On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE In recognition of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, the United States reaffirms its critical role as a champion of disability inclusion around the world. The Department of State advances this priority through funding grants, while also sharing resources and expertise to support …

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Religious Freedom Designations

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Around the world, governments and non-state actors harass, threaten, jail, and even kill individuals on account of their beliefs.  In some instances, they stifle individuals’ freedom of religion or belief to exploit opportunities for political gain.  These actions sow division, undermine economic security, and threaten political stability …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken With Christiane Amanpour of CNN

INTERVIEW ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE QUESTION:  Secretary Blinken, welcome to the program.  I just wanted to ask you, because you’ve just been meeting with your Ukrainian counterpart — SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Christiane, great to be with you. QUESTION:  — who has told you all that they need weapons faster, faster, and faster.  So is it true that NATO …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on the margins of the NATO Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Bucharest.  The Secretary reiterated to Foreign Minister Kuleba the United States’ enduring commitment to Ukraine’s defense and deterrence capabilities, especially the provision …

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The United Nations Human Rights Council Holds Special Session on Iran

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today’s Special Session at the UN Human Rights Council addressed the deteriorating human rights situation in Iran, with a particular and appropriate focus on the regime’s brutal acts of repression and violence against women and children, especially girls. Following the death of Mahsa Amini in the custody …

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A Proclamation on Thanksgiving Day, 2022

This Thanksgiving, as homes across America fill with laughter, favorite family foods, and the joy of friends and relatives reuniting, we give thanks for everything that is good in our lives and reflect on the many blessings of our Nation. This American spirit of gratitude dates back to our earliest days, when the Pilgrims celebrated …

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$400 Million in Additional U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States continues to support Ukraine with additional military assistance to help defend itself, including from the Kremlin’s relentless attacks on Ukraine’s critical energy infrastructure. Pursuant to a delegation of authority from the President, today I am authorizing our twenty-sixth drawdown of U.S. arms and equipment for Ukraine since August 2021. This $400 million …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg ahead of the November 29-30 NATO Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Bucharest, Romania. Secretary Blinken and Secretary General Stoltenberg discussed priorities for the meeting, including continued support to Ukraine, …

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Transgender Day of Remembrance

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On Transgender Day of Remembrance, the world pauses to remember the lives of the many transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming persons killed in acts of targeted, transphobic violence.  On every continent, transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming persons confront violence, harassment, and discrimination that shock the conscience, simply based on their gender identity …

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Verdict in Dutch Trial Against MH17 Suspects

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States welcomes today’s decision finding three members of Russian proxy forces in eastern Ukraine guilty for their roles in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.  The decision by the District Court of The Hague is an important moment in ongoing efforts to deliver justice …

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Remarks by President Biden on the Explosion and Loss of Life in Eastern Poland

9:53 A.M. CIT THE PRESIDENT: Thanks for being here. I — as you saw, I just met with the leaders of NATO and the G7 and — to talk about the latest events in Europe, and I briefed them on my discussions with President Duda of Poland, as well as NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg. And …

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

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

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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 today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba following multiple waves of Russian missile attacks on November 15 that struck several residential buildings in Kyiv and devastated critical energy infrastructure across Ukraine.  The Secretary and Foreign Minister discussed Ukraine’s needs, including …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Phnom Penh.  The Secretary discussed the United States’ unwavering commitment to assist Ukraine in mitigating the effects of Russia’s continued attacks on critical infrastructure, including with accelerated humanitarian aid and winterization efforts.  The two reaffirmed the importance …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken And Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba Before Their Meeting

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, good afternoon, everyone.  Dmytro and I were just saying that we manage to meet pretty much everywhere around the world – in Kyiv most aptly, in Europe, now here in Asia, in New York.  And we’re meeting today at a time when Ukraine has just liberated …

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$400 Million in Additional U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States continues to support Ukraine’s brave defenders with additional military assistance to help them protect their country from Russia’s aggression. Pursuant to a delegation of authority from the President, today I am authorizing our twenty-fifth drawdown of U.S. arms and equipment for Ukraine since August …

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Russia’s Continued Wrongful Detention of Brittney Griner

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Following a sham trial and the unjust sentencing of Brittney Griner, Moscow is transferring her from a prison in Moscow to a remote penal colony. It is another injustice layered on her ongoing unjust and wrongful detention. As we work to secure Brittney Griner’s release, we expect …

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DPRK ICBM Test

PRESS STATEMENT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The United States condemns the DPRK’s intercontinental ballistic missile launch. This launch is a clear violation of multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions and demonstrates the threat the DPRK’s unlawful weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs pose to its neighbors, the region, international peace and security, and the global non-proliferation regime. …

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Suspension of the Black Sea Grain Initiative

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States regrets Russia’s suspension of its participation in the operations of the U.N.-brokered Black Sea Grain Initiative.  We urge all parties to keep this essential, life-saving Initiative functioning. The Black Sea Grain Initiative has already moved more than 9 million metric tons of food and brought prices down around the world, which has been critically important for low- and middle-income countries.  It has …

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Joint Statement of the Co-Chairs of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Africa Focus Group

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and the Government of Morocco, the Government of Niger, and the Government of Italy, on the occasion of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Africa Focus Group Meeting. Begin Text: Upon invitation of the Republic of …

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Securing and Safeguarding Arms in Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The armed forces of Ukraine have inspired the world with their tremendous skill, professionalism, and profound courage defending their country from Russia’s brutal and unjustified invasion.  The United States along with our Allies and partners have expedited security assistance to Ukraine at a historic pace to ensure Ukraine is …

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International Religious Freedom Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY O F STATE The United States joins the international community in marking the 24th occasion of International Religious Freedom Day.  Freedom of religion or belief is a founding principle of our nation, enshrined in our Constitution.  Americans cherish the right to worship, or not worship, as they see fit.  The International Religious Freedom Act of …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.  The Secretary called for continued Allied unity and support for Ukraine in the face of ongoing Russian aggression, atrocities, and false rhetoric surrounding a so-called “dirty bomb” in Ukraine.

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. The Secretary reaffirmed enduring U.S. support for Ukraine in the face of continued Russian aggression, atrocities, and rhetoric surrounding so-called “dirty bombs” in Ukraine. He noted our commitment to work with Allies …

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Joint Statement on Ukraine

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

READOUT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to reaffirm the United States’ steadfast support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity.  Secretary Blinken expressed to Foreign Minister Kuleba that the United States rejects Russian Defense Minister Shoygu’s transparently false allegations that Ukraine is preparing to use a dirty bomb on …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with UN Secretary-General Guterres

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.  Secretary Blinken and Secretary-General Guterres emphasized the importance of safeguarding UN principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity, especially in light of Russia’s illegal attempted annexation of Ukraine’s territory.  They also discussed the need …

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Joint Statement on Internet Shutdowns in Iran

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The United States is pleased to join the Freedom Online Coalition’s consensus Joint Statement on Internet Shutdowns in Iran. Begin Text: We, the members of the Freedom Online Coalition, are deeply alarmed by and strongly condemn the measures undertaken by Iran to restrict access to the Internet following the nationwide protests over the tragic …

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The Impact of Sanctions and Export Controls on the Russian Federation

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON Since Russia launched its unjustified and unprovoked all-out war against Ukraine in February 2022, the United States has worked with Allies and partners around the world to impose an unprecedented range of sanctions and export controls on Russia for its brutal aggression. Moreover, we will continue to impose costs on the Kremlin for …

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On Russia’s Acquisition of UAVs from Iran

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

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Imposing Sanctions on Russia’s Technology Procurement

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE In coordination with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of the Treasury designated Russian procurement agent Yury Yuryevich Orekhov (Orekhov) and his companies Nord-Deutsche Industrieanlagenbau GmbH (NDA GmbH) and Opus Energy Trading LLC (Opus Energy Trading) pursuant to Executive Order 14024. Orekhov, via NDA GmbH, is responsible for procuring U.S.-origin technologies for …

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World Food Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On this World Food Day, food systems and global food security are at a critical moment.  The compounded impacts from a global pandemic, growing pressures from the climate crisis, high energy and fertilizer prices, and armed conflicts, including Russia’s brutal war of aggression against Ukraine, have disrupted production …

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$725 Million in Additional U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE In the wake of Russia’s brutal missile attacks on civilians across Ukraine, the mounting evidence of atrocities by Russia’s forces, and the firm and unequivocal rejection by 143 nations at the United Nations of Russia’s illegal attempted annexation of parts of Ukraine, the United States is offering …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Human Rights Defenders on Women and Human Rights in Iran

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with activists and thought leaders focused on Iran for a discussion on respect for human rights, particularly women’s rights, as well as the Iranian government’s ongoing violent crackdown on peaceful protestors and its disruption of access to telecommunications …

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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 about the Kremlin’s horrific strikes against Ukraine today, including waves of missiles that hit the streets of several Ukrainian cities during rush hour. The Secretary commended Ukraine for not allowing President Putin to …

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U.S. Support for Ukraine in the Face of Russian Strikes

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The Kremlin’s strikes against Ukraine today again place the stakes of Russia’s brutal war into stark relief. Russian bombs hit children’s playgrounds and public parks in Kyiv; wave after wave of missiles struck Kyiv’s city streets and damaged heating and targets without military purpose throughout Ukraine. I …

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A Proclamation on Cybersecurity Awareness Month, 2022

During Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we highlight the importance of safeguarding our Nation’s critical infrastructure from malicious cyber activity and protecting citizens and businesses from ransomware and other attacks.  We also raise awareness about the simple steps Americans can take to secure their sensitive data and stay safe online. Cyberattacks affect our day-to-day lives, our economy, …

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Under Secretary Jenkins travel to Georgia, October 5-7

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

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$625 Million in Additional U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE At the UN General Assembly, President Biden made it clear yet again that we will support the people of Ukraine for as long as it takes.  Recent developments from Russia’s sham referenda and attempted annexation to new revelations of brutality against civilians in Ukrainian territory formerly controlled by Russia only strengthens our resolve.  United with our Allies and partners from 50 nations, we are delivering …

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Statement by President Biden on the Violent Crackdown in Iran

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

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

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Statement from President Biden on Russia’s Attempts to Annex Ukrainian Territory

The United States condemns Russia’s fraudulent attempt today to annex sovereign Ukrainian territory. Russia is violating international law, trampling on the United Nations Charter, and showing its contempt for peaceful nations everywhere. Make no mistake: these actions have no legitimacy. The United States will always honor Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders. We will continue to support …

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Russia’s Sham Referenda in Ukraine

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

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Designating Iran Petroleum and Petrochemical Sanctions Evaders

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

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Iranian Attacks on the IKR

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Danish Foreign Minister Kofod

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

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The Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2023

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

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America’s unwavering support for nuclear nonproliferation

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

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

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

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

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

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Statement by President Joe Biden on Rosh Hashanah

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

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

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

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Welcoming the Release of Political Prisoners in Belarus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Kremlin’s Troop Mobilization

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

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Welcoming Prisoner Exchanges in Ukraine

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

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

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Trilateral Meeting with Azerbaijan and Armenia

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

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

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

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

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan

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

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

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

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Documenting Russia’s Destructive Impact on Food Storage in Ukraine

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

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

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

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

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

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Calling for the Immediate Cessation of Hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan

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

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

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

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Secretary Blinken Travels to Ukraine and Belgium

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

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

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

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

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

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Remembering the Loss of 13 American Heroes

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

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Accountability for War Crimes and Other Atrocities in Ukraine: Recent Reporting and the Commitment of Additional Funding

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The U.S. Department of State-supported Conflict Observatory program released a report today that includes evidence of Russia-perpetrated filtration operations in, and forced deportations from, Ukraine. The unlawful transfer and deportation of protected persons is a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention on the protection of civilians and constitutes a war crime. We …

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The Kremlin’s Illegitimate Tribunals in Mariupol

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

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Ukraine’s Independence Day

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

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New Senior Advisor for Caucasus Negotiations

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

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

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

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Standing Against Religious Persecution

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

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Second Anniversary of the Poisoning of Aleksey Navalny

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

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Statement by President Joe Biden Marking Slavery Remembrance Day

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

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On the Occasion of World Humanitarian Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On World Humanitarian Day, we honor the humanitarian aid workers who have sacrificed so much to protect and assist the world’s most vulnerable populations.  We commend the bravery and compassion of those who put the welfare of others before their own.  We are grateful for humanitarians around …

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

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

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

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

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

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International sanctions are working: Russia feels economic pressure

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

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

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

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Azerbaijani President Aliyev

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

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The United States Strongly Condemns the Russian Missile Attack Against Odesa

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States strongly condemns the Russian missile attack on the Ukrainian port of Odesa today. Just 24 hours after finalizing a deal to allow the resumption of Ukrainian agricultural exports through the Black Sea, Russia breached its commitments by attacking the historic port from which grain …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.  The Secretary expressed his appreciation for Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska’s trip to Washington, D.C. this week, noting that her visit offered an important opportunity to recognize the human cost of Russia’s …

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

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

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

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

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Department Press Briefing

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

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Joint Statement on Cooperation on Global Supply Chains

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

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The United States Condemns Attack in the Dohuk Province of Iraq

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Moldovan Prime Minister Gavrilita

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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EU Sanctions on Russia and Shipments To and From Kaliningrad

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

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Protecting Ukraine’s internet access and critical data

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

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

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

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Statement by President Biden on Successful Counterterrorism Operation

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

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Biden: NATO is ‘more united than ever’

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

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with Belgian Secretary General Gentzis

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

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Message on the 27th Anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide

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

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

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

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Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the People of Ukraine

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

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

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

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

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Protests in the Karakalpakstan Autonomous Region in Uzbekistan

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States expresses its concern over the recent events in Karakalpakstan and urges all parties to seek a peaceful resolution to these tensions and refrain from violence. We express our condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. We also extend our sympathies to those who were injured. We support Uzbekistan’s …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with German State Secretary Michaelis

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

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U.S. Delegation Meeting with Taliban Representatives

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

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The Harsh Sentencing of Human Rights Defenders in Cuba

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

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International Day in Support of Victims of Torture 

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, we solemnly observe the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, and in so doing, the United States reaffirms our condemnation of torture no matter where or by whom it is perpetrated.  Torture is not only an unacceptable violation of human rights; it is a …

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Commemorating World Refugee Day 2022

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE This World Refugee Day, we acknowledge the unprecedented humanitarian crises across the globe, resulting in the largest number of refugees in history.  Last month, we reached the tragic milestone of more than 100 million people forcibly displaced worldwide.  Through humanitarian assistance, diplomacy, and refugee resettlement, the United …

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

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

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World Day Against Child Labor

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

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

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

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

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

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Religious freedom: A U.S. founding principle

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

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The 33rd Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

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

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One Hundred Days of the Kremlin’s War Against Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE In the one hundred days since Russian President Putin ordered his forces to further invade Ukraine, the world has seen the courage and determination of the people of Ukraine as they fight for their country. Since February 24, the United States has provided more than 6.3 billion …

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

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

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Secretary Blinken to Release 2021 International Religious Freedom Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Georgia’s National Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan

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

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

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

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Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Lu’s Travel to the Kyrgyz Republic, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and

Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Lu will lead a U.S. delegation to Kyrgyz Republic, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan May 23-27 to strengthen U.S. relations with the region and advance collaborative efforts to create a more connected, prosperous, and secure Central Asia. The delegation is comprised of the National Security …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Statement by President Joe Biden on Senate Passage of Ukraine Supplemental

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

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

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with UN Secretary-General Guterres

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

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

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

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Raising the Flag at U.S. Embassy Kyiv

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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G7 Leaders’ Statement

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On the 77th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Swedish Foreign Minister Linde

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with UK Foreign Secretary Truss

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Remarks by President Biden on the Security Assistance to Ukraine

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Pelosi Statement on Conclusion of Congressional Delegation to Poland and Ukraine

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

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Joint Statement on the Syria Special Envoy Meeting

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

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Commemorating the Day of Holocaust Remembrance

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

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

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

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Canadian Foreign Minister Joly

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Secretary Blinken and Secretary Austin’s Travel to Ukraine

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

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Statement by President Joe Biden on Armenian Remembrance Day

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Statement by President Joe Biden on Orthodox Easter

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

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The Secretary’s Meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Shmyhal

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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

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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

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Statement by President Joe Biden on Easter

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Secretary Blinken to Release the 2021 Human Rights Report

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Russia’s Suspension from the UN Human Rights Council

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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

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War Crimes by Russia’s Forces in Ukraine

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Polish Foreign Minister Rau

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

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

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

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Fact Sheet on U.S. Security Assistance for Ukraine

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Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the People of Ukraine

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

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Croatian Prime Minister Plenkovic

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Disarming Disinformation: Our Shared Responsibility

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Slovenia – U.S. Strategic Dialogue Joint Statement

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

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$200 Million in New Security Assistance for Ukraine

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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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Note on Secretary Blinken’s call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

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Remarks by President Biden Announcing Response to Russian Actions in Ukraine

East Room 2:22 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Trying to make up your mind, huh? (Laughter.) Well, good afternoon. Yesterday, Vladimir Putin recognized two regions of Ukraine as independent states and he bizarrely asserted that these regions are no longer part of Ukraine and their sovereign territory. To put it simply, Russia just announced that it …

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

Today, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. met with Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba of Ukraine to reaffirm the United States’ commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. President Biden updated Foreign Minister Kuleba on the United States’ response to Russia’s decision to recognize the purported “independence” of the so-called DNR and LNR regions of Ukraine, including …

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

Yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin of Russia recognized two regions of Ukraine as independent states and today claimed that recognition to include all of the Donbas region. The Russian Parliament also authorized the deployment of additional Russian forces into this Ukrainian territory. As President Biden and our Allies and partners have made clear, we will …

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Background Press Call by a Senior Administration Official on Russia Sanctions

Via Teleconference  3:34 P.M. EST MODERATOR:  Thank you.  And thanks, everyone, for joining today.  So, as a reminder, this call is on background, attributable to a “senior administration official,” and the contents of this call are embargoed until the end of the call. For your awareness but not for reporting, the speaker on the call …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today by phone with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to reaffirm unwavering U.S. support for Ukraine.  The Secretary noted our swift response to Russia’s decision to recognize the purported “independence” of the so-called republics controlled by Russian proxy authorities in …

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

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

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

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine to reaffirm the commitment of the United States to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. President Biden strongly condemned Russian President Putin’s decision to purportedly recognize the “independence” of the so-called DNR and LNR regions of Ukraine. He updated President Zelenskyy on the United …

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

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke with President Emmanuel Macron of France and Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany today about Russia’s ongoing escalation along the borders of Ukraine. The leaders strongly condemned President Putin’s decision to recognize the so-called DNR and LNR regions of Ukraine as “independent.” They discussed how they will continue to coordinate their response …

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

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

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

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

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

Today, President Biden signed an Executive Order (E.O.) to respond to President Putin’s action to purportedly recognize the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DNR and LNR) as “independent” states. President Putin’s action contradicts Russia’s commitments under the Minsk agreements, refutes Russia’s claimed commitment to diplomacy, and undermines Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. This E.O. …

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Department of State Presence in Ukraine

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

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Statement from Press Secretary Jen Psaki

As the President has repeatedly made clear, we are committed to pursuing diplomacy until the moment an invasion begins. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Lavrov are scheduled to meet later this week in Europe, provided Russia does not proceed with military action. President Biden accepted in principle a meeting with President Putin following that engagement, …

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

President Biden continues to monitor the evolving situation in Ukraine, and is being updated regularly about events on the ground by his national security team. They reaffirmed that Russia could launch an attack against Ukraine at any time. This afternoon, the President received an update on the Vice President’s meetings at the Munich Security Conference with President …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken And French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian Before Their Meeting

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

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Remarks by Vice President Harris at the Munich Security Conference

Hotel Bayerischer Hof Munich, Germany 11:45 A.M. CEST THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Good morning.  Good morning.  Thank you, Ambassador Ischinger.  And to all of the very extraordinary leaders who are here today, I thank you for the kind introduction and your years of dedicated leadership.  And thank you also to Chancellor Scholz for your kind words. …

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Remarks by Vice President Harris and President Zelenskyy Before Bilateral Meeting

Commerzbank Filiale München Munich, Germany 2:12 P.M. CEST VICE PRESIDENT HARRIS:  I’m looking forward to our conversation. As you know, this is a decisive moment in our world’s history. And this is an important meeting for that and many other reasons. I look forward, in this discussion, to hearing directly from you about the situation on the …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with French Foreign Minister Le Drian

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Trilateral Meeting with Australian Foreign Minister Payne and UK Foreign Secretary Truss on AUKUS

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, and UK Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss held a trilateral meeting today on the margins of the Munich Security Conference.  In particular, they discussed progress made in implementing initiatives within the AUKUS trilateral security partnership, which is …

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Remarks by President Biden Providing an Update on Russia and Ukraine FEBRUARY 18, 2022 • SPEECHES AND REMARKS

Roosevelt Room 4:54 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon.  Today, I made two vital calls, as I’ve been making for some months now — two vital calls that — on the situation in Russia and Ukraine. The first was to a bipartisan group of members of Congress who are currently representing the United States, along …

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

Munich, Germany AIDE:  (Inaudible) on background with a senior administration official, and embargoed until the end of the conversation.  And it’s just going to be [senior administration official]. Q    This conversation. AIDE:  Embargoed until the end of this conversation, on background with a senior administration official. So, [senior administration official] will give some opening thoughts …

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

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

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Readout of President Biden’s Call with Prime Minister Draghi of Italy

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy. The leaders reviewed ongoing diplomatic and deterrence efforts in response to Russia’s continued military build-up on Ukraine’s borders. They reaffirmed their commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and their readiness to impose severe economic costs on Russia if it further invades Ukraine.

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Russian Duma Resolution on Eastern Ukraine

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

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Readout of President Biden’s Call with Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany

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

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

Via Teleconference  6:18 P.M. EST MODERATOR:  Hey, thanks.  And thank you, everyone, for joining us today.  As mentioned, today’s call is to preview the Vice President’s trip to Munich.  This call will be on background, attributed to “senior administration officials.”  And the contents are embargoed until the end of the call.  And by joining the …

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Joint Statement on U.S.-Estonia Relations

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Canadian Foreign Minister Joly

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly. Secretary Blinken discussed the threat of a further Russian invasion of Ukraine and the importance of working with our allies and partners to impose swift, severe costs on Russia in response to any …

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Secretary Blinken’s Travel to Germany

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

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Online Press Briefing with Ambassador Julianne Smith, U.S. Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

AMBASSADOR JULIANNE SMITH, U.S. PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE TO THE NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION (NATO) Moderator:  Good afternoon.  I would like to welcome everyone joining us for today’s virtual press briefing.  Today we are very honored to be joined by Ambassador Julianne Smith, U.S. Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. With that, let’s get started.  Ambassador …

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Readout of President Biden’s Call with President Emmanuel Macron of France

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Emmanuel Macron of France.  They reviewed their recent conversations with their Russian and Ukrainian counterparts, and affirmed their continued support for a diplomatic path forward. They discussed ongoing diplomatic and deterrence efforts undertaken in close coordination with Allies and partners in response to Russia’s military buildup …

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Remarks by President Biden Providing an Update on Russia and Ukraine

3:29 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon.  Today, I’d like to provide an update on the crisis involving Russia and Ukraine. From the beginning of this crisis, I have been absolutely clear and consistent: The United States is prepared no matter what happens. We are ready with diplomacy — to be engaged in diplomacy with …

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Horne on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Meeting with Polish Head of the International Policy Bureau Kumoch

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

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Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 4:17 P.M. EST MS. PSAKI:  Hi, everyone.  Okay, I have two items for all of you at the top. Today we have some exciting updates on our competition agenda.  First, we have progress on our administration’s effort to lower the price of Internet for millions of Americans.  I bet …

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

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The Secretary reiterated the U.S. commitment to continue to pursue a diplomatic solution to the crisis Moscow has precipitated. He stated that the United States looks forward to receiving Russia’s written response to …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken And Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama Before Their Meeting

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE THOMAS JEFFERSON ROOM SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, good afternoon, everyone.  It’s been a pleasure to welcome Prime Minister Rama here to the State Department, to the United States, and give us an opportunity to talk about the work that the United States and Albania are doing together in so many different …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken With Sonia Dridi of France 24

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, D.C. QUESTION: (Via translation)  Thank you again, Mr. Secretary, for this interview, as you have just held a ministerial meeting to coordinate global efforts in the fight against COVID.  Why hold such a meeting at this time?  What are the concerns?  What commitments were made by the United States …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Albanian Prime Minister Rama

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama in Washington, D.C.  Secretary Blinken and Prime Minister Rama celebrated the 100th anniversary of U.S.-Albanian diplomatic relations and the Secretary praised Albania’s continued tradition of providing safe harbor to those in need by …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke by phone today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.  The Secretary noted the United States and partners remain united in our commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including its economic and financial stability.  …

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Operations at U.S. Embassy Kyiv

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

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U.S. Action to Strengthen Ukraine’s Economy

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States is reaffirming our strong commitment to the Ukrainian people by joining with allies and partners to mobilize robust international support for Ukraine. The U.S. government is offering a sovereign loan guarantee to Ukraine of up to $1 billion to support its economic reform agenda and continued …

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Readout of President Biden’s Call with Prime Minister Johnson of the United Kingdom

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom. The leaders discussed their recent diplomatic engagements with Ukraine and Russia. They also reviewed ongoing diplomatic and deterrence efforts in response to Russia’s continued military build-up on Ukraine’s borders and reaffirmed their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. They …

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

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine.  President Biden reaffirmed the commitment of the United States to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.  President Biden made clear that the United States would respond swiftly and decisively, together with its Allies and partners, to any further Russian aggression against Ukraine.  The …

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