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Ambassador Brzezinski’s Remarks at Conference on the 40th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Temporary Coordination Commission NSZZ “Solidarity”

December 1, 2022 Good afternoon. It is an honor to address you today and mark the 40th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Temporary Coordination Commission of Solidarity. And it is an even higher honor to do so with Speaker Borusewicz, one of the key leaders of the anticommunist opposition. Thank you, Speaker Borusewicz, the …

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Undersecretary Nuland’s Travel to Poland

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 29, 2022 Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland will travel to Lodz, Poland November 30 to December 1, where she will attend the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. Under Secretary Nuland will reiterate the United States’ commitment to the OSCE’s foundational principles …

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Energy Security Support to Ukraine

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 29, 2022 In the midst of Russia’s continued brutal attacks against Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, Secretary of State Blinken announced today during a meeting of the G7+ on the margins of the NATO Ministerial in Bucharest that the United States government is providing over $53 million to support acquisition …

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Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s Call with Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak

29 November 2022 Pentagon Press Secretary Brig Gen Pat Ryder provided the following readout: Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with his Polish counterpart Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak to follow up on previous discussions about the current security situation along NATO’s Eastern Flank. The two leaders reaffirmed …

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The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE NOVEMBER 25, 2022 Today we recognize the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign.  Despite great strides to prevent and respond to the pervasiveness of gender-based violence around the world, violence remains …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on the Occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

23 November 2022 This year, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women— which kicks off the global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence—we remember that gender-based violence continues to impact millions of women, girls, and marginalized people around the world, particularly in areas of democratic backsliding, conflict, and instability. The …

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$400 Million in Additional U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE NOVEMBER 23, 2022 The United States continues to support Ukraine with additional military assistance to help defend itself, including from the Kremlin’s relentless attacks on Ukraine’s critical energy infrastructure. Pursuant to a delegation of authority from the President, today I am authorizing our twenty-sixth drawdown of U.S. arms and equipment for Ukraine since …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on Transgender Day of Remembrance

20 November 2022 There is no place for violence, hatred, and bigotry in America. Yet, tragically, as last night’s attack in Colorado Springs reminds us, too many LGBTQI+ people in the United States—and around the world—continue to face unconscionable attacks. This is especially true for transgender Americans. On Transgender Day of Remembrance, we honor the …

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Accountability for War Crimes and Other Atrocities in Ukraine: Recent Reporting on Unjust Detentions and Disappearances in Kherson Oblast

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 18, 2022 The Conflict Observatory, a program supported by the U.S. Department of State, released an independent report today that details numerous instances of unjust detentions and disappearances in Kherson, Ukraine, as they relate to Russia’s ongoing filtration operations.  Russia must halt these operations and withdraw its forces …

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Ambassador Mark Brzezinski Signed the Greening Diplomacy Initiative Pledge

17 November 2022 I, the undersigned Chief of Mission, on behalf of the Mission community, commit to leading by example in tackling the climate crisis by enhancing the resilience and sustainability of facilities and operations under my purview and leveraging our actions in our diplomatic outreach.  In doing so, I will ensure that the Mission …

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Readout of President Joe Biden’s Call with President Andrzej Duda of Poland

15 November 2022 President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke with President Andrzej Duda of Poland and expressed deep condolences for the loss of life in Eastern Poland earlier this evening. President Duda described Poland’s ongoing assessment of the explosion that took place in the eastern part of the country near the border with Ukraine. President Biden …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Polish Foreign Minister Rau

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 15, 2022 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau to discuss the explosion in eastern Poland.  The Secretary expressed condolences for the two Polish lives lost and reiterated full U.S. support for and assistance with Poland’s investigation.  Underscoring the strength of NATO’s bonds, the Secretary and the Foreign …

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Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s Call With Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak

15 November 2022 Pentagon Press Secretary Brig Gen Pat Ryder provided the following readout: Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak to discuss the current security situation along NATO’s Eastern Flank, including reports of a missile strike on Polish territory. Secretary Austin …

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Statement by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on Russia’s Missile Strikes

15 November 2022 The United States strongly condemns Russia’s latest missile attacks against Ukraine, which appear to have struck residential buildings in Kyiv and additional sites across the country. It is not lost on us that, as world leaders meet at the G-20 in Bali to discuss the issues of significant importance to the lives and livelihoods of people around the world, Russia again threatens …

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Ambassador Mark Brzezinski’s Remarks at Palo Alto Networks Event on Cybersecurity

Palo Alto Networks Event on Cybersecurity November 15, 2022 Ambassador’s Residence   Szanowni państwo, drodzy goście. Dear guests, welcome. Thank you for joining us today! I appreciate your participation and interest in this important topic, cybersecurity. Since I’ve been here as Ambassador to Poland, I’ve seen the importance of the strength of the U.S.-Poland relationship. …

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Targeting Russia’s Global Military Procurement Network and Kremlin-Linked Networks

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE NOVEMBER 14, 2022 In response to Moscow’s unprovoked war against Ukraine, the United States will continue to disrupt Russia’s military supply chains and impose high costs on President Putin’s enablers, as well as all those who support Russia’s brutality against its neighbor.  Today, the Departments of State …

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U.S. Department of State Launches International Education Week, Open Doors Report 2022

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 14, 2022 From November 14-18, the U.S. Department of State, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education, will celebrate International Education Week (IEW), an annual joint effort to elevate the importance of and the opportunities that international educational exchange brings to campuses and communities, both in the …

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$400 Million in Additional U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE NOVEMBER 10, 2022 The United States continues to support Ukraine’s brave defenders with additional military assistance to help them protect their country from Russia’s aggression. Pursuant to a delegation of authority from the President, today I am authorizing our twenty-fifth drawdown of U.S. arms and equipment for …

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Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Myroslava Gongadze of VOA in Warsaw, Poland

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations Warsaw, Poland November 9, 2022 AS DELIVERED QUESTION: (In progress) … this region. What is your impression? And how did you feel about the leadership and how did you feel about the people? AMBASSADOR LINDA THOMAS-GREENFIELD: I felt it was really important for me to go to Ukraine …

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Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UNICEF Education Hub in Warsaw, Poland

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations Warsaw, Poland November 9, 2022 AS DELIVERED AMBASSADOR LINDA THOMAS-GREENFIELD: (In progress) … gratitude firstly to the people of Poland and the Government of Poland for their hospitality and their welcoming to Ukrainian refugees. I’ve spent the past two days, first in Ukraine and now here, where …

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Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Michał Sznajder of TVN in Warsaw, Poland

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations Warsaw, Poland November 9, 2022 AS DELIVERED QUESTION: Madam Ambassador, thank you very much for joining us. Thank you for your time. AMBASSADOR LINDA THOMAS-GREENFIELD: I am delighted to be here. Thank you for having me. QUESTION: Madam Ambassador, you have been to Ukraine, you have been to – …

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Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Chief of the National Security Bureau of Poland Jacek Siewiera

United States Mission to the United Nations Office of Press and Public Diplomacy For Immediate Release November 9, 2022 The below is attributable to U.S. Mission to the United Nations Spokesperson Nate Evans: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, met with Jacek Siewiera, Chief of the National Security Bureau of Poland today …

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Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Dr. Celeste Wallander, Travels to Turkiye and Poland

6 November 2022 Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Dr. Celeste Wallander, departed on November 5 to Turkiye and Poland for high-level defense consultations with these key NATO allies. While in Turkiye, Dr. Wallander will participate in the High-Level Defense Group with the Turkish Ministry of National Defense to discuss regional security issues and …

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Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to Travel to Albania and Poland

United States Mission to the United Nations Office of Press and Public Diplomacy For Immediate Release November 5, 2022 Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, will travel to Albania and Poland November 6 to 9 to reiterate the United States’ unwavering support for these two staunch Allies who are working with us …

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$400 Million in Additional Security Assistance for Ukraine

4 November 2022 On November 4, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced approximately $400 million in additional security assistance for Ukraine under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI). This USAI package underscores the continued U.S. commitment to supporting Ukraine by meeting their most urgent needs, while also building the capacity of Ukraine’s Armed Forces to …

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Poland’s Announcement on Westinghouse Nuclear Technology Selection

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE NOVEMBER 2, 2022 We welcome the decision by the Government of Poland to select Westinghouse as its technology partner for the construction of three U.S.-designed nuclear reactors. This agreement will ensure a decades-long strategic energy partnership between the United States and Poland and is a watershed moment …

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FACT SHEET: United States and Poland Announce Deepening Collaboration on Energy Security and Nuclear Energy

2 November 2022 Today, U.S. Ambassador to Poland Mark Brzezinski welcomed the announcement by the Government of Poland that it would select U.S. firm Westinghouse Electric Company to supply three AP1000 nuclear power reactors in Poland. “I am grateful for the leadership that Prime Minister Morawiecki showed by overseeing the selection of Westinghouse for this …

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United States Launches $47.6 Million Demining Training Project in Ukraine

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 1, 2022 On September 30, the Department awarded $47.6 million to Tetra Tech, Inc. of Pasadena, California to provide urgent humanitarian demining assistance to Ukraine in the face of Russia’s brutal war of aggression.  Under the terms of the project, Tetra Tech will strengthen the Government of Ukraine’s …

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Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s Call With Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak

31 October 2022 Attributed to Pentagon Press Secretary Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder: Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak to discuss the current security situation along NATO’s Eastern Flank and joint efforts to enhance Ukraine’s defense capabilities. Secretary Austin praised …

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A Proclamation on National Native American Heritage Month, 2022

31 October 2022 During National Native American Heritage Month, we celebrate Indigenous peoples past and present and rededicate ourselves to honoring Tribal sovereignty, promoting Tribal self-determination, and upholding the United States’ solemn trust and treaty responsibilities to Tribal Nations. America has not always delivered on its promise of equal dignity and respect for Native Americans.  …

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Ambassador Mark Brzezinski’s Interview with TVN24

2 November 2022 Katarzyna Kolenda-Zalewska, TVN24: An American company, Westinghouse Electric Company, has been selected to build the first nuclear power plant in Poland. They’ve been working very hard to make it possible, not only you, but a lot of people in the administration. So what does it mean? Ambassador Brzezinski: Kasia, thank you for having me …

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Readout of National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Meeting with Chief of the National Security Bureau of Poland Jacek Siewiera

28 October 2022 National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met today with Jacek Siewiera, Chief of the National Security Bureau of Poland, to exchange views on a range of shared global policy issues. They affirmed the commitment and resolve of the United States and Poland to support Ukraine in its defense against Russian aggression, and discussed …

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$275 Million in Additional U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 28, 2022 The United States continues to support Ukraine’s brave defenders with additional military assistance to help them protect their country. Pursuant to a delegation of authority from the President, today I am authorizing our twenty-fourth drawdown of U.S. arms and equipment for Ukraine since August …

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International Religious Freedom Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 27, 2022 The United States joins the international community in marking the 24th occasion of International Religious Freedom Day.  Freedom of religion or belief is a founding principle of our nation, enshrined in our Constitution.  Americans cherish the right to worship, or not worship, as they …

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Securing and Safeguarding Arms in Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON OCTOBER 27, 2022 The armed forces of Ukraine have inspired the world with their tremendous skill, professionalism, and profound courage defending their country from Russia’s brutal and unjustified invasion.  The United States along with our Allies and partners have expedited security assistance to Ukraine at a historic pace to …

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On Intersex Awareness Day

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON OCTOBER 26, 2022 On October 26, we commemorate Intersex Awareness Day and honor the many contributions intersex voices have made in the global struggle for inclusion, equality, and dignity for all.  The Department of State is committed to promoting and protecting the human rights of all individuals, including intersex …

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Joint Statement on Ukraine

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON OCTOBER 23, 2022 The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, France, and the United Kingdom. We, the Foreign Ministers of France, the United Kingdom, and the United States, reiterate our steadfast support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in …

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The Impact of Sanctions and Export Controls on the Russian Federation

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON OCTOBER 20, 2022 Since Russia launched its unjustified and unprovoked all-out war against Ukraine in February 2022, the United States has worked with Allies and partners around the world to impose an unprecedented range of sanctions and export controls on Russia for its brutal aggression. Moreover, we will continue …

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Imposing Sanctions on Russia’s Technology Procurement

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 19, 2022 In coordination with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of the Treasury designated Russian procurement agent Yury Yuryevich Orekhov (Orekhov) and his companies Nord-Deutsche Industrieanlagenbau GmbH (NDA GmbH) and Opus Energy Trading LLC (Opus Energy Trading) pursuant to Executive Order 14024. Orekhov, via NDA GmbH, is responsible for procuring …

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$725 Million in Additional U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 14, 2022 In the wake of Russia’s brutal missile attacks on civilians across Ukraine, the mounting evidence of atrocities by Russia’s forces, and the firm and unequivocal rejection by 143 nations at the United Nations of Russia’s illegal attempted annexation of parts of Ukraine, the United …

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Ambassador Mark Brzezinski’s Remarks at Kosciuszko Foundation (as prepared for delivery)

Kosciuszko Foundation October 13, 2022 Palace on the Water   Marek, thank you for the kind introduction. What an honor to be here this morning as you begin this day of critically important dialogue. A very special welcome to the Kosciuszko Foundation Board members joining us from the United States. “Za naszą i waszą wolność” …

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Statement of President Joe Biden on the United Nations General Assembly Vote Condemning Russia’s Illegal Attempts to Annex Ukrainian Territory

12 October 2022 Today, the overwhelming majority of the world—nations from every region, large and small, representing a wide array of ideologies and governments – voted to defend the United Nations Charter and condemn Russia’s illegal attempt to annex Ukrainian territory by force. 143 nations stood on the side of freedom, sovereignty, and territorial integrity—even …

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G7 Statement on Ukraine, 11 October 2022

11 October 2022 1. We, the leaders of the Group of Seven (G7), convened today with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Our meeting took place against the backdrop of the most recent missile attacks against civilian infrastructure and cities across Ukraine, leading to the death of innocent civilians. We condemn these attacks in the strongest possible …

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A Proclamation on General Pulaski Memorial Day, 2022

11 October 2022 On September 11, 1777, Casimir Pulaski rode into battle with the Continental Army, led a skillful counterattack to slow the British advance, and helped save George Washington’s life.  Known as the “Father of the American Cavalry,” he would rise to the rank of Brigadier General, continue fighting for American independence in battles …

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U.S. Support for Ukraine in the Face of Russian Strikes

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 10, 2022 The Kremlin’s strikes against Ukraine today again place the stakes of Russia’s brutal war into stark relief. Russian bombs hit children’s playgrounds and public parks in Kyiv; wave after wave of missiles struck Kyiv’s city streets and damaged heating and targets without military purpose …

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Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Rena Bitter Travel to Germany, Poland, and Turkey

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON OCTOBER 7, 2022 Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Rena Bitter will travel to Frankfurt, Warsaw, Krakow, Istanbul, and Ankara from October 7-19, 2022.  During her trip, the Assistant Secretary will observe U.S. consular operations and meet with foreign government counterparts to underscore our deep and sustained commitment …

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$625 Million in Additional U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 4, 2022 At the UN General Assembly, President Biden made it clear yet again that we will support the people of Ukraine for as long as it takes.  Recent developments from Russia’s sham referenda and attempted annexation to new revelations of brutality against civilians in Ukrainian territory formerly controlled by Russia only strengthens our resolve.  United with our Allies and partners from 50 nations, …

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Under Secretary Zeya Travels to Qatar, Switzerland, and Poland

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 30, 2022 Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Uzra Zeya will travel to Doha, Qatar; Geneva, Switzerland; and Warsaw, Poland October 1-7. In Doha October 1-3, Under Secretary Zeya will reiterate U.S. appreciation for the long-standing friendship between the United States and Qatar …

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on the Illegal Annexation of Sovereign Ukrainian Territory

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 30, 2022 The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union. Begin Text We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, …

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Imposing Swift and Severe Costs in Response to Russia’s Violations of Ukraine’s Sovereignty

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 30, 2022 The United States unequivocally rejects Russia’s fraudulent attempt to change Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders, including by holding sham “referenda” in Ukraine’s Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhya regions. This is a clear violation of international law and the United Nations Charter. In response, the United …

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Statement from President Biden on Russia’s Attempts to Annex Ukrainian Territory

SEPTEMBER 30, 2022 The United States condemns Russia’s fraudulent attempt today to annex sovereign Ukrainian territory. Russia is violating international law, trampling on the United Nations Charter, and showing its contempt for peaceful nations everywhere. Make no mistake: these actions have no legitimacy. The United States will always honor Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders. We will continue to …

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United States Invests $288.6 Million in New Foreign Military Financing for Poland

U.S. Embassy Warsaw September 29, 2022 The Congress of the United States has approved $288.6 Million in Foreign Military Financing for Poland.  This funding, announced by Secretary Blinken in Kyiv September 8 and making Poland one of the largest recipients of Foreign Military Assistance outside of Ukraine, is intended to build the capacity of Poland …

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$457.5 Million in New U.S. Civilian Security Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 26, 2022 The United States today committed an additional $457.5 million in civilian security assistance to enhance the efforts of Ukrainian law enforcement and criminal justice agencies to improve their operational capacity and save lives as they continue to help defend the Ukrainian people, their freedom, …

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Ambassador Mark Brzezinski’s Remarks at Masters & Robots Conference

Międzynarodowe Centrum Kultury Nowy Teatr 21 September 2022 Dzień Dobry!  What a thrill to open the Masters & Robots Conference in Warsaw! Thank you to Jowita Michalska of Digital University for inviting me to this important global event. I’ve already met many of the speakers that will join you throughout this two-day conference.  Get ready …

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Ambassador Mark Brzezinski’s Remarks about “The Role of Poland in NATO Eastern Flank Security”

Hotel Bellotto 20 September 2022 Good afternoon.  Thank you Deputy Marshall Włodzimierz Czarzasty for proposing this event and inviting me.  And thank you to the Bronislaw Komorowski Institute and the Amicus Europae Foundation for organizing. It’s an honor to be with you, standing alongside the founding fathers of Poland’s NATO membership. President Kwasniewski, President Komorowski, …

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First Meeting of Artemis Accords Signatories

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 19, 2022 On Monday, September 19, 2022, representatives of Artemis Accords signatory nations met at the International Astronautical Congress in Paris for the first in-person meeting since the launch of the Accords. At an event co-hosted by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),  Agência Espacial Brasileira (AEB)  of Brazil, and the  Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES)

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$600 Million in Additional U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 15, 2022 Together with our Allies and partners, we are delivering the arms and equipment that Ukraine’s forces are utilizing so effectively as they continue their successful counter-offensive against Russia’s invasion.  President Biden has been clear we will support the people of Ukraine for as long …

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Documenting Russia’s Destructive Impact on Food Storage in Ukraine

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 15, 2022 President Putin’s unjustified war against Ukraine puts millions around the globe at risk of increasing food insecurity. The Kremlin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, one of the world’s largest exporters of food, has led to the damage or outright destruction of many of Ukraine’s arterial roads, railways, …

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Targeting Russia’s Senior Officials, Defense Industrial Base, Financial Infrastructure Leaders, and Human Rights Abusers

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 15, 2022 The United States continues to hold the Russian government to account for its war against Ukraine.  Today, we are taking actions against major Russian defense entities, key advanced-technology firms that support Russia’s defense industrial base, and financial infrastructure.  We are also taking actions against …

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The United States of America and the Republic of Poland Make Progress on Civil Nuclear Cooperation

Joint Press Release from the U.S. Department of Energy, the Embassy of the United States of America and the Ministry of Climate and Environment of the Republic of Poland MONDAY SEPTEMBER 12, 2022. On September 12, 2022, the United States via the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Ambassador to Poland Mark Brzezinski joined Westinghouse …

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$2.8 Billion in Additional U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine and Its Neighbors

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 8, 2022 It has been seven months since President Putin’s February invasion of Ukraine, and the war’s terrible toll continues to mount. Thousands of civilians killed or wounded, 13 million Ukrainian civilians forced to flee their homes, historic cities pounded to rubble, horrifying reports of ongoing …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Polish Foreign Minister Rau

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 7, 2022 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau.  Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Rau discussed the importance of continued close collaboration in the global response to Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine.  The …

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Readout of Vice President Harris’s Call with Prime Minister Morawiecki of Poland

SEPTEMBER 04, 2022 Vice President Kamala Harris today spoke with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki of Poland.  The Vice President recognized Poland’s generosity and leadership in hosting millions of Ukrainian refugees and providing critical humanitarian assistance, while also providing vital security assistance to help the Ukrainian people defend their democracy from Russia’s ongoing aggression.  The Vice …

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Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Remains Strong Despite Russian Obstructionism

PRESS STATEMENT VEDANT PATEL, PRINCIPAL DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON BUREAU OF GLOBAL PUBLIC AFFAIRS AUGUST 28, 2022 After weeks of intensive but productive negotiations, the Russian Federation alone decided to block consensus on a final document at the conclusion of the Tenth Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Russia did so in order to block …

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Accountability for War Crimes and Other Atrocities in Ukraine: Recent Reporting and the Commitment of Additional Funding

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 25, 2022 The U.S. Department of State-supported Conflict Observatory program released a report today that includes evidence of Russia-perpetrated filtration operations in, and forced deportations from, Ukraine. The unlawful transfer and deportation of protected persons is a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention on the protection of …

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First Delegations of Open World Program in the U.S.

On August 10, 2022, the first delegations from Poland traveled to the United States as part of the Open World Program funded by the United States Congress, run by the Congressional Office for International Leadership (Open World Leadership Center) and implemented by the American Councils for International Education.The 10-day visit to the United States was …

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MOOC Camp: English for Media Literacy for Educators

MOOC Camp: English for Media Literacy for Educators organized by the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, WCIES and Regional English Language Office in Tallinn The U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Warsaw Center of Education and Social Innovation and Training (WCIES), and Regional English Language Office in Tallinn invite secondary and primary school teachers of English to participate in the MOOC Camp: English …

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Statement from President Biden on Ukraine Independence Day

AUGUST 24, 2022 On behalf of all Americans, I congratulate the people of Ukraine on their Independence Day. Over the past six months, Ukrainians have inspired the world with their extraordinary courage and dedication to freedom.  They have stood resolute and strong in the face of Russia’s full scale invasion of Ukraine. And today is …

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$775 Million in Additional U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 19, 2022 As we approach the six-month mark of Russia’s unprovoked and brutal full-scale war against Ukraine, President Putin’s forces continue their assault, inflicting grievous harm on civilians and causing massive destruction of civilian infrastructure.  President Biden has been clear that we will continue to support the …

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement in Support of the IAEA’s Efforts to Promote Nuclear Safety and Security at the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 10, 2022 The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union. We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, …

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$89 Million in New U.S. Humanitarian Demining Assistance for Ukraine

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 9, 2022 On August 9 the Department announced its intention to provide $89 million of FY 2022 funding to help the Government of Ukraine address the urgent humanitarian challenges posed by explosive remnants of war created by Russia’s brutal war of aggression. Russia’s unlawful and unprovoked further invasion …

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Promoting Accountability on the Second Anniversary of the Fraudulent Election in Belarus

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 9, 2022 On the second anniversary of the presidential election in Belarus, we commend the Belarusian people who showed up in record numbers to cast their ballots, exercise their rights, and determine their own future.  When it was clear the election had been stolen by the Lukashenka regime, …

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Second Anniversary of the Fraudulent Presidential Belarusian Election

August 9, 2022 Two years ago, the people of Belarus exercised their democratic right to elect their president. In response, Alyaksandr Lukashenka falsified the results and claimed victory, trampling the democratic aspirations and rights of the Belarusian people. Since then, a major mobilization in support of democracy has been met by violence and repression by …

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The United States Contributes $4.5 billion to Support the Government of Ukraine

August 8, 2022 The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in coordination with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, is providing an additional $4.5 billion in direct budgetary support to the Government of Ukraine to help alleviate the acute budget deficit caused by Putin’s brutal war of aggression. The Government of …

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$1 Billion in New U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 8, 2022 Nearly six months into the unprovoked and brutal assault on Ukraine, Russia continues its destruction of Ukrainian towns and villages. President Biden has been clear that we will continue to support the Ukrainian people as they defend their country from Russian aggression, for as …

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$1 Billion in Additional Security Assistance for Ukraine

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Art in Embassies Announces New Temporary Exhibitions for Chief of Mission Residences

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 3, 2022 Art in Embassies (AIE) recently completed the installations of three new temporary art exhibitions at Chief of Mission residences in Canada, Poland, and Slovenia. These installations reflect the Ambassadors’ backgrounds and interests and are a vital part of U.S. diplomacy, serving as touchpoints for diplomatic engagement …

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Energy Security

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 3, 2022 The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union. We, the Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, …

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FACTSHEET: Imposing Additional Costs on Russia for Its Continued War Against Ukraine

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 2, 2022 The United States is committed to working alongside our allies and partners to further impose severe consequences on President Putin and his enablers for Russia’s unconscionable war against Ukraine. VISA RESTRICTIONS The Department of State is announcing a series of actions to promote accountability for actions …

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Worldwide Caution

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces $550 Million in New U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 1, 2022 More than five months into Russia’s brutal and unprovoked assault the people of Ukraine inspire the world as they defend their country and their freedom. The United States continues to stand with Allies and partners from more than 50 countries in providing vital security …

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Alert: Two Week Closure of Korczowa/Krakovets Polish Border Crossing Starting Monday, July 18

Location: Ukraine  Event: According to Polish Border Guard officials, passenger vehicles traveling west to Poland from Ukraine will not be allowed entry at the Korczowa/Krakovets for approximately two weeks beginning Monday, July 18 due to construction.  We recommend that passenger vehicles use the Medyka border crossing point to transit into Poland from Ukraine. Passenger vehicle and truck …

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OSCE Releases the Second Expert Mission Report on Human Rights Abuses and International Humanitarian Law Violations in Russia’s War Against Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JULY 14, 2022 With Ukraine’s assent, the United States and 44 other countries invoked the OSCE Moscow Mechanism for a second time on June 2, establishing an expert mission to examine the further human rights abuses and humanitarian impacts of Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine. In the report …

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Ambassador Brzezinski’s Interview with Polvision TV

14 July 2022 Justyna Dobrzynska, Polvision TV: Good morning, Mr. Ambassador Ambassador Mark Brzezinski: and hello from Poland. Hello from Warsaw. Thank you, Justyna for having me. Justyna Dobrzynska, Polvision TV: My name is Justyna Dobrzynska and I work for Polish Television. And thank you for having the time to speak with us. Ambassador Mark Brzezinski: Thank you …

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Ambassador Mark Brzezinski’s Remarks at Art in Embassies Opening Reception

Remarks Art in Embassies Opening Reception July 12, 2022 Welcome to the house of the American people for the opening of the Art in Embassies exhibition.  We have invited you here to discuss the beautiful pieces that are on display in this home, but first, I have a surprise for you. We are joined by …

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EU Sanctions on Russia and Shipments to and from Kaliningrad

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JULY 13, 2022 We welcome the announcement by the EU making clear how its member states will implement economic sanctions on Russia with respect to Kaliningrad. We appreciate the unprecedented economic measures that our Allies and partners, including Lithuania, have joined us in taking against Russia for its unprovoked …

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Russia’s “Filtration” Operations, Forced Disappearances, and Mass Deportations of Ukrainian Citizens

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 13, 2022 On the eve of the Ukraine Accountability Conference, the United States calls on Russia to immediately halt its systematic “filtration” operations and forced deportations in Russian-controlled and held areas of Ukraine.  The unlawful transfer and deportation of protected persons is a grave breach of the …

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Ambassador Mark Brzezinski’s Remarks at Art in Embassies Opening Reception

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Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Kerry’s Travel to Poland

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JULY 10, 2022 Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry will travel to Warsaw July 11-13 to engage with government counterparts, thank Poland for its support of Ukraine, and further enhance cooperation on the climate crisis and European energy security, including opportunities for energy efficiency, nuclear power generation, and …

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Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the People of Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 9, 2022 I announced earlier today that the United States is providing nearly $368 million in additional humanitarian assistance to support those affected by Russia’s brutal war on Ukraine. To date, more than11 million people– over a quarter of Ukraine’s population – have been forced to flee their …

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The United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance to Ukraine

Saturday, July 9, 2022 The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State, is providing nearly $368 million in additional humanitarian assistance to support people affected by Russia’s war in Ukraine, which has pushed nearly 12 million people from their homes. With this additional support, the United States …

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$400 million in New U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 9, 2022 The Ukrainian people continue to courageously defend their nation in the face of Russia’s unlawful and unprovoked invasion. The United States salutes their bravery, and we will stand by them as long as it takes. Pursuant to a delegation of authority from the President, I am …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Warsaw (5 July 2022)

Location: Countrywide Event: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Travel Health Notice for  Monkeypox in Multiple Countries .​ Actions to Take:​ Travelers should AVOID : Close contact with sick people, including those with skin lesions or genital lesions. Contact with dead or live wild animals such as small mammals including rodents (rats, squirrels) and non-human primates (monkeys, …

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Second Statement on Russia’s War on Ukraine & International Sport

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JULY 5, 2022 The text of the following statement was agreed upon by the ministers of sport or their equivalent from the countries and individuals listed at the bottom of the statement. Begin text: Russia’s unprovoked and unjustifiable war of choice against Ukraine, facilitated by the Belarusian government, is abhorrent …

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July 4th Independence Day Celebration

Ambassador Mark Brzezinski’s Remarks Warsaw July 4th Independence Day Celebration Ambassador ’s Residence 30 June 2022   Good afternoon Everyone!!  Witamy z całego serca wszystkich Państwa! Welcome to the Chief of Mission Residence (“the CMR” as we call it) for America’s birthday celebration. It’s been two years since we’ve been able to host an in-person …

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Ambassador Mark Brzezinski’s Remarks at Warsaw July 4th Independence Day Celebration

Ambassador ’s Residence 30 June 2022   Good afternoon Everyone!!  Witamy z całego serca wszystkich Państwa! Welcome to the Chief of Mission Residence (“the CMR” as we call it) for America’s birthday celebration. It’s been two years since we’ve been able to host an in-person 4th of July event, so I’m especially grateful for our …

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Ambassador Brzezinski’s Interview with TVN

30 June 2022 Ambassador Brzezinski: Maja, welcome here. Welcome to the Chief of Mission Residence, the CMR as we call it here in Warsaw. Happy Independence Day. This is for me a particularly special Independence Day. Maja Wojcikowska, TVN: It’s good to be here. But it’s a very special one, because directly everything has changed, especially …

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Ambassador Brzezinski’s Interview with Polsat

30 June 2022 Klaudia Zgiet, Polsat: I would like to ask what is NATO’s new strategy against Russian aggression? Ambassador Brzezinski: Well, Klaudia, it’s all about collective defense, all about bolstering our troop presence around Europe, whether in Poland with a permanent presence at the US Army headquarters in Poznan, the new Garrison that will be there, …

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FACT SHEET – U.S. Defense Contributions to Europe

JUNE 29, 2022 The United States responded swiftly and effectively in close cooperation with our NATO Allies to the European security crisis brought about by Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. The U.S. contributions to the Alliance’s response were enabled by the substantial forces that we had already stationed in and deployed to Europe, including robust prepositioned …

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FACT SHEET: The 2022 NATO Summit in Madrid

JUNE 29, 2022 The June 29-30, 2022 NATO Summit in Madrid, Spain will be an historic moment for the Transatlantic Alliance. Building on the President’s first NATO Summit on June 14, 2021, and extraordinary Summits held on February 25, 2022 and March 24, 2022 in response to Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, this Summit …

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Ambassador Brzezinski’s ZOOM Virtual Press Conference

29 June 20222 Ambassador Brzezinski: Thank you all for gathering this afternoon. There is a historic event, particularly pertinent to Poland’s security underway right now in Madrid, Spain. That is the NATO Summit. And as President Biden’s personal representative to Poland, I could not be more proud of the announcements generally, and the Polish specific announcements …

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Ambassador Mark Brzezinski’s Interview with TVN24

29 June 2022 Michal Sznajder, TVN24: Good afternoon, sir. Thank you very .., Ambassador Brzezinski: Good afternoon, Michal.  Thank you for having me. Michal Sznajder, TVN24: Sir, what is the significance of today’s announcement by President Biden? Ambassador Brzezinski: Well, let’s first discuss what was announced. A current V Corps Command Headquarters is going to be placed in …

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FACT SHEET

Targeting Russia’s War Machine, Sanctions Evaders, Military Units Credibly Implicated in Human Rights Abuses, and Russian Federation Officials Involved in Suppression of Dissent   FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JUNE 28, 2022 The Department of State is taking additional steps to impose severe costs on the Government of the Russian Federation and promote accountability …

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FACT SHEET: President Biden and G7 Leaders Announce Further Efforts to Counter Putin’s Attack on Food Security

JUNE 28, 2022 Biden-Harris Administration is Driving a Multi-Pronged Response to Global Food Security Crisis President Biden and G7 leaders will announce that they will contribute over $4.5 billion to address global food security, over half of which will come from the United States. President Biden will announce $2.76 billion in additional U.S. Government funding …

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FACT SHEET: The United States and G7 to Take Further Action to Support Ukraine and Hold the Russian Federation Accountable

JUNE 27, 2022 In Germany today, President Biden will meet with G7 leaders and President Zelenskyy to continue delivering on our unwavering, unified commitment to support Ukraine and build on our unprecedented sanctions to hold President Putin accountable.  The G7 will issue a statement of support for Ukraine, which will include significant new sanctions commitments …

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Joint Statement by President Biden and President von der Leyen on European Energy Security

JUNE 27, 2022 Following the further invasion of Ukraine, Russia continues to use natural gas as a political and economic weapon.  Russia’s energy coercion has put pressure on energy markets, raised prices for consumers, and threatened global energy security. This was most recently demonstrated by the politically motivated acute disruptions of gas supplies to several …

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$450 Million Drawdown of New U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JUNE 23, 2022 Pursuant to a delegation of authority from the President, I am authorizing our thirteenth drawdown of arms and equipment from U.S. Department of Defense inventories for Ukraine’s defense since August 2021, of up to $450 million. This authorization will bring total U.S. security assistance to Ukraine …

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Readout of U.S.-EU Task Force on European Energy Security Meeting

JUNE 22, 2022 The U.S.-EU Task Force on European Energy Security met virtually on June 22, 2022 convened by co-chairs Amos Hochstein, U.S. Senior Advisor for Energy Security, and Björn Seibert, Head of Cabinet of the European Commission President, and under the leadership of Ditte Juul Jørgensen, European Commission Director General for Energy, and Melanie …

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Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on World Refugee Day 2022

20 June 2022 Today, on World Refugee Day, I join people around the world in recognizing the strength, resilience, and humanity of the millions of refugees forced to flee violence, persecution, and war.  This is also a moment to honor the incredible generosity of host communities, the private sector, and state and local government across …

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Deputy Chief of Mission Daniel Lawton’s Remarks at 2022 IP Statistics for Decision Makers Conference

14 June 2022 Warsaw Stock Exchange   Dzień Dobry! Good morning!  I am honored to be here today with such an esteemed group of people: policy and IP experts, academics, representatives from the private sector, economists, and scientists. Intellectual property is the lifeblood of modern economies, fostering innovation and development, advancing economic growth, and improving …

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$1 Billion of New U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 15, 2022 Today, we announced an additional $1 billion in additional military assistance for Ukraine.  Pursuant to a delegation of authority from the President, I am authorizing our twelfth drawdown of arms and equipment from U.S. Department of Defense inventories for Ukraine’s defense since August 2021, …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on Support for Ukraine and Call with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine

15 June 2022 This morning, I spoke with President Zelenskyy to discuss Russia’s brutal and ongoing war against Ukraine. I reaffirmed my commitment that the United States will stand by Ukraine as it defends its democracy and support its sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of unprovoked Russian aggression. I informed President Zelenskyy that …

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$1 Billion in Additional Security Assistance for Ukraine

15 June 2022 Attributed to Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense (Media) J. Todd Breasseale: This afternoon, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced $1 billion in additional security assistance for Ukraine. This includes an authorization of a Presidential Drawdown of security assistance valued at up to $350 million, as well as $650 million in …

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The United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance to Ukraine

15 June 2022 Office of Press Relations press@usaid.gov Today, President Joe Biden announced that the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing more than $225 million in additional humanitarian assistance to Ukraine amid Russia’s unprovoked war that has pushed 12 million people from their homes and triggered staggering humanitarian needs. …

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Message from Embassies and Representations in Poland on the Occasion of Pride Month

On June 13th, on the occasion of Pride Month, U.S. Ambassador Mark Brzezinski presented an Open Letter of Support to the LGBTQI+ community on behalf of 46 embassies and representations based in Warsaw.   The letter carries a positive message, affirming the fundamental rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international legal provisions. This …

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Readout of President Biden’s Call with President Andrzej Duda of Poland

JUNE 08, 2022 President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Andrzej Duda of Poland.  Following President Biden’s trip to Poland in March, the leaders reaffirmed their shared commitment to further strengthening our bilateral security and economic cooperation. They also discussed their ongoing support for the people and government of Ukraine in response to Russian …

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World Ocean Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 8, 2022 The health and productivity of our ocean is under threat. Greenhouse gas emissions are making our ocean warmer, higher, more acidic, and less productive. Meanwhile, illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing is threatening fish stocks and marine biodiversity, while plastic pollution is choking our …

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Invocation of the OSCE Moscow Mechanism to Investigate Mounting Reports of Human Rights Abuses and International Humanitarian Law Violations by Russia

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JUNE 3, 2022 With Ukraine’s assent, the United States and 44 other countries have invoked the OSCE Moscow Mechanism a second time since the start of Russia’s further invasion of Ukraine to investigate reports of human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law by Russian forces in Ukraine. …

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Targeting Russia’s Oligarchs and Vessels

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 2, 2022 Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale further invasion of Ukraine on February 24, leading to civilian casualties and widespread reports of war crimes and other atrocities perpetrated by Russia’s forces in Ukraine. The world has seen the extraordinary bravery of the people of …

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FACT SHEET: United States Takes Further Actions to Counter Sanctions Evasion by Russia

June 2, 2022 The United States, alongside over 30 partners around the world, has imposed unprecedented sanctions and export controls to hold President Putin to account for his war against Ukraine, restrict Russia’s access to critical technology it needs to fund its war machine, and turn Russia into a global financial pariah. The Russian economy …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on Additional Security Assistance to Ukraine

1 June 2022 The people of Ukraine continue to inspire the world with their courage and resolve as they fight bravely to defend their country and their democracy against Russian aggression. The United States will stand with our Ukrainian partners and continue to provide Ukraine with weapons and equipment to defend itself. Today, I am …

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Commemorating Pride Month

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 1, 2022 For over 50 years, people around the world have come together to celebrate Pride Month, when we recognize the beautiful diversity of LGBTQI+ communities while acknowledging that the movement to advance the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons has been one of both struggle and …

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$700 Million Drawdown of New U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 1, 2022 In the three months since it launched its unprovoked and brutal further invasion of Ukraine, Russia has consistently failed to meet its strategic objectives.  The Kremlin has succeeded only in devastating communities, brutalizing civilians, disrupting Ukraine’s agriculture, and threatening global food security by blocking …

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Ambassador Mark Brzezinski’s Interview with wPolityce Television

31 May 2022 Maksymilian Wysocki, wPolityce: As promised two quick questions. Your Excellency, how does US business find Poland and opportunities in Poland? Is Poland an attractive place for US investment? Ambassador Brzezinski: Poland’s an incredibly attractive place for investment because the most important thing you invest in is people. And Polish people are technically very savvy. …

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Launch of the Atrocity Crimes Advisory Group (ACA) for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 25, 2022 The United States, along with the European Union and the United Kingdom, has created the Atrocity Crimes Advisory Group (ACA).  This joint initiative will directly support the efforts of the War Crimes Units of the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine (OPG) to …

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Joint Statement between the United States and the European Commission on European Energy Security

24 May 2022 Russia has demonstrated that it is an unreliable supplier of energy to Europe through unjustified and unacceptable actions such as cutting off electricity and natural gas to Finland, halting natural gas exports to Poland and Bulgaria, and threatening similar actions against other European nations. The United States and the European Commission condemn …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on Senate Passage of Ukraine Supplemental

MAY 19, 2022 I applaud the Congress for sending a clear bipartisan message to the world that the people of the United States stand together with the brave people of Ukraine as they defend their democracy and freedom. The resources that I requested will allow us to send even more weapons and ammunition to Ukraine, replenish our own stockpile, and support U.S. troops stationed …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken at a Roundtable on Humanitarian Assistance in Ukraine

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE LOTTE THE PALACE NEW YORK NEW YORK, NEW YORK MAY 19, 2022 SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Liz, thank you.  Thank you for those truly overly generous words.  But the one part of that that’s true is that we’ve had a relationship going back many, many years (inaudible).  It’s something that …

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$100 Million in Additional U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 19, 2022 For nearly 12 weeks, Russia has waged its unprovoked and brutal war against Ukraine, its sovereignty, its territorial integrity, and its people.  Beaten back from its failed attempt to seize Kyiv, Russia continues a grinding offensive across Ukraine’s south and east.  Ukraine’s courageous defense forces remain …

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Possible Death Penalty against Pro-Democracy Activists and Anti-War Protesters in Belarus

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 18, 2022 Amidst Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified war against Ukraine, the Lukashenka regime in Belarus has found new ways to intimidate and punish its own citizens, including by approving legislation to apply the death penalty to pro-democracy activists and those opposing Russia’s war in Ukraine.  Specifically, new …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

MAY 17, 2022 On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, Jill and I stand in support and solidarity with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex, (LGBTQI+) people in the United States and around the world. And we join with Americans across the country to reaffirm our commitment to the ongoing work of …

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On the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphopbia, Interphobia, and Transphobia

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 17, 2022 The United States affirms today, on the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), that the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI+) persons are the same human rights to which all persons are entitled. As enshrined in Article 1 …

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READOUT: U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen’s Meetings in Warsaw, Poland

May 16, 2022 WARSAW—U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen visited Warsaw, Poland from May 14-16. In meetings with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Finance Minister Magdalena Rzeczkowska, Secretary Yellen reiterated the United States’ steadfast support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and welcomed Poland’s strong partnership in holding Russia accountable for its war against Ukraine. …

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U.S. Support for Connectivity and Cybersecurity in Ukraine

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 10, 2022 Leading up to and during Russia’s unprovoked and illegal further invasion of Ukraine, the United States is supporting Ukraine’s continued access to the Internet and to enhance Ukraine’s cyber defenses. These efforts, coordinated across the U.S. government, include: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has provided …

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Remarks By President Biden at Signing of S. 3522, the “Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act Of 2022”

MAY 09, 2022 THE PRESIDENT:  Well, welcome, folks.  Today I’m joined by Senator Cardin — Ben Cardin; Elissa Slotkin; and the Congresswoman Victoria Spatz — Spartz, excuse me, who — I was just talking to her about still having family back in Ukraine.  God love you. I — we’re going to — I’m about to …

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Europe Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 9, 2022 On behalf of the American people, I join the citizens of the European Union in celebrating Europe Day. On this day, 72 years ago, French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman put forward the idea for what would eventually become the European Union.  His vision became …

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Ambassador Mark Brzezinski’s Interview with Al Jazeera

10 May 2022 Emily Angwin, Al Jazeera: Let’s bring in Mark Brzezinski, who’s the U.S. Ambassador to Poland. He joins us live from Warsaw. Thanks for being on the program, Mr. Ambassador. Firstly, Poland has been instrumental in challenging Russian aggression. Let’s first look at the situation militarily. What’s the latest on the cooperation between …

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State Department Actions to Promote Accountability and Impose Costs on the Russian Government for Putin’s Aggression against Ukraine

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 8, 2022 The Department of State is taking additional actions to hold accountable those engaged in human rights abuses, to impose severe costs on the Government of the Russian Federation (GoR), and to degrade the Kremlin’s ability to support Putin’s unprovoked and unjustified war against Ukraine and fund …

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FACT SHEET: United States and G7 Partners Impose Severe Costs for Putin’s War Against Ukraine

MAY 08, 2022 President Biden and G7 Leaders Meet with President Zelenskyy to Continue our Efforts to Support Ukraine and Build on our Unprecedented Sanctions and Export Controls Today, President Biden and G7 Leaders met with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine to reinforce our shared commitment to strengthen Ukraine’s position on the battlefield and at the …

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Remarks by President Biden on the Security Assistance to Ukraine

MAY 03, 2022 Lockheed Martin Pike County Operations Troy, Alabama   THE PRESIDENT:  I tell you what, Linda: If I were CEO of this company, I’d be worried.  (Laughter.) Well, good afternoon, everybody.  And thank you, Jim, for the invitation to be here today and, Linda, for the warm welcome today.  And Congressman Sewell — …

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Poland’s National Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 3, 2022 On behalf of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Poland as you celebrate the 231st anniversary of the signing of your first constitution. As the United States and Poland stand together in the face of Russian aggression, the critical importance …

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Ambassador Mark Brzezinski’s Remarks at Opening of The King’s Rembrandt Exhibition

Royal Łazienki Museum, Palace on the Isle, Warsaw May 5, 2022 Good evening—it’s wonderful to be here—and can’t think of a better occasion for my first visit to the Royal Łazienki Museum. Minister Sellin, it’s great to see you again, and especially on an evening as special as this one. Professor Wawer, many thanks to you, …

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Pelosi Statement on Congressional Delegation Meeting with President Andrzej Duda of Poland

MAY 2, 2022 PRESS RELEASE Warsaw, Poland — Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Congressional delegation held a bilateral meeting with President Andrzej Duda of Poland: “Today, our high-level Congressional delegation had the distinct privilege of meeting with President Andrzej Duda of Poland, a valued partner in supporting the people of Ukraine in …

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Pelosi Statement on Congressional Delegation Engagements in Poland and Ukraine

MAY 1, 2022 PRESS RELEASE Warsaw, Poland – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on the Congressional delegation’s engagements in Poland and Ukraine: “Our distinguished Congressional delegation came to Poland to send an unmistakable message to the world: that America stands firmly with our NATO allies in our support for Ukraine. “As the Russian invasion …

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Transcript of U.S. Congressional Delegation Press Conference in Rzeszów, Poland

MAY 1, 2022 PRESS RELEASE   Rzeszów, Poland – Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a press conference with Chairman Jim McGovern, Chairman Gregory Meeks, Chairman Adam Schiff, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Congressman Bill Keating and Congressman Jason Crow as part of the U.S. Congressional delegation to Ukraine and Poland.  Below is the full transcript: Speaker Pelosi.  Good morning, again. …

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A Proclamation on Jewish American Heritage Month, 2022

APRIL 29, 2022 In 1654, a small ship carrying 23 Jewish refugees sailed into the port of present-day New York City.  Fleeing oppression and discrimination, these courageous women and men faced resistance from the colony’s leaders.  Nevertheless, they secured the right to remain and became the first Jewish communal presence to settle on American soil. …

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Joint Statement between the United States and the European Commission on European Energy Security

APRIL 29, 2022 On April 28, the U.S.-EU Task Force on Energy Security met in person in Washington to discuss implementation of the  March 25 Joint Statement  by Presidents Biden and von der Leyen. The meeting, chaired by Amos Hochstein, U.S. Senior Advisor for Energy Security, and Björn Seibert, Head of Cabinet of the European Commission President, reviewed progress …

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Remarks by President Biden on the Request to Congress for Additional Funding to Support Ukraine

APRIL 28, 2022 Roosevelt Room THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, everybody.  Good morning.  I just signed a request to Congress for critical security, economic, and humanitarian assistance to help Ukraine continue to counter Putin’s aggression and — at a very pivotal moment. We need this bill to support Ukraine in its fight for freedom.  And our NATO …

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FACT SHEET: White House Calls on Congress to Provide Additional Support for Ukraine

APRIL 28, 2022 The assistance the Biden-Harris Administration has provided to Ukraine to date has made a significant difference on the battlefield, helping Ukrainians defend their country and win the battle for Kyiv. Now, as the war shifts to and intensifies in Ukraine’s eastern front, the Biden-Harris Administration is  calling on  Congress to provide additional resources to …

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FACT SHEET: President Biden’s Comprehensive Proposal to Hold Russian Oligarchs and Elites Accountable

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Targeting Elites of the Russian Federation

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War Crimes by Russia’s Forces in Ukraine

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Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on President Biden’s Travel to Poland

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U.S. Announces Sanctions on Key Members of Russia’s Defense Enterprise

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Promoting Accountability for Human Rights Abuses Perpetrated by the Governments of Russia and Belarus

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Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the People of Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 15, 2022 The United States is providing over $186 million in additional humanitarian assistance to support internally displaced persons and the more than three million refugees affected by Russia’s premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified war in Ukraine.  This will provide further support for humanitarian organizations responding to …

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Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau

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Administrator Samantha Power’s Meeting with Paweł Jabłoński, Poland’s Undersecretary of State for Economic and Development Cooperation

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$200 Million in New Security Assistance for Ukraine

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FACT SHEET: Targeting Elites of the Russian Federation

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Remarks by President Biden Announcing Actions to Continue to Hold Russia Accountable

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FACT SHEET: United States, European Union, and G7 to Announce Further Economic Costs on Russia

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Administrator Samantha Power Meets with Ambassadors to the U.S. from Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Ukraine

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Polish Foreign Minister Rau

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Remarks by Vice President Harris and President Andrzej Duda of Poland in Joint Press Conference

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Vice President Kamala Harris Announces Additional U.S. Funding to Respond to Humanitarian Needs in Ukraine and Eastern Europe

MARCH 10, 2022 During her trip to Warsaw, Poland, today, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris announced nearly $53 million in new humanitarian assistance from the United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), to support innocent civilians affected by Russia’s unjustified invasion of Ukraine. This additional assistance includes support to the UN World Food Program (WFP) …

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Remarks by Vice President Harris and Prime Minister Morawiecki of Poland Before Bilateral Meeting

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FACT SHEET: United States Bans Imports of Russian Oil, Liquefied Natural Gas, and Coal

MARCH 08, 2022 Today, President Biden will sign an Executive Order (E.O.) to ban the import of Russian oil, liquefied natural gas, and coal to the United States – a significant action with widespread bipartisan support that will further deprive President Putin of the economic resources he uses to continue his needless war of choice. …

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INTERVIEW ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE HOTEL BRISTOL RZESZOW, POLAND MARCH 5, 2022 QUESTION:  Mr. Secretary, we really appreciate your presence. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Thank you. QUESTION:  It’s a great honor for us. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  It’s very good to be with you tonight. QUESTION:  Mr. Secretary, you are one of more than 10,000 American citizens now in Poland. A lot …

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Secretary Blinken at a Meeting with Congressional Delegation

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Secretary Blinken and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba at a Joint Press Availability

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau Statements to the Press

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Statement by Deputy Press Secretary Sabrina Singh on Vice President Harris’s Travel to Poland and Romania

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Moscow Mechanism Invoked by 45 OSCE States to Review Reported Abuses by Russia

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON MARCH 3, 2022 With Ukraine’s agreement, the United States and 44 other countries have invoked the OSCE Moscow Mechanism.  This action will establish an expert mission to address our grave concerns regarding the humanitarian and human rights impacts on the people of Ukraine caused by Russia’s further invasion with …

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FACT SHEET: The United States Continues to Target Russian Oligarchs Enabling Putin’s War of Choice

MARCH 03, 2022 Today, the United States, in coordination with Allies and partners, is targeting additional Russian elites and family members who continue supporting President Putin despite his brutal invasion of Ukraine. These individuals have enriched themselves at the expense of the Russian people, and some have elevated their family members into high-ranking positions. Others …

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Secretary Blinken’s Travel to Belgium, Poland, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 2, 2022 Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will travel to Belgium, Poland, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia from March 3 to 8, 2022.  The trip continues extensive consultations and coordination with our NATO Allies and European partners about the Russian Federation’s continued premeditated, unprovoked, and …

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FACT SHEET: The United States Continues to Impose Costs on Russia and Belarus for Putin’s War of Choice

MARCH 02, 2022 Today, the United States, in coordination with Allies and partners, is imposing additional economic costs on Russia and Belarus in response to President Putin’s brutal invasion of Ukraine. The United States will take actions to hold Belarus accountable for enabling Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, weaken the Russian defense sector and its military …

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Media Crackdown in Russia

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON MARCH 2, 2022 Russia is engaged in an unprovoked war on Ukraine. At home, the Kremlin is engaged in a full assault on media freedom and the truth, and Moscow’s efforts to mislead and suppress the truth of the brutal invasion are intensifying. On March 1, Russia’s Prosecutor General …

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Remarks of President Joe Biden – State of the Union Address As Prepared for Delivery

MARCH 01, 2022 United States Capitol Madam Speaker, Madam Vice President, our First Lady and Second Gentleman. Members of Congress and the Cabinet. Justices of the Supreme Court. My fellow Americans. Last year COVID-19 kept us apart. This year we are finally together again. Tonight, we meet as Democrats Republicans and Independents. But most importantly as Americans. With a …

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Readout of Vice President Harris’s Calls with European Leaders

MARCH 01, 2022 Vice President Kamala Harris today had five separate calls with European leaders from NATO’s eastern flank to discuss our collective response to Russia’s unjustified and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. The Vice President spoke individually with: Prime Minister Kaja Kallas of Estonia; Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins of Latvia; Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte of …

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Additional Measures Against the Russian Financial System

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 28, 2022 In coordination with our allies and partners, the United States is taking further measures today against the Russian financial system in response to Russia’s continuing premeditated war against Ukraine.  Unwavering in our support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, we will continue to act …

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Readout of President Biden’s Call with Allies and Partners

FEBRUARY 28, 2022 President Joseph R. Biden hosted a secure conference call today with Allies and partners about our unified response to Russia’s unjustified and unprovoked war on Ukraine. The leaders recognized the bravery of the Ukrainian people in the face of Russian aggression and discussed their continued support to Ukraine, including security, economic, and humanitarian assistance. …

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Suspending Operations at U.S. Embassy Minsk and Change in Status for U.S. Embassy Moscow

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 28, 2022 The U.S. Department of State has suspended operations at our Embassy in Minsk, Belarus and authorized the voluntary departure (“authorized departure”) of non-emergency employees and family members at our Embassy in Moscow, Russia. We took these steps due to security and safety issues stemming …

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The United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the People of Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 27, 2022 Our partnership with the people of Ukraine is steadfast and enduring, and we are focused on Ukraine’s urgent humanitarian needs as an important part of our response to Russia’s premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified attack.  It is with the welfare of ordinary Ukrainians in mind …

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Additional Military Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 26, 2022 Ukraine is a sovereign, democratic, and peace-loving nation. The United States and Ukraine have been partners since Ukraine declared its independence from the Soviet Union more than 30 years ago. After Russia invaded and partially occupied Ukraine in 2014, the United States intensified efforts …

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Joint Statement on Further Restrictive Economic Measures

FEBRUARY 26, 2022 We, the leaders of the European Commission, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States condemn Putin’s war of choice and attacks on the sovereign nation and people of Ukraine. We stand with the Ukrainian government and the Ukrainian people in their heroic efforts to resist Russia’s invasion. Russia’s …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call

Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with NATO Deputy Secretary General Geoana, the OSCE Chair-in-Office represented by Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Przydacz, OSCE Senior Adviser Hart, and EEAS Secretary General Sannino READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 25, 2022 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman spoke today with NATO …

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FACT SHEET: Joined by Allies and Partners, the United States Imposes Devastating Costs on Russia

FEBRUARY 24, 2022 Russia to Face Massive Costs from its Isolation from the Global Financial and Trade System and Cutting-Edge Technology Today, the United States, along with Allies and partners, is imposing severe and immediate economic costs on Russia in response to Putin’s war of choice against Ukraine. Today’s actions include sweeping financial sanctions and …

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Remarks by President Biden on Russia’s Unprovoked and Unjustified Attack on Ukraine

FEBRUARY 24, 2022 THE PRESIDENT:  Sorry to keep you waiting.  Good afternoon.  The Russian military has begun a brutal assault on the people of Ukraine without provocation, without justification, without necessity. This is a premeditated attack.  Vladimir Putin has been planning this for months, as I’ve been — as we’ve been saying all along.  He …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Polish Foreign Minister and OSCE Chairman-in-Office Zbigniew Rau

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 24, 2022 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today by phone with Polish Foreign Minister and OSCE Chairman-in-Office Zbigniew Rau to discuss Russia’s premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified attack on Ukraine. Secretary Blinken strongly condemned Russia’s further invasion of Ukraine as …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call

Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with NATO Deputy Secretary General Geoana, the OSCE Chair-in-Office represented by Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Przydacz, OSCE Secretary General Schmid, and EEAS Secretary General Sannino READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 23, 2022 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman spoke today with NATO …

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Statement by President Biden on Russia’s Unprovoked and Unjustified Attack on Ukraine

FEBRUARY 23, 2022 The prayers of the entire world are with the people of Ukraine tonight as they suffer an unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces. President Putin has chosen a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human suffering. Russia alone is responsible for the death and destruction …

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Ambassador Mark Brzezinski’s Remarks at the Media for Freedom Summit

23 February 2022 Good afternoon, everyone!  I am just “a few weeks old” as the new U.S. Ambassador to Poland.  I am thrilled that this event is one of my first public speaking engagements.     American and European democracies are vibrant, percolating culture plates of ideas because of media freedom.  Thank you, thank you, to the …

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USAID Administrator Samantha Power Call with Polish Deputy Interior Minister Bartosz Grodecki

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 Office of Press Relations press@usaid.gov The below is attributable to Spokesperson Rebecca Chalif:‎ Today, Administrator Power spoke with Polish Deputy Interior Minister Bartosz Grodecki to discuss humanitarian contingency planning in the face of the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Administrator Power outlined ongoing and planned U.S. humanitarian assistance to the …

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Fact Sheet: United States Imposes First Tranche of Swift and Severe Costs on Russia

FEBRUARY 22, 2022 Yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin of Russia recognized two regions of Ukraine as independent states and today claimed that recognition to include all of the Donbas region. The Russian Parliament also authorized the deployment of additional Russian forces into this Ukrainian territory. As President Biden and our Allies and partners have made …

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Remarks by President Biden Announcing Response to Russian Actions in Ukraine

FEBRUARY 22, 2022 THE PRESIDENT:  Trying to make up your mind, huh?  (Laughter.) Well, good afternoon.  Yesterday, Vladimir Putin recognized two regions of Ukraine as independent states and he bizarrely asserted that these regions are no longer part of Ukraine and their sovereign territory.  To put it simply, Russia just announced that it is carving …

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Department of State Presence in Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 21, 2022 Today the Department of State is again taking action for the safety and security of U.S. citizens, including our personnel.  For security reasons, Department of State personnel currently in Lviv will spend the night in Poland.  Our personnel will regularly return to continue their …

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FACT SHEET: Executive Order to Impose Costs for President Putin’s Action to Recognize So-Called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics

FEBRUARY 21, 2022 Today, President Biden signed an Executive Order (E.O.) to respond to President Putin’s action to purportedly recognize the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DNR and LNR) as “independent” states. President Putin’s action contradicts Russia’s commitments under the Minsk agreements, refutes Russia’s claimed commitment to diplomacy, and undermines Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial …

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Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield in Support of Ukraine’s Call for an Urgent Security Council Meeting

United States Mission to the United Nations Office of Press and Public Diplomacy For Immediate Release February 21, 2022 Today, Russia announced that it will recognize as “independent states” parts of the sovereign territory of Ukraine in its Donbas region, which is currently controlled by Russia’s proxies. This is an unprovoked violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty …

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Readout of President Biden’s Call with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine

FEBRUARY 21, 2022 President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine to reaffirm the commitment of the United States to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. President Biden strongly condemned Russian President Putin’s decision to purportedly recognize the “independence” of the so-called DNR and LNR regions of Ukraine. He updated President Zelenskyy …

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Kremlin Decision on Eastern Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 21, 2022 We strongly condemn President Putin’s decision to recognize the so-called “Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics” as “independent.”  As we said when the Duma first made its request: this decision represents a complete rejection of Russia’s commitments under the Minsk agreements, directly contradicts Russia’s claimed …

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Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III Holds a News Conference With Polish Minister of National Defense Mariusz Blaszczak, Warsaw, Poland

FEBRUARY 18, 2022   Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III; Polish Minister of National Defense Mariusz Blaszczak STAFF (THROUGH TRANSLATOR): Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. The press conference after the meeting of the minister of national defense, Mariusz Blaszczak, and Lloyd Austin the secretary of defense of the United States of America. Mr. Minister …

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Readout of President Biden’s Call with Transatlantic Leaders

FEBRUARY 18, 2022 President Joseph R. Biden spoke today with Transatlantic leaders about the likelihood of further Russian aggression against Ukraine.  Together they expressed deep concern over Russia’s continued build-up of forces, reiterated their strong support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and discussed the importance of further economic assistance to Ukraine.  They pledged to …

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Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s Meeting With Polish President Andrzej Duda

FEBRUARY 18, 2022 Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby provided the following readout: Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III met with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw to discuss Russia’s military activities in and around Ukraine, including in Belarus.  The Secretary expressed appreciation for Poland’s strong commitment to NATO defense and deterrence, including its consistent …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Polish Foreign Minister Rau

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 17, 2022 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau. Secretary Blinken welcomed the Foreign Minister’s engagement in Kyiv and Moscow and expressed his support for Foreign Minister Rau’s initiative to launch a Renewed European …

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Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Oskar Gorzynski of PAP, Poland

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York February 15, 2022 AS DELIVERED QUESTION: So we’re talking at the moment when we might see, maybe, a potential shift in the situation around Ukraine, and with an announcement of some Russian forces leaving. So I was – I just want to ask, have …

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Online Press Briefing with Ambassador Julianne Smith, U.S. Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

SPECIAL BRIEFING AMBASSADOR JULIANNE SMITH, U.S. PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE TO THE NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION (NATO) FEBRUARY 15, 2022 Moderator:  Good afternoon.  I would like to welcome everyone joining us for today’s virtual press briefing.  Today we are very honored to be joined by Ambassador Julianne Smith, U.S. Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. With …

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Remarks by President Biden Providing an Update on Russia and Ukraine

FEBRUARY 15, 2022 THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon.  Today, I’d like to provide an update on the crisis involving Russia and Ukraine. From the beginning of this crisis, I have been absolutely clear and consistent: The United States is prepared no matter what happens. We are ready with diplomacy — to be engaged in diplomacy with …

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Horne on National Security Advisor Sullivan’s Meeting with Polish Head of the International Policy Bureau Kumoch

FEBRUARY 15, 2022 National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met today with Dr. Jakub Kumoch, Head of the International Policy Bureau at Poland’s Presidential Chancellery. They discussed ongoing diplomatic efforts related to Russia’s destabilizing military buildup along Ukraine’s border, including Poland’s leadership in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. They also discussed transatlantic coordination …

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Secretary Austin to Travel to Belgium, Poland, and Lithuania

14 Fabruary 2022 Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III will depart on an overseas trip February 15 to meet with senior military and government leaders in Belgium, Poland, and Lithuania. In Belgium, Secretary Austin will meet with Allied defense ministers and NATO leadership to discuss Russia’s military buildup in and around Ukraine, reiterate the …

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Readout of President Biden’s Video Call with Transatlantic Leaders

FEBRUARY 11, 2022 President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. held a secure video call with transatlantic leaders today. The leaders expressed their concern about Russia’s continued build-up of military forces around Ukraine and reaffirmed their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. They expressed their desire for a diplomatic solution to the crisis, and discussed recent …

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Readout of Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call

Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with NATO Deputy Secretary General Geoana, EEAS Secretary General Sannino, the OSCE Chair-in-Office represented by Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Przydacz, and OSCE Secretary General Schmid READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 9, 2022 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman spoke today with NATO …

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The High-Level Inauguration Meeting of the Renewed OSCE European Security Dialogue

As delivered by Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman to the Inaugural Meeting of the Renewed OSCE European Security Dialogue, Vienna February 8, 2022 Thank you, Minister Rau, for convening today’s meeting.  The United States is grateful to Poland for your leadership and vision as OSCE Chair-in-Office at this critical moment for European security— and for …

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Joint Statement on the Strategic Dialogue Between the United States and Poland

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 5, 2022 The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and Poland on the occasion of the U.S.-Poland Strategic Dialogue. Begin Text: The Governments of the United States and Poland held the U.S.-Poland Strategic Dialogue in Washington, D.C. on …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Polish Foreign Minister Rau

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 4, 2022 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau in Washington, D.C., as part of the U.S.-Poland Strategic Dialogue. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Rau discussed collective security and regional issues, including the shared …

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