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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Wildlife Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 3, 2021 On this World Wildlife Day, we recognize the importance of the world’s forests, which are home to 80 percent of the globe’s terrestrial biodiversity and contribute to the livelihoods of over one billion people.  They also absorb nearly a third of all the planet-warming …

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Imposing Sanctions on Russia for the Poisoning and Imprisonment of Aleksey Navalny

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 2, 2021 The United States joins the European Union in condemning and responding to the Russian Federation’s use of a chemical weapon in the attempted assassination of Russian opposition figure Aleksey Navalny in August 2020 and his subsequent imprisonment in January 2021.  We share the EU’s …

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Crimea is Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 25, 2021 The United States joins Ukraine in marking the seventh anniversary of Russia’s invasion and seizure of Crimea — a brazen affront to the modern international order.  We affirm this basic truth: Crimea is Ukraine. Russia’s occupation and increasing militarization of the Crimean Peninsula have …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Polish Foreign Minister Rau

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 23, 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 importance of Polish-American security cooperation to NATO and the Transatlantic Community and thanked the Foreign Minister for Poland’s steadfast partnership.  The Secretary also discussed our cooperation …

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Secretary Blinken’s Participation in the EU Foreign Affairs Council

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 22, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken participated virtually in today’s EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) at the invitation of EU High Representative Josep Borrell. Secretary Blinken highlighted the United States’ commitment to repairing, revitalizing, and raising the level of ambition in the U.S.-EU …

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The United States Officially Rejoins the Paris Agreement

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 19, 2021 On January 20, on his first day in office, President Biden signed the instrument to bring the United States back into the Paris Agreement. Per the terms of the Agreement, the United States officially becomes a Party again today. The Paris Agreement is an …

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Statement by Secretary Antony Blinken on the Death of Secretary George Shultz

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 7, 2021 George Shultz was a legend. As Secretary of State, he helped achieve the greatest geopolitical feat of the age: a peaceful end to the Cold War. He negotiated landmark arms control agreements with the Soviet Union and, after leaving office, continued to fight for a world free of nuclear weapons. He also urged serious action on the climate crisis at a time when too few …

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Advancing the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Persons Around the World

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 4, 2021 Today, President Biden signed a Presidential Memorandum directing all U.S. government departments and agencies engaged abroad to ensure that U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI+) persons around the world. The …

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