Conviction and Sentencing of U.S. Citizen Brittney Griner in Russia

08/04/2022 12:48 PM EDT Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State Today’s conviction and sentencing by a Russian court of U.S. citizen Brittney Griner to nine years in prison further compounds the injustice of her wrongful detention. This step puts a spotlight on our significant concerns with Russia’s legal system and the Russian government’s use of wrongful detentions …

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Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Ukraine

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York July 29, 2022 Thank you Mr. President, and thank you to Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo for your briefing today. I, too, want to take a moment to express my sincere appreciation to Ambassador Nason, to Geraldine, for her contributions to the Security Council during …

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Latest Invocation of the OSCE Moscow Mechanism

7/28/2022  Ned Price, Department Spokesperson The United States and 37 other countries invoked the OSCE Moscow Mechanism a third time since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. The first two invocations focused on Russia’s conduct of the war and documented serious violations of international humanitarian law and abuses of human …

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Russia’s “Filtration” Operations, Forced Disappearances, and Mass Deportations of Ukrainian Citizens 

07/13/2022  Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State On the eve of the Ukraine Accountability Conference, the United States calls on Russia to immediately halt its systematic “filtration” operations and forced deportations in Russian-controlled and held areas of Ukraine.  The unlawful transfer and deportation of protected persons is a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention on …

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The United States and G20: Building a More Peaceful, Stable, and Prosperous World Together

FACT SHEET JULY 6, 2022 Secretary Blinken will travel to Bali, Indonesia, to attend the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, where he will reinforce the U.S. commitment to working with key economies to advance U.S. interests and address global challenges.  These challenges include: reducing food and energy insecurity; combating the climate crisis; tackling COVID -19 and strengthening …

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Pride Month Statement by Chiefs of Missions of Australia, Canada, Iceland, Ireland, Lithuania, New Zealand, Sweden, the U.K. and the United States

Joint Statement on Pride Month by the Ambassadors of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Iceland, Ireland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and Charge d’ Affaires of Lithuania and the United States We, the undersigned Ambassadors of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Iceland, Ireland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and Charge d’ Affaires of Lithuania and the United States, celebrate …

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FACT SHEET: The United States and G7 to Take Further Action to Support Ukraine and Hold the Russian Federation Accountable

JUNE 27, 2022 In Germany today, President Biden will meet with G7 leaders and President Zelenskyy to continue delivering on our unwavering, unified commitment to support Ukraine and build on our unprecedented sanctions to hold President Putin accountable.  The G7 will issue a statement of support for Ukraine, which will include significant new sanctions commitments …

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Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s Response to Russia at UN Security Council Meeting on the Use of Digital Technologies in Maintaining Peace and Sec

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York May 23, 2022 AS DELIVERED I shall now make a further statement in my capacity as the Representative of the United States. Let me start by thanking all of my colleagues today for engaging in a very constructive dialogue about the role …

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Promoting Accountability for War Crimes and Other Atrocities in Ukraine

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 17, 2022 The U.S. Department of State is announcing the launch of a new Conflict Observatory to capture, analyze, and make widely available evidence of Russia-perpetrated war crimes and other atrocities in Ukraine.  The program encompasses the documentation, verification, and dissemination of open-source evidence regarding the actions of …

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FACT SHEET: United States and G7 Partners Impose Severe Costs for Putin’s War Against Ukraine

MAY 08, 2022•STATEMENTS AND RELEASES President Biden and G7 Leaders Meet with President Zelenskyy to Continue our Efforts to Support Ukraine and Build on our Unprecedented Sanctions and Export Controls Today, President Biden and G7 Leaders met with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine to reinforce our shared commitment to strengthen Ukraine’s position on the battlefield and …

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G7 Leaders’ Statement

MAY 08, 2022•STATEMENTS AND RELEASES Today, on 8 May, we, the Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7), alongside Ukraine and the wider global community, commemorate the end of the Second World War in Europe and the liberation from fascism and the National Socialist reign of terror, which caused immeasurable destruction, unspeakable horrors and human …

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Targeting Russia’s Financial, Defense, and Marine Sectors and Promoting Accountability for Russian and Belarusian Military Officials

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 8, 2022 As President Putin’s unprovoked and unjustified war enters its fourth month, the United States recognizes the staggering human toll of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.  Civilian casualties continue to mount, as do widespread reports of war crimes and other atrocities perpetrated by Russia’s forces in Ukraine.  As the people of Ukraine …

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Release of U.S. Citizen Trevor Reed from Russia

I am pleased to announce the release of U.S. citizen Trevor Reed, who was wrongfully detained in Russia. We extend our deep appreciation to our many allies and partners who helped us in this effort. I also wish to commend Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs Ambassador Carstens, Ambassador John Sullivan, and others in our …

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Promoting Accountability for Human Rights Abuses in Russia and Belarus and Taking Action Against Sanctions Evaders

President Putin’s unprovoked and unjustified war against Ukraine, conducted with the complicity of the Lukashenka regime, continues to cause needless suffering and thousands of civilian casualties.  The world has witnessed the horrors of this war in the images from the Ukrainian towns of Bucha, Irpin, and Hostomel, and in Ukrainian towns and cities still occupied or under …

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Travel Advisory: Departure of Non-Emergency U.S. Government Employees and Family Members

Russia – Level 4: Do Not Travel                                           O K H U T Do not travel to Russia due to the unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces in Ukraine, the potential for harassment against U.S. citizens by Russian government security officials, the embassy’s limited ability to assist U.S. citizens in Russia, COVID-19 and related entry restrictions, terrorism, limited flights into and out …

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Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Japan’s Announcement to Hold Russia Accountable

We welcome Japan’s announcement today that it will stand with the European Commission, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States to isolate Russia from the international financial system and our economies. Following Japan’s announcement, the entire G7 now supports disconnecting selected Russian banks from SWIFT, restrictions on the Russian Central Bank, …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with G7 Foreign Ministers and Ukraine Foreign Minister Kuleba

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 27, 2022 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the High Representative of the European Union.  They were joined by the Foreign Minister of Ukraine to discuss the global …

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The United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the People of Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 27, 2022 Our partnership with the people of Ukraine is steadfast and enduring, and we are focused on Ukraine’s urgent humanitarian needs as an important part of our response to Russia’s premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified attack.  It is with the welfare of ordinary Ukrainians in mind that we are announcing the provision …

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Security Alert: Limited Flights Into and Out of Russia

(February 27, 2022) Location: Russia Event:  An increasing number of airlines are cancelling flights into and out of Russia, and numerous countries have closed their airspace to Russian airlines.  U.S. citizens should consider departing Russia immediately via commercial options still available. The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that the Department of State’s Travel Advisory level …

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Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on President Biden’s Meeting with G7 Leaders

FEBRUARY 24, 2022• STATEMENTS AND RELEASES The President and G7 Leaders reaffirmed their resolve to respond swiftly to President Putin’s unprovoked and unjustified attack on Ukraine and expressed their solidarity with the people of Ukraine. The Leaders built on their months-long coordination and agreed to move forward on devastating packages of sanctions and other economic measures to hold …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to offer support and condemn reports of mounting civilian deaths, including those of Ukrainian children, due to air strikes and rocket launch systems in and around Kyiv.  The Secretary expressed his outrage at the Kremlin’s …

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Remarks by President Biden on Russia’s Unprovoked and Unjustified Attack on Ukraine

SPEECHES AND REMARKS FEBRUARY 24, 2022 East Room 1:43 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Sorry to keep you waiting. Good afternoon. The Russian military has begun a brutal assault on the people of Ukraine without provocation, without justification, without necessity. This is a premeditated attack. Vladimir Putin has been planning this for months, as I’ve been — as we’ve …

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Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN General Assembly Debate on the Situation in the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York February 23, 2022 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Member States of the United Nations, we stand at a crossroads in the history of this body. On Monday, President Putin announced that Russia would recognize as “independent states” the so-called DNR and …

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FACT SHEET: Joined by Allies and Partners, the United States Imposes Devastating Costs on Russia

FEBRUARY 24, 2022 STATEMENTS AND RELEASES Russia to Face Massive Costs from its Isolation from the Global Financial and Trade System and Cutting-Edge Technology Today, the United States, along with Allies and partners, is imposing severe and immediate economic costs on Russia in response to Putin’s war of choice against Ukraine. Today’s actions include sweeping …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with EU High Representative Josep Borrell

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 23, 2022 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with EU High Representative Josep Borrell. The Secretary and HRVP Borrell reaffirmed their steadfast support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and underscored the importance of continued transatlantic unity in the face of Russian …

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Sanctioning NS2AG, Matthias Warnig, and NS2AG’s Corporate Officers

The United States applauds Germany’s decision to take administrative steps to halt the certification process for Nord Stream 2, which will prevent the pipeline from becoming operational.  After consultations with Germany and the EU, I have terminated the waiver and imposed sanctions on Nord Stream 2 AG (NS2AG), its CEO Matthias Warnig, and NS2AG’s corporate …

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Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Russian Announcement on Eastern Ukraine

FEBRUARY 21, 2022 STATEMENTS AND RELEASES We have anticipated a move like this from Russia and are ready to respond immediately. President Biden will soon issue an Executive Order that will prohibit new investment, trade, and financing by U.S. persons to, from, or in the so-called DNR and LNR regions of Ukraine. This E.O. will …

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Statement from Press Secretary Jen Psaki

FEBRUARY 20, 2022 STATEMENTS AND RELEASES As the President has repeatedly made clear, we are committed to pursuing diplomacy until the moment an invasion begins. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Lavrov are scheduled to meet later this week in Europe, provided Russia does not proceed with military action. President Biden accepted in principle a meeting …

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Remarks by Vice President Harris at the Munich Security Conference

Hotel Bayerischer Hof Munich, Germany 11:45 A.M. CEST THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Good morning.  Good morning.  Thank you, Ambassador Ischinger.  And to all of the very extraordinary leaders who are here today, I thank you for the kind introduction and your years of dedicated leadership.  And thank you also to Chancellor Scholz for your kind words. …

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Kremlin Decision on Eastern Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 21, 2022 We strongly condemn President Putin’s decision to recognize the so-called “Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics” as “independent.”  As we said when the Duma first made its request: this decision represents a complete rejection of Russia’s commitments under the Minsk agreements, directly contradicts Russia’s claimed …

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Readout of President Biden’s Call with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine

FEBRUARY 21, 2022 STATEMENTS AND RELEASES President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine to reaffirm the commitment of the United States to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. President Biden strongly condemned Russian President Putin’s decision to purportedly recognize the “independence” of the so-called DNR and LNR regions of Ukraine. …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 21, 2022 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today by phone with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to reaffirm unwavering U.S. support for Ukraine.  The Secretary noted our swift response to Russia’s decision to recognize the purported “independence” of the …

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Readout of President Biden’s Call with Transatlantic Leaders

President Joseph R. Biden spoke today with Transatlantic leaders about the likelihood of further Russian aggression against Ukraine.  Together they expressed deep concern over Russia’s continued build-up of forces, reiterated their strong support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and discussed the importance of further economic assistance to Ukraine.  They pledged to continue pursuing diplomacy …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken on Russia’s Threat to Peace and Security at the UN Security Council

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE UN HEADQUARTERS NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK FEBRUARY 17, 2022 SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Mr. President, this council was convened today to discuss the implementation of the Minsk Agreements, a goal that we all share, despite Russia’s persistent violations.  These agreements, which were negotiated in 2014 and 2015 and signed by Russia, remain the basis for …

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Secretary Blinken’s Travel to Germany

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 16, 2022 Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will travel to Munich, Germany, February 17 to 20, 2022 to attend the Munich Security Conference. On the sidelines of the Conference, the Secretary will have the opportunity to discuss with Allies and partners our coordinated, ongoing efforts to urge …

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Russian Duma Resolution on Eastern Ukraine

The Russian Duma has stated that it plans to send to President Putin an appeal to recognize the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics as “independent.” To be clear: Kremlin approval of this appeal would amount to the Russian government’s wholesale rejection of its commitments under the Minsk agreements, which outline the process for the …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The Secretary reiterated the U.S. commitment to continue to pursue a diplomatic solution to the crisis Moscow has precipitated. He stated that the United States looks forward to receiving Russia’s written response to …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 14, 2022 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke by phone today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.  The Secretary noted the United States and partners remain united in our commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including its economic and financial stability.  …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov today by phone to discuss acute and shared concerns that Russia may be considering launching further military aggression against Ukraine in the coming days. The Secretary made clear that a diplomatic path to resolving …

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Readout of President Biden’s Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Vladimir Putin of Russia about Russia’s escalating military buildup on the borders of Ukraine. President Biden was clear that, if Russia undertakes a further invasion of Ukraine, the United States together with our Allies and partners will respond decisively and impose swift and severe costs on …

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Readout of President Biden’s Video Call with Transatlantic Leaders

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. held a secure video call with transatlantic leaders today. The leaders expressed their concern about Russia’s continued build-up of military forces around Ukraine and reaffirmed their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. They expressed their desire for a diplomatic solution to the crisis, and discussed recent engagements with Russia …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg about continued coordination of the Transatlantic response to ongoing Russian threats against Ukraine. Secretary Blinken reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to close cooperation and consultation with Allies and partners. He underscored the U.S. …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with French Foreign Minister Le Drian

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 10, 2022 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian today about joint efforts by NATO Allies, EU partners, G7 members, and other partners to address Russia’s continued military build-up on Ukraine’s borders. They stressed …

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Statement from Deputy Press Secretary Sabrina Singh on Vice President Harris’s Travel to Germany

Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to Munich, Germany to attend the February 18-20 Munich Security Conference.  Building on the Biden-Harris Administration’s intensive engagement with European allies and partners, the Vice President’s engagements in Munich will demonstrate our ironclad commitment to our NATO Allies, reaffirm our shared interest in upholding the principles that have underpinned …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with French, German, Italian, and UK Counterparts

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 9, 2022 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman spoke today with French MFA Secretary General Francois Delattre, German MFA State Secretary Andreas Michaelis, Italian MFA Political Director Pasquale Ferrara, and UK Minister of State for Middle East, North Africa, and North …

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Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.’s Call with President Emmanuel Macron of France

STATEMENTS AND RELEASES FEBRUARY 09, 2022 President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Emmanuel Macron of France. They discussed President Macron’s recent meetings in Russia and Ukraine. They also talked about ongoing diplomatic and deterrence efforts, undertaken in close coordination with our Allies and partners, in response to Russia’s continued military build-up on Ukraine’s borders.

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Readout of President Biden’s Meeting with Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. welcomed Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany to the White House. President Biden reaffirmed his commitment to further strengthening U.S.-German relations and working with the new Chancellor to deepen the transatlantic partnership. The leaders discussed ongoing diplomatic and deterrence efforts in response to Russia’s continued military build-up on Ukraine’s borders, reaffirmed their support …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Polish Foreign Minister Rau

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 4, 2022 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau in Washington, D.C., as part of the U.S.-Poland Strategic Dialogue. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Rau discussed collective security and regional issues, including the shared commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 4, 2022 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today by phone with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. They discussed Russia’s military buildup along Ukraine’s borders and steps Ukraine and the United States are taking to encourage Russia to pursue diplomacy over war and ensure …

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Announcement of F/M/J Processing Posts for Applicants Resident in Russia

Due to the severely limited consular operations in Moscow, the U.S. Department of State has designated multiple posts for processing certain nonimmigrant visa applications from persons resident in Russia.  Under this designation, Russia-based student visa applicants (F and M categories) as well as academic exchange visitors (student, professor, research scholar, short-term scholar, and specialist J …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg, OSCE Chair-in-Office Rau, and EU High Representative Borrell

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 1, 2022 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today by phone with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Chairman-in-Office Zbigniew Rau, and EU High Representative Josep Borrell.  The Secretary reaffirmed his support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 1, 2022 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to follow up on the U.S written response to Russia’s security proposals.  The Secretary emphasized the U.S. willingness, bilaterally and together with Allies and partners, to continue a substantive …

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Statement from President Biden on United Nations Security Council Meeting

Today in the United Nations Security Council, the United States presented in detail the full nature of Russia’s threat to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. And we made clear to the international community the full implications of that threat — not just for Ukraine, but for core tenets of the UN Charter and the modern international …

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Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Ukraine

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York January 31, 2022 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. And thank you, Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo for your briefing. Colleagues, the situation we’re facing in Europe is urgent and dangerous, and the stakes for Ukraine – and for every UN Member State – could …

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Joint Statement by President Biden and President von der Leyen on U.S.-EU Cooperation on Energy Security

JANUARY 28, 2022• STATEMENTS AND RELEASES We are jointly committed to Europe’s energy security and sustainability and to accelerating the global transition to clean energy. We also share the objective of ensuring the energy security of Ukraine and the progressive integration of Ukraine with the EU gas and electricity markets. The EU and the United States cooperate closely …

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Joint Statement by President Biden and President von der Leyen on U.S.-EU Cooperation on Energy Security

Date: Jan 28, 2022 9:17 PM We are jointly committed to Europe’s energy security and sustainability and to accelerating the global transition to clean energy. We also share the objective of ensuring the energy security of Ukraine and the progressive integration of Ukraine with the EU gas and electricity markets. The EU and the United …

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Readout of President Biden’s Call with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine

JANUARY 27, 2022•STATEMENTS AND RELEASES President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine. President Biden reaffirmed the readiness of the United States along with its allies and partners to respond decisively if Russia further invades Ukraine. He also underscored the commitment of the United States to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. …

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Secretary Blinken’s Participation in the EU Foreign Affairs Council

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JANUARY 24, 2022 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: 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. The Secretary briefed his EU counterparts on his January 18-21 visit to Kyiv, Berlin, and Geneva as part of …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken And Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Before Their Meeting

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE HOTEL WILSON GENEVA, SWITZERLAND JANUARY 21, 2022 FOREIGN MINISTER LAVROV:  (Via interpreter) State Secretary, colleagues, we’re very grateful to you for this proposal to hold talks in Geneva in the context of the work that was started on the security guarantees.  When you made the phone call to me and proposed that we meet …

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Taking Action to Expose and Disrupt Russia’s Destabilization Campaign in Ukraine

In advance of a potential further invasion of Ukraine, Russian intelligence services, mainly the Federal Security Service (FSB), a U.S. sanctioned entity, have been recruiting Ukrainian nationals in key positions to gain access to sensitive information.  The FSB leverages these officials in an attempt to create instability in Ukraine.  In close coordination with the Government …

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Fact vs. Fiction: Russian Disinformation on Ukraine

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JANUARY 20, 2022 The Department of State, working with the U.S. interagency, is aware of several Russian military and intelligence entities that are engaged in information confrontation targeting Ukraine.  These activities include the spread of disinformation and propaganda attempting to paint Ukraine and Ukrainian government officials as the aggressor …

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Call with B9 Counterparts

STATEMENTS AND RELEASES JANUARY 20, 2022 National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke today with National Security Advisors, Foreign Ministers, and other officials from the Bucharest Nine (B9) group of our eastern flank NATO Allies. Mr. Sullivan briefed on U.S. diplomatic efforts related to Russia’s destabilizing military buildup along Ukraine’s border, including Secretary Blinken’s upcoming meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov, and …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv as part of our close and continued coordination with Ukraine following the U.S.-Russia Strategic Stability Dialogue in Geneva, the NATO-Russia Council meeting in Brussels, and the OSCE Permanent Council meeting in Vienna.  In light of Russia’s ongoing and unprovoked military build-up in and around Ukraine, Secretary Blinken emphasized again that if Russia chooses the path of further aggression against …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Before Their Meeting

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE KYIV, UKRAINE JANUARY 19, 2022 PRESIDENT ZELENSKYY:  (Via translator)  I would like to first thank you and your colleagues for your visit.  Your visit is very important to us, your visit personally.  This underscores once again the strong support for Ukraine’s independence and …

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Secretary Blinken’s Travel to Ukraine and Germany

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will travel to Kyiv and Berlin from January 18-20, 2022.  The trip follows extensive diplomacy with our European Allies and partners about a united approach to address the threat Russia poses to Ukraine and our joint efforts to encourage it to choose diplomacy and de-escalation in the interests of security and stability. Secretary Blinken …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JANUARY 18, 2022 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. They discussed the January 10 Strategic Stability Dialogue, January 12 NATO-Russia Council, and January 13 OSCE Permanent Council meetings. The Secretary stressed the importance of …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with OSCE Secretary General Schmid

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JANUARY 14, 2022 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary Wendy Sherman spoke today with OSCE Secretary General Helga Schmid to discuss Russia’s continued aggression towards Ukraine and using the OSCE as a platform to deescalate tensions. They welcomed the Polish Chairman-in-Office Zbigniew Rau’s proposal to launch …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Czech Foreign Minister Lipavsky

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JANUARY 13, 2022 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky. Secretary Blinken congratulated Foreign Minister Lipavsky on his new role and expressed his strong commitment to continued close collaboration with the Czech Republic as a valued Ally. The Secretary …

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

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman met today with French MFA Secretary General Francois Delattre, German MFA State Secretary Andreas Michaelis, Italian MFA Political Director Pasquale Ferrara, and UK Minister of State for Middle East, North Africa and North America James Cleverly, who represented their respective …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today by phone with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.  Noting shared concerns regarding Russia’s ongoing and unprovoked military build-up in and around Ukraine, the Secretary and Foreign Minister discussed outcomes and next steps following the U.S.-Russia Strategic Stability Dialogue in …

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Briefing with Deputy Secretary Wendy R. Sherman on the U.S.-Russia Strategic Stability Dialogue

SPECIAL BRIEFING WENDY R. SHERMAN, DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE VIA TELECONFERENCE JANUARY 10, 2022 MR PRICE:  Good morning, for those of you in the United States.  Good afternoon, for those of you in Europe.  Thank you for joining this press call regarding our diplomacy in pursuit of a de-escalation with Russia.  As you know, this is an on-the-record press call with Deputy Secretary …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Participation in an Extraordinary Session of the Strategic Stability Dialogue with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabkov

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JANUARY 10, 2022 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman led a U.S. interagency delegation from the Department of State, Department of Defense, Joint Staff, and National Security Council to Geneva, Switzerland to participate in an extraordinary session of the U.S.-Russia Strategic …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with EU High Representative Borrell

JANUARY 8, 2022 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell.  The Secretary reaffirmed his commitment to strengthening cooperation between the United States and EU and addressing shared challenges.  Secretary Blinken underscored the importance of …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

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A Call to Prevent Genocide

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Targeting Repression and Supporting Democracy

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United States Hosts December 2-8 Lead-Up Events in Advance of Summit for Democracy

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Accountability for the Lukashenka Regime’s Continued Acts of Repression and Disregard for International Norms

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Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Bonnie Jenkins Travel to Europe

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Secretary Blinken’s Travel to Latvia and Sweden

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Designation of Iranian Cyber Actors for Attempting to Influence the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election

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Russia Conducts Destructive Anti-Satellite Missile Test

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U.S.-Ukraine Charter on Strategic Partnership

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

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Observance of International Day of the Girl Child

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

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PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 7, 2021 Today marks 15 years since journalist and human rights defender Anna Politkovskaya was killed in Moscow for her brave work bringing to light human rights abuses in the conflict in Chechnya and giving voice to its victims. We again urge that all of those …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

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Transparency in the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Stockpile

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

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

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

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with Uzbekistan President Mirziyoyev

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met today in Tashkent with Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to discuss further strengthening the bilateral relationship, as well as the way forward in Afghanistan.  The Deputy Secretary thanked President Mirziyoyev for Uzbekistan’s close cooperation with the United States in Afghanistan and …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with Uzbekistan Foreign Minister Kamilov

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

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

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

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

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

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Return Travel on Recently Expired U.S. Passports

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Joint Statement on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Meeting with Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev

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Diversion of Ryanair Flight to Belarus and Arrest of Journalist

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

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Treasury Sanctions Russia with Sweeping New Sanctions Authority

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

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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

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Ukraine

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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

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

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

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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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Honoring Anticorruption Champions

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Presidential Proclamation on National Black History Month, 2021

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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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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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New START Treaty

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

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