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1st Reply to the Russian Federation on Ongoing Violations of International Law and Defiance of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federati

Thank you, Mr. Chair. Allow me to respond to some of the points made by our distinguished Russian colleague, especially as he several times referred to Washington. First, on his observation that we’ve had so many meetings, so many debates in this council about the Russia crisis that is playing out on the territory of ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry and Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics before their Meeting

SECRETARY KERRY:  Well, good morning, again.  I’m really pleased to welcome my friend, Edgars Rinkevics, the Foreign Minister of Latvia.  And he is here to discuss a number of issues, actually, that I also shared with our friend from Sweden, but some other issues in addition to that. Latvia, at this time, is playing the ...
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Treatment of Ukrainian Hostages

We are appalled by recent reports that the Russia-backed separatists have beaten, tortured, and subsequently publicly paraded Ukrainian security forces captured at the Donetsk airport.  The detainees were forcibly dragged to the site of the trolleybus bombing in Donetsk, where they were forced to ask the public for “forgiveness.”  The separatists took pictures of the ...
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Ongoing Violations of International Law and Defiance of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation in Ukraine

Russia invaded Crimea 11 months ago and set in motion a crisis that continues with the current offensive by Russia-backed separatists.  The separatists continue to ignore the Minsk agreements completely as they pursue an offensive against Ukrainian government troops beyond the ceasefire line, aided and abetted by Russia’s irresponsible and dangerous decision to support and ...
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