NOTICE for U.S. Citizen Travelers

STEP: Smart Traveler Enrollment Program Subscribe to get up-to-date safety and security information and help us reach you in an emergency abroad. U.S. Citizens Travelers: Please enroll in  step.state.gov  to receive alerts & ensure you can be located in an emergency. U. S. Citizens in an Emergency: In Case of Emergency: Call 1-888-407-4747 (U.S./Canada); +1-202-501-4444 (overseas); or contact the nearest …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at a Joint Press Availability

REMARKS TO THE PRESS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE KYIV, UKRAINE MAY 6, 2021 MODERATOR:  (Via interpreter) Dear representatives of the media, you have your opportunity to put questions to president of Ukraine and State Secretary of the U.S. PRESIDENT ZELENSKYY:  (Via interpreter) I would like to apologize …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken at a Virtual Roundtable on Reform and Anticorruption

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE AMERICA HOUSE KYIV, UKRAINE MAY 6, 2021 MS KVIEN: Hello. Good afternoon, everyone. I’m Kristina Kvien. I’m the charge d’affaires here at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv. And it is my enormous pleasure to have with me today our Secretary of State Antony Blinken. We’d like to thank …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Shmyhal

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 6, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal in Kyiv.  Secretary Blinken and Prime Minister Shmyhal discussed the importance of advancing rule of law and economic reforms to strengthen Ukraine’s institutions, including support …

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G7 Foreign and Development Ministers’ Meeting

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 2, 2021 “Another enduring principle is that we need countries to cooperate, now more than ever.” – Secretary Antony J. Blinken, March 3, 2021 Secretary Blinken will attend the G7 Foreign and Development Minister’s Meeting in London, the United Kingdom, from May 3-5, 2021.  The members of the …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on the Occasion of World Press Freedom Day

MAY 03, 2021 Thirty years ago today, in the face of constant pressure and violence, African journalists came together to issue the Windhoek Declaration, which asserted that, “[t]he establishment, maintenance and fostering of an independent, pluralistic and free press is essential to the development and maintenance of democracy in a nation, and for economic development.”  …

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COVID-19 Information

Last updated: [04/30/2021] Country-Specific Information  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Embassy Moscow advises U.S. citizens not to travel to Russia. The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in the Russian Federation have limited capacity to assist U.S. citizens in the event of an emergency. The Russian Federation is one of the countries most affected by …

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Joint Statement on the Extended “Troika” on Peaceful Settlement in Afghanistan

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON APRIL 30, 2021 The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China, and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on the occasion of the Extended “Troika” on Peaceful Settlement in Afghanistan. Begin Text: On …

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Message to U.S. Citizens: U.S. Mission Russia – Reduction of Consular Services

Location: Russia Event: Reduction of Consular Services – Effective May 12, U.S. Embassy Moscow will reduce consular services offered to include only emergency U.S. citizen services and a very limited number of age-out and life or death emergency immigrant visas. These service reductions are necessary due to the Russian government’s April 23 notification of its …

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Remarks by President Biden at the Virtual Leaders Summit on Climate Opening Session

APRIL 22, 2021 East Room 8:07 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Madam Vice President. Good morning to all of our colleagues around the world — the world leaders who are taking part in this summit. I thank you. You know, your leadership on this issue is a statement to the people of your nation …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Mission Russia

Location: Russia Event: According to multiple media sources, demonstrations throughout Russia in support of an opposition activist are planned for Wednesday, April 21, at approximately 1900 hours local time. These demonstrations are unauthorized. The locations of the demonstrations may change, and streets and metro stations may be closed in the surrounding areas. Given the likely …

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Ambassador Sullivan is returning to the United States for consultations this week

20 April, 2021 Ambassador Sullivan is returning to the United States for consultations this week: “I believe it is important for me to speak directly with my new colleagues in the Biden administration in Washington about the current state of bilateral relations between the United States and Russia.  Also, I have not seen my family …

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State Department Spokesperson on Russia’s Intention to Restrict Navigation in parts of the Black Sea

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON APRIL 19, 2021 The United States expresses its deep concern over Russia’s plans to block foreign naval ships and state vessels in parts of the Black Sea, including near occupied Crimea and the Kerch Strait. Russia has a history of taking aggressive actions against Ukrainian vessels and impeding access …

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Statement on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Call with Nikolay Patrushev, Secretary of the Russian Security Council

APRIL 19, 2021 National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke by phone today with Nikolay Patrushev, Secretary of the Russian Security Council. The two discussed a number of issues in the bilateral relationship, as well as regional and global matters of concern. Mr. Sullivan and Secretary Patrushev also discussed the prospect of a presidential summit between …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken At a Press Availability

REMARKS TO THE PRESS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE U.S. EMBASSY KABUL KABUL, AFGHANISTAN APRIL 15, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN: Good afternoon. Good to see everyone. I’ve come to Afghanistan today because it was important to me and important to President Biden to convey in person America’s commitment to an enduring partnership with Afghanistan and …

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U.S. Applauds Partners’ COVAX AMC Commitments To Fight COVID-19

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON APRIL 15, 2021 The United States and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi) applaud new partner commitments announced at this morning’s “One World Protected” event to accelerate global access to COVID-19 vaccines, including more than $300 million in financial contributions as well as in-kind donations including millions of safe and …

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Treasury Sanctions Russia with Sweeping New Sanctions Authority

April 15, 2021 WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury took multiple sanctions actions under a new Executive Order (E.O.) targeting aggressive and harmful activities by the Government of the Russian Federation.  Treasury’s actions include the implementation of new prohibitions on certain dealings in Russian sovereign debt, as well as targeted sanctions on …

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FACT SHEET: Imposing Costs for Harmful Foreign Activities by the Russian Government

APRIL 15, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES The Biden administration has been clear that the United States desires a relationship with Russia that is stable and predictable. We do not think that we need to continue on a negative trajectory. However, we have also been clear—publicly and privately—that we will defend our national interests and …

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Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany

APRIL 14, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany. The two leaders underscored their strong commitment to the transatlantic relationship and pledged to continue working closely together on shared priorities, including combating COVID-19, strengthening global health security, and addressing the climate crisis. The leaders …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with French, German, Italian, and UK Counterparts

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON APRIL 14, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with his counterparts from France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom today in Brussels, Belgium. They reaffirmed their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and commended Ukraine’s restraint in the face of Russian provocations, including its …

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Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia

APRIL 13, 2021 President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Vladimir Putin of Russia. They discussed a number of regional and global issues, including the intent of the United States and Russia to pursue a strategic stability dialogue on a range of arms control and emerging security issues, building on the extension of …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with USAGM Acting CEO Chao

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) Acting CEO Kelu Chao today to discuss the vital role that free and independent media play in the preservation and promotion of democratic principles worldwide.  Secretary Blinken expressed his strong support for USAGM-affiliated networks around the world, including Radio Free Europe/Radio …

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Message to U.S. Citizens – U. S. Mission Russia

Location: U.S. Consulate General Yekaterinburg, Russia Event: Suspension of Consular Services – As of April 1, 2021 Consulate General Yekaterinburg no longer provides consular services, including U.S. citizens services such as passport issuance, notarial services, and consular reports of birth abroad. Please visit our U.S. Mission Russia website in order to schedule a U.S. citizens services appointment with the …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken On Release of the 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

“President Biden has committed to putting human rights back at the center of American foreign policy, and that’s a commitment that I and the entire Department of State take very seriously.  We will bring to bear all the tools of our diplomacy to defend human rights and hold accountable perpetrators of abuse.  The reports we’re releasing today are just one way to …

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Ambassador Sullivan’s Press Availability upon the Appeal Hearing of U.S. Citizen Trevor Reed at Moscow City Court

U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation, John J. Sullivan Moscow City Court, March 26, 2021 – Appeal hearing of U.S. citizen Trevor Reed Ambassador Sullivan:  Hello, good morning, everyone.  It’s good to see you on a beautiful day in Moscow.  I came here today to attend the continuing proceedings in the appeal of Trevor Reed’s …

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“Reaffirming and Reimagining America’s Alliances” – Speech by Secretary Blinken at NATO Headquarters

SPEECH ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE NATO HEADQUARTERS AGORA BRUSSELS, BELGIUM MARCH 24, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN: Good afternoon. A few weeks ago, not long after becoming Secretary as State, I spoke directly to the American people. I said that my number one job is to ensure that America’s foreign policy delivers for them – …

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World Water Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 22, 2021 Water is an invaluable resource that we rely on for nearly everything we do.  Reliable access to water underpins health, economic opportunity, and security in every country, and ensuring global access to safe and adequate water for basic needs is now more important than ever.  Climate change is already …

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Joint Statement on Extended “Troika” on Peaceful Settlement in Afghanistan

03/18/2021 02:48 PM EDT   Office of the Spokesperson The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Russia, China, and Pakistan on the occasion of the Extended “Troika” on Peaceful Settlement in Afghanistan. Begin Text: On March 18, 2021, Moscow hosted a regular meeting of the …

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Ukraine

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 18, 2021 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, Germany, …

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Joint Statement on the Occasion of the 10-year Anniversary of the Syrian Uprising

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 15, 2021 The following statement was released by United States Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, and UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on the occasion of the 10-year anniversary of the Syrian uprising: Begin text: …

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Opening Remarks by Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken Before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, D.C. MARCH 10, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN: Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member McCaul, thank you so much for your warm welcome. It’s very, very good to be back before this committee, to be back in this room. And I really do appreciate the opportunity to talk today about the …

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Treasury Sanctions Russian Officials in Response to the Novichok Poisoning of Aleksey Navalny

March 2, 2021 WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) joined the U.S. Departments of State and Commerce in imposing sanctions in response to Russia’s poisoning and subsequent imprisonment of Russian opposition figure Aleksey Navalny.  Specifically, OFAC designated seven Russian government officials:  Federal Security Service (FSB) Director …

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U.S. Sanctions and Other Measures Imposed on Russia in Response to Russia’s Use of Chemical Weapons

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 2, 2021 CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS ACT SANCTIONS Today, the Secretary of State determined that the Government of the Russian Federation has used a chemical weapon against its own nationals, in violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.  As a result, the following sanctions will be imposed (full or …

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Imposing Sanctions on Russia for the Poisoning and Imprisonment of Aleksey Navalny

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 2, 2021 The United States joins the European Union in condemning and responding to the Russian Federation’s use of a chemical weapon in the attempted assassination of Russian opposition figure Aleksey Navalny in August 2020 and his subsequent imprisonment in January 2021.  We share the EU’s …

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Statement by President Biden on the Anniversary of Russia’s Illegal Invasion of Ukraine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 26, 2021 Seven years ago today, Russia violated international law, the norms by which modern countries engage one another, and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its neighbor Ukraine when it invaded Crimea. The United States continues to stand with Ukraine and its allies and partners today, as it has from the …

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Religious Freedom Concerns in Russia

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 25, 2021 We are disturbed by reports that a Russian court sentenced Valentina Baranovskaya and her son, Roman Baranovsky, to terms of two and six years in a Russian penal colony, respectively, simply for being practicing Jehovah’s Witnesses. The sentencing of Valentina, a 69-year-old stroke victim, is particularly …

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Ambassador Sullivan asked to remain in Russia by President Biden

February 25, 2021 Ambassador Sullivan: “Earlier this week, President Biden asked me to remain as the U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation for an indefinite period through this year. Our relationship with Russia, and our friendship with the Russian people, is of great importance, and I am honored to serve my country here. I look …

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Putting Human Rights at the Center of U.S. Foreign Policy

The United States is committed to a world in which human rights are protected, their defenders are celebrated, and those who commit human rights abuses are held accountable. Promoting respect for human rights is not something we can do alone, but is best accomplished working with our allies and partners across the globe. President Biden …

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Honoring Anticorruption Champions

Around the world, corruption threatens security and stability, hinders economic growth, undermines democracy and human rights, destroys trust in public institutions, facilitates transnational crime, and siphons away public and private resources.  The Biden Administration recognizes that we will only be successful in combating these issues by working in concert with committed partners, including courageous individuals …

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Secretary Blinken’s Participation in the EU Foreign Affairs Council

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken participated virtually in today’s EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) at the invitation of EU High Representative Josep Borrell.  Secretary Blinken highlighted the United States’ commitment to repairing, revitalizing, and raising the level of ambition in the U.S.-EU relationship. He emphasized the importance of close cooperation with the EU and …

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Statement by U.S. Ambassador Sullivan on detained U.S. citizen Michael Calvey

February 14 marked two years since U.S. citizen Michael Calvey was arrested and criminally charged over what is clearly a private business dispute. Today, February 17, Mr. Calvey was allowed to give his testimony in court. We hope this will be a fair and transparent judicial process that concludes with justice for Mr. Calvey. The …

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U.S. Decision To Reengage with the UN Human Rights Council

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 8, 2021 The Biden administration has recommitted the United States to a foreign policy centered on democracy, human rights, and equality. Effective use of multilateral tools is an important element of that vision, and in that regard the President has instructed the Department of State to …

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Presidential Proclamation on National Black History Month, 2021

This February, during Black History Month, I call on the American people to honor the history and achievements of Black Americans and to reflect on the centuries of struggle that have brought us to this time of reckoning, redemption, and hope. We have never fully lived up to the founding principles of this Nation –- …

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New START Treaty Mythbusters

Fact Sheet February 3, 2021 Myth:   The New START Treaty Is  a  Cold War relic that does not address today’s nuclear threats Ensuring the two countries with the largest nuclear arsenals maintain constraints on their nuclear weapons is not outdated, Cold War thinking. It is prudent and responsible behavior. New START limits all Russian deployed intercontinental-range nuclear …

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Advancing the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Persons Around the World

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 4, 2021 Today, President Biden signed a Presidential Memorandum directing all U.S. government departments and agencies engaged abroad to ensure that U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI+) persons around the world. The …

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Remarks by President Biden on America’s Place in the World

U.S. Department of State Headquarters Harry S. Truman Building Washington, D.C. February 4, 2021 2:45 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Mr. Secretary, it’s great to be here with you.  And I’ve been looking forward a long time to be able to call you “Mr. Secretary.” Good afternoon, everyone.  It’s an honor to be back at the …

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New START Treaty

Treaty Structure: The Treaty between the United States of America and the Russian Federation on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms, also known as the New START Treaty, enhances U.S. national security by placing verifiable limits on all Russian deployed intercontinental-range nuclear weapons. The United States and the Russian Federation …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 4, 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 Minister Lavrov discussed the New START extension and the need for new arms control that addresses all of Russia’s nuclear weapons and …

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Ambassador Sullivan Attends Appeal Hearing for U.S. Citizen Trevor Reed

U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation, John J. Sullivan Moscow City Court, February 3, 2021 – Appeal hearing of U.S. citizen Trevor Reed Ambassador Sullivan:  Well, good afternoon, everyone.  I’m John Sullivan, the U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation. I have been here today to attend the court proceeding, the appellate proceeding, for Trevor Reed, …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Mission Russia

Location: Russia  Event:  Media sources indicate that demonstrators are gathering tonight in central Moscow following the sentencing of Alexey Navalny.  The location of the demonstration may move, and streets may be closed in the surrounding area.  A sizeable police presence is expected.  There may be similar unauthorized demonstrations in other cities.  U.S. citizens should avoid …

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The Sentencing of Russian Opposition Figure Aleksey Navalny

Statement by Anthony J. Blinken, Secretary of State: “The United States is deeply concerned by Russian authorities’ decision to sentence opposition figure Aleksey Navalny to two years and eight months imprisonment, replacing his suspended sentence with jail time. Like every Russian citizen, Mr. Navalny is entitled to the rights provided in the Russian constitution, and Russia …

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Interview: Secretary Antony J. Blinken with Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC

INTERVIEW ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, DC FEBRUARY 1, 2021 QUESTION:  We see the Russian people are out and protesting against Vladimir Putin.  There have been many arrests, thousands braving these sub-freezing temperatures.  Alexei Navalny’s wife was detained protesting against his arrest and, of course, previously his poisoning by Russian authorities. You have …

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National Freedom Day: Deepening Our Resolve to Fight Human Trafficking

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 1, 2021 Today marks National Freedom Day, a day that commemorates President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the joint resolution that established the Constitution’s 13th Amendment abolishing slavery in the United States.  It is a day when, thanks to the decades-long push of Richard R. Wright and …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken at a Press Availability

REMARKS TO THE PRESS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE PRESS BRIEFING ROOM WASHINGTON, DC JANUARY 27, 2021 (Right-click on thumbnail to show video controls or Click here to play video in a new window ) MR PRICE: Good afternoon. Welcome back to the briefing room, to your briefing room. We’ll be spending quite a bit of time together starting very shortly, and I …

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Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 27, 2021 Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on International Holocaust Remembrance Day Today, we join together with people from nations around the world to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day by remembering the 6 million Jews, as well as the Roma and Sinti, Slavs, disabled persons, LGBTQ+ individuals, and many …

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Ambassador Sullivan and U.S. Embassy in Russia Honor the Victims of the Siege of Leningrad

January 27, 2021 On the 77th anniversary of the lifting of the Siege of Leningrad, we honor the memory of the brave citizens and defenders of the City of Leningrad who endured and fought during one of the longest and most destructive sieges in history. Our wreath-laying today respects their humanity and bravery amidst unprecedented …

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Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia

JANUARY 26, 2021 President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Vladimir Putin of Russia. They discussed both countries’ willingness to extend New START for five years, agreeing to have their teams work urgently to complete the extension by February 5. They also agreed to explore strategic stability discussions on a range of arms …

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Negative COVID-19 Test Required for Travel to the United States Beginning January 26

The U.S. Department of State and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) remind all travelers that beginning January 26, all air passengers two years of age or older arriving to the United States must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test or proof of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding. This order applies to …

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Opening Statement at Climate Adaptation Summit 2021

REMARKS JOHN KERRY, SPECIAL PRESIDENTIAL ENVOY FOR CLIMATE CLIMATE ADAPTATION SUMMIT 2021 JANUARY 25, 2021 Host: Welcome Mr. Kerry. Very good to have you. Welcome to this virtual meeting of world leaders. It is truly wonderful to have you. Could you please tell us about the new ambitions of the United States? Secretary Kerry: Absolutely …

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Opening Remarks by Secretary of State-Designate Antony J. Blinken

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE WASHINGTON, DC JANUARY 19, 2021 SECRETARY-DESIGNATE BLINKEN:  Mr. Chairman, thank you very much.  And to you, to Ranking Member Menendez, to all the members of this committee, thank you for the opportunity to be here today, and I greatly appreciate everything you’ve done to …

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Protests in Russia

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JANUARY 23, 2021 The United States strongly condemns the use of harsh tactics against protesters and journalists this weekend in cities throughout Russia. Prior to today’s events, the Russian government sought to suppress the rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression by harassing protest organizers, threatening social …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Mission Russia

Location: Russia Event: Media sources indicate that on Saturday, January 23, demonstrations are being planned throughout Russia in support of an opposition activist. These demonstrations are likely to be unauthorized. Given the likely substantial police presence and possible dispersal of demonstrators into other areas of the cities, U.S. citizens should avoid these demonstrations and any …

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Presidential Statement on the Paris Climate Agreement Acceptance

ACCEPTANCE ON BEHALF OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA I, Joseph R. Biden Jr., President of the United States of America, having seen and considered the Paris Agreement, done at Paris on December 12, 2015, do hereby accept the said Agreement and every article and clause thereof on behalf of the United States of America. …

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Proclamation on Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to The United States

JANUARY 20, 2021 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION The United States was built on a foundation of religious freedom and tolerance, a principle enshrined in the United States Constitution.  Nevertheless, the previous administration enacted a number of Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations that prevented certain individuals from entering the United States — …

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Inaugural Address by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

The United States Capitol 11:52 AM EST THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice President Pence, distinguished guests, and my fellow Americans. This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope. Of renewal and resolve. Through a crucible for the ages America …

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OSCE Forum for Security Cooperation under United States’ Chairpersonship

OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation under United States’ Chairpersonship will focus on fulfilment of commitments, rebuilding military transparency and confidence   VIENNA, 20 January 2021 — Fulfilling commitments and rebuilding confidence and transparency are key steps to addressing new and long-standing politico-military issues in the OSCE region, said United States Acting Assistant Secretary of State …

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Ambassador Sullivan on the Detention of Aleksey Navalny

January 18, 2021 The detention of oppositionist Aleksey Navalny immediately upon his return to Russia on January 17 appears to be deeply politicized. The international community will be observing Mr. Navalny’s treatment closely. The Russian government is responsible for ensuring Mr. Navalny’s health and safety. The United States notes with grave concern that Mr. Navalny’s …

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo on the Arrest of Aleksey Navalny

Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Press Statement by Michael R. Pompeo January 17, 2021 The United States strongly condemns Russia’s decision to arrest Aleksey Navalny. We note with grave concern that his detention is the latest in a series of attempts to silence Navalny and other opposition figures and independent …

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Health Alert – Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs

 Effective January 26, all airline passengers  to the  United States  ages  two  years  and  older must provide  either  a negative COVID-19  viral  test taken within  three calendar days  of travel  or  provide  a positive test result and documentation from a licensed health care provider or public health official of having recovered from COVID-19 in the …

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Update on Department Transition Efforts and Travel

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Morgan Ortagus, Spokesperson January 12, 2021 The Department of State is well along in its transition efforts with President-elect Biden’s team.  We are fully committed to the completion of a smooth and orderly transition process to be finalized over the next 8 …

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U.S. Announces Designation of Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo January 11, 2021 The State Department has designated Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism for repeatedly providing support for acts of international terrorism in granting safe harbor to terrorists. The Trump Administration has been focused from the …

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Sanctioning Russia-linked Disinformation Network for its Involvement in Attempts to Influence U.S. Election

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JANUARY 11, 2021 Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on seven individuals and four entities that are part of a Russia-linked foreign influence network associated with Andrii Derkach, who was designated on September 10, 2020, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13848 for his attempt to influence …

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Statement by Ambassador John J. Sullivan

“The violent and criminal assault on the U.S. Capitol during the recent proceedings to certify the results of the presidential election and the victory of President-elect Biden, is a grave reminder of how important it is to value and safeguard the essential elements of our republic that are enshrined in our Constitution, including the right …

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Ambassador John J. Sullivan interview with Konstantin Remchukov of Nezavisimaya Gazeta

Ambassador John J. Sullivan interview with Konstantin Remchukov,  Editor-in-Chief, Nezavisimaya Gazeta December 18, 2020  NEZAVISIMAYA GAZETA:  I’m going to be brief in my questions, to give you some time to you to respond. And I will start with the news of the last days: cyber attacks allegedly conducted by Russians on major infrastructure, objects, and networks in America. And I read and …

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Message to U.S. Citizens –Winter Holiday Hours – U.S. Mission Russia

Event: Due to the Russian Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, the U.S. Consulate General in Yekaterinburg, and Consular Agency Sakhalin will be closed January 1-8, 2021. During this time, passport, notarial, and Consular Report of Birth Abroad services will be unavailable. Actions to Take: If a U.S. citizen has an …

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Commerce Department Will Publish the First Military End User List Naming More Than 100 Chinese and Russian Companies

For Immediate Release Monday, December 21, 2020 Office of Public Affairs (202) 482-4883 publicaffairs@doc.gov The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) will amend the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by adding a new ‘Military End User’ (MEU) List, as well as the first tranche of 103 entities, which includes 58 Chinese and 45 Russian companies. The …

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Health Alert – Extension of Temporary Stay or Permanent Residency of Foreigners in Russia Until June 15, 2021 

Health Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (December 18, 2020) Location: Russia, country-wide Event:  Extension of Temporary Stay or Permanent Residency of Foreigners in Russia Until June 15, 2021 On December 15, President Putin signed a decree extending the temporary stay or permanent residency of foreigners and stateless persons in the Russian Federation until June 15, …

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo on Russian Influence in the Mediterranean

Earlier this month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in comments at the MED Dialogue, accused the United States of playing political games in the Mediterranean and stalling the appointment of a new UN Special Representative of the  Secretary-General  in Libya.  It’s unfortunate and unhelpful that Mr. Lavrov again gets the facts wrong and attempts to …

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Today, Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun participated in a virtual discussion hosted by the German Marshall Fund with Belarusian presidential candidate and leader of the opposition, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. They discussed the ongoing political crisis in Belarus, and Deputy Secretary Biegun reaffirmed strong U.S. support for the Belarusian people’s resounding calls for their voice …

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Security Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (December 14, 2020)

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Sanctioning Iranian Intelligence Officers Involved in the Abduction of Bob Levinson

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The President’s National Space Policy

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On International Human Rights Day, the United States celebrates the rights and freedoms enshrined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This day has a special resonance for Americans, as the United States was the first nation founded on the belief that all individuals are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain unalienable …

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Remarks by Deputy Secretary Biegun to the OSCE Ministerial Council Plenary Session

As prepared for delivery by Deputy Secretary Stephen E. Biegun to the OSCE Ministerial Council Plenary Session Tirana, Albania (remotely, via Zoom) December 3, 2020 It is an honor to join Ambassador Gilmore in representing the United States and Secretary Pompeo at this Ministerial.   I commend Chair-in-Office Prime Minister Rama for his leadership throughout this …

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Ambassador Reeker’s Remarks to the OSCE Side Event on Crimea

As prepared for delivery by Ambassador Philip T. Reeker to the OSCE Side Event on Crimea Tirana, Albania (remotely, via Zoom) December 3, 2020 Thank you, Foreign Minister Kuleba. It is an honor to speak at this event today and to join Ukraine and other partners in highlighting Russia’s ongoing aggression in Ukraine, including its …

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Joint Statement by the Heads of Delegation of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair Countries

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New Sanctions Under the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA)

U.S. Department Of State Office Of The Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement By Secretary Michael R. Pompeo November 27, 2020   On Wednesday, November 25, 2020, the United States sanctioned four entities located in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Russia for supporting Iran’s missile program, under the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation …

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Observance of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE NOVEMBER 25, 2020   Around the world, violence against women harms not only millions of women and girls every year, but also their communities and families.  Violence against women, whether in the workforce, the home, a school environment, or as a result of conflict or crisis, is …

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The United States Welcomes Cessation of Hostilities Between Armenia and Azerbaijan

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US and France want more clarity from Russia on Karabakh

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International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists   

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International Religious Freedom Day

Twenty-two years ago today, the United States enacted the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act, reaffirming our commitment to promote and defend the fundamental right to religious freedom for all people everywhere.  Born of the vision of America’s founders, our government understood that an individual, irrespective of their religion or beliefs, should be free to organize …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meetings with Armenian FM Mnatsakanyan and Azerbaijani FM Bayramov

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov separately today in Washington, D.C. Secretary Pompeo emphasized the need to end the violence and protect civilians. The Secretary also stressed the importance of the sides entering substantive …

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Joint Statement Calling for a Ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh

“The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France Jean-Yves Le Drian, and Secretary of State of the United States of America Michael R. Pompeo, representing the Co-Chair countries of the OSCE Minsk Group, condemn in the strongest terms the unprecedented and dangerous escalation of violence …

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Transcript of Ambassador Sullivan’s Interview with Interfax

AMBASSADOR JOHN SULLIVAN WITH INTERFAX NEWS AGENCY Transcript Tuesday, September 29, 2020 Interfax representatives: Renat Abdullin, Deputy Director General Margarita Velekhova, Foreign Desk Correspondent INTERFAX: It seems that the U.S.-Russia dialogue on strategic stability and arms control has reached a stalemate. Russia has described the proposals voiced by U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control …

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Message for U.S. Citizens – Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By

If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW! Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States – but you can get assistance in requesting and returning your absentee …

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Escalation of Violence between Armenia and Azerbaijan

Morgan Ortagus, State Department Spokesperson: The United States is alarmed by reports of large scale military action along the Line of Contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone that has resulted in significant casualties, including civilians. We extend our condolences to the families of those killed and injured. The United States condemns in the strongest terms …

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Statement by Ambassador John J. Sullivan on U.S. Citizen Trevor Reed

September 24, 2020 Today I visited U.S. citizen Trevor Reed at Vodnik prison, following my visit to him last month. As the U.S. Ambassador to Russia, the health, welfare, and treatment of U.S. citizens are my top priorities. I remain concerned by the treatment of some of my fellow citizens held by Russian authorities. I …

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Imposing Sanctions on Entities and Individuals Advancing Russia’s Malign Influence

Today, the United States imposed sanctions on a network connected to Russian operative Yevgeniy Prigozhin by targeting entities and individuals working on his behalf to advance Russia’s influence in the Central African Republic (CAR).  The United States is also targeting actors involved in supporting the activities of the Federal Security Service, also known as the …

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo on the Return of UN Sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran

Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo September 19, 2020 The Trump Administration has always understood that the greatest threat to peace in the Middle East comes from Islamic Republic of Iran, whose violent efforts to spread revolution have killed thousands and upended the lives of millions of innocent people. History shows appeasement only emboldens such …

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Statement from President Trump on the Passing of Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Issued on: September 18, 2020 Today, our Nation mourns the loss of a titan of the law. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg served more than 27 years as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States—notably just the second woman to be appointed to the Court. She was a loving wife to her …

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Security Incident at Spaso House, the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence in Moscow

Today, at approximately 16:20 local time, a Russian national in a vehicle breached the perimeter at Spaso House, the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Moscow. He was intercepted by Embassy personnel and turned over to local authorities. Ambassador Sullivan was not home at the time, and no one was injured in this incident. in Moscow. He …

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International Day of Democracy

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 In recognition of the International Day of Democracy on September 15, we reaffirm the right of every citizen to take part in the processes of democratic self-governance. Democracies are accountable to their citizens. They respect the Rule of Law, protect lives and property, and …

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U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan speaks about the 19th Anniversary of the 9-11 Terrorist Attacks

“Today, as we remember the victims of terrorism and share the grief of their families and friends, the United States of America pledges to work with all willing partners to ensure that these global threats are defeated, so we can build a better world that brings security, liberty, prosperity, and justice to all.”

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U.S. and Soviet Soldiers Work Together During World War II

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Deputy Secretary of State Biegun’s Meetings in Ukraine

During his August 26-27 visit to Ukraine, Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Prime Minister Shmyhal, Deputy Prime Minister Reznikov, and Foreign Minister Kuleba to discuss a broad range of multilateral and regional issues, including Ukraine’s reform agenda, the conflict in eastern Ukraine, and the situation in Belarus. …

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Confirmation of Reports on the Poisoning of Aleksey Navalny

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Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Travel to Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine, and Austria

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Supporting the Aspirations of the Belarusian People

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia: COVID-19 Testing Requirement For All Foreigners Traveling to Russia

Event:  The Russian Government recently updated COVID-19 testing requirements for all foreigners traveling to Russia. The Russian government now requires that all foreign travelers present a negative PCR COVID-19 test result upon arrival, dated no later than three days prior to arrival in Russia. The results can be in English and/or digital. Foreign travelers must …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Mission Russia

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With Ray Furlong of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

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Russian Decree Targeting RFE/RL and Voice of America in Russia

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Mission Russia

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Statement by Ambassador John J. Sullivan on Conviction of U.S. Citizen Trevor Reed

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The United States and Russia Hold Space Security Exchange

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Meeting of U.S. – Russia Expert Groups on Trilateral Arms Control and for the Space Security Exchange

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Statement by Ambassador Sullivan: Honoring Representative John Lewis

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The United States Imposes Sanctions on Russian Financier’s Global Sanctions Evasion Network

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The United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the Syrian People

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Joint Statement on Pride Month 2020

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Pride Month 2020

Today, the U.S. Embassy in Russia displays the LGBTI Pride Flag.  The LGBTI flag was created by American artist and activist Gilbert Baker and was first raised as a symbol of hope and diversity on June 25, 1978, during the Gay Freedom Day parade in San Francisco.  June is Pride Month and we celebrate that …

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Statement by Ambassador John J. Sullivan on the Sentencing of U.S. Citizen Paul Whelan in Russia

Ambassador Sullivan:  Good morning everyone.  I’m disappointed, crestfallen, outraged at what I’ve just heard.  An American citizen, who’s also a citizen of three other countries – the United Kingdom, Canada, and Ireland – has been sentenced to 16 years, so I’m told.  There was a judgement that was read by a judge – a three-judge …

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Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (June 16, 2020) 

Event:  Extension of Temporary Stay or Permanent Residency of Foreigners in Russia Until September 15, 2020  President Putin signed a decree extending the temporary stay or permanent residency of foreigners and stateless persons in the Russian Federation until September 15.  This decree applies to immigration documents, including visas, residence permits, and migration registration, that have …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (June 15, 2020)

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo on the Conviction of U.S. Citizen Paul Whelan in Russia

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo on the Occasion of Russia Day in the Russian Federation

On behalf of the U.S. government and the American people, I congratulate the citizens of Russia as you celebrate “Russia Day.”  On this holiday, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Declaration of Russian State Sovereignty, which recognized the democratic aspirations and sovereignty of the people of Russia, their centuries of history, culture, and traditions, …

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Special Representative Jeffrey’s Call with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Vershinin

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Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (June 8, 2020)  ) 

Aeroflot direct flight from Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) to New York (JFK) are scheduled to depart on Tuesday, June 9, and on Sunday, June 14, at 14:15. Tickets are on sale via Aeroflot’s website. Please note that the Embassy is not creating lists of potential passengers, nor are we involved in the selection or ticketing …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (June 5, 2020) 

Location:  Russia, country-wide Event:  Reminder of Upcoming Aeroflot flights to New York Aeroflot direct flights from Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) to New York (JFK) are scheduled to depart on Sunday, June 7, and Tuesday, June 9, at 14:15.  Tickets are still on sale via Aeroflot’s website . Please note that the Embassy is not creating lists of …

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Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (June 1, 2020)

Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (June 1, 2020) Location:  Russia, country-wide Event:   Upcoming Aeroflot flights to New York Aeroflot has recently announced that direct flights from Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) to New York (JFK) are scheduled to depart on Sunday, June 7, and Tuesday, June 9, at 14:15.  Tickets are on sale via …

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Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (May 28, 2020)  

Upcoming Aeroflot flights to New York and Miami Aeroflot has recently announced a direct flight from Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) to Miami International Airport. This flight is scheduled to depart on Saturday, May 30, at 11:00. Tickets are on sale via Aeroflot’s website. A direct flight from Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) to New York (JFK) …

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Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (May 24, 2020)

Tickets are on sale via Aeroflot’s website for a flight from Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) to New York, JFK. This flight is scheduled to depart on Saturday, May 30 at 14:15. Please note that the Embassy is not creating lists of potential passengers, nor are we involved in the selection or ticketing of passengers for Aeroflot flights. …

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Ambassador Sullivan on Delivery of U.S. Ventilators to Russia

May 21, 2020 Today, the U.S. donated 50 life-saving ventilators to the Russian people. This $5.6 million humanitarian aid donation will eventually include a total of 200 U.S.-produced ventilators to save lives in Russia. Through the generosity of the American people and private industry innovation, the United States is providing critical medical supplies and ventilators …

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Delivery of U.S. Ventilators to Russia

May 21, 2020 Today, the United States donated and delivered 50 high-quality ventilators to the people of Russia. This represents the first part of a humanitarian donation of a total of 200 much-needed, U.S.-manufactured ventilators to Russia, and is made possible through the generosity of the American people and private industry innovation. This $5.6 million …

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The United States is Leading the Humanitarian and Health Assistance Response to COVID-19

The United States  is  the  world’s leader in health and humanitarian assistance.  For decades, the United States has been the largest contributor to global health security.  Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the U.S. government has committed nearly $500 million in assistance to date.  This funding will improve public health education, protect healthcare facilities, and increase …

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Fact Sheet: Transatlantic Cooperation on COVID-19

As President Trump has said, the United States is working with our friends and partners around the world to coordinate our efforts on stopping the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States values our cooperation with allies and partners in combatting the pandemic and in planning for our collective recovery.  In addition to the …

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25th Anniversary of the Extension of the Non-Proliferation Treaty

Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Press Statement by Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson May 11, 2020   On May 11, 1995, States Party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons decided that the Treaty, known as the Non-Proliferation Treaty or NPT, should remain in force indefinitely.  The NPT entered …

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Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (May 6, 2020)  

Event:  Upcoming Aeroflot flights to Frankfurt (May 8) and New York (May 14) Tickets are now on sale on Aeroflot’s website for a flight from Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) to Frankfurt (FRA) on Friday, May 8, departing at 15:30. Onward travel options are available from Frankfurt to the United States.

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The U.S. is Leading the Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and Developing a Vaccine

Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Media Note May 4, 2020 As outlined in its recent Action Plan , the United States is bringing together the brightest minds in U.S. government agencies, the private sector, universities, and overseas partners to develop vaccines and therapeutic interventions to protect the world from COVID-19. The United …

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The Spirit of Torgau

By Brigadier General (retired) Gregory G. Govan Former Defense Attaché, US Embassy, Moscow It was the iconic moment that nearly didn’t happen.  The two fronts in the European campaign of the Second World War meet, cutting Germany in two and heralding the imminent victory of the Allies over the Nazis.  Everyone knew it was going …

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Statement by President Trump and President Putin on the 75th Anniversary of the Meeting on the Elbe

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 25, 2020 Joint Statement by President Donald J. Trump and President Vladimir Putin of Russia Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Meeting on the Elbe April 25, 2020, marks the 75th Anniversary of the historic meeting between American and Soviet troops, who shook hands on the damaged bridge over the Elbe …

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Ambassador John J. Sullivan on Patriots’ Day

Today is April 20, a very important day in my hometown of Boston, Massachusetts, as well as in several other states. The third Monday in April is called “Patriots’ Day” because it commemorates the first battles of the American Revolution in 1775 in Lexington, Concord, and Menotomy (now called Arlington), Massachusetts.  The City of Boston …

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Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 14, 2020)

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 14, 2020) Location: Russia, country-wide Event: Moscow Electronic Pass System Takes Effect on April 15 The Moscow City Government is implementing an electronic pass system to regulate vehicular travel within and into the city. The new rules are set to take effect April 15 and apply to all …

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Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 14, 2020) 

Aeroflot has just informed U.S. Mission Russia that the airline will run a commercial flight to New York-JFK airport at 14:15 (2:15 p.m.) today, April 14.  All tickets must be purchased directly from Aeroflot’s website or their ticketing counter.  Please direct all questions to Aeroflot.  The U.S. Embassy is not involved in the selection of …

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Statement by Ambassador John Sullivan on Paul Whelan’s continued detention

It is during challenging times like these that we must not lose sight of what is fundamentally important.  As the U.S. Ambassador to Russia, my highest priority is the security and well-being of all U.S. citizens in this country.  This includes Paul Whelan, a U.S. citizen who has been unjustly imprisoned for nearly 16 months …

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Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 13, 2020) 

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 13, 2020)  Location:  Russia, country-wide  Event:  Limited Commercial Flights    We are following reports of limited commercial flights on Aeroflot to Europe and the United States.  These flights are planned to repatriate Russian citizens, but you may be able to buy tickets directly from Aeroflot.  Aeroflot flights …

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Ambassador Sullivan’s Video Message (April 9, 2020)

Ambassador Sullivan: “The Mission Russia team has been working day and night to facilitate a charter flight for U.S. citizens & LPRs so they can return to the U.S. I’m pleased that the flight successfully departed Moscow this morning to help these travelers start their journey home.”

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Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 9, 2020) 

Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 9, 2020)  Location:  Russia, country-wide  Event:  Departure of Special Chartered Flight   This morning 102 U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents departed Russia in route to the United States on a flight chartered by the U.S. gGovernment.    We are aware that there are U.S. citizens who were …

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Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 8, 2020) 

Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 8, 2020)  Location:  Russia, country-wide  Event:  Additional Information on Thursday April 9 Chartered Flight and Departure of Aeroflot Flight   Yesterday a number of U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents departed Russia and successfully landed in New York.  We are working hard to confirm who was on the …

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SECOND UPDATE: Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 7, 2020) 

Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 7, 2020)  Location:  Russia, country-wide  Event:  Departure of Aeroflot Flight and Additional Information on Thursday April 9 Chartered Flights  Departure of Aeroflot Flight:  Today’s Aeroflot flight departed Moscow and is currently on the way to New York City.  If you previously registered interest with the U.S. …

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UPDATE: Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 7, 2020) 

Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 7, 2020)  Location:  Russia, country-wide  Event:  Time Change – Aeroflot Flight to New York JFK at 18:00 Today, April 7  Aeroflot has informed U.S. Mission Russia that the airline has changed the departure time for today’s planned flight from 14:15 to 18:00 (6 p.m.).  Ticketing for …

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Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 4, 2020)

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 4, 2020)  Location:  Russia, country-wide  Event:  Update on Possible Charter Flight  The U.S. Mission to Russia team continues to pursue a charter flight for our fellow U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States.  As of this moment, we anticipate a mid-week departure from Moscow. …

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Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 2, 2020)  Location:  Russia, country-wide  Event:  Daily COVID-19 Update for U.S. Citizens in the Russian Federation  Please review the Level 4: Do Not Travel, Global Health Advisory, updated on March 31, linked here .  At present the Department of State is making every effort to assist U.S. citizens …

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Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

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Statement by U.S. Ambassador John J. Sullivan on Paul Whelan

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Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

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Information Resources for COVID-19, Presidential Proclamation, and its Impact on Travel to the U.S.

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Health Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

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Health Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

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Message to U.S. Citizens – 2020 Winter Holiday Hours – U.S. Mission Russia

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia

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Remarks With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Before Their Meeting

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Statement by Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino

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Sanctions Announcement on Iran

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Refuting Russian Allegations of U.S. Noncompliance With the INF Treaty

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INF Diplomacy Highlights Timeline

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APNSA John Bolton Interview with Elena Chernenko, Kommersant

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Joint Statement on Syria

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo on the Downed Russian Aircraft

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Joint Statement on the Salisbury Attack

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Imposition of Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act Sanctions on Russia

Following the use of a “Novichok” nerve agent in an attempt to assassinate UK citizen Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal, the United States, on August 6, 2018, determined under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (CBW Act) that the Government of the Russian Federation has used chemical …

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo – Crimea Declaration

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Secretary Pompeo July 25, 2018 Russia, through its 2014 invasion of Ukraine and its attempted annexation of Crimea, sought to undermine a bedrock international principle shared by democratic states: that no country can change the borders of another by force. The states …

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Statement by Spokesperson Nauert on Eroding Press Freedom in Russia

The Russian government continues to stifle press freedom and media independence.  We condemn the selective targeting of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) and Voice of America (VOA) under Russia’s law on “foreign agent” media outlets.  RFE/RL and VOA remain the only media outlets designated under this law, which exacerbates long-standing restrictions on their distribution in …

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Ongoing Harassment of Jehovah’s Witnesses and Other Religious Minorities in Russia.

United States Mission to the United Nations Office of Press and Public Diplomacy As delivered by Political Counselor Gregory Macris to the Permanent Council, Vienna For Immediate Release July 5, 2018 Thank you, Mr. Chair. Less than two months ago, the United States joined other participating States at the Permanent Council in expressing concern about …

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White House Statement on a Bilateral Meeting Between the United States and Russia

President Donald J. Trump and President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation will meet on July 16, 2018, in Helsinki, Finland. The two leaders will discuss relations between the United States and Russia and a range of national security issues.

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Readout June 18, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Secretary Pompeo and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke by phone today. The two discussed issues and concerns related to Syria and the bilateral relationship. Secretary Pompeo reemphasized the U.S. commitment to …

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo on the Occasion of Russia Day

“On behalf of The President of the United States and the American people, I congratulate the Russian Federation and the people of Russia on the occasion of “Russia Day.” On this day, we honor the citizens of the Russian Federation and their aspirations for the democratic principles of universal freedom, civil liberties, and the rule …

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Treasury Sanctions Russian Federal Security Service Enablers

U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Public Affairs June 11, 2018   Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated five Russian entities and three Russian individuals under Executive Order (E.O.) 13694, “Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities,” as amended, …

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Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Risch Travels to Russia, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic

U.S. Department Of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Media Note June 4, 2018   Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch will travel June 3-9 to Russia, Kazakhstan, and the Kyrgyz Republic to participate in a series of meetings with U.S. diplomats and foreign government authorities. While on this trip, …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 30, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Secretary Pompeo and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke by phone today, their first conversation since the Secretary’s swearing in and the Foreign Minister’s reappointment. The two discussed issues and concerns related to the bilateral relationship, Ukraine, …

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Statement by Heather Nauert – The Shoot Down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Heather Nauert, Spokesperson May 24, 2018 The United States has complete confidence in the findings of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) as presented today by the Dutch Public Prosecutor: the missile launcher used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 originated from …

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo After the Deal: A New Iran Strategy

U.S. Department Of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Remarks May 21, 2018 The Heritage Foundation Washington, D.C. SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, good morning, everyone. I first want to thank the Heritage Foundation and its president, Kay Coles James. Thank you for hosting me today. First as a private citizen and then as a …

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Statement by Spokesperson Nauert on the Opening of the Kerch Bridge in Crimea

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson ________________________________________ For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON May 15, 2018 The Opening of the Kerch Bridge in Crimea The United States condemns Russia’s construction and partial opening of the Kerch Strait Bridge between Russia and occupied Crimea, which was done without the permission of the …

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Remarks by President Trump on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

THE PRESIDENT: My fellow Americans: Today, I want to update the world on our efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. The Iranian regime is the leading state sponsor of terror. It exports dangerous missiles, fuels conflicts across the Middle East, and supports terrorist proxies and militias such as Hezbollah, Hamas, the Taliban, …

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