Kerry to Focus on Syria, Ukraine During Russia Trip

VOA Pamela Dockins U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will use a visit to Russia to frame the next meeting of the International Syria Support Group, which is expected to take place Friday in New York, a senior State Department official said. The
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U.S., Russia Seek Common Ground

Acknowledging that “United States and Russia have had our differences,” Secretary of State John Kerry, after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Paris October 14, said the diplomats focused “on those issues where we can find the capacity to be able to make a (more...)

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 at Russia’s support for and involvement” in the shoot-down (more...)

The Internet Iron Curtain

This blog post by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry originally appeared on the State Department’s Dipnote blog. The Internet Iron Curtain by John Kerry Since the printing press, no technology has had a greater capacity than the Internet for individual empowerment, economic development, and human expression. How telling then that, while (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...)

Ukraine’s Prime Minister Gets Warm Welcome in Washington

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk received a warm welcome March 12 in Washington, where he met briefly at the State Department with Secretary of State John Kerry just before the two traveled to the White House to meet with President Obama (above right with Yatsenyuk) and (more...)

U.S., South Korea Renew for North to Abandon Nuclear Weapons

The United States and the Republic of Korea “stand very firmly united” in opposing North Korea’s destabilizing nuclear and ballistic missile programs and proliferation activities, says U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. “We will not accept North Korea as a nuclear state, nor as a nuclear-armed state, (more...)

Kerry, Lavrov Hold Constructive Meeting on Syria

Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, seen here at U.N. Headquarters, held a “very constructive” 90-minute meeting about a proposed U.N. Security Council resolution to hold the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad accountable for its chemical weapons stockpile, senior U.S. officials (more...)

United States Adds $100 Million in Syrian Aid

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer The United States is providing an additional $100 million in humanitarian assistance to more than 1.4 million Syrian refugees already living outside of Syria and the several million displaced within the war-torn country, Secretary of State John Kerry says. The additional funding brings (more...)

Uzbekistan, U.S. Cooperate for Peace in Afghanistan

Uzbekistan and the United States are working together for peace in Afghanistan, a message underlined during the March 12 meeting in Washington between Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (shown above). Speaking to the press shortly before their meeting, Kerry noted the (more...)

U.S. Shifts Policy on Syria, Announces Direct Support for Rebels

By Phillip Kurata Staff Writer The United States has shifted its policy toward Syria by deciding for the first time to send assistance directly to the rebels fighting to topple the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Damascus. “We need to stand on the side of those in this fight who want (more...)

Kerry Travels to Europe, Middle East for Talks

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer Secretary of State John Kerry, on his first international trip since becoming secretary in February, will meet with world leaders for discussions on a wide range of issues, from Europe and Afghanistan to Mali and Syria and to Middle East peace. Kerry will (more...)

U.S. Must Engage Globally Despite Fiscal Constraints

By Phillip Kurata Staff Writer Secretary of State John Kerry says that at a time of fiscal constraint the United States must not shrink from global engagement. “The price of abandoning our global efforts would be exorbitant,” Kerry said in Charlottesville, Virginia, in his first major speech since becoming secretary of (more...)

John Kerry: The Next Secretary of State

By Phillip Kurata Staff Writer Massachusetts’ John Kerry is moving from the U.S. Senate — where he offered advice and consent on U.S. foreign policy — to the State Department, where he will implement it. On January 29, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved Kerry as the next secretary (more...)

Obama Says John Kerry Is “Perfect Choice” for Secretary of State

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer President Obama has announced he is nominating Massachusetts Senator John Kerry to be the next secretary of state. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Kerry will serve as America’s top diplomat during the Obama administration’s second term. The president announced his choice at the White (more...)


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