GEC Report on Kremlin’s Disinformation Campaigns on Chemical Weapons

“There is truth and there are lies. Lies told for power and for profit. And each of us has a duty and responsibility, as citizens, as Americans, and especially as leaders – leaders who have pledged to honor our Constitution and protect our nation — to defend the truth and to defeat the lies.” JOSEPH …

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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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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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FACT SHEET: United States and G7 Partners Impose Severe Costs for Putin’s War Against Ukraine

President Biden and G7 Leaders Meet with President Zelenskyy to Continue our Efforts to Support Ukraine and Build on our Unprecedented Sanctions and Export Controls Today, President Biden and G7 Leaders met with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine to reinforce our shared commitment to strengthen Ukraine’s position on the battlefield and at the negotiating table. Our …

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G7 Leaders’ Statement

Today, on 8 May, we, the Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7), alongside Ukraine and the wider global community, commemorate the end of the Second World War in Europe and the liberation from fascism and the National Socialist reign of terror, which caused immeasurable destruction, unspeakable horrors and human suffering. We mourn the millions …

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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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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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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

Lockheed Martin Pike County Operations Troy, Alabama 2:03 P.M. CDT THE PRESIDENT:  I tell you what, Linda: If I were CEO of this company, I’d be worried.  (Laughter.) Well, good afternoon, everybody.  And thank you, Jim, for the invitation to be here today and, Linda, for the warm welcome today.  And Congressman Sewell — -woman …

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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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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

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON Representatives of the Arab League, Egypt, the European Union, France, Germany, Iraq, Jordan, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States met in Paris on April 28 to discuss Syria. Begin Text: We expressed our lasting commitment to alleviating the suffering of the Syrian people and welcomed the upcoming …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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FACT SHEET: United States and Allies and Partners Impose Additional Costs on Russia

United States sanctions over 400 Russian elites, Duma members, and defense companies in coordination with the European Union and G7; U.S. has now sanctioned over 600 targets G7 and EU announce sanctions evasion initiative to prevent circumvention and backfilling of our unprecedented sanctions; continue to blunt Central Bank of the Russian Federation’s ability to deploy …

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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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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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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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Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the People of Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States is providing over $186 million in additional humanitarian assistance to support internally displaced persons and the more than three million refugees affected by Russia’s premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified war in Ukraine.  This will provide further support for humanitarian organizations responding to the crisis and …

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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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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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Disarming Disinformation: Our Shared Responsibility

“There is truth and there are lies. Lies told for power and for profit. And each of us has a duty and responsibility, as citizens, as Americans, and especially as leaders – leaders who have pledged to honor our Constitution and protect our nation — to defend the truth and to defeat the lies.” JOSEPH …

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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 President Biden Announcing Actions to Continue to Hold Russia Accountable

THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning.  I’m sorry to keep you waiting.  I’ve just spoken for some time with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine. I told him, as I have each and every time we’ve spoken, the United States stands with the people of Ukraine and their bravely — as they bravely fight to defend their country.  And …

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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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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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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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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’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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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. They discussed the remarkable resolve and actions taken by nations around the world to support the Government of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people in the face of Putin’s war against Ukraine. They also …

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FACT SHEET: The United States Continues to Impose Costs on Russia and Belarus for Putin’s War of Choice

Today, the United States, in coordination with Allies and partners, is imposing additional economic costs on Russia and Belarus in response to President Putin’s brutal invasion of Ukraine. The United States will take actions to hold Belarus accountable for enabling Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, weaken the Russian defense sector and its military power for years …

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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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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 offer support and condemn reports of Russia’s attacks on Ukrainian cities and mounting civilian deaths.  The Secretary emphasized that the United States and its allies and partners are united and resolved to stand with …

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

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Our partnership with the people of Ukraine is steadfast and enduring, and we are focused on Ukraine’s urgent humanitarian needs as an important part of our response to Russia’s premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified attack.  It is with the welfare of ordinary Ukrainians in mind that we are announcing the …

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Joint Statement on Further Restrictive Economic Measures

We, the leaders of the European Commission, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States condemn Putin’s war of choice and attacks on the sovereign nation and people of Ukraine. We stand with the Ukrainian government and the Ukrainian people in their heroic efforts to resist Russia’s invasion. Russia’s war represents an …

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

PRESS SECRETARY JOHN F. KIRBY: Good afternoon, everybody. OK. Just one quick note at the top. Today, I think, as you all saw following the NATO heads of state and government approval of defense plans, the NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, General Wolters, released a statement, I think you’ve all seen this on the activation …

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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

MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE SUBJECT:       Delegation of Authority Under Section 506(a)(1) and Section 614(a)(1) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 301 of title 3, United States Code, I hereby delegate to …

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

Russia to Face Massive Costs from its Isolation from the Global Financial and Trade System and Cutting-Edge Technology Today, the United States, along with Allies and partners, is imposing severe and immediate economic costs on Russia in response to Putin’s war of choice against Ukraine. Today’s actions include sweeping financial sanctions and stringent export controls …

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

East Room 1:43 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Sorry to keep you waiting. Good afternoon. The Russian military has begun a brutal assault on the people of Ukraine without provocation, without justification, without necessity. This is a premeditated attack. Vladimir Putin has been planning this for months, as I’ve been — as we’ve been saying all …

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

The prayers of the entire world are with the people of Ukraine tonight as they suffer an unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces. President Putin has chosen a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human suffering. Russia alone is responsible for the death and destruction this attack will …

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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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Russia is intentionally spreading outright falsehoods in an attempt to create a pretext for military action. The Russian government claims that the United States has planned chemical weapons attacks in the Donbas, which is a lie. The United States does not use chemical weapons and is a party to the Chemical Weapons Convention, as is …

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OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON VIA TELECONFERENCE MODERATOR:  Thank you very much, and thanks to everyone for joining this call, especially on a Sunday evening on such short notice. As a reminder at the top, the briefing today is on background.  We have joining us this evening two senior State Department officials who will discuss the recent decision regarding the authorized …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Canadian Foreign Minister Joly

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke yesterday with Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly to discuss the latest developments in Ukraine.  Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Joly spoke about our shared concerns regarding the threat Russia poses to Ukraine and efforts to encourage Russia to choose diplomacy and de-escalation. Secretary Blinken stressed the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and our …

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ISIS Attacks in Syria

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States condemns Thursday’s ISIS attack on the Hasakah Provincial Internal Security Forces detention center in northeast Syria, which was an attempt to free detained ISIS fighters. We commend the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) for their swift response and continued commitment to the fight against ISIS in northeast Syria.  We …

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Russia’s leaders use state media as a political weapon

State-controlled media in Russia routinely hide the truth, but they don’t hide their support for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s policies. Rather than inform the public and hold the government accountable, broadcasting outlets in Russia offer a pro-Kremlin version of the news. When foreign media coverage of Russian leaders or their policies is unfavorable, Russian state-media …

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Russia targets Ukraine with disinformation campaign

For years, Russian state-funded and state-directed media outlets have promoted false and  provocative stories  about Ukraine. They do this to influence opinion. They portray Ukraine’s government as an instigator of violence, even against its own civilians. In April 2021, one Russian media outlet reported that a young boy was killed in the eastern Donbas region by a …

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Taking Action to Expose and Disrupt Russia’s Destabilization Campaign in Ukraine

Press Statement January 20, 2022 In advance of a potential further invasion of Ukraine, Russian intelligence services, mainly the Federal Security Service (FSB), a U.S. sanctioned entity, have been recruiting Ukrainian nationals in key positions to gain access to sensitive information.  The FSB leverages these officials in an attempt to create instability in Ukraine.  In …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken “The Stakes of Russian Aggression for Ukraine and Beyond”

Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of SciencesBerlin, Germany SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good afternoon.  First, let me say how honored I am by the presence of so many friends, colleagues, leaders across different communities here in Germany, and also leaders in the partnership that links our two countries.  I’m grateful to all of you for being here, grateful for this …

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Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan

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

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman met today with French MFA Secretary General Francois Delattre, German MFA State Secretary Andreas Michaelis, Italian MFA Political Director Pasquale Ferrara, and UK Minister of State for the Middle East, North Africa, and North America James Cleverly, who represented their …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman to Hold a Press Availability at NATO Headquarters

DEPUTY SECRETARY SHERMAN:  Thank you.  Hi there.  Long day.  (Laughter.) Good afternoon.  Thank you all very (inaudible).  I want to begin by thanking Secretary General Stoltenberg for his warm welcome and hospitality here at NATO, including generously making this facility available so I can brief you today and take your questions. Today’s meeting was truly …

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America’s steadfast support for Ukraine, European security

While Russia’s President Vladimir Putin continues to take an aggressive posture against Ukraine, the United States and its allies are calling for a peaceful resolution of the conflict. “President Biden has made absolutely clear to President Putin: When it comes to questions of European security, there is going to be nothing about Europe without Europe, …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with the EU Political and Security Committee

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met with ambassadors from the EU’s Political and Security Committee today in Brussels to discuss Russia’s unprovoked military build-up along Ukraine’s border and to provide a readout of the U.S.-Russia Strategic Stability Dialogue, which was held yesterday in Geneva.  The meeting underscored …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

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.  Noting shared concerns regarding Russia’s ongoing and unprovoked military build-up in and around Ukraine, the Secretary and Foreign Minister discussed outcomes and next steps following the U.S.-Russia Strategic Stability Dialogue in …

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FACT SHEET: U.S. Diplomatic Engagement with European Allies and Partners Ahead of Talks with Russia

“We are absolutely committed to the principle nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine, just as we are fully committed to the principle nothing about Europe without Europe.” Secretary of State Tony Blinken, January 7, 2022 The United States, along with its Allies and partners, has underscored its readiness to impose significant costs on Russia if it …

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Briefing with Deputy Secretary Wendy R. Sherman on the U.S.-Russia Strategic Stability Dialogue

WENDY R. SHERMAN, DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE MR PRICE:  Good morning, for those of you in the United States.  Good afternoon, for those of you in Europe.  Thank you for joining this press call regarding our diplomacy in pursuit of a de-escalation with Russia.  As you know, this is an on-the-record press call with Deputy Secretary …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabkov

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov today in Geneva. Deputy Secretary Sherman was accompanied by Lt. Gen. James Mingus, Director of Operations, Joint Staff, and Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabkov was accompanied by Deputy Minister of Defense Col. Gen. Aleksandr …

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Background Press Call by a Senior Administration Official on Russia

1:11 P.M. EST MODERATOR:  Hi, everyone.  Good afternoon.  And thanks for joining us on a Saturday. Today’s call will be on background, attributed to a “senior administration official,” and the contents will be embargoed upon [until] conclusion. For your information only, the speaker today is going to be [senior administration official].  Over to you for some opening comments. …

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U.S., NATO allies strengthen trans-Atlantic bond

By Michael Laff The U.S. and NATO stand united in the face of global aggression, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said during a November 30–December 2 trip to Europe. “It’s critical to our security,” Blinken said about NATO during the alliance’s ministerial in Riga, Latvia. “It’s built on shared values. It’s a  powerful force for stability  in Europe and North America.” …

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National Human Trafficking Prevention Month

OFFICE TO MONITOR AND COMBAT TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS anuary is  National Human Trafficking Prevention Month  . Every year since 2010, the President has dedicated the month to raise awareness about human trafficking and to educate the public about how to identify and prevent this crime. The U.S. Department of State raises awareness of human trafficking domestically and abroad, through U.S. embassies and consulates. During this month, we celebrate …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with Georgian Foreign Minister Zalkaliani

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary Wendy Sherman spoke today with Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani. The Deputy Secretary reiterated our unwavering support for Georgia’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. The Deputy Secretary noted the United States will continue to urge Russia to withdraw its forces …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken and German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock at a Joint Press Availability

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, good afternoon.  Foreign Minister Baerbock, we had a terrific first meeting in Liverpool and it’s really a pleasure to welcome you to Washington, to the United States for the first time in your new role as foreign minister. We know that the close relationship between Germany and …

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Kazakhstan State of Emergency

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: The United States is closely following the situation in Kazakhstan, a valued partner.  We condemn the acts of violence and destruction of property and call for restraint by both the authorities and protestors.  We ask for all Kazakhstanis to respect and defend constitutional …

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Joint Statement of the Leaders of the Five Nuclear-Weapon States on Preventing Nuclear War and Avoiding Arms Races

The People’s Republic of China, the French Republic, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America consider the avoidance of war between Nuclear-Weapon States and the reduction of strategic risks as our foremost responsibilities. We affirm that a nuclear war cannot be won and must …

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Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on President Biden’s Call with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine. President Biden made clear that the United States and its allies and partners will respond decisively if Russia further invades Ukraine. The leaders expressed support for diplomatic efforts, starting next week with the bilateral Strategic Stability Dialogue, at NATO through the NATO-Russia Council, and …

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Statement by President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden on Christmas

On behalf of our family, we wish a merry Christmas to everyone in the United States and around the world who is celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ and the promise of hope and renewal. During this season of joy, we are inspired by the countless Americans who are a reminder that the things we …

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Call with Head of Presidential Office Andriy Yermak of Ukraine

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke today with Head of Presidential Administration Andriy Yermak of Ukraine.  They discussed their shared concerns and common approach regarding Russia’s military build-up near Ukraine’s border.  Mr. Sullivan welcomed yesterday’s OSCE announcement regarding the “strong determination” of Ukrainian government forces and Russia-led forces in eastern Ukraine to fully adhere to …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary Blinken spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg today to discuss their shared concern about Russia’s military build-up on the borders of Ukraine. They discussed NATO’s dual-track approach to Russia, noting the Alliance remains ready for meaningful dialogue with Russia while standing united to defend and …

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Welcoming the Ceasefire in Donbas

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States welcomes yesterday’s OSCE announcement regarding the “strong determination” of Ukrainian government forces and Russia-led forces in eastern Ukraine to fully adhere to the Measures to Strengthen the Ceasefire agreement of July 22, 2020.  We hope the resultant peace will create the diplomatic space necessary to de-escalate regional tensions …

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Illegal Iranian Flow of Weapons to Yemen

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON On December 20, the United States Navy 5th Fleet seized upwards of 1,400 AK-47 assault rifles and 226,600 rounds of ammunition from a vessel originating from Iran. This ship was on a route historically used to illegally smuggle weapons to the Houthis in Yemen. The smuggling of arms from Iran to the Houthis represents a flagrant violation of the UN targeted arms embargo and is yet another example of how malign Iranian activity is prolonging the war in Yemen.  Iran’s support for armed groups throughout the region threatens international and regional …

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On the Release of the 2020 Country Reports on Terrorism

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The Department of State has issued the 2020 Country Reports on Terrorism (CRT), which provides a detailed look at the counterterrorism environment last year, fulfilling an important Congressional mandate.  Each year, the CRT provides insight on important issues in the fight against terrorism and helps the United States make …

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Afghanistan Relocation and Resettlement Update

Since August 31, the State Department has continued its around-the-clock efforts to relocate U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents currently in Afghanistan who want to depart, as well as Afghan allies who worked with us over the course of our 20-year military mission in Afghanistan and their families.  As Secretary Blinken has said, there is no deadline for this work, which at the State Department is led by the Coordinator for Afghan Relocation Efforts, Ambassador Beth Jones. This update provides the …

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Joint Statement on Reports of Summary Killings and Enforced Disappearances in Afghanistan

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The text of the following statement was released initially by the Governments of the United States of America, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, …

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Treatment of Former President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON We are closely following the treatment of former President Mikheil Saakashvili since his arrest on October 1.  We commend the oversight work of the Georgian Public Defender in establishing an independent medical team to evaluate Mr. Saakashvili’s health and to review the state of medical facilities at the prison hospital.  We …

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Russia Conducts Destructive Anti-Satellite Missile Test

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On November 15, 2021, the Russian Federation recklessly conducted a destructive test of a direct-ascent anti-satellite missile against one of its own satellites. This test has so far generated over fifteen hundred pieces of trackable orbital debris and will likely generate hundreds of thousands of pieces of …

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U.S. Leads Effort to Press Russia on Chemical Weapons Use at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Executive Council Meeting

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON Today in The Hague, the United States and 44 other countries submitted questions to the Russian Federation regarding the poisoning of Mr. Aleksey Navalny on Russian soil last year.  The presentation of these questions coincides with the Ninety-Eighth Session of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Executive Council, a 41-member policy-making body charged …

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Ambassador’s Remarks to Media After Visiting Precinct #54 in Gldani

Question about general assessment of the election process Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan: I’m here in Gldani as an election observer. This is one of several precincts that I’ve been able to come and observe during the course of the day. I’m happy to say that the ones that I’ve been to see have been calm. …

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On Russia’s Obstructionism at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Yesterday, the premier human rights conference of the Europe-Eurasia region should have opened in Warsaw, Poland.  Unfortunately, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) 2021 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) did not convene due to a decision by the Russian government to block the meeting. We deeply …

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U.S. will donate 500 million more COVID-19 vaccine doses worldwide

The United States will ship an additional 500 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to countries around the world and form new partnerships to accelerate the recovery from COVID-19, President Biden announced September 22. “The good news is, we know how to beat this pandemic: vaccines, public health measures, and collective action,”  Biden said at a global COVID-19 summit  convened virtually on the …

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On the Death of ISIS-GS Leader Adnan Abu Walid Al-Sahrawi

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States welcomes the announcement from our partner and ally France that its troops killed Adnan Abu Walid Al-Sahrawi.  We commend France’s continued commitment to countering terrorism and protecting civilians in West Africa in coordination with our African partners. As the leader of ISIS in the Greater Sahara, Walid Al-Sahrawi bears responsibility for the violence that has taken the lives of countless civilians and military personnel in the Sahel, including the …

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Commemorating the International Day of Democracy 

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On this International Day of Democracy, we underscore our support for democracy as we strive toward a more equitable, inclusive, and sustainable world. The United States places democracy and human rights at the center of our foreign policy; they are essential elements in achieving and sustaining peace and stability the world …

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

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE As part of our commitment to the people of Afghanistan, the United States is providing nearly $64 million in new humanitarian assistance to the people affected by the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.  This brings total U.S. humanitarian aid in Afghanistan and for Afghan refugees in the region to nearly …

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Joint Statement on Afghanistan Evacuation Travel Assurances

The text of the following statement was released initially by the Governments of the United States of America, Albania, Australia, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Canada, Central African Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Eswatini, Federated States …

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On Today’s Terrorist Attacks in Kabul

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today’s bombings around the Kabul airport were a devastating reminder of the dangerous conditions in which our servicemembers and diplomats are operating as we conclude the United States’ 20-year military mission in Afghanistan. As the President said, the servicemembers who were killed and wounded today are heroes. They put …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken On Afghanistan

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good afternoon.  I’d like to give you all an update on the situation in Afghanistan and our ongoing efforts there, particularly as they relate to U.S. citizens, and then I’m very happy to take your questions. Let me begin with my profound appreciation for our diplomats and service …

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Joint Statement from the Department of State and Department of Defense: Update on Afghanistan

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is the text of a joint statement released by the Department of State and Department of Defense on Afghanistan. Begin text: At present we are completing a series of steps to secure the Hamid Karzai International Airport to enable the safe departure of U.S. and allied personnel from Afghanistan via civilian and military …

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Joint Statement on Afghanistan

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is the text of a joint statement on Afghanistan initially released by the following: Albania, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federated States of …

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How Russia’s ‘foreign agents’ law silences dissent

Harassment and censorship of independent media and government critics is common in the Russian Federation. A so-called “foreign agents” law, passed in 2012 and repeatedly expanded, allows the Justice Ministry to label groups or individuals “foreign agents,” exposing them to fines and harassment that stymie their work. In July, Russian authorities prosecuted  human rights advocate Semyon Simonov , who exposed …

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Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on Belarus

One year ago today, the people of Belarus sought to make their voices heard and shape their own future through that most basic expression of democracy—an election. Rather than respect the clear will of the Belarusian people, the Lukashenka regime perpetrated election fraud, followed by a brutal campaign of repression to stifle dissent. From detaining …

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Holding the Lukashenka Regime to Account on the Anniversary of the Fraudulent Presidential Belarusian Election

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On the one-year anniversary of Belarus’s fraudulent presidential election, the United States government has taken decisive action against forty-four individuals and entities in order to hold Alyaksandr Lukashenka and his regime to account for its continued, violent repression of Belarusians inside and outside the country.  These steps are a further consequence …

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23rd Commemoration of the August 7th U.S. Embassy Bombings

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today we somberly remember the terror attacks that took place on August 7, 1998, in Kenya and Tanzania.  Nearly simultaneously, terrorists detonated bombs next to the U.S. Embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam.  Their attacks killed 224 men, women, and children, and injured over 4,500 others.  In an …

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Hizballah Rocket Attacks into Israel

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States condemns in the strongest terms Hizballah’s rocket attacks into Israel. This violence puts Israelis and Lebanese at risk and jeopardizes Lebanon’s stability and sovereignty.  The United States remains engaged with Israeli and Lebanese officials, as well as the Lebanese Armed Forces. We call upon the Lebanese government urgently to prevent such …

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Remarks by President Biden on Fighting the COVID-⁠19 Pandemic

THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon.  Last week, I laid out what we need to do to beat the COVID-19 vi- — pandemic and the challenges posed by the Delta variant. This is a very different variant than what we’ve dealt with previously.  It’s highly transmissible, and it’s causing a new wave of cases.  It accounts for …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Georgian Dream’s Withdrawal from April 19th Agreement

The United States is deeply disturbed and exasperated by the unilateral decision of the Georgian Dream party to withdraw from the April 19th Agreement, a document established through six months of difficult but collaborative negotiations, and one that gives an urgently-needed way forward for the Georgian people and their democracy.  One hundred fifteen MPs from at …

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Harassment of Foreign Journalists in the People’s Republic of China

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States is deeply concerned with the increasingly harsh surveillance, harassment, and intimidation of U.S. and other foreign journalists in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), including foreign journalists covering the devastation and loss of life caused by recent floods in Henan. The U.S. government reiterates the condolences of the …

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Imposing Sanctions in Defense of Human Rights in Syria

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States is taking action to promote accountability for entities and individuals that have perpetuated the suffering of the Syrian people.  The United States is sanctioning eight Syrian prisons, five Assad regime officials in the institutions that run those facilities, two militia groups, and two militia …

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Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Refugee Convention

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention.  At this time of historic global forced displacement, the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change have exacerbated the challenges refugees face, making the international commitments in the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol more vital than ever.  We are committed to …

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Protests in Iran

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON Protests in Iran that began with a water shortage — owing to drought and governmental mismanagement and neglect — in the Khuzestan province have now spread across various cities including Tehran, Karaj and Tabriz. The Iranian people are now putting a spotlight not only on their unmet needs, but also their …

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Recent Judicial Appointments in Georgia

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States is deeply troubled by the Georgian Parliament’s July 12 approval of six Supreme Court nominees, in contravention of the April 19 agreement between ruling and opposition party representatives. Mediated by the EU and the United States under the auspices of European Council President Charles Michel, the April 19 …

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Department Press Briefing

2:11 p.m. EDT MR PRICE: Good afternoon. QUESTION: Good afternoon. MR PRICE: All right. Happy Tuesday, everyone. Just a couple things here at the top. I wanted to start with developments in our own hemisphere. As you know, President Biden and Secretary Blinken have made human rights central to our foreign policy, and I would like to address …

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Message on the 26th Anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON Today marks 26 years since the genocide in Srebrenica.  The American people join the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina in solemn remembrance of the over 8,000 victims who were murdered. We stand with the families of those who lost their loved ones and with those who tirelessly seek justice in their …

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Release of the 2021 Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Report

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Women are a powerful force for peace and essential partners in advancing international security.  The United States has long championed the safe, meaningful participation of women in our diplomatic, development, and defense efforts.  As underscored by the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Act of 2017 and our support of …

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U.S. Support for the People of Syria

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Yesterday, I was honored to co-host with Italy a productive meeting on Syria, during which I reiterated the imperative of ensuring that vital humanitarian assistance reaches all Syrians in need.  I underscored the importance of reauthorizing and expanding the ability of the United Nations to provide this life-saving assistance to the Syrian people across borders — a …

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The Global Coalition To Defeat ISIS

At the Global Coalition Ministerial in Rome on June 28, the U.S. Department of State wishes to reaffirm its commitment to the Coalition and its goals. The 83-member Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS has worked diligently since 2014 to reduce the threat ISIS poses to international security and our homelands. The Coalition’s combined efforts have …

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U.S.-EU-Canada: Joint Statement on Venezuela

The following statement was released by Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, and Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Marc Garneau. Begin text: We remain deeply concerned about the ongoing crisis in Venezuela and its regional and global impact. The peaceful solution to that …

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Press Briefing by White House COVID-19 Response Team and Public Health Officials

MR. ZIENTS:  Good morning, and thanks for joining us.  We’re joined by Drs. Fauci, Walensky, and Murthy, who I will turn to in a few moments. First, today, I want to report on the progress we are making in our fight to end the pandemic, specifically as it relates to the President’s goals for July …

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Ministerial Meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will join Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Luigi Di Maio in co-hosting a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS on June 28 to discuss efforts in the campaign to achieve the enduring defeat of ISIS. Ministers will discuss ways to …

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FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Announces Allocation Plan for 55 Million Doses to be Shared Globally

These doses are the remaining part of the 80 million President Biden pledged to allocate by the end of June Today, the Biden-Harris Administration is announcing the distribution list for 55 million of the 80 million doses of America’s own vaccine supply President Biden has pledged to allocate by the end of June in service …

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Attack on Hospital in Afrin, Syria

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON We condemn in the strongest terms yesterday’s attacks on the al Shifaa Hospital in Afrin, Syria. This barbaric attack took the lives of children, medical staff, and first responders. Civilians and civilian infrastructure, including hospitals, must never be the target of military action. Additionally, we note that this hospital’s coordinates have …

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United States Welcomes Actions by Armenia and Azerbaijan

The United States welcomes the release by Azerbaijan of 15 Armenian detainees and their return to their families in Armenia. We also welcome Armenia’s decision to provide Azerbaijan with important information that will facilitate humanitarian demining and avoid future casualties. We are grateful to Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and the Government of Georgia for the …

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A Proclamation on Flag Day And National Flag Week, 2021

In the midst of a revolution, less than a year after declaring our independence, the Congress consecrated what would become an enduring emblem of American unity by adopting a national flag on June 14, 1777. In the 244 years since, the United States has grown and changed across the generations — and our flag has …

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FACT SHEET: President Biden Announces Historic Vaccine Donation: Half a Billion Pfizer Vaccines to the World’s Lowest-Income Nations

500 million life-saving vaccines to be delivered by June of next year, including 200 million to be delivered by the end of 2021 Donation will serve as the foundation for a coordinated effort by the world’s democracies to vaccinate people around the world   Today, President Biden will announce that the United States will purchase …

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On the 32nd Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today marks the 32nd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.  Named after the nearby Gate of Heavenly Peace, the square is instead synonymous with the brutal actions by the Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1989 to silence tens of thousands of individuals advocating to have a …

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Shaheen Visits Georgia with Portman to Meet with Government Officials & Promote Implementation of Democracy Reforms

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) and Chair of the Europe and Regional Security Cooperation SFRC Subcommittee, joined Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) in Georgia as the final stop of their bipartisan congressional delegation in Eastern Europe. They met with Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, Foreign Minister David …

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Shaheen, Portman, Murphy Conclude CODEL to Eastern Europe

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) and Chair of the Europe and Regional Security Cooperation SFRC Subcommittee, and U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) today concluded their trip to Eastern Europe. They traveled to Lithuania, Ukraine and Georgia to reaffirm U.S. commitment to …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on Global Vaccine Distribution

As the United States continues our efforts to get every eligible American vaccinated and fight COVID-19 here at home, we also recognize that ending this pandemic means ending it everywhere. As long as this pandemic is raging anywhere in the world, the American people will still be vulnerable. And the United States is committed to …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on Diversion of Ryanair Flight and Arrest of Journalist in Belarus

Belarus’s forced diversion of a commercial Ryanair flight, traveling between two member states of the European Union, and subsequent removal and arrest of Raman Pratasevich, a Belarusian journalist traveling abroad, are a direct affront to international norms. The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms both the diversion of the plane and the subsequent …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

Office of the Spokesperson The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the margins of the Arctic Council Ministerial.  The Secretary noted that the United States sought a more stable and predictable relationship with Moscow.  To that end, Secretary Blinken …

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Remarks by President Biden on the COVID-19 Response and the Vaccination Program

THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon.  There are three things I want to speak briefly today with you all about: the new — new milestone in our progress against COVID-19 here at home, steps we’re taking to fight COVID internationally, and an important tax cut for families with children under the age of 18.  And that’s where …

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On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE This year’s May 17 marks 16 years since the first International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB). In the intervening period, the United States has endeavored to reaffirm the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all persons, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex persons. To be …

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On the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE I extend my warmest wishes to all Muslims in the United States and around the world celebrating Eid al-Fitr. On this Eid al-Fitr, we reflect on the values of charity, community, cooperation, and compassion, and, in the face of a global pandemic, we honor the Muslims worldwide who came …

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Holding Russia To Account

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, we announced actions to hold the Russian Government to account for the SolarWinds intrusion, reports of bounties on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, and attempts to interfere in the 2020 U.S. elections. We have engaged Russian authorities to share our concerns about their actions and the steps we are …

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Joint Statement on the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Dialogue

The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and the Republic of Iraq. Begin Text: The delegation of the Republic of Iraq, led by Dr. Fuad Hussein, Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the delegation of the United States Government, led by Secretary of State Antony …

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Who is in Biden’s Cabinet? [infographic]

By  Helen Efrem When the president’s Cabinet meets, its members sit around a mahogany conference table. The president sits at the center of the right side of the table, and the vice president sits opposite him. From administration to administration, there is some variation in who sits at the table, based on positions that are given Cabinet-level …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken at the UN Security Council Briefing and Consultations on the Humanitarian Situation in Syria

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SECRETARY BLINKEN:  (In progress) and thank you, Dr. Ballour, both for the lifesaving service you performed for your fellow Syrians amidst the most harrowing circumstances, and for your powerful, determined efforts to bring the experiences of the Syrian people to the world – and to push for their rights …

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Briefing with Acting Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS John Godfrey On U.S. Participation in the Upcoming D-ISIS Ministerial

MR PRICE:  Good afternoon, everyone.  I apologize we’re running a couple minutes late here but thank you for joining us as we discuss tomorrow’s virtual meeting of the foreign ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Small Group.  The meeting, as you know, will be co-hosted by Secretary Blinken and his Belgian counterpart, Deputy …

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Joint Statement by Secretary Blinken and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Borrell

Joint Statement by the Secretary of State of the United States of America and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/ Vice President of the European Commission MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 24, 2021 The following statement was released by United States Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and the EU High Representative for …

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Senators Shaheen & Johnson Reaffirm Bipartisan Commitment in Congress in Support of Georgia’s Democracy

March 24, 2021 (Washington, DC) – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) – a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) and Chair of the SFRC Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation – and U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), the subcommittee’s ranking member, held a hearing on bolstering democracy in Georgia in light of the …

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Testimony by Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent

Testimony by Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Kara McDonald Senate Foreign Relations Committee Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation  Hearing on “Bolstering Democracy in Georgia” March 23, 2021 Mr. George Kent DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State Washington , D.C. DOWNLOAD TESTIMONY (PDF- 294 KB)

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Statement by President Biden on Turkey’s Withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention

Turkey’s sudden and unwarranted withdrawal from the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence, better known as the Istanbul Convention, is deeply disappointing. Around the world, we are seeing increases in the number of domestic violence incidents, including reports of rising femicide in Turkey, the first nation to …

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Fact Sheet: U.S. Efforts to Combat Systemic Racism

“The prevalence, and pervasiveness, of racial discrimination might make the situation look hopeless, but we remain hopeful. Let us expose the racism and racial discrimination endemic to every society, around the globe. Let us press forward, to root out that discrimination and remove the rot from our foundations. And on this day dedicated to ending …

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Nord Stream 2 and Potential Sanctionable Activity

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE As the President has said, Nord Stream 2 is a bad deal — for Germany, for Ukraine, and for our Central and Eastern European allies and partners.  The Department is tracking efforts to complete the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and is evaluating information regarding entities that appear to be …

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Remarks by President Biden on the Anniversary of the COVID-19 Shutdown

East Room 8:01 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Good evening, my fellow Americans. Tonight, I’d like to talk to you about where we are as we mark one year since everything stopped because of this pandemic. A year ago, we were hit with a virus that was met with silence and spread unchecked. Denials for days, …

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The 10th Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Ten years ago, Japan suffered unimaginable tragedy following the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accident on March 11, 2011. The United States stands in solidarity with Japan to remember those lost and still missing, and to honor the resilience of the Japanese people who rebuilt their homes, their livelihoods, and their …

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Designation of Iranian Officials Due to Involvement in Gross Violations of Human Rights

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, we made clear our concerns about the abuses the Iranian government continues to perpetrate against its citizens, including the unjust detention of far too many in deplorable conditions.  The United States is committed to promoting accountability for those responsible for such actions.  Therefore, I am announcing the designation of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) interrogators Ali Hemmatian and …

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Blinken: America will lead with our values

The United States will embrace its role as a world leader and rally international partners to take on pressing global challenges. In his first major speech, March 3, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the Biden administration’s foreign policy will reflect American values, including a commitment to democracy, human rights and the rule of …

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World Wildlife Day

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On this World Wildlife Day, we recognize the importance of the world’s forests, which are home to 80 percent of the globe’s terrestrial biodiversity and contribute to the livelihoods of over one billion people.  They also absorb nearly a third of all the planet-warming carbon dioxide emitted globally each …

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Imposing Sanctions on Russia for the Poisoning and Imprisonment of Aleksey Navalny

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States joins the European Union in condemning and responding to the Russian Federation’s use of a chemical weapon in the attempted assassination of Russian opposition figure Aleksey Navalny in August 2020 and his subsequent imprisonment in January 2021.  We share the EU’s concerns regarding Russia’s deepening authoritarianism and …

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U.S. Sanctions and Other Measures Imposed on Russia in Response to Russia’s Use of Chemical Weapons

CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS ACT SANCTIONS Today, the Secretary of State determined that the Government of the Russian Federation has used a chemical weapon against its own nationals, in violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.  As a result, the following sanctions will be imposed (full or partial waivers are noted below) after the 15-day Congressional …

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Briefing with Consular Affairs Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Visa Services Julie M. Stufft on the Current Status of Immigrant Visa Processing

SPECIAL BRIEFING JULIE M. STUFFT, CONSULAR AFFAIRS ACTING DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR VISA SERVICES VIA TELECONFERENCE MR PRICE:  Good morning, everyone, and thanks for joining us for this briefing to discuss the current status of immigrant visa processing at our embassies and consulates around the world, especially given the recent recission of Presidential Proclamation 10014.  …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on Emergency Use Authorization of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

Today, after a rigorous, open, and objective scientific review process, the Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for a third safe and effective vaccine to help us defeat the COVID-19 pandemic — the Janssen COVID-19 (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine. This is exciting news for all Americans, and an encouraging development in our …

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Remarks by President Biden at an Event Commemorating the 50 Millionth COVID-19 Vaccine Shot

South Court Auditorium Eisenhower Executive Office Building 3:19 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you all.  Dr. Fauci, thanks for your leadership, thanks for being here. Two weeks ago, I spent some time with you and Dr. Francis Collins — excuse me — the Director of the National Institute of Health, at NIH, and gave …

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Putting Human Rights at the Center of U.S. Foreign Policy

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States is committed to a world in which human rights are protected, their defenders are celebrated, and those who commit human rights abuses are held accountable. Promoting respect for human rights is not something we can do alone, but is best accomplished working with our allies and …

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Arrest of Opposition Members in Georgia

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States is deeply troubled by the arrest of opposition leader Nika Melia and other members of the opposition in Georgia. Polarizing rhetoric, force and aggression are not the solution to Georgia’s political differences. We call on all sides to avoid actions that could further escalate tensions and to engage …

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Remarks by President Biden on the More Than 500,000 American Lives Lost to COVID-19

THE PRESIDENT:  Each day, I receive a small card in my pocket that I carry with me in my schedule.  It shows the number of Americans who have been infected by or died from COVID-19.  Today, we mark a truly grim, heartbreaking milestone: 500,071 dead.  That’s more Americans who have died in one year in …

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Statement by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Cases of Ebola

Infectious diseases are transnational health and national security threats. While the world is reeling from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Ebola has again emerged, simultaneously, in both Central and West Africa.  The world cannot afford to turn the other way.  We must do everything in our power to respond quickly, effectively, and with commensurate resources to …

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Rocket Attacks in Erbil

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE We are outraged by today’s rocket attack in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region. Initial reports indicate that the attacks killed one civilian contractor and injured several members of the Coalition, including one American service member and several American contractors. We express our condolences to the loved ones of the civilian …

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How Maduro has destroyed life inside Venezuela

By Noelani Kirschner The misrule, oppression and corruption of the illegitimate regime headed by Nicolás Maduro has caused widespread economic suffering and societal collapse in Venezuela. The 2019–2020 National Survey of Living Conditions (ENCOVI, for Encuesta Nacional de Condiciones de Vida) — published by researchers at Andrés Bello Catholic University in Caracas — details how basic infrastructure, …

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U.S. sanctions on Venezuela explained

By Noelani Kirschner Since 2017, the U.S. has sanctioned people, businesses, and oil entities associated with the former Maduro regime, both inside and outside of Venezuela. Why are sanctions necessary and who actually feels their impact? U.S. sanctions are designed to ensure that Maduro and his cronies don’t profit from  illegal gold mining , state-operated oil operations, or other business …

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Advancing America’s long tradition of welcoming refugees

President Biden is ensuring the United States remains a safe haven for  refugees  and that those who apply to immigrate to the country under humanitarian programs are treated with dignity and respect. In a  February 4 executive order , Biden took steps to strengthen the  U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) , a collaboration between government and community groups that reflects America’s core value of taking …

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Press Briefing by White House COVID-19 Response Team and Public Health Officials

MR. ZIENTS:  Thank you for joining us.  I’m Jeff Zients, White House COVID Coordinator.  I’m pleased to be joined today by Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, Chair of the Biden-Harris COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force.  We’ve just completed our weekly call with governors from around the country who — where we provided updated on our efforts to …

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U.S. Decision to Reengage with the UN Human Rights Council

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The Biden administration has recommitted the United States to a foreign policy centered on democracy, human rights, and equality. Effective use of multilateral tools is an important element of that vision, and in that regard the President has instructed the Department of State to reengage immediately and robustly with …

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Statement of President Joe Biden on the Passing of Former Secretary George Shultz

Few people did as much to shape the trajectory of American diplomacy and American influence in the 20th century as George Shultz. He was a gentleman of honor and ideas, dedicated to public service and respectful debate, even into his 100th year on Earth. That’s why multiple presidents, of both political parties, sought his counsel. …

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