Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland’s Remarks on the Two-Year Anniversary of Russia’s Full-Scale Invasion of Ukraine

AMBASSADOR VICTORIA NULAND, UNDER SECRETARY FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS CENTER FOR SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (CSIS) WASHINGTON, D.C. FEBRUARY 22, 2024 UNDER SECRETARY NULAND: Thank you, Max, it is very good to be here with you at CSIS; and thanks to CSIS for decades of incisive research and recommendations for policymakers. I have been a beneficiary myself …

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Ambassador Tracy’s TV Dozhd Interview

February, 16 SPEAKERS Ambassador Tracy Ekaterina Kotrikadze Ambassador Tracy: Thank you Katya. It’s good to be here with you today. Ekaterina: So, first of all, it’s been a year as I understand as you have started your job in Moscow. How do you feel? How’s it going? Ambassador Tracy: Well Katya, thank you. And let …

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Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia and Central Asia Nicholas Berliner With Yekaterina Kotrikadze of TV Rain (TV Dozhd)

INTERVIEW REVERSE TRANSLATION FROM RUSSIAN PROGRAM AUDIO TRANSCRIPT JANUARY 12, 2024 Q: Good afternoon. Thank you for agreeing to answer our questions. First of all, I want to ask you about the war in Ukraine, because this is an extremely important issue and a lot depends on it. Chuck Schumer recently said that if the …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken at a Press Availability

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE PRESS BRIEFING ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. DECEMBER 20, 2023 SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, good morning, everyone. QUESTION:  Good morning. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  When President Biden took office, he promised to deliver for the American people by reinvesting in America’s greatest sources of strength.  And since day one, that’s exactly what we’ve done. We’ve done …

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International exchanges shape leaders of communities and countries

By ShareAmerica The United States celebrates its tradition of promoting understanding between Americans and citizens of other countries through people-to-people exchanges. In 1940, the U.S. Department of State launched its first international exchange by inviting 130 Latin American journalists to visit U.S. newsrooms. That first exchange led to the establishment, in 1946, of the Fulbright Program, …

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Music diplomacy: Helping to ‘see each other’s humanity’

By ShareAmerica For decades, U.S. musicians have traveled the world offering beats and solos in a cultural exchange aimed at promoting better understanding between countries. This tradition of  music diplomacy  dates to the mid-1950s, when the U.S. Department of State invited jazz greats such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Sarah Vaughan to play in …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken With The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg at The Atlantic Festival

INTERVIEW ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, D.C. SEPTEMBER 28, 2023 MR GOLDBERG:  Thank you, and good morning.  And again, on behalf of everyone at The Atlantic, thank you so much for coming today and tomorrow, I hope.  We have an amazing program.  We’re kicking it off with the Secretary of State.  I’ve told him …

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Russia’s War on Ukraine’s Grain and Global Food Supply, in Five Myths

GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT CENTER AUGUST 17, 2023 Russia’s disinformation myths cannot hide the hard truths that (1) sanctions did not apply to Russia’s grain, (2) Ukraine’s grain is critical to getting adequate food to low-income countries, (3) Russia cannot replace Ukraine’s grain supply, (4) the Kremlin is on track to destroy more grain than it has …

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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 9, 2023 This week, we celebrate the United Nations International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. With over 5,000 cultures and an estimated 7,000 languages, Indigenous communities bring unique perspectives, a rich diversity, and generations of knowledge to addressing so many of the challenges facing our …

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Attack on Yelena Milashina and Alexander Nemov in Russia’s Republic of Chechnya

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE PRESS STATEMENT MATTHEW MILLER, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JULY 6, 2023 The United States is appalled by the brutal beating of renowned journalist Yelena Milashina and attorney Alexander Nemov in Chechnya on July 4.  The Russian government should conduct a prompt, impartial, and transparent investigation into the circumstances of this savage attack and …

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On the 34th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

PRESS STATEMENT THE SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 3, 2023 Tomorrow, we observe the 34th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. On June 4th, 1989, the Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) sent tanks into Tiananmen Square to brutally repress peaceful Chinese pro-democracy protesters and bystanders alike. The victims’ bravery will not be forgotten …

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Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on LGBTQI+ Pride Month

United States Mission to the United Nations Office of Press and Public Diplomacy For Immediate Release June 1, 2023 Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on LGBTQI+ Pride Month Pride Month is a time to celebrate the progress that we have made so far in securing protections for the human rights of the LGBTQI+ community. It …

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Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council High-Level Open Debate on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York May 23, 2023 AS DELIVERED Thank you very much, President Berset. And I particularly want to thank Switzerland for making the pressing issue of conflict-induced food security a centerpiece of its presidency. This is also a very high priority for the U.S. …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Ukraine

Ambassador Robert Wood Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs New York, New York May 18, 2023 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President, and I thank Mr. Ebo for his detailed briefing. We gather again just weeks after discussing this same topic and, unfortunately, little has changed. We’re here again listening to Russia’s allegations that arms …

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Statement from President Joe Biden on International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia

WHITE HOUSE MAY 17, 2023 Everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity and equality—no matter whom they love, or how they identify. On the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia, we reaffirm our commitment to this ongoing work and stand with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI+) people around the world. …

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Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Ambassador Jim O’Brien at a Foreign Press Center Briefing on the Black Sea Grain Initiative

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York May 11, 2023 AS DELIVERED MODERATOR: Welcome to the New York Foreign Press Center. We’re honored to have two distinguished briefers with us today who will speak on the Black Sea Grain Initiative: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations; …

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Media Note: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Announces United States to Join Council of Europe’s Register of Damage for Ukraine

United States Mission to the United Nations Office of Press and Public Diplomacy For Immediate Release May 15, 2023 Media Note: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Announces United States to Join Council of Europe’s Register of Damage for Ukraine The United States has expressed its intent to join the Council of Europe’s “Register of Damage Caused by …

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The importance of an independent press

By ShareAmerica Free, independent media allow the public to make informed decisions, hold leaders accountable and hear a diversity of opinions — all free of government influence. Journalists in the United States can report on public health questions, question elected officials — sometimes aggressively — and raise controversial issues without fear of reprisal. “Information and …

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Remarks at Russia’s Arria-formula Meeting on the Situation of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine

Trina Saha Deputy Political Coordinator New York, New York May 12, 2023 AS DELIVERED The United States takes seriously allegations of violations of human rights, including the freedom of religion or belief. We expect all countries to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms. However, it is hard to take seriously Russia’s meeting today as a …

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Europe moves away from Russia’s oil and gas

By ShareAmerica The European Union is producing all-time highs of wind and solar energy as the 27-country group works to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels from Russia. Four months after Vladimir Putin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, the European Commission launched REPowerEU . This campaign aims to: Boost the use of renewable energy. …

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Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Sumi Somaskanda of BBC World News

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York April 24, 2023 AS DELIVERED QUESTION: Ambassador, it’s great to have you with us. I want to ask you about one of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s stronger comments that he made today. FOREIGN MINISTER SERGEI LAVROV: As was the case in …

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Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Effective Multilateralism

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York April 24, 2023 AS DELIVERED Let me start by thanking Secretary-General Guterres for your remarks, and to thank you and the entire UN system for all of your efforts to promote peace and security and to support the UN Charter. And thank …

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Statement from President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden on the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

THE WHITE HOUSE APRIL 20, 2023 Jill and I extend our best wishes to Muslim communities across the country and around the world as you celebrate Eid al-Fitr and conclude the holy month of Ramadan. With the sighting of the crescent moon, Eid al-Fitr is a festive celebration where Muslims feast after the holy month …

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Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UN Security Council Stakeout on Russia’s Crackdown on Media Freedom

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York April 17, 2023 AS DELIVERED AMBASSADOR LINDA THOMAS-GREENFIELD: I am delivering this statement on behalf of the following countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, …

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Commemorating the Days of Holocaust Remembrance

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 17, 2023 On Yom HaShoah we remember and honor the six million Jews and the millions of others the Nazis murdered including Roma, LGBTQI+ persons, Slavs, and persons with disabilities. We honor them not only as they died, but as they lived, fought, and loved. We …

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The Sentencing of Opposition Politician Vladimir Kara-Murza

PRESS STATEMENT APRIL 17TH, 2023 The court’s decision today to sentence Vladimir Kara-Murza to 25 years in prison for expressing an opinion critical of the policies of his government is another terrible sign of the repression that has taken hold in Russia. We call for his immediate release. The right to have political opinions, or …

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Remarks at an Arria-Formula Meeting Organized by the Russian Federation on Children in Armed Conflict

Ngoyi Ngoyi Political Advisor New York, New York April 5, 2023 AS DELIVERED Since Russia’s illegal and unprovoked war in Ukraine began, Russia has forcibly separated thousands of children, aged between 4 months and 17 years old, from their families or legal guardians and moved them to over 40 different facilities in Russia-occupied parts of …

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Russians in the U.S., and elsewhere, press for peace

By ShareAmerica Around the world and in the United States people who identify as Russian continue to show support for the people of Ukraine and freedom. To mark one year since the Kremlin launched its full-scale war against Ukraine, many Russians in the United States took to the streets February 24 to voice their opposition, …

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Three For Silver Discovers Traditional American Music has a place in Ural Hearts

In May, Three For Silver, a folk rock band from Portland, Oregon, spent ten days in the Urals giving a great number of concerts, talking about America’s folk traditions, conducting workshops for students at local music schools, and also going on radio shows in Perm and Yekaterinburg. Three For Silver’s original music captured audiences immediately, …

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Boston-Yekaterinburg-Yalutorovsk Videoconference

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

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Carol Salmanson’s Work Decorates a Famous Constructivism Monument in Yekaterinburg

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

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Kansas – Yekaterinburg: Video Conference on support for children with autism

On December 13, experts from the University of Kansas Sean Swindler (Center for Autism Research and Training at Kansas University) and Amy Allison of the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City  Amy Allison shared their experience on supporting children with autism with interested stakeholders in Yekaterinburg. The meeting took place via a video conference …

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Fostering elimination of gender-based violence

Photo: A digital video conference with Nina Murray, Health Officer at the Environment, Science, Technology and Health Section of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow On November 25 U.S. Consulate General Yekaterinburg and partner organizations held an event to mark both the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women http://www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday/ and the 25th Anniversary of …

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Consul General visits Irbit

In November, Marcus Micheli, the U.S. Consul General in Yekaterinburg, and Michael Ritchie, Consul for Political and Economic Affairs, visited Irbit, Sverdlovsk Oblast.  The Ural motorcycle is one of the Oblast’s most iconic brands, and is loved and collected by enthusiasts around the world, including in the United States.  Vladimir Kurmachyov, the CEO of the …

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International Education Week-2016 celebrated in the Urals

From November 14-18 the U.S Consulate General in Yekaterinburg and local partners celebrated the International Education Week – 2016 with a number of events including lectures and online presentations, discussions in English on educational issues and film showings. Chief of the Consular Section Rafael Gonzales spoke on U.S. student visas and the Summer Work and …

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