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US and Russia to hold nuclear talks – State Department

American and Russian diplomats will meet to discuss the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty “in the near future,” US State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters on Tuesday. Earlier, Bloomberg and Kommersant cited sources to report that a meeting of the Bilateral Consultative Commission (BCC) may soon be held …

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No nukes for Ukraine – State Department

There is “no question” of the US providing nuclear weapons to Ukraine, Assistant Secretary of State Karen Donfried told a Senate hearing on Thursday. However, Donfried would not publicly commit to ruling out a first nuclear strike. “The United States is not a party to this conflict,” Donfried told lawmakers …

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EU now is just NATO’s ‘economic department’ – Russia

The European Union has devolved to the level of “NATO’s economic relations department,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova claimed on Saturday. Following his visit to Ukraine, the EU’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, tweeted: “This war must be won on the battlefield.” The militant remarks coming from a diplomat prompted …

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State Department confirms leaked NATO documents are authentic

State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters that the US and NATO’s written response to Russia’s security demands, leaked to the Spanish newspaper El Pais, are genuine. Both the State Department and the Pentagon denied being behind the leaks, but stood by them. Originally intended to remain classified, documents published …

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Expect no coordinated evacuation out of Kiev – US State Department

A spokesperson for the US Department of State has warned Americans currently in Ukraine that they should not “anticipate that there will be US government-sponsored evacuations,” suggesting that they use the available commercial flights instead. The official made the comment to media outlets on Friday, responding to questions on recent …

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US Treasury Department authorizes aid transactions with the Taliban

“The Treasury is committed to facilitating the flow of humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan and other activities that support their basic human needs,” Andrea Gacki, director of the department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, said in a statement on Friday. Though US sanctions on the Taliban remain in …

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