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
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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...)

Asst. Sec. Nuland’s Interview in Odessa, Ukraine

Assistant Secretary Nuland: It feels great to be back in Odessa. I first came here when I was a college student, I was 20 then. It's great to be here and breathe wonderful Odessa air. As you know, I've together with Vice-President been invited to attend the swearing (more...)

U.S. Envoy at OSCE on Shooting at Jewish Museum in Brussels

29 May 2014  United States Mission to the OSCE As delivery by Ambassador Daniel Baer to the Permanent Council, Vienna May 29, 2014 Statement of Condolences on Shooting at Jewish Museum in Brussels Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States wishes to extend its condolences to the Jewish community of Brussels, the (more...)

Estonia, U.S. Share Solid Support of Territorial Integrity

Secretary of State John Kerry (right) welcomed Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet to the State Department May 29, describing Estonia as a “strong and important NATO ally,” with a shared commitment to democracy building and territorial integrity. “Estonia has been a solid partner in the effort to make (more...)

President Obama on Elections in Ukraine

Statement by the President on Elections in Ukraine On behalf of all Americans, I congratulate the people of Ukraine for making their voices heard by voting in their presidential election today. Despite provocations and violence, millions of Ukrainians went to the polls throughout the country, and even in (more...)

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