Category: Foreign Policy

Kremlin points to questions over BBC’s biased coverage

Kremlin points to questions over BBC’s biased coverage

© EPA-EFE/WILL OLIVER MOSCOW, December 21. /TASS/. There are a lot of questions concerning the BBC’s biased coverage of events, particularly those taking place in Russia and Syria, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “Many have questions to ask the BBC concerning its biased coverage of some events, as they are covered not like a media outlet should do but in a pre-programmed and biased way,” Peskov said. The presidential spokesman added that various Russian state agencies had questions to ask about certain BBC programs and the coverage of events happening in Russia and Syria. Peskov agreed that the Russian media watchdog’s probes into the BBC…

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Kremlin on US troop reduction in Afghanistan: Action speaks louder than words

Kremlin on US troop reduction in Afghanistan: Action speaks louder than words

© AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini MOSCOW, December 21. /TASS/. Washington’s plans to reduce its presence in Afghanistan can only be analyzed once it takes place, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday. “Of course, we need to look at what will happen in reality,” he said. “Let’s recall the previous US president and those promises concerning the withdrawal from Afghanistan, which were made six or seven years ago, and compare them to reality. That’s why we prefer to wait patiently and analyze what is happening in actual fact.” “The Kremlin is primarily interested in ensuring that the situation in Afghanistan remains stable, and that there…

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Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With UK Foreign Secretary Hunt

Collected Department Releases: Interview With Bryce Dolan of 550 KFRM-AM

Interview Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Via Teleconference December 20, 2018 QUESTION: (Inaudible.) SECRETARY POMPEO: Sure. So the President’s decision to withdraw the couple thousand folks that we’ve had in Syria is based on the fact that the effort there to crush the caliphate, the ISIS caliphate in the region, is now near completion. We had remarkable success: over 90-plus percent of the real estate that ISIS owned in which they attacked people in the West from that place is gone. We’ve achieved that mission and now it’s time to make sure that we continue to fight ISIS – they exist not only in…

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Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With UK Foreign Secretary Hunt

Collected Department Releases: Interview With Brian Grimmett of KMUW Wichita Public Radio

Interview Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Via Teleconference December 20, 2018 QUESTION: Good morning, Secretary. How are you? SECRETARY POMPEO: I’m very good. QUESTION: I’ll just jump right in, since our time is limited. SECRETARY POMPEO: Yes, sir. QUESTION: My first question is kind of a two-part question. And the first part of it is, what is it – from your perspective as Secretary of State and what you do working with other countries’ leaders, what is kind of the goal of the tariffs with China? And is achieving that goal worth the cost to farmers and manufacturers here in the United States? SECRETARY…

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Russia ready to host Hamas-Fatah meeting — diplomat

MOSCOW, December 21. /TASS/. Russia is ready to host a Hamas-Fatah meeting, Russian Special Presidential Envoy for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told reporters on Friday. According to him, Russia will welcome anyone the two organizations will decide to send, no matter if they are top members or just representatives. “In our view, it is very important for the two organizations to hold a meeting and agree to restore Palestinian unity,” the senior Russian diplomat stressed. Bogdanov also pointed out that Russia had always supported Egypt’s efforts to foster intra-Palestinian reconciliation, including meetings in Cairo and Egyptian delegations’ visits to…

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Kremlin vows to protect Russian media under US sanctions

Kremlin vows to protect Russian media under US sanctions

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov © Mikhail Metzel/TASS MOSCOW, December 21. /TASS/. Moscow will work out measures if necessary on the protection of Russian media, which were subjected to illegal sanctions on behalf of the United States, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday. “The media, which had been subjected to the US sanctions, continue functioning,” he said. “Undoubtedly that if we believe the subjection to US sanctions was illegal and entailed some sort of critical situations we will work out measures in each definite case on the support of these media.” On Wednesday, the US blacklisted 11 individuals whom Washington believes to be involved…

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Diplomat comments on Pentagon chief’s resignation

Diplomat comments on Pentagon chief’s resignation

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis © AP Photo/Brynn Anderson MOSCOW, December 21. /TASS/. US Defense Secretary James Mattis’s resignation stems directly from US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria, Russian Special Presidential Envoy for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told reporters on Friday. “We need to see how this decision will be implemented because Defense Secretary James Mattis’s resignation has so far been the only direct consequence,” he said in response to a question about the consequences of the US troop pullout from Syria. On Thursday, Trump wrote on Twitter that Mattis would retire at the end…

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Almost no one in US administration can take unbiased look at Russia-US ties — Kremlin

Almost no one in US administration can take unbiased look at Russia-US ties — Kremlin

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov © Valeriy Sharifulin/TASS MOSCOW, December 20. /TASS/. Almost no one in US President Donald Trump’s administration is capable of taking an unbiased look at relations between Moscow and Washington, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said during the “Big Game” broadcast, aired by Russia’s Channel One on Thursday night. “Regretfully, almost no one in Washington… is currently willing and capable of making an unbiased estimate of what is currently going on between America and Russia,” the Kremlin official said, commenting on US President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G20 summit in…

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Diplomat comments on new US sanctions

MOSCOW, December 20. /TASS/. New US sanctions prove that Washington continues to pursue a policy aimed at raising tensions, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in a statement published on the Foreign Ministry’s website on Thursday. “As we can see, Washington continues to pursue a policy aimed at raising bilateral tensions. We would like to reiterate that the United States’ extraterritorial sanctions are an illegitimate and – as Washington must have already seen – ineffective tool,” he said. “Russia does not give in to pressure,” Ryabkov added. The Russian deputy foreign minister stressed that Washington’s “short-sighted approach is not in line with the interests…

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Putin says Russia, Turkey reach compromise on Syria

MOSCOW, December 20. /TASS/. Moscow and Ankara have been able to reach a compromise on resolving the Syrian crisis despite the divergence of opinion on some issues, Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters at his annual news conference. “We should be satisfied with the development of Russian-Turkish relations in the economy and security spheres. Although our interests do not coincide sometimes, we do find compromise solutions on resolving the Syrian crisis. We respect the Turkish people’s national interests in this direction. We see that our Turkish partners are likewise ready to seek a compromise and reach that compromise with us for the good of the…

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Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With UK Foreign Secretary Hunt

Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Omani Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah  

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 19, 2018 The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today with Omani Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah. The Secretary thanked the Minister for Oman’s positive engagement on many regional issues, including its role in helping facilitate UN consultations on Yemen in Sweden. The Secretary and the Minister agreed on the importance of parties building upon momentum from the consultations by implementing agreements, continuing engagement, de-escalating tensions, and ceasing ongoing hostilities. The Secretary and the Minister underscored their support for UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths and…

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Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With UK Foreign Secretary Hunt

Collected Department Releases: Sanctions Announcement on Russia

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 19, 2018 Today, the Departments of State and the Treasury took joint action against Russia’s continued and blatant disregard for international norms. Specifically, the State Department added 12 individuals and entities to the List of Specified Persons (LSP) pursuant to Section 231 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) for being part of, or operating for or on behalf of, the defense or intelligence sector of the Government of the Russian Federation. These persons were involved in a wide range of malign activities, including attempts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election, cyber-enabled attempts…

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UK steps up bellicose rhetoric against Russia — embassy

UK steps up bellicose rhetoric against Russia — embassy

The Russian Embassy in London © EPA-EFE/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA LONDON, December 19. /TASS/. The UK steps up belligerent rhetoric against Russia by labeling Moscow as one of the major threats to London’s security, Russia’s Embassy in London said on Wednesday commenting on recent statements by the UK Ministry of Defense. “This document stops short of naming Russia the main threat to UK’s national security. It once again contains unsubstantiated accusations against Russia of ‘the use of nerve agent on the streets of Salisbury’, ‘reckless and indiscriminate cyber-attacks’, and ‘polluting the public conversation in democratic nations across the world’,” the press release said. “We are concerned about the rise of…

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Embassy sees Lithuania spy spat as new anti-Russian demarche

Embassy sees Lithuania spy spat as new anti-Russian demarche

Russian Embassy in Vilnius © AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis VILNIUS, December 19. /TASS/. A spy spat staged in Lithuania is a new anti-Russian attack from the Lithuanian authorities, the Russian Embassy told TASS in comments on the statement from the Lithuanian Department of State Security and the Prosecutor General’s Office about the allegedly exposed intelligence activities in favor of Russia. “There is no doubt that another espionage row launched here is a new serious and flagrant anti-Russian action of the Lithuanian authorities,” the embassy stressed. The Lithuanian authorities suspect opposition politician Algirdas Paleskis of espionage in favor of Russia, Director of the Lithuanian State Security Department Darius…

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Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With UK Foreign Secretary Hunt

Collected Department Releases: Department Press Briefing – December 18, 2018

Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC December 18, 2018 TRANSCRIPT: 3:04 p.m. EST MR PALLADINO: Hello, everyone. Sorry we’re running a little later today. A couple for the top. I want to highlight today the department’s newly published report, To Walk the Earth in Safety, which I believe has been passed out already – it is in front of you – and which we posted today to our website. This annual report highlights the United States’ enduring commitment to making post-conflict communities safer and setting the stage for their recovery and development. Since 1993, the United States has invested more than $3.2…

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Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With UK Foreign Secretary Hunt

Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali of Nepal

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 18, 2018 The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met with Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali of Nepal today in Washington. Secretary Pompeo highlighted the enduring strength of the U.S.-Nepal partnership and the close people-to-people ties that form the foundation of the relationship. The two leaders discussed Nepal’s $500 million Millennium Challenge Corporation compact; Nepal’s central role in a free, open, and prosperous Indo-Pacific; and global issues, including North Korea. The Secretary noted that today’s historic meeting demonstrates the U.S. commitment to its strong partnership with Nepal. He emphasized the great potential…

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Kremlin comments on US-Turkey deal on Patriot missile systems

Kremlin comments on US-Turkey deal on Patriot missile systems

© AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis MOSCOW, December 19. /TASS/. The sale of US Patriot missile systems to Turkey won’t affect in any way the Moscow-Ankara deal on S-400 deliveries, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday. “These are unrelated processes and in this case we are implementing the accords we have with the Turkish colleagues. The project and the contract on S-400s is at the stage of its implementation and it will be continued,” Peskov said, responding to a question about whether the decision to supply US Patriot surface-to-air missile systems would affect Russia’s accords with Ankara. Russia sees no grounds to mistrust Turkey, which undertook commitments…

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Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With UK Foreign Secretary Hunt

Collected Department Releases: Establishment of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine

Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC December 17, 2018 The United States congratulates Metropolitan Epifaniy on his election as head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. The establishment of the Church was a historic moment for Ukraine. The United States maintains unwavering support for Ukraine and respects the freedom to worship unhindered by outside interference. The right to religious freedom extends to all Ukrainians, including those choosing to join – or not to join – the new Orthodox Church. The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. State Department.External links to other…

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Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With UK Foreign Secretary Hunt

Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 17, 2018 The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: ‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today with New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters at the Department of State. Secretary Pompeo thanked Foreign Minister Peters for New Zealand’s continued support in working towards the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea as agreed to by Chairman Kim Jong Un and for New Zealand’s assistance in countering terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan. They discussed the strategic relationship between the United States and New Zealand, our strong trade and commercial ties, cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region in partnership…

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Putin says fight against terrorists in Syria will go on

Putin says fight against terrorists in Syria will go on

© Mikhail Metzel/TASS MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. An uncompromising fight against terrorists in Syria will go on, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the Russian Defense Ministry’s expanded board meeting. “The situation in the country [Syria] has been gradually improving following the defeat of major militant groups,” he said. “However, militants still try to fight back. I would like to point out an uncompromising fight against militants will go on, we will provide the Syrian people with the necessary support,” the Russian leader added. Putin also noted that Russian troops had been successfully accomplishing peacekeeping and humanitarian tasks and contributing to the restoration of Syria as…

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Moscow does not agree with UN resolution on Crimea — Kremlin

MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. Moscow does not agree with the United Nations General Assembly’s resolution on the “militarization of Crimea” and regrets the adoption of the document, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “We can only express our disagreement with such a position and our regret,” he said. “We will certainly continue to clarify our position, trying to make our counterparts understand it,” Peskov added. The Kremlin spokesman pointed out that Crimea’s unification with Russia was a result of a free vote among the Crimean people, held in strict accordance with Ukrainian laws, which were in effect in the region at the time. Peskov…

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UN General Assembly adopts Russia’s resolution on countering cybercrime

UNITED NATIONS, December 18. /TASS/. The UN General Assembly adopted Russia’s resolution on “Countering the use of information and communication technologies for criminal purposes, official representative of the Russian mission to the United Nations Fedor Strzhizhovsky told reporters. “The resolution gives rise to searching and forming a response to one of the pressing global threats – the problem of cybercrime,” the diplomat explained. “At the first stage, this decision envisages the launch of a broad political and legal discussion on this topic in the UN General Assembly with the involvement of the UN Secretary General,” he added. Another 36 states became co-authors of the resolution.…

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US wants to stir up war between Russia and Ukraine – Russian diplomat

UNITED NATIONS, December 18. /TASS/. The United States is trying to stir up a full-scale war between fraternal Russian and Ukrainian peoples, according to Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dmitry Polyansky. “Instead of reasoning with the ‘Maidan’ regime, forcing it to hear the voice of the people, it is supplied with weapons and all kinds of support, including military, is demonstrated,” the diplomat said, speaking at the UN General Assembly. “Such actions suggest that Washington is trying not only to push the two fraternal peoples against each other, but also to unleash a full-scale war between them,” Polyansky noted. The United Nations…

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Creation of Kosovo’s army threatens to repeat armed conflict in region – Russia’s diplomat

Creation of Kosovo’s army threatens to repeat armed conflict in region – Russia’s diplomat

Russia’s permanent representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya © REUTERS/Mike Segar UNITED NATIONS, December 18. /TASS/. Emergence of a fully-fledged army of self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo threatens to repeat the armed conflict in the Balkans, Russia’s permanent representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya said at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council. “Emergence of Kosovo armed forces resents a threat to peace and security in the region, fraught with a repetition of the armed conflict,” the diplomat said. In other media

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Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With UK Foreign Secretary Hunt

Collected Department Releases: Run-Up to the 2019 Bolivian Presidential Elections

Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC December 16, 2018 The United States joins the European Union in stressing that threats against judges from the Supreme Electoral Tribunal are not conducive to creating the conditions required to hold free and fair elections in 2019. Respect for the independence of the judiciary, political pluralism, and freedom of expression are fundamental rights and essential pillars of democracy and the rule of law. The United States supports a healthy democracy in Bolivia that respects Bolivia’s constitution and the will of the Bolivian people. The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal…

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Collected Department Releases: Bhutan National Day

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC December 16, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I would like to extend best wishes to the people of Bhutan on the occasion of their National Day on December 17. The United States is deeply appreciative of the growing connections between the American and Bhutanese people. As fellow democracies, the United States and Bhutan are committed to fundamental liberties and the rule of law. We commend Bhutan’s transition to democracy, enacted under the leadership of His Majesty the King, and demonstrated by the exemplary national elections held this year.…

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West gunning for revolutions in post-Soviet states, says Lavrov

West gunning for revolutions in post-Soviet states, says Lavrov

© Mikhail Japaridze/TASS MOSCOW, December 17./TASS/. Western countries are working towards mounting revolutions in post-Soviet states, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told the Komsomolskaya Pravda radio on Monday. “Cooking up revolutions is all that the West is doing in the post-Soviet space at the moment,” Lavrov said. Having gone through several revolutions, the Russian Federation does not want any country to experience this, and that is why it does not work with the non-system opposition, the top diplomat said. “We are working with all systemic oppositionists. We don’t work with non-system, clandestine ones, and I think this is right,” the foreign minister added. In other media

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Russia expects to continue cooperation with Israel on Syria — Lavrov

MOSCOW, December 17. /TASS/. Russia expects that coordination with Israel on Syria will continue in order to ensure the safety of the Russian military in Syria and security of Jewish state, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said as he met with Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel Isaac Herzog in Moscow on Monday. “We expect that cooperation with Israel on Syria will continue in the way that will not jeopardize the lives of Russian military, will not create problems for effort of President of the Syrian Arab Republic Bashar al-Assad in fight against terrorism with our support, and will of course ensure security of Israel,”…

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Russia ready for dialogue with US on INF Treaty — diplomat

MOSCOW, December 17. /TASS/. Moscow is ready for dialogue with Washington on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) on an equal basis as it thinks it is still possible to prevent the United States’ withdrawal from it, Russia’s Permanent Representative to Vienna-based international organizations Mikhail Ulyanov said on Monday. He noted that the Americans are seeking to have a free hand to use those types of weapons that are prohibited by that treaty “to push its interests in various parts of the world.” “Can we stop a negative scenario? Well, as long as withdrawal has not taken place, we do have chances,” he noted.…

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Lavrov says cutting economic ties with Tbilisi won’t solve problems

MOSCOW, December 17. /TASS/. Breaking economic ties with Georgia won’t solve such problems as Tbilisi’s intensified cooperation with NATO, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with the Komsomolskaya Pravda radio station on Monday. “Imagine, we severed ties and they still built the base, the biological laboratory [the Lugar Center] is still working and what? Do you think we should respond in order to show ourselves off? Do you suggest strangling Georgia? What for?” Lavrov said answering a question. Lavrov noted that Russia and Georgia have been actively developing tourism and trade. “Planes full of people are flying, tourists are coming. Trade is…

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