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  • U.S. intelligence: Russia actively involved in Libyan conflict

    The U.S. African Command (AFRICOM) is receiving growing evidence that Russia, through the Wagner Group, continues to deploy military equipment in Libya and supply weapons to the front lines of the conflict.

    "Russia continues to play an unhelpful role in Libya by delivering supplies and equipment to the Wagner group," said U.S. Marine Corps Brigadier General Bradford J. Gering.

    He noted that “Russian Federation continues to violate U.N. Security Council Resolution UNSCR 1970 by actively …

  • U.S. Senate approves new sanctions against Nord Stream 2 pipeline

    The U.S. Senate has approved the draft National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021, which includes new sanctions against the Nord Stream-2 pipeline.

    The document, which was approved by the House of Representatives earlier this week, received 86 votes in favor and only 14 against.

    The $740.5 billion Defense Budget contains a provision for tightening sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 project, which has been under sanctions since December last year, effectively halting its …

  • U.S. puts head of Chechnya Kadyrov on sanctions list

    The U.S. State Department has put the head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, on the sanctions list for "gross human rights violations," stated the U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

    Restrictions on Kadyrov are imposed under section 7031 of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2020.

    Under this provision, the U.S. Department of State must prohibit entry to a foreign civil servant if there is credible information that he was directly or …

  • U.S. House of Representatives approves additional sanctions against Nord Stream 2

    The U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of an amendment to impose additional sanctions on participants of the Nord Stream 2 and Turkish Stream gas pipelines. The session was broadcast on Monday, July 20, on the website of the lower house of the American Parliament.

    The amendment is for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2021 (begins on October 1.). It was approved unanimously.

    "Russia is trying to develop the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to exert undue control on …

  • U.S. approves sale of Mark VI patrol boats to Ukraine

    The U.S. has approved the sale to Ukraine of up to 16 Mark VI patrol boats, reported Ukrainian Foreign Minister  Dmytro Kuleba .

    "The U.S. has approved the sale to Ukraine of up to 16 Mark VI patrol boats and accompanying equipment. This will increase the capabilities of the Navy of the Armed Forces, help to counter existing and potential threats in the Black and Azov Seas," the statement reads.

    Kuleba thanked the American partners for their support of Ukraine and said that this important …

  • U.S. troops block Russian military convoy from travelling on road in northeastern Syria

    Tensions continue between the U.S. and Russian forces in Syria. The U.S. military once again blocked the Russian convoy which led to a tense conversation between American and Russian commanders.

    Footage of the incident, which was filmed by the Russian military, was published by Telegram channel "Ukrainian Dialogue."

    Another "race" of the U.S. military and Russia happened the other day in the province of Al-Hasakah. The Americans once again blocked the column of the Russian military police. …

  • Russian fighter jets intercept U.S. reconnaissance aircraft over Sea of Japan

    Russian Su-35S and MiG-31BM fighter jets of the Eastern Military District escorted a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft over the Sea of Japan, reported TASS news agency, citing the Russian Defense Ministry.

    According to the Russian Defense Industry, Russian airspace control agents detected a target heading towards the Russian border over the neutral waters of the Sea of Japan.

    "To identify and intercept the target, Su-35S and MiG-31BM fighter jets were scrambled, which, after approaching the object …

  • 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 …