U.S. Commerce Dept. Expands Export Restrictions on Russia

As part of a series of sanctions announced April 29 by the United States, the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced that it is expanding its export restrictions on items subject to
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Crimeans Facing Russian-Style Repression, U.S. Diplomat Says

This blog post by Tom Malinowski originally appeared on the State Department’s Dipnote blog. Malinowski is the assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor.
Crimean Residents to Face Russian-Style Repression by Tom Malinowski One unfortunate effect — and perhaps intent — of the Russian government’s threats against
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Press Conference by Obama, Japanese PM Abe

Remarks By President Obama And Prime Minister Abe Of Japan In Joint Press Conference Akasaka Palace Tokyo, Japan PRIME MINISTER ABE: (As interpreted.) On behalf of the Japanese people, I would like to express my heartfelt welcome to President Barack Obama, who is in Japan as our state guest. Barack and (more...)

Biden at Meeting with Ukrainian Legislators

And I want to thank my colleagues for bringing me back home. For 36 years I sat in our legislature, and I used to actually have this seat in our -- I was the chairman of our committee. Thank you for making me feel relevant again, back (more...)

Working with the Vatican Against Modern Slavery

This article by Secretary of State Kerry was first published in the online version of the Boston Globe on April 20. There are no republication restrictions. Working with the Vatican Against Modern Slavery by John Kerry, Secretary of State Last month, I traveled to Rome with President Obama, where I (more...)

Russia’s Unusual Military Activity near Ukraine

OSCE participating States signed up to the Vienna Document mechanisms as a way of ensuring the security in Europe by enhancing confidence and transparency. We believe that conventional arms control has a valuable role: it helps build confidence by dispelling concerns about military activities and encourages (more...)

Media Support Outside of Russia

The U.S. Embassy is disturbed by the latest Russian effort to decrease space for independent and free media in this country. On Friday, media network Voice of America’s parent organization, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), announced that Russian authorities have decided to cut off the only remaining radio transmissions (more...)

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 on April 12, a Pentagon spokesman said April 14. The USS (more...)

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...)

Kansas: 3 People Killed at US Jewish Centers

On Sunday outside a Jewish community center and a Jewish retirement center in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, Kansas, " three people were killed in two brazen shootings at Kansas Jewish centers police said Sunday — the day before the Passover holiday (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...)

Crimea Crisis Triggers Flood of Women from Eastern Europe

The world’s largest Sugar Daddy dating site recently saw numbers double of women from Eastern Europe joining the site, likely triggered by the crisis in Crimea. During the month of March, SugarDaddyForMe.com, the world’s largest Sugar Daddy dating website, has seen a large increase in women from (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...)

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