Contents tagged with USA

  • 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 …

  • U.S. to send second batch of medical ventilators to Russia

    The United States will send a second batch of ventilators to Russia on Saturday, May 30, as part of an aid to combat the spread of coronavirus infection, stated Patrick O'Connor, A spokesman for medical equipment manufacturer Vyaire Medical, RIA Novosti reports.

    "These 150 LTV 2200 ventilators will certainly be shipped on Saturday," O'Connor said.

    The spokesman for Vyaire Medical noted that this time the delivery of ventilators will be carried out not through the Ministry of Defense, but …

  • Russia rejects U.S. nuclear weapons ultimatum

    The U.S. may not expect Russia to try to bring China to the negotiating table on strategic weapons, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov during an online discussion organized by the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund.

    According to Ryabkov, the Americans made such a demand at the negotiations on the extension of the START 3 treaty, the last existing agreement limiting the number of nuclear warheads in the United States and Russia.

    The treaty, which expires in 2021, has …

  • Washington: Russia’s actions in Arctic threaten NATO’s security

    Russia is increasing its presence in the Arctic and threatening NATO's defense at the Greenland/Iceland/UK gap, stated the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Michael Murphy.

    "China and Russia are seeking to more actively challenge American and Western and allied interests, whether that’s in Ukraine, whether that’s in North Africa, whether that’s in the South China Sea, and we’re seeing the same sort of challenges in the Arctic region," he said.

    Russia has “ …