Statement by Secretary Pompeo on the Downed Russian Aircraft

U.S. Department Of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Secretary Pompeo September 18, 2018 The United States expresses sorrow for the death of the aircrew members of the Russian plane that was downed by Syrian regime anti-aircraft fire. Yesterday’s unfortunate incident reminds us of the need to find permanent, peaceful, and ...
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President Donald J. Trump Is Working to Protect Our Nation’s Elections from Foreign Interference

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release September 12, 2018 “We’re going to take strong action to secure our election systems and the process.” – President Donald J. Trump PROTECTING OUR ELECTIONS: President Donald J. Trump is issuing an Executive Order that will work to respond to and deter foreign attempts ...
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Statement by Secretary Pompeo – On the Anniversary of the 9/11 Terror Attacks

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Secretary Pompeo September 10, 2018 Tomorrow we honor the nearly 3,000 people who were killed in the terrorist attacks 17 years ago on September 11. Tomorrow also marks six years since the tragic loss in Libya of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Glen ...
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Joint Statement on the Salisbury Attack

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 6, 2018 We, the leaders of France, Germany, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, reiterate our outrage at the use of a chemical nerve agent, known as Novichok, in Salisbury on 4 March. We welcome the progress made in the investigation into the poisoning ...
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Ambassador Haley to Chair UN Security Council Meeting on Idlib, Syria

September 5, 2018  For Immediate Release On Friday, September 7, the United States will chair a meeting of the UN Security Council on the deteriorating humanitarian and security situation in Idlib, Syria. The session comes as the Assad regime and its backers threaten coordinated military attacks against the city and its civilian residents. “The Trump ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 23, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov about Ukrainian political prisoner Oleh Sentsov, who has been on a hunger strike for more than three months in a Russian prison. The Secretary noted ...
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Russia’s Continued Unlawful Imprisonment of Ukrainian Filmmaker Oleh Sentsov

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC August 21, 2018   Today marks the 100th day of the hunger strike of Oleh Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker who is arbitrarily detained in a remote Russian prison. The United States is deeply concerned about his deteriorating health, and we renew our demand that Russia immediately release ...
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Remarks – Wess Mitchell Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Washington, DC August 21, 2018   As delivered Chairman Corker, Ranking Member Menendez, thank you for inviting me to testify today. If you’ll indulge me, I want to start with a piece of welcome news, it’s unrelated to this morning’s testimony. Yesterday, August 20th, the U.S. government removed to Germany, Jakiw ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 10, 2018   The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Secretary Pompeo reiterated that the United States seeks an improved relationship with Russia and agreed to future dialogue. The Secretary discussed with Minister Lavrov ...
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Imposition of Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act Sanctions on Russia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 30, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Secretary Pompeo and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke by phone today, their first conversation since the Secretary’s swearing in and the Foreign Minister’s reappointment. The two discussed issues and concerns related to the bilateral relationship, Ukraine, ...
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Statement by Heather Nauert – The Shoot Down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

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

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

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

THE PRESIDENT: My fellow Americans: Today, I want to update the world on our efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. The Iranian regime is the leading state sponsor of terror. It exports dangerous missiles, fuels conflicts across the Middle East, and supports terrorist proxies and militias such as Hezbollah, Hamas, the Taliban, ...
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Remarks to the Traveling Press on Plane en route to Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release May 8, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: So the first time it was truly an intel effort, in that the South Koreans had made representations about things that North Korea was preparing to do that Kim Jong-un had told them, and we largely went there to ...
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Statement by Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on Iran Decision

Washington - Today President Donald J. Trump announced his decision to cease the United States' participation in the JCPOA and begin reimposing U.S. nuclear-related sanctions on the Iranian regime. Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is taking immediate action to implement the President's decision.
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Remarks by President Trump at Swearing-In Ceremony of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release May 2, 2018 State Department Washington, D.C. 11:17 A.M. EDT The President: Thank you. I must say, that’s more spirit that I’ve heard from the State Department in a long time — many years. (Laughter.) We can say many years, and maybe many decades. ...
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Statement From the President on the Confirmation of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release April 26, 2018 I am pleased with the Senate’s confirmation of Mike Pompeo to serve as our country’s top diplomat. Having a patriot of Mike’s immense talent, energy, and intellect leading the Department of State will be an incredible asset for our country at ...
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Ambassador Jon Huntsman Speaks at Media Roundtable in Vladivostok, April 24, 2018

Ambassador Jon Huntsman Remarks at Media Roundtable Vladivostok April 24, 2018 Ambassador Huntsman: I am delighted to be in Vladivostok in the Russian Far East. It is my first visit to Vladivostok. I have lived south of here in China, and I’ve lived in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, so I’m familiar with the broader East ...
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Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on Salisbury

United States Mission to the United Nations Office of Press and Public Diplomacy For Immediate Release April 18, 2018 Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks this afternoon at a UN Security Council briefing on an Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) report on the chemical weapons attack ...
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Statement by the United States to the OPCW 58th Meeting of the Executive Council

Remarks Ambassador Kenneth D. Ward, Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the OPCW The Hague, Netherlands April 16, 2018 Mr Chairperson, Mr Director-General, distinguished ambassadors and delegates, It is utterly deplorable that, once again, the Executive Council must address a horrific chemical weapons attack by Syria. On 7 April, just three days ...
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Joint U.S. – UK statement on malicious cyber activity carried out by Russian government

April 16, 2018 Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) released a joint Technical Alert about malicious cyber activity carried out by the Russian Government. The targets of this malicious cyber activity are primarily government and private-sector organisations, critical infrastructure providers, ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Haley at an Emergency UN Security Council Meeting on Syria

We’re here today because three permanent members of the United Nations Security Council acted. The United Kingdom, France, and the United States acted – not as revenge, not as punishment, not as a symbolic show of force. We acted to deter the future use of chemical weapons by holding the Syrian regime responsible for its ...
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Remarks at an Emergency UN Security Council Meeting on Syria and Unilateral Threats to International Peace and Security

Ambassador Nikki Haley: "The Russian Federation has asked us to discuss what it calls “unilateral threats” related to Syria. What is strange is that Russia is ignoring the real threat to international peace and security that has brought us all here. And it is ignoring its own unilateral responsibility for all of it."
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Remarks Before a Vote on a Draft UN Security Council Resolution on the Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

Ambassador Nikki Haley: "We have reached a decisive moment as a Security Council. On Saturday, the first haunting images appeared from Douma in Syria. We gathered around this table yesterday to express our collective outrage. We then collectively agreed that this Council must take steps to determine exactly what happened in Douma, and to put ...
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Ambassador Haley on the Inability of the UN Security Council to Establish an Independent Investigative Mechanism on Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks at three separate UN Security Council meetings on the use of chemical weapons in Syria that were held in an attempt to respond to the latest chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria.
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Remarks by Ambassador Haley at an Emergency UN Security Council Briefing on Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

Almost exactly one year ago, I stood on the floor of the Security Council and held up pictures of dead Syrian children. After that day, I prayed that I would never have to do that again. I could; there are many truly gruesome pictures. Many of us have worked hard to ensure that one day, ...
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Press Release: U.N. Security Council to Hold Emergency Meeting on Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

The United States, along with Cote d’Ivoire, France, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, has called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council in light of the latest allegations of a chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria. The emergency meeting will be held on Monday.
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Statement by Heather Nauert – On the Chemical Attack in Douma

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement By Heather Nauert, Spokesperson Washington, DC April 7, 2018 We continue to closely follow disturbing reports on April 7 regarding another alleged chemical weapons attack, this time targeting a hospital in Douma, Syria. Reports from a number of contacts and medical personnel on ...
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President Donald J. Trump Is Standing up to Russia’s Malign Activities

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release April 6, 2018 “It is more important than ever before to come together as Americans. We cannot allow those seeking to sow confusion, discord, and rancor to be successful.” – President Donald J. Trump NEW ACTIONS STANDING UP TO RUSSIA: President Donald J. Trump’s ...
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Thirty Years of Enhanced Strategic Security through the Nuclear Risk Reduction Center

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Media Note April 6, 2018 The U.S. Department of State commemorates the 30th Anniversary of the creation of the Nuclear Risk Reduction Center (NRRC). Established in 1987 with the purpose of opening a communications channel to the USSR to reduce the risk of nuclear ...
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Treasury Designates Russian Oligarchs, Officials, and Entities in Response to Worldwide Malign Activity

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), in consultation with the Department of State, today designated seven Russian oligarchs and 12 companies they own or control, 17 senior Russian government officials, and a state-owned Russian weapons trading company and its subsidiary, a Russian bank.
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Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks this morning at a UN Security Council briefing on the use of chemical weapons in Syria. The briefing coincided with the one-year anniversary of the chemical weapons attack on civilians in Khan Sheikhoun in Syria on April 4, 2017.
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White House Statement on the Extradition of Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Nikulin

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release April 2, 2018 The United States is grateful to the Czech Republic for the extradition of Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Nikulin, who allegedly hacked computers belonging to LinkedIn, Dropbox, and Formspring. Nikulin, a Russian citizen, was arrested by Czech law enforcement and has been in Czech ...
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Statement from State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert on the expulsion of U.S. Diplomats

March 29, 2018 I’d like to open with a statement from Ambassador Jon Huntsman, our Ambassador in Moscow: “This evening Ambassador John Huntsman was convoked to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian federation. They delivered a very serious message, the substance of which we factually cannot agree with. The Russian federation dubbed 60 ...
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Message to U.S. Citizens – Closure of U.S. Consulate General in St. Petersburg

Event: Due to the Russian government’s ordered closure of the U.S. Consulate General, effective March 31, we are no longer able to provide services to U.S. citizens in St. Petersburg.  The U.S. Embassy in Moscow and the U.S.  Consulates General in Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok remain open. Actions to Take: Residents of St. Petersburg’s consular district ...
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White House Press Secretary Statement Regarding Russia’s Expulsion of American Diplomats

"Russia's action today to expel American diplomats marks a further deterioration in the United States- Russia relationship. The expulsion of undeclared Russian intelligence officers by the United States and more than two dozen partner nations and NATO allies earlier this week was an appropriate response to the Russian attack on the soil of the United ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Nikki Haley – at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation in Syria

United States Mission to the United Nations Office of Press and Public Diplomacy Remarks by Ambassador Nikki Haley For Immediate Release March 27, 2018 As delivered Thank you, Foreign Minister Blok, for chairing this meeting. And thank you to Under-Secretary-General Lowcock for once again laying out the facts about what’s happening in Syria. I also ...
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Ambassador Haley on the Expulsion of Russian Intelligence Operatives from the United States

United States Mission to the United Nations Office of Press and Public Diplomacy For Immediate Release Press Release March 26, 2018 Today, the United States began the process of expelling 12 intelligence operatives from the Russian Mission to the United Nations who have abused their privilege of residence in the United States. After a review, ...
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Press Statement by Heather Nauert: Holding Russia Accountable for Its Destabilizing Behavior

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC March 26, 2018 On March 4, Russia used a military-grade nerve agent to attempt to murder a British citizen and his daughter in Salisbury. This attack on our Ally the United Kingdom put countless innocent lives at risk and resulted in serious injury to three people, including ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Expulsion of Russian Intelligence Officers

Today President Donald J. Trump ordered the expulsion of dozens of Russian intelligence officers from the United States and the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle due to its proximity to one of our submarine bases and Boeing. The United States takes this action in conjunction with our NATO allies and partners around the ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Vladimir Putin of Russia. The two leaders discussed the state of bilateral relations and resolved to continue dialogue about mutual national security priorities and challenges. President Trump congratulated President Putin on his March 18 re-election, and emphasized the importance of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula. The two leaders ...
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Treasury Sanctions Russian Cyber Actors for Interference With the 2016 U.S. Elections and Malicious Cyber-Attacks

U.S. Department of the Treasury Press Releases March 15, 2018   Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated five entities and 19 individuals under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) as well as Executive Order (E.O.) 13694, “Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in ...
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Statement from the United States, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom on the Attack in Salisbury

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 15, 2018 Statement from the United States, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom on the Attack in Salisbury We, the leaders of France, Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom, abhor the attack that took place against Sergei and Yulia Skripal in ...
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Remarks at an Emergency UN Security Council Briefing on Chemical Weapons Use by Russia in the U.K.

Ambassador Nikki Haley: "We’re here today to discuss the use of a chemical weapon by one Council member in the territory of another Council member. Let me make one thing clear from the very beginning: the United States stands in absolute solidarity with Great Britain. The United States believes that Russia is responsible for the ...
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Crimea Is Ukraine. Press Statement by Heather Nauert.

State Department Spokesperson: "Four years ago this week, Russia held an illegitimate, fabricated “referendum” in Ukraine in a futile attempt to legitimize its purported annexation of Ukrainian territory. Crimean residents were compelled to vote under scrutiny by heavily armed Russian troops. Russia’s claim that Ukrainians made a free choice in that sham “referendum” has always ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Haley at a UN Security Council Briefing on Syria Ceasefire Implementation

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 12, 2018 Thank you, Mr. President, and I would like to congratulate Netherlands and your team on having the presidency of the Council this month. I also want to thank Secretary-General Guterres for your briefing ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson Attributing Responsibility for the Nerve Agent Attack in the U.K.

The United States was in touch with our Allies in the United Kingdom ahead of today’s announcement, including in a call between Secretary Tillerson and Foreign Secretary Johnson this morning. We have full confidence in the UK’s investigation and its assessment that Russia was likely responsible for the nerve agent attack that took place in ...
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Ongoing Violations of International Law and Defiance of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation in Ukraine

United States Mission to the OSCE As delivered by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Harry R. Kamian to the Permanent Council, Vienna March 8, 2018 Mr. Chair, progress in implementing the Minsk agreements remains elusive. In its February 27 weekly report, the SMM recorded 52 sightings of weapons proscribed by the Minsk agreements within the established withdrawal ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson – Annual Observance of International Women’s Day

U.S Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release March 8, 2018   As we commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8th, the United States renews our steadfast commitment to addressing inequalities between women and men at home and abroad and reaffirms the importance of advancing the status of women and girls globally. ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on Russian and Syrian Regime Attacks on Eastern Ghouta

The United States condemns the ongoing military offensive that the Assad regime, backed by Russia and Iran, is perpetrating against the people of Eastern Ghouta. After repeatedly delaying the passage of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2401, which demanded a 30-day cessation of hostilities across Syria, Russia has gone on to ignore its terms ...
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Statement by Spokesperson Nauert on the Third Anniversary of the Murder of Boris Nemtsov

U.S. Department Of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  Statement By Heather Nauert, Spokesperson February 26, 2018 Third Anniversary of the Murder of Boris Nemtsov    Three years ago, opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was assassinated just outside the Kremlin.  As a leading figure of Russia’s democratic movement, a former Russian regional governor, and an ...
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Remarks by Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan at the Ukraine’s MFA Diplomatic Academy

Good afternoon. It is an honor to be here in Ukraine, in Kyiv, and in particular, to be joined by so many students. It’s great to see you all here today. Thank you to the Deputy Director of the Diplomatic Academy Dr. Natalia Shulga, and to the Deputy Foreign Minister Sergiy Kyslytsya, and to the ...
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Statement from the White House Press Secretary

In June 2017, the Russian military launched the most destructive and costly cyber-attack in history. The attack, dubbed “NotPetya,” quickly spread worldwide, causing billions of dollars in damage across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. It was part of the Kremlin’s ongoing effort to destabilize Ukraine and demonstrates ever more clearly Russia’s involvement in the ongoing ...
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Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on Syria

"The Assad regime has become a front for Iran, Hezbollah, and their allies to advance the irresponsible and dangerous agenda for the Middle East. On every front of this conflict, we find fighters imported by Iran from Lebanon, Iraq, and Afghanistan. When we see the Assad regime starving civilians in eastern Ghouta or pummeling schools ...
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Spokesperson Heather Nauert on Third Anniversary of the Signing of the Minsk Package of Measures

Statement By Heather Nauert, Spokesperson on Third Anniversary of the Signing of the Minsk Package of Measures: "Yesterday marked the somber third anniversary of the signing of the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements‎. Sadly, Russia continues to disregard its commitments under the Minsk agreements, stoking a hot conflict in Ukraine that has cost ...
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Key Facts About New START Treaty Implementation. Fact Sheet.

Through the Treaty’s verification regime, which includes short-notice, on-site inspections at New START Treaty-related bases and facilities, the United States is able to verify information about the strategic nuclear arsenal of the Russian Federation. The verification regime provides both countries insight into each other’s strategic nuclear delivery systems, warheads, and facilities.
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Treasury Information on CAATSA Report and Russian Sanctions

“There has been widespread misreporting of requirements under CAATSA and Treasury’s response, specifically relating to the report required by Section 241 on senior political figures and oligarchs in the Russian Federation. Treasury submitted an unclassified version of this report together with classified annexes. The unclassified report was derived from open source materials which include websites, ...
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U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman Speaks with Alexey Venediktov of Echo of Moscow Radio

Ambassador:  Good morning Alexey.  It’s a great pleasure to be with you in the studio. Venediktov:  Of course, today’s event, Mr. Ambassador, is the publication of the so-called “Kremlin report” of the US executive power to the US Congress, and a separate list that was published. Could you tell our listeners what status this report ...
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President Donald J. Trump’s State of the Union Address

The White House Office of the Press Secretary Washington, D.C. January 30, 2018[Following are excerpts related to U.S. foreign policy.]  Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and my fellow Americans: * * * * America has also finally turned the page on decades of unfair trade ...
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Statement by Spokesperson Nauert on Unsafe Russian Military Practices

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC January 29, 2018 The United States notes with the highest level of concern the latest incident of unsafe Russian military practices, over the Black Sea on January 29. As confirmed by U.S. Naval Forces Europe, a Russian SU-27 engaged in an unsafe interaction with a U.S. EP-3 ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Phone Call With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Readout January 24, 2018 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke Wednesday, January 24, by phone. They discussed issues and concerns related to Syria, North Korea, and Ukraine. On Syria, ...
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Remarks on Russia’s Responsibility for the Ongoing Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

"This meeting was about two things: stopping chemical weapons attacks and denying impunity to those who use or enable the use of such weapons. For an indication of what these weapons can do to humans, one need look no further than East Ghouta in Syria. Only yesterday more than 20 civilians, most of them children, ...
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Attention, visa applicants: U.S. Embassy Moscow Visa Unit has moved to a new location!

Dear visa applicants, Visa Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia, moved to a new location. New address : 8 Bolshoy Deviatinsky Pereulok, 121099, Moscow, Russia Please note new Security Regulations: Applicants are not permitted to enter the U.S. Embassy/Consulate while carrying any of the following items: Electronic devices: cellular phones, photo cameras, video cameras, laptop computers, tablets ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: American Citizen Services Unit New Address

The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia, moved to a new location. New address : 8 Bolshoy Deviatinsky Pereulok, 121099, Moscow, Russia Please note new Security Regulations: Applicants are not permitted to enter the U.S. Embassy/Consulate while carrying any of the following items: Electronic devices: cellular phones, photo cameras, video cameras, laptop computers, tablets ...
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Statement by Spokesperson Nauert on Detainee Exchange between Ukraine and Russia-led Forces

Spokesperson Nauert: "The United States welcomes yesterday’s exchange between the government of Ukraine and Russia-led forces in eastern Ukraine of more than 300 detainees.  This exchange is one step toward implementation of the Minsk agreements. We once again call on the sides to fully implement their Minsk commitments including through a true “all-for-all” detainee exchange; ...
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Annual Report on the Implementation of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC December 20, 2017 Today the State Department submitted to Congress the fifth annual report on the U.S. government’s actions to implement the Act. As part of this report, the State Department, in consultation with the Treasury Department, submitted to Congress the list of individuals who have been ...
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Remarks by President Trump on the Administration’s National Security Strategy

National Security & Defense Issued on: December 18, 2017 Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Washington, D.C. 2:03 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Please.  I want to thank Vice President Pence, along with the many members of my Cabinet here with us today. I also want to thank all ...
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President Donald J. Trump Announces a National Security Strategy to Advance America’s Interests

“Our government’s first duty is to its people, to our citizens — to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values.” – President Donald J. Trump A NEW NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY FOR A NEW ERA: Less than a year after taking office, President Donald J. Trump is ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Vladimir Putin

The White House December 17, 2017 President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia called President Donald J. Trump today to thank him for the advanced warning the United States intelligence agencies provided to Russia concerning a major terror plot in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Based on the information the United States provided, Russian authorities were able to ...
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Ambassador Hutchison on the North Atlantic Council Statement on the INF

From Kay Bailey Hutchison, Permanent Representative of the United States to the North Atlantic Council, on the Statement by the North Atlantic Council (NAC) on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty Today’s NAC statement on the INF Treaty shows once again the solidarity of the United States and our NATO Allies on speaking to Russia ...
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Secretary Tillerson Remarks at OSCE Ministerial Plenary Session

The OSCE is an indispensable pillar of our common security architecture that bolsters peace and stability in Europe and Eurasia. Of all the challenges confronting the OSCE today, none is more important or vexing than the situation in Ukraine. The United States is committed to Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized ...
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Statement by President Trump on Jerusalem

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Press Release: Ambassador Haley on Attempts to Politicize and Manipulate Independent Investigations into Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

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Treasury Targets Chinese and Russian Entities and Individuals Supporting the North Korean Regime

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U.S. Mission to Russia Statement

August 21, 2017 Russia’s decision to reduce the United States’ diplomatic presence here calls into question Russia’s seriousness about pursuing better relations.  We will maintain sufficient staff to carry out essential elements of our mission. Due to the Russian government-imposed cap on U.S. diplomatic personnel in Russia, all nonimmigrant visa operations across Russia will be ...
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Fact Sheet

August 21, 2017 As a result of the Russian government’s personnel cap imposed on the U.S. Mission, all nonimmigrant visa (NIV) operations across Russia will be suspended beginning August 23, 2017.  Visa operations will resume on a greatly reduced scale.  Beginning September 1, nonimmigrant visa interviews will be conducted only at the U.S. Embassy in ...
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Fourth Anniversary of the Chemical Weapons Attack at Ghouta, Syria

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Respecting Religious Freedom in Russia

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Honoring the Memory of Journalists Natalya Estemirova and Paul Klebnikov

Heather Nauert , Department Spokesperson: "Today, we mark with sadness the eighth anniversary of the murder of human rights defender and journalist Natalya Estemirova and the thirteenth anniversary of the murder of American journalist and editor Paul Klebnikov, both killed in Russia. Ms. Estemirova, renowned for her writing and activism on human rights abuses in ...
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Secretary Tillerson Appoints Ambassador Kurt Volker Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations

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Press Briefing on the President’s Meetings at the G20

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Background Briefing on the Ceasefire in Syria

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Remarks by President Trump to the People of Poland

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Joint Investigation Team Report on the Downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

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Ambassador Nikki Haley Delivers Remarks at an Emergency UN Security Council Meeting on North Korea

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Meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS

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Spokesperson Nauert on Conviction of Five of Those Responsible for the Murder of Boris Nemtsov

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC June 30, 2017 We welcome the news that five of the persons responsible for the murder of Boris Nemtsov have been convicted of the crime. We call once more on the Russian Government to ensure that all involved in the killing of Boris Nemtsov, including anyone involved ...
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Ambassador Nikki Haley Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on Iran

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Fact Sheet: Aviation Enhanced Security Measures for All Commercial Flights to the United States

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Statement from the White House Press Secretary

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On the Record Statement by Spokesperson Heather Nauert: U.S.-Russia Relations

We regret that Russia has decided to turn away from an opportunity to discuss bilateral obstacles that hinder U.S.-Russia relations. During the Secretary’s April visit to Moscow, he and Foreign Minister Lavrov agreed to establish a senior-level working group to discuss bilateral issues of concern. Undersecretary Shannon had planned to travel to St. Petersburg this ...
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One day after a gunman fired shots at members of Congress practicing for the annual Congressional Baseball Game, wounding five people, Republicans and Democrats faced off across the baseball diamond and drew nearly 25,000 fans supporting unity in Washington. The friendly baseball game, a summer tradition dating back to 1909, is a charitable event that ...
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Three For Silver Discovers Traditional American Music has a place in Ural Hearts

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White House Statement on June 12 Protests in Russia

White House Spokesperson Sean Spicer: "[T]he United States strongly condemns the detention of hundreds of peaceful protestors throughout Russia that happened on June 12th. Detaining peaceful protestors, human rights observers, and journalists is an affront to core democratic values. The United States will monitor the situation, and we will call on the government of Russia ...
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Remarks by Secretary of State Tillerson on the Middle East

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Treaty Room Washington, DC June 9, 2017 Good afternoon, and I thank all of you for your patience. I know you’ve been waiting a little while. Three weeks ago, the President joined members of the Gulf Cooperation Council in a strong show of partnership, repudiation of extremism, and ...
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Detention of Murad Amriev in Russia

Press statement by spokesperson Nauert: "We are gravely concerned about the safety and well-being of Murad Amriev, a Russian athlete from Chechnya, who was reportedly detained by Belarusian authorities and returned to Russia, where he may be in custody. Mr. Amriev has reportedly expressed fears of torture and abuse in Chechnya. We urge the Russian ...
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Terrorist Attacks in Tehran

U.S. State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert: "The United States condemns the terrorist attacks in Tehran today. We express our condolences to the victims and their families, and send our thoughts and prayers to the people of Iran. The depravity of terrorism has no place in a peaceful, civilized world."
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"Seventy years ago, on June 5, 1947, Secretary of State George C. Marshall laid out his bold vision for the United States to help the war-ravaged nations of Europe recover from the massive destruction of World War II. Marshall’s vision was central to reconciliation and cooperation among countries that were previously enemies on the battlefield. ...
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United States Condemns Attacks in London

The United States condemns the cowardly attacks targeting innocent civilians in London this evening. We understand U.K. police are currently treating these as terrorist incidents. The United States stands ready to provide any assistance authorities in the United Kingdom may request. Our hearts are with the families and loved ones of the victims. We wish ...
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Child Protection Day in Yekaterinburg

On May 28 PAS Yekaterinburg organized an American cookie decoration workshop for local children and their families as part of the Child Protection Day festival at a major city landmark – Mayakovskiy Park for Culture and Leisure. The event, organized by the local expo company “Expert” brought together local food vendors and companies as well ...
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U.S. Mission to Russia Concerned with Charges Against Yury Dmitriev

May 31, 2017 The U.S. Mission to Russia is concerned by what appear to be politically-motivated criminal charges against prominent human rights activist and historian Yury Dmitriev.  Mr. Dmitriev is a respected historian whose work has been instrumental in uncovering mass burial sites and founding the Sandarmokh Memorial Complex in Karelia.  We call on Russia ...
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Welcome Address by Ambassador Tefft at the International Fort Ross Dialogue Conference

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Ambassador Tefft’s Participation in the International Fort Ross Dialogue

May 28, 2017 U.S. Ambassador John F. Tefft will  take part in the International Fort Ross Dialogue May 29-30 in Pskov and Izborsk. The conference will facilitate conversation and collaboration between Americans and Russians. Ambassador Tefft’s participation in this forum demonstrates the United States’ long tradition of support for intercultural exchange between the people of our two countries.
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Remarks by President Trump at NATO

"This ceremony is a day for both remembrance and resolve. We remember and mourn those nearly 3,000 innocent people who were brutally murdered by terrorists on September 11th, 2001. Our NATO allies responded swiftly and decisively, invoking for the first time in its history the Article 5 collective defense commitments. The recent attack on Manchester ...
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Russia’s Entrepreneurship Day

On May 23, Consul General Marcus Micheli and Ural Chamber of Commerce President Andrey Besedin introduced Thomas Bruns, Deputy Senior Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, and Dan Caffee, a leading entrepreneur from the state of Utah.  They both spoke at the Ural Chamber of Commerce and Industry at an event dedicated to ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on the Manchester Attack

Our hearts go out to the families of those who have lost loved ones and to those injured in the attack in Manchester, U.K. While it is too early to determine those responsible for this atrocity, we are working closely with the British government and supporting their efforts to investigate and respond to this attack.
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American Folk-Rock: Three for Silver Russian Far East Music Diplomacy Tour

May 10-17 the U.S. Consulate General Vladivostok carried out a multi-event, multi-city music program in the Russian Far East with Portland based folk-rock trio Three for Silver. This music diplomacy program included master-classes and concerts in Artem, Ussuriysk, the settlement of Chuguevka (the first concert of American band in the history of this village), Vladivostok, ...
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American Football on the Snowy Fields of the Urals and Western Siberia

From April 6-11, 2017 a spring training camp on American football, featuring the coaches Billy Elmore and Michael Haynes, gathered more than 100 participants in the Urals and in Western Siberia.  Billy Elmore is the Head Football Coach at West Memphis High School (Arkansas), a two-time state champion.  Michael Haynes played football at Penn State and ...
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On-the-Record-Briefing: Acting Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Stuart Jones on Syria

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Secretary Tillerson’s Interview With Chuck Todd of Meet the Press

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CG Keays Celebrates “Rhododendron Day”

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Secretary Tillerson’s Remarks at the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting

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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of Russia

President Donald J. Trump met with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of Russia, following on the visit of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Moscow last month. President Trump emphasized the need to work together to end the conflict in Syria, in particular, underscoring the need for Russia to rein in the Assad regime, Iran, and ...
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U.S. Consul General Marcus Micheli Commemorates Victory Day in Yekaterinburg

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Secretary Tillerson To Meet With Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

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Secretary Tillerson’s Call With Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

Spokesperson Heather Nauert: The Secretary of State spoke by phone with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov today about the efforts to de-escalate the ongoing conflict in Syria. The Secretary looks forward to further meetings with the Foreign Minister to discuss the respective roles of the United States and Russia in de-escalating the conflict and supporting the ...
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Statement on Russia, Turkey, and Iran’s De-Escalation Zones Plan for Syria

Heather Nauert, Department Spokesperson: Russia, Turkey, and Iran, at the conference in Astana, announced agreement today on an effort to reduce the violence in certain areas of Syria. The United States was represented at the Astana conference by Acting Assistant Secretary Stuart Jones. We were not a direct participant in the negotiations and are not, ...
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“Connecting Shores”: Exhibit on Soviet Emigration Highlights Shared Russian-American Cultural Legacy

On May 2, the U.S. Consulate General and Primorskiy Kray Arseniev Museum opened the exhibit “Connecting Shores: Cultural Mission of the Third Wave of Russian Emigration.” The event highlighted the contributions of the so-called “third wave of Russian emigration” – a process which started in the 1960s and ended with the beginning of perestroika – ...
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World Press Freedom Day

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC May 3, 2017 Today, on World Press Freedom Day, we reaffirm our commitment to promoting the fundamental principles of a free press around the world. We honor those men and women who work tirelessly, often at great personal risk, to tell the stories we would ...
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The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe: Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have the ability to plan and execute terrorist attacks in Europe. While ...
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Deputy State Department Spokesperson Toner: We are deeply troubled by the Russian Government’s decision to designate Open Russia, the Open Russia Civic Movement, and the Institute of Modern Russia as so-called “undesirable” foreign organizations. We reject the notion that these and other international civil society organizations are a threat to Russia. If Russia hopes to ...
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Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State United Nations New York City April 28, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Thank you, Secretary General, for that most helpful briefing. I shall now make a statement in my capacity as Secretary of State of the United States, and I thank you for the opportunity to address the Security Council. ...
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Interview Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC April 27, 2017   QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, I want to ask you about your new job. Some people will know that your old company had a mission statement that Exxon wanted to be the premier petroleum company in the world. What’s your mission statement for the State ...
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Acting Spokesperson Mark Toner: Secretary Tillerson phoned Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to discuss his recent trip to Moscow and his message to the Russian leadership that, although the United States is interested in improving relations with Russia, Russia’s actions in eastern Ukraine remain an obstacle. The Secretary emphasized the importance of Ukraine’s continued progress on ...
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The United States is shocked and deeply saddened by the death of a U.S. citizen serving as a paramedic with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission (SMM), when his vehicle struck an explosive in separatist controlled territory in eastern Ukraine. We extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to his ...
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SECRETARY TILLERSON: Good afternoon, all. The Trump administration is currently conducting across the entire government a review of our Iran policy. Today I’d like to address Iran’s alarming and ongoing provocations that export terror and violence, destabilizing more than one country at a time. Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism and is ...
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"Iran remains a leading state sponsor of terror, through many platforms and methods. President Donald J. Trump has directed a National Security Council-led interagency review of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that will evaluate whether suspension of sanctions related to Iran pursuant to the JCPOA is vital to the national security interests of the ...
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When she is not teaching science to American college students, Mariia Kharina, of Kazan, Russia, finds time to sightsee. On her list: the Statue of Liberty, the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, Niagara Falls and local jazz clubs. (Courtesy photo) Teaching in the United States has been a life-changing experience for Mariia Kharina, who lectures at ...
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The 30th Anniversary of the Missile Technology Control Regime. Statement by Acting Spokesperson Toner

Thirty years ago on April 16, 1987, the United States and its G-7 partners (Canada, France, the Federal Republic of Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom) announced the formation of the MTCR. The focus of this partnership is to restrict the transfer of missiles capable of delivering weapons of mass destruction and related technologies. ...
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When Burn the Ballroom, a rock-band from North Virginia was performing a public diplomacy tour around the Russian Far East in August 2016, drummer (and high school football coach) Jack Ivins was thrilled to discover that young people in this territory share his passion for American football. So on March 19 – April 5 Jack ...
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As president of the United Nations Security Council, Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, chaired a thematic debate on human rights. The debate marked the first time the Security Council held a meeting dedicated exclusively to human rights and its link to international peace and security, giving Security Council members the ...
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Statement from U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Reports of Detentions and Killings in Chechnya

"We continue to be disturbed by reports of kidnapping, torture, and murder of people in Chechnya based on their sexual orientation and those persecuted by association. If true, this violation of human rights cannot be ignored – Chechen authorities must immediately investigate these allegations, hold anyone involved accountable, and take steps to prevent future abuses..."
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Interview Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State West Palm Beach, Florida April 9, 2017   QUESTION: So what will President Trump do now? Will Thursday’s strike be followed by a new strategy to remove Assad from power? That was my first question for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in his first interview on This Week. ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Interview With John Dickerson of CBS Face the Nation

Interview Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State West Palm Beach, Florida April 9, 2017   QUESTION: We want to welcome Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to the broadcast. Mr. Secretary, thank you for being with us. As a start, what message was being sent to the Syrian leader with the U.S. military action? SECRETARY TILLERSON: ...
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Briefing on President Trump’s Meetings with President Xi of China

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Statement on Attacks in Egypt

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Washington, DC April 9, 2017   The United States condemns in the strongest terms the barbaric attacks on Christian places of worship in Tanta and Alexandria that killed dozens of innocent people and injured many more on this holy day of Palm Sunday. We express our condolences to the ...
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The United States Concerned by Reports of Detentions and Deaths of LGBTI Individuals in Chechnya

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Washington, DC April 7, 2017 We are increasingly concerned about the situation in the Republic of Chechnya, where there have been numerous credible reports indicating the detention of at least 100 men on the basis of their sexual orientation. Some reports indicate many of those arrested have been tortured, ...
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United States Condemns Illegitimate Elections and Referenda in Georgia’s Occupied Territories

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Washington, DC April 7, 2017   The United States condemns the decision to hold a referendum on April 9 regarding the amendment of South Ossetia’s constitutional name to the Republic of South Ossetia-Alania. We also condemn and do not recognize the results of the illegitimate elections conducted in Abkhazia ...
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The United States Condemns the Terrorist Attack in Stockholm, Sweden

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Washington, DC April 7, 2017 The United States strongly condemns today’s terrorist attack on the heart of Stockholm, Sweden. We extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed and our hope for a full recovery to those who were injured. Attacks like this are ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Current Political Climate Calls for Vigilance and Situational Awareness

U.S. Mission Russia Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Current Political Climate Calls for Vigilance and Situational Awareness April 7, 2017 U.S. Embassy Moscow reminds all U.S. citizens that the current political climate in Russia requires them to exercise the highest levels of vigilance and situational awareness.  Given recent events, the possibility for large-scale demonstrations, personal ...
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Statement by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Syria

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Statement from Pentagon Spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis on U.S. strike in Syria

IMMEDIATE RELEASE        No. NR-126-17 April 6, 2017 Statement from Pentagon Spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis on U.S. strike in Syria At the direction of the president, U.S. forces conducted a cruise missile strike against a Syrian Air Force airfield today at about 8:40 p.m. EDT (4:40 a.m., April 7, in Syria).  The strike targeted Shayrat Airfield ...
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Statement by President Trump on Syria

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release         April 6, 2017   STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT TRUMP ON SYRIA Mar-a-Lago, Florida 9:40 P.M. EDT   THE PRESIDENT:  My fellow Americans:  On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians.  Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Potential Large Demonstrations in Moscow and Across Russia

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Potential Large Demonstrations in Moscow and Across Russia April 6, 2017 U.S. Citizens are advised that there is a possibility of large-scale, government-sanctioned public rallies this evening, April 6, in central Moscow and on Saturday, April 8, in various cities in Russia.  Information on public media indicates that the event ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria

The United States strongly condemns the chemical weapons attack in Idlib province, the third allegation of the use of such weapons in the past month alone. There are reports of dozens dead, including many children. While we continue to monitor the terrible situation, it is clear that this is how Bashar al-Assad operates: with brutal, ...
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Consul General Keays Lends a Hand to the English Language Olympiad in Artyom

On March 15-17, Consul General Michael Keays participated in the annual English Language Olympiad for young learners, ages 13-18, in the city of Artyom near Vladivostok.  More than 700 participants from around Primorskiy Krai took part in this 3-day language and cultural event.  The Consul General greeted students, parents, and educators with welcoming and served ...
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Remarks by Ambassador John Tefft at the IV Arctic Forum: Territory of Dialogue

Good morning distinguished heads of state, officials, ladies and gentlemen. I want to thank the Russian State Commission on the Arctic for organizing this conference and for inviting me to address you as the United States representative. I am pleased to have the opportunity to speak to you about one of the great challenges of ...
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Statement by Acting Spokesperson Toner on the the detention of peaceful protesters throughout Russia on Sunday

"The United States strongly condemns the detention of hundreds of peaceful protesters throughout #Russia on Sunday. Detaining peaceful protesters, human rights observers, and journalists is an affront to core democratic values. We were troubled to hear of the arrest of opposition figure Alexei Navalny upon arrival at the demonstration, as well as the police raids ...
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The Global Coalition – Working to Defeat ISIS

Since its formation in 2014, the Global Coalition has worked diligently to reduce the threat ISIS poses to international security and our homelands. Coalition members are united in common cause to defeat ISIS through a robust approach, including working by, with, and through local partners for military operations; supporting the stabilization of territory liberated from ...
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Statement by Ministers of the Global Coalition: Meeting on the Defeat of ISIS

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Statement by Secretary of State Tillerson on the Attack in London

On behalf of the United States, I express my condolences to the victims and their families. The American people send their thoughts and prayers to the people of the United Kingdom. We condemn these horrific acts of violence, and whether they were carried out by troubled individuals or by terrorists, the victims know no difference.
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U.S. Charges Russian FSB Officers and Their Criminal Conspirators for Hacking

A grand jury in the Northern District of California has indicted four defendants, including two officers of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), for computer hacking, economic espionage and other criminal offenses in connection with a conspiracy, beginning in January 2014, to access Yahoo’s network and the contents of webmail accounts. The defendants are Dmitry ...
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U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Haley on the Anniversary of the Syrian Civil War

Ambassador Nikki Haley: "Today marks the beginning of the seventh horrific year of the Syrian crisis. Syria’s people are suffering some of the worst forms of cruelty imaginable: air strikes, barrel bombs, sniper fire, chemical weapons attacks targeting civilians, and denial of access to food and water. The conflict has killed hundreds of thousands of ...
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Statement by Acting Spokesperson Toner on the Third Anniversary of Russia’s Crimean “Referendum”

Statement by Mark Toner, Acting State Department Spokesperson: "Three years ago, Russia seized and occupied Crimea. Russia then staged an illegitimate referendum in which residents of Crimea were compelled to vote while heavily armed foreign forces occupied their land. The United States does not recognize Russia's “referendum” of March 16, 2014, nor its attempted annexation ...
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US Consul General visited UMMC’s Museum of Military Technology and Automobile

On March 9 U.S. Consul General Marcus Micheli visited UMMC’s Museum of Military Technology (also called the Ural Military Glory Museum) and its Automobile Museum in Verkhnaya Pyshma. With one of the most extensive and interesting collections of military equipment in all of Russia, the Museum of Military Technology consists of two major parts – ...
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Consulate’s Team Participated in the International Ice Run

On February 25, 2017 Consul General Michael Keays lead a small but merry team of U.S. Consulate General colleagues in the International “Vladivostok Ice Run 2017” — a run over the Sea of Japan covered with ice. Consul General Michael Keays and the team ran the 5 and 10 kilometers portion of this ice race. One ...
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Presidential Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release March 06, 2017 Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States EXECUTIVE ORDER – – – – – – – PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES By the authority vested in me as President ...
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Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Ronald Reagan Building Washington, DC March 6, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Hello. Good morning and thank you for joining us. The executive order signed by the President earlier today, Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, is a vital measure for strengthening our national security. It ...
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Just the facts: The State Department’s annual human rights reports

The annual  Country Reports on Human Rights Practices  are the State Department’s most-read publication by far. Over 1 million readers access them online every year. And, says Michael Kozak, a senior adviser in the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, those readers can sort the accompanying  online database  by country or by issue, like the human rights of women or ...
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Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Homeland Security

Implementing Immediate Heightened Screening and Vetting of Applications for Visas and Other Immigration Benefits, Ensuring Enforcement of All Laws for Entry into the United States, and Increasing Transparency among Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government and for the American People.
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Consul General Visits Magadan, Anadyr and Khabarovsk

From February 27 through March 3, 2017, Consul General Michael Keays visited the cities of Magadan, Anadyr and Khabarovsk. During these visits, he met with regional and local officials; fellow Russian, Japanese and Chinese diplomats, and local residents who showed him how proud they were about their cities and the role they have played in ...
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Smithsonian’s rare Russian stamps preserve history

One of the world’s greatest collections of stamps from Imperial Russia is in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Postal Museum in Washington. “With varieties not known to exist within any other museum stamp collection in the world, these exceptional stamps reflect the culture and history of pre-revolutionary Russia,” the museum says. The whereabouts of the collection, consisting of ...
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President Trump’s first address to Congress

  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States — and citizens of America: Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we are reminded of our nation’s path towards civil rights and the work that still ...
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Remarks to the Press after UN Security Council Consultations on the Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Nikki Haley: "I think what we saw in there was pretty amazing, because you had unity in the fact that we needed to be concerned about chemical weapons being used in Syria. You had an overwhelming vote to say we need an investigative mechanism that would prove that ...
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Second Anniversary of the Murder of Boris Nemtsov

Mark Toner, Acting Spokesperson, U.S. Department of State: On February 27, 2015, Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was assassinated just outside the Kremlin. Today, United States Ambassador to Russia John Tefft visited the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge to honor Nemtsov’s memory. Though Boris Nemtsov is gone, his spirit lives on in Russians young and old who ...
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United States Condemns Attack on Special Monitoring Missions in Eastern Ukraine

Press Statement by Acting Spokesperson Mark C. Toner: "The United States is closely monitoring the growing violence in eastern Ukraine in recent weeks and the continuing failure of the combined-Russian separatist forces to honor the cease-fire called for under the Minsk agreements.‎ ‎We condemn Friday’s targeting of OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) monitors and the ...
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American magician stirred the imagination of St. Petersburg journalists

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

Chris Beaver, an Emmy Award-winning film director from California, conducted an extensive three-day Speaker Program in Vladivostok promoting San Francisco’s “zero waste” initiative and educating Vladivostok enthusiasts on basic film-making techniques.  On February 9, Mr. Beaver presented his documentary, “Racing to Zero: In Pursuit of Zero Waste,” to 100 spectators at the Ocean IMAX movie ...
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Official Statement on Russian Federation violations of INF Treaty Obligations

Mark Toner, Acting Spokesperson, U.S. Department of State: “We do not comment on intelligence matters. The United States takes seriously its international commitments and arms control obligations.   As detailed most recently in the 2016 Compliance Report, the Russian Federation remains in violation of its INF Treaty obligations not to possess, produce, or flight-test a ground-launched ...
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Super Bowl Screening at the Consulate Promotes Sports, International and Inter-Generational Dialogue

Thanks to Houston’s location 16 time zones away from the Russian Far East, the Consulate in Vladivostok was able to broadcast the Super Bowl on Monday morning in a spectacular Public Diplomacy event promoting sports, a healthy life style, mutual understanding, and inter-generational dialogue. The core groups of participants were university-aged football players and school-aged ...
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Consul General Marcus Micheli visited Ufa

Consul General Marcus Micheli traveled to Ufa, the capital of the Republic of Bashkortostan, from January 31 to February 2, 2017.  In Ufa, CG Micheli met with representatives of the Ministry of Economic Development of Bashkortostan, the MFA Office in Ufa, and the Republican Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  CG Micheli also met with the leadership ...
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How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?

The exact origins of Valentine’s Day are murky, but February 14 is a day that commemorates a number of Christian saints named Valentine, and the day became associated with romantic love during the Middle Ages in England. Some historians believe Valentine’s Day also has vestiges of pagan festivals once held throughout Europe.
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Department of State on the Sentencing of Aleksey Navalny

We are concerned by the latest guilty verdict handed down against Aleksei Navalny. The current prosecution of Navalny is a replica of a 2013 case, which Russia’s Supreme Court overturned and the European Court of Human Rights ruled had violated his civil rights. The decision appears to be another example of the Russian government’s growing ...
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Consul General Greets U.S. University Representatives and Russian Academics

On January 29, 2017 Vladivostok U.S. Consul General Michael Keays hosted a reception for more than 40 guests in his residence. The event was held in honor of admissions officers visiting from four U.S. universities to participate in an education fair sponsored by EducationUSA and was attended by prominent academics from several local universities and ...
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Joan Trumpauer Mulholland: Civil rights hero

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland might seem like an unlikely civil rights hero: a white teenage girl with a conservative upbringing in Arlington, Virginia, during the Jim Crow era of segregation. But by the time she was 19 years old, she had participated in over three dozen sit-ins and protests in the South against the treatment of black Americans, ...
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Full Text: Executive Order Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, and to protect the American people from terrorist attacks by foreign nationals admitted to the ...
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Ambassador Nikki Haley: Remarks to the United Nations Security Council on Ukraine

Ambassador Nikki Haley, speaking to the United Nations Security Council on February 2, 2017 “The dire situation in eastern Ukraine is one that demands clear and strong condemnation of Russian actions…The United States stands with the people of Ukraine, who have suffered for nearly three years under Russian occupation and military intervention. Until Russia and ...
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U.S. Consul General’s First Visit to Ussuriysk

U.S. Consul General Michael Keays visited Ussuriysk for the first time on January 27, 2017 to meet with retired Colonel Vladimir Kaplyuk, President of the “Soldier” Fund, a charity and organization that looks out for the welfare and well-being of veterans of local and international military conflicts.  Mr. Kaplyuk gave the Consul General a tour ...
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A look back at how presidents made history with executive orders

President Trump has signed many documents since his January 20 inauguration. These documents set out Trump’s policies on health care and international trade, among other things. Some of these measures are called executive orders. Others are considered White House or presidential memoranda. So what’s the difference? Executive orders vs. memoranda Both executive orders and memoranda ...
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“Never forget. Never again.” A blog post by Ambassador Tefft.

Today marks the 72nd anniversary of an act of heroism of the Soviet Army — the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. In remembering this historic day, we are called to reflect on the horrors of the Holocaust and honor the six million Jews and millions of Slavs, Roma, Jehovah’s Witnesses, persons with disabilities, and ...
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An Exhibition of U.S. Universities

On January 25, an exhibition of American universities and colleges was organized by EducationUSA and took place in Yekaterinburg. Representatives of four American educational institutions – John Cabot University, Auburn University at Montgomery, Shoreline Community College and American University in Bulgaria – consulted students and their parents on the diverse educational opportunities they offer. At ...
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Statement by the President on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

“It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust. It is impossible to fully fathom the depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror. “Yet, we know that in the darkest hours of humanity, light shines the brightest.‎ As we remember ...
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From Russia to the Marines, this woman’s next stop is infantry school

Jan 26, 2017 After 13 brutal weeks of marching, sleep deprivation and tests of physical and mental endurance, Maria Daume in January graduated from the Marine Corps basic training program on Parris Island, South Carolina. Daume is part of the first class of women who graduated with a contract to join the Marine infantry, which means that she will go on to the School ...
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Insights of a Russian writer traveling in the U.S.

One learn about America through the lens of a Russian journalist. We turned to Daniil Turovsky, Meduza’s special correspondent and the winner of GQ Russia’s journalist of the year 2015 award , for insights (via Instagram) from his travels in the U.S. Join us as we start with Turovsky in the nation’s capital, Washington, at the National Mall, a national park in the heart of the city. National ...
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Here’s newly sworn-in President Trump’s full speech

President Trump delivered this inaugural address on January 20, 2017. THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of ...
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Ongoing Violations of Freedom of Expression in Russia. Statement to the OSCE Permanent Council by Deputy Chief of Mission Kate M. Byrnes

As delivered by Deputy Chief of Mission Kate M. Byrnes to the Permanent Council, Vienna January 19, 2017 The United States is concerned about the December 28 decision by Chechnya’s Supreme Court to uphold the conviction of Zhalaudi Geriev, a local independent journalist. Mr. Geriev was detained by authorities April 16, 2016 near Grozny. Members ...
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Boston-Yekaterinburg-Yalutorovsk Videoconference

Hazami Barmada, co-founder of Al-Mubadarah and prominent civic leader connected via video conference with Muslim women in Russia. The audience included representatives of the Inter-ethnic Information Center in Yekaterinburg and a Muslim Women’s Club composed of Siberian Tatars at the Yalutorovsk Mosque.  The discussion focused on the hot topic of social entrepreneurship as a business ...
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“Russia: The Threat, the International Order, and the Way Forward.” Remarks by Ambassador Power.

Remarks on “Russia: The Threat, the International Order, and the Way Forward” Share Ambassador Samantha Power U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations Washington, DC January 17, 2017 AS DELIVERED Thank you. I’ve had the privilege of serving in the Obama administration for eight years. First in the White House, ...
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Annual Report on the Implementation of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act

Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC January 9, 2017 Today the State Department submitted to Congress, as required by the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, the fourth annual report on the U.S. Government’s actions to implement the Act. As part of this report, the State Department, ...
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Statement by the President on Actions in Response to Russian Malicious Cyber Activity and Harassment

"Today, I have ordered a number of actions in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election. These actions follow repeated private and public warnings that we have issued to the Russian government, and are a necessary and appropriate response to efforts to harm U.S. ...
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FACT SHEET: Actions in Response to Russian Malicious Cyber Activity and Harassment

Today, President Obama authorized a number of actions in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election in 2016. Russia’s cyber activities were intended to influence the election, erode faith in U.S. democratic institutions, sow doubt about the integrity of our electoral process, and undermine ...
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Department of State Actions in Response to Russian Harassment

Deputy Department Spokesperson Mark C. Toner: "The State Department today declared persona non grata 35 Russian officials operating in the United States who were acting in a manner inconsistent with their diplomatic or consular status. The Department also informed the Russian Government that it would deny Russian personnel access to two recreational compounds in the ...
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Why U.S. — Russia Trade Still Matters. An op-ed by Ambassador Tefft.

Sanctions and counter­sanctions might dominate the headlines, but the local backstory is one of mutually beneficial cooperation. First appeared in  The Moscow Times  on December 22, 2016. By  John F. Tefft In my time in Moscow, I have sometimes encountered misunderstanding about the nature of the United States’ trade relationship with Russia, and the U.S. government’s role in it. This confusion ...
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Carol Salmanson’s Work Decorates a Famous Constructivism Monument in Yekaterinburg

Bravely enduring the truly severe Urals winter weather conditions, Brooklyn-based artist Carol Salmanson presented her installation of light Water Bubbles on the famous Yekaterinburg UNESCO-recognized monument of constructivism The White Tower (architect Moses Reischer, 1931).  Carol was invited to create this work by the organizers of the International Festival of Light Art UnDark.  The Festival ...