Under Secretary Jenkins travel to Georgia, October 5-7

Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Ambassador Bonnie D. Jenkins will travel to Tbilisi, Georgia from October 5-7. While in Tbilisi, she will deliver opening and keynote remarks at the Biosafety Association Central Asia and the Caucasus Region Conference on COVID-19 lessons learned. The Under Secretary will also attend bilateral meetings.  Follow @UnderSecT …

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Statement by President Biden on the Violent Crackdown in Iran

I remain gravely concerned about reports of the intensifying violent crackdown on peaceful protestors in Iran, including students and women, who are demanding their equal rights and basic human dignity.  They are calling for just and universal principles, which underpin the UN Charter and Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  For decades, Iran’s regime has denied …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke by phone today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Ukraine’s continued defense of its sovereignty and territorial integrity.  They discussed Moscow’s latest illegal and illegitimate efforts to change Ukraine’s borders by force as well …

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Russia’s Sham Referenda in Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE 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 States does not, …

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Designating Iran Petroleum and Petrochemical Sanctions Evaders

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States is taking further action to disrupt efforts to evade sanctions on the sale of Iranian petroleum and petrochemical products.  Specifically, the Department of State is imposing sanctions on two People’s Republic of China (PRC)-based entities: Zhonggu Storage and Transportation Co. Ltd., which operates a …

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Iranian Attacks on the IKR

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON We strongly condemn Iran’s use of ballistic missiles and drone attacks against the Iraqi Kurdistan Region as an unjustified violation of Iraqi sovereignty and territorial integrity.  We are also aware of reports of civilian casualties and deplore any loss of life caused by today’s attack. Moreover, we further condemn …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Danish Foreign Minister Kofod

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod today about the apparent sabotage along the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines.  The United States remains united with our Allies and partners in our commitment to …

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The Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2023

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The President today signed the Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for the Fiscal Year 2023, setting the refugee admissions target at 125,000 for this upcoming fiscal year.  This ambitious target demonstrates that the United States is committed to rebuilding and strengthening the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP), including …

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America’s unwavering support for nuclear nonproliferation

By Dave Reynolds For more than 50 years, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) has helped prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, enabled progress on disarmament, and allowed peaceful nuclear technologies to contribute to global sustainable development. The United States is committed to upholding this landmark treaty, one that is never more important than …

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Biden at U.N.: Partnering for a freer, more just world

By Dave Reynolds The United States is embarking on an “era of relentless diplomacy,” working with international partners to tackle global challenges that affect people’s lives, President Biden said September 21. In a speech to the 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York, Biden said the United States will work with any nation — including competitors …

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

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE 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, and their democracy …

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Deputy Assistant Attorney General Bruce Swartz’ Remarks at the Prosecution Service of Georgia

Let me say first what a great honor it was to meet with the Prosecutor General and to be able to celebrate together 30 years of cooperation between our two countries, and in particular the cooperation between the United States Department of Justice and the Prosecutor General’s Office here. This is a very important relationship …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on Rosh Hashanah

This Rosh Hashanah, Jewish communities throughout America and across the globe will celebrate the birth of the world and the beginning of a new year. With the piercing sound of the shofar and the sweetness of apples dipped in honey, the Jewish New Year ushers in a sacred time of reflection, repentance, and renewal. A …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken Interview With 60 Minutes on CBS With Scott Pelley

INTERVIEW ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Note:  As-aired QUESTION:  How concerned should Americans be about the prospect of nuclear war? SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Scott, we’ve heard a lot of irresponsible rhetoric coming out of Vladmir Putin, but we’re focused on making sure that we’re all acting responsibly, especially when it comes to this kind of loose rhetoric. …

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Welcoming the Release of Political Prisoners in Belarus

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON 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 for the immediate and unconditional release of all …

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

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS NEW YORK, NEW YORK 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 for your determination and the …

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Remarks by President Biden Before the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

United Nations Headquarters New York, New York 11:08 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you. Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General, my fellow leaders, in the last year, our world has experienced great upheaval: a growing crisis in food insecurity; record heat, floods, and droughts; COVID-19; inflation; and a brutal, needless war — a war chosen by one …

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

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON 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 …

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Designating Iran’s Morality Police and Seven Officials for Human Rights Abuses in Iran

The United States condemns the tragic and brutal death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian woman who died in the custody of the Iranian Morality Police after being detained for purportedly wearing a hijab too loosely. We mourn with her loved ones and with the Iranian people. In response to this and other human rights …

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The Kremlin’s Troop Mobilization

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE 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, this is another …

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Welcoming Prisoner Exchanges in Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE 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 forward to these …

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Message to the Congress on the Continuation of the National Emergency With Respect to Persons who Commit, Threaten to Commit, or Support Terrorism

TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)) provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, within 90 days prior to the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in the Federal Register and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the …

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Secretary Blinken’s Trilateral Meeting with Azerbaijan and Armenia

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken hosted Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov for the first direct talks since recent fighting. Secretary Blinken conveyed condolences for the lives lost and emphasized the need to prevent further hostilities, underscoring the importance of …

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Secretary Blinken with Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov Before Their Meeting

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE PALACE HOTEL NEW YORK, NEW YORK SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, good afternoon, everyone.  I want to thank my colleagues from Armenia and Azerbaijan for being here today.  I want to start by just offering our sincere condolences to the families and the friends of those who died or were wounded …

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Targeting Russia’s Senior Officials, Defense Industrial Base, Financial Infrastructure Leaders, and Human Rights Abusers

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States continues to hold the Russian government to account for its war against Ukraine.  Today, we are taking actions against major Russian defense entities, key advanced-technology firms that support Russia’s defense industrial base, and financial infrastructure.  We are also taking actions against a Russian military …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.  Secretary Blinken conveyed our condolences for the loss of life during recent military actions along the Azerbaijan-Armenia border.  The Secretary reiterated our commitment to helping Armenia and Azerbaijan resolve issues peacefully.  He said that …

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Targeting Russia’s Senior Officials, Defense Industrial Base, and Human Rights Abusers – Fact Sheet

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The Department of State is taking additional actions to impose cost on Russia for its heinous aggression against Ukraine. Today’s actions also further align with those taken by our allies and partners. RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS MAXIM STANISLAVOVICH ORESHKIN is being designated pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 14024 Section 1(a)(iii)(A) because he is a leader, …

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

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE 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 as it takes. …

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Exposing human rights abuses associated with Russia’s filtration operations in Ukraine

By  Noelani Kirschner “Filtered. The word does not begin to convey the horror and the depravity of these pre-meditated policies,” said U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield during a September 7  U.N. Security Council Meeting . Thomas-Greenfield detailed for the council the numerous mounting and credible reports of the Russian government’s filtration sites in parts of eastern Ukraine that …

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Calling for the Immediate Cessation of Hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States is deeply concerned about reports of attacks along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border, including reported strikes against settlements and civilian infrastructure inside Armenia.  As we have long made clear, there can be no military solution to the conflict.  We urge an end to any military hostilities …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken And NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a Joint Press Availability

Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State Brussels, Belgium NATO Headquarters MODERATOR:  Good afternoon. The Secretary General and the Secretary of State will make introductory remarks, and then they’ll be happy to take a few questions.  Secretary General. SECRETARY GENERAL STOLTENBERG:  Secretary Blinken, dear Tony, welcome back to NATO.  It’s always great to see you here and thank …

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Secretary Blinken Travels to Ukraine and Belgium

Ned Price, Department Spokesperson Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken traveled to Ukraine today and will travel to Brussels September 9. On September 8, the Secretary arrived in Kyiv to meet with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and reaffirm our strong commitment to Ukraine. Secretary Blinken announced his intent to notify Congress of over …

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$2.8 Billion in Additional U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine and Its Neighbors

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE It has been seven months since President Putin’s February invasion of Ukraine, and the war’s terrible toll continues to mount. Thousands of civilians killed or wounded, 13 million Ukrainian civilians forced to flee their homes, historic cities pounded to rubble, horrifying reports of ongoing atrocities, nuclear power …

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US Ambassador Kelly Degnan visited Regional Court in Ambrolauri

We believe that when a judge is armed with the tools and knowledge needed to uphold the rule of law, a country can strengthen its democracy. This is why we put great effort into providing Georgian judges with educational and professional exchange opportunities. When visiting regions, it is important for Ambassador Degnan to meet local …

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Georgia, USA Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) Table Top Exercise

The United States is helping build the resilience of first responders of Racha.  The recent forest fires in Borjomi and Ambrolauri have shown the importance of interagency cooperation.  During Ambassador Degnan’s recent visit, she attended the Racha Regional Response Exercise (GEMA) supported by the State of Georgia Emergency Management Agency and National Guard Soldiers, where …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken Before Meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE PRESIDENT ZELENSKYY:  (Via interpreter)  Dear State Secretary, colleagues, first and foremost, I would like to extend words of gratitude for your visit and the visit of your team.  It sends a very important signal that confirms the leadership support and the leadership positions of the United States, in …

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Ambassador Degnan participated in Women for Development of High Mountainous Regions – Grant-Closing Conference

United States government programs aim to strengthen women leadership at all levels of Georgia’s democracy.  US Ambassador Kelly Degnan attended the “Women for Development of High Mountainous Regions” grant-closing ceremony. Women’s leadership and economic sustainability for regional development grant programs are supported by USAID through the USAID Economic Governance Program in three areas, including Imereti …

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Ambassador Degnan Visits Tchrebalo Winery/Restaurant

The United States supports Georgian women entrepreneurs.  Today, Ambassador Degnan visited Tchrebalo Winery which has opened a new restaurant with U.S. support. Ambassador took a tour of the facilities and met with the owners, Salome and Sofia Lekishvili. To improve customer experience and attract new visitors to the winery, USAID’s Economic Security Program helped the …

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Ambassador Degnan Visits Nikortsminda Cathedral

During her trip to Racha, U.S. Ambassador Kelly Degnan paid a visit to the Nikortsminda Cathedral. Between 1010 and 1014, Bagrat III of Georgia – the founding monarch of the unified Kingdom of Georgia – built Nikortsminda Cathedral. It was later repaired in 1534 by Imereti’s King Bagrat III. The Cathedral is on the tentative …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Tbilisi International Conference

Question about ruling party comment that organizers of this conference were “enemies of Georgia” Ambassador Degnan:  The United States is a strong supporter of inclusive dialogue. That is something that we think is absolutely essential. This conference has been organized here in Tbilisi since 2014 in the spirit of information sharing, inclusive dialogue, and the …

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Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Deputy Assistant Secretary Kara McDonald’s Remarks to Media at Tbilisi International Conference

It is a pleasure to be back in Georgia, in Tbilisi. I’m here to support the Slava Ukraini International Conference to show our support for Ukraine, but also for Georgia. President Biden believes that the contest between democracy and autocracy is really the definitive one of the 21st century. This is not about a great power …

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UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Report on the Human Rights Situation in Xinjiang

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The August 31st report by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights outlines in alarming details the human rights violations and abuses occurring in Xinjiang. It concludes that “the extent of arbitrary and discriminatory detention of members of the Uyghur and predominantly Muslim groups… may …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at MOU Signing Between Texas A&M and Robakidze University

Question about the event  Ambassador Degnan: We’re very excited to be here today for the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Robakidze University and Texas A and M University in Texas, one of the largest student body colleges in the United States, and the first university in Texas. This is a really exciting program that …

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Ambassador Degnan attended Public Health Emergency Management Conference

Public health collaboration between the United States and Georgia is a crucial component of our strategic partnership. As we commemorate 30 years of diplomatic relations, Georgian-American accomplishments in the field of health stand out in particular. In order to share lessons learned and improve our capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to health hazards in …

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Report: Russia’s filtration operations violate international humanitarian law

By Noelani Kirschner The Russian government is potentially engaging in torture and forced labor at filtration areas in eastern Ukraine, according to a new  report from Yale’s Humanitarian Research Lab . Satellite imagery also indicates the potential presence of graves at one facility. The report used open-source data cross-referenced against recent high-resolution satellite imagery. Only sites whose location and activities had been corroborated …

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Arrival of Wheat-Carrying Brave Commander to East Africa from Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States welcomes the arrival in Djibouti of 23,300 metric tons of Ukrainian grain aboard the ship Brave Commander. This grain will be distributed within Ethiopia and Somalia, countries that are dangerously food insecure after four years of drought. The United States is grateful for the important …

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Remembering the Loss of 13 American Heroes

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE One year ago today, 13 American service members lost their lives in a terrorist attack on the Kabul airport in Afghanistan.  These American heroes were engaged in a selfless mission to undertake an unprecedented airlift, making the ultimate sacrifice while helping to successfully move nearly 124,000 people to safety …

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Trial Judges from the Country of Georgia Visit Cobb Superior Court

Six trial judges from Georgia visited Cobb Superior Court the week of August 15, 2022, to observe jury trials and study our judicial process. The visit marks the post-pandemic resumption of a cooperative effort that has been ongoing since 2017 between the Georgian judiciary, the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement …

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The Kremlin’s Illegitimate Tribunals in Mariupol

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON By planning to hold so-called “tribunals” in Russia-controlled Mariupol against Ukraine’s brave defenders, the Kremlin is attempting to deflect responsibility for President Putin’s war of aggression and distract from overwhelming evidence of the atrocities Russian forces have committed in Ukraine.The planned show trials are illegitimate and a mockery of …

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Ukraine’s Independence Day

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On behalf of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Ukraine on their Independence Day, the commemoration of the date in 1991 when Ukraine officially left the Soviet Union and became a sovereign, democratic country. What should be a celebration of Ukraine’s independence is marred by …

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New Senior Advisor for Caucasus Negotiations

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE I am appointing Ambassador Philip T. Reeker as Senior Advisor for Caucasus Negotiations.  In this capacity, Ambassador Reeker will serve as U.S. OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair and lead negotiator for the U.S. delegation to the Geneva International Discussions during this critical period. Ambassador Reeker brings extensive experience in Europe …

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Russia’s War on Ukraine: Six Months of Lies, Implemented

“Everyday we fight so that everyone on the planet finally understands: we are not a colony, not an enclave, not a protectorate. Not a gubernia, an eyalet or a crown land, not a piece of a foreign empire, not a ‘part of the land’, not a union republic. Not an autonomous zone, not a province, …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Wendy’s Grand Opening

Question about Kobakhidze’s comments on ISFED Ambassador Degnan: The United States has full confidence in ISFED.  It’s a highly respected and experienced election monitoring organization. ISFED participated in last summer’s electoral reform working group that was chaired by the current Speaker and that produced some important, very useful electoral reform legislation that was subsequently adopted by …

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Marine Attaché Colonel James Thompson’s Remarks at the Ministry of Defense Briefing on Exercise Noble Partner 2022

Exercise Noble Partner is a continuing series of exercises that show the interoperability between U.S., Georgian forces, and multinational allies and partners.  It’s important to have Noble Partner this year to show our resolve together: to train, be prepared, and, as steel sharpens steel, together, allied forces learn from Georgians and Georgians learn from allies, and …

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Standing Against Religious Persecution

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE As we mark the fourth annual International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief, we recall that countless individuals have been killed, harmed, imprisoned, threatened, and harassed because of their beliefs.  We honor the sacrifice and price paid by too many …

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Second Anniversary of the Poisoning of Aleksey Navalny

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON Two years ago today, officers of the Russian government attempted to assassinate opposition leader Aleksey Navalny with a nerve agent on Russian soil.  When Mr. Navalny survived the brazen attack and bravely returned to Russia after recovering abroad, the Kremlin shamelessly imprisoned him on politically motivated charges.  We again …

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Statement by President Joe Biden Marking Slavery Remembrance Day

More than 400 years ago, twenty enslaved Africans were forcibly brought to the shores of what would become the United States. Millions more were stolen and sold in the centuries that followed, part of a system of slavery that is America’s original sin. Great nations don’t hide from their history. They acknowledge their past, both …

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$775 Million in Additional U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE As we approach the six-month mark of Russia’s unprovoked and brutal full-scale war against Ukraine, President Putin’s forces continue their assault, inflicting grievous harm on civilians and causing massive destruction of civilian infrastructure.  President Biden has been clear that we will continue to support the people of Ukraine …

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Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on World Humanitarian Day

Today, on World Humanitarian Day, we honor the humanitarian workers around the world who need our protection and support more than ever as they carry out their life-saving work. Nineteen years ago, a terrorist bombing claimed the lives of humanitarian aid workers in Baghdad. On this day, we remember them as well as the sacrifice …

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USAID and Ministry of Education of Georgia Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Cooperation between the U.S. and Georgia offers exciting possibilities that benefit Georgians throughout the country. Everyone agrees educating future generations is one key to a better future–and that’s why our latest example of cooperation is the signing of a memorandum of understanding between USAID and the Ministry of Education and Science. We will be working together …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan visited Ilia Chavchavadze Museum

The concept of “Founding Fathers” is near and dear to American’s hearts. In this country, Ilia Chavchavadze is considered the founding father of modern Georgia. His multifaceted work and rich legacy inspires admiration and pride throughout the nation, and it brings our Mission great pride to know that 30 years of U.S.-Georgia partnership was founded …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan visited Tserovani IDP Settlement

IDP needs, just like their stories, are different. For years, through our close cooperation with organizations like Mtskheta-Mtianeti Regional Hub, we’ve helped IDPs improve their lives. As we celebrate 30 years of U.S.-Georgia partnership, it is impossible not to mention the effort that local activists, organizations, and IDPs themselves put in, alongside their American partners, …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on continued U.S. support for Ukraine’s defense needs, as well as Ukraine’s plans for the second Crimea Platform summit on August 23 and its Independence Day on August 24. The Secretary updated …

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U.S. Ambassador Kelly Degnan met Mtskheta-Mtianeti Regional Police Officials, Governor, and Mayor

Cooperation with local government and law enforcement agencies is incredibly important for the success of the U.S.-Georgia strategic partnership. Throughout this country, including in Mtskheta-Mtianeti, we conduct numerous programs which require the involvement or support of the local government and law enforcement. Today Ambassador Degnan met with the Mtskheta-Mtianeti Governor, Mayor, and the officials of …

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International sanctions are working: Russia feels economic pressure

Business withdrawals and sanctions imposed in response to President Vladimir Putin’s unjust war in Ukraine are profoundly weakening Russia’s economy, despite Putin’s claims and the Kremlin’s economic statistics stating otherwise. More than 30 countries have imposed sanctions  against Russia, cutting energy imports, blocking financial transactions and halting shipments of key imports, such as semiconductors and other electronics. As a result, over 1,000 …

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U.S. Ambassador Kelly Degnan visits Svetitskhoveli Cathedral

Georgia is rich with cultural heritage, and through the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation, the U.S. Embassy has worked with our Georgian partners to preserve and restore some of this country’s most important religious and cultural sites. Whether on official or private visits, we always find time to explore these Georgian treasures. During the Ambassador’s …

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Anniversary of the Russian Invasion of Georgia

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Fourteen years ago today, Russia invaded the sovereign nation of Georgia.  As we have done since 2008, we remember those killed and injured by Russian forces.  For decades, the citizens of Georgia in Abkhazia and South Ossetia have lived under Russian occupation and tens of thousands have been displaced, persecuted, and impoverished.  Lives …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke by phone yesterday with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to express his condolences over the deaths of over 50 Ukrainian detainees in Russia-controlled Donetsk yesterday morning.  The Secretary reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to hold Russia accountable for atrocities committed …

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Targeting Russia’s Global Malign Influence Operations and Election Interference Activities

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The Russian Federation has demonstrated determination in its attempts to undermine the democratic processes and institutions essential to the functioning of our democracy and that of other countries.  It is crucial for our democracy, and democracies around the globe, to hold free and fair elections without malign …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Azerbaijani President Aliyev

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. The Secretary and President Aliyev discussed Azerbaijan and Armenia’s historic opportunity to achieve peace in the region. The Secretary reiterated the United States’ offer of assistance in helping facilitate the opening of regional …

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces New U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The people of Ukraine inspire the world as they defend their country and their freedom in the face of Russia’s brutal and unprovoked aggression. The United States continues to stand with Allies and partners from more than 50 countries in providing vital security assistance to support Ukraine’s …

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Quadrilateral Deal for Safe Passage of Agricultural Goods on the Black Sea

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United Nations, the Republic of Turkey, Ukraine, and Russia have committed to a plan for resuming Ukrainian exports through the Black Sea and getting millions of tons of Ukrainian grain to those who need it around the world. The United States welcomes this deal and commends UN Secretary-General Guterres and Turkish President Erdoğan for their committed diplomatic efforts …

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Ambassador Degnan met with Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Local Government Representatives

The Embassy appreciates local government partners who help us support hundreds of projects in Georgia towards our mutual goals: peace, prosperity, and security. Ambassador Degnan and regional officials in Samagrelo-Zemo Svaneti reviewed our efforts and shared future plans including USAID’s recently announced $24 million project to support local governance.

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Ambassador Degnan meets with Upper Svaneti Metropolitan and Bishop of Poti

Georgia and the United States share a strong faith tradition, spirit of religious tolerance and appreciation for cultural diversity. In Samegrelo—Zemo Svaneti, Ambassador Degnan met religious leaders and shared the Embassy’s deep respect for the Georgian Orthodox Church. For over two decades, we have partnered with the Georgian Orthodox Church to preserve Georgia’s unique culture …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Rondeli Foundation Event

Question about the event  Ambassador Degnan: I’m very pleased to be able to be part of a conference that is celebrating and reinforcing support for Ukraine and the long friendship between Georgia and Ukraine. It’s more important than ever right now that Georgia and Ukraine stand together against Russia’s aggression. Both countries know what it …

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Department Press Briefing

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON MR PRICE: It’s a little more temperate today. Just one element at the top and then we’ll turn to your questions. As I think you all know, the European Council extended Georgia a European prospective status, along with a roadmap of reforms that must be implemented for Georgia to achieve full candidate status. We know the …

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Ambassador Degnan visits a construction site of a railhead in Poti

Military cooperation, training, and service – a long-held and strong partnership between the U.S. and Georgia as we work together for peace and the restoration of Georgia’s territorial integrity. We stand proudly shoulder to shoulder as Georgia continues on the path to NATO integration. The construction of a railhead in Poti is one key project …

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Joint Statement on Cooperation on Global Supply Chains

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and the 17 partner economies on the occasion of the Supply Chain Ministerial Forum. Begin text: The shocks to global supply chains from pandemics, wars and conflicts, extreme climate impacts, and natural disasters have put in stark relief the …

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The United States Condemns Attack in the Dohuk Province of Iraq

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States condemns the attack earlier today in the Dohuk province of Iraq, which killed and injured civilians. The killing of civilians is unacceptable, and all states must respect their obligations under international law, including the protection of civilians. We extend our condolences to the families of those …

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Ambassador Degnan visits Zugdidi District Court 

What promotes peace, stability, and shared prosperity? Rule of law and judicial independence. Ambassador Degnan and judges in Zugdidi discussed how the Embassy supports Georgia’s efforts to build an effective and trusted judiciary through programs like mentorships and training courses. The U.S. commitment to Georgia’s development and its Euro-Atlantic aspirations remains strong.

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ODC facilitates regional Emergency Preparedness Meeting

On Wednesday the Office of Defense Cooperation facilitated a virtual meeting between Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti regional and local leadership, Georgia National Guard, Emergency Management Agency of Georgia and State of Georgia National Guard and Georgia Emergency Management Agency on Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti Region’s emergency preparedness and response capabilities and requirements. This was an introductory meeting to prepare …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Moldovan Prime Minister Gavrilita

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita in Washington, DC. Secretary Blinken and Prime Minister Gavrilita discussed continued U.S. assistance to support Moldova’s democratic reform agenda, energy security, and its humanitarian response to Russia’s unprovoked war against Ukraine. The …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken And Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita Before Their Meeting

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE TREATY ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good afternoon.  It’s a real pleasure to welcome the prime minister of Moldova here to the State Department.  The United States is, in fact, trying to return a little bit of the hospitality of the prime minister and the president showed me in …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on FDA and CDC Authorizing Novavax’s COVID-⁠19 Vaccine for Adults

Today is another step forward in our nation’s fight against the virus. Following an independent scientific review by the Food and Drug Administration last week and today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Novavax’s protein-based COVID-19 vaccine for adults has been authorized. We now have four safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines available to …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with European External Action Service Secretary General Sannino

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary Wendy R. Sherman spoke today with European External Action Service Secretary General Stefano Sannino to continue their close coordination on a wide range of global challenges, including on supporting Ukraine and holding Russia accountable for its brutal and unprovoked war. The Deputy Secretary and …

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Ambassador Degnan visits Media Development Fund Workshop for Youth in Tsalenjikha

In the digital age, we all must smartly consume information. Fake news and disinformation are favorite tools of malign actors seeking to sow confusion and create mistrust. With the Embassy’s longtime partner Media Development Fund, youth across Georgia have been empowered with media literacy. In Tsalenjikha, Ambassador Degnan met with youth to hear about the …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at the Tsalenjhika Mayor’s Office

I’m very pleased to be here in Tsalenjhika today. It was a wonderful, warm welcome that we received when we arrived to meet with the mayor and the chair of the Sakrebulo. We had a very interesting discussion about the mayor and the chair of the Sakrebulo, his priorities, which are education, giving opportunities for …

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FACT SHEET: U.S. Government Women Peace and Security Report to Congress

The Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017 (P.L. 115-68) (WPS Act) codified the United States Government’s decades-long, sustained commitment to the principles of the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda.  This Agenda stemmed from the historic 2000 United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, which has since been further supported by a growing body of policies …

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Release of the 2022 Women, Peace, and Security Report

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE History shows that the meaningful inclusion of women in peace and security processes leads to more successful peace agreements, promotes stability, and strengthens U.S. national security. Through the implementation of the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Act of 2017 and ongoing support for UN Security Council Resolution …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting With Ukraine’s First Lady Zelenska

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Ukraine’s First Lady, Olena Zelenska, in Washington, D.C.  The Secretary emphasized the United States’ comprehensive and enduring commitment to support Ukraine’s victory in Russia’s unjust and unprovoked war.  The Secretary and First Lady Zelenska spoke about the …

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Ambassador Degnan met with Trans-Caucasian Trail NGO Representatives

Interested in breathtaking scenery and fascinating history? Add stunning Svaneti to your list! To help create good paying jobs, the U.S. is trying to boost the tourism industry by working with partners like the Trans-Caucasian Trail NGO to increase sustainable tourism and bring prosperity to villages. Ambassador Degnan talked with partners about gains for local …

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Donating Equipment to Central Criminal Police Department of Georgia

As the Embassy continues to mark 30 years of U.S.- Georgia relations, we remain committed to supporting the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia in their counternarcotic efforts.  This week, the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) donated equipment to the Central Criminal Police Department (CCPD) …

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OSCE Releases the Second Expert Mission Report on Human Rights Abuses and International Humanitarian Law Violations in Russia’s War Against Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON With Ukraine’s assent, the United States and 44 other countries invoked the OSCE Moscow Mechanism for a second time on June 2, establishing an expert mission to examine the further human rights abuses and humanitarian impacts of Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine. In the report released at today’s …

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EU Sanctions on Russia and Shipments To and From Kaliningrad

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON We welcome the announcement by the EU making clear how its member states will implement economic sanctions on Russia with respect to Kaliningrad. We appreciate the unprecedented economic measures that our Allies and partners, including Lithuania, have joined us in taking against Russia for its unprovoked war against Ukraine. …

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Protecting Ukraine’s internet access and critical data

By  Leigh Hartman The U.S. government and private sector are providing critical cybersecurity assistance to Ukraine, helping the country stay online during Russia’s brutal and unjust war. The Kremlin’s further invasion of Ukraine has used information warfare tactics, including cyberattacks on core infrastructure and  dissemination of disinformation  through state-sponsored malign networks, as well as mass disruption of internet service, according …

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Russia’s “Filtration” Operations, Forced Disappearances, and Mass Deportations of Ukrainian Citizens 

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On the eve of the Ukraine Accountability Conference, the United States calls on Russia to immediately halt its systematic “filtration” operations and forced deportations in Russian-controlled and held areas of Ukraine.  The unlawful transfer and deportation of protected persons is a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention …

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Statement by President Biden on Successful Counterterrorism Operation

Today, the men and women of the U.S. military and of our intelligence community successfully executed an airstrike against one of the top leaders of ISIS, Maher al Agal. His death in Syria takes a key terrorist off the field and significantly degrades the ability of ISIS to plan, resource, and conduct their operations in …

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Biden: NATO is ‘more united than ever’

The United States and its trans-Atlantic allies have agreed to a bold vision for NATO’s future to ensure a  strong NATO alliance . The White House called the June 29–30 NATO Summit in Madrid “an historic moment for the Transatlantic Alliance.” For the first time, leaders from partner nations in Asia, including Australia, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea, attended …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with Belgian Secretary General Gentzis

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman met with Belgian Secretary General Theodora Gentzis today in Washington, D.C.  Deputy Secretary Sherman and Secretary General Gentzis discussed the importance of close cooperation to support Ukraine in defending itself against Russia’s unjustified aggression, including continuing our joint efforts …

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Message on the 27th Anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON Today marks 27 years since the Srebrenica genocide. The American people join the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina in mourning and honoring the victims – more than 8,000 men and boys who were murdered in July 1995.  The United States will never forget. We will continue to stand with …

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Biden honors 17 Americans with Medal of Freedom

By Mark Trainer President Biden awarded the  Presidential Medal of Freedom , the country’s highest civilian honor, to 17 Americans. The recipients represent diverse accomplishments across a variety of fields. Presidential Medal of Freedom honorees have made exemplary contributions to the prosperity, values or security of the United States. Americans at their best, Biden said during the July 7 White House ceremony, “ensure …

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$400 million in New U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The Ukrainian people continue to courageously defend their nation in the face of Russia’s unlawful and unprovoked invasion. The United States salutes their bravery, and we will stand by them as long as it takes. Pursuant to a delegation of authority from the President, I am authorizing our fifteenth …

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Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the People of Ukraine

Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State I announced earlier today that the United States is providing nearly $368 million in additional humanitarian assistance to support those affected by Russia’s brutal war on Ukraine. To date, more than 11 million people– over a quarter of Ukraine’s population – have been forced to flee their homes due …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at USAID’s Digital Day in the Life

Question about the event  Ambassador Degnan:  I’m really excited to be here today for the launch of an initiative that is designed to promote tourism here in Georgia, high-value tourism, too. That creates good jobs. This is a partnership between the Ministry of Economy, the Georgian National Tourism Administration, USAID, and a stellar private sector …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at MOIA Police Academy

Ambassador Degnan:  I am delighted to be here at the Police Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.  I’ve just had a very impressive tour of the facility.  I am very proud of the partnership between the Police Academy and the U.S. Embassy—this is a 30-year partnership that has, every step of the way, supported …

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INL donates 15 computers to Juvenile Establishment #11

The U.S. Embassy through the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) donated 15 computers to promote the educational process of juvenile convicts at the Penitentiary Establishment #11. INL has worked closely with the Vocational and Educational Training Center for Inmates (VETCI), the Special Penitentiary Service, and the National Probation Agency for …

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Deputy Chief of Mission Harris visited the opening of a new inmate handicrafts shop in Tbilisi

As we continue to mark 30 years of U.S. – Georgia relations, last week Deputy Chief of Mission Harris visited the opening of a new inmate handicrafts shop on Tsereteli Avenue in Tbilisi. The Embassy’s Office of International Law Enforcement and Narcotics (INL) has provided support to Special Penitentiary Services (SPS) for the past twelve years including …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.  They discussed the upcoming G20 Foreign Minister meeting in Bali and the outcomes from the G7 and NATO summits, which underscored firm Allied and partner resolve to support Ukraine as it defends …

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Second Statement on Russia’s War on Ukraine & International Sport

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The text of the following statement was agreed upon by the ministers of sport or their equivalent from the countries and individuals listed at the bottom of the statement. Begin text: Russia’s unprovoked and unjustifiable war of choice against Ukraine, facilitated by the Belarusian government, is abhorrent and a flagrant breach of its international …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with German State Secretary Michaelis

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met with German State Secretary Andreas Michaelis today in Washington, D.C.  Deputy Secretary Sherman and State Secretary Michaelis reaffirmed their support for Ukraine as it defends itself against Russia’s brutal aggression.  The two discussed ways to partner on combatting global food …

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Ambassador Degnan’s remarks to media at the Screening of “Davita”

Question about the event Ambassador Degnan:  I am here for the launch of a really cool media literacy project with Democracy Lab and the United States Embassy, for an animation series with the character, “Davita.”  It’s really going to be great, and it’s going to start in October, so I hope all you Davita fans …

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U.S. Delegation Meeting with Taliban Representatives

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON On June 29 and 30, Special Representative for Afghanistan Thomas West led another senior interagency delegation including representatives from the Department of State, the Department of the Treasury, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to continue discussions with senior Taliban representatives and technocratic professionals in Doha, Qatar. The United States expressed condolences for the loss of life …

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The Harsh Sentencing of Human Rights Defenders in Cuba

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States is deeply concerned by the ongoing harsh sentencing of political protesters in Cuba, and we will continue to work with our partners around the world to demonstrate our collective support for the rights of Cubans who are unjustly detained.  Cuban judges have sentenced over 550 Cuban protesters …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Tbilisi PRIDE’s Regional LGBTQI+ Conference

Question about the event Ambassador Degnan: I’m very pleased to be here today for the LGBTQI+ Pride Week Regional Conference to discuss the issues and challenges facing the LGBTQI+ community in Georgia and in the region. The Biden administration has placed human rights at the centerpiece of our foreign policy. This is because we deeply …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at Georgian Media Partnership Program

Question about the event Ambassador Degnan:  We’re here today to recognize the participants in the Georgian Media Partnership Program, which is one of the flagship media support programs of the U.S. Embassy.  The Georgia Media Partnership Program has trained over 151 journalists at 16 different TV outlets throughout Georgia over the past 10 years. Tonight, …

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U.S. International DFC CEO Scott Nathan’s remarks to Media at American Hospital Tbilisi

CEO Nathan: I’m thrilled to be here today to tour the American Hospital in Tbilisi to see the tangible results of the support from the United States, from my agency, the Development Finance Corporation. Back in 2014, we committed $18 million in financing to help support this extremely important project, and today, here it is open …

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International Development Finance Corporation CEO Scott Nathan’s Remarks to Media at Gazelle Finance Event

CEO Nathan:  Well, I’m thrilled to be here in Georgia visiting this fantastic facility. I arrived just an hour ago at the airport and came straight here to Fruit Logistics so that we could celebrate not only the great investment that Gazelle Finance has made here in Georgia, but also our new memorandum supporting Ukrainian …

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DFC and American Hospital Tbilisi Partner to Provide Critical Health Services to Displaced Ukrainians in Georgia

TBILISI, Georgia — U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) and American Hospital Tbilisi today announced the launch of a new technical assistance partnership that will benefit displaced Ukrainians in Georgia. DFC’s support enables the Hospital to provide much-needed outpatient care and surgical services Ukrainians would not otherwise be able to receive in Georgia while residing …

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Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on World Refugee Day 2022

Today, on World Refugee Day, I join people around the world in recognizing the strength, resilience, and humanity of the millions of refugees forced to flee violence, persecution, and war.  This is also a moment to honor the incredible generosity of host communities, the private sector, and state and local government across the United States …

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Defense Threat Reduction Agency Donates $400k in CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) Detection Equipment

DTRA’s International Counter Proliferation Program delivered CBRN equipment valued 400,000 USD to the Ministry of Internal Affairs Police Academy.  This CBRN detection, protection, and decontamination equipment will serve as training aids to support the Police Academy’s effort to institutionalize CBRN training into its national curriculum for police force first responders and CBRN specialists.  The Police …

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Ambassador Degnan met with Batumi City Court Judges

Ambassador Degnan, during her regional visits to celebrate the 30th anniversary of US-Georgia diplomatic relations, has welcomed the opportunity to meet with Georgia’s judges to discuss ways the United States can support the development of an efficient, independent, impartial judiciary. She was honored to meet with the Batumi City Court judges today to learn about …

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Office of Defense Cooperation Chief, Lieutenant Colonel Povilas Strazdas’ Farewell Remarks at the Ministry of Defense

I’ve had the pleasure of working in Georgia with the Defense Forces and the Ministry of Defense for two years now. In that time, we’ve ended the Georgia Defense and Readiness Program and began the Georgia Defense Deterrence Enhancement Initiative. I think we have seen the cooperation between Georgia and the United States move to …

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Regional Director, Dr. Charles Vitek’s Remarks to Media at Lugar Center

Question on Monkeypox in Georgia  Dr. Vitek:  I think that for monkeypox the challenges that experts have to look at are based on the information, and what’s happening, and make decisions on what the risk is. So, there are a lot of ways, since the pandemic, this could be prevented, that the outbreaks can be …

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Ambassador Degnan visited the community center in Mukhaestate

For five years the U.S. Embassy’s INL office supported community policing programs in the Adjara region to bring municipal workers, teachers, parents, and police officers together to make their communities safer. In Mukhaestate, they identified the lack of a safe meeting space for students and community members and worked together to achieve this goal. This …

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Ambassador Degnan the Multimodal Terminal in Batumi

The United States supports Georgian economic development by working with American firms to enter and compete in Georgian markets. The Multimodal Terminal in Batumi is an example of this support, representing the biggest American investment in the Adjara region. During her visit to the terminal Ambassador Degnan noted how such investments pave the way for …

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World Day Against Child Labor

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON On World Day Against Child Labor, we renew our commitments and efforts to combat child labor and protect children. The United States was one of the first countries to sign the international treaty against child labor.  When President Clinton signed what is known as the Worst Forms of Child Labor Convention …

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Assistant Secretary Donfried’s Travel to Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Dr. Karen Donfried will travel to Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia June 14 to 19 to emphasize the U.S. commitment to peace, democracy, and prosperity in the South Caucasus region. Marking the 30th anniversaries of diplomatic relations with all three countries, Assistant Secretary Donfried …

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Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Kara McDonald Visit to Georgia

Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Kara C. McDonald is visiting Tbilisi until June 13 for meetings with civil society organizations, government officials, and opposition leaders. DAS McDonald will reaffirm the United States’ firm commitment to Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations and underline that democratic reforms are the way to further …

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World Ocean Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The health and productivity of our ocean is under threat. Greenhouse gas emissions are making our ocean warmer, higher, more acidic, and less productive. Meanwhile, illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing is threatening fish stocks and marine biodiversity, while plastic pollution is choking our ocean. The ocean …

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Joint Statement by the United States, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom Regarding the IAEA Board of Governors Resolution

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Begin text: We, the Governments of France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States, welcome the IAEA Board of Governors’ adoption of a resolution responding to Iran’s insufficient cooperation with the …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Senik

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met today with Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Dmytro Senik in Seoul.  The Deputy Secretary emphasized the United States’ robust, continued support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s unprovoked aggression.  The Deputy Secretary provided an update on U.S. …

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Religious freedom: A U.S. founding principle

Religious freedom is a core American value and a  universal human right . It’s also a vital foreign policy priority, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said June 2. “When the fundamental right of each person to practice their faith or to choose not to observe a faith is respected, people can make their fullest contributions to their …

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Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Kathryn Insley’s Visit to Georgian Joint Maritime Operations Center

Today, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Kathryn Insley from the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation visited Georgia’s Joint Maritime Operations Center (JMOC) and met with JMOC Director, Commander Shota Mirotadze. JMOC is an interagency operations center that coordinates and shares information internally as well as with its international partners to proactively protect Georgia’s maritime space …

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Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Kathryn Insley’s Visit to Georgian Border Police and Coast Guard

U.S.—Georgian security and defense cooperation is the cornerstone of our strategic partnership. Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary (A/DAS) Kathryn Insley from the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation met with officials from the Georgian Border Police and Coast Guard to reconfirm the American commitment to Georgia’s security, sovereignty and territorial integrity.  A/DAS Insley noted: “This visit …

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Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Kathryn Insley’s Remarks at the Joint Maritime Operations Center

I am visiting today to express our commitment to strengthening the bilateral cooperation between the United States and Georgia, and to observe firsthand the many ways the partnership between our two countries is making the Black Sea region more secure.  We are also exploring additional areas of collaboration between our two countries. We greatly appreciate …

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The 33rd Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Tomorrow, we commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing, where tens of thousands of pro-democracy protestors peacefully joined together to call for democracy, accountability, freedom, and rule of law.  The 50-day protest ended abruptly on June 4, 1989, with a brutal assault by …

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Invocation of the OSCE Moscow Mechanism to Investigate Mounting Reports of Human Rights Abuses and International Humanitarian Law Violations by Russia

Invocation of the OSCE Moscow Mechanism to Investigate Mounting Reports of Human Rights Abuses and International Humanitarian Law Violations by Russia in Ukraine PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON With Ukraine’s assent, the United States and 44 other countries have invoked the OSCE Moscow Mechanism a second time since the start of Russia’s further invasion …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken And NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg At a Joint Press Availability

SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good morning, everyone.  It is a pleasure to welcome the NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg, Jens, my friend and colleague, back here to the State Department and to Washington.  We’ve seen each other quite a bit over the last 15 months, mostly in Brussels.  In fact, we did a little calculation, and it turns out …

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Secretary Blinken to Release 2021 International Religious Freedom Report

NOTICE TO THE PRESS OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will deliver on-camera remarks for the release of the 2021 International Religious Freedom Report on Thursday, June 2, 2022, at 11:30 a.m. in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the U.S. Department of State. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Rashad Hussain will deliver …

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Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Insley’s Visit to Georgia: 1-3 June

From June 1-3, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation,  Kathryn Insley will visit Georgia to meet with officials of the Georgian government in support of U.S.—Georgian bilateral security objectives, and to reemphasize the United States’ commitment to Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on the Launch of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile by the DPRK

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON 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. We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United …

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A Proclamation: Adjusting Imports of Steel Into the United States (Ukraine)

1.  On January 11, 2018, the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) transmitted to the President a report on the Secretary’s investigation into the effect of imports of steel mill articles (steel articles) on the national security of the United States under section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1862).  The …

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United States Targets the DPRK’s Ballistic Missile and Weapons of Mass Destruction Programs

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK’s) series of escalatory ballistic missile launches – including six intercontinental ballistic missile tests this year alone – are in blatant violation of UN Security Council resolutions and pose a grave threat to regional stability and international peace and security. Today, the United …

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Georgia’s National Day

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On behalf of the United States of America, I wish the people of Georgia a happy Independence Day. The Georgian people understand deeply the value of independence and freedom.  Despite Russia’s ongoing occupation of 20 percent of Georgia, the people of Georgia have shown a firm determination to pursue …

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Launch of the Atrocity Crimes Advisory Group (ACA) for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States, along with the European Union and the United Kingdom, has created the Atrocity Crimes Advisory Group (ACA).  This joint initiative will directly support the efforts of the War Crimes Units of the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine (OPG) to document, preserve, and …

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Remarks by President Biden on the School Shooting in Uvalde, Texas

Roosevelt Room 8:41 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Good evening, fellow Americans. I had hoped, when I became President, I would not have to do this again. Another massacre.  Uvalde, Texas.  An elementary school.  Beautiful, innocent second, third, fourth graders.  And how many scores of little children who witnessed what happened see their friends die as …

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Biden: U.S. welcomes Finland, Sweden’s bids to join NATO

By Leigh Hartman President Biden supported and welcomed Finland’s and Sweden’s applications to join NATO, saying the two democracies will strengthen the alliance and bolster trans-Atlantic security. “I am proud to welcome and offer the strong support of the United States for the applications of two great democracies and two close, highly capable partners to join the …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to follow up on their May 15 meeting in Berlin.  The two leaders discussed ongoing diplomatic efforts to address the consequences of Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified war against Ukraine and to hold …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.  The Secretary and the Prime Minister discussed the positive momentum toward peace in the South Caucasus.  Secretary Blinken offered the United States’ assistance with border delimitation and demarcation efforts and encouraged progress …

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Meet Karine Jean-Pierre, the new White House press secretary

By Noelani Kirschner Karine Jean-Pierre thought it was inconceivable that one day she’d stand up in front of  the press  and deliver the daily briefing as the chief spokesperson for the president of the United States. She is the daughter of a New York City cab driver and a hair salon owner, both immigrants; her parents hoped she would …

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U.S. Government Supports Strengthening Cryptocurrency Prosecutions and Investigations of Georgia

U.S. Law Enforcement agencies represented in the Embassy have partnered to offer Cryptocurrency Seizure and Forfeiture Training to Georgian investigators and prosecutors by sharing our protocols and best practices. This training program further advances our work with Georgian law enforcement and the Prosecution Service of Georgia in drafting virtual currency seizure protocols for Georgia.   The …

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Crisis Negotiations Training for Georgian Law Enforcement Officers with Support from INL and FBI

The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi conducted a Crisis Negotiations training May 16-20 for Georgian law enforcement officers with support from the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) offices. Four FBI trainers from the United States who are experts in crisis negotiations led the training, which …

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U.S. Delegation on Atrocity Prevention and Response to Travel to The Hague

A U.S. delegation led by Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations Anne A. Witkowsky, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice Beth Van Schaack, and Bureau of International Organization Affairs Deputy Assistant Secretary Allison Lombardo will travel to The Hague, the Netherlands, from May 22 to 25, 2022. In The Hague, the U.S. delegation …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Colonna

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Catherine Colonna to congratulate her on her appointment and discuss some of the pressing global issues the United States and France are confronting together. The Secretary and Foreign Minister Colonna agreed …

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Remarks By President Biden, President Niinistö of Finland, and Prime Minister Andersson of Sweden after Trilateral Meeting

10:45 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT BIDEN:  Please — please, be seated.  Thank you. It’s not only a beautiful day, this is, in my view and the view of my team, a momentous day.  It’s a very, very good day. Today, I am proud to welcome and offer the strong support of the United States for the …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on Senate Passage of Ukraine Supplemental

I applaud the Congress for sending a clear bipartisan message to the world that the people of the United States stand together with the brave people of Ukraine as they defend their democracy and freedom. The resources that I requested will allow us to send even more weapons and ammunition to Ukraine, replenish our own stockpile, and support U.S. troops stationed on NATO territory. …

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President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. met today with Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson of Sweden and President Sauli Niinistö of Finland and warmly welcomed their applications for NATO membership, which will strengthen our collective security.  At this historic moment for both Finland and Sweden, the President underscored his commitment to support both countries as they seek …

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READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today in New York City with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to discuss President Putin’s brutal war against Ukraine and its devastating effects on global food security. They discussed the Secretary-General’s visit in April to Kyiv and Moscow, noted concerns regarding …

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$100 Million in Additional U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE For nearly 12 weeks, Russia has waged its unprovoked and brutal war against Ukraine, its sovereignty, its territorial integrity, and its people.  Beaten back from its failed attempt to seize Kyiv, Russia continues a grinding offensive across Ukraine’s south and east.  Ukraine’s courageous defense forces remain firmly in the …

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ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE LOTTE THE PALACE NEW YORK NEW YORK, NEW YORK SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Liz, thank you.  Thank you for those truly overly generous words.  But the one part of that that’s true is that we’ve had a relationship going back many, many years (inaudible).  It’s something that I’ve had the opportunity …

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Major General Thomas Carden and Senior Department of Defense Officials Visit Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti Region

Major General Thomas Carden, The Adjutant General – Georgia National Guard, and Senior Department of Defense Officials from the U.S. Embassy visited the Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti region. MG Carden spoke with local leaders about Resilience, Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA), Crisis Management / Disaster Response, and support from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA). GEMA …

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Raising the Flag at U.S. Embassy Kyiv

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Three months ago, we lowered our flag over the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, just days before Russian forces streamed across Ukraine’s border to carry out President Putin’s unprovoked, unjustified war of choice.  When we suspended operations at the embassy, we made the point clear: while we …

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Joint Statement on the Meeting of Secretary Blinken and Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu

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On the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphopbia, Interphobia, and Transphobia

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States affirms today, on the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), that the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI+) persons are the same human rights to which all persons are entitled. As enshrined in Article 1 of the Universal …

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Counselor Chollet Op-Ed

In July 2009, then Vice President Joseph R. Biden stood before the Georgian Parliament and declared, “We stand by the principle that sovereign democracies have the right to make their own decisions and choose their own partnerships and their own alliances.” Amid the Kremlin’s brutal and unprovoked war against Ukraine, now-President Biden’s words remain a …

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Counselor Chollet’s Travel to Moldova, Georgia, and the United Kingdom

Counselor of the Department Derek Chollet will lead an interagency delegation to Chisinau, Moldova, from May 17 to 18. He will meet with Moldovan government officials to discuss the impact of the war in Ukraine on Moldova, continue discussions of our 30-year U.S.-Moldovan partnership under the framework of our Strategic Dialogue, and meet with refugees …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Berlin.  The two discussed this week’s G7 and NATO Foreign Ministerial meetings and the Secretary emphasized the strong support for Ukraine from Allies and partners during these meetings.  The Secretary conveyed details regarding the latest tranche of U.S. security assistance to bolster Ukraine’s defenses.  The Secretary and Foreign Minister Kuleba also discussed the impact of Russia’s brutal war, including …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today by phone with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg regarding the NATO Foreign Ministerial taking place in Berlin May 14-15. They deplored President Putin’s ruinous war in Ukraine, reiterated their support for the Ukrainian people and Ukraine’s territorial integrity, and discussed …

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Russia’s War Against Ukraine

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

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Joint Statement on Syria

Representatives of the United States, the Arab League, Egypt, the European Union, France, Germany, Greece, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom met in Brussels on May 10, 2022, to discuss the crisis in Syria. Begin Text. We applauded the European Union …

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The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union. Begin Text. We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United …

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As delivered by Ambassador Michael Carpenter to the Permanent Council, Vienna May 12, 2022 Thank you, Mr. Chair. As we mark 11 weeks of Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine, the Kremlin’s war aims are coming into sharper relief.  While the Kremlin has clearly failed in its efforts to subjugate the entire Ukrainian nation and take …

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Question about the event  Ambassador Degnan:  For 30 years, the United States has been working with Georgia to help develop the economy, and the partnership that we’re forging today with the American Chamber of Commerce and the key hospitality industries here is an important part of that.  This is designed to help Georgia’s tourism and …

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US Embassy handed over special security equipment to the Security Police Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs

The Deputy Chief of Mission of the United States of America – Ryan Harker Harris, the Head of Regional Security of the Embassy – James Ullin and the Regional Security Officer – Maka Malatsidze visited the Security Police Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The guests presented the Department with special security equipment – …

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Attribution of Russia’s Malicious Cyber Activity Against Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States is joining with allies and partners to condemn Russia’s destructive cyber activities against Ukraine.  In the months leading up to and after Russia’s illegal further invasion began, Ukraine experienced a series of disruptive cyber operations, including website defacements, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, and cyber …

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Readout of Ambassador Tai’s Meeting with Georgian Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Levan Davitashvili

WASHINGTON – United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai today met with Georgia’s Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Levan Davitashvili.  Ambassador Tai and Vice Prime Minister Davitashvili discussed U.S. support for Georgia in this time of crisis in the region. They also discussed how the United States and Georgia can work …

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Adrienne Watson on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Meeting with Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met today with Prime Minister Kiril Petkov of Bulgaria. They exchanged views on Russia’s unprovoked military aggression against Ukraine, reaffirming their readiness to continue supporting the people and government of Ukraine and imposing costs on Russia. Mr. Sullivan underscored U.S. solidarity with Bulgaria in the face of Russia’s latest attempt …

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This article is part of a series describing major players in the Russian government’s disinformation campaigns. You also can learn about broadcaster  Vladimir Solovyov . Dimitri Peskov  lives a life of luxury beyond his means as a civil servant. That’s because he has served Russian President Vladimir Putin as deputy chief of staff and spokesman since 2008, spreading  disinformation  and …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke by phone today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to commemorate Ukraine’s Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation to recognize the sacrifices of those lost in World War II.  The Secretary informed Foreign Minister Kuleba that our Charge d’Affaires Kristina …

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Targeting Russia’s Financial, Defense, and Marine Sectors and Promoting Accountability for Russian and Belarusian Military Officials

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE As President Putin’s unprovoked and unjustified war enters its fourth month, the United States recognizes the staggering human toll of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.  Civilian casualties continue to mount, as do widespread reports of war crimes and other atrocities perpetrated by Russia’s forces in Ukraine.  As the …

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On the 77th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE I join my fellow Americans and people across the world as we prepare to mark the 77th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.  Together, we commemorate the shared resilience and resolve of all the soldiers and civilians that led to the Allied victory over the Nazis.  We …

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$150 Million in Additional U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE More than two months into the Kremlin’s unjustified and brutal war, it is impossible not to be moved by what the people of Ukraine have achieved.  It is also impossible not to believe that they will keep succeeding, because they have demonstrated that they have the will …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at the Opening of the Ozurgeti American Shelf

Question about the event Ambassador Degnan:  I am so happy to be here in Ozurgeti, back in Guria. for the third time on this important occasion, which is the opening of the American shelf here at the library in Ozurgeti. This is a great way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Georgia and …

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The Patrol Police Department Of The Ministry Of Internal Affairs Has Presented A Report On The Activities Of Recent Years

Source article The presentation of the report on the activities of the Patrol Police Department of recent years was held at the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The event was opened with a welcoming speech delivered by the Director of the Patrol Police Department – Vazha Siradze. The presentation of the report was attended by the Deputy Ministers of …

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Ambassador Degnan visited the Institute for Change and Innovation

Peace Corps Volunteers can leave a lasting positive impact in the places they serve. The Institute for Change and Innovation (ICI), an NGO co-founded by current director Tamar Ghlonti and the head of the board, Zviad Eradze, and a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Ozurgeti, is a vivid example of such impact. Since its founding, …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Swedish Foreign Minister Linde

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde in Washington, D.C.  Secretary Blinken underscored the importance of the Transatlantic relationship to European security and reaffirmed our commitment to NATO’s Open Door policy.  The Secretary thanked the Foreign Minister for Sweden’s …

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Ambassador Degnan met with the talented and motivated youth of Guria

To help increase youth employment in rural communities, the U.S. Government funded an innovative project for high school students and teachers in Guria designed to strengthen vocational and entrepreneurial skills. The agriculture entrepreneurship clubs that have been created in the framework of this project will continue to provide entrepreneurial knowledge to teachers and students via …

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Ambassador Degnan met with Tea Route Association members

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan met Ozurgeti District Court Judges

Independent, effective, and accountable legal institutions are crucial for human rights protection, for Georgia’s democratic and economic development, and for the Government of Georgia to meet its stated goal of deeper Euro-Atlantic integration. Today Ambassador Degnan spoke with Ozurgeti District Court judges and staff about efforts to strengthen the rule of law, as well as …

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Ambassador Degnan visited Vocational College in Guria

The United States has invested millions of dollars in developing vocational education in Georgia, helping businesses expand and developing a key segment of Georgia’s workforce. Today Ambassador Degnan visited one of the Embassy’s partner centers, Horizonti, the only vocational college in the Guria region. Beyond its technical efforts in education, Horizonti has worked closely with …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with UK Foreign Secretary Truss

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with UK Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss. The Secretary reaffirmed support for Ukraine, where the brave Ukrainian people continue to defend against the brutal attacks of Putin’s war of aggression.  The two discussed additional security and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine …

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Remarks by President Biden on the Security Assistance to Ukraine

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Pelosi Statement on Conclusion of Congressional Delegation to Poland and Ukraine

Warsaw, Poland – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Congressional delegation concluded its visit to Poland and Ukraine: “Today, in Warsaw, our Congressional delegation was honored to meet with President Andrzej Duda and express our thanks for the generosity and hospitality extended by the people of Poland to the people of Ukraine.  We discussed the centrality …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to the Media at the Opening of the Photo Exhibit “Three Colors: Green, Red, Blue”

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to follow up on their April 24 meeting in Kyiv.  The Secretary emphasized the United States’ robust support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s brutal aggression.   The Secretary …

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Joint Statement on the Syria Special Envoy Meeting

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Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Chemical Weapons Convention’s Entry into Force

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the entry into force of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).  For a quarter of a century, the United States has worked with its Allies and partners to help rid the world of chemical weapons and deter their use by anyone, anywhere, …

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Commemorating the Day of Holocaust Remembrance

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Under the theme “Courage Facing Evil,” today we mark the Day of Holocaust Remembrance and honor the victims and survivors of the Holocaust. As we remember the horrors of that dark chapter, we are surrounded by descendants of Holocaust survivors who were inspired by their family’s suffering …

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FACT SHEET: White House Calls on Congress to Provide Additional Support for Ukraine

The assistance the Biden-Harris Administration has provided to Ukraine to date has made a significant difference on the battlefield, helping Ukrainians defend their country and win the battle for Kyiv. Now, as the war shifts to and intensifies in Ukraine’s eastern front, the Biden-Harris Administration is  calling on  Congress to provide additional resources to help ensure Ukraine’s …

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Background Press Call by Senior Administration Officials on the Ukraine Supplemental Budget Request

Via Teleconference 9:35 A.M. EDT MR. HASAN:  Good morning, everyone.  This is Abdullah from OMB.  Thanks for joining us on this call to discuss the Ukraine supplemental budget request.  As a reminder, this call is on background, attributable to “administration officials,” and embargoed until 10:30 a.m. today. For your awareness, but not for reporting purposes, …

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Remarks by President Biden on the Request to Congress for Additional Funding to Support Ukraine

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, everybody.  Good morning.  I just signed a request to Congress for critical security, economic, and humanitarian assistance to help Ukraine continue to counter Putin’s aggression and — at a very pivotal moment. We need this bill to support Ukraine in its fight for freedom.  And our NATO Allies, our EU partners — …

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The Russian Federation’s Ongoing Aggression Against Ukraine

As delivered by Ambassador Michael Carpenter to the Permanent Council, Vienna April 28, 2022 Thank you, Mr. Chair. As we enter the third month of Russia’s unprovoked war of aggression, Ukraine stands as strong, united, and resolute as ever. The people of Ukraine are continuing to repulse Russia’s barbaric campaign of intimidation and subjugation.  Over …

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Remarks by President Biden at the Funeral of Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

THE PRESIDENT:  Freedom endures against all odds in the face of every aggressor because there are always those who will fight for that freedom. And in the 20th and 21st century, freedom had no greater champion than Madeleine Korbel Albright. Anne, Alice, Katie — your mom was a force — a force of nature.  With …

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Statement by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on the Bilateral Meeting between President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy

President Biden looks forward to welcoming Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy to the White House on May 10, 2022.  The visit will reaffirm the deep bonds of friendship and strong partnership between the United States and Italy.  The leaders will discuss their ongoing coordination with Allies and partners on measures to support of the people …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Canadian Foreign Minister Joly

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly to discuss our close coordination on security and democracy issues around the world.  Secretary Blinken noted the United States’ appreciation for Canada’s many commitments in response to Putin’s unprovoked, brutal war in …

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Secretary Blinken and Secretary Austin’s Travel to Ukraine

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III visited Kyiv, Ukraine yesterday to demonstrate the United States’ unwavering commitment to Ukraine and the Ukrainian people in their struggle against Russian aggression. While in Kyiv, Secretary Blinken and Secretary Austin met with …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Secretary Lloyd Austin Remarks to Traveling Press

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SOUTHEASTERN POLAND SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Morning, everybody.  Secretary Austin and I just returned from Kyiv, where we went at the request of President Biden and the invitation of President Zelenskyy.  We had an opportunity to demonstrate directly our strong support, our strong ongoing support for the Ukrainian Government and for the Ukrainian people.  This …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with Head of Cabinet of the President of the European Council Bernard

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met today with Frédéric Bernard, head of cabinet of the President of the European Council, in Washington, D.C.  Deputy Secretary Sherman welcomed the EU’s strong financial, humanitarian, and military support to Ukraine and the unprecedented U.S.- EU and transatlantic unity in …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on Armenian Remembrance Day

On April 24, 1915, Ottoman authorities arrested Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople. Thus began the Armenian genocide—one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century. Today, we remember the one and a half million Armenians who were deported, massacred, or marched to their deaths in a campaign of extermination, and mourn the …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on Orthodox Easter

Jill and I send warm wishes to all our friends in the Orthodox Christian community observing Easter. We rejoice with you in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the triumph of light over darkness. During this sacred season, we hold in our prayers all those who are suffering from the brutality of war and persecution. …

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A Proclamation on Days Of Remembrance Of Victims Of The Holocaust, 2022

On Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, and throughout this week of remembrance, we reflect on the horrors of the Holocaust when the Nazi regime systematically murdered 6 million Jews and millions of other innocents, including Roma, Sinti, Slavs, persons with disabilities, LGBTQI+ individuals, political dissidents, and many others.  We stand with Jewish people in the United …

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The Secretary’s Meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Shmyhal

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal in Washington D.C.  The Secretary expressed the United States’ steadfast support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and reinforced our determination to help Ukraine successfully defend itself against Russia’s brutal and unjustified war of aggression.  He …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken And Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal Before Their Meeting

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE THOMAS JEFFERSON ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, good afternoon, everyone.  It’s a pleasure to welcome Ukraine’s prime minister here to the State Department after a couple of days in Washington, most notably with President Biden.  I had a chance to visit with the prime minister before Russia’s aggression …

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Promoting Accountability for Human Rights Abuses in Russia and Belarus and Taking Action Against Sanctions Evaders

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE President Putin’s unprovoked and unjustified war against Ukraine, conducted with the complicity of the Lukashenka regime, continues to cause needless suffering and thousands of civilian casualties.  The world has witnessed the horrors of this war in the images from the Ukrainian towns of Bucha, Irpin, and Hostomel, and in …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with NATO Permanent Representatives

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met today in Brussels with NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană and NATO Permanent Representatives.  Deputy Secretary Sherman discussed continued strong coordination at NATO to ensure robust deterrence and defense, and shared U.S. priorities for NATO’s next Strategic Concept, which …

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Coons leads congressional delegation to Europe

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations and member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will lead a congressional delegation this week to France, Georgia, and Italy. Joining Senator Coons’ delegation are Senators Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, …

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Putin’s poisons: 2020 attack on Aleksey Navalny

This article is part of a series describing how the Russian government and Vladimir Putin conceal their or their allies’ involvement in chemical attacks on civilians worldwide. When a leading political activist in Russia dared to challenge President Vladimir Putin, he ended up poisoned with Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent developed by the former Soviet …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on Easter

Jill and I join fellow Christians around the world in celebrating Easter Sunday — a day of joy and hope, of renewal and rebirth. Once again, Holy Week has taken us on a journey from sorrow to salvation. As we reflect today on Christ’s Resurrection, we are reminded that with faith, hope, and love — …

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Ambassador Degnan’s remarks to media at American Chamber of Commerce event to benefit Ukraine

Question about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: As we enter the 50th day, I believe, of this terrible aggression by Russia against the people of Ukraine, we’re all looking for ways we can support the courageous people who are fighting so bravely for Ukraine, for their homeland, and for their sovereignty. And tonight’s event is …

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U.S. spotlights human rights abuses worldwide

By Leigh Hartman When governments flout democracy and the rule of law, human rights are in danger. Nowhere is that clearer than in the Russian government’s war against Ukraine, where the troops of President Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian regime have committed widespread atrocities, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said April 12, when announcing the release of the U.S. …

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Secretary Blinken to Release the 2021 Human Rights Report

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will deliver on-camera remarks on the release of the 2021 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices at 1:30 p.m. on April 12, 2022, in the Press Briefing Room at the U.S. Department of State. Acting Assistant Secretary Lisa Peterson of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor will take questions in the Briefing Room immediately …

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Russia’s War of Aggression Against Ukraine

The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union. Begin Text: We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken Press Availability at the Meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE NATO HEADQUARTERS BRUSSELS, BELGIUM SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, good evening, everyone. Two weeks after my last trip here with President Biden, we’re back in Brussels as part of this administration’s ongoing and urgent efforts with allies and partners to counter the Russian Government’s war of aggression in Ukraine and to stand up for the principles necessary …

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Russia’s Suspension from the UN Human Rights Council

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE By suspending Russia from the UN Human Rights Council, countries around the world chose to hold Moscow to account today for gross and systematic violations of human rights in its premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified war of choice against Ukraine.  We have seen growing evidence of Russia’s brutal disregard for international law and human rights in Ukraine, most notably …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks at 30th Anniversary Concert

Mogesalmebit! Thank you for coming tonight to join us in marking 30 years of diplomatic relations between the United States and Georgia! We formally established diplomatic relations with Georgia on March 24, 1992. But America’s first diplomatic presence started over 100 years before that, in Batumi in 1890. Our long history of friendship between Americans …

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Joint Readout by the United States and the European Council

Today, the European Council was joined by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. of the United States. The leaders discussed the coordinated and united response of the European Union and the United States to Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified military aggression in Ukraine. They reviewed their ongoing efforts to impose economic costs on Russia and Belarus, as …

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G7 Leaders’ Statement

We, the Leaders of the G7, met today in Brussels at the invitation of the German G7 Presidency, to further strengthen our cooperation in light of Russia’s unjustifiable, unprovoked and illegal aggression and President Putin’s war of choice against independent and sovereign Ukraine. We will stand with the government and people of Ukraine. We are …

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Joint Statement by President Biden and President von der Leyen

We are united in our condemnation of Russia’s unjustified and unprovoked war of aggression against Ukraine. We stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people, who are bravely defending their homeland, and we call on Russia to end the brutal onslaught against its neighbor.  We are united in our support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.  …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at Event Marking 30 Years of U.S. – Georgian Diplomatic Relations

We’re here today to mark 30 years of diplomatic relations between the United States and Georgia. We’re very, very proud of what the United States and Georgia have been able to accomplish over the last 30 years. I see it everywhere I go when I travel around Georgia: in the schools that we built together …

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Remarks by President Biden and European Council President Charles Michel Upon Arrival at the European Council

Europa Building Brussels, Belgium 7:19 P.M. CET PRESIDENT MICHEL:  We are very pleased, dear President, dear Joe, to welcome you again in Brussels.  Your presence here and your participation in this European Council meeting is a very strong signal. Our unity is rock solid, and we are very, very pleased to coordinate, to cooperate with …

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Statement on the Passing of Madeleine K. Albright

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Madeleine Albright was a brilliant diplomat, a visionary leader, a courageous trailblazer, a dedicated mentor, and a great and good person who loved the United States deeply and devoted her life to serving it. She was also a wonderful friend to many, including me. I’ll miss her …

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War Crimes by Russia’s Forces in Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Since launching his unprovoked and unjust war of choice, Russian President Vladimir Putin has unleashed unrelenting violence that has caused death and destruction across Ukraine.  We’ve seen numerous credible reports of indiscriminate attacks and attacks deliberately targeting civilians, as well as other atrocities.  Russia’s forces have destroyed …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with French, German, Italian, and UK Counterparts

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman spoke today with French MFA Secretary General Francois Delattre, German MFA Political Director Tjorven Bellmann, Italian MFA Secretary General Ettore Sequi, and UK Minister of State for Europe and North America James Cleverly. Deputy Secretary Sherman condemned President Putin’s increasingly brutal …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Polish Foreign Minister Rau

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Rau discussed continued international efforts to support Ukraine and to respond to the devastating humanitarian crisis caused by Putin’s premeditated, unjustified, and unprovoked …

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Aleksey Navalny Unjustly Convicted Again

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON We condemn Russian authorities’ politically-motivated conviction and sentencing of opposition leader Aleksey Navalny on additional spurious charges to nine more years in a high security prison. This outlandish prison term is a continuation of the Kremlin’s years-long assault on Navalny and on his movement for government transparency and accountability. Of course, Navalny’s true crime in …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with European External Action Service Secretary General Sannino

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary Wendy Sherman spoke today with European External Action Service Secretary General Stefano Sannino to continue close U.S.-EU coordination to support Ukraine and hold the Russian Federation accountable for Putin’s unprovoked war and unconscionable attacks that continue to kill civilians in Ukraine. They also affirmed their …

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Statement by President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden Marking Nowruz

Jill and I extend our best wishes to all who are celebrating Nowruz in the United States and around the world today — including in Iran and across the Middle East, in Central and South Asia, in the Caucuses, and in Europe. The Nowruz holiday brings family and friends together around the table to give …

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Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on President Biden’s Travel to Poland

This week, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will travel to Poland following his meetings in Brussels, Belgium with our NATO Allies, G7 Leaders, and European Union Leaders to discuss international efforts to support Ukraine and impose severe and unprecedented costs on Russia for its invasion. On Friday, March 25, President Biden will travel to Warsaw, Poland, where he will hold a …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to reaffirm the United States’ steadfast commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.  The Secretary reiterated robust U.S. support for the people of Ukraine through security, humanitarian, and economic assistance.  Secretary Blinken and …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Parliament

Question about the day’s meetings Ambassador Degnan: We had a very good discussion about what’s happening in the region, the very serious and tragic war that was started by Mr. Putin and the Kremlin that is killing thousands of children and Ukrainian citizens out of completely unprovoked aggression. We also discussed my recent meetings in …

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Fact Sheet on U.S. Security Assistance for Ukraine

President Biden today announced an additional $800 million in security assistance to Ukraine, bringing the total U.S. security assistance committed to Ukraine to $1 billion in just the past week, and a total of $2 billion since the start of the Biden Administration. The assistance will take the form of direct transfers of equipment from …

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Briefing with Senior Administration Officials on the U.S. Humanitarian Assistance Response to Russia’s Further Invasion of Ukraine

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON VIA TELECONFERENCE MODERATOR:  Thank you, Ryan, and thank you, everyone, for joining us this afternoon for this briefing on the U.S. humanitarian assistance response to Russia’s further invasion of Ukraine. Here at the top, before we get started, I would like to remind everyone that this briefing is on background with attribution to senior administration officials, …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken With Wolf Blitzer of The Situation Room on CNN

INTERVIEW ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE QUESTION:  Let’s discuss what’s going on with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.  Mr. Secretary, thank you so much for joining us. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Hey, Wolf. QUESTION:  So I – as you well know, obviously, the President will attend this truly extraordinary meeting of all the NATO leaders next week in …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary Antony J. Blinken spoke with Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan today.  The Secretary underscored the continuing importance of the U.S. – Armenia bilateral partnership and U.S. commitment to promoting a peaceful, democratic, and prosperous future for the South Caucasus.  Noting recent reports of escalation between Armenian …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Parliament

About President Zourabichvili’s address Ambassador Degnan:  The President had a very clear, strong message today. I thought her speech was really excellent in emphasizing the importance right now of unity—unity throughout the Georgian government, unity with the opposition and the ruling party, unity with the people of Georgia who have been so warm and generous …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Croatian Prime Minister Plenkovic

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic.  Secretary Blinken reaffirmed U.S. support for Ukraine in the face of President Putin’s continued war against Ukraine.  The Secretary expressed his deep appreciation for the strong support of Prime Minister Plenkovic and his …

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Vice President Harris calls U.S. commitment to NATO ‘ironclad’

Vice President Harris reiterated America’s steadfast commitment to the NATO alliance in the face of Russia’s unjustified and brutal  war against Ukraine . In a March 9–11 trip to Poland and Romania, the vice president also announced an additional nearly  $53 million in new U.S. humanitarian assistance to help the millions fleeing from Russia’s bombing of schools, hospitals and homes throughout Ukraine. “You are not …

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Slovenia – U.S. Strategic Dialogue Joint Statement

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is the text of a joint statement by the Governments of Slovenia and the United States of America. Begin text: The Governments of Slovenia and the United States held the second session of the Slovenia-U.S. Strategic Dialogue in Ljubljana on March 14, 2022.  The dialogue was led by Political Director Jernej …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with French, German, Italian, and UK Counterparts

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman spoke today with French MFA Secretary General Francois Delattre, German MFA State Secretary Andreas Michaelis, Italian MFA Secretary General Ettore Sequi, and UK Minister of State for Europe and North America James Cleverly. The participants discussed further measures to hold …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke by phone today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to offer continued support to the people and government of Ukraine and to condemn the Russian Federation’s ongoing attacks on Ukrainian cities, which have caused increasing civilian deaths. Secretary Blinken and …

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$200 Million in New Security Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The people of Ukraine are inspiring the world as they defend their country from Russia’s premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified invasion of their country. The United States and our Allies and partners stand in solidarity with the people and government of Ukraine in the face of the Kremlin’s …

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Continuing to Hold the Kremlin to Account

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE With our allies and partners, the United States is committed to ensuring the Government of the Russian Federation pays a severe economic and diplomatic price for its invasion of Ukraine. We have continued to do so today with additional actions, which President Biden announced. Specifically, the Administration …

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Remarks by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Meeting Called by Russia to Spread Disinformation About Ukraine

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York March 11, 2022 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you to our briefers for your remarks this morning. Russia asked the Security Council for today’s meeting for the sole purpose of lying and spreading disinformation, and that is exactly what …

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U.S. Ambassador Kelly Degnan visits Pankisi

During her visit to Pankisi, Ambassador Degnan met with local community and youth leaders to hear their thoughts about regional security issues as well as accomplishments and successes and challenges the community faces. Community and youth leaders discussed the positive and lasting impact U.S. government funded projects have had on local communities in Pankisi. Through …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today by phone with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. They discussed coordinated efforts to provide additional security assistance and humanitarian support to Ukraine in the face of Russia’s unprovoked and premeditated invasion and, in particular, its unconscionable attacks harming …

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Statement on Russia’s War on Ukraine & International Sport

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The text of the following statement was agreed upon by the ministers of sport or their equivalent from the countries and individuals listed at the bottom of the statement. Begin text: Russia’s unprovoked and unjustifiable war of choice against Ukraine, enabled by the Belarusian government, is abhorrent and a flagrant breach of its …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with French President Macron

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris. Secretary Blinken and President Macron agreed on the need for continued strong U.S.-France cooperation in the face of the Russian government’s unprovoked war against Ukraine. They discussed ongoing efforts to provide …

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The United Nations Observance of International Women’s Day Joint Statement

This joint statement is issued by the United Nations system in Georgia, the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, the Council of Europe Office in Georgia the Embassies to Georgia of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke by phone today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to offer continued support to the people and government of Ukraine and to condemn Russia’s attacks on Ukrainian cities and mounting civilian deaths.  Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Kuleba discussed ongoing …

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Ambassador Degnan hosted several of Georgia’s top female law enforcement and justice sector officials

In honor of International Women’s Day, the Ambassador hosted several of Georgia’s top female law enforcement and justice sector officials to recognize their important contributions to ensuring peace, security, and public safety in Georgia.  A police officer is often the primary representative of the state with whom citizens interact and it is paramount that law enforcement …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken And Moldovan Foreign Minister Natalia Gavrilita Before Their Meeting

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE GOVERNMENT HOUSE CHISINAU, MOLDOVA PRIME MINISTER GAVRILITA:  Dear Secretary of State Blinken, welcome to Chisinau.  I’m sure we would have all loved to have met under different circumstances and for your visit to have occurred on a more positive occasion.  Yet precisely because our region has been plunged into …

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Secretary Blinken’ Joint Press Availability With Moldovan President Maia Sandu

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE THE PRESIDENCY CHISINAU, MOLDOVA MODERATOR:  (Via interpreter)  Dear President Maia Sandu, dear Secretary of State of the United States of America Antony Blinken, we start off the briefing organized on the occasion – on the visit occasion of Mr. Antony Blinken, Secretary of State of the United States of America.  …

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World isolates Putin’s regime after Ukraine invasion

Countries worldwide are taking action to deter Russian President Vladimir Putin from continuing his war in Ukraine. More than  30 countries have announced strong sanctions and export controls targeting Russia, presenting a united front against Russia’s aggression. The United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the European Commission are among …

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Ambassador Degnan’s remarks to Media at Rondeli Foundation Event: Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

Question about the event Ambassador Degnan: This was a very important event organized by the Rondeli Foundation.  It was an extremely timely opportunity to come together to talk about our concerns about Russian aggression against Ukraine, and to show our support for the Ukrainian people as they are under attack in an unprovoked and unwarranted war …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Georgian President Zourabichvili

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili about the global response to the Russian government’s premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified attack on Ukraine and about Russia’s continuing occupation of Georgia. The Secretary expressed appreciation for the people of Georgia and President Zourabichvili’s …

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Moscow Mechanism Invoked by 45 OSCE States to Review Reported Abuses by Russia

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON With Ukraine’s agreement, the United States and 44 other countries have invoked the OSCE Moscow Mechanism.  This action will establish an expert mission to address our grave concerns regarding the humanitarian and human rights impacts on the people of Ukraine caused by Russia’s further invasion with the support of Belarus.  We …

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Ukraine’s Filing Against Russia at the International Court of Justice

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON On February 26, 2022, Ukraine filed an application at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to initiate proceedings against the Russian Federation under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Ukraine seeks to address Russia’s groundless claims that genocide has occurred in the Luhansk and Donetsk …

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Treasury Prohibits Transactions with Central Bank of Russia and Imposes Sanctions on Key Sources of Russia’s Wealth

In Coordination with Allies and Partners, Treasury Actions Restrict Access to Billions in Central Bank Assets and Sovereign Wealth Fund  Treasury Sanctions Russian Direct Investment Fund – A Symbol of Russian Kleptocracy United States and its Partners and Allies Continue to Hold the Government of the Russian Federation Accountable for its Premeditated and Unprovoked Invasion …

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Suspending Operations at U.S. Embassy Minsk and Change in Status for U.S. Embassy Moscow

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The U.S. Department of State has suspended operations at our Embassy in Minsk, Belarus and authorized the voluntary departure (“authorized departure”) of non-emergency employees and family members at our Embassy in Moscow, Russia. We took these steps due to security and safety issues stemming from the unprovoked and unjustified …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Parliament

Question about the meeting Ambassador Degnan:  I’m very happy to be back in Tbilisi. I just had a very useful meeting with Speaker Paupashvili. We discussed my consultations in Washington, as well as Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. In all my meetings in Washington, it was very clear that there remains broad bi-partisan support for Georgia’s …