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

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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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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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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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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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Readout of President Biden’s Meeting with Prime Minister Andersson Of Sweden and President Niinistӧ of Finland

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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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with UN Secretary-General Guterres

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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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

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is the text of a joint statement released by the Governments of the United States and Turkey. Begin text:  U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu met in New York on May 18 within the framework of the U.S.-Turkey Strategic Mechanism to reaffirm their strong cooperation …

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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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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Judges’ Day Event

Question on the event Ambassador Degnan: Today’s event hosted by USAID marks the 19th anniversary of Judges’ Day, bringing together law students and judges who to recognize the judges who are working to improve and strengthen an independent judicial system here in Georgia. Judges play an essential role in the independence judicial system, and in …

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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 German, UK, and French Counterparts

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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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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on the Situation of Women and Girls in Afghanistan

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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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at AMCHAM Skills Building Event

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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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

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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”

Question about the event Ambassador Degnan: I am delighted to be here to open this wonderful photography exhibit that is showing photographs of Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan from over a hundred years ago. This is a great collaboration between the two: we see a photography and multi-media museum and the United States Library of Congress …

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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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Russia’s Suspension from the UN Human Rights Council

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G7 Leaders’ Statement

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Statement on the Passing of Madeleine K. Albright

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War Crimes by Russia’s Forces in Ukraine

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Aleksey Navalny Unjustly Convicted Again

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

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

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Parliament

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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

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

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Parliament

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Croatian Prime Minister Plenkovic

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

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Slovenia – U.S. Strategic Dialogue Joint Statement

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

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$200 Million in New Security Assistance for Ukraine

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Continuing to Hold the Kremlin to Account

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

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U.S. Ambassador Kelly Degnan visits Pankisi

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

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Statement on Russia’s War on Ukraine & International Sport

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with French President Macron

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

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

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Secretary Blinken’ Joint Press Availability With Moldovan President Maia Sandu

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World isolates Putin’s regime after Ukraine invasion

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Georgian President Zourabichvili

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

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

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

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

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Parliament

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

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The United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the People of Ukraine

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Joint Statement on Further Restrictive Economic Measures

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Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby Holds an On-Camera Press Briefing

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Memorandum on the Delegation of Authority Under Section 506(a)(1) and Section 614(a)(1) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961

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Statement of the President on the NATO Summit and Call with President Zelenskyy

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FACT SHEET: Joined by Allies and Partners, the United States Imposes Devastating Costs on Russia

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Remarks by President Biden on Russia’s Unprovoked and Unjustified Attack on Ukraine

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Statement by President Biden on Russia’s Unprovoked and Unjustified Attack on Ukraine

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken And Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba At a Joint Press Availability

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE DMYTRO KULEBA, UKRAINIAN FOREIGN MINISTER WASHINGTON, D.C. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good afternoon, everyone. Since Foreign Minister Kuleba and I were in Munich just a few days ago, Russia’s aggression toward Ukraine and its rejection of international law and diplomacy have accelerated. Yesterday, President Putin recognized the so-called “independence” of the …

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Remarks by President Biden Announcing Response to Russian Actions in Ukraine

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Readout of President Biden’s Meeting with Foreign Minister Kuleba of Ukraine

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Fact Sheet: United States Imposes First Tranche of Swift and Severe Costs on Russia

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Background Press Call by a Senior Administration Official on Russia Sanctions

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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 by phone with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to reaffirm unwavering U.S. support for Ukraine.  The Secretary noted our swift response to Russia’s decision to recognize the purported “independence” of the so-called republics controlled by Russian proxy authorities in …

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Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Russian Announcement on Eastern Ukraine

We have anticipated a move like this from Russia and are ready to respond immediately. President Biden will soon issue an Executive Order that will prohibit new investment, trade, and financing by U.S. persons to, from, or in the so-called DNR and LNR regions of Ukraine. This E.O. will also provide authority to impose sanctions …

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Readout of President Biden’s Call with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine

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Readout of President Biden’s Call with President Macron of France and Chancellor Scholz of Germany

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Executive Order on Blocking Property of Certain Persons and Prohibiting Certain Transactions With Respect to Continued Russian Efforts to Undermine th

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.) (NEA), section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (8 U.S.C. 1182(f)), and section 301 of …

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Letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate regarding the Blocking Property of Certain Persons and Prohibiti

Dear Madam Speaker: (Dear Madam President:) Pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), I hereby report that I have issued an Executive Order (the “order”) that expands the scope of the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13660 of March 6, 2014, and expanded by Executive Order 13661 of March 16, 2014, and Executive …

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FACT SHEET: Executive Order to Impose Costs for President Putin’s Action to Recognize So-Called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics

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Department of State Presence in Ukraine

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today the Department of State is again taking action for the safety and security of U.S. citizens, including our personnel.  For security reasons, Department of State personnel currently in Lviv will spend the night in Poland.  Our personnel will regularly return to continue their diplomatic work in Ukraine and …

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Statement from Press Secretary Jen Psaki

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Statement from Press Secretary Jen Psaki on President Biden’s Briefings on Ukraine

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Russia and Ukraine

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ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE HOTEL BAYERISCHER HOF MUNICH, GERMANY SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, good morning, everyone.  It’s a particular pleasure to be able to spend some time with my good friend Jean-Yves Le Drian and for us to be able to compare notes on many different issues, the first of which, of course, is the …

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The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian today on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference to discuss ongoing diplomatic and deterrence efforts by NATO Allies, EU partners, G7 members, and other partners in response to the crisis Russia has …

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Background Press Briefing on the Vice President’s Events in Munich, Germany

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Blinken warns of Russia’s threat to Ukraine in U.N. speech

Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged Russia to reject the “path of war” and withdraw its troops from Ukraine’s borders. “As we meet today the most immediate threat to peace and security is Russia’s looming aggression against  Ukraine, ” the secretary said February 17 at the U.N. Security Council in New York. The secretary said evidence of …

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Russian Duma Resolution on Eastern Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The Russian Duma has stated that it plans to send to President Putin an appeal to recognize the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics as “independent.” To be clear: Kremlin approval of this appeal would amount to the Russian government’s wholesale rejection of its commitments under the …

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President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany. The leaders discussed their respective conversations with President Putin and President Zelenskyy regarding Russia’s continued military build-up on Ukraine’s borders. They reaffirmed their commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and underscored the importance of continued transatlantic coordination on diplomacy and deterrence measures and the reinforcement of NATO’s …

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Background Press Call Previewing the Vice President’s Trip to Munich, Germany

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Joint Statement on U.S.-Estonia Relations

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is the joint statement released by the Secretary of State of the United States and the Foreign Minister of the Government of Estonia. Begin text: The United States and Estonia are close Allies and share a strong partnership based on a common commitment to democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. We …

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Secretary Blinken’s Travel to Germany

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will travel to Munich, Germany, from February 17 to 20, 2022 to attend the Munich Security Conference. On the sidelines of the Conference, the Secretary will have the opportunity to discuss with Allies and partners our coordinated, ongoing efforts to urge Russia to deescalate and …

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National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met today with Dr. Jakub Kumoch, Head of the International Policy Bureau at Poland’s Presidential Chancellery.  They discussed ongoing diplomatic efforts related to Russia’s destabilizing military buildup along Ukraine’s border, including Poland’s leadership in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. They also discussed transatlantic coordination on deterrence and …

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The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman spoke today with French MFA Secretary General François Delattre, German MFA State Secretary Andreas Michaelis, Italian MFA Secretary General Ettore Sequi, and UK Minister of State for the Middle East, North Africa and North America James Cleverly. Participants discussed their ongoing …

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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.  The Secretary noted the United States and partners remain united in our commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including its economic and financial stability.  …

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ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE I have no higher priority than the safety and security of Americans around the world, and that, of course, includes our colleagues serving at our posts overseas. My team and I constantly review the security situation to determine when prudence dictates a change in posture. With that in mind, …

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