Promoting Accountability for War Crimes and Other Atrocities in Ukraine

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 17, 2022 The U.S. Department of State is announcing the launch of a new Conflict Observatory to capture, analyze, and make widely available evidence of Russia-perpetrated war crimes and other atrocities in Ukraine.  The program encompasses the documentation, verification, and dissemination of open-source evidence regarding the actions of …

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 8, 2022 President Biden and G7 Leaders Meet with President Zelenskyy to Continue our Efforts to Support Ukraine and Build on our Unprecedented Sanctions and Export Controls Today, President Biden and G7 Leaders met with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine to reinforce our shared commitment to strengthen Ukraine’s position on the battlefield and …

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Speech by CDA Kristina Kvien on Return to Lviv

Lviv May 2, 2022 Hello, everyone!  I am so happy to be back in Ukraine! This is my first trip back since Russia’s assault started on February 24.  Two days before Russia launched its horrific attack on Ukraine, I stood here in this square and said that President Putin’s “flagrant disrespect for international laws and norms would …

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

The White House April 28, 2022 The assistance the Biden-Harris Administration has provided to Ukraine to date has made a significant difference on the battlefield, helping Ukrainians defend their country and win the battle for Kyiv. Now, as the war shifts to and intensifies in Ukraine’s eastern front, the Biden-Harris Administration is  calling on  Congress to provide …

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President Biden Announces Nominee for Ambassador to Ukraine

The White House April 25, 2022 WASHINGTON – Today, President Biden announced his intention to nominate veteran U.S. diplomat Bridget A. Brink to serve as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Ukraine. Bridget A. Brink, Nominee for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Ukraine Bridget A. Brink, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, currently serves …

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

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SOUTHEASTERN POLAND APRIL 25, 2022 SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Morning, everybody.  Secretary Austin and I just returned from Kyiv, where we went at the request of President Biden and the invitation of President Zelenskyy.  We had an opportunity to demonstrate directly our strong support, our strong ongoing support for the Ukrainian Government and for …

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

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN April 20, 2022 President Putin’s unprovoked and unjustified war against Ukraine, conducted with the complicity of the Lukashenka regime, continues to cause needless suffering and thousands of civilian casualties.  The world has witnessed the horrors of this war …

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United States Contributes $500 Million to World Bank Multi-Donor Trust Fund to Help Government of Ukraine Sustain Operations

UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENTOffice of Press Relations For Immediate ReleaseApril 20, 2022 PRESS RELEASE The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is contributing $500 million to the World Bank’s Multi-Donor Trust Fund for Ukraine (MDTF), fully implementing President Biden’s commitment to President Zelenskyy that the United States intends to …

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Fact Sheet on U.S. Security Assistance for Ukraine

U.S. Department of Defense April 14, 2022 The United States has committed more than $3.2 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the Biden Administration, including approximately $2.6 billion since the beginning of Russia’s unprovoked assault on February 24. On April 13, the Department of Defense outlined the seventh drawdown of equipment …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on Call with President Zelenskyy and Additional Security Assistance to Ukraine

April 13, 2022 I just spoke with President Zelenskyy and shared with him that my Administration is authorizing an additional $800 million in weapons, ammunition, and other security assistance to Ukraine. The Ukrainian military has used the weapons we are providing to devastating effect. As Russia prepares to intensify its attack in the Donbas region, …

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

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE April 7, 2022 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, …

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FACT SHEET: United States, G7 and EU Impose Severe and Immediate Costs on Russia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 5, 2022 Today, the United States, with the G7 and the European Union, will continue to impose severe and immediate economic costs on the Putin regime for its atrocities in Ukraine, including in Bucha. We will document and share information on these atrocities and use all appropriate mechanisms to hold accountable those …

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

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN April 5, 2022 The world has been shocked and appalled by the atrocities committed by Russia’s forces in Bucha and across Ukraine.  Ukraine’s forces bravely continue to defend their country and their freedom, and the United States, along with our Allies …

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United States Announces $50 Million in Additional Assistance to Moldova in the Context of Russia’s War Against Ukraine

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS   Office of Press and Public Diplomacy   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  April 3, 2022  Today in Chisinau, Moldova, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield announced that, working with Congress, the United States will provide an additional $50 million to help the Government of Moldova and its people cope …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release READOUT April 1, 2022 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 recent meeting in Warsaw, Poland. The Secretary highlighted U.S. efforts to provide Ukraine …

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Additional Sanctions on Russia’s Technology Companies and Cyber Actors

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 31, 2022 The United States will continue to impose severe costs on the Russian Federation in response to President Putin’s illegal war.  Today, we are targeting entities and individuals in our efforts to shut down the Kremlin’s sanctions evasion networks, which play an important role in the …

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 30, 2022 President Biden spoke today with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine about the ongoing work by the United States and its allies and partners to deliver military, economic, and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and to impose severe costs on Russia for its brutal aggression against Ukraine. The leaders discussed how the United …

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Remarks by Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman at a UN Security Council Meeting on the Humanitarian Impact of Russia’s War Against Ukraine

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS Office of Press and Public Diplomacy AS DELIVERED March 29, 2022 Thank you, Madam President, for welcoming me to represent the United States at the Security Council today. And thank you, Assistant Secretary Msuya and Executive Director Beasley, and welcome, Deputy Executive of the WFP Abdulla, for your …

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Remarks by President Biden on the United Efforts of the Free World to Support the People of Ukraine

The Royal Castle in Warsaw Warsaw, Poland March 26, 2022 6:16 P.M. CET THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, thank you, thank you.  Please, if you have a seat, be seated.  (Laughter.)  If you don’t, come up on stage. Thank you very much.  It’s a great honor to be here.  Mr. President, they tell me you’re over …

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$100 Million in New U.S. Civilian Security Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 26, 2022 The United States intends to provide an additional $100 million in civilian security assistance to enhance the capacity of the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs to provide essential border security, sustain civil law enforcement functions, and safeguard critical governmental infrastructure in the face of …

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Remarks by President Biden and President Andrzej Duda of Poland in Briefing on the Humanitarian Efforts for Ukraine

MARCH 25, 2022 Rzeszów-Jasionka Airport Rzeszów, Poland 4:48 P.M. CET PRESIDENT BIDEN: Madam Ambassador, thank you very much. And, Mr. President, thanks for the welcome. Thanks for having us here. And to — and we sent you our best. We sent you Brzezinski as our ambassador, and I’m glad he’s here as well. And, you …

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War Crimes by Russia’s Forces in Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 23, 2022 Since launching his unprovoked and unjust war of choice, Russian President Vladimir Putin has unleashed unrelenting violence that has caused death and destruction across Ukraine.  We’ve seen numerous credible reports of indiscriminate attacks and attacks deliberately targeting civilians, as well as other atrocities.  Russia’s …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

For Immediate Release  READOUT March 18, 2022 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to reaffirm the United States’ steadfast commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.  The Secretary reiterated robust U.S. support for the people of Ukraine through security, …

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$1 Billion in New U.S. Security Assistance for Ukraine This Week

In recent days, Russia has escalated its premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified war on Ukraine, striking hospitals, demolishing schools, leveling civilian infrastructure, and killing hundreds of civilians.  As Ukrainian forces bravely continue to combat Russia’s renewed invasion, the United States and its Allies and partners stand steadfast in support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and …

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Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s Meeting With Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba

February 22, 2022 Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby provided the following readout: Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III welcomed Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba to the Pentagon to discuss support and assistance for Ukraine amid Russia’s ongoing destabilizing and aggressive actions. Secretary Austin reaffirmed unwavering U.S. support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 21, 2022 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 …

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 21, 2022 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. …

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Department of State Presence in Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT 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 …

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U.S. Statement for the Meeting Under Vienna Document Chapter III 16.2

As delivered by Ambassador Michael Carpenter February 15, 2022 Mr. Chair, The United States welcomes the decision by Ukraine to call for this meeting. Ukraine is well within its rights under Chapter III, paragraph 16.2 of the Vienna Document to ask for detailed information on the goals of the Russian Federation’s large-scale and highly unusual military buildup …

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U.S. Action to Strengthen Ukraine’s Economy

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 14, 2022 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 …

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Operations at U.S. Embassy Kyiv

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken February 14, 2022 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 …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 14, 2022 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 …

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

The White House February 13, 2022 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 …

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Readout of President Biden’s Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia

The White House February 12, 2022 President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Vladimir Putin of Russia about Russia’s escalating military buildup on the borders of Ukraine. President Biden was clear that, if Russia undertakes a further invasion of Ukraine, the United States together with our Allies and partners will respond decisively and …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

For Immediate Release READOUT February 12, 2022 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov today by phone to discuss acute and shared concerns that Russia may be considering launching further military aggression against Ukraine in the coming days. The Secretary made …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 11, 2022 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 reaffirm the United States’ robust support for Ukraine in the face of an increasingly acute threat of possible further Russian aggression. The …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 4, 2022 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today by phone with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. They discussed Russia’s military buildup along Ukraine’s borders and steps Ukraine and the United States are taking to encourage Russia to pursue diplomacy …

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

January 27, 2022 President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine. President Biden reaffirmed the readiness of the United States along with its allies and partners to respond decisively if Russia further invades Ukraine. He also underscored the commitment of the United States to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. President Biden …

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Remarks by Chargé Kvien on the arrival of U.S. security assistance to Ukraine

January 25, 2022 Thank you so much for joining us and for braving the cold to come today to see what it is that we are talking about. Our message is clear. The United States stand with Ukraine, our Allies and partners. And we are working together to expedite security assistance in support of Ukraine’s …

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Department of State Authorizes Departure for U.S. Government Employees, Orders Departure for Family Members

On January 24, the U.S. Department of State authorized the voluntary departure (“authorized departure”) of U.S. government employees and ordered the departure of family members (“ordered departure”) of U.S. government employees at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, effective immediately. Authorized departure gives these employees the option to depart if they wish; their departure is not …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with President Zelenskyy

Readout Office of the Spokesperson January 19, 2022 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv as part of our close and continued coordination with Ukraine following the U.S.-Russia Strategic Stability Dialogue in Geneva, the NATO-Russia Council meeting in Brussels, …

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Secretary Blinken’s Travel to Ukraine and Germany

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JANUARY 18, 2022 Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will travel to Kyiv and Berlin from January 18-20, 2022.  The trip follows extensive diplomacy with our European Allies and partners about a united approach to address the threat Russia poses to Ukraine and our joint efforts to encourage it to choose diplomacy and de-escalation …

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

The White House January 2, 2022 President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine. President Biden made clear that the United States and its allies and partners will respond decisively if Russia further invades Ukraine. The leaders expressed support for diplomatic efforts, starting next week with the bilateral Strategic Stability Dialogue, at …

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Readout of President Biden’s phone call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia

The White House Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki December 30, 2021 President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Vladimir Putin of Russia. President Biden urged Russia to de-escalate tensions with Ukraine. He made clear that the United States and its allies and partners will respond decisively if Russia further invades Ukraine. President …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy

Readout Office of The Spokesperson December 29, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Secretary Blinken reiterated the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s military buildup on Ukraine’s borders. The …

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Welcoming the Ceasefire in Donbas

Press Statement Ned Price, Department Spokesperson December 23, 2021 The United States welcomes yesterday’s OSCE announcement regarding the “strong determination” of Ukrainian government forces and Russia-led forces in eastern Ukraine to fully adhere to the Measures to Strengthen the Ceasefire agreement of July 22, 2020.  We hope the resultant peace will create the diplomatic space …

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U.S. Provides new Vaccine Freezers and Funding for Ukraine COVID Battle

December 23, 2021 USAID continues to support Ukraine’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, USAID is announcing it has provided the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) new funding for the procurement and delivery of 14 ultra-low temperature freezers to Ukraine. With this delivery, taking place this week, Ukraine’s health authorities can simultaneously store up to 3 …

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U.S. Support for Human Rights Defenders

FACT SHEET Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Overview Protecting and supporting human rights defenders is a key priority of U.S. foreign policy. Because human rights defenders seek to hold their governments accountable to protect universally recognized human rights, defenders are often harassed, detained, interrogated, imprisoned, tortured, and even killed for doing their work. The Department’s objective is to enable human …

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

The White House December 9, 2021 President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine.  President Biden voiced the deep concerns of the United States and our European Allies about Russia’s aggressive actions towards Ukraine and made clear that the U.S. and our Allies would respond with strong economic and other …

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Readout of President Biden’s Video Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia

The White House December 7, 2021 President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. held a secure video call today with President Vladimir Putin of Russia to discuss a range of issues on the U.S.-Russia agenda. President Biden voiced the deep concerns of the United States and our European Allies about Russia’s escalation of forces surrounding Ukraine and …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy

Readout Office of the Spokesperson December 6, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy by phone from Washington, D.C.  Secretary Blinken reiterated the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity in the face of Russian aggression, ahead …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

Readout Office Of The Spokesperson December 2, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Stockholm on the margins of the OSCE Ministerial. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Kuleba discussed the need for a diplomatic, peaceful resolution to the …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken at a Press Availability at the NATO Ministerial

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE ATTA CENTER RIGA, LATVIA DECEMBER 1, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good afternoon, everyone.  A short while ago, the NATO foreign ministers finished our final session.  And I want to start by thanking our Latvian hosts for doing a wonderful job in bringing us all together, in hosting the alliance …

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U.S.-Ukraine Charter on Strategic Partnership

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE November 10, 2021 U.S.-Ukraine Charter on Strategic Partnership The following is the text of the U.S.-Ukraine Charter on Strategic Partnership signed by U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Washington, D.C. on November 10, 2021. …

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Joint Statement on the establishment of the Ethics Council to the High Council of Justice

Joint statement of the European Union, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, the United Nations Development Programme and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on the establishment of the Ethics Council to the High Council of Justice  As Ukraine’s international partners supporting the judicial reforms in Ukraine, we welcome today’s establishment of the Ethics Council by law. The Ethics Council will undertake an important task of reviewing the integrity of the High Council of Justice members – the highest judicial governance body in Ukraine. The …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release READOUT November 2, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy today in Glasgow on the margins of COP26.  Secretary Blinken reaffirmed the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial …

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Joint Statement on the U.S.-Ukraine Strategic Partnership

September 1, 2021 Thirty years after the restoration of Ukraine’s independence, the bonds between the United States and Ukraine are stronger than ever.  Our shared values and commitment to a Europe that is whole, free, democratic, and at peace provide the basis for our strategic partnership. We are working together to address shared global challenges, …

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On Today’s Terrorist Attacks in Kabul

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 26, 2021  Today’s bombings around the Kabul airport were a devastating reminder of the dangerous conditions in which our servicemembers and diplomats are operating as we conclude the United States’ 20-year military mission in Afghanistan. As the President said, the servicemembers who were killed and wounded …

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Ukraine National Day – 30 Years of Independence

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Secretary Antony J. Blinken August 24, 2021 On behalf of the United States of America, I send best wishes to the people of Ukraine as you celebrate your Independence Day. Thirty years ago, Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada made the bold choice for Ukraine …

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President Biden Announces Presidential Delegation to Ukraine to Attend the Crimea Platform Summit and 30th Anniversary of Independence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 20, 2021 President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to Kyiv, Ukraine to attend the Crimea Platform Summit and events of the 30th Anniversary of Independence on August 23-24, 2021. The Honorable Jennifer M. Granholm, Secretary of Energy, will lead the delegation. Members of the Presidential Delegation: Ms. …

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

REMARKS TO THE PRESS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE TREATY ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. AUGUST 5, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good afternoon, everyone.  It’s a real pleasure to have Foreign Minister Kuleba and his delegation here at the State Department.  The minister and I have been working very closely together over the last six months since …

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Joint Statement of the United States and Germany on Support for Ukraine, European Energy Security, and our Climate Goals

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  MEDIA NOTE July 21, 2021 The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and Germany. Begin text: The United States and Germany are steadfast in their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, independence, and chosen …

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Statement by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on the Visit of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine

July 21, 2021 President Biden looks forward to welcoming President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine to the White House on August 30, 2021. The visit will affirm the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s ongoing aggression in the Donbas and Crimea, our close cooperation on energy security, …

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Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., Kristina Kvien Visited Mariupol and Berdyansk, Underscored Steadfast U.S. Commitment to Partnership with Ukraine

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   June 25, 2021   (Kyiv, Ukraine) – Chargé d’Affaires Kristina Kvien traveled to Mariupol and Berdyansk June 25 to visit a Maritime Border Guard station supported by the Department of State’s Export Control and Border Security Program, part of a $4.5 million project in Mariupol and Berdyansk. While in …

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On the Importance of Independent Selection Commissions

Statement by the U.S. Embassy and the Delegation of the European Union June 16, 2021 Ukraine and its international partners have had a series of high-level discussions in recent weeks, including with leaders from both of our capitals. One of the key themes of these discussions is the need for reform, specifically the need for continued …

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Defense Department Announces $150 Million in Assistance for Ukraine

June 11, 2021 The Department of Defense announces a new $150 million package for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) that includes training, equipment, and advisory efforts to help Ukraine’s forces preserve the country’s territorial integrity, secure its borders, and improve interoperability with NATO. This $150 million package represents the remaining funds appropriated by Congress …

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Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine

June 7, 2021 President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine.  The leaders discussed our strategic partnership in support of President Zelenskyy’s plan to tackle corruption and implement a reform agenda, based on our shared democratic values and Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations, that delivers justice, security, and prosperity to the people …

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Opinion: Joe Biden: My trip to Europe is about America rallying the world’s democracies

The following article originally appeared in the Washington Post  Opinion by Joe Biden June 6, 2021 at 1:56 a.m. GMT+3 Joe Biden is President of the United States. On Wednesday, I depart for Europe on the first foreign travel of my presidency. It is a trip stacked with meetings with many of our closest democratic partners — …

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FACT SHEET: Establishing the Fight Against Corruption as a Core U.S. National Security Interest

June 3, 2021 The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to tackling corruption as an economic and national security priority, and has pledged to lead international efforts to bring transparency to the global financial system and close loopholes that undermine democracy.  As the Interim National Security Strategic Guidance states: “We will take special aim at confronting corruption, …

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Media Freedom Coalition Statement on the Arrest of Roman Protasevich

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 29, 2021 The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. Begin …

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Senators Shaheen, Portman, and Murphy to visit Ukraine, Lithuania, Georgia

May 28, 2021 (Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) and Chair of the Europe and Regional Security Cooperation SFRC Subcommittee, announced that she will lead a bipartisan congressional delegation with U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) to Eastern Europe next week to reaffirm …

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Diversion of Ryanair Flight to Belarus and Arrest of Journalist

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 23, 2021 The United States strongly condemns the forced diversion of a flight between two EU member states and the subsequent removal and arrest of journalist Raman Pratasevich in Minsk. We demand his immediate release. This shocking act perpetrated by the Lukashenka regime endangered the lives …

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

REMARKS TO THE PRESS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE GOVERNMENT HOUSE, CABINET MINISTERS OF UKRAINE KYIV, UKRAINE MAY 6, 2021 PRIME MINISTER SHMYHAL:  (Via interpreter) Your Excellency Under Secretary, your excellencies ambassadors, dear colleagues, I would like to welcome you, Your Excellency Mr. Blinken, with the first official visit to Ukraine.  I welcome you, …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken with Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC Andrea Mitchell Reports

INTERVIEW ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE HYATT REGENCY HOTEL KYIV, UKRAINE MAY 6, 2021 QUESTION:  Thank you very much, Mr. Secretary. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  It’s great to be with you. QUESTION:  Thank you for being here.  First of all, Vladimir Putin had said he would withdraw; he has not.  U.S. officials say there are 80,000 …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken with Olena Removska of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

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Press Statement NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON January 23, 2021 The United States strongly condemns the use of harsh tactics against protesters and journalists this weekend in cities throughout Russia. Prior to today’s events, the Russian government sought to suppress the rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression by harassing protest organizers, threatening social media platforms, and pre-emptively arresting …

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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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As prepared for delivery by Ambassador Philip T. Reeker to the OSCE Side Event on Crimea Tirana, Albania (remotely, via Zoom) December 3, 2020 Thank you, Foreign Minister Kuleba. It is an honor to speak at this event today and to join Ukraine and other partners in highlighting Russia’s ongoing aggression in Ukraine, including its …

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Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary Of State   July 29, 2020 On July 29, the Department of State released a report to Congress pursuant to the Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today (JUST) Act of 2017, which was adopted by Congress with broad, bipartisan support and signed into law by President Trump in May 2018. The JUST Act Report  highlights …

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Joint Statement by the U.S. Secretary of State and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania

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Message on the 80th Anniversary of the Welles Declaration

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Secret Service, State Department Offer Up to $2 Million Dollar Reward for Information on Wanted International Fugitives

July 22, 2020 WASHINGTON – U.S. Secret Service in partnership with the Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) today announced a reward of up to $1 million dollars each for information leading to the arrest and conviction of two wanted international fugitives. This case marks the first instance for …

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

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Updated Public Guidance for Section 232 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA)

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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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The United States Protects National Security and the Integrity of 5G Networks

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USAID Commits Additional $1 Million to Support Ukraine’s Response to COVID-19

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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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U.S.-Ukraine Partnership to Reduce Biological Threats

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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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Updated: U.S. Assistance to Fight COVID-19

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Continuing U.S. Leadership in the Global COVID-19 Response

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The United States is Leading the Humanitarian and Health Assistance Response to COVID-19

Fact Sheet from the Office of the Spokesperson March 27, 2020 The U.S. Government is leading the world’s humanitarian and health assistance response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are mobilizing all necessary resources to respond rapidly, both at home and abroad.  As part of this comprehensive and generous U.S. response, the State Department and USAID …

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U.S. Foreign Assistance in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary Of State March 26, 2020 The U.S. government has rapidly mobilized unprecedented resources to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, both at home and abroad.  Today, I am pleased to announce that the United States has made available nearly $274 million in emergency health and humanitarian funding. Along with the …

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Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus

The entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of all aliens who were physically present within the United Kingdom, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe, or the Republic of Ireland during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States is hereby suspended and limited subject to section 2 …

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March 11, 2020 On January 31, 2020, I issued Proclamation 9984 (Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus and Other Appropriate Measures To Address This Risk).  I found that the potential for widespread transmission of a novel (new) coronavirus (which has since been renamed “SARS-CoV-2” and …

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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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February 21, 2020 Office of the Spokesperson The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun met today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystayko in Washington. Deputy Secretary Biegun and Foreign Minister Prystayko discussed their mutual desire for a peaceful settlement to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine. The Deputy Secretary …

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Coordinator for Counterterrorism Ambassador Nathan A. Sales Travels to Valletta, Munich, and Kyiv

Office of the Spokesperson February 13, 2020 The Coordinator for Counterterrorism Ambassador Nathan A. Sales will travel to Valletta, Malta on February 13. Ambassador Sales will meet with Maltese government officials and engage with the International Institute of Justice and Rule of Law, an organization that has, with U.S. support, trained over 5,000 criminal justice …

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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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The United States and Ukraine Hold Executive Dialogue on Strategic Trade Controls

Office of the Spokesperson February 5, 2020 The United States and Ukraine recently concluded a dialogue on strategic trade control issues as well as the best practices to stem proliferation of weapons of mass destruction-related goods and technology. The U.S. Departments of State and Energy and the Ukrainian Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Economic Development, …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to the UK, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan

Press Statement Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson January 24, 2020 Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to the UK, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to London, UK; Kyiv, Ukraine; Minsk, Belarus; Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan; and Tashkent, Uzbekistan January 29 to February 4. Secretary Pompeo will travel to London on January 29, where …

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Remarks by CDA Kristina Kvien at the Announcement of the Head of the National Agency for Prevention of Corruption

January 15, 2020 Thank you very much.  Mr. Prime Minister, Ministers, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, good morning.  It’s an honor to participate at this important milestone that many in this room have worked very hard to achieve. I, too, would like to start, however, by taking a moment to offer my condolences to the people …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Call with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy

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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 Pompeo Postpones Travel to Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Cyprus

PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JANUARY 1, 2020 Secretary Pompeo must postpone his visit to Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Cyprus due to the need for the Secretary to be in Washington, D.C., to continue monitoring the ongoing situation in Iraq and ensure the safety and security of Americans in the Middle East. Secretary …

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The United States Reaffirms Its Support for Ukraine at the Normandy Format Summit

December 7,  2019 The United States reaffirms our unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the lead up to the Normandy Format Summit. The United States is committed to working with our Allies and partners to keep pressure on Russia to live up to its commitments and to begin the process of peacefully restoring …

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Remarks by Charge d’ Affaires a.i. William Taylor at the 8th Annual Civil Society Development Forum

December 5, 2019 Dobriy den [Good day]. So, ladies and gentlemen, I am very pleased to be here with you today for this 8th annual assembly of civil society in Ukraine. This is a great opportunity for us and a great opportunity for you. So eight years ago when you started there were, I understand, about …

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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Kristina Kvien At a World AIDS Day Commemoration

November 29, 2019 Good morning, everybody.  I think it’s a testament to your dedication and belief in this cause that you’re all here today despite the rain and a little bit of inclement weather. First, I’d like to thank 100% Life for organizing this event today, and also for their dedication to this cause over …

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The United States and Ukraine Hold Nonproliferation Dialogue in Kyiv and Chornobyl

November 22, 2019 Office of the Spokesperson The United States and Ukraine held a non-proliferation working group meeting in Kyiv and Chornobyl November 21-22. Interagency experts from both sides met to discuss a range of challenges related to non-proliferation, counterproliferation, and strategic export control and border security.  During the 2-day dialogue, participants also visited Chornobyl …

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Statement by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. William Taylor

November 19, 2019 I congratulate President Zelenskyy and his foreign policy team for their recent accomplishments. Successfully bringing sailors and other political prisoners home; disengaging at Stanytsia Luhanska, Zolote, and Petrivske; and, most recently, securing the return of the Ukrainian ships that Russia illegally seized are concrete accomplishments on the road to peace, and all …

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Thanksgiving is a truly American holiday, celebrated on the fourth Thursday of each November to give thanks among family and friends. The holiday dates back to 1621, the year after early American colonists, called the Pilgrims, arrived in Massachusetts determined to freely practice their religion. However, it wasn’t until 1863 that President Abraham Lincoln made …

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Op-Ed in Novoye Vremya by CDA Taylor: Ukraine’s Committed Partner

November 10, 2019 Since I returned to Ukraine in June, one thing has been clear everywhere I’ve gone – from Lviv to Mariupol, from universities to military facilities, from government offices to NGOs’ workspaces — Ukraine is brimming with energy and new ideas. New ideas to resolve the conflict in the East while protecting Ukraine’s …

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Comments by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. William Taylor on a Panel at the Mariupol Investment Forum

October 29, 2019 Question to CDA Taylor: This is your second time in Ukraine now [inaudible]. So, we have heard about what will happen with development of finance, we have heard a lot can be done to revive the region, but it’s not only about finance, it’s also about information. Information to people but also …

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October 29, 2019 This is the third time we are seeing each other. So everybody in this room remembers that President Zelenskyy made some early statements about pictures on walls. He said, in an early speech, that there are many offices in the government, where on the wall is a picture of the president. And …

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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Kristina Kvien at the 2019 Open Data Forum

September 20, 2019 Доброго дня!  Good morning everybody.  I’m afraid I don’t even have as much Ukrainian as the Ambassador from Great Britain, but I hope I can still share my thoughts with you in English. Thank you for the opportunity to join you today.  It’s really wonderful to be here today among so many …

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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-Russia Prisoner Swap

Press Statement Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson U.S. Department of State September 8, 2019 The United States welcomes the news of the release of 35 Ukrainians held by Russia, in exchange for 35 prisoners held by Ukraine.  We have consistently called for the release of the 24 Ukrainian crewmembers detained by Russia following the November 2018 …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. William B. Taylor at the Awards Ceremony of the 2019 KORD Challenge International SWAT Competition

August 30, 2019 General, thank you very much for having me here. And thank you all for participating in this competition.  It’s an honor for me to join you at this site of this tough competition.  I’ve heard about the difficult things that you’ve gone through over the last couple of days. Congratulations on going …

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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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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. William Taylor at a Ministry for Veterans Affairs Forum

August 23, 2019 I’m very pleased to be here with you today.  It’s an honor for me to join you, veterans of Ukraine. Today, we are here to honor more than 350,000 Ukrainians who have defended their country – your country, serving in your military – during this historic period.  Ukraine’s veterans represent the best …

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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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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. William Taylor at the ENEMO Short Term Election Observer Briefing

Friday, July 19, 10:00 a.m. As delivered Good morning, I’m very pleased to be here. Some of you may know I was here earlier, I was here back in 2006-2009 and it’s unusual in our system for a person like me to be able to come back to Ukraine, but I am very pleased to …

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Remarks by DCM Kristina Kvien at American Chamber of Commerce Independence Day Celebration

Saturday, July 6, 2019 Thank you everybody. It’s wonderful to be here. First of all, let me say I’m incredibly impressed with the crowd here — so large! I’m glad you’ve all come to enjoy the beautiful day and take advantage of the lovely space. First of all, I’d like to thank Andy and the …

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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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DOD Announces $250M to Ukraine

The Department of Defense announced today [June 18] plans to provide $250 million to Ukraine in security cooperation funds for additional training, equipment, and advisory efforts to build the capacity of Ukraine’s armed forces. This reaffirms the long-standing defense relationship between the United States and Ukraine and will bring total U.S. security assistance to Ukraine …

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Statement on PrivatBank

April 18, 2019 In 2016 Ukraine’s international partners supported the decision of the government and the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) to nationalize PrivatBank, at the request of former owners, as the only effective method of protecting the bank’s depositors – the Ukrainian people and businesses – and the stability of the financial system. While …

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Ambassador Yovanovitch’s Remarks at the Kyiv Security Forum

April 11, 2019 Hi everybody! It is such a pleasure to be here today at the Kyiv Security Forum.  And it’s not actually a speech, it’s just a quick introduction to [Ambassador Kurt Volker’s] video presentation. I want to say that it is an honor to be here, though, at the Kyiv Security Forum, because …

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Remarks by Ambassador Yovanovitch to the European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations (ENEMO) Observation Mission

March 29, 2019 TRANSCRIPT Hello everybody! It is such a pleasure to be here and to welcome all of the ENEMO representatives and monitors, whether you’re short-term or long-term.  We know it’s an energetic and diverse group from all over Europe.  And so, I just want to give you a very warm welcome to Kyiv …

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Appointment of Ambassador Yasar Halit Cevik as Chief Monitor of the OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine

Press Statement Robert Palladino  Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC March 26, 2019 The United States welcomes the appointment of Ambassador Yasar Halit Cevik of Turkey as Chief Monitor of the OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM). As the OSCE marks the fifth anniversary of the establishment of the SMM, we recognize the crucial visibility it provides …

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Press Releases: The United States Tightens Sanctions on Venezuela by Targeting Russia-Based Bank

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 11, 2019 Today, the United States sanctioned Evrofinance Mosnarbank, a Moscow-based bank jointly owned by Russia and Venezuela. With this action, we are targeting a financial institution involved in facilitating illegitimate transactions that prolong Maduro’s usurpation of democracy. As Maduro’s isolation grows, so do his desperate …

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Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale Travel to the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Serbia, and Kosovo

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 4, 2019 On March 4, Under Secretary Hale will arrive in London where he will engage U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office Director General for Consular and Security Philip Barton, Director General for Political Affairs Richard Moore, and Deputy National Security Advisor Christian Turner on issues of …

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USS Donald Cook departs Odesa, Ukraine

February 27, 2019 ODESA, Ukraine — The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) departed Odesa, Ukraine, Feb. 27, 2019, after completing a scheduled port visit as part of our continued Black Sea presence and support to our NATO allies and regional partners. While in port, the ship hosted senior-level government discussions between …

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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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USS Donald Cook arrives in Odesa, Ukraine

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ford Williams February 25, 2019 ODESA, Ukraine  The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) arrived in Odesa, Ukraine, Feb. 25, 2019 for a scheduled port visit as part of our continued Black Sea presence and support to our region partners. Since arriving in the Black Sea …

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USS Donald Cook en route to the Black Sea

February 19, 2019 The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) began its north-bound transit of the Dardanelles Strait, en route to the Black Sea Feb. 19, 2019, to conduct maritime security operations and enhance regional maritime stability, combined readiness and naval capability with our NATO allies and partners in the region. The …

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Recognition of Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s Interim President by Several European Countries

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo  Secretary of State Washington, DC February 4, 2019 We welcome the decision today by Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom to recognize Juan Guaido as the Interim President of Venezuela. We are also heartened by …

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Declaration of Ukrainian Autocephaly

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo  Secretary of State Washington, DC January 10, 2019 The January 6th announcement of autocephaly for an independent Orthodox Church of Ukraine marks a historic achievement as Ukraine seeks to chart its own future. On this momentous occasion, the United States reiterates its unwavering support for a sovereign, independent Ukraine. The …

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Press Releases: Increasing U.S. Security Assistance to Ukraine’s Navy

Press Statement Robert Palladino  Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC December 21, 2018 In response to Russia’s dangerous escalation and unjustified November 25 attack on three Ukrainian naval vessels near the Kerch Strait, the Department of State, subject to Congressional approval, will provide an additional $10 million in Foreign Military Financing to further build Ukraine’s naval capabilities. We …

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Press Releases: Sanctions Announcement on Russia

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 19, 2018 Today, the Departments of State and the Treasury took joint action against Russia’s continued and blatant disregard for international norms. Specifically, the State Department added 12 individuals and entities to the List of Specified Persons (LSP) pursuant to Section 231 of the Countering America’s …

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Press Releases: Establishment of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine

Press Statement Robert Palladino  Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC December 17, 2018 The United States congratulates Metropolitan Epifaniy on his election as head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. The establishment of the Church was a historic moment for Ukraine. The United States maintains unwavering support for Ukraine and respects the freedom to worship unhindered by outside …

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Press Releases: On EU Resolve in Holding Russia Accountable

Press Statement Robert Palladino  Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC December 15, 2018 The United States welcomes recent steps by the EU and its Member States to hold Russia accountable for its aggression against Ukraine. The European Parliament’s December 12 resolution reiterates the importance of Ukraine’s role in the European energy supply network and condemns the construction of …

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DOD Statement on Open Skies Flight Over Ukraine

Immediate Release December 6, 2018 Today, the United States and Allies conducted an extraordinary flight under the Open Skies Treaty. The timing of this flight is intended to reaffirm U.S. commitment to Ukraine and other partner nations.‎ The United States is resolute in our support for the security of European nations. Russia’s unprovoked attack on …

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Press Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Ukrainian President Poroshenko

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 26, 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 Russian aggression against Ukraine in the Black Sea near the Kerch Strait. Secretary Pompeo reiterated strong U.S. support for Ukraine’s sovereignty …

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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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Remarks at an Emergency UN Security Council Meeting on Ukraine

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 26, 2018 Thank you, Mr. President. This morning I spoke with President Trump and Secretary Pompeo and my statement reflects the concerns at the highest level of the American government. For the past four years, …

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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 of State Michael Pompeo Congratulates Ukrainians with National Day

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC August 24, 2018 On behalf of President Trump and the American people, congratulations to all Ukrainians on your national day. The United States steadfastly supports Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression. We pay tribute to those who have fought and sacrificed for freedom in …

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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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DoD to Provide $200 Million in Security Cooperation Funds to Ukraine

July 20, 2018   WASHINGTON The Defense Department announced today that it will provide $200 million to Ukraine in security cooperation funds for additional training, equipment and advisory efforts to build the defensive capacity of Ukraine’s forces. This reaffirms the long-standing defense relationship between the United States and Ukraine, and brings the total U.S. security sector …

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G7 Foreign Ministers Statement on MH17

July 15, 2018 The G7 foreign ministers today issued the following statement in advance of the anniversary of the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17: “We, the G7 foreign ministers, of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union, are united in …

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Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Russia’s Expulsion of American Diplomats

The White House March 29, 2018 Russia’s action today to expel American diplomats marks a further deterioration in the United States-Russia relationship. The expulsion of undeclared Russian intelligence officers by the United States and more than two dozen partner nations and NATO allies earlier this week was an appropriate response to the Russian attack on …

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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Expulsion of Russian Intelligence Officers

The White House March 26, 2018 Today President Donald J. Trump ordered the expulsion of dozens of Russian intelligence officers from the United States and the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle due to its proximity to one of our submarine bases and Boeing. The United States takes this action in conjunction with our …

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Remarks by Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch at the Ministry of Interior Trafficking-in-Persons Round Table

February 27, 2018 President Hotel, Kyiv  To all of my colleagues who are here today – I really thank you all for the chance to be here with you today to take stock of the past year’s efforts to combat Trafficking in Persons. As you know, trafficking is modern-day slavery and it’s a global problem. …

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Fourth Anniversary of Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity

Press Statement Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC February 19, 2018 Four years ago, Ukrainians from all walks of life and all regions of the country came together on the Maydan, Kyiv’s central square, to demand their government recognize the choice of the citizens of Ukraine to join Europe. Scores of Ukrainians—the “Heavenly Hundred”—gave their …

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Remarks by Ambassador Yovanovitch at theTransfer Ceremony for Night Vision Devices

February 14, 2018 Kyiv As Delivered Доброго ранку! Шановний генерале Муженко, шановні пані та панове. Це задоволення для мене бути сьогодні тут для передачі двох тисяч п’ятисот приборів нічного бачення нашим партнерам в Збройних Силах України.  З ними загальна кількість  приборів нічного бачення  що ми надали збільшилася майже в два рази. Технологія в цих приборах …

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Committing to the Fight Against Corruption in Ukraine

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON December 4, 2017 Recent events – including the disruption of a high-level corruption investigation, the arrest of officials from the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), and the seizure of sensitive NABU files – raise concerns about Ukraine’s commitment …

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Marking the 84th Anniversary of the Ukrainian Holodomor

Press Statement Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC November 17, 2017 This month we remember and honor the millions of Ukrainians who were starved to death in the early 1930s as a result of the brutal Soviet-era policies under Stalin. The barbaric seizure of Ukrainian land and crops leading to the Holodomor, or “death by …

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Statement by the G7 Ambassadors in Support of Electoral Reform in Ukraine

November 15, 2017 We congratulate the Verkhovna Rada for adopting the draft election code #3112-1 in the first reading. We agree that now is the time for electoral reform, allowing at least one year for implementation prior to the 2019 elections. We believe that there is still room for a transparent, inclusive and consultative process before the second …

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Readout of Meeting between U.S. Special Representative Volker and Russian Presidential Representative Surkov

November 14, 2017 U.S. Special Representative Volker and Russian Presidential Representative Surkov met in Belgrade on November 13, 2017. It was their third meeting and was a thorough discussion of the current diplomatic state of play concerning efforts to end the war in the Donbas. It is not surprising that the United States and Russia …

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G7 Ambassadors Statement on Healthcare Reform in Ukraine

October 23, 2017 We welcome the adoption in the Rada of the healthcare reform bill and look forward to its swift enactment. This legislation is a significant step forward and is designed to ensure better healthcare provision for all Ukrainians, achieve efficient primary to tertiary health care, and eradicate corruption. This achievement is just the …

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Important Update: Diversity Visa Program – DV-2019

The new registration period for DV-2019 opens for electronic entries noon, Eastern Daylight Time, Wednesday, October 18, 2017, and closes at noon, Eastern Standard Time, Wednesday, November 22, 2017. Due to technical issues, the registration period for DV-2019 is being restarted, and all entries made prior to October 18, 2017, will need to be resubmitted for the entrant …

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Joint Statement on the United States-Ukraine Trade and Investment Council

October 5, 2017 Kyiv, Ukraine – First Vice Prime Minister – Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine Stepan Kubiv and Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Europe and the Middle East L. Daniel Mullaney released the following joint statement October 3 after the seventh meeting of the United States – Ukraine Trade and …

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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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Embassy Statement on the First US-Ukraine Bilateral Cyber Dialogue

September 29, 2017 The United States and Ukraine conducted the first United States-Ukraine Bilateral Cyber Dialogue in Kyiv, Ukraine, on September 29, 2017. As a demonstration of the U.S. commitment to supporting cybersecurity in Ukraine, U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch announced at the dialogue that the United States would provide over $5 million in new cyber …

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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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United States and Ukraine Cooperate to Strengthen Counter Nuclear Smuggling Capabilities

Press Release July 25, 2017 Representatives from the United States and Ukraine met on July 24-25, 2017, in Kyiv, to discuss the legal tools for successful prosecutions of nuclear and other radioactive material smuggling.  The delegations exchanged approaches and best practices for prosecuting such smuggling cases and noted the importance of continued vigilance to ensure …

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Statement of the G7 Ambassadors on the anniversary of the murder of Pavel Sheremet

July 20, 2017 Today marks the one year anniversary of the murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet. On this occasion, G7 Ambassadors stress the importance of continuing the investigation into his death and bringing those responsible to justice. We continue to support media freedom in Ukraine and the important role of independent and free media.

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Secretary of State Tillerson Travel to Hamburg, Kyiv, and Istanbul

Press Statement Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 5, 2017 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will accompany President Donald J. Trump on travel to Hamburg, Germany, July 5–9. Secretary Tillerson will then make his first official visit to Kyiv, Ukraine on July 9, where he will meet President Poroshenko and with young reformers …

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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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Statement from the Embassy of the United States of America to Ukraine

June 8, 2017 We can confirm that there was a security incident involving a small incendiary device shortly after 12 am June 8 at the Embassy compound. There was no damage to Embassy property. No personnel were injured. All Embassy operations are continuing as normal. At this time, we do not consider this incident a …

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Joint Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

17 May 2017 By the Ambassadors to Ukraine of Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, the European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States of America Today, on 17 May, the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, we are proud to reaffirm our commitment to the protection of human rights …

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Secretary Tillerson’s Meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Official – Transitory For Immediate Release READOUT May 10, 2017 Secretary Tillerson met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov today in Washington for more than an hour to discuss a range of issues including Ukraine, Syria, and bilateral concerns. The Secretary and Foreign Minister discussed the importance …

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Death of Special Monitoring Mission Member in Eastern Ukraine

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Washington, DC April 23, 2017 The United States is shocked and deeply saddened by the death of a U.S. citizen serving as a paramedic with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission (SMM), when his vehicle struck an explosive in separatist controlled territory in …

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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims March 2017 as Women’s History Month

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 1, 2017 WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH, 2017 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION We are proud of our Nation’s achievements in promoting women’s full participation in all aspects of American life and are resolute in our commitment to supporting …

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United States Condemns Attack on Special Monitoring Missions in Eastern Ukraine

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY MARK TONER, ACTING SPOKESPERSON February 26, 2017 The United States is closely monitoring the growing violence in eastern Ukraine in recent weeks and the continuing failure of the combined Russian-separatist forces to honor the cease-fire called for under the Minsk agreements.‎  ‎We …

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Statement on Attack on SMM Monitors by Russia-led Separatists

We join OSCE Special Monitoring Mission Chief Monitor Ambassador Apakan in his unequivocal condemnation of yesterday’s attack on SMM monitors and theft of SMM UAV by Russia-led separatists. The SMM fulfills a critical role in observing military actions and movements along the line of contact, and its work helps save civilian lives. SMM monitors should …

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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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Statement from the Embassy of the United States of America to Ukraine

February 16, 2017 We are concerned by the current disruption to the coal supply from the non-government-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk and its potential impact on Ukraine’s energy system, the Ukrainian economy, and the Ukrainian people.  The relevant parties need to come together to find a way forward in the short term that allows …

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United States and Ukraine Sign Agreement to Share Tax Information

February 8, 2017 Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch and Ukrainian Finance Minister Oleksandr Danyliuk signed an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) yesterday to implement provisions of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and to promote transparency between the two nations on tax matters. The agreement underscores our continued cooperation and strong bilateral relationship with Ukraine as well as …

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Treasury Sanctions Individuals and Entities for Sanctions Evasion and Activities Related to the Conflict in Ukraine

September 1, 2016 U.S. Treasury Department Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE U.S. Will Maintain Sanctions Pressure Until Russia Has Fulfilled All of Its Commitments under the Minsk Agreements WASHINGTON – To maintain the effectiveness of existing sanctions, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated 37 individuals and …

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Remarks by Deputy Permanent Representative to the U.S. Mission to the OSCE Kate Byrnes: Ongoing Violations of International Law and Defiance

Over the past week, Ukraine’s armed forces suffered the most casualties in any one-week period since the September 2015 ceasefire was signed. The fighting was especially intense yesterday in the Luhansk region, notably around Stanytsia-Luhanska, where the separatists advanced their position so that they are now on what was the Ukrainian-controlled side of the river. …

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FACT SHEET: U.S. and NATO Efforts in Support of NATO Partners, including Georgia, Ukraine, and Moldova

The United States strongly supports NATO’s cooperation with partners as a means to more effectively share burdens and further our common security goals.  This aligns with wider U.S. strategy of driving global cooperation on security challenges through networks of alliances and building local nation partnerships across the globe.  The Partnership for Peace (PfP), established in …

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Joint declaration by the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission, and the Secretary General of the North Atlantic

We believe that the time has come to give new impetus and new substance to the NATO-EU strategic partnership. In consultation with the EU Member States and the NATO Allies, working with, and for the benefit of all, this partnership will take place in the spirit of full mutual openness and in compliance with the decision-making …

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Remarks by President Obama and President Duda of Poland after Bilateral Meeting

PRESIDENT DUDA:  (As interpreted.)  Excellency, Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much that in my capacity as President of the Republic of Poland, I can welcome the President of the United States, Mr. Barack Obama, to Warsaw, to NATO Summit.  It is my great pleasure because I hope that this summit will have …

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FACT SHEET: U.S. Contributions to NATO Capabilities

The United States and our 27 allies are strongly committed to NATO’s three core tasks of collective defense, crisis management, and cooperative security.  In pursuit of these tasks, NATO seeks a range of capabilities and other resources from allies.  These capabilities are provided mostly from allied national inventories, but also in the form of military …

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America’s Alliance with Britain and Europe Will Endure

By President Barack Obama This may be the most important moment for our transatlantic alliance since the end of the cold war. Terrorist attacks inspired or directed by Isis have slaughtered innocents in Nato countries, from Orlando to Paris to Brussels to Istanbul. Conflicts from Africa to Syria to Afghanistan have sent waves of migrants …

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United States Announces Nearly $23 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Ukraine Crisis

Today, Secretary of State John Kerry announced in Kyiv that the United States is providing nearly $23 million in additional U.S. humanitarian assistance to help thousands of vulnerable people affected by the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine. This announcement brings the total of U.S. humanitarian assistance since the start of the crisis to more than …

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Secretary Kerry Travel to Tbilisi, Kyiv and Warsaw

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Tbilisi, Georgia on July 6, 2016, to meet with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili for bilateral discussions on a range of issues, including U.S. support for Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations and successful elections in October. The Secretary will then co-chair a plenary meeting of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic …

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2016 Trafficking In Persons Report Released, Ukraine Rated Tier Two

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry released the 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report at the State Department in Washington DC  June 30.  As directed by the U.S. Congress, the State Department prepares this report for all countries in the world.  The goal of these reports is to stimulate action and create partnerships around the world …

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Memorandum of Understanding Signed Between FBI and NABU

On June 29, 2016,  Acting Deputy Assistant Director Mathew S. Moon of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Director Artem Sytnyk of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen existing cooperation between the agencies as they pursue anti-corruption initiatives.  The memorandum establishes that the FBI and …

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Secretary’s Remarks: On the United Kingdom – European Union Referendum

Earlier today, I spoke to British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond regarding yesterday’s referendum in the United Kingdom. The citizens of the U.K. have made their decision and we will of course respect it. I want to emphasize that although the U.K. will be leaving the European Union, the British are in no way departing from …

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Statement by the President on the UK Referendum

The people of the United Kingdom have spoken, and we respect their decision.  The special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom is enduring, and the United Kingdom’s membership in NATO remains a vital cornerstone of U.S. foreign, security, and economic policy.  So too is our relationship with the European Union, which has …

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Readout of Assistant Secretary Victoria Nuland’s June 23 Visit to Moscow

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland and NSC Senior Directors Celeste Wallander and Charles Kupchan visited Moscow June 23 for consultations with Russian officials on the situation in eastern Ukraine and next steps to implement the Minsk agreements in support of the Normandy countries. The Russian delegation was led by …

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Readout of Assistant Secretary Victoria Nuland’s Visit to Kyiv

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland and NSC Senior Directors Charles Kupchan and Celeste Wallander met on June 22 with senior Ukrainian officials, including President Poroshenko, Speaker of Parliament Parubiy, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration for Foreign Policy Yelisieiev, and Foreign Minister Klimkin to discuss Ukraine’s reform agenda and …

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Testimony of Ambassador Masha Yovanovitch Nominee to be Ambassador to Ukraine Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Chairman Corker, Ranking Member Cardin, members of this committee. It is a privilege and an honor to appear before you today as President Obama’s nominee to serve as the United States Ambassador to Ukraine. If confirmed, I look forward to working with this Committee and Congress to continue our strong support for the Ukrainian people, …

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FACT SHEET: U.S. Assistance to Ukraine since February 2014

During his meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, Vice President Joe Biden announced today in Washington that, pending Congressional notification, the White House plans to commit $220 million in new assistance to Ukraine this year in support of economic, political, and energy reforms.  This assistance package will continue our support for Ukraine’s efforts to strengthen democratic …

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Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman of Ukraine

Vice President Biden met today at the White House with Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman to discuss Ukraine’s reform agenda and the implementation of the Minsk agreements. The Vice President expressed strong support for the Prime Minister’s ambitious reform efforts and commended him for the bold reform steps his Cabinet has already taken in its …

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Readout of Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s Meeting with Ukrainian Minister of Defense General Stepan Poltorak

Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook provided the following readout: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter met with Ukrainian Minister of Defense General Stepan Poltorak today on the sidelines of the NATO Defense Ministerial in Brussels, Belgium. The two leaders discussed Russia’s ongoing aggression in eastern Ukraine and Secretary Carter emphasized that the United States, together with …

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Testimony Victoria Nuland: Russian Violations of Borders, Treaties, and Human Rights

As prepared Thank you Chairman Corker, Ranking Member Cardin, and members of this committee for the opportunity to join you and discuss the challenges posed to international peace and security by Russia today, and the Administration’s policy toward Moscow. As this Committee knows, for more than 20 years following the collapse of the Soviet Union, …

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Statement by Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew on Ukraine Loan Guarantee Agreement

SEOUL – U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew released a statement following the signing today of a $1 billion loan guarantee agreement for Ukraine in Kyiv: “Today’s signing marks the third $1 billion U.S. loan guarantee agreement for Ukraine and underscores the continued support of the United States for Ukraine’s economic reform agenda. “The third $1 …

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U.S. Signs Loan Guarantee Agreement For Ukraine

The United States and Ukraine signed today a $1 billion loan guarantee agreement, the third $1 billion loan guarantee provided by the U.S. to Ukraine since May 2014. This guarantee reinforces the United States’ strong commitment to the people of Ukraine by strengthening the Government of Ukraine as it continues to institute reforms that reduce corruption, improve …

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Presidential Proclamation — LGBT Pride Month, 2016

Since our founding, America has advanced on an unending path toward becoming a more perfect Union. This journey, led by forward-thinking individuals who have set their sights on reaching for a brighter tomorrow, has never been easy or smooth. The fight for dignity and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people is reflected …

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United States Announces More Than $28 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Ukraine

Today in Kyiv, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), Nancy Izzo-Jackson and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Assistant Administrator Robert Jenkins announced that the United States will provide more than $28 million in additional U.S. humanitarian assistance to help the hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people affected by Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine …

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REMARKS: Secretary of State John Kerry at a Press Availability at NATO Headquarters

SECRETARY KERRY:  Good afternoon, everybody.  I’m personally very pleased to be back in Brussels, which I have come to understand, as many people in the world have, is a city of remarkable strength and resilience.  And I’m very, very grateful to Secretary-General Stoltenberg and my NATO colleagues for the productive discussions that we’ve been able …

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President Obama Announces Intent to Nominate Marie L. Yovanovitch as U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine

On May 18, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Marie L. Yovanovitch to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine. Pending confirmation by the United States Senate, Ambassador Yovanovitch looks forward to building on the work of her predecessors in Kyiv to further strengthen the already close ties between the United States and Ukraine. …

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Press Availability by Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland

ASSISTANT SECRETARY NULAND: Hello everybody. It’s nice to see you. We are just completing a very constructive round of consultations here in Moscow. Yesterday, we had a very thorough discussion, led on the Russian side by Presidential Administration Senior Advisor Surkov, on the whole complex issues associated with the Minsk Agreements. Today here at the Foreign …

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Commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

On International Day Against Homophoia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, we stand in solidarity with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) persons worldwide. We celebrate the progress made to advance a world where all persons are respected and can live free from fear and discrimination. And today we reaffirm our belief all persons are born free …

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Statement by the President on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

On May 17, Americans and people around the world mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia by reaffirming the dignity and inherent worth of all people, regardless of who they love or their gender identity. Our nation is committed to the principle that all people should be treated fairly and with respect. Advancing this goal has …

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Assistant Secretary Nuland Travel to Russia and Belgium

On May 17, Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland will travel from Vienna, Austria, to Moscow, Russia. She will meet with senior Russian government officials to discuss the situation in eastern Ukraine and next steps to implement the Minsk agreements in support of the Normandy countries and the Trilateral Contact Group. She …

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Joint Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Joint Statement by the Ambassadors to Ukraine of Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States of America on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia Today, May 17, is the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia.  As representatives of the international community and our respective …

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FACT SHEET: U.S. Commitments at the Global Anti-Corruption Summit

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry reaffirmed the Administration’s commitment to combating corruption at the Anti-Corruption Summit in London this week. Heads of state from more than forty countries, multinational organizations, and civil society leaders joined together to make a clear statement: corruption drives political instability, erodes trust between citizens and government, cripples basic functions of …

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Statement by President Obama on the Occasion of Orthodox Easter

Michelle and I extend our best wishes to members of the Orthodox Christian community here in America and around the world as they observe Holy Friday and the Feast of the Resurrection. For Orthodox Christians, this is a time to remember the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, to rejoice in the victory of the Resurrection and to be …

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Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Ukraine

Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Assistant Secretary-General Zerihoun, Ambassador Apakan, and Special Representative Sajdik, for your informative briefings. I’d also like to thank the Ukrainian delegation for calling this essential meeting. We recognize, as I think all members of the Council do, the critically important work OSCE teams are carrying out in the field, …

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Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman and Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland Discussed Reforms in Ukraine and Support the United States

Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman met with Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland , during which the parties discussed the future course of action on reform in Ukraine, the question of their support from the   United States. Volodymyr Groysman informed his interlocutors about the priorities of the new Government. “The real situation is very …

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United States Announces Additional $10 Million Dollars in Support for the Construction of the Chornobyl Interim Spent Storage Facility

Today at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Nuclear Safety Account Donors Assembly in Kyiv, the United States pledged an additional $10 million dollars in U.S. support to help ensure the safety of the Chornobyl nuclear facility and people living in the surrounding area. The pledge builds on the more than $400 million …

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Readout of the President’s Meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President François Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel

President Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President François Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi met today for talks at Schloss Herrenhausen in Hannover, Germany.  The conversation covered the most urgent issues on the trans-Atlantic agenda.  The leaders agreed that the implications of irregular migration to Europe posed a …

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Remarks by President Obama in Address to the People of Europe

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Thank you so much.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Guten tag!  It is wonderful to see all of you, and I want to begin by thanking Chancellor Merkel for being here.  (Applause.)  On behalf of the American people, I want to thank Angela for being a champion of our alliance.  And on behalf of all …

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Assistant Secretary Nuland Travel to Ukraine

On April 25, Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland will travel from Hannover, Germany, to Kyiv, Ukraine, to meet with senior Ukrainian government officials, political party leaders, Rada members, and civil society representatives.  She will discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues, including reform priorities and Minsk implementation.

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The 30th Anniversary of the Chornobyl Disaster

On this 30th anniversary of the Chornobyl disaster, our thoughts remain with the victims, from the emergency workers who gave their lives to prevent an even greater disaster, to those living in the area affected by the fallout. The United States marks this anniversary with a pledge of an additional $10 million dollars to help ensure the …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires George Kent at the Ukrainian Infrastructure Forum 2016

MR. KENT:  (In Ukrainian) Good morning, Minister Omelyan, Committee Head Dubnevych, Andy.  I’m very pleased to speak with you today on the modernization of Ukraine’s infrastructure. Allow me to continue in English.  I would like to congratulate you, Minister, on your appointment.  We’ve worked closely with you in the past, and we look to continue to build …

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Russia’s Decision to Suspend the Crimean Tatar Mejlis

We call on the Russian Federation to reverse the Ministry of Justice’s recent decision to designate the Crimean Tatar Mejlis as an “extremist” organization and the decision by de facto authorities in Crimea to suspend this democratic institution.  The Mejlis has long been a representative body for the traditionally under-represented and historically oppressed Crimean Tatar …

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Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Germany

As part of his previously announced travel to Hannover, Germany, President Obama will meet with President Francois Hollande of France, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy, and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom in a meeting hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on April 25.  The President looks forward to discussing with these European …

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Readout of Secretary Kerry’s Phone Call With Foreign Minister Lavrov

The following is attributable to Spokesperson John Kirby: Secretary of State John Kerry spoke today via phone with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to reiterate our serious concerns over the ongoing threats to the Cessation of Hostilities in Syria and the urgent need for the Assad regime to stop its violations of the cessation. Secretary …

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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine

The Vice President spoke with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko today. The Vice President congratulated the President on the new cabinet and government program of work that were approved by the Rada today. The Vice President stressed that Ukraine must use the renewed political stability to move forward on the reforms required to secure Ukraine’s …

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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call with Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman

Vice President Biden spoke today with Ukraine’s newly-elected Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman. The Vice President congratulated the Prime Minister on his election, and on the new cabinet and government program of work that were approved by the Rada today. The Vice President stressed that, in order to maintain international support for Ukraine, the new team …

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks on the 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

SECRETARY KERRY:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Thanks for being here.  I’m going to make a statement and I have to run from here to an NSC meeting on a number of issues, so forgive me if I dash out of here.  I’m not trying to avoid you, but Tom will take some questions and I think …

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Ukraine in the Department of State Press Briefing

QUESTION:  So Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has recently resigned and now we know that one of his possible successors, head of the parliament Mr. Groysman, has refused to head the new cabinet.  What are the U.S. expectations from the new government, especially in terms of lasting cooperation in and providing financial support for Kyiv? …

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Ukraine in the White House Press Brief

Q    And separately, is the White House concerned about the state of events in Ukraine after the Prime Minister stepped down on Sunday — concerned about the pace of reform that otherwise was going on there? MR. EARNEST:  Well, Jeff, the administration has been concerned about the situation in Ukraine for quite some time now. And …

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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk of Ukraine

Vice President Biden spoke this morning with Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who announced today his intention to resign as Prime Minister next week in expectation that a new government would be confirmed by the Ukrainian Parliament. The Vice President thanked Prime Minister Yatsenyuk for his partnership during a historic time for Ukraine. He …

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Remarks by the President and Secretary General Stoltenberg of NATO after Bilateral Meeting

THE PRESIDENT:  It’s a great pleasure to welcome back once again my good friend, the Secretary General of NATO, Secretary General Stoltenberg.  We are marking the 67th anniversary of the NATO alliance, and NATO continues to be the lynchpin, the cornerstone of our collective defense and U.S. security policy. We had an excellent meeting that …

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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine

Vice President Biden met today with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.‎ President Poroshenko updated the Vice President on coalition negotiations to form a new Ukrainian government that is committed to a reform program, including IMF and EU requirements, and the full implementation of its Minsk commitments. President Poroshenko also noted his commitment to installing a new, credible …

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Secretary of State John Kerry before Russian Young Professionals Roundtable

SECRETARY KERRY:  Well, look, this is a great pleasure.  I’m really very happy to meet with all of you, because you are the future, and because you’re all engaged in exciting endeavors to try to do new things, break through, be entrepreneurs.  And that’s – I mean, everywhere I go in the world as Secretary …

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Secretary Kerry’s Travel to Brussels

Secretary Kerry will travel to Brussels, Belgium, on Friday to formally express the condolences of the United States for the loss of life in yesterday’s terrorist attacks, and to meet with Belgian and European Union officials.  He will reiterate the strong support of the United States for Belgian efforts to both investigate these attacks and …

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Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Charles Michel of Belgium

President Obama spoke today by phone with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel to offer his condolences on behalf of the American people following today’s horrific terrorist attacks in Brussels.  The President reaffirmed the steadfast support of the United States for Belgium, and offered any assistance necessary in investigating these attacks and bringing those responsible to …

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The United States Condemns the Terrorist Attacks in Brussels, Belgium

Today’s abhorrent attacks in Brussels are an assault against the Belgian people and the very heart of Europe.  Our thoughts are with all those in Brussels, including the injured and the loved ones of those who were killed, and with the first responders and security personnel who are working tirelessly to keep Brussels safe. The …

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Statement of the G7 Ambassadors regarding the detention of Nadiya Savchenko

G7 Ambassadors in Ukraine express their serious concerns about the health of Nadiya Savchenko, a member of the Ukrainian Parliament and the Ukrainian Armed Forces, who has been imprisoned in Russia since 2014 and is currently on hunger strike in protest against her detention. G7 Ambassadors call on the Russian authorities to immediately release Nadiya …

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Second Anniversary of Russia’s Attempted Annexation of Crimea

Today, as Russia’s occupation of Crimea enters its third year, we reaffirm our commitment to a united, sovereign Ukraine.  The United States does not recognize Russia’s “referendum” of March 16, 2014 or its attempted annexation of Crimea, which violates international law. We remain deeply concerned by the situation in Russian-occupied Crimea, where occupation “authorities” suppress …

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Readout of the President’s Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia

President Obama spoke today by phone with President Vladimir Putin of Russia to discuss progress on the implementation of the nationwide Cessation of Hostilities between the Syrian regime and its allies on the one hand and the armed opposition on the other.  They discussed President Putin’s announcement today of a partial withdrawal of Russian forces …

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Remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry

Joint Press Availability with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, and Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni  FOREIGN MINISTER AYRAULT: (Via interpreter)  (In progress) This is a conflict that next Tuesday will be completing its fifth year of existence.  Now the intra-Syrian negotiations …

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Statement by the President on International Women’s Day

Today, on International Women’s Day, we recommit ourselves to achieving a world in which every woman and girl enjoys the full range of rights and freedoms that is her birthright. Women and girls make extraordinary contributions every day across all fields of human endeavor, including in business, education, sports, art, science, agriculture, parenting, and governance.  …

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Message to the Congress signed by President Obama on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Ukraine

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 emergency is to continue in effect beyond …

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Notice Signed by President Obama on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Ukraine

On March 6, 2014, by Executive Order 13660, I 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 democratic processes …

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Presidential Proclamation — Women’s History Month, 2016

Throughout history, women have driven humanity forward on the path to a more equal and just society, contributing in innumerable ways to our character and progress as a people. In the face of discrimination and undue hardship, they have never given up on the promise of America: that with hard work and determination, nothing is …

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Readout of the President’s Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia

President Obama spoke today by phone with President Vladimir Putin of Russia at the Kremlin’s request to discuss efforts to establish a nation-wide cessation of hostilities between the Syrian regime and its allies on the one hand and the armed opposition on the other.  President Obama welcomed that an understanding was reached between the United …

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