Posts tagged as US

Julian Assange faces decades in US jail

Friday, April 12, 2019

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Assange took refuge in the embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault case that has since been dropped. At Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday he was found guilty of failing to surrender to the court. He now faces US federal conspiracy charges related to one of the largest ever leaks of government…

US Treasury appreciates Latvia’s progress in fixing its financial sector

Friday, April 12, 2019

The United States Department of the Treasury appreciates the progress Latvia has made in fixing its financial sector, LETA was told at the Latvian Finance Ministry. During his working visit to Washington on Wednesday, April 10, Finance Minister Janis Reirs (New Unity) met with Marshall Billingslea, Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing in the United States Department of the Treasury, to brief him on the financial sector’s supervision reform, or the…

Trump to host NATO chief at White House

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The head of NATO will meet with President Trump at the White House next week as the alliance celebrates its 70th anniversary. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will meet with Trump on April 2 for a private conversation, followed by an expanded meeting, the White House said Tuesday. The two men will discuss burden sharing and challenges facing the organization. “In honor of the 70th anniversary of NATO, the President and the Secretary General will underscore the…

US rapid-deployment troops arrive in Berlin for maneuvers

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Hundreds of U.S. soldiers have begun arriving in Germany in the first test of a rapid deployment strategy meant to bolster NATO’s presence in eastern Europe in the event of Russian aggression or other emergencies. U.S. Army Europe says 350 soldiers from the 1st Armored Division arrived in Berlin Tuesday as part of a group of 1,500 arriving this week. They’re heading to Poland, where they will link up with tanks…

US-backed forces admit to ‘difficulties’ beating ISIS in Syria

Monday, March 18, 2019

U.S.-backed forces fighting to recapture the last Islamic State outpost in Syria admitted Sunday they were facing “difficulties” defeating the extremists, saying they were being slowed by mines, tunnels and concerns over harming women and children among the militants. The battle to capture the extremist group’s last patch of territory in eastern Syria — a collection of tents covering foxholes and underground tunnels in the village of Baghouz — has…

Planning for a US base in Poland gains momentum

By John Vandiver on Saturday, March 16, 2019

Discussions about a permanent U.S. military base in Poland are moving forward, with a top Pentagon official arriving in Warsaw this week to hammer out details on expanding the American military presence in the country, officials said. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood is meeting with his Polish counterparts to work on the plan, a top Pentagon official told lawmakers Wednesday. While it could take about six months…

US Ramstein air base stirs controversy in Germany

Friday, March 15, 2019

The US military’s Ramstein air base is a frequent source of criticism for the German government, especially when it comes to the operation of weaponized drones. Now the issue has gone to court. Command, click, kill? Weaponized drones are highly controversial in Germany. Two cases involving fatal drone attacks carried out by the United States are being brought before Germany’s Higher Administrative Court in Münster. Three Yemenis have taken legal action against…

U.S. sees Turkey’s Russian missile deal as national security problem for NATO

Friday, March 15, 2019

Turkey’s pending purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense system presents a national security problem for NATO, which would not be able to deploy F-35 aircraft alongside the Russian systems, senior U.S. officials said on Thursday. The officials, who briefed a group of reporters on condition of anonymity, said Turkey’s purchase of the S-400 system was not tantamount to it withdrawing from NATO, but that Ankara’s purchase should be viewed…

President Kaljulaid meets with Speaker Pelosi, talks security, defence

Thursday, March 14, 2019

While on a working visit to the US, President Kersti Kaljulaid met with Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) late on Wednesday evening, with whom she discussed security and defence cooperation, the situation in Ukraine, hybrid threats as well as bilateral Estonian-US cooperation. “There has been strong bipartisan support for Estonia, NATO and transatlantic relations in both houses of Congress,” Ms Kaljulaid said at her meeting…

US is withdrawing all remaining diplomatic personnel from Venezuela

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The United States is withdrawing all remaining diplomatic personnel from Venezuela this week amid nearly week-long blackouts around the country, the US State Department has announced. It follows a January decision to withdraw all dependents and reduce embassy staff to a minimum in the country. ‘This decision reflects the deteriorating situation in Venezuela, as well as the conclusion that the presence of US diplomatic staff at the embassy has become…