State Department on Illegal Referendum in Eastern Ukraine

STATEMENT BY JEN PSAKI, SPOKESPERSON On the Illegal Referendum in Eastern Ukraine As the United States has said, the referendum being planned for May 11 in portions of eastern Ukraine by armed separatist groups are illegal under Ukrainian law
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Ukraine Conflict Demonstrates Need for Close U.S.-EU Cooperation

By Anthony Luzzatto Gardner U.S. Ambassador to the European Union This piece by U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Anthony Gardner was published on the U.S. Mission to the European Union blog on May 6. The current conflict in Ukraine has shown the importance of close cooperation between the United (more...)

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 the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) in response to Russia's (more...)

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

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...)

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...)

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...)

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...)


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