Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE PRESIDENT: My fellow Americans: Today, I want to update the world on our efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. The Iranian regime is the leading state sponsor of terror. It exports dangerous missiles, fuels conflicts across the Middle East, and supports terrorist proxies and militias such as Hezbollah, Hamas, the Taliban, ...
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Remarks by President Trump at Swearing-In Ceremony of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 29, 2018 I’d like to open with a statement from Ambassador Jon Huntsman, our Ambassador in Moscow: “This evening Ambassador John Huntsman was convoked to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian federation. They delivered a very serious message, the substance of which we factually cannot agree with. The Russian federation dubbed 60 ...
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White House Press Secretary Statement Regarding Russia’s Expulsion of American Diplomats

"Russia's action today to expel American diplomats marks a further deterioration in the United States- Russia relationship. The expulsion of undeclared Russian intelligence officers by the United States and more than two dozen partner nations and NATO allies earlier this week was an appropriate response to the Russian attack on the soil of the United ...
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Ambassador Haley on the Expulsion of Russian Intelligence Operatives from the United States

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

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

Today President Donald J. Trump ordered the expulsion of dozens of Russian intelligence officers from the United States and the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle due to its proximity to one of our submarine bases and Boeing. The United States takes this action in conjunction with our NATO allies and partners around the ...
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Treasury Sanctions Russian Cyber Actors for Interference With the 2016 U.S. Elections and Malicious Cyber-Attacks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC November 28, 2017 New Russian legislation that allows the Ministry of Justice to label media outlets as “foreign agents” and to monitor or block certain internet activity presents yet another threat to free media in Russia. Freedom of expression—including speech and media which a government may find ...
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Ambassador Huntsman’s Comments to Media during a November 17 visit to RFE/RL in Moscow

U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., visited RFE/RL’s Moscow office on Friday, November 17. At the end of the visit, he gave the following comment to RFE/RL and answered a question by VOA: Comment: I’m here for a specific reason as the United States Ambassador. I’m here because we as Americans believe that ...
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Statement from the White House Press Secretary on the Veto of the Renewal of the UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 17, 2017 Statement from the Press Secretary on the Veto of the Renewal of the UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism On November 16, Russia vetoed the renewal of the United Nations-Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM), once again protecting ...
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Meeting between U.S. Special Representative Volker and Russian Presidential Representative Surkov

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

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

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov met this afternoon at the Department of State. They discussed the need to restore Ukraine’s territorial integrity and fully implement the Minsk agreements. The two also discussed the defeat of ISIS in Syria and the United States’ continued commitment to the Geneva talks as ...
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Press Release: Ambassador Haley on Attempts to Politicize and Manipulate Independent Investigations into Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

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

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC August 21, 2017 Four years ago today, the Syrian regime launched a horrific chemical attack with the nerve agent sarin on the opposition-controlled suburb of Ghouta in Damascus – leaving more than 1,400 Syrians dead, many of them children. On this solemn anniversary, the international community remembers ...
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President Donald Trump on Signing the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act”

President Donald J. Trump: "Yet despite its problems, I am signing this bill for the sake of national unity. It represents the will of the American people to see Russia take steps to improve relations with the United States. We hope there will be cooperation between our two countries on major global issues so that ...
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Remarks by Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson at a Press Availability

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Press Briefing Room Washington, DC August 1, 2017   MS NAUERT: Hi, everybody. How are you today? QUESTION: Good. MS NAUERT: Look who I brought. (Laughter.) Secretary Tillerson joins us today. QUESTION: Welcome to our briefing room. MS NAUERT: Yes. QUESTION: Who is – who’s the little, little ...
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Respecting Religious Freedom in Russia

Heather Nauert, State Department Spokesperson: "The Russian Supreme Court’s decision this week against the Jehovah’s Witnesses is the latest in a disturbing trend of persecution of religious minorities in Russia. We urge the Russian authorities to lift the ban on Jehovah’s Witnesses’ activities in Russia, to reverse the closing of the Jehovah’s Witnesses Administrative Center, ...
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Under Secretary Shannon’s Meeting With Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov

Following the recent meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Hamburg, Germany, and multiple bilateral senior-level engagements, Under Secretary Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. met his Russian counterpart Sergei Ryabkov Monday to continue discussing areas of mutual concern. The conversation was tough, forthright, and deliberate, reflecting both parties’ commitment to a resolution. ...
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Honoring the Memory of Journalists Natalya Estemirova and Paul Klebnikov

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

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 7, 2017   Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson announced today his appointment of Ambassador Kurt Volker to serve as the United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations. Ambassador Volker, who has served previously as the U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for ...
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Press Briefing on the President’s Meetings at the G20

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release July 7, 2017 PRESS BRIEFING BY SECRETARY OF STATE TILLERSON AND SECRETARY OF TREASURY MNUCHIN ON THE PRESIDENT’S MEETINGS AT THE G20 Hamburg Messe Hamburg, Germany   7:18 P.M. CET SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  Hi, everybody.  I just want to highlight very briefly, and then ...
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Background Briefing on the Ceasefire in Syria

Special Briefing Senior State Department Official Via Teleconference Washington, DC July 7, 2017 ________________________________ MODERATOR: All right. Thank you, sir. Good afternoon and thanks for joining us for this background call on the southwest Syria ceasefire arrangement. [Senior State Department Official] is joining us on this call. Earlier today, as many of you are aware, ...
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Remarks by President Trump to the People of Poland

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release                   July 6, 2017 Krasiński Square Warsaw, Poland 1:16 P.M. CEST   MRS. TRUMP:  Hello, Poland!  Thank you very much.  My husband and I have enjoyed visiting your beautiful country.  I want to thank President and Mrs. Duda for the warm welcome and their ...
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Ambassador Tefft Congratulates Ms. Zhanna Nemtsova as one of the recipients of the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award

Ambassador Tefft: “On behalf of the United States Embassy, I would like to extend my congratulations to Zhanna Nemtsova as one of the recipients of the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award. This prestigious and important award recognizes women around the globe who have demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, ...
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Ambassador Tefft Congratulates U.S.-Russian ISS Crew on Successful Completion of Mission

Ambassador Tefft: “I am thrilled to see that astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov have safely returned to Earth this morning.  Kelly and Kornienko spent a year aboard the International Space Station, conducting cutting edge research and development enabling future human exploration. Over the last year, I have enjoyed their dispatches ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Tefft at the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) – Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS) Dialogue on the Future of U

Thank you for the kind introduction and for having me here today. When you have worked on U.S.-Russian relations as long as I have, you can appreciate the areas where we still cooperate despite the ups and downs in our relationship.  Cooperation on nuclear issues is one of these areas.  Our partnership is as vast ...
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Ambassador Statement on the Russian Government’s Decision to Designate the U.S.-Russia Foundation as a so-called “Undesirable” Foreign Organization

We are deeply troubled by the Russian Government’s decision to designate the U.S.-Russia Foundation as a so-called “undesirable” foreign organization. Presidents Bush and Putin jointly announced at the G-8 Summit on July 15, 2006 their intention to establish the foundation with the twin goal of promoting long-term economic development in Russia and strengthening ties between ...
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Statement by Embassy Spokesperson William Stevens on Ruling in Jehovah’s Witnesses Case

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow expresses its deep regret about the November 30 court ruling in Taganrog that found several Jehovah’s Witnesses guilty of extremism for organizing and attending religious meetings and for sharing their faith with others.  This was not the first time these Jehovah’s Witnesses were on trial.  The same Taganrog court found ...
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Ambassador John F. Tefft met with Partners in Health (PIH) Representative

Today, Ambassador John F. Tefft met with Harvard Professor Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder and chief strategist of Partners in Health (PIH), an American non-governmental organization that works to eradicate tuberculosis and other diseases around the world. PIH has worked in Russia to fight tuberculosis since 1998, and is currently working in Tomsk, Karelia and Voronezh ...
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U.S. Regrets Russian Government Decision to Close American Center in Moscow

Statement by U.S. Ambassador John F. Tefft The U.S. Embassy in Moscow deeply regrets the Russian government’s unilateral decision to close the Embassy’s American Center at M. Rudomino All-Russia State Library of Foreign Literature in Moscow.  The Library recently terminated the formal agreement for Embassy support of the Center, informed us of its intention to ...
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Ambassador Daniel B. Baer Responds to the Russian Federation Regarding U.S. Department of Defense Law of War Manual

As delivered by Ambassador Daniel B. Baer to the Permanent Council, Vienna Unfortunately, it was only this morning that the Russian delegation told us that it intended to raise concerns with the U.S. Department of Defense Law of War Manual. We received a copy of their statement as the Permanent Council began, so I’d like ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Tefft at the Roscosmos Commemorative Event in Honor of the United States-Russia 40th Anniversary of Apollo-Soyuz Test Project

General Stafford, General Leonov, Mr. Komarov, esteemed colleagues, good afternoon! I am honored to be invited to the celebration of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project’s 40th anniversary, here at the wonderful Museum of Cosmonautics. It has been a great pleasure for me to visit the museum and to view its impressive exhibits representing the history of ...
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Global Technical Problems with Overseas Passport and Visa Systems

The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing global technical problems with our overseas passport and visa systems. This issue is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category, but does impact applicants in Russia. U.S. passport applications accepted overseas or after May 26, 2015 are affected by this delay. ...
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Statement by Marie Harf, Acting Spokesperson

Combined Russian-separatist forces continue to violate the terms of the “Minsk 2” agreement signed in mid-February. Combined Russian-separatist forces maintain a sizable number of artillery pieces and multiple rocket launchers within areas prohibited under the Minsk accords. The Russian military has deployed additional air defense systems into eastern Ukraine and moved several of these nearer ...
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State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf on Ongoing Violations of the Minsk Agreements in Eastern Ukraine

“We condemn continued attacks by separatists as they attempt to control additional territory in violation of the Minsk agreements. Today’s vicious and repeated attacks on the Donetsk Airport and the shelling of a bus that killed 10 people and wounded 13 are just the latest egregious violations of the commitments made by the Russia-backed separatists. ...
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Ambassador Tefft Visits St. Petersburg, Helps Celebrate 250th Anniversary of State Hermitage

Ambassador Tefft paid his first visit to St. Petersburg on December 7 and 8. On Sunday, December 7, he joined State Hermitage Director Dr. Mikhail Piotrovsky and hundreds of guests for a beautiful evening event held to celebrate the institution’s 250th anniversary. Earlier that day, Ambassador Tefft attended the opening of various exhibits at the ...
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Opening Remarks by Douglas Kramer Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs U.S. Embassy Moscow

Opening Remarks by Douglas Kramer Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs U.S. Embassy Moscow at the Junior Achievement Entrepreneurship and Innovation Tournament (November 20, 2014) I am very pleased to be here today at the opening of the Junior Achievement Entrepreneurship and Innovation Tournament. The tournament takes place during a worldwide event: Global Entrepreneurship Week. Global Entrepreneurship Week ...
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Important Notice from U.S. Embassy Consular Section

ATTENTION: U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide are currently experiencing technical difficulties that may result in delay in visa processing and receiving and sending communications. While the Consular Section in Moscow continues to operate normally, it is unable to process credit card payments at this time. Additionally, applicants who have interviews for student and exchange visitor ...
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Nigerian Narcotics Trafficker And Russian Pilot Convicted on International Cocaine Conspiracy Charges in Manhattan Federal Court

United States Attorney                                         Southern District of New York   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 28, 2011   CONTACT: U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE ELLEN DAVIS, JERIKA RICHARDSON EDELI RIVERA, CARLY SULLIVAN PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE (212) 637-2600   NIGERIAN NARCOTICS TRAFFICKER AND RUSSIAN PILOT CONVICTED ON INTERNATIONAL COCAINE CONSPIRACY CHARGES IN MANHATTAN FEDERAL COURT   Two Defendants Convicted For ...
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