NOTICE for U.S. Citizen Travelers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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International Day of Democracy

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

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COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  09/15/2020 Country-Specific Information: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Embassy Moscow advises U.S. citizens not to travel to Russia. The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in the Russian Federation have limited capacity to assist U.S. citizens in the event of an emergency. The Russian Federation is one of countries most affected by the …

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

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

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

This collection of little known photographs at the U.S. National Archives shows American and Soviet soldiers working together in training, sport, meals, and entertainment at the joint US-Soviet base operations in Eastern Europe during World War II. At the Tehran Conference in November 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed to Premier Joseph Stalin the idea …

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Deputy Secretary of State Biegun’s Meetings in Ukraine

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

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Confirmation of Reports on the Poisoning of Aleksey Navalny

The United States is deeply concerned by reported preliminary conclusions from German medical experts that Russian opposition activist Aleksey Navalny was poisoned. If the reports prove accurate, the United States supports the EU’s call for a comprehensive investigation and stands ready to assist in that effort. MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE: Mr. Navalny’s family …

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

Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun will travel to Vilnius, Lithuania; Moscow, Russia; Kyiv, Ukraine August 24–27 to meet with senior government leaders to discuss a range of regional and international issues. Deputy Secretary Biegun will travel to Vienna, Austria August 27 to meet with counterparts at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in …

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Supporting the Aspirations of the Belarusian People

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 20, 2020 The United States has been inspired by the display of peaceful expression of the Belarusian people seeking to determine their own future. We stand by our long-term commitment to support Belarus’ sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as the aspirations of the Belarusian people …

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

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

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Mission Russia

Location: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladivostok, Yekaterinburg, Khabarovsk, and other cities, Russia Event: The Embassy is aware of social media posts calling for Russian citizens to participate in unsanctioned gatherings tomorrow, August 15 at 14:00 local time, at Pushkin Square in central Moscow, at the SEC Gallery and near Gostiny Dvor in St. Petersburg, near the …

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

U.S Department of State Interview Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Prague, Czech Republic U.S. Chief of Mission Residence August 12, 2020 QUESTION: You have condemned the conduct of the elections in Belarus and you’ve also condemned the violence from security forces that has followed those elections. But what does this mean for the future …

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

U.S. Department of State Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State August 10, 2020 The United States is deeply concerned by the recent draft decree published by Russian authorities targeting U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM)-funded entities in Russia. For more than 70 years, Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Europe / Radio …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Mission Russia

Location: Khabarovsk ‎and other cities in the Far East and Siberia   Event: The Embassy is aware of media reports of recurring protests in Khabarovsk ‎and other cities in the Far East and Siberia, including:   In Khabarovsk, at Lenin Square and continuing along Muravyeva-Amurskogo and Turgeneva Streets on weekends at noon and on weekdays after work, …

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

Today, U. S. citizen Trevor Reed was convicted in a Russian court following a trial in which the prosecution’s case and the evidence presented against Mr. Reed were so preposterous that they provoked laughter in the courtroom. Even the judge laughed. This conviction, and a sentence of nine years, for an alleged crime that so …

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The United States and Russia Hold Space Security Exchange

Officials from the Departments of State, Defense, and Energy, as well as the National Security Council, met with Russian Federation officials in a Space Security Exchange under the framework of the Strategic Security Dialogue. In more than 13 hours of discussion, these senior U.S. civilian and military experts with space policy and operational experience engaged in …

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

A U.S. delegation, including representatives from the Departments of State, Defense, and Energy, as well as the National Security Council, will travel to Vienna, Austria, for U.S.-Russia Working Group meetings from July 28-30. During these meetings officials will discuss Nuclear Doctrine and Warheads, and Transparency and Verification, as part of the U.S. push for trilateral …

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Statement by Ambassador Sullivan: Honoring Representative John Lewis

On Friday, July 17, our country lost a civil rights icon, Representative John Lewis, following a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer.  When he was diagnosed with the disease, John Lewis took it in stride, stating that he had been in some kind of fight – for freedom, equality, and basic human rights – for nearly …

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

For Immediate Release Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo July 15, 2020 Today, the United States took action to further limit Yevgeniy Prigozhin’s destabilizing global activity by designating entities that have enabled his ability to evade sanctions – this time, in Sudan.  These designations include Private Military Company (PMC) Wagner’s apparent cover entity in Sudan, …

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The United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the Syrian People

U.S. Department of State Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State June 30, 2020 At today’s fourth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region,” hosted by the European Union, Special Representative for Syria Engagement Ambassador James Jeffrey announced more than $696 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of …

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Joint Statement on Pride Month 2020

Moscow, June 27, 2020 We, the undersigned Ambassadors and Chargés d’Affaires of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States, affirm the inherent dignity of each individual as expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and call upon the government of the Russian Federation to adhere to its stated commitment to …

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Pride Month 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

Event:  Reminder of Upcoming Aeroflot flights to New York Aeroflot direct flights from Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) to New York (JFK) are scheduled to depart on Tuesday, June 16, and Sunday, June 21, at 14:15. Tickets are still on sale via Aeroflot’s website. Please note that the Embassy is not creating lists of potential passengers, …

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

The United States is outraged by the decision of a Russian court today to convict U.S. citizen Paul Whelan after a secret trial, with secret evidence, and without appropriate allowances for defense witnesses. We have serious concerns that Mr. Whelan was deprived of the fair trial guarantees that Russia is required to provide him in …

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

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

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

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Media Note June 11, 2020 Special Representative for Syria Engagement Ambassador James Jeffrey spoke by phone today with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin on the situation in Syria. Ambassador Jeffrey and Deputy Foreign Minister Vershinin discussed the political process for the settlement of …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Delivery of U.S. Ventilators to Russia

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

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

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

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Fact Sheet: Transatlantic Cooperation on COVID-19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Spirit of Torgau

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

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

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

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Ambassador John J. Sullivan on Patriots’ Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

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

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Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 1, 2020)  Location:  Russia, country-wide  Event:  Daily COVID-19 Update for U.S. Citizens in the Russian Federation Flight Update: U.S. Mission Russia continues to monitor the availability of international flights departing the Russian Federation.  The Aeroflot website is currently selling tickets for an April 3 flight from Moscow to …

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Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (March 31, 2020) Location:  Russia, country-wide Event:  Daily COVID-19 Update for U.S. Citizens in the Russian Federation The Government of the Russian Federation has severely curtailed or cancelled most international flights in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  While Aeroflot initially indicated it would continue limited flights …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (March 30, 2020) Location:  Russia, country-wide   Event:  Implementation of Citywide Self-Isolation Order in Moscow The mayor of Moscow announced a citywide self-isolation order, effective March 30, meant to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Visit the website of the Mayor of Moscow and the local government COVID-19 website for updated information.  This order mandates all individuals present …

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

Location:  Russia, country-wide   Event:  Daily COVID-19 Update for U.S. Citizens in the Russian Federation Yesterday, Ambassador John Sullivan and Acting Minister Counselor of Consular Affairs Catherine Holt conducted a virtual town hall to discuss the latest COVID-19 news in Russia and answer questions pertinent to U.S. citizens at this time.  You may view a recording …

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

March 23, 2020 Good morning.  I am very grateful for your being here today.  I am joined by my colleagues, the Ambassador from the United Kingdom, Ambassador Bronnert, and the Ambassador from Ireland, Ambassador McElduff. As the U.S. Ambassador to Russia, the security and well-being of American citizens is my highest priority. We are here …

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Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

Location:  Russia, country-wide Event:  U.S. Consulate General Vladivostok has temporarily suspended operations until further notice.  U.S. Consulate General Yekaterinburg has assumed responsibility for U.S. Consulate General Vladivostok’s consular district. The U.S. Embassy in Moscow and U.S. Consulate General in Yekaterinburg are providing citizenship and visa services on an emergency basis due to the global COVID-19 …

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U.S. Mission to Russia Reduces Consular Services

Out of concern for the health of our Russian and American staff and the public in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Mission to Russia has reduced visa operations and routine American citizen services. Effective March 18, the consular sections of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, the U.S. Consulate General in Yekaterinburg, and …

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Temporary Suspension of Operations at the U.S. Consulate General in Vladivostok

The Department of State has temporarily suspended operations at the U.S. Consulate General in Vladivostok out of concern for the health of our Russian and American staff, and the public, in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic.  We look forward to resumption of operations at the U.S. Consulate General in Vladivostok as soon as the …

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

Please read the latest Global Health Alert and be advised that the U.S. Department of State currently advises all U.S. citizens to reconsider travel due to risks posed by COVID-19 coronavirus For the most current information regarding COVID-19, the March 11 Presidential proclamation, and its impact on travel to the United States, please visit  www.dhs.gov  and  www.whitehouse.gov . The restrictions …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia (February 28, 2020)

Location: Moscow, Russia – Strastnoy Boulevard to Academician Sakharov Avenue, starting at 13:00. Event:  On Saturday, February 29, there will be an authorized march in memory of Russian politician Boris Nemtsov.  The march is scheduled to take place from 13:00 to 16:00, with several thousand expected participants.  Police and media presence are expected.  U.S. citizens …

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Deputy Special Representative for North Korea Alex Wong Visits Russia

Deputy Special Representative for North Korea Alex Wong met with Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov and Ambassador-at-Large Oleg Burmistrov to discuss continued U.S.-Russia coordination on North Korea in Moscow February 13.  During his meetings in Moscow, Deputy Special Representative Wong reaffirmed the United States’ continued openness to diplomatic engagement with the DPRK to make progress …

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Ambassador Sullivan Meets with Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation Alexander Novak

As part of his continuing series of introductory meetings, Ambassador John Sullivan met February 6 with Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation Alexander Novak. Ambassador Sullivan and Minister Novak discussed global energy trends, energy security, and the bilateral energy relationship. Ambassador Sullivan underscored his goal of supporting open transparent channels of communication with representatives …

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Ambassador Sullivan Meets with Chairman of Russia’s Accounts Chamber Aleksey Kudrin

As part of his continuing series of introductory meetings, Ambassador John Sullivan met today with Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation Aleksey Kudrin.  Ambassador Sullivan and Chairman Kudrin discussed bilateral economic cooperation, and the business climate and investment climate in Russia for U.S. investors.  Ambassador Sullivan looks forward to supporting open channels …

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Ambassador Sullivan Meets with Russia’s Security Council Secretary Patrushev

As part of his continuing series of introductory meetings, Ambassador John Sullivan met February 4, 2020 with Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolai Patrushev to discuss the importance of bilateral cooperation in various spheres, including strategic security.  Ambassador Sullivan looks forward to supporting open channels of communication with representatives of the …

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Health Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

January 31, 2020 Location:  Wuhan, Hankou area, China Event:  Due to the ongoing  outbreak of respiratory illness, first identified in Wuhan, China , the U.S. Government issued a Level 4 Do Not Travel Alert on January 30, 2020.  This alert recommends that U.S. citizens avoid travel to China due to the rapid spread of coronavirus.  The Government of the Russian Federation has taken additional steps to control the spread of …

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Ambassador John J. Sullivan Meets with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

As part of his continuing series of introductory meetings, Ambassador John Sullivan met today with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Ambassador Sullivan has met Foreign Minister Lavrov previously on several occasions. Today’s constructive meeting continued an on-going dialogue between the two diplomats on bilateral and multilateral issues including counterterrorism, the Middle East and arms control.

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Ambassador John J. Sullivan Meets with Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov

Ambassador John Sullivan met today with Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov to discuss a variety of issues related to North Africa and the Middle East as part of his introductory calls with Russian officials. The meeting was candid and constructive, and Ambassador Sullivan looks forward to continued dialogue with representatives of the Ministry of Foreign …

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Health Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

Event:  There is an ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness, first identified in Wuhan, China, caused by a novel (new) coronavirus.  The United States is closely monitoring the situation, and we are actively working with governments and international partners to combat the spread of the outbreak. There are indications that limited person-to-person spread is occurring.  Preliminary information …

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Deputy Chief of Mission Bart Gorman Lays Wreath at the Motherland Monument in St. Petersburg

On January 27, 2020, to mark the 76th Anniversary of the lifting of the Siege of Leningrad, Deputy Chief of Mission Bart Gorman together with diplomatic mission staff laid a wreath at Piskaryovsky Memorial Cemetery to honor the memory of the brave citizens of Leningrad and defenders of the city. DCM Gorman: “Thinking about the …

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U.S.-Russia Strategic Security Dialogue

U.S. Department of State Media Note Office of the Spokesperson January 16, 2020 Today, Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation Dr. Christopher A. Ford, who has been delegated the authorities and functions of the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, led a U.S. interagency delegation to Vienna, Austria, to participate …

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Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) Offered February 5 at U.S. Embassy Moscow

U.S. Embassy Moscow will be offering the Foreign Service Officer Test on February 5, 2020, from 09:00 – 16:00. Test takers have the option of reserving a seat for the morning test session from 09:00 – 12:00 or the afternoon session from 13:00 – 16:00. Six seats are available for each session. The deadline to …

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U.S. Ambassador to Russia John J. Sullivan to Arrive in Moscow

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Treasury Targets Additional Individuals Involved in the Sergei Magnitsky Case and Gross Violations of Human Rights in Russia

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Statement by Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino

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Sanctions Announcement on Iran

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

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Joint Statement on Syria

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Joint Statement on the Salisbury Attack

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Remarks – Wess Mitchell Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs

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Statement by Spokesperson Nauert on Eroding Press Freedom in Russia

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

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

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

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

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

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

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

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Remarks by President Trump on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

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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

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Statement by Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on Iran Decision

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Statement From the President on the Confirmation of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

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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

In 1995, Congress adopted the Jerusalem Embassy Act, urging the federal government to relocate the American embassy to Jerusalem and to recognize that that city — and so importantly — is Israel’s capital. This act passed Congress by an overwhelming bipartisan majority and was reaffirmed by a unanimous vote of the Senate only six months …

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Ambassador Huntsman on the Naming of Media Organizations as Foreign Agents in Russia

Ambassador Huntsman on the Naming of Media Organizations as Foreign Agents in Russia: “We are very concerned about this recent move by the Russian government under the banner of the Foreign Agent Law. We’ve seen what this has done to civil society and non-governmental organizations by way of harassment, lawsuits, and effectively putting people out …

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Media Note on Cancellation of Ambassador Huntsman’s Travel to the Russian Far East

Shortly after his arrival to Russia in October, U.S. Ambassador Huntsman prioritized visits to cities where we actively support U.S. citizens and U.S. business interests and where we hope in the very near future to be able to renew consular operations. He was very pleased with his November visits to Yekaterinburg and St. Petersburg where …

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Statement By Secretary Tillerson on the Latest DPRK Missile Launch

U.S. Department Of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement By Secretary Tillerson November 28, 2017 The United States strongly condemns North Korea’s launch of what is likely an intercontinental ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, indiscriminately threatening its neighbors, the region and global stability. The DPRK’s relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons …

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Russia’s Restrictive Media-Focused Legislation

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC November 28, 2017 New Russian legislation that allows the Ministry of Justice to label media outlets as “foreign agents” and to monitor or block certain internet activity presents yet another threat to free media in Russia. Freedom of expression—including speech and media which a government may find …

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Secretary Tillerson on Efforts to Address Burma’s Rakhine State Crisis

I reiterate the United States’ condemnation of August 25 attacks on security forces by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA). Yet no provocation can justify the horrendous atrocities that have ensued. These abuses by some among the Burmese military, security forces, and local vigilantes have caused tremendous suffering and forced hundreds of thousands of men, …

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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release November 21, 2017 President Donald J. Trump today spoke with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia for more than one hour. The presidents affirmed their support for the Joint Statement of the United States and the Russian Federation, issued at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation …

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Ambassador Huntsman’s Comments to Media during a November 17 visit to RFE/RL in Moscow

U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., visited RFE/RL’s Moscow office on Friday, November 17. At the end of the visit, he gave the following comment to RFE/RL and answered a question by VOA: Comment: I’m here for a specific reason as the United States Ambassador. I’m here because we as Americans believe that …

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Statement from the White House Press Secretary on the Veto of the Renewal of the UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 17, 2017 Statement from the Press Secretary on the Veto of the Renewal of the UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism On November 16, Russia vetoed the renewal of the United Nations-Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM), once again protecting …

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Comment by the Embassy Spokesperson on FARA

Comment by U.S. Embassy Spokesperson Maria Olson on FARA November 17, 2017 Free speech and a free media are central elements of all democracies. We’re watching carefully the draft Russian law designating media outlets as foreign agents to see whether it is passed and how it is implemented. Official Russian statements link the draft legislation …

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Meeting between U.S. Special Representative Volker and Russian Presidential Representative Surkov

U.S. Special Representative Volker and Russian Presidential Representative Surkov met in Belgrade on November 13, 2017. It was their third meeting and was a thorough discussion of the current diplomatic state of play concerning efforts to end the war in Donbas. It is not surprising that the United States and Russia have different concepts for …

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Joint Statement by The President of the United States and the President of the Russian Federation

President Trump and President Putin today, meeting on the margins of the APEC conference in Da Nang, Vietnam, confirmed their determination to defeat ISIS in Syria. They expressed their satisfaction with successful U.S.-Russia enhanced de-confliction efforts between U.S. and Russian military professionals that have dramatically accelerated ISIS’s losses on the battlefield in recent months.

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Secretary Tillerson’s Meeting With Ambassador Antonov

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov met this afternoon at the Department of State. They discussed the need to restore Ukraine’s territorial integrity and fully implement the Minsk agreements. The two also discussed the defeat of ISIS in Syria and the United States’ continued commitment to the Geneva talks as …

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

United States Mission To The United Nations Office of Press and Public Diplomacy For Immediate Release October 19, 2017   The United States has great confidence in the thorough and impartial work of the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM), a team led jointly by the United Nations and Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), …

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Ambassador Haley on the United States’ Withdrawal from UNESCO

In July, when UNESCO made its latest outrageous and politically based decision, designating the Old City of Hebron and the Tomb of the Patriarchs as part of Palestinian territory, the United States clearly stated that this decision would negatively affect our evaluation of our level of engagement with the organization. The United States will continue …

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U.S. government representatives to attend Annual Meeting of the Special Services and Law Enforcement Entities

October 4 – 5, U.S. government representatives from Embassy Moscow and officials from Washington, D.C. will attend the 16th Annual Meeting of the Special Services and Law Enforcement Entities held in Krasnodar, Russia and hosted by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB).  The meeting will focus on international law enforcement cooperation and counterterrorism, as well …

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U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. presents credentials to President Putin

U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. presented his credentials today to President Putin in a ceremony held in the Kremlin’s Alexander Hall. “As the U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation,  I look forward to working to rebuild trust between our two countries and to strengthening the bilateral relationship based on cooperation on …

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Arrival of U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation Jon M. Huntsman

U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation Jon M. Huntsman and his wife Mary Kaye arrived in Moscow this morning.  They were greeted by U.S. Embassy personnel and a representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Ambassador Huntsman was sworn in on September 29, 2017, and will present his credentials to President Putin on Tuesday, …

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Remarks by President Trump to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release September 19, 2017 10:04 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP: Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, world leaders, and distinguished delegates: Welcome to New York. It is a profound honor to stand here in my home city, as a representative of the American people, to address the …

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Readout of Secretary Tillerson’s Meeting With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met this evening in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. The two recommitted to deconflicting military operations in Syria, reducing the violence, and creating the conditions for the Geneva process to move forward, pursuant to United Nations Security …

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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on North Korea’s Missile Launch

North Korea’s provocative missile launch represents the second time the people of Japan, a treaty ally of the United States, have been directly threatened in recent weeks. These continued provocations only deepen North Korea’s diplomatic and economic isolation. United Nations Security Council resolutions, including the most recent unanimous sanctions resolution, represent the floor, not the …

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Remarks by Amb. Haley Following the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution on DPRK Sanctions

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Amb. Nikki Haley: “North Korea’s neighbors, its trading partners, and the entire international community are united against its dangerous and illegal actions. Today’s resolution builds on what were already the deepest cutting sanctions ever leveled against North Korea. We’ve been down this road before. The Security Council has …

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Remarks by President Trump at the 9/11 Memorial Observance

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release September 11, 2017 Remarks by President Trump at the 9/11 Memorial Observance   The Pentagon Arlington, Virginia 9:49 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, General.  Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen. I want to thank you, Secretary Mattis, General Dunford, members of the …

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On the Anniversary of the 9/11 Terror Attacks

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson: “Today we remember the victims of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, and honor the heroes who valiantly saved many lives that day, even sacrificing their own. Their courage on that day remains an example of the character of the American people in the face of evil. Though …

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Achieving Parity in Diplomatic Missions

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson Statement by Heather Nauert, Spokesperson The United States has fully implemented the decision by the Government of the Russian Federation to reduce the size of our mission in Russia. We believe this action was unwarranted and detrimental to the overall relationship between our countries. In the spirit …

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Secretary Tillerson’s Calls With Japanese and Republic of Korea Foreign Ministers

Secretary Tillerson spoke on separate calls with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Republic of Korea (R.O.K.) Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha to discuss North Korea’s launch of a missile that overflew Japan. They agreed the launch was an escalation of North Korean provocations and showcased the dangerous threat posed by North Korea to the United …

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Ambassador Tefft on U.S.-Russian Relations and much more

Ambassador Tefft in an Interview with TASS Russian News Agency   – Mr. Ambassador, as you told us already, you are going to leave in September and what do you think is your main achievement as Ambassador? – Well, I don’t know about achievements. I have a bunch of disappointments, as you’d imagine, in the bilateral relationship.  But you know, we try very hard at …

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

8/22/2017 ​OFAC Designates 16 for Activities Related to Support of North Korea’s Nuclear and Ballistic Missile Programs, Energy Trade, Labor Exports, and Sanctions Evasion Washington – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated 10 entities and six individuals in response to North Korea’s ongoing development of weapons of mass …

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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

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC August 21, 2017 Four years ago today, the Syrian regime launched a horrific chemical attack with the nerve agent sarin on the opposition-controlled suburb of Ghouta in Damascus – leaving more than 1,400 Syrians dead, many of them children. On this solemn anniversary, the international community remembers …