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

APRIL 28, 2022 Today, in concert with his supplemental request to Congress to support Ukraine, President Biden will send a proposal for a comprehensive legislative package that will enhance the United States Government’s authority to hold the Russian government and Russian oligarchs accountable for President Putin’s war against Ukraine. The proposals were crafted in close …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Polish Foreign Minister Rau

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON APRIL 26, 2022 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke yesterday with Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau.  Secretary Blinken expressed his appreciation for Poland’s role in facilitating his travel with Secretary of Defense Austin to Ukraine yesterday to meet with President Zelenskyy …

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Secretary Blinken and Secretary Austin’s Travel to Ukraine

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON APRIL 25, 2022 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III visited Kyiv, Ukraine yesterday to demonstrate the United States’ unwavering commitment to Ukraine and the Ukrainian people in their struggle against Russian aggression. While in …

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A Proclamation on Days of Remembrance of Victims of the Holocaust, 2022

APRIL 22, 2022 On Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, and throughout this week of remembrance, we reflect on the horrors of the Holocaust when the Nazi regime systematically murdered 6 million Jews and millions of other innocents, including Roma, Sinti, Slavs, persons with disabilities, LGBTQI+ individuals, political dissidents, and many others.  We stand with Jewish people …

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The United States Reaffirms Commitment to Ukraine with $131 Million for Resilience, Democracy, Economic Growth, Aand Healthcare

Friday, April 22, 2022 Office of Press Relations press@usaid.gov The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will invest $131 million to counter the impact of Russia’s brutal war on the Ukrainian people and to strengthen Ukraine’s resilience, democracy, economy, and healthcare systems. The Russian Federation’s unprovoked, full-scale invasion of Ukraine has …

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$800 Million in Additional U.S. Security Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 21, 2022 Since Russian President Vladimir Putin launched his premeditated, unprovoked, unjustified, and brutal war on Ukraine, the ceaseless bombardment of Ukraine’s cities and critical infrastructure by Russia’s forces has created one of the fastest-growing humanitarian crises in decades.  This is a tragic and catastrophic war …

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Poland Will Increase Defense Spending

APRIL 20, 2022 | BY DAVID VERGUN, DOD NEWS At the Pentagon today for a meeting with Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said his country will increase its defense spending to 3% of gross domestic product. Blaszczak said the increase will begin next year. He also noted that …

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Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s Meeting with Polish Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak

APRIL 20, 2022 Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby provided the following readout: Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III met with Polish Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak in Washington to discuss ongoing security assistance efforts for Ukraine and ways to continue to advance the U.S.-Poland defense relationship.  Secretary Austin commended Poland on the …

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Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III Remarks Welcoming Polish Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak to the Pentagon

APRIL 20, 2022 SECRETARY OF DEFENSE LLOYD J. AUSTIN III: Hello Minister Błaszczak, it’s great to see you again, especially at this critical time for European security. You know, in mid-February, we met in Warsaw before the start of President Putin’s unprovoked and illegal invasion of Ukraine. At the time, I remarked on Poland’s long …

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Promoting Accountability for Human Rights Abuses in Russia and Belarus and Taking Action Against Sanctions Evaders

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 20, 2022 President Putin’s unprovoked and unjustified war against Ukraine, conducted with the complicity of the Lukashenka regime, continues to cause needless suffering and thousands of civilian casualties.  The world has witnessed the horrors of this war in the images from the Ukrainian towns of Bucha, Irpin, …

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Ambassador Mark Brzezinski’s Remarks at Opening of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Exhibit “Some Were Neighbors”

Dom Spotkan z Historią April 19, 2022 Director Jakubowski, thank you for the warm welcome and to you and your team at Dom Spotkan z Historią for hosting this important exhibition. The Embassy is proud to have partnered with you and your colleagues many times over the years. Director Bloomfield, and team from the United …

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Ambassador Mark Brzezinski’s Interview Polasat

15 April 2022 Jan Mikruta: US Ambassador to Poland Mark Brzezinski. Thank you for your time, sir. Ambassador Brzezinski: Hello, Jan. Welcome to the US Embassy’s Chief of Mission residence. So happy to have you here. Jan Mikruta: Thank you, sir. Ukrainian President Zelenskyy insists that the fate of the war in his country depends on American military …

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Fact Sheet on U.S. Security Assistance for Ukraine

APRIL 14, 2022 The United States has committed more than $3.2 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the Biden Administration, including approximately $2.6 billion since the beginning of Russia’s unprovoked assault on February 24. On April 13, the Department of Defense outlined the seventh drawdown of equipment from DoD inventories for …

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$800 Million in Additional U.S. Security Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 13, 2022 Against tremendous odds, with extraordinary courage, and in the face of Russia’s relentless brutality against civilians, Ukraine’s forces are regaining ground, as Russian forces retreat from Kyiv and the surrounding region.  Still, Russia’s premeditated, unprovoked, unjustified, and brutal war against Ukraine is far from …

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Assistant Secretary Noyes Travel to Moldova and Poland

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON APRIL 11, 2022 Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) Julieta Valls Noyes will travel to Chisinau, Moldova and Warsaw, Poland April 12-15. In Chisinau, Assistant Secretary Noyes will meet with government officials to recognize Moldova’s role in hosting tens of thousands of refugees who have …

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Ambassador Mark Brzezinski’s Interview with TVN24

24 February 2022 Katarzyna Ramotowska: Good morning, Mr. Ambassador.   Ambassador Mark Brzezinski: Good morning. Kasia. Thank you for having me.   Katarzyna Ramotowska: You begin your new mission as U.S. Ambassador to Poland in a very difficult time. Ukraine was attacked this morning. The war has just started. What does it mean for you as an ambassador to a …

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Ambassador Mark Brzezinski’s Interview with Here & Now

5 April 2022 Peter O’Dowd: The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, addressed the UN Security Council through an interpreter today as more evidence emerges of war crimes in Ukraine. Zelensky compared the Russian military to the Islamic State and described in detail how Russian troops tortured and murdered civilians. Before we play that tape–a warning, what you’re …

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Statement from the President on Delivery of Air Defense Systems to Ukraine

APRIL 08, 2022 Since the outset of my administration, the United States has placed the highest priority on delivering critical military capabilities to Ukraine so it can defend itself against Russian aggression. The entire world has now witnessed the effectiveness of those weapons, as courageous Ukrainian forces have used them to repel the Russian attack …

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International Roma Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 8, 2022 On behalf of the United States, I extend best wishes to Roma everywhere on this special day when we celebrate the rich culture, language, heritage, and aspirations of Roma globally, including the generations of Romani Americans who have helped build and continue to enhance …

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Additional State Department Designations Targeting Russian State-Owned Defense Shipbuilding Enterprise

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON APRIL 7, 2022 Today, in its latest action to impose severe costs on Russia’s defense establishment in response to Putin’s war of choice, the Department of State is designating 29 entities and eight individuals pursuant to E.O. 14024.  Russia’s defense establishment is directly responsible for the Kremlin’s horrific campaign …

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Statement of President Joe Biden on the UN Vote Suspending Russia from the Human Rights Council

APRIL 07, 2022 I applaud the overwhelming vote today in the General Assembly of the United Nations to kick Russia off the UN Human Rights Council. This is a meaningful step by the international community further demonstrating how Putin’s war has made Russia an international pariah. The United States worked closely with our Allies and …

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Russia’s Suspension from the UN Human Rights Council

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 7, 2022 By suspending Russia from the UN Human Rights Council, countries around the world chose to hold Moscow to account today for gross and systematic violations of human rights in its premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified war of choice against Ukraine.  We have seen growing evidence of Russia’s brutal disregard for international law and human …

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Russia’s War of Aggression Against Ukraine

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON APRIL 7, 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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FACT SHEET: United States, G7 and EU Impose Severe and Immediate Costs on Russia

APRIL 06, 2022 Today, the United States, with the G7 and the European Union, will continue to impose severe and immediate economic costs on the Putin regime for its atrocities in Ukraine, including in Bucha. We will document and share information on these atrocities and use all appropriate mechanisms to hold accountable those responsible. As …

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

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 5, 2022 The world has been shocked and appalled by the atrocities committed by Russia’s forces in Bucha and across Ukraine.  Ukraine’s forces bravely continue to defend their country and their freedom, and the United States, along with our Allies and partners, stand steadfast in support …

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Ambassador Mark Brzezinski’s Remarks at Abrams Letter of Offer and Acceptance Signing

Wesoła Military Base April 5, 2022 Defense Minister Błaszczak, respected leaders of the U.S. and Polish armed forces, thank you for being here for another historic day in our bilateral relationship. I would especially like to thank the U.S. Army in Europe for bringing the tanks for this event. It will be a great honor …

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Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Robinson’s Travel to Poland, Latvia, and Germany

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON APRIL 2, 2022 Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Todd D. Robinson traveled to Poland March 30 – April 2. While in Warsaw, Assistant Secretary Robinson met with Ukrainian civil society organizations. During his visit to Rzeszow, Assistant Secretary Robinson met with the Ukrainian …

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Expiration of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Mandate

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON APRIL 1, 2022 The United States deeply regrets the decision by the Russian Federation to block consensus to extend the mandate of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM). The SMM provided invaluable reporting to OSCE participating States and the international community on the situation in eastern Ukraine, …

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Additional Sanctions on Russia’s Technology Companies and Cyber Actors

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 31, 2022 The United States will continue to impose severe costs on the Russian Federation in response to President Putin’s illegal war.  Today, we are targeting entities and individuals in our efforts to shut down the Kremlin’s sanctions evasion networks, which play an important role in the …

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Support of Partners Expelling Russian Intelligence Officials

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON MARCH 29, 2022 The United States applauds recent expulsions of Russian intelligence officers by our partners in Europe and around the world.  As our partners have outlined, these actions are in response to these individuals’ activities, which are in contravention of their diplomatic status, and the Russian Federation’s aggression in Ukraine. …

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$100 Million in New U.S. Civilian Security Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 26, 2022 The United States intends to provide an additional $100 million in civilian security assistance to enhance the capacity of the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs to provide essential border security, sustain civil law enforcement functions, and safeguard critical governmental infrastructure in the face of …

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Remarks by President Biden on the United Efforts of the Free World to Support the People of Ukraine

MARCH 26, 2022   The Royal Castle in Warsaw Warsaw, Poland THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, thank you, thank you.  Please, if you have a seat, be seated.  (Laughter.)  If you don’t, come up on stage. Thank you very much.  It’s a great honor to be here.  Mr. President, they tell me you’re over there somewhere.  …

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Remarks by President Biden after Meeting with Ukrainian Refugees

MARCH 26, 2022 PGE Narodowy Stadium Warsaw, Poland Q    Mr. President, what do you think about Russia changing its strategy? THE PRESIDENT:  I’m not sure they have. Q    And what’s the impact of this on you, Mr. President?  Tell us about what you saw. THE PRESIDENT:  I’ve been to an awful lot of places like …

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Remarks by President Biden and President Andrzej Duda of Poland before Expanded Bilateral Meeting

MARCH 26, 2022 Presidential Palace Warsaw, Poland   PRESIDENT DUDA:  Excellency Mr. President, distinguished members of the American delegation: I am delighted, and it is an immensely important moment to us to host you here, Mr. President, the President of the United States of America, along with the members of your delegation — to host …

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

MARCH 26, 2022 President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., met today with President Andrzej Duda of Poland in Warsaw. The leaders discussed ongoing international efforts to impose powerful sanctions on Russia for its unjustified and unprovoked attack on Ukraine. They also discussed their shared commitment to continue supporting the government and people of Ukraine. President Biden …

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Readout of President Biden’s Meeting with Foreign Minister Kuleba and Defense Minister Reznikov of Ukraine

MARCH 26, 2022 President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin met with Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and Minister of Defense Oleksii Reznikov for an update on Ukraine’s military, diplomatic, and humanitarian situation. The President updated the Ministers on U.S. efforts to rally the world in …

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Remarks by President Biden and President Andrzej Duda of Poland in Briefing on the Humanitarian Efforts for Ukraine

25 March, 2022   Rzeszów-Jasionka Airport Rzeszów, Poland PRESIDENT BIDEN:  Madam Ambassador, thank you very much.  And, Mr. President, thanks for the welcome.  Thanks for having us here.  And to — and we sent you our best.  We sent you Brzezinski as our ambassador, and I’m glad he’s here as well. And, you know, as …

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Remarks by President Biden During Visit with Service Members of the 82nd Airborne Division

MARCH 25, 2022 G2A Arena Rzeszów, Poland   THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Mr. Secretary.  Don’t jump.  (Laughter.)  You guys are used to jumping.  Don’t jump. Anyway, thanks for letting me come and say hello to you all.  You know, I’ve been saying this a long time — and the people who travel with me know …

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Administrator Samantha Power’s Introduction of President Biden at a Briefing on the Humanitarian Efforts for Ukraine

Friday, March 25, 2022 Rzeszow, Poland ADMINISTRATOR POWER: Welcome. I want to thank President Biden and President Duda for gathering us today. And for all of the humanitarian leaders here who have joined us. You all have devoted your lives to springing into action whenever you see human suffering. But it’s fair to say, I think, …

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FACT SHEET: The Biden Administration Announces New Humanitarian, Development, and Democracy Assistance to Ukraine and the Surrounding Region

MARCH 24, 2022 The United States is proud to be the largest single donor of humanitarian, democracy, and human rights assistance to Ukraine, working closely with our European partners. We remain committed to ensuring those affected by President Putin’s war of aggression, especially vulnerable populations such as women, children, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex …

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FACT SHEET: United States and Allies and Partners Impose Additional Costs on Russia

MARCH 24, 2022 United States sanctions over 400 Russian elites, Duma members, and defense companies in coordination with the European Union and G7; U.S. has now sanctioned over 600 targets G7 and EU announce sanctions evasion initiative to prevent circumvention and backfilling of our unprecedented sanctions; continue to blunt Central Bank of the Russian Federation’s …

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Targeting Elites of the Russian Federation

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 24, 2022 Today, the Department of State and the Department of the Treasury have taken additional sweeping actions as part of our response, together with our allies and partners, to the Russian Federation’s premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified war against Ukraine.  We are steadfast in our commitment to ensuring …

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Statement of President Joe Biden on the Passing of Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

MARCH 23, 2022 Madeleine Albright was a force. Hers were the hands that turned the tide of history. As a young girl, she found a home in the United States—after her family fled their home country of Czechoslovakia during World War II, and the Iron Curtain came down across Central and Eastern Europe. Her father, …

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War Crimes by Russia’s Forces in Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 23, 2022 Since launching his unprovoked and unjust war of choice, Russian President Vladimir Putin has unleashed unrelenting violence that has caused death and destruction across Ukraine.  We’ve seen numerous credible reports of indiscriminate attacks and attacks deliberately targeting civilians, as well as other atrocities.  Russia’s …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Polish Foreign Minister Rau

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 22, 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 continued international efforts to support Ukraine and to respond to the devastating humanitarian crisis caused by Putin’s premeditated, …

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Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr.’s Speech before the Euro-Atlantic Association in Warsaw

POLAND AND NATO SENATOR JOSEPH R. BIDEN, JR. SPEECH BEFORE THE EURO-ATLANTIC ASSOCIATION WARSAW WARSAW UNIVERSITY, WARSAW, POLAND MARCH 25, 1997   I would like to thank Mr. Onyszkiewicz for his kind introduction, and to thank the Euro-Atlantic Association for the invitation to speak here today at Warsaw University. I am privileged and honored to …

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

MARCH 20, 2022 This week, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will travel to Poland following his meetings in Brussels, Belgium with our NATO Allies, G7 Leaders, and European Union Leaders to discuss international efforts to support Ukraine and impose severe and unprecedented costs on Russia for its invasion. On Friday, March 25, President Biden will travel to Warsaw, Poland, where he …

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Welcoming the International Court of Justice’s Order Directing the Russian Federation to Immediately Suspend Military Operations in Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON MARCH 16, 2022 The International Court of Justice today issued a significant ruling in Ukraine’s case against the Russian Federation under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. The ruling clearly and unequivocally ordered Russia to immediately suspend the military operations Russia commenced last …

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$1 Billion in New U.S. Security Assistance for Ukraine This Week

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 16, 2022 In recent days, Russia has escalated its premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified war on Ukraine, striking hospitals, demolishing schools, leveling civilian infrastructure, and killing hundreds of civilians.  As Ukrainian forces bravely continue to combat Russia’s renewed invasion, the United States and its Allies and partners …

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Remarks by President Biden on the Assistance the United States is Providing to Ukraine

MARCH 16, 2022 South Court Auditorium Eisenhower Executive Office Building      THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon.  I want to begin by thanking President Zelenskyy for his passionate message this morning.  I listened to it in the private residence, and he was convincing.  And — significant speech. He speaks for a people who have shown remarkable courage …

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Fact Sheet on U.S. Security Assistance for Ukraine

MARCH 16, 2022 President Biden today announced an additional $800 million in security assistance to Ukraine, bringing the total U.S. security assistance committed to Ukraine to $1 billion in just the past week, and a total of $2 billion since the start of the Biden Administration. The assistance will take the form of direct transfers …

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

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 15, 2022 The world has been transfixed as Russia has perpetrated a premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified attack on Ukraine.  Russia’s further invasion of Ukraine has resulted in widespread human suffering and casualties, including the deaths of innocent civilians, including children. Today, the Department of State is continuing to …

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

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$200 Million in New Security Assistance for Ukraine

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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

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

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Media Crackdown in Russia

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Readout of Vice President Harris’s Calls with European Leaders

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Additional Measures Against the Russian Financial System

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Readout of President Biden’s Call with Allies and Partners

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

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

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Additional Military Assistance for Ukraine

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Joint Statement on Further Restrictive Economic Measures

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

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

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call

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

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

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Remarks by President Biden Announcing Response to Russian Actions in Ukraine

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Department of State Presence in Ukraine

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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

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

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Kremlin Decision on Eastern Ukraine

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

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

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Remarks by President Biden Providing an Update on Russia and Ukraine

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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

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Secretary Austin to Travel to Belgium, Poland, and Lithuania

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Readout of President Biden’s Video Call with Transatlantic Leaders

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Readout of Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call

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

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Posture Updates in Support of Allies in Europe

February 2, 2022 As part of our commitment to upholding the principles of the rules-based international order and to the security of our NATO Allies, the United States maintains significant combat-capable forces in Europe. These forward-deployed forces help to deter aggression and if deterrence fails, stand shoulder to shoulder with our Allies to maintain security and …

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A Proclamation on National Black History Month, 2022

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Political Prisoners in Belarus

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

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Readout of President Biden’s Video Call with European Leaders on Russia and Ukraine

JANUARY 24, 2022 President Biden held a secure video call with European leaders today. They reiterated their continued concern about the Russian military build-up on Ukraine’s borders and expressed their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The leaders underscored their shared desire for a diplomatic resolution to the current tensions and reviewed recent engagements with Russia …

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Call with B9 Counterparts

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Fact vs. Fiction: Russian Disinformation on Ukraine

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JANUARY 20, 2022 The Department of State, working with the U.S. interagency, is aware of several Russian military and intelligence entities that are engaged in information confrontation targeting Ukraine.  These activities include the spread of disinformation and propaganda attempting to paint Ukraine and Ukrainian government officials as the aggressor …

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Russia’s Top Five Persistent Disinformation Narratives

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As delivered by Ambassador Michael Carpenter to the Permanent Council, Vienna January 13, 2022 Thank you, Mr. Chair. Foreign Minister Rau, the United States warmly welcomes you to the Permanent Council as OSCE Chair-in-Office for 2022.  We welcome your clear statement of priorities for the OSCE in the coming year and look forward to working …

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Meet Fulbright Ambassadors

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne

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Welcoming the Ceasefire in Donbas

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Department Press Briefing – December 20, 2021 (excerpt)

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON WASHINGTON, D.C. DECEMBER 20, 2021 (…) QUESTION: Marcin Wrona, TVN Discovery from Poland. Ned, on Friday, the parliament in Poland passed a law which will force Discovery, which is one of the biggest American investments in the country, out of Poland. But on the other hand, as I understand, President Duda …

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Weakened Media Freedom in Poland

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Call with B9 Counterparts

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The Politically Motivated Convictions of Belarusian Opposition Figures

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A Proclamation on Human Rights Day and Human Rights Week, 2021

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Fact Sheet: U.S. Strategy on Countering Corruption

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A Proclamation on International Day of Persons With Disabilities, 2021

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Signing of an Aviation Security Agreement

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Statement by President Joe Biden on Hanukkah

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Call with Polish National Security Bureau Chief Pawel Soloch

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

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

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Imposition of Further Sanctions in Connection with Nord Stream 2

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On Transgender Day of Remembrance

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International Education Week and Open Doors Report

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 15, 2021 From November 15-19, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education are celebrating International Education Week (IEW). This year is the 22nd annual celebration of IEW, a joint initiative by both agencies to highlight the benefits of international education and exchange.  International education …

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A Proclamation on American Education Week, 2021

NOVEMBER 12, 2021 I have always believed that our children are the kite strings that hold our national ambitions aloft — when we invest in their education, we are investing in the future of our Nation.  During American Education Week, which marks its 100th anniversary this year, we celebrate the unparalleled power of education to …

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A Proclamation on Veterans Day, 2021

NOVEMBER 09, 2021 For generations, millions of Americans have answered the call to serve — taking the sacred oath to defend and preserve our Nation’s ideals of liberty and democracy.  These patriots represent the best of us.  On Veterans Day, we honor their service, dedication, and valor and are forever grateful for their sacrifice. Our …

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A Proclamation on World Freedom Day, 2021

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The United States Announces $25 Million to Support Access to Clean Nuclear Energy

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The International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

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Fact Sheet: Prioritizing Climate in Foreign Policy and National Security

OCTOBER 21, 2021 From Day One, the Biden-Harris Administration has prioritized addressing the climate crisis both at home and as a core element of our national security and foreign policy.  The climate crisis is reshaping our physical world, with the Earth’s climate changing faster than at any point in modern history and extreme weather events …

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Poland Signs Artemis Accords at International Astronautical Congress

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A Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-⁠19 Pandemic

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Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on the United States Election to the Human Rights Council (HRC)

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Election of the United States to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC)

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 14, 2021   Since the earliest days of this Administration, President Biden has made clear that our foreign policy would be grounded in America’s most cherished democratic values: defending freedom, championing opportunity, upholding human rights and fundamental freedoms, respecting the rule of law, and treating everyone …

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Observance of International Day of the Girl Child

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A Proclamation on General Pulaski Memorial Day, 2021

OCTOBER 08, 2021 On General Pulaski Memorial Day, we honor Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski, a Polish-born hero of the American Revolution, who gave his life 242 years ago in defense of our cause to establish a free and independent Nation.  Known as the “Father of the American Cavalry” for his leadership and military skills, General Pulaski’s …

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A Proclamation on Cybersecurity Awareness Month, 2021

SEPTEMBER 30, 2021 Our Nation is under a constant and ever-increasing threat from malicious cyber actors.  Ransomware attacks have disrupted hospitals, schools, police departments, fuel pipelines, food suppliers, and small businesses — delaying essential services and putting the lives and livelihoods of Americans at risk.  Any disruption, corruption, or dysfunction of our vital infrastructure can have …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on Cybersecurity Awareness Month

OCTOBER 01, 2021 Cyber threats can affect every American, every business regardless of size, and every community. That’s why my administration is marshalling a whole-of-nation effort to confront cyber threats. I am committed to strengthening our cybersecurity by hardening our critical infrastructure against cyberattacks, disrupting ransomware networks, working to establish and promote clear rules of …

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Charge d’Affaires Welcomes Newly Arrived Fulbright Fellows from the United States

Charge d’Affaires B. Bix Aliu hosted 30 newly arrived Fulbright Scholars from the United States who will spend the next academic year in different cities across Poland.  These U.S. scholars will teach and conduct research at Polish universities throughout the complete 2021-22 academic year.  They will be based at universities in Warszawa, Białystok, Opole, Bydgoszcz, …

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Commemorating the International Day of Democracy

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 14, 2021 On this International Day of Democracy, we underscore our support for democracy as we strive toward a more equitable, inclusive, and sustainable world. The United States places democracy and human rights at the center of our foreign policy; they are essential elements in achieving and …

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The 20th Anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks

On the 20th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, we honor the memory of those who died and we share the sorrow of those who lost friends and loved ones. We will never forget the great heroism of firefighters, rescuers and all those who risked their own lives and saved others. Our values ​​were not broken then. Today …

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United States Condemns the Unjust Detention of Crimean Tatar Leaders

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 5, 2021 The United States strongly condemns the September 4 detention of the Deputy Chairman of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, Nariman Dhezlal, and at least 45 other Crimean Tatars by Russian occupation authorities in Crimea.  We call on the Russian occupation authorities to release them immediately.  This is the …

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Remarks by President Biden on the End of the War in Afghanistan

AUGUST 31, 2021 THE PRESIDENT:  Last night in Kabul, the United States ended 20 years of war in Afghanistan — the longest war in American history. We completed one of the biggest airlifts in history, with more than 120,000 people evacuated to safety.  That number is more than double what most experts thought were possible.  …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on the Evacuation Mission in Kabul

AUGUST 28, 2021 This morning, I met with my national security team in Washington and my commanders in the field. We discussed the strike that U.S. forces took last night against the terrorist group ISIS-K in Afghanistan. I said we would go after the group responsible for the attack on our troops and innocent civilians …

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Joint Statement on Afghanistan Evacuation Travel Assurances

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On Today’s Terrorist Attacks in Kabul

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 26, 2021 Today’s bombings around the Kabul airport were a devastating reminder of the dangerous conditions in which our servicemembers and diplomats are operating as we conclude the United States’ 20-year military mission in Afghanistan. As the President said, the servicemembers who were killed and wounded …

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Remarks by President Biden on the Terror Attack at Hamid Karzai International Airport

AUGUST 26, 2021 THE PRESIDENT:  Been a tough day.  This evening in Kabul, as you all know, terrorists attacked — that we’ve been talking about and worried about, that the intelligence community has assessed has [was] undertaken — an attack — by a group known as ISIS-K — took the lives of American service members standing guard …

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A Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Attack in Kabul, Afghanistan

AUGUST 26, 2021 As a mark of respect for the U.S. service members and other victims killed in the terrorist attack on August 26, 2021, in Kabul, Afghanistan, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 24, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg today. Secretary Blinken and Secretary General Stoltenberg shared their views on the August 20 NATO Foreign Ministerial and discussed the situation in Afghanistan. They welcomed Allies’ …

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Joint Statement on the Situation of Women and Girls in Afghanistan

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 18, 2021 This statement has been co-signed by Albania, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, European Union, Honduras, Guatemala, North Macedonia, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Senegal, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.  Begin Text: We are deeply worried about Afghan women …

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Embassy Supports Holocaust Education and Human Rights

Cultural Affairs Officer Jeanne Briganti helped kick off the fourth edition of  The Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI)  seminar, which provides training to educators around the world on Holocaust education and human rights.  A group of 30 educators from all over Poland are participating in the seminar, which takes place in Warsaw, Oswiecim, and Krakow.  Ms. Briganti joined Ms. Oana Nestian-Sandu, …

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Update on Recent Legislative Developments in Poland

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 16, 2021 The United States reiterates our concerns about amendments to the Code of Administrative Procedure, which President Duda signed on August 14, severely restricting restitution and compensation for property wrongfully confiscated during Poland’s communist era. We deeply regret the adoption of these amendments. Further, we …

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Joint Statement on Afghanistan

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 15, 2021 The below reflects the list of signatory countries as of August 16. The following is the text of a joint statement on Afghanistan released by the following: Albania, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Canada, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, …

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Poland’s Troubling Legislation

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 11, 2021 We are deeply concerned that Poland’s parliament passed legislation today severely restricting the process for Holocaust survivors and their families, as well as other Jewish and non-Jewish property owners, to obtain restitution for property wrongfully confiscated during Poland’s communist era. We urge that President …

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Counselor Chollet’s Travel to Ukraine and Poland

MEDIA NOTE JULY 19, 2021 Counselor of the Department Derek Chollet will travel to Kyiv on July 20-21 and Warsaw on July 21-23 to reinforce the strategic value of the United States’ relationships with Ukraine and Poland.  He will continue our diplomatic conversations with Ukraine and Poland on a range of issues, including our shared …

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The Embassy’s Virtual Celebration of America’s Independence Day in 2021

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Travel of Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues Cherrie Daniels to Poland

US Embassy Warsaw For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE July 2, 2021   Travel of Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues Cherrie Daniels to Poland The Department of State’s Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues , Cherrie Daniels , will make her second official visit to Poland July 2-11. Her first visit as Envoy was in January 2020, as part of the U.S. delegation to …

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#WordsMatter

  #WordsMatter. We read carefully the comments that appear under our posts about equality for LGBTQI + people. Among them there are words full of support, but there are also comments that should have never been said. We asked a few people from the Polish LGBTQI+ environment to read comments in front of the camera …

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Chargé d’Affaires a.i. B. Bix Aliu’s Remarks at the Three Seas Forum of the Regions in Lublin

29 June 2021 The United States has been and continues to be a strong supporter and partner of the Three Seas Initiative. As Secretary Blinken said in one of his very first events as U.S. Secretary of State back in February, the United States is eager to work with the Three Seas countries to strengthen …

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President Biden Announces U.S. Special Envoy to Advance the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ Persons

JUNE 25, 2021 WASHINGTON – Today, ahead of his remarks at the White House for Pride Month, President Joe Biden announced that he will appoint Jessica Stern to be the U.S. Special Envoy to Advance the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ Persons at the Department of State – a role critical to ensuring that U.S. diplomacy …

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Remarks by President Biden Commemorating LGBTQ+ Pride Month

JUNE 25, 2021 THE PRESIDENT:  Well, my name is Joe Biden.  I’m Jill Biden’s husband.  (Laughter.) Ashton, thank you.  You seemed awfully comfortable up here.  (Laughter and applause.)  You were awfully comfortable up here.  I don’t know.  I — I’m not sure I’ll be around, but, you know — (laughter) — if you’re here, just …

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Holding the Lukashenka Regime and Its Enablers to Account

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 21, 2021 The United States has taken action against dozens of Belarusian individuals and entities in response to last month’s forced diversion of a commercial Ryanair flight between two European Union member states and the politically motivated arrest of journalist Raman Pratasevich and Sofiya Sapega. These …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Polish Foreign Minister Rau

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JUNE 18, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau. Secretary Blinken emphasized the strength of our Polish-American partnership to NATO and the Transatlantic community in addressing regional and global challenges. The Secretary also discussed our …

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U.S.-EU Summit Statement

15 June 2021 Towards a Renewed Transatlantic Partnership 1. The United States and the European Union represent 780 million people who share democratic values and the largest economic relationship in the world. We have a chance and a responsibility to help people make a living and keep them safe and secure, fight climate change, and …

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

14 June 2021 President Biden spoke today on the margins of the NATO Summit with President Andrzej Duda of Poland. The President reiterated his support for NATO’s strengthened defense and deterrence agenda and his resolute commitment to the defense of Allies on NATO’s eastern flank, including Poland. He discussed his plans for the upcoming summit …

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A Proclamation on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month, 2021

JUNE 01, 2021 The uprising at the Stonewall Inn in June, 1969, sparked a liberation movement — a call to action that continues to inspire us to live up to our Nation’s promise of equality, liberty, and justice for all.  Pride is a time to recall the trials the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer …

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On Pride Month

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 1, 2021 During this year’s Pride Month, we celebrate an important message: “You are Included.” The diverse experiences, perspectives, and contributions of the State Department community make our institution stronger and advance the goals of American diplomacy. Out of many, we are one. The Department has …

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Media Freedom Coalition Statement on the Arrest of Roman Protasevich

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 29, 2021 The undersigned members of the Media Freedom Coalition condemn in the strongest terms Belarus’ forced diversion and landing of a commercial aircraft and subsequent arrest of journalist Roman Protasevich. This unprecedented and shocking action constitutes a full frontal attack on media freedom and has serious implications …

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Statement by Press Secretary Psaki on the U.S. Response to Belarus’s Forced Diversion of Ryanair Flight and Continuing Attack on Fundamental Freedoms

MAY 28, 2021 Belarus’s forced diversion of a commercial Ryanair flight under false pretenses, traveling between two member states of the European Union, and the subsequent removal and arrest of Raman Pratasevich, a Belarusian journalist, are a direct affront to international norms. These events took place amid an escalating wave of repression by the Lukashenka regime …

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Chargé d’Affaires a.i. B. Bix Aliu’s Remarks at the American School of Warsaw Graduation Ceremony

29  May 2021 American School of Warsaw Class of 2021, you did it! There are many of us here to congratulate you – family, staff, and special guest Leslie Scanlon, the Canadian Ambassador who I hear has some celebrating to do, too. Graduates, I know you have faced obstacles.  COVID-19 has taken away many traditional high school experiences from you. But there is a silver lining – you were able to attend school in-person …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on the First Anniversary of George Floyd’s Murder

MAY 25, 2021 Today, in the Oval Office, I met with George Floyd’s family. Although it has been one year since their beloved brother and father was murdered, for the family – for any family experiencing a profound loss – the first year can still feel like they got the news a few seconds ago. …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on Diversion of Ryanair Flight and Arrest of Journalist in Belarus

MAY 24, 2021 Belarus’s forced diversion of a commercial Ryanair flight, traveling between two member states of the European Union, and subsequent removal and arrest of Raman Pratasevich, a Belarusian journalist traveling abroad, are a direct affront to international norms. The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms both the diversion of the plane …

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Diversion of Ryanair Flight to Belarus and Arrest of Journalist

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 23, 2021 The United States strongly condemns the forced diversion of a flight between two EU member states and the subsequent removal and arrest of journalist Raman Pratasevich in Minsk. We demand his immediate release. This shocking act perpetrated by the Lukashenka regime endangered the lives …

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Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

MAY 17, 2021 Jill and I are proud to recognize the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia — the anniversary of the day in 1990 when the World Health Organization took the long overdue step of declassifying ‘homosexuality’ as a mental disorder. So much has changed for the LGBTQI+ community since that day — …

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Secretary Blinken’s Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 16, 2021 This year’s May 17 marks 16 years since the first International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB). In the intervening period, the United States has endeavored to reaffirm the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all persons, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, …

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Chargé d’Affaires a.i. B. Bix Aliu’s Remarks at the Impact’21 Spring Conference

12 May 2021 Thank you Mr. Grass, And congratulations to the Impact Foundation for organizing such a far-reaching virtual event.  I’m so glad to see the interest and support mobilized for Impact’21.  Close to 100 partners helped to make this event happen and over 250 speakers are expected. That is impressive. Mister Prime Minister, may …

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Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.’s Participation in the Bucharest Nine Virtual Summit

MAY 10, 2021 President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with NATO’s eastern flank Allies in a virtual summit of the Bucharest Nine (B9) countries hosted by Presidents Klaus Iohannis of Romania and Andrzej Duda of Poland. President Biden underscored his commitment to rebuilding alliances and strengthening Transatlantic relations. He conveyed his desire for closer …

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Official Statements and Remarks

$100 Million in Additional U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine (State Department, 19 May 2022) Secretary Antony J. Blinken at a Roundtable on Humanitarian Assistance in Ukraine (State Department, 19 May 2022) Statement by President Joe Biden on Senate Passage of Ukraine Supplemental (White House, 19 May 2022) Raising the Flag at U.S. Embassy Kyiv (State Department, 18 May 2022) Possible Death Penalty against Pro-Democracy Activists and Anti-War Protesters in Belarus (State Department, 18 May 2022) On the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphopbia, Interphobia, and Transphobia (State Department, 17 May 2022) Statement by President Joe Biden on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (White House, 17 May 2022) READOUT: U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen’s Meetings in Warsaw, Poland (U.S. Department of the Treasury, 16 May 2022) Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen Delivers Remarks at the POLIN Museum in Warsaw, Poland (U.S. Department of the Treasury, 16 May 2022) G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Russia’s War Against Ukraine (State Department, 14 May …

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Poland Constitution Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 3, 2021 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I congratulate the Polish people as you celebrate your Constitution Day. The friendship shared by the United States and Poland traces its origins to the late 18th century when our countries adopted our …

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A Proclamation on Jewish American Heritage Month, 2021

APRIL 30, 2021 The Jewish American experience is a story of faith, fortitude, and progress.  It is a quintessential American experience — one that is connected to key tenets of American identity, including our Nation’s commitment to freedom of religion and conscience.  This month, we honor Jewish Americans — past and present — who have …

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World Press Freedom Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 3, 2021 Tomorrow, the United States joins the international community in celebrating World Press Freedom Day.  Information and knowledge are powerful tools, and a free and independent press is the core institution connecting publics to the information they need to advocate for themselves, make informed decisions, and …

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Chargé d’Affaires a.i. B. Bix Aliu’s Remarks at Local to Global: The Role of IP Management in Technology Transfer Virtual Zoom Meeting

26 April 2021 Thank you, Tisha, and hello current and future global players on World Intellectual Property Day.  We are honored to have so many entrepreneurs, business owners, and representatives of universities and technology transfer centers with us.  You’re here to gain a better understanding of how important modern intellectual property systems are for turning …

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A Proclamation on World Intellectual Property Day, 2021

APRIL 23, 2021 This year, on World Intellectual Property Day, we celebrate the innovators and creators who enrich our lives and create the products, services, companies, and industries of tomorrow.  We especially recognize the power of intellectual property protection in allowing our small businesses to compete, thrive, and play their important role as the heart …

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Opening Remarks at the Virtual Leaders Summit on Climate

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE THE WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON, D.C. APRIL 22, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good morning.  Good afternoon.  Good evening.  We are so grateful to have all of you with us today. As President Biden and Vice President Harris have made clear, this administration intends to do more than any in U.S. …

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Earth Day 2021

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 22, 2021 Today, the 51st Earth Day, we must work together to combat the climate crisis and restore our Earth for the benefit of everyone.  Each year, an estimated one billion people around the world mobilize for action on Earth Day, and this year, the United States joins this wave of action. This morning, …

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Revocation of the Authorization of Belarus General License 2G Due to Human Rights Violations and Abuses

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 19, 2021   The U.S. Department of State fully supports the Department of the Treasury’s announcement today on the revocation of the Belarus-related General License (GL) and implementation of a 45-day wind down of transactions. This action is a further consequence of the Belarusian authorities’ flagrant …

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Chargé d’Affaires Bix Aliu Honors the Heroism of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

To commemorate the 78th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising that took place on April 19, 1943, Chargé d’Affaires Bix Aliu expressed solidarity with the “Daffodils” social and educational campaign being conducted online this year by the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Reflecting on this solemn moment in history, Chargé d’Affaires Aliu stated …

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FACT SHEET: Imposing Costs for Harmful Foreign Activities by the Russian Government

APRIL 15, 2021 The Biden administration has been clear that the United States desires a relationship with Russia that is stable and predictable. We do not think that we need to continue on a negative trajectory. However, we have also been clear—publicly and privately—that we will defend our national interests and impose costs for Russian …

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Holding Russia To Account

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 15, 2021 Today, we announced actions to hold the Russian Government to account for the SolarWinds intrusion, reports of bounties on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, and attempts to interfere in the 2020 U.S. elections. We have engaged Russian authorities to share our concerns about their actions …

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Chargé d’Affaires a.i. B. Bix Aliu’s Remarks at the George Marshall Center

15 April 2021 Good afternoon, Ambassador Freytag von Loringhoven, professors, distinguished guests, alumni of the George C. Marshall Center, and friends. Thank you, Mr. Ambassador, for your remarks. Throughout your distinguished diplomatic career, we’ve had many opportunities to work together. Just a few months ago you met with the U.S. Embassy in Poland to discuss …

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Chargé d’Affaires a.i. B. Bix Aliu’s Remarks at the Opening of Google Cloud Poland

14 April 2021 Dzień Dobry. Thank you Ms. Dziewguć and congratulations on your role as Country Manager of Google Cloud Poland. This is a monumental moment where we welcome the expansion of the commitment to the Polish people and economy by one of the most innovative companies in American tech: Google. The United States of …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Before Their Meeting

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE NATO HEADQUARTERS BRUSSELS, BELGIUM APRIL 14, 2021 SECRETARY GENERAL STOLTENBERG:  So, Secretary Blinken, dear Tony, welcome back to NATO.  It’s really great to see you here again. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Thank you. SECRETARY GENERAL STOLTENBERG:  You participated in the NATO foreign ministerial meeting just last week, and the fact …

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International Roma Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 7, 2021 On behalf of the Government of the United States, I extend my best wishes to Roma everywhere on International Roma Day. On April 8, we celebrate the rich culture, language, and heritage of Roma around the world, including the generations of Romani Americans who …

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Global Competition for the 2021 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund Is Now Open!

The Embassy of the United States in Poland is pleased to announce the opening of a competition for past participants (“alumni”) of U.S. government-funded and U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs to submit applications for the U.S. Department of State’s 2021 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF 2021).  Alumni can submit proposals requesting funding from $10,000 up to $25,000 to …

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A Proclamation on Days of Remembrance of Victims of the Holocaust, 2021

APRIL 04, 2021 On Yom HaShoah — Holocaust Remembrance Day — we stand in solidarity with the Jewish people in America, Israel, and around the world to remember and reflect on the horrors of the Holocaust. An estimated six million Jews perished alongside millions of other innocent victims — Roma and Sinti, Slavs, disabled persons, …

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Transgender Day of Visibility

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 31, 2021 On the occasion of Transgender Day of Visibility, the United States proudly recognizes transgender and gender non-conforming persons and their continued struggle for a life of equality, security, and dignity. Across the globe, members of the transgender and gender non-conforming community are making significant strides towards advancing equality for all people. They are becoming more visible and bravely sharing their stories, providing …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken On Release of the 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

REMARKS TO THE PRESS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE PRESS BRIEFING ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. MARCH 30, 2021 MR PRICE:  Good afternoon.  Today I have the privilege of welcoming back to the press briefing room Secretary Blinken.  It’s especially a privilege today because the Secretary, as you know, is here to unveil the  2020 Human Rights Report . Secretary …

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President Biden Invites 40 World Leaders to Leaders Summit on Climate

MARCH 26, 2021 Today, President Biden invited 40 world leaders to the Leaders Summit on Climate he will host on April 22 and 23.  The virtual Leaders Summit will be live streamed for public viewing. President Biden took action his first day in office to return the United States to the Paris Agreement.  Days later, …

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Urbanator Days … with Peter Burman on ZOOM (March 25)!

Zoom in to Michal Urbaniak’s latest innovation – an online version of his famous Urbanator Days. For his next gig on Thursday, March 25th at 1800 (Warsaw time), the Urbanator will host a fascinating discussion with renowned Swedish jazz – and classical music — composer and keyboardist Peter Burman. Inspired on his international musical journey …

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Joint Statement by 19 States in Support of the Establishment of the International Accountability Platform for Belarus

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 24, 2021 The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Begin text: As documented in the …

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Secretary Blinken Meets with the Visegrad Group Foreign Ministers

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 23, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today in Brussels with his counterparts from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia, which constitute the Visegrád Group (V4).  As NATO Allies and EU Member States, the V4 countries play an important role in strengthening Central Europe and the Transatlantic Alliance.  Secretary Blinken emphasized the importance …

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Secretary Blinken Travels to Belgium to Highlight the Strength of the NATO Alliance and the Transatlantic Relationship

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 22, 2021 “We continue to support the goal of a Europe whole and free and at peace. The United States is fully committed to our NATO Alliance, and I welcome Europe’s growing investment in the military capabilities that enable our shared defense.” – President Joseph R. Biden, February …

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World Water Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 22, 2021 Water is an invaluable resource that we rely on for nearly everything we do.  Reliable access to water underpins health, economic opportunity, and security in every country, and ensuring global access to safe and adequate water for basic needs is now more important than ever.  Climate change is already …

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Statement by President Biden on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

MARCH 21, 2021 One of the core values and beliefs that should bring us together as Americans is standing against hate and racism, even as we acknowledge that systemic racism and white supremacy are ugly poisons that have long plagued the United States. We must change the laws that enable discrimination in our country, and …

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Ukraine

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 18, 2021 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, Germany, …

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Join “EducationUSA Poland” Virtual Fair on April 15!

The U.S. Embassy cordially invites students, teachers and parents to join and view the EducationUSA Poland Virtual Fair on April 15, from 4:00-7:00pm. Representatives of 16 American colleges and universities will present their educational offers for Polish students. The fair is open to anyone interested in studying in the United States at the undergraduate level.  Viewers will have a chance to attend various thematic …

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Joint Statement: The United States and the European Union Commit to Greater Cooperation to Counter the Climate Crisis

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 9, 2021 Today in Brussels, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry met with European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen, Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans, and the College of Commissioners to discus efforts to raise global climate ambition heading into COP26 in Glasgow.  After their meetings, they …

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