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

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

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken at UN Security Council Meeting on Climate and Security

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE UN HEADQUARTERS NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK SEPTEMBER 23, 2021   SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Thank you very much, Taoiseach.  Secretary-General Guterres, thank you for your presence, thank you for your leadership on climate.  And Taoiseach, thank you so much for convening today’s discussion, for putting the connection between climate and security on the Security Council’s agenda.  And …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken At the Virtual COVID-19 Summit

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE PALACE HOTEL NEW YORK, NY SEPTEMBER 22, 2021   SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, good afternoon, everyone. We meet at a challenging time.  Eighteen months since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, we are not where we need to be.  The virus continues to overpower and outmaneuver us.  In many places, it’s spreading at its …

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Remarks by President Biden Before the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

United Nations Headquarters New York, New York 10:01 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General, my fellow delegates, to all those who dedicate themselves to this noble mission of this institution: It’s my honor to speak to you for the first time as President of the United States. We meet this year in a …

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Joint Statement of the C5+1 on Addressing the Climate Crisis

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 21, 2021 The text of the following statement was issued by the Governments of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the Republic of Uzbekistan, and the United States of America, on the occasion of the C5+1 Climate Ministerial held virtually on September 16, 2021. Begin Text: Climate policy …

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Remarks by President Biden Before the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

United Nations Headquarters New York, New York 10:01 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General, my fellow delegates, to all those who dedicate themselves to this noble mission of this institution: It’s my honor to speak to you for the first time as President of the United States. We meet this year in a …

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Armenian Independence Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 21, 2021 On behalf of the United States of America, I send best wishes to the people of Armenia as you celebrate the 30th anniversary of your independence. In the three decades since Armenia rejected oppressive communist rule and declared independence from the Soviet Union, the …

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The Russian Federation’s Duma Elections

The September 17-19 Duma elections in the Russian Federation took place under conditions not conducive to free and fair proceedings. The Russian government’s use of laws on “extremist organizations,” “foreign agents,” and “undesirable organizations” severely restricted political pluralism and prevented the Russian people from exercising their civil and political rights.

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Readout of President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s Meeting with Secretary-General António Guterres of the United Nations

President Joseph R. Biden Jr. met this evening with Secretary-General António Guterres of the United Nations. They reaffirmed the strong partnership between the United States and the United Nations which, in particular, is based on common values that include respect for universal human rights, fundamental freedoms, and international law. They discussed the importance of multilateralism …

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Statement by President Biden on Yom Kippur

For millennia, Jewish communities have marked Yom Kippur as an occasion to reflect and pray; fast and seek forgiveness; account for past transgressions, and commit to future change. At its core, this sacred and solemn day reaffirms a universal principle at the essence of our humanity: that, through word and deed, we each have the …

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Commemorating the International Day of Democracy 

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 14, 2021 On this International Day of Democracy, we underscore our support for democracy as we strive toward a more equitable, inclusive, and sustainable world. The United States places democracy and human rights at the center of our foreign policy; they are essential elements in achieving and sustaining peace and stability the world over. …

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Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on the International Day of Democracy

SEPTEMBER 15, 2021• STATEMENTS AND RELEASES This International Day of Democracy, we reaffirm a basic truth: that democracy—government of the people, by the people, and for the people—is humanity’s most enduring means to advance peace, prosperity, and security. It is how we best safeguard the universal human rights, fundamental freedoms, and dignity that belong to every person. And …

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

As part of our commitment to the people of Afghanistan, the United States is providing nearly $64 million in new humanitarian assistance to the people affected by the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.  This brings total U.S. humanitarian aid in Afghanistan and for Afghan refugees in the region to nearly $4 billion since 2002. This assistance …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken Opening Remarks at Ministerial on Afghanistan

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE RAMSTEIN AIR BASE GERMANY SEPTEMBER 8, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN: Well, greetings, everyone, and Heiko, thank you so much for co-hosting this ministerial today, and also I just want to say to all of our colleagues thank you so much for the remarkable contributions that Germany’s made to our shared mission in Afghanistan over the …

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Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley’s Travel to Moscow and Paris

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 7, 2021 Special Envoy Malley and a small delegation will be travelling to Moscow and Paris from 7-10 September for consultations with our Russian and European partners on Iran’s nuclear program and the need to quickly reach and implement an understanding on a mutual return to compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of …

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United States Condemns the Unjust Detention of Crimean Tatar Leaders

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 5, 2021   The United States strongly condemns the September 4 detention of the Deputy Chairman of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, Nariman Dhezlal, and at least 45 other Crimean Tatars by Russian occupation authorities in Crimea.  We call on the Russian occupation authorities to release them immediately.  This is the latest in a …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on the Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership

I congratulate the Government of Iraq on hosting a successful and ground-breaking regional summit today. This kind of diplomacy has never been more important as we seek to ease tensions among neighboring states and expand cooperation across the Middle East, and Iraq’s leadership on this is historic. I also thank President Macron for his engagement …

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Joint Statement on Afghanistan Evacuation Travel Assurances

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 29, 2021 The text of the following statement was released initially by the Governments of the United States of America, Albania, Australia, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Canada, Central African Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, El …

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Syria: Eighth Anniversary of the Ghouta Chemical Weapons Attack

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 21, 2021 Eight years ago, on the early morning of August 21, 2013, the Assad regime released the nerve agent sarin on its own people in the Ghouta district of Damascus, killing more than 1,400 Syrians, many of them children.  The United States estimates that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons …

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Fact Sheet: United States Imposes Additional Costs on Russia for the Poisoning of Aleksey Navalny

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 20, 2021 CBW ACT SANCTIONS Description of Sanctions: Pursuant to the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (the CBW Act), the United States will impose a second round of sanctions on the Russian Federation over its use of a “Novichok” nerve agent in the August 2020 poisoning of …

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

President Biden will virtually meet with G7 leaders on August 24, 2021. The leaders will discuss continuing our close coordination on Afghanistan policy and evacuating our citizens, the brave Afghans who stood with us over the last two decades, and other vulnerable Afghans. They will also discuss plans to provide humanitarian assistance and support for Afghan refugees. The …

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U.S. Imposes Additional Costs on Russia for Aleksey Navalny Poisoning

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 20, 2021 The United States, in concert with the United Kingdom, is imposing additional costs on the Russian Federation on the one-year anniversary of the poisoning of Russian opposition figure Aleksey Navalny with a Novichok nerve agent. As the United Kingdom and the United States reaffirmed  [https://www.state.gov/joint-statement-on-the-anniversary-of-mr-alexey-navalnys-poisoning/] , we condemn the August 2020 assassination …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 19, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg today.  Secretary Blinken and Secretary General Stoltenberg look forward to a virtual meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers on Friday, August 20.  The meeting will bring Allies together to discuss developments …

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Secretary Blinken’s Videoconference with G7 Foreign Ministers and the High Representative of the European Union on Afghanistan

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 19, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom and the High Representative of the European Union to discuss the situation in Afghanistan.  All leaders underscored the imperative of safe …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with Lithuanian Foreign Minister Landsbergis

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 13, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman spoke with Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis today.  Deputy Secretary Sherman and Foreign Minister Landsbergis emphasized the strength and breadth of the U.S.-Lithuanian bilateral relationship, which is grounded in our NATO Alliance; strengthening U.S.-EU cooperation, including …

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President Biden to Convene Leaders’ Summit for Democracy

The President has said that the challenge of our time is to demonstrate that democracies can deliver by improving the lives of their own people and by addressing the greatest problems facing the wider world. In his first six months in office, the President has reinvigorated democracy at home, vaccinating 70% of population, passing the American Rescue …

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Senior Advisor for Energy Security

Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State I am appointing Amos Hochstein to serve as the Department’s Senior Advisor for Energy Security, underscoring the Administration’s commitment to promote energy security for the United States and our allies and partners.  His immediate focus will be implementation of measures to reduce the risks posed by the Nord Stream …

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Holding the Lukashenka Regime to Account on the Anniversary of the Fraudulent Presidential Belarusian Election

On the one-year anniversary of Belarus’s fraudulent presidential election, the United States government has taken decisive action against forty-four individuals and entities in order to hold Alyaksandr Lukashenka and his regime to account for its continued, violent repression of Belarusians inside and outside the country.

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba and Head of the Presidential Office Yermak

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 5, 2021 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and Head of the Presidential Office Andriy Yermak. Secretary Blinken emphasized the United States’ commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s ongoing aggression in …

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Fact Sheet: President Biden Announces Major Milestone in Administration’s Global Vaccination Efforts

Building off of last week’s announcement of additional actions that we are taking to stop the spread of the Delta variant and get more people vaccinated in the United States, President Biden will give an update on another critical piece of his strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic: stopping the spread of the virus abroad.

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Russian Government Actions Impacting U.S. Mission Russia

Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State The United States is immensely grateful for the tireless dedication and commitment of our locally employed staff and contractors at U.S. Mission Russia. We thank them for their contributions to the overall operations and their work to improve relations between our two countries. Their dedication, expertise and friendship have …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Participation in Strategic Stability Dialogue with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov

Office of the Spokesperson The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman led a U.S. interagency delegation from the National Security Council, Department of State, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff, and Department of Energy to Geneva, Switzerland to participate in the U.S.-Russia Strategic Stability Dialogue. …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman to Lead U.S. Delegation in Strategic Stability Dialogue with Russian Federation

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JULY 23, 2021 Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman will travel to Geneva, Switzerland to lead the U.S. delegation’s participation in a U.S.-Russia bilateral Strategic Stability Dialogue on July 28, 2021. She will be joined by Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Bonnie Jenkins, …

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COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information Last updated: 08/31/2021 Country-Specific Information: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic,  U.S. Embassy Moscow advises U.S. citizens not to travel to Russia. The U.S. Embassy in the Russian Federation has limited capacity to assist U.S. citizens in the event of an emergency. The Russian Federation is one of the countries most affected by the …

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U.S.-Russia Joint Statement Addressing the Climate Challenge

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JULY 15, 2021 Joint Statement on the Climate Challenge between John Kerry, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, and Ruslan Edelgeriyev, Russian Special Presidential Representative on Climate Issues and Adviser to the President of Russia. U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and Russian Special Presidential Representative on …

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Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry’s Call with Russian President Putin During Meetings in Moscow, Russia

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JULY 14, 2021 Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry had a phone call on July 14 with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss U.S.-Russia cooperation on combatting the climate crisis. Special Presidential Envoy Kerry emphasized that the United States and Russia have important roles to play, including on …

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Honoring the Legacies of Natalya Estemirova and Paul Klebnikov

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JULY 14, 2021 This month, the United States honors slain journalists Natalya Estemirova and Paul Klebnikov. Klebnikov, a Forbes magazine journalist and U.S. citizen, investigated and exposed corruption in post-Soviet Russia. On July 9, 2004, he was shot and killed in Moscow, likely in retaliation for his work. Estemirova …

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Russia’s Continuing Repression of Members of Religious Minority Groups

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JULY 9, 2021 We are deeply concerned by a Russian court’s decision to uphold the designation of the Khakassia regional branch of Falun Gong as “extremist” and criminalize the peaceful practice of their spiritual beliefs. Russian authorities harass, fine, and imprison Falun Gong practitioners for such simple acts as …

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

JULY 09, 2021 President Biden spoke today with President Putin. The leaders commended the joint work of their respective teams following the U.S.-Russia Summit that led to the unanimous renewal of cross-border humanitarian assistance to Syria today in the UN Security Council. President Biden also spoke with President Putin about the ongoing ransomware attacks by …

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Ambassador Sullivan’s Interview with Echo Moskvy in St. Petersburg Radio

Ambassador Sullivan’s Interview with Vitaly Dymarsky of Echo of Moskvy in St. Petersburg Radio Vitaly Dymarsky: Good afternoon, all our audience. It’s great to welcome you in our St. Petersburg studio. And I would like to welcome our guest, the US Ambassador to Russia, Mr. John Sullivan. I would like to repeat that we’re in …

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Travel and Health Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

Travel and Health Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (July 6, 2021)   Location:  Russia, country-wide Event:  U.S. Citizens Permitted to Enter the Russian Federation According to the Decree of the Russian Federation No. 1745-r, U.S. citizens are now permitted to travel to the Russian Federation under certain conditions. For more information, please also see the website of …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken at the 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE DR. KARI JOHNSTONE, ACTING DIRECTOR OFFICE TO MONITOR AND COMBAT TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS BEN FRANKLIN ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. JULY 1, 2021 MS JOHNSTONE: Good afternoon, and welcome. My name is Kari Johnstone. I am the acting director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Thank …

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Ambassador Sullivan’s Interview with TV Dozhd (TV Rain)

Ambassador Sullivan – Interview with Ekaterina Kotrikadze, TV Dozhd June 28, 2021 Moscow, Russia Ekaterina Kotrikadze, Dozhd:  The first question is about your return to Moscow. What are your feelings about that? Ambassador Sullivan:  Thank you Ekaterina. It is good to see you again, and to appear on TV Rain with you. I’m thrilled to be back. I’m a little disappointed at the weather in Moscow. When …

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

June 28, 2021 Good afternoon, everyone. I spent this afternoon in the appellate proceeding in Trevor Reed’s case, and the court upheld the judgment against Trevor and the sentence of nine years in prison. As many of you have heard me say on a number of different occasions here, this is a gross miscarriage of …

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U.S. Mission Russia Health Alert: Increased COVID-19 Mitigation Measures Implemented Across the Russian Federation

Health Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (June 25, 2021)  Location:  Russia, country-wide Event:  Increased COVID-19 Mitigation Measures Implemented Across the Russian Federation In response to a worsening epidemiological situation, regional, local, and municipal authorities in the Russian Federation continue to take steps to restrict the spread of COVID-19.  These measures may include curfews for restaurants …

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Joint Statement on Pride Month 2021

We, the undersigned Ambassadors and Chargés d’Affaires of Australia, Canada, Iceland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States, celebrate Pride Month by affirming the inherent human rights of each individual as expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, including members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI+) community. Unfortunately, LGBTI+ …

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U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation John J. Sullivan has returned to Moscow

June 24, 2021 U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation John J. Sullivan returned to Moscow today.  Ambassador Sullivan joined President Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and other senior U.S. officials at the U.S.-Russia summit in Geneva last week.  “I am pleased to be back in Moscow and am ready to work with the experienced …

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Joint Statement on Belarus

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JUNE 21, 2021 The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Canada and the United Kingdom, and the European External Action Service. Begin Text: We are united in our deep concern regarding the Lukashenka regime’s continuing attacks on human rights, …

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Holding the Lukashenka Regime and its Enablers to Account

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 21, 2021 The United States has taken action against dozens of Belarusian individuals and entities in response to last month’s forced diversion of a commercial Ryanair flight between two European Union member states and the politically motivated arrest of journalist Raman Pratasevich and Sofiya Sapega. These …

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Remarks by President Biden in Press Conference

June 16, 2021 Hôtel du Parc des Eaux-Vives Geneva, Switzerland 7:20 P.M. CEST THE PRESIDENT: It’s been a long day for you all. (Laughs.) I know it was easy getting into the — the pre-meeting. There was no problem getting through those doors, was it — was there? Anyway, hello, everyone. Well, I’ve just finished …

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U.S.-Russia Presidential Joint Statement on Strategic Stability

JUNE 16, 2021 We, President of the United States of America Joseph R. Biden and President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, note the United States and Russia have demonstrated that, even in periods of tension, they are able to make progress on our shared goals of ensuring predictability in the strategic sphere, reducing the …

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President Biden’s Trip to Europe

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. traveled to Cornwall, UK; Brussels, Belgium; and Geneva, Switzerland. On June 10-12, President Biden took part in the G7 meeting in Cornwall. The President then took part in the NATO Summit on June 14 and also participated in the U.S.-EU Summit on June 15, both in Brussels. Finally, President Biden …

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Remarks by President Biden in Press Conference

JUNE 14, 2021 NATO Headquarters Brussels, Belgium 9:28 P.M. CEST THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. Before I turn to today’s meetings, I want to say a short word about our ongoing fight against COVID-19 at home. We’ve made enormous progress in the United States. Much of the country is returning to normal, and our economic growth …

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FACT SHEET: United States and G7+ Plan to Defeat the COVID-19 Pandemic in 2022 and Prevent the Next Pandemic

11 June, 2021 Today, President Biden welcomed the historic commitment of the leaders of the G7 and guest countries to provide more than 1 billion additional COVID-19 vaccines for the world, starting this summer, of which the United States will contribute half a billion doses. This commitment forms the basis of a comprehensive set of …

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Russia National Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 12, 2021 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I congratulate the citizens of Russia as you celebrate Russia Day. This holiday marks the significant step Russia made on June 12, 1991, when it held its first free, open, and fair elections, …

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U.S. Embassy Moscow Statement on Lack of Access to Imprisoned U.S. Citizen Trevor Reed

Statement attributable to U.S. Embassy Moscow’s Chargé  d’affaires, a.i., Bartle Gorman: On June 10, following 16 days without consular access to imprisoned U.S. citizen Trevor Reed, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow issued a diplomatic note to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs protesting our lack of access.  Mr. Reed, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on May …

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The Designation of Navalny-Affiliated Organizations as “Extremist”

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JUNE 9, 2021 We condemn today’s decision by a Moscow court to designate as “extremist” three organizations affiliated with imprisoned opposition figure Aleksey Navalny. This designation puts staff members, volunteers, and thousands of supporters across Russia at risk of criminal prosecution and imprisonment for exercising fundamental human rights guaranteed …

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FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Unveils Strategy for Global Vaccine Sharing

FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Unveils Strategy for Global Vaccine Sharing, Announcing Allocation Plan for the First 25 Million Doses to be Shared Globally JUNE 03, 2021 As we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic at home and work to end the pandemic worldwide, President Biden has promised that the United States will be an arsenal …

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Secretary Blinken’s Participation in the Virtual NATO Foreign Ministerial

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JUNE 1, 2021 Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken participated today in the virtual NATO Foreign Ministerial hosted by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Secretary Blinken discussed the upcoming NATO Summit and reaffirmed U.S. commitment to NATO, highlighting the Administration’s priority to revitalize our alliances. The Secretary expressed support …

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Press Statement by Secretary Blinken on Pride Month

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 1, 2021 During this year’s Pride Month, we celebrate an important message: “You are Included.”  The diverse experiences, perspectives, and contributions of the State Department community make our institution stronger and advance the goals of American diplomacy.  Out of many, we are one. The Department has committed to increasing U.S. engagement on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and …

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Media Freedom Coalition Statement on the Arrest of Roman Protasevich

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 29, 2021 The undersigned members of the Media Freedom Coalition condemn in the strongest terms Belarus’ forced diversion and landing of a commercial aircraft and subsequent arrest of journalist Roman Protasevich. This unprecedented and shocking action constitutes a full frontal attack on media freedom and has serious implications …

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Belarus

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 27, 2021 The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union. Begin Text: We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, …

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Statement by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on the Meeting Between President Joe Biden and President Vladimir Putin of Russia

MAY 25, 2021 President Biden will meet with President Putin in Geneva, Switzerland on June 16, 2021. The leaders will discuss the full range of pressing issues, as we seek to restore predictability and stability to the U.S.-Russia relationship. ###

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Statement by President Joe Biden on Diversion of Ryanair Flight and Arrest of Journalist in Belarus

MAY 24, 2021 Belarus’s forced diversion of a commercial Ryanair flight, traveling between two member states of the European Union, and subsequent removal and arrest of Raman Pratasevich, a Belarusian journalist traveling abroad, are a direct affront to international norms. The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms both the diversion of the plane …

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Return Travel on Recently Expired U.S. Passports

The welfare and safety of U.S. citizens abroad is the highest priority of the Department of State. To alleviate travel difficulties and unprecedented appointment backlogs created by the global COVID-19 pandemic, the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security are working together to facilitate U.S. citizens’ return to the United States. U.S. citizens currently …

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

MAY 24, 2021 National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and the Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolay Patrushev held consultations on United States-Russia relations as part of regular Security Council contacts. The meeting was a logical continuation of the recent discussions held in Reykjavik between Secretary of State Blinken and Foreign Minister Lavrov. The meeting …

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Diversion of Ryanair Flight to Belarus and Arrest of Journalist

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 23, 2021 The United States strongly condemns the forced diversion of a flight between two EU member states and the subsequent removal and arrest of journalist Raman Pratasevich in Minsk. We demand his immediate release. This shocking act perpetrated by the Lukashenka regime endangered the lives …

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Release of the 2021 Arctic Council Joint Declaration and Strategic Plan in Reykjavik, Iceland

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 20, 2021 Today, at the 12th Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland, foreign ministers from all eight Arctic States signed onto the 2021 joint declaration reaffirming the Council’s commitment to maintain peace, stability, and constructive cooperation in the Arctic region, emphasizing Arctic States’ unique position to promote …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

05/19/2021 08:30 PM EDT Office of the Spokesperson The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the margins of the Arctic Council Ministerial.  The Secretary noted that the United States sought a more stable and predictable relationship with Moscow.  To …

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

05/19/2021 07:35 PM EDT   Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister Reykjavik, Iceland Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good evening.  I’m pleased to be meeting with Sergey for the first time in my capacity as the Secretary of State.  And as President Biden shared with President Putin, we seek a …

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Reinforcing the U.S. Commitment to the Arctic at the Arctic Council Ministerial May 19-20, 2021

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 19, 2021 “… [at the Arctic Council Ministerial] I’ll reaffirm America’s commitment to meeting our climate goals and encourage other Arctic nations to do the same.”                                             …

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On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State This year’s May 17 marks 16 years since the first International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB). In the intervening period, the United States has endeavored to reaffirm the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all persons, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex persons. To be …

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

Location: Russia Event: Temporary Resumption of Consular Services – The Russian government has informed U.S. Embassy Moscow of its intent to postpone the prohibition of U.S. Mission Russia’s employment of foreign nationals.  Consequently, through July 16, U.S. Embassy Moscow will temporarily resume routine U.S. citizen services, including passport services, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, and …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 12, 2021 Share The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Secretary Blinken and Minister Lavrov discussed the upcoming Arctic Council Ministerial, where they will meet next week, and the potential to cooperate during Russia’s …

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

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

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

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

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World Water Day

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

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

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Ukraine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Religious Freedom Concerns in Russia

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Ambassador Sullivan asked to remain in Russia by President Biden

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

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

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

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Honoring Anticorruption Champions

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

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

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

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

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

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Presidential Proclamation on National Black History Month, 2021

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

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New START Treaty Mythbusters

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

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

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

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New START Treaty

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

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

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Mission Russia

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

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The Sentencing of Russian Opposition Figure Aleksey Navalny

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

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

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National Freedom Day: Deepening Our Resolve to Fight Human Trafficking

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Opening Statement at Climate Adaptation Summit 2021

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

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Protests in Russia

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

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Mission Russia

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

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Presidential Statement on the Paris Climate Agreement Acceptance

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Proclamation on Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to The United States

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Ambassador Sullivan on the Detention of Aleksey Navalny

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

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo on the Arrest of Aleksey Navalny

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Health Alert – Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs

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

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Update on Department Transition Efforts and Travel

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

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

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Statement by Ambassador John J. Sullivan

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

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

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

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

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

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo on Russian Influence in the Mediterranean

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

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Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Conversation with Belarusian Opposition Leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

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

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

Security Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (December 14, 2020) Location: Russia, countrywide Event: During the holiday season, security measures in Russia remain heightened due to ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by violent extremist ideology throughout Europe. Violent extremists continue to focus on locations such as Christmas holiday markets, shopping malls, …

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Sanctioning Iranian Intelligence Officers Involved in the Abduction of Bob Levinson

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The President’s National Space Policy

The President’s National Space Policy , released yesterday, outlines America’s principles and goals regarding our national interests and activities in space. The policy reaffirms America’s leadership in outer space, emphasizes the importance of the commercial space sector to economic growth, and reaffirms the importance of all nations acting responsibly for the safety, stability, security, and long-term sustainability …

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International Human Rights Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

TIRANA, December 3, 2020 – The Heads of Delegation of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair countries – Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, Deputy Secretary of State of the United States Stephen E. Biegun, and Minister for European and Foreign Affairs of France Jean-Yves Le Drian – welcome the cessation of military activities in the area …

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

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

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Observance of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

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

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The United States Welcomes Cessation of Hostilities Between Armenia and Azerbaijan

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo November 17, 2020   The United States welcomes the cessation of active hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan.  From the start of the recent hostilities, the United States called for an end to the violence and condemned the military …

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US and France want more clarity from Russia on Karabakh

The U.S. and French authorities admit that Russia’s actions contributed to peace in unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh. At the same time, they want more details from Moscow about the peace agreement. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drienne came to this agreement during talks in Paris, as representatives of the U.S. …

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International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists   

A free press is essential to an informed citizenry.  A vigorous press can, for instance, expose corruption, shine a light on human rights abuses, and provide the public essential information during crises.  In many places, journalists fulfilling this necessary role risk attacks by authoritarian regimes and criminal organizations seeking to clamp down on press freedom and freedom of expression.  More than 1,500 journalists have been killed worldwide since the turn of the century, and in more than 85 percent of cases, the killers …

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International Religious Freedom Day

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

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Ambassador Sullivan’s Interview with Nezavisimaya Gazeta

Transcript Friday, October 23, 2020 Mr. Konstantin Remchukov, Editor-in-Chief, Nezavisimaya Gazeta NEZAVISIMAYA GAZETA: So, Mr. Ambassador, as you mentioned, the time for the last months was unusual, so many frustration for people, so many bad news. And culture has always been a good retreat for people to boost up their energy, morale, spirits, and everything. …

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

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

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Joint Statement Calling for a Ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh

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

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Transcript of Ambassador Sullivan’s Interview with Interfax

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

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

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

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Escalation of Violence between Armenia and Azerbaijan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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International Day of Democracy

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

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

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

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

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

On January 10, 2020, at a ceremony presided over by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Samuel Alito swore in John J. Sullivan as the new U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation. Friday’s ceremonial event followed the Ambassador’s official swearing in by the Secretary of State on December 23, 2019.

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

Event:  Due to the U.S. and Russian Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and the U.S. Consulates General in Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok will be closed December 24-25, 2019, and January 1-8, 2020.  During this time, passport, notarial, and Consular Report of Birth Abroad services will be unavailable. Actions to Take: If …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia

During the holiday season, security measures in Russia may be heightened due to potential threats posed by European-based transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology.  Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations such as airports, train stations and other transportation hubs, public transportation, Christmas holiday markets, shopping malls, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, …

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Special Envoy for North Korea Mark Lambert Discusses Continued U.S.-Russia Cooperation on North Korea in Moscow

Special Envoy for North Korea Mark Lambert met with Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov and Ambassador-at-Large Oleg Burmistrov in Moscow on November 8 to discuss continued U.S.-Russia cooperation on North Korea.  The conversation was candid and constructive, and Special Envoy Lambert emphasized the importance of continued close coordination with Russia on North Korea.

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