Contents tagged with USA

  • US sends convoy of military vehicles from Iraq to Syria

    A US convoy of military vehicles has departed from Iraq towards Syria, Sky News Arabia reports, citing sources in the Iraqi security service.

    According to the source, the convoy consists of more than 50 military vehicles, and has already crossed the border from Iraq to Syria.

    The radio station Sham FM reported that a convoy of 55 American military trucks had arrived in the Hasakah province in north-eastern Syria. The convoy’s destination and objectives were unknown.

    The transfer of US …

  • Washington: Russia will not be able to complete Nord Stream 2

    Russia will not be able to complete the Nord Stream 2 pipeline on its own because it lacks the necessary technology. There will be a "long delay" in construction due to US sanctions, despite the assurances of Russian President Vladimir Putin that the gas pipeline will be completed in a few months, said the U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, February 15.

    "They can't," Brouillette said when asked.

    The U.S. Energy Secretary also denied reports …

  • US imposes sanctions on Russian developer of hypersonic missiles

    The US has imposed sanctions on three Russian defense companies for violation of the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

    As of February 3, sanctions have been imposed on NPO Mashinostroyeniya, Russia’s largest developer of rocket systems, according a report published in the Federal Register.

    From now on, the company, which develops the full range of missile and space equipment – from launch vehicles and satellites to cruise and ballistic missiles – is banned from any contact …

  • Russia demands US visas for its officials

    Russia has called on the US to immediately restore the normal issuance of visas to its officials, including diplomats and UN personnel, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported on its website.

    “For a long time we have been urging the Americans completely and without any preconditions to normalize the issuance of visas for officials,” the report states. The department noted that Russia is ready for this to happen at any time.

    According to the report, despite repeated attempts by Moscow to restore …

  • Russia concerned by deployment of new nuclear warheads on US submarines

    Russia is “greatly alarmed” by the deployment of low-yield nuclear weapons on US submarines, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov, as cited by RBC news agency.

    According to Ryabkov, the reason Moscow is concerned is not because it sees this as a threat to its security. Its fears are due to the “doctrine and concepts used by the Americans in the nuclear arena”.

    “The security [of Russia] is reliably ensured as a result of the efforts that have been made both in terms of weaponry …

  • US preparing new sanctions against Russian oil giant Rosneft

    The US could soon impose additional sanctions on the Russian energy company Rosneft due to its continued support of the Nicolas Maduro regime in Venezuela. According to the TASS news agency, this was mentioned at a press conference on Wednesday by a high-ranking member of the Donald Trump administration.

    According to him, the administration is considering the possibility of including new sanctions against Russia’s largest oil company in its package of “paralyzing” measures against the …

  • US could impose new sanctions on Nord Stream 2

    The US is considering the possibility of imposing additional sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 project if Russia tries to complete its construction independently. The Senate and the House of Representatives has already prepared a new sanction bill which could target the European investors in the pipeline and the companies that buy gas, if it ever starts to arrive in Germany.

    Citing sources in Washington, Handelsblatt reports that the sanctions could arrive very soon – in February or March. US …

  • US Secretary of State offers to cover 100% of Belarus’ oil and gas needs

    The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday that the United States is willing and able to provide Belarus with 100% of its oil and gas.

    Pompeo is the first secretary of state to visit Belarus in 26 years and arrived in Minsk amid new tensions between Minsk and Moscow over energy. In a meeting with authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, Pompeo said he hoped to help provide an opportunity for Belarus to achieve the "sovereignty" and "independence" it seeks.

    "The United States …

  • Belarus: U.S. should be more actively involved in resolving the conflict in Donbas

    Belarus supports any formats of negotiations to resolve the conflict in the Donbass, including with the participation of the United States, said Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei, as reported by Interfax-Ukraine.

    "As for Belarus' position on Ukraine, it is known to everyone. We are willing and ready to do everything to bring the crisis in eastern Ukraine to an end as soon as possible. We are ready to provide a platform for any meetings and negotiations in Belarus. We support any …

  • Ukrainian President hopes U.S. will appoint special envoy for Donbas and Crimea

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky hopes for a more active role of the United States in the settlement of the conflict in the Donbass and in the “de-occupation of Crimea”. During a briefing with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Kyiv, Zelensky noted that such participation of Washington can be strengthened by appointing a special envoy for Ukraine.

    "Today, I expressed the hope that the United States of America will be more involved in the processes of settlement in eastern Ukraine and …