Statement from President Joe Biden Ahead of the Two-Year Anniversary of Russia’s Brutal Assault Against Ukraine

WHITE HOUSE FEBRUARY 23, 2024 Two years ago tomorrow, shortly before dawn, Russian missiles began exploding near the capital city of Kyiv. Russian troops marched across the border into Ukraine. Vladimir Putin’s vicious onslaught against Ukraine had begun. He believed that he could easily bend the will and break the resolve of a free people. …

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Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland’s Remarks on the Two-Year Anniversary of Russia’s Full-Scale Invasion of Ukraine

AMBASSADOR VICTORIA NULAND, UNDER SECRETARY FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS CENTER FOR SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (CSIS) WASHINGTON, D.C. FEBRUARY 22, 2024 UNDER SECRETARY NULAND: Thank you, Max, it is very good to be here with you at CSIS; and thanks to CSIS for decades of incisive research and recommendations for policymakers. I have been a beneficiary myself …

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Religious Freedom Designations

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JANUARY 4, 2024 Advancing the freedom of religion or belief has been a core objective of U.S. foreign policy ever since Congress passed and enacted the International Religious Freedom Act in 1998.  As part of that enduring commitment, I have designated Burma, the People’s Republic of China, Cuba, …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken at a Press Availability

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE PRESS BRIEFING ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. DECEMBER 20, 2023 SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, good morning, everyone. QUESTION:  Good morning. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  When President Biden took office, he promised to deliver for the American people by reinvesting in America’s greatest sources of strength.  And since day one, that’s exactly what we’ve done. We’ve done …

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Ambassador Tracy interview with RFE/RL Grani Vremeni

Riga, Latvia – October 12, 2023 RFE/RL: My first question, the relation between Moscow and Washington is at it’s worse since the Cold War era. What should diplomats [do] to prevent these conflicts from turning into a wider military confrontation? AMBASSADOR TRACY: I think the other thing that I want to touch on before I …

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Remarks by President Biden on the United States’ Response to Hamas’s Terrorist Attacks Against Israel and Russia’s Ongoing Brutal War Against Ukraine

WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING ROOM SPEECHES AND REMARKS OCTOBER 20, 2023 8:02 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Good evening, my fellow Americans. We’re facing an inflection point in history — one of those moments where the decisions we make today are going to determine the future for decades to come. That’s what I’d like to talk with …

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Call for End of Hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 19, 2023 The United States is deeply concerned by Azerbaijan’s military actions in Nagorno-Karabakh and calls on Azerbaijan to cease these actions immediately. These actions are worsening an already dire humanitarian situation in Nagorno-Karabakh and undermine prospects for peace. As we have previously made clear to …

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Illegitimate “Elections” in Regions of Ukraine Illegally Occupied by Russia

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 13, 2023 The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union. Begin Text: We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, …

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Secretary Blinken Outlines the Power and Purpose of American Diplomacy in a New Era in Speech at Johns Hopkins SAIS

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 13, 2023 Today, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken delivered a speech at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) sharing the Biden Administration’s view of the power and purpose of American diplomacy at this historic inflection point — the end of the post-Cold War era …

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Russia’s Sham Elections in Ukraine’s Sovereign Territory

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 7, 2023 The Russian Federation is in the process of conducting sham elections in occupied areas of Ukraine. These so-called elections are taking place nearly one year after the Kremlin staged sham referenda and purported to annex Ukraine’s Kherson, Zaporizhzhya, Donetsk, and Luhansk oblasts, and over …

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Russia’s War on Ukraine’s Grain and Global Food Supply, in Five Myths

GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT CENTER AUGUST 17, 2023 Russia’s disinformation myths cannot hide the hard truths that (1) sanctions did not apply to Russia’s grain, (2) Ukraine’s grain is critical to getting adequate food to low-income countries, (3) Russia cannot replace Ukraine’s grain supply, (4) the Kremlin is on track to destroy more grain than it has …

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Special Online Briefing: Dr. Fowler Special Envoy for Global Food Security And Ambassador O’Brien Head of the State Department’s Sanctions Office

SPECIAL BRIEFING DR. CARY FOWLER, SPECIAL ENVOY FOR GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY OFFICE OF GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY DIVISION FOR COUNTER THREAT FINANCE AND SANCTIONS BRUSSELS MEDIA HUB AUGUST 4, 2023 MODERATOR: Good afternoon from the State Department’s Brussels Media Hub. I would like to welcome everyone joining us for today’s virtual press briefing. We are very honored …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken At Aspen Security Forum Fireside Chat

Secretary Antony J. Blinken At Aspen Security Forum Fireside Chat Moderated by NBC News Chief Washington and Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE ASPEN MEADOWS RESORT ASPEN, COLORADO JULY 21, 2023 MS MITCHELL:  Good morning, everyone.  It’s wonderful to be back in Aspen, and especially after such a great program all week, and most especially …

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Remarks by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield at the UN Security Council Stakeout on Russia’s Suspension of Participation in the Black Sea Grain Initiative

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York July 17, 2023 AS DELIVERED Good morning, and thank you for giving me this quick moment. In a few minutes, the Security Council will meet to try and revive the Syria cross-border mechanism, and I’m sure you heard that just now from …

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Remarks by President Biden on Supporting Ukraine, Defending Democratic Values, and Taking Action to Address Global Challenges | Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius University Vilnius, Lithuania JULY 12, 2023 7:51 P.M. EEST THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, Lithuania!  (Applause.)  As my mother would say, “God love ya.”  No seats.  Holy mackerel.  (Laughter.) It’s good to be back in Vilnius, a nation and a region that knows better than anyone the transformational power of freedom.  (Applause.)  You know, you showed …

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Statement from President Joe Biden on World Refugee Day

WHITE HOUSE JUNE 20, 2023 On World Refugee Day, we join nations around the world in honoring the bravery and resilience of millions of refugees forced to flee violence and oppression. Together, as we celebrate their diverse contributions to the fabric of our communities, we renew our support to citizens and organizations who step up …

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On the 34th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

PRESS STATEMENT THE SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 3, 2023 Tomorrow, we observe the 34th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. On June 4th, 1989, the Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) sent tanks into Tiananmen Square to brutally repress peaceful Chinese pro-democracy protesters and bystanders alike. The victims’ bravery will not be forgotten …

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Statement from President Joe Biden on International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia

WHITE HOUSE MAY 17, 2023 Everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity and equality—no matter whom they love, or how they identify. On the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia, we reaffirm our commitment to this ongoing work and stand with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI+) people around the world. …

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Media Note: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Announces United States to Join Council of Europe’s Register of Damage for Ukraine

United States Mission to the United Nations Office of Press and Public Diplomacy For Immediate Release May 15, 2023 Media Note: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Announces United States to Join Council of Europe’s Register of Damage for Ukraine The United States has expressed its intent to join the Council of Europe’s “Register of Damage Caused by …

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Statement from President Joe Biden Ahead of the Fifth Review Conference of the Chemical Weapons Convention

WHITE HOUSE MAY 12, 2023 Chemical weapons have wrought unthinkable horrors upon our world, and should never again be developed or deployed—period. That’s the commitment the world made when the Chemical Weapons Convention created the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in 1997—and it’s a commitment we must renew every day until our world …

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Sanctioning Russian Federation and Iranian State Actors Responsible for the Wrongful Detention of U.S. Nationals

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 27, 2023 The United States has no higher commitment than bringing home wrongfully detained Americans. Today, we are promoting accountability for those responsible for wrongfully detaining U.S. nationals abroad. Our actions are a clear and direct warning to those around the world who wrongfully detain U.S. …

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Statement from President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden on the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

THE WHITE HOUSE APRIL 20, 2023 Jill and I extend our best wishes to Muslim communities across the country and around the world as you celebrate Eid al-Fitr and conclude the holy month of Ramadan. With the sighting of the crescent moon, Eid al-Fitr is a festive celebration where Muslims feast after the holy month …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Threats to International Peace and Security

Ambassador Robert Wood Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs New York, New York March 31, 2023 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And I thank the High Representative for her informative and sobering briefing this morning. It is unfortunate that this meeting was necessary today. That President Putin is escalating Russia’s dangerous and destabilizing behavior. …

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Novaya Gazeta Europe Interview with Victoria Nuland, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs

https://novayagazeta.eu/articles/2023/02/24/american-hearts-bleed-for-ukraine-but-we-also-bleed-for-all-russian-families-affected-by-this-war-en Novaya Gazeta: I think it’s a great opportunity, you know, to have directly your voice to the Russian audience. It’s just very important to us the anniversary of war. So my my first question is, what do you think about this suspending of New START treaty by President Putin? Will the United States somehow answer …

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U.S. National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby’s Interview with TV Rain

TV RAIN: Mr. Kirby, thank you very much for this opportunity. There are a lot of questions, but I’ll start with the hot news. Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, has announced the withdrawal, albeit a temporary suspension, as he put it, of the suspension of the strategic offensive arms treaty. Do you think this …

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Special Online Briefing with Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Ambassador Nuland

SPECIAL BRIEFING AMBASSADOR VICTORIA NULAND, UNDER SECRETARY FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS FEBRUARY 16, 2023 MODERATOR: Good afternoon from the State Department’s Brussels Media Hub. I would like to welcome everyone joining us today for this virtual press briefing. We are very honored to be joined by Ambassador Victoria Nuland, the Under Secretary for Political Affairs at …

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Energy Security Support to Ukraine

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 29, 2022 In the midst of Russia’s continued brutal attacks against Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, Secretary of State Blinken announced today during a meeting of the G7+ on the margins of the NATO Ministerial in Bucharest that the United States government is providing over $53 million to support acquisition …

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The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE NOVEMBER 25, 2022 Today we recognize the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign. Despite great strides to prevent and respond to the pervasiveness of gender-based violence around the world, violence remains …

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Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Russia’s War Against Ukraine

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York November 16, 2022 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you, Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo, for your valuable briefing today. Colleagues, I want to start by noting the tragic explosion that killed two people in Poland near the Ukrainian border. We extend our …

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Statement by National Security Council Spokesperson Adrienne Watson

THE WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING ROOM STATEMENTS AND RELEASES NOVEMBER 16, 2022 We have full confidence in the Polish government’s investigation of the explosion near their border with Ukraine, and we commend them for the professional and deliberate manner in which they are conducting it. We will not get ahead of their work and remain in …

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Statement by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on Russia’s Missile Strikes

THE WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING ROOM STATEMENTS AND RELEASES The United States strongly condemns Russia’s latest missile attacks against Ukraine, which appear to have struck residential buildings in Kyiv and additional sites across the country. It is not lost on us that, as world leaders meet at the G-20 in Bali to discuss the issues of …

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Russia’s Continued Wrongful Detention of Brittney Griner

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE NOVEMBER 9, 2022 Following a sham trial and the unjust sentencing of Brittney Griner, Moscow is transferring her from a prison in Moscow to a remote penal colony. It is another injustice layered on her ongoing unjust and wrongful detention. As we work to secure Brittney Griner’s …

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Statement by Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price calling for the Immediate Release of Aleksey Navalny

Last week, Russian authorities initiated a new criminal case against opposition leader and anticorruption campaigner Aleksey Navalny for allegedly, quote, “propagating extremism, calling for terrorism, financing extremist activity, and rehabilitating Nazism.” Those, of course, were their charges. These charges could result in a cumulative 30 years’ imprisonment. Only two days before the outrageous new charges …

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Statement from National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on the Continued Wrongful Detention of Brittney Griner

THE WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING ROOM STATEMENTS AND RELEASES OCTOBER 25, 2022 We are aware of the news out of Russia that Brittney Griner will continue to be wrongfully detained under intolerable circumstances after having to undergo another sham judicial proceeding today. President Biden has been very clear that Brittney should be released immediately. In recent …

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Remarks by Ambassador Michael G. Kozak at the OSCE Warsaw Human Dimension Conference

Warsaw Human Dimension Conference: Plenary Session V Rights of persons belonging to national minorities; Treatment of citizens of other States and human rights of migrants; Roma and Sinti issues; Equal opportunities and rights for women and men; Violence against women and children As prepared for delivery by Ambassador Michael G. Kozak, Head of the U.S. …

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Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s Remarks at the UNSC Stakeout Following a Vote on a Resolution Condemning Russia’s Sham Referenda

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York September 30, 2022 AS DELIVERED Let me thank all of you for waiting to see us this afternoon. The illegal referenda that Russia held in Ukraine and the purported annexations of Ukrainian territory by force are a violation of the UN Charter and international law. They change nothing about the status and borders of Ukraine. That is the firmly-held conviction of the United States. This is the firmly-held conviction of the Secretary-General. And as you saw just …

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Russia’s Sham Referenda in Ukraine

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 29, 2022 PRESS STATEMENT The Kremlin’s sham referenda are a futile effort to mask what amounts to a further attempt at a land grab in Ukraine. To be clear: the results were orchestrated in Moscow and do not reflect the will of the people of Ukraine. The United …

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On the Anniversary of the Massacre at Babyn Yar: Joint Statement from Special Envoys for Holocaust Issues Condemning Russian Actions in Ukraine

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 29, 2022 MEDIA NOTE The text of the following statement was announced by the envoys for Holocaust issues or their equivalent from Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Romania, United Kingdom, and the United States of America on behalf of their Governments. Begin Text: We must never forget the …

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$457.5 Million in New U.S. Civilian Security Assistance for Ukraine

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 26, 2022 PRESS STATEMENT The United States today committed an additional $457.5 million in civilian security assistance to enhance the efforts of Ukrainian law enforcement and criminal justice agencies to improve their operational capacity and save lives as they continue to help defend the Ukrainian people, their freedom, …

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Welcoming the Release of Political Prisoners in Belarus

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 25, 2022 PRESS STATEMENT The United States welcomes the release of several political prisoners in Belarus including Aleh Hurzdzilovich, a Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty journalist. While the release of these political prisoners is a step in the right direction, too many political prisoners remain behind bars in Belarus. We call …

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Under Secretary Jenkins to Participate in the IAEA General Conference in Vienna, Austria, September 25-28

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 24, 2022 MEDIA NOTE Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Ambassador Bonnie D. Jenkins will travel to Vienna, Austria on September 25-28 to attend the 66th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). She will accompany Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm, head of the U.S. delegation, …

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Statement from President Biden on Russia’s Sham Referenda in Ukraine

THE WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING ROOM SEPTEMBER 23, 2022 STATEMENTS AND RELEASES The United States will never recognize Ukrainian territory as anything other than part of Ukraine. Russia’s referenda are a sham – a false pretext to try to annex parts of Ukraine by force in flagrant violation of international law, including the United Nations Charter. …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken at the United Nations Security Council Ministerial Meeting on Ukrainian Sovereignty and Russian Accountability

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS NEW YORK, NEW YORK SEPTEMBER 22, 2022 REMARKS SECRETARY BLINKEN: (Via interpreter) Thank you very much, Madam President, for having brought this council together at this very grave moment of the crisis of the war of Russia on Ukraine. (In English) Mr. Secretary General, thank you …

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Remarks by President Biden Before the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

United Nations Headquarters New York, New York SEPTEMBER 21, 2022 11:08 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General, my fellow leaders, in the last year, our world has experienced great upheaval: a growing crisis in food insecurity; record heat, floods, and droughts; COVID-19; inflation; and a brutal, needless war — a war …

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FACT SHEET: At United Nations General Assembly, President Biden Announces $2.9 Billion in Additional Funding to Strengthen Global Food Security

THE WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING ROOM STATEMENTS AND RELEASES SEPTEMBER 21, 2022 Today, in his address to the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. announced over $2.9 billion in new assistance from the U.S. Government to address global food insecurity. President Biden’s announcement builds on the $6.9 billion in …

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The Kremlin’s Troop Mobilization

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 21, 2022 President Putin’s call to partially mobilize Russian citizens, directing them to fight in Ukraine, reflects the Kremlin’s struggles on the battlefield, the unpopularity of the war, and Russians’ unwillingness to fight in it. President Putin is not operating from a position of strength; rather, …

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Welcoming Prisoner Exchanges in Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 21, 2022 The United States welcomes the negotiated prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia, which includes two U.S. citizens captured while serving in Ukraine’s military.  The United States is appreciative of Ukraine including all prisoners of war, regardless of nationality, in its negotiations, and we look …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken At a Freedom of Expression Roundtable

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FOREIGN PRESS CENTER NEW YORK, N.Y. SEPTEMBER 19, 2022 REMARKS SECRETARY BLINKEN: Good morning, everyone. Before we begin, let me just take a moment to again welcome the safe return of Mark Frerichs, an American Navy veteran who spent more than two and a half years in captivity in …

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Targeting Russia’s Senior Officials, Defense Industrial Base, Financial Infrastructure Leaders, and Human Rights Abusers

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 15, 2022 The United States continues to hold the Russian government to account for its war against Ukraine. Today, we are taking actions against major Russian defense entities, key advanced-technology firms that support Russia’s defense industrial base, and financial infrastructure. We are also taking actions against …

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$600 Million in Additional U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 15, 2022 Together with our Allies and partners, we are delivering the arms and equipment that Ukraine’s forces are utilizing so effectively as they continue their successful counter-offensive against Russia’s invasion. President Biden has been clear we will support the people of Ukraine for as long …

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Russian Authorities’ Ongoing Harassment of Aleksey Navalny

09/09/2022 07:21 PM EDT Ned Price, Department Spokesperson The United States is deeply concerned by the Russian Government’s escalating, arbitrary interference with Aleksey Navalny’s rights. Prison authorities have interfered with Navalny’s preparation of his defense and ability to communicate freely with his counsel, including through supervision of his meetings and imposed delays in the exchanges …

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Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Meeting on Russia’s Filtration Operations – September 7, 2022

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York September 7, 2022 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And also thank you to Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo and Assistant-Secretary-General Kehris for your briefings. And thank you so much, Ms. Drik, for offering a stark and credible view on the situation from a civil …

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