Sanctions on Russian Entity and a Vessel Engaging in the Construction of Nord Stream 2

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo January 19, 2021 Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on the Russia-based entity KVT-RUS and identifying the vessel FORTUNA as blocked property.  KVT-RUS is being sanctioned pursuant to Section 232 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act …

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Sanctioning Russia-linked Disinformation Network for its Involvement in Attempts to Influence U.S. Election

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary Of State January 11, 2021 Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on seven individuals and four entities that are part of a Russia-linked foreign influence network associated with Andrii Derkach, who was designated on September 10, 2020, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13848 for his attempt to influence …

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Remembering the Victims of PS752

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State January 9, 2021 The American people honor the memory of the passengers and crew of Ukrainian International Airlines flight PS752, whose lives were abruptly and senselessly taken one year ago by an unjustified Iranian shootdown.  The United States joins the Governments of Ukraine, Canada, the United Kingdom, …

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Ukraine’s Independence Day

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State August 24, 2020 On behalf of the United States government and the American people, I send my congratulations to the people of Ukraine on the 29th anniversary of your nation’s independence. Our support for a free, resilient, and democratic Ukraine is unwavering. We remain fully committed to …

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Message on the 80th Anniversary of the Welles Declaration

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State July 22, 2020 The Welles Declaration is a proud moment in the history of U.S. foreign policy and friendship with the peoples of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Eighty years ago, the United States pointedly refused to recognize the illegal incorporation of the Baltic states into the Soviet …

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Transnational Organized Crime Rewards Program Offer for Information to Bring Ukrainian Nationals to Justice

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 22, 2020 Today, the U.S. Department of State announces rewards of up to $1 million each for information leading to the arrests and/or convictions of Ukrainian nationals Artem Viacheslavovich Radchenko and Oleksandr Vitalyevich Ieremenko for participating in transnational organized crime, specifically cybercrime. Cyber criminals do not …

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Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Labor Market Risk Following COVID-19 Outbreak

June 23, 2020 The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has significantly disrupted Americans’ livelihoods.  Since March 2020, United States businesses and their workers have faced extensive disruptions while undertaking certain public health measures necessary to flatten the curve of COVID-19 and reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.  The overall unemployment rate in …

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Fulfilling the President’s Generous Commitment to Provide Critical Medical Supplies Across the Globe

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo June 4, 2020 The United States has been the largest contributor to global health security and humanitarian assistance for more than a half century, saving lives all over the planet. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, we …

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Delivering on American Commitments in the COVID-19 Response with Additional Foreign Assistance

May 20, 2020 Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Months into fighting the COVID-19 pandemic at home and abroad, the United States is continuing to lead the global charge against the pandemic, building on decades of leadership in life-saving health and humanitarian assistance. Through the generosity of the American people, our foreign assistance is saving …

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Message on the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE Day)

Press statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State May 8, 2020 Edit the translation in Українська Today we mark 75 years since the end of hostilities in Europe in the Second World War.  We pay tribute today to all those who stood up for humanity and freedom in the face of tyranny, and we honor the sacrifices of all service …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

Readout Office of The Spokesperson May 7, 2020 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba yesterday. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kuleba discussed Ukraine’s efforts to achieve a diplomatic resolution to the Russia-instigated conflict in Ukraine’s Donbas region and the results …

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Additional U.S. Foreign Assistance Builds Upon U.S. Leadership in the Global COVID-19 Response

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State May 6, 2020 As we work together to defeat the coronavirus at home, the United States stands with our global partners in their time of need, as we always have. A healthier world means a healthier United States. For more than a half century, the United States …

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The United States Continues Leadership in the Global COVID-19 Response with More Than $270 Million in Additional U.S. Foreign Assistance

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State April 22, 2020 For more than a half century, the United States has been the largest contributor to global health security and humanitarian assistance. Through the American people’s generosity and under the leadership of President Trump, the United States continues this outstanding record in the face of …

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Message to the Faithful of the Orthodox Churches

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary Of State April 18, 2020 Susan and I send you Easter greetings and wish you the joy of this Blessed Season.  Although churches around the globe have been empty recently, the faith of believers fills the world each and every day.  May your faith strengthen your hope as well …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Readout April 6, 2020 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy today. Secretary Pompeo and President Zelenskyy discussed ongoing U.S. assistance to Ukraine during the COVID-19 crisis, including the planned delivery …

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Crimea is Ukraine

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary Of State  February 26, 2020 February 27 will mark the sixth anniversary of Russia’s attempted annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, and the United States reaffirms: Crimea is Ukraine.  As underscored in our July 2018 Crimea Declaration, the United States does not and will not ever recognize Russia’s claims of …

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Text of a Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Ukraine

February 25, 2020 On March 6, 2014, by Executive Order 13660, the President declared a national emergency pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706) to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the actions and policies of persons that undermine …

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Answering the Call to Advance Religious Freedom

Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State February 5, 2020 In his address at an event on The Global Call to Protect Religious Freedom in September 2019, President Trump said: “Today, with one clear voice, the United States of America calls upon the nations of the world to end religious persecution, to stop the crimes against people of faith, …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at a Press Availability

January 31, 2020 Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Kyiv, Ukraine MODERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, Your Excellencies, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, thank you very much. President of Ukraine. PRESIDENT ZELENSKYY: (Via interpreter) Distinguished Mr. Secretary of State, ladies and gentlemen, dear journalists, I am extremely glad …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Ukrainian Defense Minister Zahorodnyuk

January 31, 2020 Office of the Spokesperson The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Zahorodnyuk in Kyiv, Ukraine. Secretary Pompeo and Defense Minister Zahorodnyuk discussed U.S. support for Ukraine’s efforts to strengthen its resilience against Russia’s aggression and to implement important …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Prystaiko

January 31, 2020 Office of the Spokesperson The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko in Kyiv, Ukraine. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Prystaiko discussed next steps to advance diplomatic efforts to end the Russia-instigated conflict in eastern Ukraine. The Secretary …

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Ukrainian Airlines Flight PS 752

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State January 8, 2020 The U.S. Department of State extends our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the 176 passengers and crew killed in the tragic crash of Ukraine International Airlines flight PS 752. The United States will continue to follow this incident closely and stands …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy

Readout Office Of The Spokesperson  January 6, 2020 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy today to discuss postponement of his trip to Ukraine. The two discussed the situation in the Middle East and the Secretary appreciated Ukraine’s condemnation of the attack on the U.S. Embassy …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Meeting with the Orthodox Church of Ukraine’s Metropolitan Epiphaniy

October 23, 2019 Readout Office Of The Spokesperson The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today with His Beatitude Metropolitan Epiphaniy of Kyiv and All Ukraine, Primate of the Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine. Secretary Pompeo congratulated Metropolitan Epiphaniy on his receipt of the Athenagoras Human Rights Award for his defense of all …

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Readout of Vice President Mike Pence’s Phone Call With the President of Ukraine

September 18, 2019 The Vice President spoke by phone today with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to follow up on their productive September 1 meeting in Warsaw and discussed President Trump’s upcoming meeting with President Zelenskyy next week at the UN General Assembly in New York.  The Vice President reiterated the United States’ unwavering commitment to …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystayko

Readout Office of the Spokesperson September 17, 2019 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystayko.  Secretary Pompeo congratulated Foreign Minister Prystayko on his recent appointment and affirmed U.S. support for Ukraine as it advances critical reforms to tackle corruption, strengthen the rule of law, and foster …

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Ukraine’s Independence Day

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State  August 24, 2019 On behalf of President Trump and the American people, I congratulate all Ukrainians on the 28th anniversary of your nation’s independence. The United States remains steadfast in its support for a prosperous, democratic, and free Ukraine, secure within its internationally recognized borders including the …

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U.S. Withdrawal from the INF Treaty on August 2, 2019

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State August 2, 2019 On February 2, 2019, the United States provided its six-month notice of withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty due to the Russian Federation’s continuing violation of the treaty. The U.S. withdrawal pursuant to Article XV of the treaty takes effect today because …

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Prosecution of Four Suspects in MH17 Case

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, DC JUNE 19, 2019 The United States welcomes the announcement today regarding the indictment of four individuals for their role in the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 on July 17, 2014. This is an important milestone in the search for the truth, and we remain …

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Press Releases: Crimea is Ukraine

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo  Secretary of State Washington, DC February 27, 2019 Five years ago, Russia’s occupation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula fueled an escalation of Russian aggression. Russia attempted to upend the international order, undermined basic human freedoms, and weakened our common security. The world has not forgotten the cynical lies Russia employed to …

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Statement from the President Regarding the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty

February 1, 2019 For far too long, Russia has violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with impunity, covertly developing and fielding a prohibited missile system that poses a direct threat to our allies and troops abroad.  Tomorrow, the United States will suspend its obligations under the INF Treaty and begin the process of withdrawing …

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Remarks by Secretary Pompeo at the German Marshall Fund

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo German Marshall Fund Brussels, Belgium December 4, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO:  Thank you, Ian, for the kind introduction.  Good morning to all of you; thank you for joining me here today.  It’s wonderful to be in this beautiful place, to get a chance to make a set of remarks about the …

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Press Releases: Russia’s Dangerous Escalation in the Kerch Strait

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo  Secretary of State Washington, DC November 26, 2018 The United States expresses its deep concern over the incident in the Black Sea that occurred November 25 as Ukrainian vessels attempted to transit through the Kerch Strait. Reports that Russian vessels rammed and fired on the Ukrainian ships, injuring Ukrainian crewmen, …

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Presidential Message on the National Day for the Victims of Communism

November 7, 2018 On the National Day for the Victims of Communism, we honor the memory of the more than 100 million people who have been killed and persecuted by communist totalitarian regimes.  We also reaffirm our steadfast support for those who strive for peace, prosperity, and freedom around the world. Since the 1917 Bolshevik …

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Presidential Proclamation on National Adoption Month, 2018

October 31, 2018 During National Adoption Month, we recognize the immeasurable love and support that adoptive parents and families provide to hundreds of thousands of children each year.  We celebrate the life-changing act of adoption, bring attention to the millions of Americans who are eager to adopt, and express our gratitude to the families who have …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 7, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke on the phone with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko today to discuss a range of bilateral issues. Secretary Pompeo reiterated strong U.S. support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. He emphasized that the …

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Remarks by President Trump and President Putin of the Russian Federation in Joint Press Conference

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release July 16, 2018 Presidential Palace Helsinki, Finland 5:10 P.M. EEST PRESIDENT PUTIN:  (As interpreted.)  Distinguished Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen: Negotiations with the President of the United States Donald Trump took place in a frank and businesslike atmosphere.  I think we can call it …

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LGBTI Pride Month

Press Statement Mike Pompeo  Secretary of State Washington, DC June 1, 2018 The United States joins people around the world in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month, and reaffirms its commitment to protecting and defending the human rights of all, including LGBTI persons. In many parts of the world, LGBTI individuals …

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Release of the 2017 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom

Remarks Mike Pompeo  Secretary of State Press Briefing Room Washington, DC May 29, 2018 MS NAUERT: Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the State Department. Thank you for coming in so early this morning for the unveiling of the  International Religious Freedom Report . I’d like to first introduce Secretary Pompeo, who will give some brief remarks and an announcement. …

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Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release October 02, 2017 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Our Nation is heartbroken.  We mourn with all whose loved ones were murdered and injured in last night’s horrible tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada.  As we grieve, we pray that …

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Remarks by President Trump and President Poroshenko of Ukraine Before Bilateral Meeting

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release September 21, 2017 Lotte New York Palace Hotel New York, New York PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much. It’s wonderful to have President Poroshenko with us. We spent some time recently in the White House, and I know you’ve made good progress since then …

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Remarks by President Trump to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release September 19, 2017 United Nations New York, New York 10:04 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, world leaders, and distinguished delegates:  Welcome to New York.  It is a profound honor to stand here in my home city, as a representative of …

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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 20, 2017 President Donald J. Trump met today with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine to discuss support for the peaceful resolution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine and President Poroshenko’s reform agenda and anticorruption efforts.  

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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of Russia

Photo by Russian Foreign Ministry/AP THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 10, 2017 President Donald J. Trump met today with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of Russia, following on the visit of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Moscow last month. President Trump emphasized the need to work together to …

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Statement by President Trump on Syria

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release April 6, 2017 Mar-a-Lago, Florida 9:40 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  My fellow Americans:  On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians.  Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women, and children.  …

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NATO Foreign Ministerial Intervention Remarks

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Brussels, Belgium March 31, 2017 Good morning, Secretary General and my fellow ministers, and thank you for the opportunity to speak. Let me be very clear at the outset of my remarks: the U.S. commitment to NATO is strong and this Alliance remains the bedrock for transatlantic security. …

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Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 18, 2017 The Vice President met today in Munich with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The Vice President expressed concern about the recent surge in violence in eastern Ukraine, and the leaders agreed on the need for an immediate comprehensive ceasefire. The Vice President …

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Remarks by Vice President Mike Pence at the Munich Security Conference

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President For Immediate Release February 18, 2017 The Munich Security Conference Munich, Germany THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Ambassador Ischinger.  Chancellor Merkel, Secretary General, distinguished colleagues, and honored guests, I bring greetings on behalf of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump.  In my still new …

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Readout of President Trump’s call with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 4, 2017 President Donald J. Trump just had [5 p.m. Saturday] a very good call with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine to address a variety of topics, including Ukraine’s long-running conflict with Russia. “We will work with Ukraine, Russia, and all other parties involved …

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Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden at a Joint Press Availability with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 17, 2017 Bankova Kyiv, Ukraine THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Mr. President, I may have to call you once every couple weeks just to hear your voice.  (Laughter.)  This has been going on a long time. Good afternoon, everyone.  It’s a great, pleasure to be …

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Vice President Joe Biden to Travel to Ukraine and Switzerland

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 12, 2017 On January 15-18, 2017, the Vice President will travel to Kyiv, Ukraine and Davos, Switzerland.  In Ukraine the Vice President will participate in bilateral meetings with President Poroshenko and Prime Minister Groysman.  The Vice President’s trip to Ukraine will underscore U.S. support …

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Statement by the President on Actions in Response to Russian Malicious Cyber Activity and Harassment

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 29, 2016 Today, I have ordered a number of actions in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election. These actions follow repeated private and public warnings that we have issued to the …

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on the Attack in Berlin, Germany

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release December 19, 2016 The United States condemns in the strongest terms what appears to have been a terrorist attack on a Christmas Market in Berlin, Germany, which has killed and wounded dozens.  We send our thoughts and prayers to the families and loved ones …

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The Assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC December 19, 2016 The United States condemns the assassination today in Ankara of Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones, the Russian people, and with the other victims who were injured in this shooting. We stand ready to offer assistance …

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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Calls with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman

The White House Office of the Vice President For Immediate Release December 15, 2016 Vice President Biden spoke separately by phone today with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Volodymyr  Groysman. The leaders reiterated their unwavering support for full implementation of the Minsk agreements and underscored the need to reinstitute a full cease-fire and …

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Secretary’s Remarks: World AIDS Day 2016

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC December 1, 2016 On World AIDS Day, we commemorate the lives lost and communities devastated by HIV/AIDS. We also celebrate those lives that have been saved and the courageous individuals who have brought hope and healing to those living with and affected by this disease. Thirty-five …

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Interview to Ukrains’ka Pravda

September 15, 2016 US Ambassador: Crimea will return to Ukraine, but when? My answer might be unpleasant Interviewed by: Serhiy Sydorenko (editor of Yevropeyska Pravda), Sevhil’ Musayeva-Borovyk (editor-in-chief of Ukrayinska Pravda) “Were there changes in Ukraine sufficient? Probably  there weren’t” – You saw Ukraine as a foreigner, and now you see it from Kyiv. Is there any …

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