65th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution

On the sixty-fifth anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian revolution, we remember the brave men and women who fought to defend their liberty on the streets of Budapest and around the nation.  Their passion for freedom was realized in 1989, when Hungary embraced democracy.  We mark this solemn anniversary together with our partner and NATO Ally. …

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Joint U.S.-EU Statement on the Global Methane Pledge

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON OCTOBER 11, 2021 At the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) on September 17, 2021, President Biden and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced  , with support from seven additional countries, the Global Methane Pledge—an initiative to be launched at the World Leaders Summit at the 26th UN Climate Change …

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Observance of International Day of the Girl Child

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 11, 2021 On International Day of the Girl Child, the United States joins the global community in recognizing an inherent truth: all girls around the world deserve to live safe, healthy, and empowered lives.  Girls are critical participants in our local and global communities, poised to be at the forefront of the …

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Readout of President Biden’s Meeting with G20 Leaders

President Biden met virtually with G20 Leaders today to discuss Afghanistan. The G20 Leaders were joined by Leaders of G20 guest countries and international financial institutions. The Leaders discussed the critical need to maintain a laser-focus on our enduring counterterrorism efforts, including against threats from ISIS-K, and ensuring safe passage for those foreign nationals and …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken and OECD Secretary-General Mathias Cormann at a Joint Press Availability

MODERATOR:  Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen – those in the room, those watching online – to this final press conference for the OECD’s Ministerial Council Meeting.  We’ll have a – we’ll hear a few remarks from the Secretary-General, followed by remarks from the Secretary of State, who chaired the meeting.  And then we will take …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON OCTOBER 6, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov today. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Lavrov agreed on the importance of a prompt return to mutual compliance by Iran and the U.S. with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.  The two sides additionally …

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Transparency in the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Stockpile

FACT SHEET OCTOBER 5, 2021 The United States is releasing newly declassified information on the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile to update the information previously released in September 2017. Increasing the transparency of states’ nuclear stockpiles is important to nonproliferation and disarmament efforts, including commitments under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and efforts to address all types …

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U.S. Leads Effort to Press Russia on Chemical Weapons Use at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Executive Council Meeting

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON OCTOBER 5, 2021 Today in The Hague, the United States and 44 other countries submitted questions to the Russian Federation regarding the poisoning of Mr. Aleksey Navalny on Russian soil last year.  The presentation of these questions coincides with the Ninety-Eighth Session of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Executive Council, …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with Uzbekistan Foreign Minister Kamilov

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met today in Tashkent with Uzbekistan Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov and an interagency delegation that included National Security Advisor Viktor Makhmudov, Minister of Justice Ruslanbek Davlatov, and Special Representative of the President of Uzbekistan for Afghanistan Ismatullah Irgashev.  The Deputy Secretary …

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Joint Statement on the C5+1 Ministerial during UNGA 76

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 29, 2021 The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and the Republic of Uzbekistan on the occasion of the C5+1 Ministerial on the margins of UNGA 76. Begin text:  The U.S. Secretary …

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On Russia’s Obstructionism at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 Yesterday, the premier human rights conference of the Europe-Eurasia region should have opened in Warsaw, Poland.  Unfortunately, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) 2021 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) did not convene due to a decision by the Russian government to block the meeting. We deeply regret …

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Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry Announces U.S. Energy Compact at UN High-Level Dialogue on Energy

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry participated in the UN High-Level Dialogue on Energy and officially announced the release of the U.S. Energy Compact.  This compact highlights a number of voluntary commitments and actions by the U.S. government to advance progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal Seven on Affordable and Clean Energy, consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement and the ultimate achievement of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.  These commitments …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken at UN Security Council Meeting on Climate and Security

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE UN HEADQUARTERS NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK SEPTEMBER 23, 2021   SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Thank you very much, Taoiseach.  Secretary-General Guterres, thank you for your presence, thank you for your leadership on climate.  And Taoiseach, thank you so much for convening today’s discussion, for putting the connection between climate and security on the Security Council’s agenda.  And …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken At the Virtual COVID-19 Summit

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE PALACE HOTEL NEW YORK, NY SEPTEMBER 22, 2021   SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, good afternoon, everyone. We meet at a challenging time.  Eighteen months since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, we are not where we need to be.  The virus continues to overpower and outmaneuver us.  In many places, it’s spreading at its …

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Remarks by President Biden Before the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

United Nations Headquarters New York, New York 10:01 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General, my fellow delegates, to all those who dedicate themselves to this noble mission of this institution: It’s my honor to speak to you for the first time as President of the United States. We meet this year in a …

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Joint Statement of the C5+1 on Addressing the Climate Crisis

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 21, 2021 The text of the following statement was issued by the Governments of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the Republic of Uzbekistan, and the United States of America, on the occasion of the C5+1 Climate Ministerial held virtually on September 16, 2021. Begin Text: Climate policy …

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Remarks by President Biden Before the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

United Nations Headquarters New York, New York 10:01 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General, my fellow delegates, to all those who dedicate themselves to this noble mission of this institution: It’s my honor to speak to you for the first time as President of the United States. We meet this year in a …

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Statement by President Biden on Yom Kippur

For millennia, Jewish communities have marked Yom Kippur as an occasion to reflect and pray; fast and seek forgiveness; account for past transgressions, and commit to future change. At its core, this sacred and solemn day reaffirms a universal principle at the essence of our humanity: that, through word and deed, we each have the …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken Opening Remarks at Ministerial on Afghanistan

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE RAMSTEIN AIR BASE GERMANY SEPTEMBER 8, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN: Well, greetings, everyone, and Heiko, thank you so much for co-hosting this ministerial today, and also I just want to say to all of our colleagues thank you so much for the remarkable contributions that Germany’s made to our shared mission in Afghanistan over the …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on the Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership

I congratulate the Government of Iraq on hosting a successful and ground-breaking regional summit today. This kind of diplomacy has never been more important as we seek to ease tensions among neighboring states and expand cooperation across the Middle East, and Iraq’s leadership on this is historic. I also thank President Macron for his engagement …

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Fact Sheet: President Biden Announces Major Milestone in Administration’s Global Vaccination Efforts

Building off of last week’s announcement of additional actions that we are taking to stop the spread of the Delta variant and get more people vaccinated in the United States, President Biden will give an update on another critical piece of his strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic: stopping the spread of the virus abroad.

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Inclusive Dance Company Inspires Audiences in the Russian Far East

Arts Envoy “REVolutions Dance”, a disability inclusive modern dance group composed of one wheelchair-bound dancer and three non-disabled dancers, visited the Russian Far East from July 15th to 25th, promoting respect for diversity and appreciation of modern dance. REVolutions Dance’s program opened in Vladivostok and Khabarovsk with public flash mobs at main squares under the …

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Young Actors Present a New Interpretation of An American Classic

On March 19, the Vologda Drama Theater of Young Actors premiered its adaptation of Mark Twain’s “Tom Sawyer”. The Theater’s group of 32 young actors attracted a full house of enthusiastic Vologda residents to the theater’s distinctive take on the American classic. The 75 minute performance was presented in an innovative and creative way, which …

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American Choreographer Bob Boross Introduces Jazz Dance to Russian Students

The renowned American choreographer Bob Boross of the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center held a week-long series of master classes in jazz dance for students of the Boris Eifman Ballet Dance Academy and young professional dancers of the Cannon Dance Studio. The dancers and Academy students (mostly between 11-12 years old) learned the history, techniques, …

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Harlem Jazz Legend Bill Saxton’s tour of North West Russia in celebration of Black History Month

The U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg supported the tour of tenor saxophonist Bill Saxton, known as Harlem’s Jazz King, to North West Russia. His program highlighted and honored the accomplishments of African-Americans throughout American history demonstrating the notable contributions made by African-Americans to the world of music, and jazz in particular. Together with the Alexey …

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American magician stirred the imagination of St. Petersburg journalists

On February 14, American magician of Chinese origin Shin Lim astonished with his art and mastery a large group of St. Petersburg journalists invited to the Residence of the U.S. Consul General in St. Petersburg Thomas Leary. The journalists did not miss the opportunity to ask numerous questions to the presenter after hisperformance and asked …

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Film showings at the Consul General Residence in St. Petersburg

Every month the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Consulate General in St. Petersburg hosts viewings of American feature films, animated movies and documentaries. We select films that offer our audience a deeper, more detailed understanding of American history, culture and society. The films are shown in English with English subtitles. The showings are open …

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San Francisco and Vladivostok Photographers Build a “Photo Bridge” Across Pacific

On October 7, U.S. Consulate General Vladivostok supported a spectacular international movie and photo exhibit entitled, “Freeze Frame! Look How Beautiful it is!” demonstrating “ the beauty, spirit, and similarities”  between Vladivostok and San Francisco.   The Consulate partnered with Vladivostok State University of Economics and Services (VSUES) and the local video studio “Seven”  to organize …

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Letters of Happiness

On August 5th, the Arseniev State Museum and U.S. Consulate General jointly hosted a public presentation of the 15-minute documentary “Letters of Happiness,” dedicated to celebrated American chronicler Eleanor L. Prey. The film presents the story of Eleanor L. Prey, whose thousands of letters home from Vladivostok from 1894 -1930 captured the daily life and great historical events …

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Remarks by Ambassador John F. Tefft at the Independence Day Reception (July 4, 2016)

Spaso House | July 4th, 2016   Welcome to Spaso House and our annual Fourth of July reception! This year, we are celebrating the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.   That document, together with the U.S. Constitution, has served as the keystone of the American democratic idea.  Recall Thomas Jefferson’s immortal phrase from the …

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Consul General Thomas Leary took part in the Unveiling of a Monument to the Arctic Convoys of World War II in Arkhangelsk

US Consul General Thomas M. Leary took part in the unveiling of a monument to the Arctic Convoys of World War II which took place in Arkhangelsk on August 31, 2015, marking the date of the arrival of the first convoy, named “Dervish.” During wartime, 76 polar convoys consisting of more than 1480 vessels made …

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U.S. Consulate Celebrates the Independence Day

On July, 1st the U.S. Consulate General celebrated the Independence Day. Acting Consul General Courtney Nemroff delivered a welcome speech: “Welcome to the Consul General’s Residence and our annual Independence Day reception!  Happy 4th of July! Americans all around the world gather this time of year to celebrate our nation’s birth and recall the sacrifices …

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Ambassador Tefft Strengthens People-to-People Ties in St. Petersburg

U.S. Consulate St. Petersburg welcomed Ambassador Tefft during a productive three-day visit to St. Petersburg, the Cultural Capital of Russia, on June 11, building on his first visit to St. Petersburg in December, when he helped celebrate the 250th anniversary of the State Hermitage Museum. During this visit, Ambassador Tefft participated in a wide range …

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