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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Protecting Ukraine’s invaluable heritage

By ShareAmerica In the early hours of July 23, 2023, a Russian missile struck Transfiguration Cathedral, severely damaging the largest church in Odesa, Ukraine. A woman outside the Odesa Transfiguration Cathedral, destroyed in Russian missile attacks July 23, 2023 (© Jae C. Hong/AP) In the days that followed, people of the city came to see …

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U.S. humanitarian aid for Ukraine war tops $2.6 billion

By ShareAmerica The U.S. commitment to Ukraine in the face of Russia’s aggression is broad and enduring. The U.S. government has provided more than  $2.6 billion  (PDF, 753KB) in humanitarian assistance to help people affected by Russia’s 2022 full-scale invasion of Ukraine. This humanitarian assistance — through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department …

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Joint Statement Condemning Russia’s War of Aggression Against Ukraine

United States Mission to the United Nations Office of Press and Public Diplomacy For Immediate Release January 22, 2024 Joint Statement Condemning Russia’s War of Aggression Against Ukraine (The following is a joint statement delivered by Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya, Permanent Representative of Ukraine, on behalf of Albania, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, …

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First Trilateral Sanctions against Russian Cyber Actor

PRESS STATEMENT MATTHEW MILLER, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JANUARY 23, 2024 In coordination with Australia and the United Kingdom, the United States is designating a Russian cyber actor involved in the 2022 ransomware attack against an Australian healthcare insurer.  Today’s action, our first trilateral sanctions action using our respective cyber sanctions regimes, strengthens our partnership in the …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing Called by Russia on Threats to International Peace and Security

Ambassador Robert Wood Alternative Representative for Special Political Affairs New York, New York January 22, 2024 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you, Deputy High Representative Ebo, for your briefing. Mr. President, it is unfortunate that the Russian Federation continues to call for repeated meetings on this topic and use this Council as …

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Special Assistant to the President Nicholas Berliner with Editor-in-Chief of the RTVI USA TV Channel Yevgeny Piskunov

INTERVIEW REVERSE TRANSLATION FROM RUSSIAN PROGRAM AUDIO TRANSCRIPT JANUARY 15, 2024 Q.: I would like to thank you right away for giving us the opportunity to record an interview with you. My first question is about leaks in the American media that Russia is going to freeze the conflict in Ukraine. There was a similar …

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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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Joint Statement on DPRK-Russia Ballistic Missile Transfers

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JANUARY 9, 2024 The following is a statement from the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, …

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Taking Additional Sweeping Measures Against Russia

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE DECEMBER 12, 2023 The United States is imposing sanctions today on over 250 individuals and entities in connection with Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.  The Department of State is imposing sanctions on over 100 entities and individuals, including those engaged in sanctions evasion, furthering Russia’s ability to …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Ukraine

Ambassador Robert Wood Alternative Representative for Special Political Affairs New York, New York December 6, 2023 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you, Assistant-Secretary-General Jenca and Director for Coordination Rajasingham for your briefings today. Colleagues, since last February, Russia’s illegal war of aggression against Ukraine has resulted in the deaths of nearly 10,000 …

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Joe Biden: The U.S. won’t back down from the challenge of Putin and Hamas

Washington Post:  Joe Biden: The U.S. won’t back down from the challenge of Putin and Hamas [President Joe Biden, 11/18/23] Today, the world faces an inflection point, where the choices we make — including in the crises in Europe and the Middle East — will determine the direction of our future for generations to come. What will our world look like on the other side of these conflicts? Will …

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Ambassador Tracy interview with RFE/RL Grani Vremeni

Riga, Latvia – October 12, 2023 RFE/RL: My first question, the relation between Moscow and Washington is at it’s worse since the Cold War era. What should diplomats [do] to prevent these conflicts from turning into a wider military confrontation? AMBASSADOR TRACY: I think the other thing that I want to touch on before I …

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Remarks by President Biden on the United States’ Response to Hamas’s Terrorist Attacks Against Israel and Russia’s Ongoing Brutal War Against Ukraine

WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING ROOM SPEECHES AND REMARKS OCTOBER 20, 2023 8:02 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Good evening, my fellow Americans. We’re facing an inflection point in history — one of those moments where the decisions we make today are going to determine the future for decades to come. That’s what I’d like to talk with …

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Call for End of Hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 19, 2023 The United States is deeply concerned by Azerbaijan’s military actions in Nagorno-Karabakh and calls on Azerbaijan to cease these actions immediately. These actions are worsening an already dire humanitarian situation in Nagorno-Karabakh and undermine prospects for peace. As we have previously made clear to …

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Illegitimate “Elections” in Regions of Ukraine Illegally Occupied by Russia

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 13, 2023 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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Russia’s Sham Elections in Ukraine’s Sovereign Territory

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 7, 2023 The Russian Federation is in the process of conducting sham elections in occupied areas of Ukraine. These so-called elections are taking place nearly one year after the Kremlin staged sham referenda and purported to annex Ukraine’s Kherson, Zaporizhzhya, Donetsk, and Luhansk oblasts, and over …

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Press Statement from U.S. Embassy Moscow Vladimir Kara-Murza’s Second Birthday in Detention

Press Statement from U.S. Embassy Moscow Vladimir Kara-Murza’s Second Birthday in Detention September 7, 2023 September 7 is a difficult milestone for Russian pro-democracy activist Vladimir Kara-Murza.  Today, he turns 42 years old, marking his second birthday in detention, while he undergoes a perilous transfer to a penal colony after the denial of his appeal …

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Joint Statement Delivered by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Russia’s Continued Pursuit of Weapons from the DPRK

United States Mission to the United Nations Office of Press and Public Diplomacy For Immediate Release August 30, 2023 Joint Statement Delivered by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Russia’s Continued Pursuit of Weapons from the DPRK   (The following is a joint statement delivered by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Representative of the United States to the United Nations, …

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Video of Former Embassy Moscow Service Provider and FSB Summons of U.S. Diplomats

PRESS STATEMENT MATTHEW MILLER, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 28, 2023 We have seen the video shown on Russia’s state media depicting the alleged confession of Russian citizen, Mr. Robert Shonov, as well as images of apparent Federal Security Service (FSB) summons for two diplomats working at U.S. Embassy Moscow in connection to the case. The allegations …

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Imposing Sanctions on Individuals and Entities to Promote Accountability for Forced Transfer and Deportation of Ukrainian Children

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 24, 2023 Today, on Ukrainian Independence Day, the Department of State is imposing sanctions and pursuing visa restrictions to promote accountability for individuals and entities connected to forcible transfer and deportation of Ukraine’s children.  Some targets are being designated pursuant to  Executive Order (E.O.) 14024  , which authorizes sanctions with respect to …

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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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Designating Individuals Involved in the Poisoning of Aleksey Navalny

PRESS STATEMENT MATTHEW MILLER, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 17, 2023 Today, the United States is designating four Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) operatives, Alexey Alexandrovich Alexandrov, Konstantin Kudryavtsev, Ivan Vladimirovich Osipov, and Vladimir Alexandrovich Panyaev, pursuant to the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 for their involvement in the poisoning of Russian opposition …

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Sanctioning Entities Connected to Russia-DPRK Arms Dealer

PRESS STATEMENT MATTHEW MILLER, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 16, 2023 Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on three entities connected to a U.S.-sanctioned arms dealer who has attempted to facilitate arms deals between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the Russian Federation for Russia’s use in its brutal war against Ukraine. Earlier this …

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United States Sanctions Russian Financial Elites and a Russian Business Association

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 11, 2023 Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on four prominent members of Russia’s financial elite who have served on the supervisory board of the Alfa Group Consortium, one of the largest financial and investment conglomerates in Russia. We are also imposing sanctions on the …

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Special Online Briefing: Dr. Fowler Special Envoy for Global Food Security And Ambassador O’Brien Head of the State Department’s Sanctions Office

SPECIAL BRIEFING DR. CARY FOWLER, SPECIAL ENVOY FOR GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY OFFICE OF GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY DIVISION FOR COUNTER THREAT FINANCE AND SANCTIONS BRUSSELS MEDIA HUB AUGUST 4, 2023 MODERATOR: Good afternoon from the State Department’s Brussels Media Hub. I would like to welcome everyone joining us for today’s virtual press briefing. We are very honored …

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Marking Fifteen Years Since Russia’s Invasion and Occupation of Georgia

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 7, 2023 Fifteen years ago, Russia invaded the sovereign nation of Georgia and occupied 20 percent of its territory. The United States remains steadfast in our support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. The lives of the conflict-affected populations have forever …

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Imposing Sanctions on Malian Officials in Connection with the Wagner Group

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 24, 2023 Today, the United States is designating three Malian officials who have worked closely with the Wagner Group to facilitate and expand Wagner’s presence in Mali since December 2021.  Civilian fatalities have surged by 278 percent since Wagner forces deployed to Mali in December 2021. …

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Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Russia’s Withdrawal from the Black Sea Grain Initiative

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York July 21, 2023 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. And thank you, to Under-Secretary-General Griffiths and DiCarlo, for your sobering briefing. And I want to express our appreciation to Ecuador and France for calling this important meeting. Colleagues, it seems every single …

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The United States Provides $15 Million in Additional Assistance for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services Programming in Ukraine

Office of Press Relations press@usaid.gov Wednesday, July 19, 2023 Press Release Today in Kyiv, USAID Administrator Samantha Power announced $15 million in additional development funding to further strengthen USAID’s mental health and psychosocial support programming in Ukraine, including through the First Lady of Ukraine’s All-Ukrainian Mental Health Initiative. More than 500 days of the Russian …

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U.S. destroys stockpile to help rid the world of chemical weapons

By ShareAmerica The United States has completely destroyed its stockpile of chemical weapons, moving “one step closer to a world free from the horrors of chemical weapons,” President Biden announced July 7. U.S. State Department officials called the end of the 30-year destruction effort a milestone both in maintaining U.S. compliance with the Chemical Weapons …

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Remarks by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield at the UN Security Council Stakeout on Russia’s Suspension of Participation in the Black Sea Grain Initiative

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York July 17, 2023 AS DELIVERED Good morning, and thank you for giving me this quick moment. In a few minutes, the Security Council will meet to try and revive the Syria cross-border mechanism, and I’m sure you heard that just now from …

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Remarks by President Biden on Supporting Ukraine, Defending Democratic Values, and Taking Action to Address Global Challenges | Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius University Vilnius, Lithuania JULY 12, 2023 7:51 P.M. EEST THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, Lithuania!  (Applause.)  As my mother would say, “God love ya.”  No seats.  Holy mackerel.  (Laughter.) It’s good to be back in Vilnius, a nation and a region that knows better than anyone the transformational power of freedom.  (Applause.)  You know, you showed …

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Marking 500 Days of Resilience in Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT THE SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 8, 2023 Five hundred days ago, on February 24, 2022, the Russian government launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine. As the Kremlin attempts to subjugate Ukraine, seize its land, topple its democratically elected government, the spirit of Ukraine’s people remains unbroken, and the United States remains committed to …

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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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Protesting Moscow’s Designation of the Anglo-American School as a “Foreign Agent”

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON STATEMENT BY MATTHEW MILLER, SPOKESPERSON July 5, 2023 The United States protests the Russian government’s egregious decision to designate the Anglo-American School of Moscow a “foreign agent,” the latest in a series of Russian Government actions that have forced the closure of the Anglo-American School. The Anglo-American …

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Statement from President Biden on International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

WHITE HOUSE JUNE 26, 2023 Torture is prohibited everywhere and at all times. It is illegal, immoral, and a stain on our collective conscience. Today, on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, I reaffirm the United States’ opposition to all forms of inhumane treatment and our commitment to eliminating torture and assisting …

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Sanctioning Entities and Individual Connected to Wagner Group in Africa

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 27, 2023 The United States is imposing sanctions on several entities in the Central African Republic (CAR) today for their connection to the transnational criminal organization known as the Wagner Group and for their involvement in activities that undermine democratic processes and institutions in the CAR through illicit …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with G7 Foreign Ministers and the High Representative of the EU

Secretary Blinken spoke today with Foreign Ministers from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy to discuss the ongoing situation in Russia.  Secretary Blinken reiterated that support by the United States for Ukraine will not change.  The United States will stay in …

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United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the People of Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 16, 2023 The United States is providing $205 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Ukraine as part of our support for those affected by Russia’s unprovoked, unjustified, and brutal war against Ukraine. U.S. humanitarian assistance provides the people of Ukraine with critical support, …

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U.S. sends aid to Ukraine following destruction of Kakhovka Dam

ShareAmerica By Michael Laff June 15, 2023 Within hours of the destruction of the Kakhovka Dam in southern Ukraine, U.S. relief organizations and international partners rallied to provide emergency aid to families in Ukraine, like Yevheniya’s. “We experienced this during active shelling, when my children and I spent a month without water and electricity ,” she told UNICEF USA. “It’s very difficult to …

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Remarks for Adoption of a UN General Assembly Resolution on the Status of IDPs and Refugees in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Georgia

Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis Acting Deputy Representative to the United Nations New York, New York June 7, 2023 AS DELIVERED Mr. President, Colleagues, the United States is pleased to co-sponsor and support this important resolution. We urge members of the General Assembly to also support the resolution before us today. We remain greatly concerned over the …

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U.S. Sanctions Leading Members of Russian Intelligence-Linked Group Plotting to Destabilize the Government of Moldova

PRESS STATEMENT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JUNE 5, 2023 The United States is designating seven leading members of a Russian intelligence-linked group and one entity for their role in Russia’s malign influence campaigns and destabilization operations in Moldova. These actors are a part of Russia’s global information operations that have also targeted the United States, …

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Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Growing Military Cooperation Between Iran and Russia

United States Mission to the United Nations Office of Press and Public Diplomacy For Immediate Release June 9, 2023 Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Growing Military Cooperation Between Iran and Russia I am gravely concerned by the growing military cooperation between Russia and Iran which continues to enable Russia’s prosecution of its brutal …

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USAID’s Response to the Kakhovka Dam Destruction

USAID Office of Press Relations Thursday, June 8, 2023 For Immediate Release Statement By Spokesperson Jessica Jennings The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is responding to the humanitarian, environmental, and economic impacts caused by the destruction of the Kakhovka Dam in Ukraine’s Kherson region on June 6. The destruction of the dam has triggered …

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Joint Statement on the Situation in Kherson Following the Destruction of the Kakhovka Dam

United States Mission to the United Nations Office of Press and Public Diplomacy For Immediate Release June 8, 2023 Joint Statement on the Situation in Kherson Following the Destruction of the Kakhovka Dam (The following is a joint statement delivered by Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya, Permanent Representative of Ukraine, on behalf of Albania, Czech Republic, Estonia, …

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U.S. Countermeasures in Response to Russia’s Violations of the New START Treaty

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JUNE 1, 2023 The United States is committed to full and mutual implementation of the New START Treaty. Consistent with that commitment, the United States has adopted lawful countermeasures in response to the Russian Federation’s ongoing violations of the New START Treaty. The Russian Federation’s purported suspension of the …

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United States Imposes Additional Sanctions and Export Controls on Russia in Coordination with International Partners

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 19, 2023 The United States will continue to take actions against Russia until it ends its brutal and illegal war against Ukraine. The United States is implementing commitments made at the G7 Leaders’ Summit to increase costs for Russia and those who support its war effort. Among others, …

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Treasury Sanctions the Head of the Wagner Group in Mali

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY PRESS RELEASES MAY 25, 2023 WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned Ivan Aleksandrovich Maslov (Maslov), the head of Russian Private Military Company ‘Wagner’ (Wagner Group) paramilitary units and its principal administrator based in Mali. The Wagner Group and its leader, …

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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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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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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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Sanctioning Russian Federation and Iranian State Actors Responsible for the Wrongful Detention of U.S. Nationals

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 27, 2023 The United States has no higher commitment than bringing home wrongfully detained Americans. Today, we are promoting accountability for those responsible for wrongfully detaining U.S. nationals abroad. Our actions are a clear and direct warning to those around the world who wrongfully detain U.S. …

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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 on Armenian Remembrance Day

WHITE HOUSE APRIL 24, 2023 Today, we pause to remember the lives lost during the Meds Yeghern—the Armenian genocide— and renew our pledge to never forget. On April 24, 1915, Ottoman authorities arrested Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople—the start of a systematic campaign of violence against the Armenian community. In the years that …

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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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Russia’s Wrongful Detention of Journalist Evan Gershkovich

PRESS STATEMENT VEDANT PATEL, PRINCIPAL DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON APRIL 10, 2023 Today, Secretary Blinken made a determination that Evan Gershkovich is wrongfully detained by Russia. Journalism is not a crime. We condemn the Kremlin’s continued repression of independent voices in Russia, and its ongoing war against the truth. The U.S. government will provide all appropriate support …

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U.S. Assistance Provides Critical Support to Help Ukraine Emerge from Winter at War

USAID has provided Ukraine with $400 million in winter-related assistance to help Ukrainians access heat, hot water, electricity, healthcare, and basic supplies during winter. This winter, Putin sought to destroy Ukraine’s energy infrastructure in an attempt to break the will of the Ukrainian people, but Ukrainians stood strong and the United States stood alongside them. …

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Novaya Gazeta Europe Interview with Victoria Nuland, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs

https://novayagazeta.eu/articles/2023/02/24/american-hearts-bleed-for-ukraine-but-we-also-bleed-for-all-russian-families-affected-by-this-war-en Novaya Gazeta: I think it’s a great opportunity, you know, to have directly your voice to the Russian audience. It’s just very important to us the anniversary of war. So my my first question is, what do you think about this suspending of New START treaty by President Putin? Will the United States somehow answer …

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on the Illegal Annexation of Sovereign Ukrainian Territory

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 30, 2022 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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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement at the 2023 Munich Security Conference

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 21, 2023 Statement by Hayashi Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan in his capacity as Chair of the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting at the Munich Security Conference. Begin Text: The G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the …

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Op-Ed by the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves: America’s Hidden Tool is Hobbling Russia’s War Machine with Multilateral Impact

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, February 1, 2023 U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Public Affairs Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce is continuing to take action against Russia and those who enable Russia’s war in Ukraine. We added trade restrictions to seven Iranian entities involved in Iran’s drone program for supporting Russia’s war efforts and trying to use …

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Russia’s Intensifying Crackdown on Independent Civil Society

In recent days, the Kremlin has struck more blows against independent civil society and media. On January 25, a Moscow court ruled to close the Moscow Helsinki Group, Russia’s oldest human rights organization and the inspiration for citizens’ groups monitoring human rights in the Europe-Eurasia region and around the world. The Kremlin’s crackdown on independent …

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Countering the Wagner Group and Degrading Russia’s War Efforts in Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JANUARY 26, 2023 The United States is sanctioning individuals and entities linked to Russia’s para-military Wagner Group and its head, Yevgeniy Prigozhin – including its key infrastructure and associated front companies, its battlefield operations in Ukraine, producers of Russia’s weapons, and those administering Russia-occupied areas of Ukraine. …

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Significant New U.S. Military Assistance to Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JANUARY 19, 2023 The United States is announcing a significant new security assistance package to help Ukraine continue to defend itself against Russia’s brutal war. Pursuant to a delegation of authority from the President, I am authorizing our 30 th drawdown of U.S. arms and equipment for …

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Energy Security Support to Ukraine

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 29, 2022 In the midst of Russia’s continued brutal attacks against Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, Secretary of State Blinken announced today during a meeting of the G7+ on the margins of the NATO Ministerial in Bucharest that the United States government is providing over $53 million to support acquisition …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on Remembering the Holodomor

THE WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING ROOM STATEMENTS AND RELEASES NOVEMBER 23, 2022 Even as the brave Ukrainian people continue to defend their democracy and freedom from Russia’s brutal aggression, we pause to also honor the victims of past injustices and horrors inflicted on Ukraine. This November marks the anniversary of the Holodomor — “death by hunger.” …

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 20, 2022 The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union. Begin Text: On the launch of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile by …

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Targeting Russian Corruption in the Guatemalan Mining Sector

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 18, 2022 The United States took action today to promote accountability for Russia-linked actors engaging in corruption in Guatemala. We remain steadfast in our commitment to identify acts of corruption that threaten the United States and the democratic institutions of our partners and allies. Today, the U.S. Department …

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Accountability for War Crimes and Other Atrocities in Ukraine: Recent Reporting on Unjust Detentions and Disappearances in Kherson Oblast

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 18, 2022 The Conflict Observatory, a program supported by the U.S. Department of State, released an independent report today that details numerous instances of unjust detentions and disappearances in Kherson, Ukraine, as they relate to Russia’s ongoing filtration operations. Russia must halt these operations and withdraw its forces to end a needless war …

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Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Russia’s War Against Ukraine

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York November 16, 2022 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you, Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo, for your valuable briefing today. Colleagues, I want to start by noting the tragic explosion that killed two people in Poland near the Ukrainian border. We extend our …

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Statement by National Security Council Spokesperson Adrienne Watson

THE WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING ROOM STATEMENTS AND RELEASES NOVEMBER 16, 2022 We have full confidence in the Polish government’s investigation of the explosion near their border with Ukraine, and we commend them for the professional and deliberate manner in which they are conducting it. We will not get ahead of their work and remain in …

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Imposing Sanctions on Entities and Individuals in Response to Iran’s Transfer of Military UAVs to Russia

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE NOVEMBER 15, 2022 Today we are imposing sanctions in response to Iran’s support of Russia’s unprovoked war against Ukraine, including Tehran’s transfer of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to Russia, which are being used by Moscow to strike civilian infrastructure and cities. The Departments of State and the …

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Statement by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on Russia’s Missile Strikes

THE WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING ROOM STATEMENTS AND RELEASES The United States strongly condemns Russia’s latest missile attacks against Ukraine, which appear to have struck residential buildings in Kyiv and additional sites across the country. It is not lost on us that, as world leaders meet at the G-20 in Bali to discuss the issues of …

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Joint Statement on Global Food Security

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 14, 2022 The text of the following statement was released by the High Representative of the European Union Josep Borrell, the Secretary of State of the United States of America Antony J. Blinken, and the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom James Cleverly. Begin Text: The world faces …

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Explanation of Vote Delivered by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield on a UN Security Council Resolution Proposed by Russia on Alleged Bioweapons in Ukraine

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York November 2, 2022 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. The United States voted against this resolution because it is based on disinformation, dishonesty, bad faith, and a total lack of respect for this body. The Biological Weapons Convention is important. It addresses …

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Joint Statement on Ukraine

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON OCTOBER 23, 2022 The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, France, and the United Kingdom. We, the Foreign Ministers of France, the United Kingdom, and the United States, reiterate our steadfast support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in …

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On Russia’s Acquisition of UAVs from Iran

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON OCTOBER 19, 2022 PRESS STATEMENT Today, the United States joined the United Kingdom and France in raising the issue of Iran’s transfer of UAVs to Russia at a meeting of the UN Security Council, where Council members received expert briefings from the UN Secretariat on reports of the transfer of these …

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Remarks by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield at the Emergency Special Session of the UNGA on the Russian invasion of Ukraine

“Russia’s actions have no place in our modern world. That is why this resolution calls for peace, and it calls for de-escalation. But it also makes clear that we reject Russia’s attempted annexations, that we reject this affront to territorial integrity, to national sovereignty, to peace and security.”

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Statement of President Joe Biden on the UNGA Vote Condemning Russia’s Illegal Attempts to Annex Ukrainian Territory

OCTOBER 12, 2022 Today, the overwhelming majority of the world—nations from every region, large and small, representing a wide array of ideologies and governments – voted to defend the United Nations Charter and condemn Russia’s illegal attempt to annex Ukrainian territory by force. 143 nations stood on the side of freedom, sovereignty, and territorial integrity—even …

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Remarks by Ambassador Michael G. Kozak at the OSCE Warsaw Human Dimension Conference

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on the Illegal Annexation of Sovereign Ukrainian Territory

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 30, 2022 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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Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s Remarks at the UNSC Stakeout Following a Vote on a Resolution Condemning Russia’s Sham Referenda

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York September 30, 2022 AS DELIVERED Let me thank all of you for waiting to see us this afternoon. The illegal referenda that Russia held in Ukraine and the purported annexations of Ukrainian territory by force are a violation of the UN Charter and international law. They change nothing about the status and borders of Ukraine. That is the firmly-held conviction of the United States. This is the firmly-held conviction of the Secretary-General. And as you saw just …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with Swedish Foreign Minister Linde

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 30, 2022 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman spoke with Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde today about the apparent sabotage along the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines. The United States is supporting Sweden and other European partners to …

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Russia’s Sham Referenda in Ukraine

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 29, 2022 PRESS STATEMENT The Kremlin’s sham referenda are a futile effort to mask what amounts to a further attempt at a land grab in Ukraine. To be clear: the results were orchestrated in Moscow and do not reflect the will of the people of Ukraine. The United …

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On the Anniversary of the Massacre at Babyn Yar: Joint Statement from Special Envoys for Holocaust Issues Condemning Russian Actions in Ukraine

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 29, 2022 MEDIA NOTE The text of the following statement was announced by the envoys for Holocaust issues or their equivalent from Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Romania, United Kingdom, and the United States of America on behalf of their Governments. Begin Text: We must never forget the …

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$457.5 Million in New U.S. Civilian Security Assistance for Ukraine

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 26, 2022 PRESS STATEMENT The United States today committed an additional $457.5 million in civilian security assistance to enhance the efforts of Ukrainian law enforcement and criminal justice agencies to improve their operational capacity and save lives as they continue to help defend the Ukrainian people, their freedom, …

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Welcoming the Release of Political Prisoners in Belarus

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 25, 2022 PRESS STATEMENT The United States welcomes the release of several political prisoners in Belarus including Aleh Hurzdzilovich, a Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty journalist. While the release of these political prisoners is a step in the right direction, too many political prisoners remain behind bars in Belarus. We call …

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Under Secretary Jenkins to Participate in the IAEA General Conference in Vienna, Austria, September 25-28

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 24, 2022 MEDIA NOTE Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Ambassador Bonnie D. Jenkins will travel to Vienna, Austria on September 25-28 to attend the 66th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). She will accompany Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm, head of the U.S. delegation, …

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Statement from President Biden on Russia’s Sham Referenda in Ukraine

THE WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING ROOM SEPTEMBER 23, 2022 STATEMENTS AND RELEASES The United States will never recognize Ukrainian territory as anything other than part of Ukraine. Russia’s referenda are a sham – a false pretext to try to annex parts of Ukraine by force in flagrant violation of international law, including the United Nations Charter. …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken at the United Nations Security Council Ministerial Meeting on Ukrainian Sovereignty and Russian Accountability

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS NEW YORK, NEW YORK SEPTEMBER 22, 2022 REMARKS SECRETARY BLINKEN: (Via interpreter) Thank you very much, Madam President, for having brought this council together at this very grave moment of the crisis of the war of Russia on Ukraine. (In English) Mr. Secretary General, thank you …

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The Moscow Mechanism Report on Russia’s Failure to Fulfill its Human Dimension Commitments

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON PRESS STATEMENT SEPTEMBER 22, 2022 The United States and 37 other countries invoked the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Moscow Mechanism on July 28 to examine the Russia’s adherence to its OSCE Human Dimension commitments on human rights and fundamental freedoms. In the report released today in Vienna , the expert mission found that a …

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The Kremlin’s Troop Mobilization

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 21, 2022 President Putin’s call to partially mobilize Russian citizens, directing them to fight in Ukraine, reflects the Kremlin’s struggles on the battlefield, the unpopularity of the war, and Russians’ unwillingness to fight in it. President Putin is not operating from a position of strength; rather, …

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Welcoming Prisoner Exchanges in Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 21, 2022 The United States welcomes the negotiated prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia, which includes two U.S. citizens captured while serving in Ukraine’s military.  The United States is appreciative of Ukraine including all prisoners of war, regardless of nationality, in its negotiations, and we look …

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Documenting Russia’s Destructive Impact on Food Storage in Ukraine

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 15, 2022 President Putin’s unjustified war against Ukraine puts millions around the globe at risk of increasing food insecurity. The Kremlin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, one of the world’s largest exporters of food, has led to the damage or outright destruction of many of Ukraine’s arterial roads, railways, …

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$600 Million in Additional U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 15, 2022 Together with our Allies and partners, we are delivering the arms and equipment that Ukraine’s forces are utilizing so effectively as they continue their successful counter-offensive against Russia’s invasion. President Biden has been clear we will support the people of Ukraine for as long …

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Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Meeting on Russia’s Filtration Operations – September 7, 2022

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York September 7, 2022 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And also thank you to Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo and Assistant-Secretary-General Kehris for your briefings. And thank you so much, Ms. Drik, for offering a stark and credible view on the situation from a civil …

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Joint Statement on Belarus

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

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President Biden’s Trip to Europe

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

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

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Vladimir Putin of Russia. The two leaders discussed the state of bilateral relations and resolved to continue dialogue about mutual national security priorities and challenges. President Trump congratulated President Putin on his March 18 re-election, and emphasized the importance of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula. The two leaders …

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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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Remarks by Vice President Mike Pence at the Munich Security Conference

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President ___________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release                          February 18, 2017   REMARKS BY VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE AT THE MUNICH SECURITY CONFERENCE     THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Ambassador Ischinger.  Chancellor Merkel, Secretary General, distinguished colleagues, and honored guests, I bring greetings on behalf of the 45th President of …

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