Statement by Ambassador Lynne Tracy on the Sentencing of Oleg Orlov

I am alarmed and concerned by today’s outcome. Oleg Orlov has personally fought for the rights of Russians for more than 45 years. In previous times his efforts have been awarded at the highest levels. In today’s Russia he is being locked away for them. The Kremlin’s constricting oppression of its people’s constitutionally guaranteed rights …

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

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

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

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

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Ambassador Tracy’s TV Dozhd Interview

February, 16 SPEAKERS Ambassador Tracy Ekaterina Kotrikadze Ambassador Tracy: Thank you Katya. It’s good to be here with you today. Ekaterina: So, first of all, it’s been a year as I understand as you have started your job in Moscow. How do you feel? How’s it going? Ambassador Tracy: Well Katya, thank you. And let …

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Ambassador Lynne Tracy’s Statement following her meeting with Evan Gershkovich at Lefortovo Prison on February 21, 2024

Today I visited wrongfully detained American journalist Evan Gershkovich where he is being held in Lefortovo Prison. Evan is in good health and remains in good spirits, despite his circumstances. We will continue to provide all appropriate support to Evan and his family. The charges against Evan are baseless, and we call on the Russian …

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Ambassador Lynne Tracy’s Statement following Evan Gershkovich’s court hearing on February 20, 2024

Statement by Lynne Tracy, United States Ambassador to the Russian Federation I have just left the Moscow City Court, where the court has denied the appeal of Evan Gershkovich’s latest extension of detention. Evan is an American journalist whom Russian authorities have wrongfully detained for nearly an entire year. The U.S. position remains unchanged. The …

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Statement on the Passing of Alexey Navalny by Ambassador Lynne Tracy

Statement by Lynne Tracy, United States Ambassador to the Russian Federation The world mourns the news of Alexey Navalny’s passing for what he represented for the Russian people and what his death signals for Russia’s future. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and supporters. On behalf of the people of the United States, …

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Protecting Ukraine’s invaluable heritage

By ShareAmerica In the early hours of July 23, 2023, a Russian missile struck Transfiguration Cathedral, severely damaging the largest church in Odesa, Ukraine. A woman outside the Odesa Transfiguration Cathedral, destroyed in Russian missile attacks July 23, 2023 (© Jae C. Hong/AP) In the days that followed, people of the city came to see …

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U.S. humanitarian aid for Ukraine war tops $2.6 billion

By ShareAmerica The U.S. commitment to Ukraine in the face of Russia’s aggression is broad and enduring. The U.S. government has provided more than  $2.6 billion  (PDF, 753KB) in humanitarian assistance to help people affected by Russia’s 2022 full-scale invasion of Ukraine. This humanitarian assistance — through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department …

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Farmcraft: Teaching agriculture through esports

By ShareAmerica People have farmed for thousands of years, yet every growing season brings new challenges. Farmers choose seeds and decide among various techniques. Plow or adopt no-till methods, trap insects or apply insecticides? The choices farmers make affect their harvests and their farms and help promote food security. Their choices also can affect local …

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Joint Statement Condemning Russia’s War of Aggression Against Ukraine

United States Mission to the United Nations Office of Press and Public Diplomacy For Immediate Release January 22, 2024 Joint Statement Condemning Russia’s War of Aggression Against Ukraine (The following is a joint statement delivered by Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya, Permanent Representative of Ukraine, on behalf of Albania, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, …

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First Trilateral Sanctions against Russian Cyber Actor

PRESS STATEMENT MATTHEW MILLER, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JANUARY 23, 2024 In coordination with Australia and the United Kingdom, the United States is designating a Russian cyber actor involved in the 2022 ransomware attack against an Australian healthcare insurer.  Today’s action, our first trilateral sanctions action using our respective cyber sanctions regimes, strengthens our partnership in the …

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

Ambassador Robert Wood Alternative Representative for Special Political Affairs New York, New York January 22, 2024 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you, Deputy High Representative Ebo, for your briefing. Mr. President, it is unfortunate that the Russian Federation continues to call for repeated meetings on this topic and use this Council as …

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How King’s words brought America closer to its best

By ShareAmerica On August 28, 1963, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a speech that helped propel the passage of the  Civil Rights Act  less than a year later. Some of the words King said that day now seem lost to time — tough words about “the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination” are not …

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Terrorist Designation of the Houthis

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JANUARY 17, 2024 The Department of State today is announcing the designation of Ansarallah, commonly referred to as the Houthis, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist group, effective 30 days from today. Since November, the Houthis have launched unprecedented attacks against international maritime vessels in the Red …

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Special Assistant to the President Nicholas Berliner with Editor-in-Chief of the RTVI USA TV Channel Yevgeny Piskunov

INTERVIEW REVERSE TRANSLATION FROM RUSSIAN PROGRAM AUDIO TRANSCRIPT JANUARY 15, 2024 Q.: I would like to thank you right away for giving us the opportunity to record an interview with you. My first question is about leaks in the American media that Russia is going to freeze the conflict in Ukraine. There was a similar …

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Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia and Central Asia Nicholas Berliner With Yekaterina Kotrikadze of TV Rain (TV Dozhd)

INTERVIEW REVERSE TRANSLATION FROM RUSSIAN PROGRAM AUDIO TRANSCRIPT JANUARY 12, 2024 Q: Good afternoon. Thank you for agreeing to answer our questions. First of all, I want to ask you about the war in Ukraine, because this is an extremely important issue and a lot depends on it. Chuck Schumer recently said that if the …

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Tetris meets its match in Oklahoma teen

By ShareAmerica The video stream shows a grainy old video game screen with the score oddly stuck at 999,999. On the video’s split screen, 13-year-old Willis Gibson, who recorded himself playing Nintendo’s 1989 version of Tetris, exclaims “Oh my God! Oh my God!” while rocking in his chair in disbelief. “I can’t feel my fingers!” …

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U.S. Embassy Moscow Statement On U.S. Government Exchange Programs

We wholly reject the Russian government’s false accusations about the goal of U.S. cultural and educational exchange programs. For more than 70 years, the Department of State has offered opportunities for Russians citizens – as we do for citizens around the world – to visit, study, and learn about our country. In fact, before Russia’s …

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Joint Statement on DPRK-Russia Ballistic Missile Transfers

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JANUARY 9, 2024 The following is a statement from the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, …

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Statement from President Joe Biden on Orthodox Christmas

WHITE HOUSE JANUARY 07, 2024 Jill and I wish Orthodox Christians in the United States and around the world a blessed Christmas. During this sacred season, we remember the miracle of Jesus Christ’s birth and the transformational love He brought to our world. This year, we are keeping the many Orthodox Christian communities in war-torn regions of our globe close to our hearts. Every human being is created …

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America’s dictionaries add words reflecting modern life

By ShareAmerica Experts judge a healthy language by its marks of ingenuity. Does it create new words, borrow from other languages, or assign new meaning to existing terms? On those counts, American English “is very (very!) healthy,” researchers at the Merriam-Webster Dictionary say. In 2023, Merriam-Webster and  Dictionary.com,  which is based on Random House Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary, added hundreds of words …

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Religious Freedom Designations

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

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Statement from President Joe Biden on Russia’s Aerial Assault on Ukraine

DECEMBER 29, 2023 Overnight, Russia launched its largest aerial assault on Ukraine since this war began. This massive bombardment used drones and missiles, including missiles with hypersonic capability, to strike cities and civilian infrastructure all across Ukraine. Strikes reportedly hit a maternity hospital, a shopping mall, and residential areas—killing innocent people and injuring dozens more. …

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Marking Five Years Since Paul Whelan’s Wrongful Detention

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE DECEMBER 27, 2023 December 28 marks five years since Russian authorities wrongfully detained U.S. citizen Paul Whelan. After a secret trial behind closed doors, Paul has spent years laboring in a Russian penal colony. In the past year alone, he has faced assault from other prisoners and …

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White House decorations evoke holiday ‘magic, wonder and joy’

By ShareAmerica The White House is lit up for the holidays, with decorations sure to delight the 100,000 people expected to visit during the winter festivities. The sparkling touches include 300 candles, 4,564 meters of ribbon, 22,100 bells, 33,892 ornaments, and 142,425 holiday lights. Ninety-eight Christmas trees are on view in the mansion or its …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken at a Press Availability

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

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Taking Additional Sweeping Measures Against Russia

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE DECEMBER 12, 2023 The United States is imposing sanctions today on over 250 individuals and entities in connection with Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.  The Department of State is imposing sanctions on over 100 entities and individuals, including those engaged in sanctions evasion, furthering Russia’s ability to …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Ukraine

Ambassador Robert Wood Alternative Representative for Special Political Affairs New York, New York December 6, 2023 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you, Assistant-Secretary-General Jenca and Director for Coordination Rajasingham for your briefings today. Colleagues, since last February, Russia’s illegal war of aggression against Ukraine has resulted in the deaths of nearly 10,000 …

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G7 Leaders’ Statement

WHITE HOUSE DECEMBER 06, 2023 We, the Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7), met virtually on December 6, 2023, to address global challenges and shape a course for a better future. We reaffirm our commitment made at the G7 Summit in Hiroshima, which is a city that suffered an atomic bombing and now has …

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A Proclamation on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2023

December 06, 2023 White House On this day 82 years ago, 2,403 service members and civilians were killed in a painful and unprovoked attack on our Armed Forces.  On National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we remember these women and men, who gave their last full measure of devotion to our Nation.  We honor the brave service …

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Targeting Procurement Network for Russia’s Military Sector

PRESS STATEMENT MATTHEW MILLER, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON DECEMBER 5, 2023 The Department of the Treasury today sanctioned a network of nine entities and five individuals supporting the Russian military and related materiel sector.  This network has procured electronics with military applications for Russia.  Concurrently, the Department of Commerce added six of these targets to the Bureau …

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International exchanges shape leaders of communities and countries

By ShareAmerica The United States celebrates its tradition of promoting understanding between Americans and citizens of other countries through people-to-people exchanges. In 1940, the U.S. Department of State launched its first international exchange by inviting 130 Latin American journalists to visit U.S. newsrooms. That first exchange led to the establishment, in 1946, of the Fulbright Program, …

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On the Passing of Henry A. Kissinger

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE NOVEMBER 30, 2023 Henry Kissinger once wrote that, “however different the great statesmen of history, they had a common sense of the past and a vision for the future.” Henry was not only a student of history and strategy. Over the course of an extraordinary 100 years, …

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on the Situation in Israel and Gaza

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 28, 2023 The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, 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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AWE alumna constructs her dream business in Costa Rica

By ShareAmerica For Hazel Naranjo, running her own construction and home accessories business has meant learning to navigate in a man’s world. Yet through the U.S. State Department’s Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) in Costa Rica, Naranjo met numerous other women who run their own businesses and learned skills that would help her overcome the …

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Joe Biden: The U.S. won’t back down from the challenge of Putin and Hamas

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Preserving a Native American tribe’s language and culture

By ShareAmerica The United States brings together many identities, languages and religions. This diversity is a core part of Americans’ identities, and many people have dedicated their lives to preserving their own cultures. Quirina Geary  is Native American. Even though she never expected her life’s work to be the preservation of Mutsun, the language of her ancestors, …

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AWE alumna makes waves in sustainable technology

By ShareAmerica Alexia Massa-Gallucci fell in love with the ocean during childhood summer vacations on the island of Ischia, off the coast of Naples, Italy, where she was born. She later turned her passion into a career as a marine biology professor and researcher. Through her work, Massa-Gallucci, who now lives in the island nation …

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A Proclamation on World Freedom Day, 2023

WHITE HOUSE November 8, 2023 On World Freedom Day, we remember that the hammer blow that brought down the Berlin Wall and the might that lifted the Iron Curtain were not sparked by the words of any single leader — it was the people of Europe who spent decades fighting to free themselves and defend democracy.  Together, …

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Celebrating champions of equity and justice

By ShareAmerica Structural racism weakens societies. When communities lack opportunity, countries fail to reach their economic potential. When people lack access to vaccines, disease spreads. And when individuals don’t see themselves reflected in government, faith in democracy suffers. “Racism, discrimination — these are not only morally wrong; they make our world less safe, less stable, …

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Nov 2 – International Day to End impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

Today, on the International Day to End impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, the United States strongly condemns threats, harassment, and violence targeting journalists and media workers in Russia and around the world.  We stand in solidarity with courageous journalists – both Russian and foreign – who continue their work to ensure the free flow of information …

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Ambassador Tracy interview with RFE/RL Grani Vremeni

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

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U.S. secretary of state’s favorite songs for ‘on the road’ or ‘at home’

By ShareAmerica As America’s top diplomat, Secretary of State Antony Blinken travels the globe, carrying out U.S. foreign policy and meeting with world leaders. As a lifelong music lover, he also practices cultural diplomacy, learning about talented artists in the places he visits. Blinken is an enthusiastic amateur guitarist (of modest ability, he says) who …

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

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

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Statement from President Joe Biden on the Hospital Explosion in Gaza

WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING ROOM STATEMENTS AND RELEASES OCTOBER 17, 2023 I am outraged and deeply saddened by the explosion at the Al Ahli Arab hospital in Gaza, and the terrible loss of life that resulted. Immediately upon hearing this news, I spoke with King Abdullah II of Jordan, and Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel and …

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Remarks by President Biden on the Terrorist Attacks in Israel

OCTOBER 10, 2023 WHITE HOUSE State Dining Room 2:24 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon. You know, there are moments in this life — and I mean this literally — when the pure, unadulterated evil is unleashed on this world. The people of Israel lived through one such moment this weekend. The bloody hands of …

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Remarks by President Biden on the Terrorist Attacks In Israel

OCTOBER 07, 2023 WHITE HOUSE State Dining Room 2:48 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon. Today, the people of Israel are under attack, orchestrated by a terrorist organization, Hamas. In this moment of tragedy, I want to say to them and to the world and to terrorists everywhere that the United States stands with Israel. …

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Israel Under Attack

PRESS STATEMENT THE SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 7, 2023 The United States unequivocally condemns the appalling attacks by Hamas terrorists against Israel, including civilians and civilian communities. There is never any justification for terrorism. We stand in solidarity with the government and people of Israel, and extend our condolences for the Israeli lives lost in …

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Music diplomacy: Helping to ‘see each other’s humanity’

By ShareAmerica For decades, U.S. musicians have traveled the world offering beats and solos in a cultural exchange aimed at promoting better understanding between countries. This tradition of  music diplomacy  dates to the mid-1950s, when the U.S. Department of State invited jazz greats such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Sarah Vaughan to play in …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken With The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg at The Atlantic Festival

INTERVIEW ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, D.C. SEPTEMBER 28, 2023 MR GOLDBERG:  Thank you, and good morning.  And again, on behalf of everyone at The Atlantic, thank you so much for coming today and tomorrow, I hope.  We have an amazing program.  We’re kicking it off with the Secretary of State.  I’ve told him …

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Remarks by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Stakeout with Evan Gershkovich’s Family to Discuss Wrongful Detentions in Russia

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York September 13, 2023 AS DELIVERED Good morning, everyone. I am pleased to be joined today by the family of Evan Gershkovich, an American journalist who has been wrongfully detained in Russia for more than 160 days. Ella, Mikhail, Danielle – thank you …

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Call for End of Hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh

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

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U.S. Ambassador Tracy’s Statement on Wrongfully Detained U.S. Citizen Evan Gershkovich Outside Moscow City Court

Press Release September 19, 2023 We’re here today at the Moscow City Court, where the court has not yet rendered a decision on the third appeal on Evan Gershkovich’s conditions of detention. Evan is an American journalist whom Russian authorities have wrongfully detained in Russia for nearly six months. The US position remains unwavering. The …

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

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

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Comment from U.S. Embassy Moscow in response to the Expulsion of two U.S. Diplomats

The Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed Ambassador Tracy on September 14 of the decision to declare two U.S. diplomats “persona non grata.” We completely reject the basis for this unprovoked expulsion of our diplomatic personnel. The two expelled individuals are accredited diplomats whose work was entirely consistent with their diplomatic status. We have previously …

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

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

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Russia’s Sham Elections in Ukraine’s Sovereign Territory

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

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Designating Members of the Russia-Based Trickbot Cybercrime Network

PRESS STATEMENT MATTHEW MILLER, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 7, 2023 The United States, in coordination with the United Kingdom, is taking action today against the Trickbot group, a Russia-based cybercrime network that has targeted the U.S. Government and U.S. companies, including hospitals. The Department of the Treasury sanctioned 11 key actors in the network’s operation. Concurrently, …

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Press Statement from U.S. Embassy Moscow Vladimir Kara-Murza’s Second Birthday in Detention

Press Statement from U.S. Embassy Moscow Vladimir Kara-Murza’s Second Birthday in Detention September 7, 2023 September 7 is a difficult milestone for Russian pro-democracy activist Vladimir Kara-Murza.  Today, he turns 42 years old, marking his second birthday in detention, while he undergoes a perilous transfer to a penal colony after the denial of his appeal …

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International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 30, 2023 On this International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, we stand in solidarity with those who have been subjected to the anguish of separation from their families and friends. We also extend our support to the family members, legal representatives, and human rights …

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Joint Statement Delivered by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Russia’s Continued Pursuit of Weapons from the DPRK

United States Mission to the United Nations Office of Press and Public Diplomacy For Immediate Release August 30, 2023 Joint Statement Delivered by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Russia’s Continued Pursuit of Weapons from the DPRK   (The following is a joint statement delivered by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Representative of the United States to the United Nations, …

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Video of Former Embassy Moscow Service Provider and FSB Summons of U.S. Diplomats

PRESS STATEMENT MATTHEW MILLER, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 28, 2023 We have seen the video shown on Russia’s state media depicting the alleged confession of Russian citizen, Mr. Robert Shonov, as well as images of apparent Federal Security Service (FSB) summons for two diplomats working at U.S. Embassy Moscow in connection to the case. The allegations …

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Imposing Sanctions on Individuals and Entities to Promote Accountability for Forced Transfer and Deportation of Ukrainian Children

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 24, 2023 Today, on Ukrainian Independence Day, the Department of State is imposing sanctions and pursuing visa restrictions to promote accountability for individuals and entities connected to forcible transfer and deportation of Ukraine’s children.  Some targets are being designated pursuant to  Executive Order (E.O.) 14024  , which authorizes sanctions with respect to …

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Tenth Anniversary of the Ghouta, Syria Chemical Weapons Attack

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 21, 2023 Ten years ago the Assad regime launched rockets carrying the deadly nerve agent sarin into the Ghouta district of Damascus, killing more than 1,400 people. The United States remembers and honors the victims and survivors of the Ghouta attack and of the other chemical …

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

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

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Designating Individuals Involved in the Poisoning of Aleksey Navalny

PRESS STATEMENT MATTHEW MILLER, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 17, 2023 Today, the United States is designating four Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) operatives, Alexey Alexandrovich Alexandrov, Konstantin Kudryavtsev, Ivan Vladimirovich Osipov, and Vladimir Alexandrovich Panyaev, pursuant to the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 for their involvement in the poisoning of Russian opposition …

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Biden is committed to NASA’s Artemis program for the moon and beyond

By ShareAmerica President Biden is committed to NASA’s multilateral mission to return to the moon and send astronauts to Mars. “Through the Artemis program, the United States is building the broadest and most diverse international human space exploration coalition in history,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in November 2022. The Artemis program aims to …

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Sanctioning Entities Connected to Russia-DPRK Arms Dealer

PRESS STATEMENT MATTHEW MILLER, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 16, 2023 Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on three entities connected to a U.S.-sanctioned arms dealer who has attempted to facilitate arms deals between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the Russian Federation for Russia’s use in its brutal war against Ukraine. Earlier this …

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United States Sanctions Russian Financial Elites and a Russian Business Association

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 11, 2023 Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on four prominent members of Russia’s financial elite who have served on the supervisory board of the Alfa Group Consortium, one of the largest financial and investment conglomerates in Russia. We are also imposing sanctions on the …

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How the U.S. and its partners support mental health

By ShareAmerica Nearly 1 billion people worldwide suffer from some form of mental health disorder, according to the  World Health Organization . Rates of depression and anxiety shot up 25% during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. government works at home and abroad to advance the response to mental health challenges around the world. Mental …

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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 9, 2023 This week, we celebrate the United Nations International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. With over 5,000 cultures and an estimated 7,000 languages, Indigenous communities bring unique perspectives, a rich diversity, and generations of knowledge to addressing so many of the challenges facing our …

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

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

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Marking Fifteen Years Since Russia’s Invasion and Occupation of Georgia

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 7, 2023 Fifteen years ago, Russia invaded the sovereign nation of Georgia and occupied 20 percent of its territory. The United States remains steadfast in our support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. The lives of the conflict-affected populations have forever …

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20 years of partnering to stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction

By ShareAmerica Weapons of mass destruction (WMD) technology can spread in many ways. Components of WMD, their delivery systems or related materials may be hidden in cargo and transported by land, air or sea. They can be sold for cash, cryptocurrency, or through wire transfer. Or someone can pass along specialized knowledge or expertise. The  Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI)

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The Release of Brittney Griner from Russia

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Energy Security Support to Ukraine

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement

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Targeting Russian Corruption in the Guatemalan Mining Sector

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Accountability for War Crimes and Other Atrocities in Ukraine: Recent Reporting on Unjust Detentions and Disappearances in Kherson Oblast

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Statement by National Security Council Spokesperson Adrienne Watson

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Targeting Russia’s Global Military Procurement Network and Kremlin-Linked Networks

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Joint Statement on Global Food Security

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Russia’s Continued Wrongful Detention of Brittney Griner

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Explanation of Vote Delivered by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield on a UN Security Council Resolution Proposed by Russia on Alleged Bioweapons in Ukraine

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The International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists 

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Suspension of the Black Sea Grain Initiative

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International Religious Freedom Day

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 27, 2022 PRESS STATEMENT The United States joins the international community in marking the 24th occasion of International Religious Freedom Day. Freedom of religion or belief is a founding principle of our nation, enshrined in our Constitution. Americans cherish the right to worship, or not worship, as they …

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

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Statement of U.S. Embassy Moscow CDA Elizabeth Rood Following U.S. Citizen Brittney Griner’s Hearing

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

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Joint Statement on Ukraine

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On Russia’s Acquisition of UAVs from Iran

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON OCTOBER 19, 2022 PRESS STATEMENT Today, the United States joined the United Kingdom and France in raising the issue of Iran’s transfer of UAVs to Russia at a meeting of the UN Security Council, where Council members received expert briefings from the UN Secretariat on reports of the transfer of these …

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Remarks by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield at the Emergency Special Session of the UNGA on the Russian invasion of Ukraine

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Statement of President Joe Biden on the UNGA Vote Condemning Russia’s Illegal Attempts to Annex Ukrainian Territory

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The Trial of Félicien Kabuga for Genocide in Rwanda

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 29, 2022 PRESS STATEMENT The United States welcomes the opening statements in the trial of Félicien Kabuga at the Hague branch of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT), the successor mechanism to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Indicted for genocide and crimes against humanity, Kabuga is …

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

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Joint Statement on Nature Crime

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 22, 2022 MEDIA NOTE Yesterday in New York, Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment Espen Barth Eide and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Monica Medina co-hosted the Nature Crime Roundtable with ministers and senior officials from 11 countries, who gathered to address …

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on the Illegal Annexation of Sovereign Ukrainian Territory

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Imposing Swift and Severe Costs in Response to Russia’s Violations of Ukraine’s Sovereignty

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 30, 2022 The United States unequivocally rejects Russia’s fraudulent attempt to change Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders, including by holding sham “referenda” in Ukraine’s Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhya regions. This is a clear violation of international law and the United Nations Charter. In response, the United …

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

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

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with Swedish Foreign Minister Linde

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Statement from President Biden on Russia’s Attempts to Annex Ukrainian Territory

SEPTEMBER 30, 2022 The United States condemns Russia’s fraudulent attempt today to annex sovereign Ukrainian territory. Russia is violating international law, trampling on the United Nations Charter, and showing its contempt for peaceful nations everywhere. Make no mistake: these actions have no legitimacy. The United States will always honor Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders. We will …

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Russia’s Sham Referenda in Ukraine

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

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

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

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Security Alert for U.S. Citizens in Russia

Security Alert for U.S. Citizens in Russia  U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia (September 27, 2022)   Event:  On September 21, the Russian government began a mobilization of its citizens to the armed forces in support of its invasion of Ukraine.  Russia may refuse to acknowledge dual nationals’ U.S. citizenship, deny their access to U.S. consular assistance, prevent …

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

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

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Welcoming the Release of Political Prisoners in Belarus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Moscow Mechanism Report on Russia’s Failure to Fulfill its Human Dimension Commitments

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON PRESS STATEMENT SEPTEMBER 22, 2022 The United States and 37 other countries invoked the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Moscow Mechanism on July 28 to examine the Russia’s adherence to its OSCE Human Dimension commitments on human rights and fundamental freedoms. In the report released today in Vienna , the expert mission found that a …

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

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

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The Kremlin’s Troop Mobilization

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

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Welcoming Prisoner Exchanges in Ukraine

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

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Documenting Russia’s Destructive Impact on Food Storage in Ukraine

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 15, 2022 President Putin’s unjustified war against Ukraine puts millions around the globe at risk of increasing food insecurity. The Kremlin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, one of the world’s largest exporters of food, has led to the damage or outright destruction of many of Ukraine’s arterial roads, railways, …

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

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

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Statement of President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden on the Death of Queen Elizabeth II

SEPTEMBER 08, 2022 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was more than a monarch. She defined an era. In a world of constant change, she was a steadying presence and a source of comfort and pride for generations of Britons, including many who have never known their country without her. An enduring admiration for Queen Elizabeth …

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Russian Authorities’ Ongoing Harassment of Aleksey Navalny

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

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

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

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Statement on the Passing of President Mikhail Gorbachev

08/31/2022 12:21 PM EDT Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State We join people around the world in mourning the passing of Mikhail Gorbachev. Perhaps no word is more closely associated with Mr. Gorbachev than glasnost, or openness. That’s fitting for a man whose openness changed the course of human history. Mr. Gorbachev was open to …

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Statement of President Biden On the Passing of President Mikhail Gorbachev

AUGUST 30, 2022 STATEMENTS AND RELEASES Mikhail Gorbachev was a man of remarkable vision. When he came to power, the Cold War had gone on for nearly 40 years and communism for even longer, with devastating consequences. Few high-level Soviet officials had the courage to admit that things needed to change. As a member of …

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Accountability for War Crimes and Other Atrocities in Ukraine: Recent Reporting and the Commitment of Additional Funding

08/25/2022 02:09 PM EDT Office of the Spokesperson The U.S. Department of State-supported Conflict Observatory program released a report today that includes evidence of Russia-perpetrated filtration operations in, and forced deportations from, Ukraine. The unlawful transfer and deportation of protected persons is a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention on the protection of civilians …

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The Kremlin’s Illegitimate Tribunals in Mariupol

08/24/2022 05:30 PM EDT Ned Price, Department Spokesperson By planning to hold so-called “tribunals” in Russia-controlled Mariupol against Ukraine’s brave defenders, the Kremlin is attempting to deflect responsibility for President Putin’s war of aggression and distract from overwhelming evidence of the atrocities Russian forces have committed in Ukraine.The planned show trials are illegitimate and a …

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Незаконные трибуналы Кремля в Мариуполе

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Second Anniversary of the Poisoning of Aleksey Navalny

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement in Support of the IAEA’s Efforts to Promote Nuclear Safety and Security at the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant

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

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

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Latest Invocation of the OSCE Moscow Mechanism

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

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

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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

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

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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

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Promoting Accountability for War Crimes and Other Atrocities in Ukraine

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

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G7 Leaders’ Statement

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

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Release of U.S. Citizen Trevor Reed from Russia

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

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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

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

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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

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

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

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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

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with EU High Representative Josep Borrell

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

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

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Statement from Press Secretary Jen Psaki

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Remarks by Vice President Harris at the Munich Security Conference

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Kremlin Decision on Eastern Ukraine

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

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Readout of President Biden’s Call with Transatlantic Leaders

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

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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

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

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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

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

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Readout of President Biden’s Video Call with Transatlantic Leaders

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with French Foreign Minister Le Drian

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

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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

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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

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.  Secretary Blinken reaffirmed the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s ongoing aggression.  He discussed potential U.S. and Allied responses to Russia’s military buildup …

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Orthodox Christmas Statement

JANUARY 07, 2022 STATEMENTS AND RELEASES Jill and I wish a joyful Christmas to Orthodox Christians in the United States and around the world who are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ and the hope and blessings of this sacred season. Like so many others over the past year, Orthodox Christians have demonstrated great character …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with OSCE Secretary General Schmid

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JANUARY 7, 2022 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary Wendy Sherman spoke today with OSCE Secretary General Helga Schmid to discuss their shared concern about Russia’s military build-up along Ukraine’s borders and reaffirm our commitment to Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.  They agreed that the …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Kazakhstani Foreign Minister Tileuberdi

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JANUARY 6, 2022 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Kazakhstani Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tileuberdi regarding the ongoing state of emergency in Kazakhstan. The Secretary reiterated the United States’ full support for Kazakhstan’s constitutional institutions and media freedom and advocated …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with NATO Deputy Secretary General Geoana

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JANUARY 6, 2022 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary Wendy Sherman spoke today with NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana to discuss their shared concern about Russia’s military build-up on the borders of Ukraine. They discussed the January 12 NATO-Russia Council meeting. The Alliance remains ready …

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

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JANUARY 6, 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 Political Director Tjorven Bellmann, Italian MFA Secretary General Ettore Sequi, and UK Minister of State for Middle East, North Africa and North …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Trip to Switzerland and Belgium

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JANUARY 6, 2022 Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman will travel to Switzerland and Belgium from January 8 to January 13. The trip follows extensive diplomacy with our European Allies and partners in developing a united approach to Russia’s unprovoked military build-up along Ukraine’s borders and our joint …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with Greek Foreign Minister Dendias

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman spoke today with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias.  Deputy Secretary Sherman and Foreign Minister Dendias stressed the importance of promoting solidarity and stability in Europe, including support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.  The Deputy Secretary and Foreign Minister also underscored …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with Greek Foreign Minister Dendias

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman spoke today with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias.  Deputy Secretary Sherman and Foreign Minister Dendias stressed the importance of promoting solidarity and stability in Europe, including support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.  The Deputy Secretary and Foreign Minister also underscored …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with the Bucharest Nine

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with the Bucharest Nine (B9) group of eastern flank NATO Allies.  The Secretary and Foreign Ministers discussed Russia’s destabilizing military buildup along Ukraine’s border; the need for a united, ready, and resolute NATO stance for the collective defense of …

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Joint Statement of the Leaders of the Five Nuclear-Weapon States on Preventing Nuclear War and Avoiding Arms Races

The People’s Republic of China, the French Republic, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America consider the avoidance of war between Nuclear-Weapon States and the reduction of strategic risks as our foremost responsibilities. We affirm that a nuclear war cannot be won and must …

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Joint Statement on Russian Court Decisions to Liquidate Memorial

We deplore the decisions by two Russian courts to forcibly close International Memorial and the Memorial Human Rights Center. For more than three decades, Memorial has fulfilled a unique role in documenting historical crimes and recovering for posterity the memory of the tens of millions of victims of political repression in the country. Memorial has …

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Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on President Biden’s Call with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine

JANUARY 02, 2022 STATEMENTS AND RELEASES   President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine. President Biden made clear that the United States and its allies and partners will respond decisively if Russia further invades Ukraine. The leaders expressed support for diplomatic efforts, starting next week with the bilateral Strategic Stability Dialogue, …

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Background Press Call by a Senior Administration Official on President Biden’s Call with President Putin of the Russian Federation

DECEMBER 30, 2021 PRESS BRIEFINGS Via Teleconference 5:41 P.M. EST MODERATOR:  Thank you.  Good evening, everyone.  And thanks for joining us.  A reminder that this call will be on background, attributed to a “senior administration official,” and the contents are going to be embargoed until the conclusion of the call. We will have an official readout …

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Background Press Call by a Senior Administration Official on President Biden’s Upcoming Call with President Putin of the Russian Federation

Via Teleconference 12:41 P.M. EST MODERATOR:  Thank you.  And good afternoon, everyone.  Thank you for joining us today for the National Security Council background call previewing President Biden’s call with President Putin. As a reminder of the ground rules, this call will be on background, attributable to a “senior administration official,” with the contents of the …

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on President Biden’s Upcoming Phone Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will hold a phone call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia on Thursday, December 30, 2021 to discuss a range of topics, including upcoming diplomatic engagements with Russia. The Biden Administration continues to engage in extensive diplomacy with our European Allies and partners, consulting and coordinating on a common approach …

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Third Anniversary of Paul Whelan’s Detention in Russia

Three years ago today, Paul Whelan was detained by Russian authorities.  He traveled to Russia as a tourist and was imprisoned and sentenced on false charges.  Secretary Blinken has been very clear about the need for Russia to release U.S. citizens Paul Whelan and Trevor Reed unconditionally and immediately so they can be home with their families.  Their release remains a vital priority for the United States.

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on NSA Jake Sullivan’s Call with Russian Presidential Foreign Policy Advisor Yuriy Ushakov

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke by phone today with Russian Presidential Foreign Policy Advisor Yuriy Ushakov to follow up on the December 7 call between President Biden and President Putin.  Mr. Sullivan reiterated our strong concerns about the Russian military build-up on the border with Ukraine and emphasized that the United States will continue …

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

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 the latest U.S. engagements with Russian officials and consulted his counterparts on issues of importance to Transatlantic security.  Mr. Sullivan and his counterparts all …

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Call with Yuriy Ushakov, Foreign Policy Advisor to the Presiden

Today, Jake Sullivan spoke with Yuriy Ushakov, Foreign Policy Advisor to President Vladimir Putin of Russia. He indicated U.S. readiness to engage in diplomacy through multiple channels, including bilateral engagement, the NATO-Russia Council, and the OSCE. He made clear that any dialogue must be based on reciprocity and address our concerns about Russia’s actions, and …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Lithuanian Prime Minister Simonyte

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte.  Secretary Blinken and Prime Minister Simonyte reaffirmed the importance of our robust defense and economic relations for the security and prosperity of the Transatlantic region and the world.  The Secretary underscored ironclad U.S. …

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Telephonic Press Briefing with Dr. Karen Donfried, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs

Moderator:  Good afternoon from the U.S. State Department’s Brussels Media Hub.  I’d like to welcome all participants to today’s telephonic press briefing.  Today we are very honored to be joined by Dr. Karen Donfried, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.  We will begin today’s call with opening remarks by …

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Assistant Secretary Donfried’s Visit to Russia

Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Dr. Karen Donfried traveled to Moscow for meetings on December 15 with Deputy Chief of Staff of the Office of the Presidential Administration Dmitry Kozak and Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov. During these meetings, Dr. Donfried discussed U.S. concerns regarding Russia’s military buildup near Ukraine …

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Assistant Secretary Donfried’s Trip to Ukraine, Russia, and Belgium

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON DECEMBER 11, 2021 Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Dr. Karen Donfried will travel to Kyiv, Ukraine and Moscow, Russia December 13-15 to meet with senior government officials to discuss Russia’s military buildup and to reinforce the United States’ commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity. Assistant Secretary …

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A Call to Prevent Genocide

December 9 marks the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of Victims of the Crime of Genocide and the Prevention of this Crime, offering a moment to reflect upon the great evil that exists in our world and to recommit ourselves to do everything in our power to stop it.  People of goodwill everywhere have a duty to remember, to grieve, to speak out, to reaffirm the dignity of victims of genocide and other atrocity crimes, and …

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

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine.  President Biden voiced the deep concerns of the United States and our European Allies about Russia’s aggressive actions towards Ukraine and made clear that the U.S. and our Allies would respond with strong economic and other measures in the event of a …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken Opening Remarks at the Virtual Summit for Democracy Leaders’ Plenary Session

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, D.C. DECEMBER 9, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Mr. President, thank you so much for kicking off the Summit for Democracy and pushing us to consider how we can strengthen our democracies to meet the challenges before us in this new century. As the President mentioned, we’ve been very much looking forward to today’s discussion, …

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Fact Sheet: U.S. Strategy on Countering Corruption

“Corruption threatens United States national security, economic equity, global anti-poverty and development efforts, and democracy itself.  But by effectively preventing and countering corruption and demonstrating the advantages of transparent and accountable governance, we can secure a critical advantage for the United States and other democracies.” President Joe Biden June 3, 2021 Corruption is a cancer …

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Readout of President Joe Biden’s Call with President Macron of France, Chancellor Merkel of Germany, Prime Minister Draghi of Italy, Prime Minister Jo

President Biden briefed leaders on his call with President Putin, in which he discussed the serious consequences of Russian military action in Ukraine and the need to de-escalate and return to diplomacy. The leaders underscored their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as the need for Russia to reduce tensions and engage …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with President of the European Council Michel

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON DECEMBER 8, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with President of the European Council Charles Michel today.  Secretary Blinken and President Michel reaffirmed U.S. and European Union support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity.  They shared concerns about Russia’s military build-up around Ukraine …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with UK Minister for Europe and the Americas Morton

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON DECEMBER 7, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Today, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman met with UK Minister for Europe and the Americas Wendy Morton.  Deputy Secretary Sherman and Minister Morton emphasized the importance of a coordinated response to Russian aggression on the Ukrainian border and lauded the recent …

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Targeting Repression and Supporting Democracy

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE DECEMBER 7, 2021 Consistent with the goals of this week’s Summit for Democracy, the United States is committed to using its full range of tools to counter serious human rights abuse and repressive acts across the world.  That is why today we designated multiple actors across three countries in connection with serious human …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON DECEMBER 6, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy by phone from Washington, D.C.  Secretary Blinken reiterated the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity in the face of Russian aggression, ahead of President Biden’s discussion …

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Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on President Biden’s Upcoming Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia

STATEMENTS AND RELEASES DECEMBER 04, 2021 President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will hold a secure video call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia on Tuesday, December 7, 2021. The leaders will discuss a range of topics in the U.S.-Russia relationship, including strategic stability, cyber, and regional issues. President Biden will underscore U.S. concerns with Russian military activities on …

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The U.S. Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE): Advancing Security, Prosperity, and Human Rights

“We strongly support the OSCE Chair’s efforts to make progress on the region’s peace and security.  Sweden can count on the U.S. as a partner to advance OSCE principles.” -Secretary Blinken January 29, 2021 The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is the world’s largest and most comprehensive regional security organization with 57 …

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

President Biden pledged to host a Summit for Democracy to reinforce our commitment to placing democracy and human rights at the center of U.S. foreign policy.  It reflects President Biden’s deeply held belief that to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges, democracies must come together, learn together, stand together, and act together.  The December 9-10 virtual Summit will bring together 110 …

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

In coordination with international allies and partners, today we are taking additional measures to raise the cost on Alyaksandr Lukashenka and his regime for their ongoing attacks on democracy, human rights, and international norms, and for their brutal repression of Belarusians both inside and outside the country. These steps represent our third coordinated action with …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on the margins of the NATO Foreign Ministerial in Riga, Latvia. Secretary Blinken reiterated the United States’ solemn and steadfast commitment to NATO and to Article 5.  The Secretary and Secretary General also discussed the importance of continued consultation and Alliance unity on issues including support for Ukraine against Russian aggression, the drafting of NATO’s new Strategic Concept, and arms control …

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U.S. Delegation Meeting with Taliban Representatives

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 30, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: On November 29 and 30, Special Representative for Afghanistan Thomas West led a senior interagency delegation including representatives from the Department of State, Department of the Treasury, USAID, and the intelligence community in discussions on enduring national interests with senior Taliban representatives and …

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

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 30, 2021 Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Bonnie D. Jenkins will travel to Europe on December 1-8. Under Secretary Jenkins will attend the P5 Principals Conference Meeting in Paris, France, on December 1-3 to discuss key nonproliferation and disarmament issues in advance of the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference. She …

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