Russia’s Strategic Failure and Ukraine’s Secure Future

SPEECH ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE HELSINKI CITY HALL HELSINKI, FINLAND JUNE 2, 2023 MAYOR VARTIAINEN:  Your Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, it is my great pleasure to warmly welcome you all to the beautiful capital of Finland, Helsinki, and the Helsinki City Hall.  Helsinki has a great honor to host this special ... Read More»

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

Press Statement For Immediate Release Statement by Secretary Antony J. Blinken July 13, 2022 On the eve of the Ukraine Accountability Conference, the United States calls on Russia to immediately halt its systematic “filtration” operations and forced deportations in Russian-controlled and held areas of Ukraine.  The unlawful transfer and deportation of protected persons is a grave ... Read More»

FACT SHEET: United States Takes Further Actions to Counter Sanctions Evasion by Russia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 2, 2022 The United States, alongside over 30 partners around the world, has imposed unprecedented sanctions and export controls to hold President Putin to account for his war against Ukraine, restrict Russia’s access to critical technology it needs to fund its war machine, and turn Russia into a global financial pariah. The Russian ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden Providing an Update on Russia and Ukraine

February 15, 2022 THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon.  Today, I’d like to provide an update on the crisis involving Russia and Ukraine. From the beginning of this crisis, I have been absolutely clear and consistent: The United States is prepared no matter what happens. We are ready with diplomacy — to be engaged in diplomacy with ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

FACT SHEET: Imposing Costs for Harmful Foreign Activities by the Russian Government

The White House April 15, 2021 The Biden administration has been clear that the United States desires a relationship with Russia that is stable and predictable. We do not think that we need to continue on a negative trajectory. However, we have also been clear—publicly and privately—that we will defend our national interests and impose ... Read More»

G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on the Situation Along Ukraine’s Borders

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON APRIL 12, 2021  The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union.  Begin Text: We, the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

United States Widen Sanctions against Russia

Russia/Ukraine-related Designations and Identifications; Publication of Russia/Ukraine-related General License December 20, 2016 Today, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) updated the Specially Designated Nationals List and the Sectoral Sanctions Identifications List to target sanctions evasion and other activities related to the conflict in Ukraine. Concurrent with today’s action, OFAC also ... Read More»
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