Contents tagged with USA

  • Lukashenko: building strong relations with U.S. is one of Belarus' main goals

    Building a strong and constructive relationship with the United States is one of Belarus' main goals, wrote the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko in his greeting to his American counterpart on the Day of Independence of the United States.

    "Building a strong, constructive relationship with the United States based on common values and priorities is one of the main goals of the Belarusian foreign policy," reads the greeting message addressed to Donald Trump.

    Lukashenko noted that the …

  • U.S. and Norway scramble fighter jets to escort Russian Tu-142 aircraft

    Russian long-range anti-submarine aircraft Tu-142 performed flights over the Barents and Norwegian Seas, as well as over the neutral waters of the North Pacific Ocean, reported the Russian Defense Ministry, RIA Novosti reports.

    The flight took place on June 27, three Tu-142s flew over the Barents and Norwegian Seas, and four over the Pacific Ocean. The ministry stressed that the flight took place in accordance with international rules of airspace use. The borders of other states have not been …

  • U.S. Congress introduces draft bill with new sanctions against Nord Stream 2

    Members of the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced a bill on additional sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. The document entitled "Protecting Europe's Energy Security Clarification Act of 2020" accompanies a similar bill prepared in early June in the U.S. Senate.

    Nine congressmen, six Republicans and three Democrats - have drafted and supported the new project. The introduction of a parallel bill usually means that senators and members of the House of Representatives who …

  • EU prepares response to US sanctions against Nord Stream 2

    The European Commission is preparing a response to Washington's sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, as stated in the written response of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell to the request of the MEP Emmanuel Morel. At the same time, European Commission spokesman Eric Mamer did not provide details on Friday, June 26, what exactly the EU's response would be, DW reports.

    In late 2019, U.S. President Donald Trump imposed sanctions on …

  • Kremlin accuses Washington of aggression in space

    The American strategy in space demonstrates Washington’s aggression, stated the Russian Foreign Ministry following the publication of the Defense Space Strategy of the United States.

    "The document confirms the aggressive direction of Washington's course in the space sphere. The ultimate goal is to ensure "American military superiority in space," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

    The Ministry stressed that the United States considers space as an arena for combat operations, not only defensive, …

  • Ukraine receives a batch of American Javelin missiles

    The first batch of missiles for Javelin anti-tank missile systems purchased by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense under the Pentagon's "International Military Sales" program has arrived in Ukraine, announced the Ukrainian Embassy in the United States on Facebook.

    "The contract for this purchase was concluded in December 2019. It was the result of a landmark reform in the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, which allowed direct purchases of weapons and military equipment from foreign states," the …

  • U.S. hands over $60 million worth of defense equipment to Ukraine

    The U.S. has transferred $60 million worth of defense equipment to Ukraine, reported the American Embassy in Ukraine on its Facebook page.

    "U.S. security assistance and cooperation efforts with Ukraine during COVID19 continue! Yesterday (June 16), the U.S. Embassy's Office of Defense Cooperation received more than $60 million of equipment to transfer to our Ukrainian partners, including radios, ammunition, and Javelin anti-tank missiles. The United States stands strongly with Ukraine in …

  • Putin promises to ‘pleasantly surprise’ countries which have hypersonic weapons

    Russia will be ready when other countries have hypersonic weapons, said Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview with “The News of the Week” on Rossiya 1 TV channel.

    "They will have these weapons. But I think that we will be able to pleasantly surprise our partners because when they have these weapons, it is very likely that we will have a means to counter them," Putin said.

    No one can shoot down hypersonic missiles, as "the speeds are such that it is impossible to take them down," he …

  • Media: Berlin fears US sanctions against Nord Stream-2

    German authorities fear the impact of U.S. sanctions against Nord Stream-2, if imposed, on the country's civil services and German companies, writes Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung with reference to the document of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

    According to the document, new U.S. sanctions can be imposed on "all companies" that provide insurance services, upgrade the pipeline network or, for example, upgrade the pipe-laying vessels. "The same applies to those …

  • U.S. to provide $250 million of military aid to Ukraine

    The U.S. plans to provide $250 million worth of military assistance to Kyiv “to strengthen Ukraine’s capacity to more effectively defend itself against Russian aggression," stated the U.S. Department of Defense on its website.

    "This reaffirms the long-standing defense relationship between the United States and Ukraine – a critical partner on the front line of strategic competition with Russia. The United States remains steadfast in its support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial …