Category Archives: USA

NATO’s flirtation with adding 2 more members runs the risk of starting a war the US can’t afford to fight

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is visiting Europe this week having said Ukraine and Georgia have an “open door to NATO” and that “no third country has a veto over NATO’s membership decisions.”  Because both countries have been on the receiving end of Russian aggression, it is natural to feel sympathy for Ukraine and Georgia — but offering them

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Illia Ponomarenko: Ukraine’s Friend & Foe of the Week

Editor’s Note: This feature separates Ukraine’s friends from its enemies. The Order of Yaroslav the Wise has been given since 1995 for distinguished service to the nation. It is named after the Kyivan Rus leader from 1019-1054, when the medieval empire reached its zenith. The Order of Lenin was the highest decoration bestowed by the Soviet Union, whose demise Russian

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Ukraine sends its Oplot battle tank to US

Ukraine has sent its advanced main battle tank, BM Oplot, to the U.S. as part of a 2018 contract between the two nations. The shipment of just one vehicle produced at the Malyshev Tank Factory in the eastern city of Kharkiv was completed by UkrSpetsEksport, a foreign arms trade affiliate with Ukraine’s state-run defense production giant UkrOboronProm. “The tank was

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US defense minister plans visit to Ukraine as US-Russia talks fail to yield results

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will be making a stop in Ukraine during a trip to Europe next week, Pentagon press secretary John F. Kirby announced on Oct. 12. “The secretary and his team will be preparing for a trip to Europe next week. Stops will include Georgia, Ukraine and Romania, and it will conclude this important visit with

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Kremlin: Russia does not accept American military presence in Central Asia

Russia does not accept the US military presence in the countries of Central Asia, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov after a meeting with US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, reports TASS. “We emphasized the unacceptability of any form of American military presence in Central Asian countries,” Ryabkov said. He explained that he had discussed Afghanistan with Nuland.

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Russia Warns of ‘New Aggravations’ in U.S. Ties

Russia on Tuesday warned that ties with the United States faced the threat of “new aggravations,” as talks with visiting U.S. official Victoria Nuland ended with no breakthrough. The discussions held behind closed doors saw Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and U.S. officials led by Nuland discuss a long-running row over embassy staffing limits, among other issues.  Consular services at

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Russia Seeks to Prosecute U.S. Diplomats for Stealing Backpack

Russia on Friday called on the U.S. embassy in Moscow to waive the diplomatic immunity of three of its staff, saying they were suspected of stealing.  The announcement comes amid simmering tensions between Moscow and the West and days after NATO stripped eight members of the Russian mission to the alliance of their accreditation.  Russia’s Foreign Ministry said it sent

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US to ban entry to foreigners vaccinated with Russian Sputnik V – WP

Foreigners vaccinated with the Russian Sputnik V vaccine will not be able to enter the United States – writes The Washington Post with reference to the new rules for entering the country. According to the new rules, from November, foreign citizens vaccinated with a drug that is not approved by the World Health Organization or the US Food and Drug Administration ( FDA) will not

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U.S. Senate panel sets hearing on Russian gas pipeline amid Ukraine concerns

WASHINGTON, Sept 23 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee scheduled a closed-door hearing on Sept. 29 to discuss Russia’s Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, which several lawmakers say could harm allies in Eastern Europe. Amos Hochstein, senior adviser for energy security at the U.S. Department of State, will testify, according to the committee’s website. Both European and

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US House of Representatives passes amendments to defense budget with new mandatory sanctions against Nord Stream 2 – Naftogaz head

The House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress has adopted amendments to the draft U.S. Defense Authorization Act for 2022 regarding new mandatory sanctions against Nord Stream 2, the head of Naftogaz Yuriy Vitrenko has said. “The House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress has passed amendments to the defense budget, containing mandatory sanctions against Nord Stream 2… Now it

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“US Provoking Hunger Riots in Europe”

One remarkable claim in this week’s collection of disinformation cases is provided by the state-owned national news agency, RIA Novosti. According to the outlet, food riots are looming in Europe: Problems with the delivery of milk, beef, chicken, coffee have appeared like a tsunami in the US and in one European country after the other. Produce after produce disappear from

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J’AUKUS (J’accuse)

Edward Lucas If Europe is not taken seriously in global security, the fault lies at home. France is furious. The ostensible reason is that the new British-American deal to supply nuclear-powered submarines to Australia has cost it a lucrative defense contract. The real reason is that the emerging alliance to counter the Chinese Communist Party’s imperialist ambitions underlines France’s impotence

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U.S. Says Russians ‘Prevented’ From Exercising Rights in Election

The U.S. State Department cast doubt Monday on the integrity of Russia’s parliamentary election, saying a government crackdown on critics had “prevented” citizens from exercising their civil rights. “The September 17-19 Duma elections in the Russian Federation took place under conditions not conducive to free and fair proceedings,” said State Department spokesperson Ned Price, adding that the crackdown “prevented the

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UN chief: Confrontation between China and the United States can divide the world

Antonio Guterres said this in an interview with the Associated Press, noting that the Cold War should be avoided, despite relations between the countries. Warning of a possible new Cold War, the United Nations chief asked China and the United States to restore their “absolutely dysfunctional” relations before the problems between the two large and influential countries spread to the

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Aukus: China denounces US-UK-Australia pact as irresponsible

China has criticised a historic security pact between the US, UK and Australia, describing it as “extremely irresponsible” and “narrow minded”. The deal will see the US and UK give Australia the technology to build nuclear-powered submarines for the first time. It is being widely viewed as an effort to counter China’s influence in the contested South China Sea. The

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Brian Bonner: Ukraine’s Friend & Foe of the Week

Editor’s Note: This feature separates Ukraine’s friends from its enemies. The Order of Yaroslav the Wise has been given since 1995 for distinguished service to the nation. It is named after the Kyivan Rus leader from 1019-1054, when the medieval empire reached its zenith. The Order of Lenin was the highest decoration bestowed by the Soviet Union, whose demise Russian

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Russia Calls for Anti-Terror Cooperation With US on 9/11

Russia on Saturday said it was ready to resume anti-terrorism cooperation with the United States as America marked the 20th anniversary of 9/11. In a statement released by Moscow’s diplomatic mission in Washington, ambassador Anatoly Antonov said Russia was grieving together with the United States and proposed reviving cooperation on the fight against terrorism despite a litany of problems in bilateral

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9/11 and Russia’s Descend from Dialogue to Feeding Conspiracy Narratives

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks on World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. – a decisive moment in international politics, and a point where the world community unanimously expressed solidarity with the victims of the attack. In Russia, 9/11 have turned from a ‘singular’ issue focussed on solidarity with US

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Proposals for an EU army re-emerge after Afghan pullout – but many remain ‘hard to convince’

European dismay over President Joe Biden’s precipitous withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan has renewed calls for an EU military force. But while proponents of “strategic autonomy” say the fall of Kabul should serve as a wake-up call, others do not see an existential threat and are content to remain as junior partners to US military might. European countries had

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Trading Socialism for Chewing Gum

The Kremlin Building Military Doctrine on Self-Deception The Kremlin leadership has cultivated a special brand of “Dolchstosslegende(opens in a new tab)” since the collapse of the Soviet Union 30 years ago. The leader of the powerful Investigative Committee, Aleksandr Bastrykin, claimed in 2016 that the USSR collapsed because of “foreign intervention(opens in a new tab)”: The destruction of the ideological

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Afghan stress test

Michael Binion How the events around Afghanistan have affected US-British relations and the domestic political situation in the United Kingdom The catastrophe in Kabul, despair, chaos, the massacre at the airport and the mass evacuation of all Western forces from Afghanistan shocked the world. All of this has shaken confidence in United States President Joe Biden, called into question American leadership

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