Kerry, Russia’s Lavrov Discuss Crimean Crisis

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer Secretary of State John Kerry says a referendum on the future of Ukraine’s Crimean region is effectively a backdoor annexation of Crimea into Russia. Kerry met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for in-depth
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U.S. Response to Russia’s Comparison of Crimean Crisis to Kosovo

United States Mission to the OSCE As delivered by Ambassador Daniel B. Baer to the Permanent Council, Vienna March 13, 2014 Sorry Mr. Chair, I was hoping to allow you to conclude, but I really do think this is important, just so that we’re clear on the facts of this latest assertion. President (more...)

U.S. Will Beef Up Air Operations in Poland

By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service This article was originally published on the Defense Department website on March 10. More U.S. F-16 Fighting Falcons will deploy to Poland in the coming days and weeks, a Pentagon official said March 10. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak (more...)

Ukraine’s Prime Minister Gets Warm Welcome in Washington

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk received a warm welcome March 12 in Washington, where he met briefly at the State Department with Secretary of State John Kerry just before the two traveled to the White House to meet with President Obama (above right with Yatsenyuk) and (more...)

Obama’s Call with Chinese President Xi on Ukraine

Readout of the President’s Call with President Xi of China The President spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping on the evening of March 9 regarding the situation in Ukraine. The two leaders agreed on the fundamental importance of focusing on common interests and deepening practical cooperation to address (more...)

Hagel, General Dempsey Outline U.S., Partner Approach to Ukraine

By Cheryl Pellerin American Forces Press Service This article was originally published on the Defense Department website on March 5. In advance of their budget testimony March 5 before a Senate panel, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army General Martin E. Dempsey, (more...)

League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters was founded in 1920, the year U.S. women won the right to vote. Created to teach this new bloc of voters how to vote, the league now fosters public interest in voting and enhances access to the voting booth. Above, a woman (more...)

State Dept. Fact Sheet: 10 False Claims About Ukraine

President Putin’s Fiction: 10 False Claims about Ukraine As Russia spins a false narrative to justify its illegal actions in Ukraine, the world has not seen such startling Russian fiction since Dostoyevsky wrote, “The formula ‘two times two equals five’ is not without its attractions.” Below are 10 of (more...)

Obama, Israel’s Prime Minister on Middle East, Ukraine

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, it's a pleasure to welcome once again Prime Minister Netanyahu to the Oval Office. There’s nobody I’ve met with more or consulted with more than Bibi. And it's a testimony to the incredible bond between our two nations. I’ve said before and I will (more...)

North Atlantic Council Statement on Situation in Ukraine

North Atlantic Council Brussels, Belgium March 2, 2014 The North Atlantic Council condemns the Russian Federation’s military escalation in Crimea and expresses its grave concern regarding the authorization by the Russian Parliament to use the armed forces of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine. Military action against Ukraine by (more...)

President Obama’s Call with Russian President Putin

President Obama spoke for 90 minutes this afternoon with President Putin of Russia about the situation in Ukraine. President Obama expressed his deep concern over Russia’s clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity, which is a breach of international law, including Russia’s obligations under the (more...)

Human Rights Depend on Courageous Individuals, Kerry Says

By Jane Morse Staff Writer “Some of the greatest accomplishments in expanding the cause of human rights have come not because of legislative decree or judicial fiat, but they came through the awesomely courageous acts of individuals,” says Secretary of State John Kerry. In comments made February 27 upon the (more...)

United States Strongly Supports Ukrainian Leaders’ Ongoing Work

Statement by the Press Secretary on Ukraine The United States strongly supports Ukrainian leaders’ ongoing work to form an inclusive, multiparty government to represent all the people of Ukraine as they prepare for May elections, and to restore order, stability, and unity to the country. As the process (more...)

Deputy Secretary Burns at U.S. Embassy Kiev, Ukraine

Statement and Q&A at U.S. Embassy Kiev, Ukraine DEPUTY SECRETARY BURNS: Good morning. I am delighted to be back in Kyiv at this historic moment. President Obama and Secretary Kerry asked me to convey a simple message—a message of deep admiration for the courage and determination of Ukrainians (more...)

U.S. Teenagers Volunteer in Their Communities

Alexis de Tocqueville observed in 1831 that he had seen “Americans make a great deal of real sacrifices to the public welfare; and have noticed a hundred instances in which they hardly ever failed to lend a faithful support to one another.” That statement is as true today (more...)