Monday, July 4, 2022

US-Russia Relations

Russia says US policies led to ‘new G8’

The United States “with its own hands” pushed the countries, which are not participating in “sanctions wars”, to form a “new Big Eight” group with Russia, the Russian State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said on Saturday.

Russia says Armenia, Central Asian countries have US-funded biolabs

Armenia, and Central Asian countries have US-funded biolabs, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said. He added Moscow is discussing this issue with its neighbors both bilaterally and through the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

US says won’t negotiate Ukraine-related sanctions with Russia to salvage JCPOA

A senior State Department official says the US won’t negotiate exemptions to Ukraine-related sanctions on Russia to save the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal (JCPOA). The source told the Wall Street Journal on Sunday Washington instead would try to strike an alternative agreement that excludes Moscow if the Kremlin doesn’t back off from last-minute demands.

Putin: US trying to reconcile with Iran and Venezuela to counter Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin says the US is trying to reconcile with both Iran and Venezuela to counter Moscow on energy markets.

Biden announces new sanctions against Russia, calls Putin ‘aggressor’

US President Joe Biden condemned Moscow for launching the military operation against Ukraine, announcing new strong sanctions and limitations on exports to Russia.

Russia announces ‘special operation’ in Donbass, eastern Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he ordered his country's military to carry out a special operation in the Donbass region, in eastern Ukraine, after the leaders of the breakaway republic asked Moscow for military assistance in response to what they described as an increase in “Ukrainian aggression.”

US sanctions company behind Nord Stream 2

U.S. President Joe Biden announced that he would impose new sanctions on the company behind the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which was built to ferry natural gas from Russia to Germany. The announcement follows Russia’s recognition of two separatist-controlled regions east of Ukraine that led to harsh anti-Moscow bans by the West.

Russia promises strong response to US sanctions

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has warned Moscow will respond strongly to new anti-Russia sanctions imposed by Washington. It stressed the measures taken by the White House run counter to American interests.

U.S. announces initial sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

U.S. President Joe Biden has announced Washington would sanction Russian sovereign debt and Russian elites as well as their family members in response to Moscow’s deployment of troops to regions in eastern Ukraine.

Russia expels top US diplomat in Moscow amid Ukraine crisis

Russia has expelled US deputy ambassador to Moscow, according to the American mission. Washington has emphasized that it would respond to American diplomat’s expulsion.

Russia voices deep concern over US troops deployment

The deployment of US troops in Europe is the proof that Russia has a reason to be worried, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says.

Russia says planning to alleviate sanctions effects

Russia has plans to hedge risks and mitigate consequences in the event of new economic sanctions by the US, the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says. He added Moscow is concerned because the sanctions behavior of Washington is absolutely unpredictable.

Russia says ‘no positive response’ from US to security proposals

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has confirmed that Moscow has received a written response from the US to the Kremlin's requests for assurances over NATO expansion, expressing disappointment over quote the lack of concessions.

Russia says US, NATO engaged in “toxic” campaign against Moscow

Washington and NATO launched a "toxic" campaign with false accusations against Moscow instead of preparing responses to Russia's proposals on security guarantees, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced on Saturday.

Russia calls on US to stop speculations about Ukraine invasion

Russia has urged the United States to stop spreading speculations about Moscow's alleged plans to invade Ukraine.

Russia warns US against imposing sanctions on Putin

Washington imposing sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin would be an "over-the-top" measure, comparable to breaking off relations, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

Kremlin says not optimistic on US talks

The Kremlin spokesperson says Moscow was not optimistic after a first round of talks with the United States on the Ukraine crisis. Dmitry Peskov added Russia would not allow its demands for security guarantees from the west to become mired in tortuous negotiations.

Russia says not optimistic about talks with US

A top Russian diplomat says Moscow is not optimistic about the forthcoming talks with Washington. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Rybakov added Russia will not give in to US pressure or make any concessions ahead of the Geneva talks set for 10 January.

Biden says US will ‘respond decisively’ If Russia invades Ukraine

US President Joe Biden told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that the US and its allies "will respond decisively if Russia further invades Ukraine", according to a readout of a call between the two leaders provided by the White House.

Putin tells Biden sanctions could cause complete severance of ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a call with his US counterpart Joe Biden that relations between the two countries could be severed completely in the event the threatened "unprecedented sanctions" become a reality, Kremlin Aide Yury Ushakov told reporters on Friday.

CIA director says Russia and Iran turned his hair gray

Working as the US ambassador to Russia was so stressful, it caused CIA Director William Burns’ hair to lose its color, the US’s newly appointed intelligence boss says. He added the rest of his gray hair has to do with negotiations with the Iranians over it nuclear program.

US says Biden and Putin discussion on Iran productive

Presidents of the United States and Russia, Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin, had a good discussion on Iran that was productive, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, says.

Putin, Biden to discuss Middle East, Iran

Presidents of Russia and the Unites States, Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden, will discuss issues of mutual interest including Iran and Afghanistan, according to a Kremlin aide.

Lavrov: Moscow to react if US imposes new sanctions

Moscow will certainly react if the US imposes ‘high-impact’ sanctions against Russia over Ukraine, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told journalists on Thursday. The announcement was made following a statement by US Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland about sanctions "the likes of which we have not used before”.

Russia says prevented US destroyer entering its waters

Moscow announced its warship has prevented a US Navy destroyer from intruding into Russia’s territorial waters in the Sea of Japan. The Russian Defense Ministry has summoned US military attache in connection with the border incident.

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