territory, those steps that we consider necessary," Ryabkov reiterated the …

  • Kremlin: Ukraine’s membership in NATO will not help to solve Donbas conflict

    The Kremlin doubts that Ukraine's accession to NATO will help resolve the conflict in the Donbas, said the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov.

    "We deeply doubt that this will help Ukraine somehow cope with its internal problem. From our point of view, this will make the situation even worse," he said. The Kremlin representative once again called the fighting in the Donbas an internal conflict of Ukraine, denying the military and financial participation of the Russian …

  • Stoltenberg assures Zelensky of NATO's support amid escalation in Donbas

    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky amid Russia's military build-up along Ukrainian borders, said Stoltenberg on Twitter.

    "I called President Zelensky to express serious concern about Russia’s military activities in and around Ukraine & ongoing ceasefire violations. NATO firmly supports Ukraine’s sovereignty & territorial integrity. We remain committed to our close partnership," Stoltenberg wrote.

    “During the conversation, Zelensky informed …

  • Third time in a week U.S. Air Force transport planes land in Ukraine amid escalation in Donbas

    In the last week, several heavy transport aircraft of the U.S. Air Force arrived in Ukraine. The first landed in Lviv on March 29. This aircraft flew from an airbase in Spain, which is used for the delivery of military cargoes to the Middle East and Africa.

    On April 4, another heavy military transport aircraft of the U.S. Air Force, C-17A Globemaster, with an unknown cargo landed in Lviv, Ukraine.

    Ukrainian blogger Oleg Sharp writes on his Telegram channel that three heavy transport aircraft …