NATO Stands with Ukraine, Increases Support

A version of this story appeared on the NATO website on December 2. Brussels — NATO foreign ministers on December 2 stated their political and practical support for Ukraine as its new government embarks on key reforms. “We remain committed
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Biden on Formation of New Ukrainian Government

Statement by the Vice President on the Formation of a New Ukrainian Government I welcome today’s announcement on the formation of a new Ukrainian government. The Ukrainian people demonstrated their clear preference for democracy, political and economic reform, and self-determination at the ballot box during the October 26 (more...)

U.S. Envoy on Russia’s Detention of Estonian Police Officer

U.S. Mission to the OSCE As delivered by Chargé d’Affaires Kate Byrnes to the Permanent Council, Vienna November 13, 2014 Concerns Regarding the Russian Federation’s Seizing and Continued Detention of Estonian Police Officer Eston Kohver The United States is deeply concerned by the ongoing detention of Estonian police (more...)

China, America, and Our Warming Planet

The following commentary by Secretary of State John Kerry first appeared on the New York Times website on November 12. There are no republication restrictions. China, America, and Our Warming Planet by John Kerry The United States and China are the world’s two largest economies, two largest consumers of energy, (more...)

In Wake of Midterm Elections, U.S. Leaders Seek Path Forward

Following Republican Party gains in the November 4 midterm elections, President Obama hosted congressional leaders at a White House luncheon November 7. House Speaker John Boehner (on left above), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (at right) attended, as did Vice President Biden, House Minority Leader (more...)

Russia Pushing Limits of International Order, General Says

By Lisa Ferdinando Army News Service This article previously appeared on the Defense Department website on November 5. Russia is “pushing on the limits of international order,” the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff said November 5. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia in general are pushing the limits (more...)

U.S. Announces Aid to Tackle Illicit Weapons in Central Asia

The United States is contributing $402,000 in assistance to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) toward training and proper storage of small arms and light weapons in the Central Asia region, the U.S. Mission to the OSCE announced November 6. The funds will support two (more...)

Democrats Take Brunt of Voter Wrath in Midterm Elections

In the U.S. midterm elections November 4, Republican candidates exceeded the predictions of pundits — and possibly their own expectations — as voters frustrated with the stalemate in Washington during the past two years punished President Obama and the Democrats. On November 5, some races remained undecided, (more...)

Republicans Grow Large Majority in State House

Majority climbs to 119 members for 2015-16 session Going into the election with 111 Republican members of the state House of Representatives, the next session will have 119 Republican members as a result of Tuesday’s election returns. It will be the largest majority the House has seen (more...)

White House on Illegal Elections in Eastern Ukraine

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on the Illegal Separatist Elections in Eastern Ukraine The United States condemns the illegitimate, so-called “elections” held on Sunday by Russia-backed separatists in parts of Donetsk and Luhansk. These sham elections contravened Ukraine’s constitution, the law on “special status,” and the most basic electoral norms. (more...)

Hagel Congratulates Ukraine’s New Defense Minister

A version of this article originally appeared on the Defense Department website on October 27. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke by phone October 27 with Colonel General Stepan Poltorak to congratulate him on his recent appointment as Ukraine’s defense minister, Pentagon spokesman Carl Woog said. In a statement summarizing the (more...)

Early Voting Already Underway in U.S. Midterm Elections

On October 20, President Obama joined an estimated 2 million Americans who have already cast their ballots in the 2014 midterm elections. “I’m so glad I can early vote,” Obama said in Chicago before stepping up to the voting machine. “It’s so exciting. I love voting.” Of the 50 U.S. states, 43 (more...)

Airstrikes Continue in Syria

Sailors direct an F/A-18E Super Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush. Aircraft from the George H.W. Bush are supporting operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL. U.S. aircraft conducted 14 airstrikes in Syria on October 15, (more...)

U.S. Envoy at OSCE on Russia’s Violations, Situation in Ukraine

As delivered by Ambassador Daniel Baer to the Permanent Council, Vienna In the interest of time I’ve considerably shortened my statement, it covered many of the issues just covered by the European Union. The United States remains deeply concerned by the violence in eastern Ukraine that threatens the ceasefire. Despite (more...)

U.S. Rejects Russia’s Discrimination Against Crimean Minorities

The U.S. delegation publicly rejected the Russian Federation’s targeted discrimination against Tatars and other ethnic minorities in Crimea during the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s (OSCE’s) September 29 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting session on national minorities. The meeting is held against the backdrop of (more...)

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