: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Section: US & Canada

    Manafort’s former biz pal an ‘upper-echelon’ Russian mobster: report
    Jul27

    Manafort’s former biz pal an ‘upper-echelon’ Russian mobster: report

    The feds have identified a former business associate of President Trump’s ex-campaign manager Paul Manafort as an “upper-echelon [associate] of Russian organized crime,” NBC News reported Wednesday. The revelation came in a 115-page filing as part of the Department of Justice’s case against Dmytro Firtash, a Ukrainian oligarch who was...

    Global Affairs pledges to defend Ukraine as it reviews new U.S. sanctions
    Jul26

    Global Affairs pledges to defend Ukraine as it reviews new U.S. sanctions

    Global Affairs is reviewing draft U.S. sanctions on Russia to see if they’ll have any impact on Canadian businesses, said a spokesperson for Minister Chrystia Freeland. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a wide-ranging bill targeting Russia, North Korea and Iran on Tuesday. The bill has offended the European Union because of business...

    DOJ: Ex-Manafort Associate Is Top-Tier Comrade of Russian Mobsters
    Jul26

    DOJ: Ex-Manafort Associate Is Top-Tier Comrade of Russian Mobsters

    In a new filing federal prosecutors call Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash an “upper-echelon” associate of Russian organized crime. …read more Source:...

    New Sanctions Against Russia, Iran, North Korea Hits Snag In Senate
    Jul26

    New Sanctions Against Russia, Iran, North Korea Hits Snag In Senate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A new package of financial sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea has a hit a snag in the Senate, where the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee has objected to the House’s decision to include penalties targeting Pyongyang in the legislation. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., told reporters Wednesday that he...

    Lawmakers Need a Russia Sanctions Strategy with an Exit Plan
    Jul26

    Lawmakers Need a Russia Sanctions Strategy with an Exit Plan

    Nikolas K. Gvosdev Politics, Americas History shows that the lack of flexibility or graduation mechanisms in congressional sanctions can create unnecessary complications for the United States. The Russia-sanctions train appears to be accelerating out of the congressional station, which makes it highly unlikely that both chambers of the...

    Ukraine strips citizenship of ex-Georgia leader Saakashvili
    Jul26

    Ukraine strips citizenship of ex-Georgia leader Saakashvili

    Ukraine’s president has rescinded the citizenship of Mikheil Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia who moved to Ukraine to become leader of one of its most corruption-plagued regions and later … Click to Continue » …read more Source: The Bellingham...

    Sanctions bill hits hurdle in Senate over NKorea penalties
    Jul26

    Sanctions bill hits hurdle in Senate over NKorea penalties

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A new package of financial sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea has a hit a snag in the Senate, where the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee has objected to the House’s decision to include penalties targeting Pyongyang in the legislation. The penalties on Moscow are for its meddling in the presidential...

    Russia’s Loss, Whose Gain?
    Jul26

    Russia’s Loss, Whose Gain?

    Everyone Loses: The Ukraine Crisis and the Ruinous Contest for Post-Soviet EurasiaSamuel Charap & Timothy J. ColtonRoutledge, 2017, 212 pp., $21.95 A recent book by Samuel Charap and Timothy Colton—two outstanding Russia experts of two distinctly different generations—will probably not go unnoticed given its grandly pessimistic title. Their...

    Rick Perry, U.S. energy secretary, falls for Russian prankster posing as Ukrainian prime minister
    Jul26

    Rick Perry, U.S. energy secretary, falls for Russian prankster posing as Ukrainian prime minister

    Energy Secretary Rick Perry recently spent a 22-minute phone call speaking with a Russian prankster posing as Ukranian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman. Mr. Perry, convinced he was speaking to Ukraine’s prime minister, spoke July 19 about a range of topics including sanctions against Russia, coal exports, natural gas … …read...

    EU Adds Russians, Entities To Crimea Sanctions Over Siemens Case 
    Jul26

    EU Adds Russians, Entities To Crimea Sanctions Over Siemens Case 

    RFE/RL has learned that the European Union has added four Russian individuals and three Russian entities to its sanctions list after revelations that four gas turbines from the German company Siemens were “illegally” diverted from Russia to Ukraine’s occupied Crimean Peninsula. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...