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The first chartered flight in months evacuating Americans from Afghanistan has left Kabul airport for Qatar, according to a government official, a congressional official and two people with knowledge of the matter. The passengers on the Qatar Airways charter include more than 30 Americans, one of the two people with knowledge of the matter said. The chartered flight, run by the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs and paid for by the U.S. State Department, is the first to leave Kabul since November. The government official confirmed that the flight to Doha, Qatar, is carrying Americans but did not provide numbers. Before the Taliban suspended flights, about one or two chartered flights a week were heading to Qatar, refugee groups and U.S. officials said.
Persons: Organizations: Qatar Airways, Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs, U.S . State Department, NBC News, State Department, Taliban, Qatari Locations: Afghanistan, Kabul, Qatar, Doha, tatters
Russia has demanded NATO pull back troops and weapons from eastern Europe and bar its neighbour Ukraine, a former Soviet state, from ever joining. DIALOGUEIn Paris, diplomats from Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany held more than eight hours of talks on ending a separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine, part of the wider crisis between Moscow and Kyiv that risks becoming a full-scale war. 1/3 U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks about Russia and Ukraine during a briefing at the State Department in Washington, U.S., January 26, 2022. A day after the U.S. delivered Javelin anti-tank missiles, launchers and other hardware to Ukraine, Germany came under criticism for saying it would supply Kyiv with 5,000 military helmets while stopping short of providing weapons. U.S. officials say they are in talks with major energy-producing countries and companies worldwide over a potential diversion of supplies to Europe if Russia invades Ukraine.
Persons: Blinken, Jan, Antony Blinken, Wang Yi, Ned Price, Vladimir Putin, Alexander Grushko, Joe Biden, Putin, Dmitry Peskov, Brendan Smialowski, Peskov, Dmytro Kuleba, Vitali Klitschko, Jen Psaki, Psaki, John Irish, Rami Ayyub, Mark Trevelyan, Gareth Jones, Grant McCool, Michael Perry Organizations: Kremlin, United, Foreign, State Department, NATO, Washington, U.S, Putin, REUTERS Read, Wednesday, . State Department, White, United States, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Kremlin Russia, Ukraine, Paris WASHINGTON, MOSCOW, United States, Europe, Moscow, U.S, Russia, Soviet, Washington, Britain, Paris, France, Germany, Kyiv, Normandy, Berlin, Washington , U.S, Belarus
U.S.'s Blinken holds talks with China's Wang on Ukraine risks
  + stars: | 2022-01-27 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks about Russia and Ukraine during a briefing at the State Department in Washington, U.S., January 26, 2022. Brendan Smialowski/Pool via REUTERSJan 26 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi about Ukraine on Wednesday, highlighting global security and the economic risks that could stem from further Russian aggression, the State Department said. "Secretary Blinken ... conveyed that de-escalation and diplomacy are the responsible way forward," department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement. Global security and the economic risks posed by further Russian aggression against Ukraine figured in the talks, the department added. The United States and its NATO allies reject that but say they are ready to discuss other topics such as arms control and confidence-building measures.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Brendan Smialowski, Wang Yi, Blinken, Ned Price, Akriti Sharma, Clarence Fernandez, Robert Birsel Organizations: State Department, REUTERS, Foreign, Global, United, NATO, Thomson Locations: Russia, Ukraine, Washington , U.S, United States, Europe, Moscow, Soviet, Bengaluru
U.S. State Department 'condemns' North Korea missile tests
  + stars: | 2022-01-27 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: 1 min
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U.S., China confer on Ukraine, urge de-escalation and calm
  + stars: | 2022-01-27 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +4 min
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks about Russia and Ukraine during a briefing at the State Department in Washington, U.S., January 26, 2022. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke about Ukraine on a telephone call late on Wednesday. "We call on all parties to stay calm and refrain from doing things that agitate tensions and hype up the crisis," Wang told Blinken, China's foreign ministry said in a statement. The United States and its NATO allies reject that position but say they are ready to discuss other topics such as arms control and confidence-building measures. Wang told Blinken that the United States "continues to make mistakes in its words and deeds on China, causing new shocks to the relationship".
Persons: Antony Blinken, Brendan Smialowski, Wang Yi, Wang, Blinken, Vladimir Putin, Ryan Woo, Gabriel Crossley, Akriti Sharma, Clarence Fernandez, Robert Birsel Organizations: State Department, REUTERS, Reuters.com Register Russia, NATO, U.S, Security, Winter, Beijing, Thomson Locations: Russia, Ukraine, Washington , U.S, China, United States, U.S, Europe, Soviet, U.S ., States, Minsk, Russian, Taiwan, Canada, Australia, Britain, Beijing, Bengaluru
The visit by Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani's comes after his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amirabdollahian on Monday said Tehran is ready to consider direct talks with Washington if it feels it can get a "good nuclear deal". However, IRNA said the visit was not intended to facilitate direct talks with Washington. After then-U.S. President Donald Trump quit the nuclear deal in 2018 and reimposed harsh sanctions, Iran gradually started violating the pact's nuclear curbs. The minister, Sheikh Mohammed, is expected in Washington on Friday in advance of the emir's visit. PRISONER RELEASEAmirabdollahian previously met Sheikh Tamim and Sheikh Mohammed in Doha on Jan. 11.
Persons: Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Antony Blinken, Olivier Douliery, Qatar's, Thani's, Hossein Amirabdollahian, IRNA, Donald Trump, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad, Joe Biden, Sheikh Mohammed, Amirabdollahian, Sheikh Tamim, Parisa Hafezi, Andrew Mills, Frank Jack Daniel Our Organizations: Qatar's, State Department, REUTERS DUBAI, Washington, Washington ., Tehran, U.S, Jan, Reuters, Qatar, Sunday, Thomson Locations: Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al, Washington , DC, Iran, Washington, Tehran, Doha, United States, Vienna, Thani, Qatar, Iranian, U.S, Dubai
Russian gas flows to Europe have been lower than usual for several months already. Most countries have cut reliance on Russian gas over the years and there are also more supply routes that bypass Ukraine. Nord Stream 2 is awaiting certification before Russian gas can flow through to Germany. For example, Germany, the biggest consumer of Russian gas, can also import from Norway, the Netherlands, Britain and Denmark via pipelines. On top of all this, European gas storage levels are very low for winter, when demand is traditionally highest.
Persons: Vasily Fedosenko, Ned Price, Bruegel, Nina Chestney, Nerijus Adomaitis, Nora Buli, Vladimir Soldatkin, Stephen Jewkes, Kate Abnett, Jan Lopatka, Luiza Ilie, Catherine Evans Organizations: REUTERS, Gazprom, Reuters.com, The, Strategic, International Studies, . State Department, ING, Gas Pipeline, European Commission, LNG, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Europe, Nesvizh, Minsk, Russia, Ukraine, United States, U.S, Qatar, United, EUROPE, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Nord, Slovakia, Austria, Italy, Norway, Netherlands, Britain, Denmark, Europe's, Southern Europe, Turkey, Belgium, France, Kyiv, Crimea
It is also difficult because the named terrorist groups often have a very bloody history. Including two new Colombian groups and six individuals to the terrorist lists showed Colombia that the US remains concerned about the terrorist threat landscape there. First, named terrorist groups are blackballed from the US formal financial system, meaning their bank accounts are frozen. In doing this, the Biden administration may improve the FTO list's credibility by making it more dynamic and open to changing political climates and conflicts. It would also show there are benefits if listed terrorist groups and people engage in a political process.
Persons: Biden, Antony Blinken, Jaime Saldarriaga, George W, Bush, Raul Castro, Juan Manuel Santos, Timoleon Jimenez, Desmond Boylan, Ivan Marquez, Ricardo Mazalan, Blinken, DISSIDENCE HANDOUT, Jason M, Blazakis Organizations: Biden, Foreign, Service, Colombian, Revolutionary Armed Forces, US Foreign, REUTERS, State, Treasury, State Department, Colombia People's Army, Segunda Marquetalia, The State Department, AP, FARC, Crisis, Center, Terrorism, Counterterrorism, Creative Locations: Colombia, Toribio, Colombia's Cauca, Colombian, Havana, , Khmer Rouge, Cambodia, Middlebury
LGBTQ Afghans have increasingly been threatened, beaten and raped since the Taliban took control of the country in August, a new report found. And while LGBTQ Afghans have long lived in peril, the groups concluded that the situation has “dramatically worsened” following the Taliban’s takeover. A few weeks after Taliban forces overtook Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, in August, a 20-year-old gay man reported that Taliban members had detained him at a checkpoint. To aid LGBTQ Afghans, the authors of the report urged other countries — and the United States specifically — to expedite their applications for evacuation and resettlement, support humanitarian assistance programs that specifically target LGBTQ Afghans and apply diplomatic leverage. Only Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland have publicly announced that they would commit to resettling LGBTQ Afghans.
Persons: , J, Lester Feder, you’re, ” Heather Barr, , ” Barr, ‘ You’re, ” Nemat Sadat, Sadat, Biden, “ I’m, I’ve, Barr Organizations: Rights Watch, Human Rights, American University of Afghanistan, NBC News, State Department, NBC, Twitter, Facebook Locations: Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghan, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland
The World Health Organization logo is pictured at the entrance of the WHO building, in Geneva, Switzerland, December 20, 2021. Washington paid $672 million to the WHO for its latest two-year budget, down from $893 million in 2018-19, the provisional data showed. Trump cut funding and moved to withdraw the United States from the WHO, accusing it of being too close to China and having mismanaged the first phase of the pandemic - accusations that the WHO has denied. The United States is opposing a plan to raise mandatory fees, or assessed contributions, to 50% of the WHO's budget in coming years. By far the largest part of the WHO's funding comes from voluntary contributions from states or private donors who decide the sectors or even the projects where they should be used.
Persons: Denis Balibouse, Jan, Donald Trump, Trump, Joe Biden's, Biden, Melinda Gates, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, it's, Mara Burr, Francesco Guarascio, Emma Farge, Stephanie Nebehay, Jeff Mason, Mrinalika Roy, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: World Health, WHO, REUTERS, World Health Organization, United Nations, U.S, Reuters, Washington, . State Department, Melinda Gates Foundation, U.S ., Thomson Locations: Geneva, Switzerland, Germany, BRUSSELS, GENEVA, United States, China, Washington, U.S, Brussels, Bangalore
In this picture taken on December 10, 2021, a man visits the US embassy in Beijing. The U.S. State Department is weighing whether to authorize departures for American diplomats and their families in China who wish to leave due to the U.S. government's inability to prevent Chinese authorities from subjecting them to intrusive pandemic control measures, sources told Reuters. The rules include possible forced admittance to Covid-19 fever clinics and separation from children. The State Department told Reuters in a statement on Tuesday the operating status at its embassy and consulates in China had not changed. One person said the U.S. Embassy conducted an internal survey showing that as many as 25% of staff and family members would choose to leave China as soon as possible.
Organizations: The U.S . State Department, Reuters, Embassy, Beijing, The State Department, U.S . Embassy Locations: Beijing, The, China, U.S, Washington, Covid
They hear 'fourth shot,' and it just freaks them out," said Elizabeth Nunn, who is immune-compromised and was turned away for a fourth shot by three pharmacies near her home north of New York City. Fraser and an official at a pharmacy association added that the CDC's fourth shot guidance is difficult to decipher. Nunn was more than five months past her third shot, which made her eligible for her fourth shot by the CDC guidance. She said she explained that the CDC had recommended fourth shots for people with compromised immune systems, but it didn't help. Crystal Boatenreiter, a liver transplant recipient, says she was denied a fourth shot at Springfield Drug Store in Springfield, Louisiana.
Persons: Elizabeth Nunn, Kristen Nordlund, Michael Fraser, Fraser, Allie Jo Shipman, Covid, Janet Handal, Handal, Nunn, Cellcept, he'd, couldn't, Nunn's rheumatologist, Matt Blanchette, Dana Ward, Liam Schneider, Schneider, Teri Dary, Alex Brown, Angie Rush, Kristal Howard, Glenn Menard, Henry, Rush, Henry Ford, Phil Hampton, they'd, Crystal Boatenreiter, David Cassanova, he's, Michelle McCalope, Samantha Fuld, aren't, Rosa Baier, Baier, Menard, she's, Dr, Sanjay Gupta, it's, Jill Gottesman, We're Organizations: CNN, US Centers for Disease Control, CDC, Association of State, Territorial Health, National Alliance of State Pharmacy, CVS, Acme, Mor, Walgreens, Kroger, UCLA Health, Henry Ford Health System, Menard, Pfizer, Moderna, UCLA, FDA, Springfield Drug, Louisiana Department of Health, New York Department of Health, Health, New York, New York State Department of Health, Brown University School of Public Health, CNN Health Locations: New York City, New York, Peekskill , New York, Peekskill, Mohegan, Croton, Hudson, Fort Atkinson , Wisconsin, Royal Oak , Michigan, Rush, Detroit, Springfield , Louisiana, New York State, California
RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan 26 (Reuters) - An elderly Palestinian-American who was found dead after being detained by Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank suffered sudden cardiac arrest caused by the stress of being manhandled, according to a Palestinian autopsy released Wednesday. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterThe Israeli military said on Wednesday that it had no immediate comment on the findings. An Israeli military statement on Jan. 12 said that its forces carried out an overnight operation in the village, and that a Palestinian was "apprehended after resisting a check". The statement said he was alive when the soldiers released him, but that the Military Police Criminal Investigation Division was reviewing the incident. A former Milwaukee, Wisconsin resident, he had lived in the United States for decades and returned to the West Bank 10 years ago, his brother Amer told Reuters.
Persons: Omar Abdalmajeed As'ad, Israel, As'ad, Amer, Dan Williams, Ali Sawafta, Nidal, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: West Bank, Palestinian Justice Ministry, Military Police, Investigation, Reuters, U.S . State Department, Thomson Locations: RAMALLAH, West, Palestinian, Jiljilya, Israeli, Milwaukee , Wisconsin, United States, American, Israel, U.S
"I feel that the U.S. ought to pay more attention to the Caribbean region in helping us to maintain our standard of living to avoid any mass movement of people," he said in a telephone interview on Tuesday. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register"If people are unable to live in (Caribbean) countries, then clearly they'll end up on the shores of the United States as refugees." China has lent over $4 billion to Caribbean nations in the last 10 years, according to figures compiled by the Washington-based Inter-American Dialogue, much of which has gone to finance infrastructure development. Sustained U.S. support for changing those criteria would provide a significant boost for the Caribbean, Browne said. Antigua and Barbuda bore most of those costs, but got only $169,000 in aid from the United States in 2019, Browne said.
Persons: Jan, Gaston Browne, Browne, Hurricane Irma, Brian Ellsworth, Jonathan Oatis Organizations: MIAMI, Barbuda, Inter, International Monetary Fund, U.S . State Department, IMF, Caribbean, Caribbean Community, Caricom, Thomson Locations: United States, Caribbean, Antigua, China, Washington, Haiti, Barbuda, Miami
U.S. ambassador to Russia John Sullivan leaves after visiting the Russian Foreign Ministry headquarters in Moscow, Russia January 26, 2022. Ambassador John Sullivan on Wednesday handed over Washington's written responses to a sweeping set of security demands that Moscow has made of the West, Russia's Foreign Ministry said. Russia, which has alarmed the West with a military buildup near Ukraine, laid out an array of security demands late last year, including a demand that Kyiv never join NATO. The U.S. envoy arrived at the Russian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday evneing and could be seen leaving the building later that evening in footage published by the RIA news agency. Russia's troop buildup in Belarus and near ex-Soviet neighbour Ukraine has prompted fears that Russia is planning a new attack on Ukraine.
Persons: Russia John Sullivan, Maxim Shemetov MOSCOW, Jan, John Sullivan, Antony Blinken, Tom Balmforth, Anton Kolodyazhnyy, Polina Devitt, Andrew Osborn Organizations: Russian Foreign Ministry, REUTERS, Russia's, NATO, RIA, Reuters.com Register U.S, U.S . State Department, Moscow, Thomson Locations: Russia, Moscow, Ukraine, U.S, Belarus, Soviet, Ukraine's Crimea, Washington
Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged US citizens in Ukraine on Wednesday to "strongly consider leaving" the country as tensions over a potential Russian invasion continue to rise. "Our message now for any Americans in Ukraine is to strongly consider leaving," Blinken said at a press conference. Blinken said those consider leaving should use either commercial or private transportation options, and said the US embassy in Kyiv will remain open. Earlier in the day, the US Embassy in Ukraine made the same suggestion, telling American citizens in Ukraine to think about fleeing as "the security situation in Ukraine continues to be unpredictable" because of the "threat of Russian military action." Blinken's remarks come a few days after the State Department authorized the "voluntary departure" of government employees and their family members from Ukraine.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Blinken Organizations: Embassy, State Department, Kremlin Locations: Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukrainian
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks about Russia and Ukraine during a briefing at the State Department in Washington, U.S., January 26, 2022. Brendan Smialowski | ReutersWASHINGTON – Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. delivered a document to Moscow on Wednesday that lays out "a serious diplomatic path forward" should Russia decide against invading Ukraine. The development came as NATO warned that Russia continued to increase its military presence along the Ukraine border. Russian officials have meanwhile, repeatedly called on the U.S. to prevent an eastward expansion of the NATO military alliance. "Russia continues its military buildup and we see also more troops not only in and around Ukraine but also now in Belarus.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Brendan Smialowski, Blinken, Joe Biden, Russia John Sullivan, Biden, We're, Vladimir Putin, it'd, Anatolii Stepanov, Putin, He's, Jens Stoltenberg, Stoltenberg, Olivier Hoslet Organizations: State Department, Reuters WASHINGTON –, NATO, Kremlin, Ukrainian Military Forces, AFP, Getty Locations: Russia, Ukraine, Washington , U.S, U.S, Moscow, Soviet, Washington, Zolote, Belarus, Brussels, Belgium
The civil-turned-proxy war in Yemen, now in its eighth year, has created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. While the U.S. is no longer supplying the Saudi-led coalition with air-to-ground munitions, it is continuing to provide the Saudis with political and diplomatic support. His conclusion, diplomatically stated: All parties in Yemen’s war are putting their own parochial interests above the interests of the Yemeni people, who are suffering enormously. Ultimately, the U.S. isn’t in a position to resolve Yemen’s conflict. Ultimately, the U.S. isn’t in a position to resolve Yemen’s conflict.
Persons: Abu Dhabi, Yemen's Houthi, Joe Biden’s, Hans Grundberg, U.N, Linda Thomas, Greenfield, , hasn’t, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, Biden, Abu Dhabi’s Organizations: U.S, United Arab Emirates, Dhafra, Base, Planet Labs PBC, Abu, Abu Dhabi National Oil Co, United, Planet, AP, Al, Saudi, United Nations Security, White House, U.S . State Department, U.S . Agency for International Development Locations: Yemen, Al, abysmally U.S, Iran, Saudi, Riyadh, UAE, Abu Dhabi, Mussafah, United Arab, U.S, Al Qaeda, Washington, Saudi Arabia, Houthi, Iranian
WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is considering barring tech exports to Russia as a way of targeting its strategic sectors if Moscow invades Ukraine, a senior administration official said Tuesday. These "novel export controls" would be imposed in addition to sanctions and would have a similar, damaging affect, the official said. The goal would be to deliberately target sectors that Russia President Vladimir Putin has championed as a way for Russia to diversify its economy beyond oil and gas. The news of the plans come as Russia held military drills across its territory Tuesday amid concerns it could invade Ukraine. The administration official suggested that the U.S. and European Union are unified in their position on imposing possible sanctions on Russia, describing them as unprecedented measures with massive consequences.
Persons: WASHINGTON —, Biden, Vladimir Putin, John Kirby, Joe Biden, Gregory Meeks, Kyiv “, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Mitch McConnell, Organizations: U.S, Union, Pentagon, NATO, Rep, House Foreign Affairs Committee, EU, Ukrainian, House, State Department Locations: Russia, Moscow, Ukraine, United States, U.S, Brussels, , Eastern Europe, Belarus, Kyiv, Ky, Kentucky
U.S. Treasury yields climbed on Tuesday morning, with investors focused on the Federal Reserve's policy meeting and geopolitical tensions. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note moved 4 basis points higher to 1.7760% at 4:15 a.m. The yield on the 30-year Treasury bond rose 2 basis points higher to 2.1133%. TreasurysThe Fed's two-day meeting is due to kick off on Tuesday, with a policy decision scheduled for 2 p.m. The central bank is not expected to raise interest rates following the January meeting, with many investors expecting the first hike to be announced in March.
Persons: Stephane Monier, CNBC's, Monier, Jerome Powell's Organizations: Treasury, Federal, Wall, Lombard, Bank, The U.S . State Department Locations: midyear, Ukraine, Russia, The
OTTAWA, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Canada has ordered the families of diplomats in Kyiv to leave temporarily because of the Russian military build-up on the borders of Ukraine, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday. The U.S. State Department announced Sunday it was ordering diplomats' family members to leave Ukraine, saying military action by Russia could come at any time. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterReporting by David LjunggrenOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: David Ljunggren Organizations: OTTAWA, U.S . State Department, Thomson Locations: Canada, Kyiv, Ukraine, Russia
The World Health Organization logo is pictured at the entrance of the WHO building, in Geneva, Switzerland, December 20, 2021. Washington paid $672 million to the WHO for its latest two-year budget, down from $893 million in 2018-19, the provisional data showed. Trump cut funding and moved to withdraw the United States from the WHO, accusing it of being too close to China and having mismanaged the first phase of the pandemic - accusations that the WHO has denied. The United States is opposing a plan to raise mandatory fees, or assessed contributions, to 50% of the WHO's budget in coming years. By far the largest part of the WHO's funding comes from voluntary contributions from states or private donors who decide the sectors or even the projects where they should be used.
Persons: Denis Balibouse, Jan, Donald Trump, Trump, Joe Biden's, Biden, Melinda Gates, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, it's, Mara Burr, Francesco Guarascio, Emma Farge, Stephanie Nebehay, Jeff Mason, Mrinalika Roy, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: World Health, WHO, REUTERS, World Health Organization, United Nations, U.S, Reuters, Washington, . State Department, Melinda Gates Foundation, U.S ., Thomson Locations: Geneva, Switzerland, Germany, BRUSSELS, GENEVA, United States, China, Washington, U.S, Brussels, Bangalore
Ukrainian service members unload a shipment of military aid delivered as part of the United States of America's security assistance to Ukraine, at the Boryspil International Airport outside Kyiv, Ukraine January 25, 2022. read moreIn Washington, senior Biden administration officials said the United States was in talks with major energy-producing countries and companies around the world over a potential diversion of supplies to Europe if Russia invades Ukraine. The European Union depends on Russia for around a third of its gas supplies. Any interruptions to Russia's gas supply to Europe would exacerbate an existing energy crisis caused by shortages. Moscow sees the former Soviet republic as a buffer between Russia and NATO countries.
Persons: Gleb Garanich, UK's Johnson, Jan, Dmitry Peskov, Boris Johnson, We've, Gita Gopinath, Timothy, Gareth Jones Organizations: Boryspil, REUTERS, NATO, United, European Union, Biden, International Monetary Fund, The U.S . State Department, The U.S . Department of Defense, Pentagon, Reuters, Thomson Locations: United States, Ukraine, Kyiv, Russia, Ukraine U.S, WASHINGTON, MOSCOW, Europe, Russian, Western, Britain, Moscow, Washington, North Africa, East, Asia, Soviet, NATO, Canada, Crimea, The, Ukraine's Crimea, U.S, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland
WASHINGTON, Jan 25 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Tuesday said Russia's decision to add jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and a handful of his allies to an official list of "terrorists and extremists" was disturbing, and it again called for Navalny's immediate and unconditional release. "This latest designation represents a new low in Russia's continuing crackdown on independent civil society," State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterReporting by Simon Lewis and Costas Pitas; Writing by Daphne PsaledakisOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Jan, Alexei Navalny, Ned Price, Simon Lewis, Costas Pitas, Daphne Psaledakis Organizations: U.S . State Department, Department, Thomson
WASHINGTON — As the United States issued warnings last month about the Russian troops on Ukraine’s borders and President Biden threatened President Vladimir V. Putin with sanctions if he launched an invasion, researchers noticed an uptick in social media posts accusing Ukraine of plotting a genocide against ethnic Russians. In one example, an arm of the Moscow-controlled broadcaster RT circulated a clip of Mr. Putin saying that events in eastern Ukraine “resemble genocide.” News Front, which the State Department has called a disinformation outlet with ties to Russian security services, followed with an article on Dec. 13 that said the United States did not consider the massacres to be a genocide. In the months since the Russian troop buildup began, Moscow and its online army of allies have pushed out old arguments about western Ukrainians being aligned with Nazism, falsely accused the United States of using proxy forces to plot a chemical attack and claimed that Russia’s planned military operations were intended to protect ethnic Russians or pre-empt action by NATO, according to researchers. American intelligence officials said Russia had produced a steady stream of disinformation about Ukraine since 2014. But they observed an uptick in December and January as Moscow increased pressure on the government in Kyiv.
Persons: Biden, Vladimir V, Putin, Nazism, Russia’s Organizations: WASHINGTON, United, RT, State Department, NATO Locations: United States, Ukraine, Moscow, Russian, Russia, Kyiv
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