Russian Aircraft Flies near U.S. Navy Ship in Black Sea

By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service This article was originally posted to the Department of Defense website on April 14. Washington — A Russian attack aircraft repeatedly flew near the USS Donald Cook in international waters in the Black Sea
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State Dept. on U.S. Assistance for Ukraine

Question: What additional assistance is the United States providing to Ukraine? Answer: Today, April 14, the United States and Ukraine signed a loan guarantee agreement intended to unlock $1 billion in financing for the Government of Ukraine and bolster its ability to provide critical services as it implements (more...)

State Dept. on Proof of Russian Support for Destabilizing Ukraine

On April 12, armed pro-Russian militants seized government buildings in a coordinated and professional operation conducted in six cities in eastern Ukraine. Many of the militants were outfitted in bullet-proof vests and camouflage uniforms with insignia removed and carrying Russian-origin weapons. These armed units, some wearing (more...)

Ukraine: Confronting Internal Challenges and External Threats

U.S. Department of State Testimony Victoria Nuland Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Statement Before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission) April 9, 2014 " Thank you, Chairman Cardin and Co-Chairman Smith, for inviting me to testify before you today on the situation in Ukraine. It is a (more...)

Kerry Warns Russia to Stop Separatist Actions in Eastern Ukraine

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer Secretary of State John Kerry warned Russia to end its separatist actions in eastern Ukraine or face tough new economic sanctions. In congressional testimony, Kerry said the United States and its allies are willing to impose severe new sanctions on Russia against key (more...)

U.S. Envoy to OSCE at Meeting on Russian Military Activities

United States Mission to the OSCE As delivered by Ambassador Daniel B. Baer to the Joint Meeting of the Forum for Security Cooperation and the Permanent Council, Vienna April 7, 2014 Statement at the Joint FSC/PC: Request for Consultation on Russian Military build-up on Ukraine Border The United States appreciates your convening of this meeting at (more...)

Secretary-General Emphasizes NATO Collective Defense

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (above on left) welcomed new Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas in his first visit to NATO headquarters in Brussels and stressed the firm commitment of the alliance to collective defense. “As we face the most serious security crisis in a generation, we are (more...)

Treasury’s Cohen at Hearing on Terrorism, Financial Intelligence

Testimony of Under Secretary Cohen before the Senate Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government Chairman Udall, Ranking Member Johanns, and distinguished members of the Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government: Thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today to discuss the Department of the (more...)

Hague Declaration in Support of Ukraine’s Sovereignty

The Hague, The Netherlands 1. We, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission met in The Hague to reaffirm our support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and (more...)

Kerry Says Crimean Crisis is Wake-Up Call for NATO

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer Calling the Crimean crisis a wake-up call, Secretary of State John Kerry says Russia’s recent actions in Ukraine underscore that the NATO alliance takes seriously any country’s attempt to change the borders of Europe by the use of military force. NATO is facing (more...)

“No Decisions About Ukraine Without Ukraine,” Kerry Says

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer After meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Paris, Secretary of State John Kerry says they agreed that the crisis in Ukraine requires a diplomatic resolution and that further talks must include the Ukrainians. Kerry emphasized that “diplomacy has a critical role (more...)

Readout of the President’s Call with President Putin

President Putin called President Obama to discuss the U.S. proposal for a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in Ukraine, which Secretary Kerry had again presented to Foreign Minister Lavrov at the meeting at the Hague earlier this week, and which we developed following U.S. consultations with (more...)

Russia Reinforcing Units on Border with Ukraine

By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service This article was originally published on the Defense Department website on March 27. Russia continues to reinforce units along the eastern and southern Ukraine border, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Admiral John Kirby said during a news conference March 27. Russian Defense Minister Sergei (more...)

Ukraine Crisis Is “Game Changer” for NATO

The crisis in Ukraine is a geopolitical “game changer” for the NATO allies, who must strengthen their economic and military ties in the wake of Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in a speech at the Brussels Forum on March 21. “The (more...)

British, U.S. Defense Leaders Discuss Ukraine, NATO

By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service This article was originally published on the Defense Department website on March 26. Washington — U.S. and United Kingdom defense leaders reiterated that there must be consequences for Russia following President Vladimir Putin’s forced annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel hosted British (more...)