Obama on Ukraine and Gaza

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT ON THE SITUATION IN UKRAINE AND GAZA I want to make a brief statement about the tragedy in Ukraine. Before I do, though, I want to note that Secretary Kerry has departed for the
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Treasury Announces More Sanctions on Russian Entities

In response to Russia’s continued efforts to destabilize eastern Ukraine, the U.S. Department of the Treasury July 29 imposed prohibitions on additional entities operating within the financial services sector of the Russian economy. The actions target three banks owned by the Russian state and one defense technology entity (more...)

Russian Forces Continue to Gather on Border with Ukraine

By Jim Garamone DOD News 30 July 2014 This article was originally published on the Defense Department website on July 29. Russian military forces continue to gather on Ukraine’s southeast border, and Russia continues to funnel heavy equipment to Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine, a Pentagon spokesman said July 29. More than 10,000 (more...)

Obama on Ukraine and Gaza

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT ON THE SITUATION IN UKRAINE AND GAZA I want to make a brief statement about the tragedy in Ukraine. Before I do, though, I want to note that Secretary Kerry has departed for the Middle East. As I’ve said many times, Israel has a right (more...)

Russia Must Act to Reduce Tensions in Ukraine, Kerry Says

Russia’s actions contributed to the circumstances that caused the crash of a plane carrying nearly 300 people in Ukraine and it must take responsibility, Secretary of State John Kerry says. “There are an enormous array of facts that point at Russia’s support for and involvement” in the shoot-down (more...)

Amb. Power at U.N. Security Council on Plane Downing in Ukraine

Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations, at the Security Council Meeting on Ukraine We were all shocked by the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. All 298 people aboard – 283 passengers and 15 crew – were killed. (more...)

Iron Dome – The Humane Defensive Weapon

photo:Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren, Phil Rosen, Robert Rechnitz, US Representative Ed Royce - Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Jona Rechnitz Statement of Robert Rechnitz, Chairman of the Iron Dome Tribute* During the past seven days, around one thousand rockets and mortars have been fired by Hamas and other (more...)

Facts on Ukraine’s Efforts for Peace, Russia’s Support of Conflict

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. July 14, 2014 FACT SHEET Russia’s Continuing Support for Armed Separatists in Ukraine and Ukraine’s Efforts Toward Peace, Unity, and Stability The United States’ goal throughout the crisis in Ukraine has been to support a democratic Ukraine that is stable, unified, secure both politically (more...)

Kerry on Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine’s EU Agreements

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY Congratulating Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine on the Signing of Agreements with the European Union The United States congratulates Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine on signing Association Agreements and establishing Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas with the European Union. The agreements signed today mark a major step toward (more...)

Treasury Sanctions Target Seven Separatists in Ukraine

The U.S. Department of the Treasury June 20 sanctioned seven separatists in Ukraine responsible for or complicit in actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, stability, sovereignty or territorial integrity of Ukraine, and/or asserting governmental authority over a part or region of Ukraine without the (more...)

Ukraine Mourns Crash Victims, Kerry Contacts Moscow and Kyiv

This article appeared on the Voice of America website June 15. Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters. Washington ― Ukraine’s president has declared Sunday a national day of mourning, following the downing of a military transport plane by pro-Russian separatists that killed all (more...)

USAID Invests $10 Million to Help Fight Corruption in Ukraine

Kyiv, Ukraine — U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah on June 18 announced $10 million in additional U.S. support for Ukraine, largely for corruption-fighting measures. The support furthers the U.S. government’s commitment to fighting corruption, especially with stakeholders and in areas not (more...)

President Obama on Situation in Iraq

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary Washington, D.C. June 13, 2014 Yesterday, I convened a meeting with my National Security Council to discuss the situation there, and this morning I received an update from my team. Over the last several days, we’ve seen significant gains made by ISIL, a (more...)

NATO Secretary Reports of Escalation of Crisis in Eastern Ukraine

I am concerned about reports that pro-Russian armed gangs are acquiring heavy weapons from Russia, including Russian tanks. We have seen reports that Russian tanks and other armoured vehicles may have crossed the border into eastern Ukraine. If these reports are confirmed, this would mark a (more...)

Ships Lining Up for Naval Exercise in Baltic Sea

Forces from 13 countries are participating in the naval exercise Baltic Operations 2014 in the Baltic Sea June 6–21. In its 42nd year, the exercise aims to improve maritime security in the Baltic Sea through increased cooperation among regional allies. The ships above, photographed on June 9, include (more...)