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
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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...)

Joint Statement from EU-U.S. Summit

EU-U.S. Summit Brussels, Belgium March 26, 2014 EU-US Summit: Joint Statement 1. We, the leaders of the European Union and the United States, met today in Brussels to reaffirm our strong partnership. We reaffirmed our shared values of democracy, individual freedom, the rule of law and human rights, and a common commitment (more...)

Kerry Urges Russians to De-escalate Situation in Ukraine

During a March 24 meeting on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, the Netherlands, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and urged that Russia de-escalate the situation in Ukraine and pursue a dialogue with the (more...)

U.S. Envoy on Deployment of OSCE Monitors to Ukraine

United States Mission to the OSCE As delivered by Ambassador Daniel B. Baer to the Preparatory Committee Meeting, Vienna March 19, 2014 Statement on Deployment of OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Let me start by saying "thank you" to the Swiss Chair for attempting to concretely propose a solution to the concerns raised (more...)

Obama Orders Sanctions on More Russian Officials over Crimea

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer President Obama says the United States, working closely with European allies, is imposing more sanctions on senior Russian officials and others for their involvement in the Crimean crisis in Ukraine. “Over the last several days, we’ve continued to be deeply concerned by events (more...)

Biden Says World Rejects Russia’s Behavior in Crimean Crisis

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer Vice President Biden told Baltic leaders that the United States stands with them in support of the Ukrainian people and against Russia’s aggressive acts in the Crimean Peninsula. “As long as Russia continues on this dark path, they will face increasing political and (more...)

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