Contents tagged with US Department of State

  • US State Department prepares second package of sanctions against Russia for Skripal poisonings

    The US Department of State sent a second package of sanctions related to the poisonings of a former officer of the Main Intelligence Directorate of Russia, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter which took place in the UK to the head of department, Mike Pompeo, and the president of the United States, Donald Trump.

    Deputy Secretary of State Andrea Thompson spoke on the issue at a Senate hearing, as reported by Radio Svoboda.

    Thompson called the new sanctions part of an expanded strategy towards …

  • Washington: Russia's 'referendum' in Crimea 'a farce at the barrel of a gun'

    The so-called “’referendum’ at the barrel of a gun”, conducted by Russia in the Crimea five years ago, was a farce, wrote State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino on Twitter. He remarked that it was “rightfully condemned by the international community”.

    On July 25, 2018, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued the Crimea Declaration whereby the United States rejected Russia’s annexation of the Crimea. Pompeo stated that the United States pledged to maintain this policy until …

  • US State Department announces a tender to promote Internet freedom in Ukraine

    The US Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Affairs published  tender requirements for programs that promote Internet freedom in Ukraine.

    US authorities have yet specified the exact amount of the grant, though the department’s press service says it could range anywhere from $500,000 to $1.18 million US dollars. The winner or winners will enter into a one-to-three-year contract with the government and will receive a grant or a cooperation agreement. The winner will …

  • The USA calls on Germany to abandon Nord Stream 2 pipleline

    The United States welcomed recent steps by the European Union to hold Russia responsible for aggression against Ukraine, US Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino stated on the US State Department website on Sunday, December 16. Washington supports the resolution of the European Parliament calling for the cancellation of the Nord Stream 2 project.

    “The European Parliament’s December 12 resolution reiterates the importance of Ukraine’s role in the European energy supply network and condemns the …

  • Russian diplomat summoned to the US State Department for explanations

    Wess Mitchel, the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs summoned Dmitry Zhirnov, the charge d'affaires of Russia in the United States, to answer for the Russian propaganda in social networks. Washington regards this as Moscow's interference in the internal affairs of the USA, reported in Twitter Heather Nauert, the State Department spokeswoman.

    "Assistant Secretary Mitchell convoked Russian Chargé Zhirnov to answer for the Kremlin’s attempts to use social media …