US Approves Sale by US Manufacturers of Lethal Weapons to Ukraine

The United States has approved the sale by U.S. manufacturers of lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert confirmed this week that Congress was notified of the matter on December 13. The legal framework for U.S. manufacturers to sell arms to Ukraine has existed since the Obama administration, Nauert said. Nauert noted […]

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Russia condemns US move to sell weapons to Ukraine

Russian officials said the US decision to supply weapons to Ukraine was dangerous and will encourage Kiev to use force in eastern Ukraine. The US state department said on Friday the United States will provide Ukraine with “enhanced defensive capabilities” as the country battles Russian-backed separatists in the east. Russia’s RIA state news agency quoted […]

Russian tanks rolling into Ukraine last year.

US to provide Ukraine with ‘enhanced defensive capabilities’

The US announced Friday it would provide Ukraine with “enhanced defensive capabilities,” a move that could escalate a conflict between government forces and pro-Russian separatists that has claimed more than 10,000 lives since 2014. It also threatens to undermine President Donald Trump’s calls for improved relations with Moscow. “The United States has decided to provide […]


Russia asks UN for green light to send arms to C. Africa

Russia has asked the UN Security Council for permission to supply light arms and ammunition to the struggling armed forces of the Central African Republic beginning next week, according to a request obtained by AFP on Tuesday. The move has raised concerns from France which has questioned Russia’s plan, notably over the storage of the […]


Russia dismisses UN report on Syria sarin attack

Russia dismissed Thursday a report by a UN-led panel that blamed the Syrian regime for a sarin attack on the town of Khan Sheikhun and said the use of the substance was part of a “theatrical performance” by rebels. A panel including diplomats and military officers presented Moscow’s version of events complete with diagrams and […]