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
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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...)

Ukrainian President Poroshenko Addresses U.S. Congress

This article originally appeared on the Voice of America website on September 18. Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, whose country has seen part of its territory annexed by Russia and another part destabilized by pro-Russian separatists, has called on U.S. lawmakers to continue to support Ukraine in its quest (more...)

Sea Breeze Brings Ukrainian Helicopter to U.S. Ship

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jennifer Sahley salutes as a Ukrainian Navy Ka-27 Helix helicopter takes off from the USS Ross in the Black Sea. The two navies participated in the Sea Breeze 2014 military exercise September 8–10 along with Georgia, Romania and Turkey. Three NATO (more...)

Kerry: ISIL a Threat to Russia, Too

By Scott Stearns VOA News This article originally was posted to the Voice of America website on September 11. Jeddah, Saudia Arabia — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the U.S. administration are disappointed by Russia’s initial reaction to President Obama’s speech on the Islamic State of Iraq and (more...)

NATO, U.S. Efforts to Support NATO Partners

The United States strongly supports NATO’s cooperation with partners as a means to share more effectively burdens and act worldwide to accomplish our common security goals. This aligns with wider U.S. strategy of driving global cooperation on security challenges through networks of alliances. NATO’s Wales Summit marks (more...)

NATO Leaders United in Support of Ukraine

President Obama, shown above with French President François Hollande (left) and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, met with the leaders of the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Ukraine on September 4 in a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission at the NATO Summit in Newport, Wales. Obama and (more...)

President Obama on Defending Baltic Allies Against Russia

Hello, Estonia! Tere Eesti! Thank you, Oskar, for your wonderful introduction and for representing the talent and the energy and the optimism of today’s Estonia, especially its young people. And Oskar is sitting next to his father, and his father and I agree that we’re getting (more...)

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