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WASHINGTON, August 26 (Sputnik) –
* US President Joe Biden spoke by phone with Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky about Washington’s support for kyiv, including the latest military aid package worth nearly $3 billion, the door-keeper said on Thursday. word of the White House, Karine Jean-Pierre.
* White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said there are no plans at this time to arrange an in-person meeting between Biden and Zelenskyy.
* The United States is committed to continuing to work closely with Ukraine and to fight corruption in that country, said the U.S. Department of State’s Global Anti-Corruption Coordinator, Richard Nephew,
* The transport ministers of the UK and Ukraine have signed a joint action plan which will encourage UK companies to help Ukraine rebuild its damaged transport network.
* Russia and the United States have not stopped their cooperation under the New START treaty, and Moscow hopes that this will continue until the agreement expires in 2026, the deputy head of the Russian delegation to the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference Andrei Belousov. Thursday.
* The US is in no rush to remove obstacles to Russian inspections of US nuclear facilities under the New START treaty, Belousov said.
* The United States has more carriers of nuclear weapons than allowed under the New START treaty, Belousov said.
* Discussions between the United States and Russia on the New START treaty have been suspended due to the current situation in Ukraine, said Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Bonnie Jenkins.
* Two generators at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant were automatically disconnected from the grid after a fire broke out near a high-voltage line, Zaporizhzhia regional administration head Yevgeny Balitsky said on Thursday, adding that a generating set is always connected to the network.
* The United States is closely monitoring reports that the last reactors at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant have been shut down and there are no indications of increased or abnormal radiation levels, the deputy spokesman for the Department of Health said. State, Vedant Patel.
* The United States is unable to confirm the ongoing bombing of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) or where it came from, the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security said , Bonnie Jenkins.
* The Council of the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, has confirmed Moscow’s willingness to do everything necessary to organize an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) mission to the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia.
* Gas futures prices in Europe rose above $3,300 per thousand cubic meters for the first time since March, rising more than 10% on Thursday.
* Spain will seriously consider building an undersea gas pipeline to Italy after France rejected a similar proposal, said Teresa Ribera, Spain’s Minister for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge.
* US forces have killed four Iran-affiliated militants in airstrikes in northeastern Syria in the past 24 hours, the central command said on Thursday.
* Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with UN Special Representative for Syria Geir Pedersen in Moscow, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
* The United States will not support countries’ efforts to normalize relations with Bashar Assad’s government in Syria, State Department deputy spokesman Vedant Patel said of the potential normalization of relations between Turkey and Syria. Syria.