The head of the Munich security conference, Wolfgang Ischinger, commented on the situation around the US sanctions against the gas pipeline project "Nord stream 2".
"U.S. trade with Russia is OK, and the trade of Germany with Russia - not OK?" - wrote Ischinger on Twitter, responding to a message former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenelle.
Former acting head of the U.S. intelligence Richard Grenell argued with the Congressman-Democrat Ted Lew about the statement of the President of the United States Donald trump regarding the unreliability of the data in the New York Times article about the alleged Russian collusion with the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Previously, trump said that he had received information from intelligence that information about the alleged collusion of the Russian Federation with the Taliban is not trustworthy.
Another attempt to stir up anti-Russian hysteria on the eve of the American elections was taken in the depths of the influential overseas edition of The New York Times. It is through this media produced the next impingement against our country with a view to discredit Donald trump and achieve introduction of new sanctions against Russia. The pretext this time is chosen as exotic. With reference to own sources in the us intelligence community States that: "Russia has secretly assigned awards to the Afghan insurgents for the destruction of the us military. The administration of the trump spent months thinking about what to do with the shocking conclusion of the investigation".
From the point of view of the average American if he believed The New York Times, the situation looks terrifying and extremely humiliating: this picture of the world it turns out that Russia acts as a kind of a collector of scalps and corpses of American soldiers in Afghanistan, and Afghan militants are "miners American furs", by exchanging the Yankees killed on bloody rubles, and this is supposedly happening at the inactivity of the administration trump.
Self-proclaimed Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo Avdullah Hoti said that refused to participate in negotiations with the Serbian leadership in the United States on June 27.
The President of the breakaway Republic, Hashim Thaci had earlier cancelled his visit to Washington, where he was to participate in negotiations with Serbia.
The European Union, having a UN mandate for the role of a mediator in the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina should not eschew their responsibilities and execute them effectively, said the Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
"Discussed regional issues. As President (of Serbia Alexander - ed.) Vucic, we exchanged views and assessments about how things stand in connection with the Kosovo problem. It remains unsettled. Russia proceeds from the fact that the European Union, which has the mandate of the UN General Assembly on the role of a mediator in the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina must not eschew their duties and should perform them impartially, effectively and to enforce the decisions that have been reached. Mean, in particular, the decision on the establishment of Serb municipalities in Kosovo, which is now many prefer not to remember, which was reached between Belgrade and Pristina, with the assistance of the European Union, and which now, unfortunately, frankly sabotaged by the Kosovo Albanian side," Lavrov said following talks with President of Serbia.
The us administration promises to give Belgrade and Pristina loans on preferential terms in the amount of $ 200 million, and warns about the possibility of withdrawal from the region of American troops, reported the Wall Street Journal, citing senior US officials.
As writes the edition, the administration of Donald trump uses the carrot and stick. It is noted that, according to the Advisor to trump on national security, Robert O'brien, a key condition for support to Kosovo is the complete abolition of duties and other trade barriers against imports from Serbia.
The U.S. Ambassador to Germany, is a daily threat to Berlin, demanding to change the power policy, said the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.
"A lot of pressure on energy issues. The US Ambassador in Berlin every day threatens the people of Germany and the leadership of this country that they have to rewrite their policies in the energy sector with Russia. To make a choice - first, to refuse to cooperate, mutually beneficial, and profitable Germany, and refocus on energy, in particular, the United States," - said Zakharov in the program "Sunday night with Vladimir Solovyov" on TV channel "Russia 1".
Richard Grenell left the post of U.S. Ambassador to Germany, on the website of the Embassy States that the place of the head of the diplomatic mission "vacant".
As reported on the website, in the absence of the Ambassador, his duties are fulfilled by his Deputy in Berlin's Robin Quinville.
US statement on its intention to introduce new sanctions against the project "Nord stream 2" talking about the activity of the American forces, to impose on other countries its energy policy and its liquefied natural gas, Washington reduces the advantage of the competitiveness of European companies, said the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.
Earlier, US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell said in an interview with German newspaper Handelsblatt that the new sanctions against the "Nord stream 2" may be adopted by the us Congress quickly, despite the election campaign. The purpose of new sanctions is preventing the introduction of the pipeline system. How will this be implemented in practice, the Ambassador did not elaborate, but one possibility may be penalties to companies that provide maintenance of the pipeline.