Contents tagged with USA

  • Russian citizen sentenced in US for economic espionage

    On the 25th of May, the deputy representative of the Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs, Evgeny Buryakov, received a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence for economic espionage while in the US. He was also fined $10,000 for the crime.

    According to AP news agency, the Russian received sensitive information concerning possible US sanctions against Russian banks between 2012 and 2015. Buryakov also received information on the development of alternative energy programs.

    Buryakov had …

  • John Kerry welcomed the release of Nadiya Savchenko

    The United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, welcomed the release of the former Army pilot in the Ukrainian Ground Forces, Nadiya Savchenko, and her return from Russia to her homeland. In his statement, he called Savchenko’s release an important element of Russia’s implementation of the Minsk Agreements.

    Secretary Kerry called on Moscow to meet its other obligations to these agreements, namely the release of prisoners and hostages, withdrawal of troops and restoration of Ukraine’s control …

  • The U.S. Defense Attache in Moscow was summoned to the Russian Ministry of Defense

    On the 23rd of May, the U.S. Defense Attaché from the Embassy in Moscow was invited to the Russian Ministry of Defense in connection with an allegedly dangerous flight of U.S reconnaissance aircraft over the Sea of Japan near the Russian border. According to the agency, there was a risk of collision with passenger aircraft because the U.S. aircraft flew at the height designated for civil aircraft.

    The plane, an RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft, allegedly turned off its transponder and the crew …

  • US Deputy Secretary of Defense: Russia is on a path towards confrontation

    The United States Deputy Secretary of Defense, Robert Work, stated that Russia’s actions in Europe contribute to a changing international strategic landscape and represent a serious cause for concern. Europe and more generally NATO face different challenges in from all sides, Work noted. Russia is increasingly antagonistic and is gaining strength from the east, west and north, while terrorism and armed extremism are challenges from the south and from the inside.

    “We are at a turning point in …

  • Stratfor: Washington and Moscow may be making progress in talks over Ukraine

    The United States is likely making slow headway in the negotiation process with Russia on the crisis in Ukraine but this week demonstrated significant progress. Voice of America reports that this statement was released by the American analytical center Stratfor in a new analysis named "Anticipation of progress in negotiations on Ukraine."

    On May 18th, Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland once again visited Moscow where she met with Russian Presidential Assistant Vladislav Surkov. This …

  • US to provide over 28 million dollars in humanitarian assistance to Ukraine

    Nancy Jackson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and Rob Jenkins, Deputy Assistant Administrator for the USAID Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, stated during a meeting in Kiev that the U.S.A. will provide an additional $28 million in humanitarian assistance to support those affected by the conflict in the Donbas and the annexed Crimea.

    According to them, this assistance will help to address the needs …

  • The Pentagon warns Russia of the risks of an 'accidental confrontation'

    Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work stated that the cases of Russian aircraft maneuvering near U.S. ships and aircraft can cause an “accidental confrontation.”

    “One minor incident, of which both parties will accuse each other, may lead to an accidental confrontation, and none of us is interested in that,” he said at the American-Norwegian Defense Conference in Washington.

    Work noted that the U.S.A. has already seen “unsafe and unprofessional maneuvers made by Russian aircraft and ships.”

    In …

  • The FBI is investigating links between U.S. banks and the doping scandal in Russia

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation has uncovered a probable link between American banks and the Russian doping scandal. The investigation is looking into such crimes as money laundering, bribery and conspiracy.

    The FBI is investigating the probable involvement of U.S. banks in the Russian athlete doping scandal, according to CBS News, citing a source close to the investigation. "According to a person familiar with the investigation, the FBI is trying to find out if there is any U.S. …

  • White House officially nominates Yovanovitch as next Ambassador to Ukraine

    The White House has announced the official nomination of Marie Yovanovitch for the post of the United States Ambassador in Kiev, replacing Geoffrey R. Pyatt, who has been appointed as ambassador to Greece.  

    Since 2012, Yovanovitch has held the position of Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau for European and Asian Affairs. As Assistant Secretary she was responsible for bilateral relations with the countries of Scandinavia, the Baltic States and Central Europe. Previously, she …

  • The Pentagon: Russia has established a military base near Palmyra, Syria

    The Pentagon stated that Russia has established a military base in the vicinity of Palmyra, Syria, despite Vladimir Putin’s announcement in March that the majority of Russian troops would be withdrawn from the war-torn country, Rosbalt reported.

     "It seems that they [Russia] created a kind of forward operating base, which gives them a base for a longer presence,” US Colonel Steve Warren stated during a videoconference from Baghdad.

    According to him, Russia has not, in fact, reduced its troop …