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Alexey Pushkov: Republicans and Democrats agree on only one issue – sanctions against Nord Stream 2


Russian parliamentarian Alexei Pushkov commented on the US sanctions policy against the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline. He shared his opinion on the Telegram channel.

"No matter what they say in Berlin, the United States will continue to put pressure on Germany over Nord Stream-2. There is a consensus on this issue between Republicans and Democrats in Congress. New sanctions against companies participating in the project are also very likely", – the Russian senator wrote.

Alexey Pushkov: Republicans and Democrats agree on only one issue – sanctions against Nord Stream 2

translate | Mon, 18 Jan 2021 21:13:39 +0000

US to impose new sanctions against Nord Stream-2 tomorrow


The American administration will once again try to disrupt the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline with a new package of sanctions.

On Monday, January 18, the publication "Handelsblatt" reports this, citing its own sources.

According to reports, the restrictive measures will affect the Russian barge "Fortuna", as well as the owner of the vessel. The US has already notified the German government and other European partners of its intentions.

US to impose new sanctions against Nord Stream-2 tomorrow

translate | Mon, 18 Jan 2021 21:10:55 +0000

U.S. Congress building locked


The American Parliament building is completely blocked.

This was reported on Monday, January 18, by Reuters, referring to a witness of what is happening in Washington.

According to media reports, at the moment the US Capitol complex is blocked, entry and exit are prohibited due to "external security threat". People remain inside the Congress building.

The reason for such measures was a fire, however, as it turned out later, the fire took place on a nearby street where homeless people spent the night.

U.S. Congress building locked

translate | Mon, 18 Jan 2021 16:36:04 +0000

Russia expelled two Dutch diplomats


Two employees of the Dutch embassy were expelled from Russia in retaliation for the Dutch side's demarche.

This was reported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

According to the department, on Monday, January 18, the department summoned Chargé d'Affaires of the Netherlands Jost Reinties. A protest was lodged against him in connection with the groundless declaration of persona non grata in December 2020 by two diplomatic employees of the Russian Embassy in the Netherlands. They were wrongly accused of espionage.

"It was announced to the representative of the Dutch embassy that the Russian side, guided by the principle of reciprocity, made a decision to expel from the Russian Federation two diplomatic employees of the Dutch embassy in Moscow. They will have to leave the territory of the Russian Federation within two weeks", – the Foreign Ministry said.

Russia expelled two Dutch diplomats

translate | Mon, 18 Jan 2021 15:07:52 +0000

Sandu insists on early parliamentary elections


Moldovan President Maia Sandu said that she raised the issue of early elections during a meeting in Brussels with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

"After early parliamentary elections and the formation of a new government, it will be possible to implement the planned reforms", – Sandu said.

Also, the President once again noted her "pro-European" course.

"We stressed that European integration is not an abstract term for us. This is a work plan for building a state with functional and strong institutions", – Sandu said.

Sandu insists on early parliamentary elections

translate | Mon, 18 Jan 2021 15:04:09 +0000

Ukraine intends to support Sandu in the withdrawal of Russian peacekeepers from Transnistria


Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Igor Zhovkva said that the Ukrainian authorities will support "the transformation of the military mission into a civilian" on the territory of Transnistria.

"Ukraine will never oppose the process of turning the so-called military peacekeeping mission into a civilian, police one under the auspices of one or another international organization", – Zhovkva said.

He also stressed that the issue of resolving the situation in Transnistria was discussed by President of Moldova Maia Sandu and President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky during Sandu's official visit.

According to experts, the withdrawal of the peacekeeping mission from the territory of Transnistria could result in significant destabilization of the situation. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov previously stated that it was the Russian military who "stopped the hot phase of the conflict in the region" and has since kept it in a "frozen but not fatal state".

Ukraine intends to support Sandu in the withdrawal of Russian peacekeepers from Transnistria

translate | Mon, 18 Jan 2021 13:44:22 +0000
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