Contents tagged with USA

  • Russian and US military commanders discuss Syria in Bern

    On December 18, the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, General Valery Gerasimov, met with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) of the US Army Mark A. Milley in Bern, RIA Novosti reported, citing Russian Defense Ministry.

    The military commanders of the two countries discussed strategic stability, the situation in Syria and other regions, as well as measures to prevent incidents during military activities of the parties.

    "The meeting was constructive," reports …

  • US Senate approves sanctions against Nord Stream 2

    The US Senate has approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the 2020 financial year, which obligates the White House to impose sanctions on the Russian gas pipelines Nord Stream 2 and Turkish Stream.

    On December 11, the House of Representatives voted in favor of the NDAA, and now the 3,500-page document is on President Donald Trump’s desk, awaiting his signature.

    Certain points of the document, which raises the US’s annual military expenditure by 3.1% to $738 billion, impose “ …

  • Erdogan threatens to close American military bases in Turkey

    On Sunday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to close two American strategic military bases in Turkey after Washington warned of sanctions over Ankara's purchase of Russian weapons.

    "If necessary, we can close the Incirlik and Kurecik bases," Erdogan said on the pro-government Television Channel A Haber. The bases are located on the southwest coast of Turkey, near the border with Syria.

    Erdogan has regularly allowed such a possibility at times of tension between the Us and …

  • Ankara: Turkey wants to buy Patriot missile systems from the US

    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, during his speech at the Doha Forum in Qatar, said that Turkey has asked the United States to sell American Patriot anti-aircraft missile defense systems to Ankara and is still awaiting a response to the proposal.

    "Turkey believes that the United States is still our ally, and we remain their ally. No one can cancel the deal with Russia to buy the S-400 missile systems. It's completed. Russia's offer was more beneficial, and we accepted it. Now we are …

  • Nord Stream 2 pipeline: almost 350 German companies may face US sanctions

    Almost 350 German companies which are taking part in the Nord Stream-2 project may be affected by the US sanctions, said the Chief Executive of Foreign Trade at the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHT), Volker Treier in a commentary for the news network Redaktions Netzwerk Deutschland.

    According to him, there is growing concern in German business due to Washington's intention to impose sanctions against companies involved in the construction of the Russian gas …

  • Turkey intends to purchase another batch of Russian S-400 missile systems

    The Undersecretary for Turkish Defense Industries İsmail Demir said that Ankara might purchase a second batch of S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft missile systems from Russia by the end of April.

    According to Demir, Turkey is "very close" to the conclusion of such a contract. Turkey also wants to produce components of these air defense systems in partnership with Russia. Negotiations on technology transfer are "continuing," he said.

    The representative of the Defense Industries noted that Turkey …

  • US Congress initiates sanctions against Nord Stream 2

    US Congress has found a way to help Russian President Vladimir Putin to reach an agreement with Ukraine on gas transit to Europe.

    A few hours after the Normandy Format summit in Paris, where Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky were unable to agree to withdraw all gas disputes or to sign a new transit contract, the US gave the green light to sanctions against Russia’s Turkish Stream and Nord Stream 2 projects.

    The amendment on sanctions against the two gas pipelines, which Russia …

  • US Defense Secretary announces new military aid tranche for Ukraine

    The US Defense Department is preparing to send Ukraine another military assistance tranche, said US Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Voice of America reports.

    “We have another tranche coming up at this time. I think it’s around $250 million, and the Department of Defense supported it last time. I imagine we’ll support it next time around. But there are always checks we have to do. We always look for how it is being used and whether they are addressing corruption,” said Mark Esper.

    When asked …

  • Kremlin promises to respond to new US sanctions against Russia

    Russia will respond to the US sanctions imposed against eleven Russian citizens, and six Russian companies, reports the press service of the Russian Foreign Ministry. The reason for sanctions was Washington's accusation of cyber fraud.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry pointed to the "politicization" of the US claims. Diplomats note that if Washington's representatives had "real evidence," they would have appealed to the Russian side to conduct an audit. According to the Foreign Ministry, no such …

  • Zelensky claims he did not know US military aid for Ukraine was frozen when he spoke to Trump

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that when he spoke to US President Donald Trump on the phone, he was unaware that the US was blocking part of its military assistance. He also said that the Trump impeachment scandal is not influencing his work.

    “With all respect to our strategic partner, Ukraine is independent and we have higher priority problems,” he responded at a press conference after meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.

    On December 3, citing former Ukrainian …