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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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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G7 Foreign and Development Ministers’ Meeting

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 2, 2021 “Another enduring principle is that we need countries to cooperate, now more than ever.” – Secretary Antony J. Blinken, March 3, 2021 Secretary Blinken will attend the G7 Foreign and Development Minister’s Meeting in London, the United Kingdom, from May 3-5, 2021.  The members of the …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on the Occasion of World Press Freedom Day

MAY 03, 2021 Thirty years ago today, in the face of constant pressure and violence, African journalists came together to issue the Windhoek Declaration, which asserted that, “[t]he establishment, maintenance and fostering of an independent, pluralistic and free press is essential to the development and maintenance of democracy in a nation, and for economic development.”  …

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World Press Freedom Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 2, 2021 Tomorrow, the United States joins the international community in celebrating World Press Freedom Day.  Information and knowledge are powerful tools, and a free and independent press is the core institution connecting publics to the information they need to advocate for themselves, make informed decisions, and …

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

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON APRIL 30, 2021 The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China, and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on the occasion of the Extended “Troika” on Peaceful Settlement in Afghanistan. Begin Text: On …

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Remarks by President Biden at the Virtual Leaders Summit on Climate Opening Session

APRIL 22, 2021 East Room 8:07 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Madam Vice President. Good morning to all of our colleagues around the world — the world leaders who are taking part in this summit. I thank you. You know, your leadership on this issue is a statement to the people of your nation …

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Statement on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Call with Nikolay Patrushev, Secretary of the Russian Security Council

APRIL 19, 2021 National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke by phone today with Nikolay Patrushev, Secretary of the Russian Security Council. The two discussed a number of issues in the bilateral relationship, as well as regional and global matters of concern. Mr. Sullivan and Secretary Patrushev also discussed the prospect of a presidential summit between …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken At a Press Availability

REMARKS TO THE PRESS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE U.S. EMBASSY KABUL KABUL, AFGHANISTAN APRIL 15, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN: Good afternoon. Good to see everyone. I’ve come to Afghanistan today because it was important to me and important to President Biden to convey in person America’s commitment to an enduring partnership with Afghanistan and …

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Treasury Sanctions Russia with Sweeping New Sanctions Authority

April 15, 2021 WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury took multiple sanctions actions under a new Executive Order (E.O.) targeting aggressive and harmful activities by the Government of the Russian Federation.  Treasury’s actions include the implementation of new prohibitions on certain dealings in Russian sovereign debt, as well as targeted sanctions on …

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

APRIL 15, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES The Biden administration has been clear that the United States desires a relationship with Russia that is stable and predictable. We do not think that we need to continue on a negative trajectory. However, we have also been clear—publicly and privately—that we will defend our national interests and …

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Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany

APRIL 14, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany. The two leaders underscored their strong commitment to the transatlantic relationship and pledged to continue working closely together on shared priorities, including combating COVID-19, strengthening global health security, and addressing the climate crisis. The leaders …

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

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON APRIL 14, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with his counterparts from France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom today in Brussels, Belgium. They reaffirmed their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and commended Ukraine’s restraint in the face of Russian provocations, including its …

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

APRIL 13, 2021 President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Vladimir Putin of Russia. They discussed a number of regional and global issues, including the intent of the United States and Russia to pursue a strategic stability dialogue on a range of arms control and emerging security issues, building on the extension of …

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Statement from U.S. Ambassador John J. Sullivan

April 1, 2021 The United States has informed the Government of the Russian Federation that the U.S. Consulate General in Vladivostok will remain in suspended status.  The U.S. Consulate General in Yekaterinburg will remain open. However, it will suspend visa and American citizen services as of April 1, 2021.  This decision was made in close …

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“Reaffirming and Reimagining America’s Alliances” – Speech by Secretary Blinken at NATO Headquarters

SPEECH ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE NATO HEADQUARTERS AGORA BRUSSELS, BELGIUM MARCH 24, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN: Good afternoon. A few weeks ago, not long after becoming Secretary as State, I spoke directly to the American people. I said that my number one job is to ensure that America’s foreign policy delivers for them – …

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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

03/18/2021 02:48 PM EDT   Office of the Spokesperson The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Russia, China, and Pakistan on the occasion of the Extended “Troika” on Peaceful Settlement in Afghanistan. Begin Text: On March 18, 2021, Moscow hosted a regular meeting of the …

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Ukraine

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 18, 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, Germany, …

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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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Department of State Offers Reward Increase for Information to Bring Transnational Criminal to Justice

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON MARCH 4, 2021 Today the U.S. Department of State announces a reward increase of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Kamchybek Kolbaev and/or for information leading to the disruption of financial mechanisms of Kolbaev’s criminal organization. In 2000, Kolbaev was convicted for the attempted …

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

March 2, 2021 WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) joined the U.S. Departments of State and Commerce in imposing sanctions in response to Russia’s poisoning and subsequent imprisonment of Russian opposition figure Aleksey Navalny.  Specifically, OFAC designated seven Russian government officials:  Federal Security Service (FSB) Director …

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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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Religious Freedom Concerns in Russia

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 25, 2021 We are disturbed by reports that a Russian court sentenced Valentina Baranovskaya and her son, Roman Baranovsky, to terms of two and six years in a Russian penal colony, respectively, simply for being practicing Jehovah’s Witnesses. The sentencing of Valentina, a 69-year-old stroke victim, is particularly …

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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 Blinken’s Participation in the EU Foreign Affairs Council

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

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 8, 2021 The Biden administration has recommitted the United States to a foreign policy centered on democracy, human rights, and equality. Effective use of multilateral tools is an important element of that vision, and in that regard the President has instructed the Department of State to …

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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

Fact Sheet February 3, 2021 Myth:   The New START Treaty Is  a  Cold War relic that does not address today’s nuclear threats Ensuring the two countries with the largest nuclear arsenals maintain constraints on their nuclear weapons is not outdated, Cold War thinking. It is prudent and responsible behavior. New START limits all Russian deployed intercontinental-range nuclear …

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

U.S. Department of State Headquarters Harry S. Truman Building Washington, D.C. February 4, 2021 2:45 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Mr. Secretary, it’s great to be here with you.  And I’ve been looking forward a long time to be able to call you “Mr. Secretary.” Good afternoon, everyone.  It’s an honor to be back at the …

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New START Treaty

Treaty Structure: The Treaty between the United States of America and the Russian Federation on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms, also known as the New START Treaty, enhances U.S. national security by placing verifiable limits on all Russian deployed intercontinental-range nuclear weapons. The United States and the Russian Federation …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 4, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov today. Secretary Blinken and Minister Lavrov discussed the New START extension and the need for new arms control that addresses all of Russia’s nuclear weapons and …

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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

INTERVIEW ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, DC FEBRUARY 1, 2021 QUESTION:  We see the Russian people are out and protesting against Vladimir Putin.  There have been many arrests, thousands braving these sub-freezing temperatures.  Alexei Navalny’s wife was detained protesting against his arrest and, of course, previously his poisoning by Russian authorities. You have …

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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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Secretary Antony J. Blinken at a Press Availability

REMARKS TO THE PRESS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE PRESS BRIEFING ROOM WASHINGTON, DC JANUARY 27, 2021 (Right-click on thumbnail to show video controls or Click here to play video in a new window ) MR PRICE: Good afternoon. Welcome back to the briefing room, to your briefing room. We’ll be spending quite a bit of time together starting very shortly, and I …

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

JANUARY 26, 2021 President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Vladimir Putin of Russia. They discussed both countries’ willingness to extend New START for five years, agreeing to have their teams work urgently to complete the extension by February 5. They also agreed to explore strategic stability discussions on a range of arms …

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Opening Statement at Climate Adaptation Summit 2021

REMARKS JOHN KERRY, SPECIAL PRESIDENTIAL ENVOY FOR CLIMATE CLIMATE ADAPTATION SUMMIT 2021 JANUARY 25, 2021 Host: Welcome Mr. Kerry. Very good to have you. Welcome to this virtual meeting of world leaders. It is truly wonderful to have you. Could you please tell us about the new ambitions of the United States? Secretary Kerry: Absolutely …

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

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE WASHINGTON, DC JANUARY 19, 2021 SECRETARY-DESIGNATE BLINKEN:  Mr. Chairman, thank you very much.  And to you, to Ranking Member Menendez, to all the members of this committee, thank you for the opportunity to be here today, and I greatly appreciate everything you’ve done to …

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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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Presidential Statement on the Paris Climate Agreement Acceptance

ACCEPTANCE ON BEHALF OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA I, Joseph R. Biden Jr., President of the United States of America, having seen and considered the Paris Agreement, done at Paris on December 12, 2015, do hereby accept the said Agreement and every article and clause thereof on behalf of the United States of America. …

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Proclamation on Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to The United States

JANUARY 20, 2021 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION The United States was built on a foundation of religious freedom and tolerance, a principle enshrined in the United States Constitution.  Nevertheless, the previous administration enacted a number of Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations that prevented certain individuals from entering the United States — …

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Inaugural Address by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

The United States Capitol 11:52 AM EST THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice President Pence, distinguished guests, and my fellow Americans. This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope. Of renewal and resolve. Through a crucible for the ages America …

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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

Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Press Statement by Michael R. Pompeo January 17, 2021 The United States strongly condemns Russia’s decision to arrest Aleksey Navalny. We note with grave concern that his detention is the latest in a series of attempts to silence Navalny and other opposition figures and independent …

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Update on Department Transition Efforts and Travel

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Morgan Ortagus, Spokesperson January 12, 2021 The Department of State is well along in its transition efforts with President-elect Biden’s team.  We are fully committed to the completion of a smooth and orderly transition process to be finalized over the next 8 …

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

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo January 11, 2021 The State Department has designated Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism for repeatedly providing support for acts of international terrorism in granting safe harbor to terrorists. The Trump Administration has been focused from the …

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

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JANUARY 11, 2021 Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on seven individuals and four entities that are part of a Russia-linked foreign influence network associated with Andrii Derkach, who was designated on September 10, 2020, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13848 for his attempt to influence …

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Ambassador John J. Sullivan interview with Konstantin Remchukov of Nezavisimaya Gazeta

Ambassador John J. Sullivan interview with Konstantin Remchukov,  Editor-in-Chief, Nezavisimaya Gazeta December 18, 2020  NEZAVISIMAYA GAZETA:  I’m going to be brief in my questions, to give you some time to you to respond. And I will start with the news of the last days: cyber attacks allegedly conducted by Russians on major infrastructure, objects, and networks in America. And I read and …

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

For Immediate Release Monday, December 21, 2020 Office of Public Affairs (202) 482-4883 publicaffairs@doc.gov The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) will amend the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by adding a new ‘Military End User’ (MEU) List, as well as the first tranche of 103 entities, which includes 58 Chinese and 45 Russian companies. The …

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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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Sanctioning Iranian Intelligence Officers Involved in the Abduction of Bob Levinson

U.S Department of State Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State December 14, 2020 For 13 years, the Iranian regime has denied knowledge of Robert A. “Bob” Levinson’s whereabouts or condition. However, senior Iranian officials authorized Levinson’s abduction and detention and launched a disinformation campaign to deflect blame from the regime. Today, the United …

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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)

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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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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

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Transcript of Ambassador Sullivan’s Interview with Interfax

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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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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

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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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International Day of Democracy

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Confirmation of Reports on the Poisoning of Aleksey Navalny

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

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

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

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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

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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation John J. Sullivan presents credentials to President Putin

Media Note February 5, 2020 U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation John J. Sullivan presented his credentials today to President Putin in a ceremony held in the Kremlin’s Alexander Hall. “As the U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation, I have been tasked by President Trump to improve our bilateral relationship and open channels of communication.  I …

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Ambassador Sullivan Meets with Russia’s Security Council Secretary Patrushev

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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 Oleg Syromolotov

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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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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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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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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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U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Khalilzad holds consultations in Moscow

U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad held consultations on Friday, October 25, with Russian and Chinese counterparts, as well as officials from Pakistan, as part of a continued effort to support the Afghan people’s desire for an end to war and a lasting peace.  The meetings were positive and constructive.

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Availability of Appointments for Business and Tourist Visas

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow and our constituent Consulates General in Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok continue to work to meet the demand for visa appointments in the Russian Federation, and to take steps to ease appointment scheduling and offer more options for Russian citizens wishing to travel as tourists to the United States. As part of …

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Treasury Announces Sanctions under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act

U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Public Affairs August 3, 2019Washington– The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced today that it is implementing two sanctions on the Russian Federation as part of measures imposed by the U.S. government pursuant to the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991, as amended …

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Under Secretary for Political Affairs Hale Meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabkov

Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on July 10 in Helsinki. They discussed U.S. – Russia relations and the impact of regional challenges in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. The Under Secretary stressed that while the United States seeks to narrow differences and foster cooperation …

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Ambassador Jon Huntsman meets with Russian General Staff Chief Valery Gerasimov in Moscow

U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman and Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, General of the Army Valeriy Gerasimov met in Moscow today to discuss security issues, including Syria, the Middle East, arms control, military transparency, and the broader U.S. – Russia relationship. There was also discussion on ways to …

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Under Secretary Andrea Thompson Continues Discussions With Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabkov in Prague

U.S Department of State Office of the Spokesperson Media Note June 12, 2019 Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Andrea L. Thompson met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov in Prague today to build on the discussions held by Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Lavrov during their May 14 meeting …

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

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE On behalf of President Trump and the American people, I congratulate the people of Russia on the occasion of “Russia Day.” As you mark almost three decades since the beginning of constitutional reforms in Russia, the United States honors the Russian people’s continued aspirations for the democratic principles of …

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Meeting Readout of Special Envoy for North Korea Mark Lambert in Moscow

Special Envoy for North Korea Mark Lambert met with Ambassador-at-Large Oleg Burmistrov and Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov in Moscow May 17 to discuss continued U.S.-Russia cooperation to achieve the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea. The conversation was candid and constructive. During the meetings, Russian officials provided a readout of the April 25 …

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Increased Capacity for Nonimmigrant Visa Renewal Applications at U.S. Embassy Moscow

  Beginning May 15, 2019, U.S. Embassy Moscow increased its capacity to accept nonimmigrant visa applications that do not require an in-person interview at the Embassy (Interview Waiver cases) by 100 per day. As a result, the wait to submit an application to renew a nonimmigrant visa consular section without appearing for an interview in Moscow …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Remarks With Russian President Vladimir Putin

REMARKS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE / MAY 14, 2019 BOCHAROV RUCHEY SOCHI, RUSSIA PRESIDENT PUTIN: (Via interpreter) Mr. Secretary of State, dear colleagues, we are glad to welcome you in Russia. As you know, several days ago I had the pleasure of talking to the President of the United States on the phone, and …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Press Availability With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

PRESS AVAILABILITY MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE / MAY 14, 2019 RUS HOTEL SOCHI, RUSSIA MODERATOR: (Via interpreter) Ladies and gentlemen, we are beginning a joint press conference. Secretary of State, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, please. FOREIGN MINISTER LAVROV: (Via interpreter) Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. First of all, I would like to …

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Remarks With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Before Their Meeting

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 14, 2019 RUS HOTEL SOCHI, RUSSIA FOREIGN MINISTER LAVROV: (Via interpreter) Mr. Secretary of State, (inaudible) welcome to Sochi. We had a chance to hold the discussion on the 6th of May, when we had our negotiations in Finland on the margins of the Arctic Council. We covered and …

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Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad Travels to Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, and the U. K.

Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad will travel to Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, and the United Kingdom April 21 to May 11, as part of the overall effort to facilitate a political settlement that ends the conflict in Afghanistan.

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Meeting Readout of Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun in Moscow

U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun held a constructive meeting today with Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov.  During the meeting, Special Representative Biegun and Deputy Foreign Minister Morgulov discussed respective bilateral engagements with North Korea and efforts to achieve the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea.

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Statement by Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino

Four years ago, former Russian Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov, a leading figure in Russia’s democratic movement, was gunned down outside the walls of the Kremlin.  Although five men were convicted for carrying out his assassination, the United States continues to call on Russian authorities to identify publicly those who organized and ordered the crime, and …

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U.S. Intent To Withdraw from the INF Treaty February 2, 2019

Press Statement by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo: On December 4, 2018, the United States announced that the Russian Federation is in material breach of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, an assessment shared by all NATO Allies. The United States also provided notice that unless Russia returned to full and verifiable compliance in …

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Remarks by Michael R. Pompeo – Remarks to the Press

SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. At the core of President Trump’s foreign policy are a few very, very simple truths. The security of the American people must be our greatest consideration, the agreements into which we enter must serve American interests, and countries must be held accountable when they break the rules. For years, Russia …

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Attacks on LGBTI Community in Chechnya. Statement by Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino

We are deeply disturbed by credible reports out of Chechnya about renewed attacks against individuals perceived to be members of the LGBTI community. Civil society groups report that at least 40 individuals have been illegally detained since December, including two who reportedly died in custody after being tortured. We call on Russia to live up …

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Telephonic Press Briefing with Andrea L. Thompson Under Secretary for Arms Control And International Security Affairs

Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Special Briefing January 16, 2019 Moderator: Greetings to everyone from the U.S. European Media Hub in Brussels. I would like to welcome our participants dialing in from across Europe and thank you for waiting for the few extra minutes today for today’s discussion. Our speaker …

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Statement by Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Andrea L. Thompson

Andrea L. Thompson, Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security: “Today we held talks with a Russian delegation on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.  In doing so, we are upholding Secretary Pompeo’s commitment to continue to talk with Russian officials to urge Russia to return to full and verifiable compliance with the Treaty before …

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Treasury Targets Russian Operatives over Election Interference, World Anti-Doping Agency Hacking, and Other Malign Activities

“Treasury is sanctioning Russian intelligence operatives involved in cyber operations to interfere with the 2016 election and a wide range of other malign activities.  We are taking action against operatives working on behalf of a sanctioned oligarch, hacking the World Anti-Doping Agency and other international organizations, and engaging in other subversive actions,” said Steven T. …

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Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Khalilzad meets with MFA counterparts in Moscow

Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad met today with MFA Second Asian Department Director Zamir Kabulov and Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov to discuss supporting an inclusive peace process in Afghanistan. Special Representative Khalilzad reiterated that a resolution to the conflict in Afghanistan can only be achieved through a negotiated political settlement and …

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Russia’s Dangerous Escalation in the Kerch Strait

Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC November 26, 2018   The United States expresses its deep concern over the incident in the Black Sea that occurred November 25 as Ukrainian vessels attempted to transit through the Kerch Strait. Reports that Russian vessels rammed and fired on the Ukrainian ships, injuring Ukrainian crewmen, before …

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Remarks by ambassador Nikki Haley at an Emergency UN Security Council Meeting on Ukraine

As Delivered Thank you, Mr. President. This morning I spoke with President Trump and Secretary Pompeo and my statement reflects the concerns at the highest level of the American government. For the past four years, the international community has spoken with a strong, clear, and largely united voice denouncing Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. The United …

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Special Representative for Syria Engagement Jeffrey in Interview with RIA Novosti and Kommersant

Ambassador James F. Jeffrey, Special Representative for Syria Engagement Interview with RIA Novosti and Kommersant November 21, 2018 RIA Novosti: Yesterday the U.S. announced new sanctions against Iran and Russia for oil shipments to Syria and issued a warning about significant risk of sanctions for those who will engage in such activity in the future. So what are …

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Treasury Designates Illicit Russia-Iran Oil Network Supporting the Assad Regime, Hizballah, and HAMAS

November 20, 2018 WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is designating nine targets in an international network through which the Iranian regime, working with Russian companies, provides millions of barrels of oil to the Syrian government.  The Assad regime, in turn, facilitates the movement of hundreds of …

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Sanctions Announcement on Iran

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 20, 2018 The United States today sanctioned an international network by which the Iranian regime and Russia are providing millions of barrels of oil to the Assad regime in exchange for the movement of hundreds of millions of dollars to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force, …

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

Fact Sheet Washington, DC November 16, 2018 Since declaring the Russian Federation in violation of the INF Treaty in July 2014, the United States has pressed the Russian Federation repeatedly to return to compliance with its obligations under the Treaty. In spite of these efforts, Russian officials have refused to engage in any serious discussion …

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Special Representative for Syria Engagement Ambassador James Jeffrey

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo on the Downed Russian Aircraft

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Joint Statement on the Salisbury Attack

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Statement by Heather Nauert, Spokesperson: “The United States condemns Russia’s harassment of international shipping in the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait. Russia has delayed hundreds of commercial vessels since April and in recent weeks has stopped at least 16 commercial ships attempting to reach Ukrainian ports.”

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White House Statement on a Bilateral Meeting Between the United States and Russia

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

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

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

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

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THE PRESIDENT: My fellow Americans: Today, I want to update the world on our efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. The Iranian regime is the leading state sponsor of terror. It exports dangerous missiles, fuels conflicts across the Middle East, and supports terrorist proxies and militias such as Hezbollah, Hamas, the Taliban, …

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Statement by Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on Iran Decision

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Remarks by Ambassador Haley at an Emergency UN Security Council Meeting on Syria

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Remarks at an Emergency UN Security Council Meeting on Syria and Unilateral Threats to International Peace and Security

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Ambassador Haley on the Inability of the UN Security Council to Establish an Independent Investigative Mechanism on Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

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Remarks by Ambassador Haley at an Emergency UN Security Council Briefing on Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

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Press Release: U.N. Security Council to Hold Emergency Meeting on Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

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Statement by Heather Nauert – On the Chemical Attack in Douma

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Thirty Years of Enhanced Strategic Security through the Nuclear Risk Reduction Center

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Treasury Designates Russian Oligarchs, Officials, and Entities in Response to Worldwide Malign Activity

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Statement from State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert on the expulsion of U.S. Diplomats

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White House Press Secretary Statement Regarding Russia’s Expulsion of American Diplomats

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Ambassador Haley on the Expulsion of Russian Intelligence Operatives from the United States

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Press Statement by Heather Nauert: Holding Russia Accountable for Its Destabilizing Behavior

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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Expulsion of Russian Intelligence Officers

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Treasury Sanctions Russian Cyber Actors for Interference With the 2016 U.S. Elections and Malicious Cyber-Attacks

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Statement from the United States, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom on the Attack in Salisbury

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Remarks at an Emergency UN Security Council Briefing on Chemical Weapons Use by Russia in the U.K.

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Crimea Is Ukraine. Press Statement by Heather Nauert.

State Department Spokesperson: “Four years ago this week, Russia held an illegitimate, fabricated “referendum” in Ukraine in a futile attempt to legitimize its purported annexation of Ukrainian territory. Crimean residents were compelled to vote under scrutiny by heavily armed Russian troops. Russia’s claim that Ukrainians made a free choice in that sham “referendum” has always …

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Statement by Secretary Tillerson Attributing Responsibility for the Nerve Agent Attack in the U.K.

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Ongoing Violations of International Law and Defiance of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation in Ukraine

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

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Statement by Secretary Tillerson – Annual Observance of International Women’s Day

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Statement by the Press Secretary on Russian and Syrian Regime Attacks on Eastern Ghouta

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Statement by Spokesperson Nauert on the Third Anniversary of the Murder of Boris Nemtsov

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Remarks by Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan at the Ukraine’s MFA Diplomatic Academy

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Statement from the White House Press Secretary

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

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Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on Syria

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Spokesperson Heather Nauert on Third Anniversary of the Signing of the Minsk Package of Measures

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

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Key Facts About New START Treaty Implementation. Fact Sheet.

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

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Treasury Information on CAATSA Report and Russian Sanctions

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

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Statement by Spokesperson Nauert on Unsafe Russian Military Practices

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Secretary Tillerson’s Phone Call With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

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Remarks on Russia’s Responsibility for the Ongoing Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

“This meeting was about two things: stopping chemical weapons attacks and denying impunity to those who use or enable the use of such weapons. For an indication of what these weapons can do to humans, one need look no further than East Ghouta in Syria. Only yesterday more than 20 civilians, most of them children, …

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Statement by Spokesperson Nauert on Detainee Exchange between Ukraine and Russia-led Forces

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

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Secretary Tillerson Remarks at OSCE Ministerial Plenary Session

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

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

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Statement By Secretary Tillerson on the Latest DPRK Missile Launch

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Russia’s Restrictive Media-Focused Legislation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Remarks by President Trump at the 9/11 Memorial Observance

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

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On the Anniversary of the 9/11 Terror Attacks

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

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Achieving Parity in Diplomatic Missions

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

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

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

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

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

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