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

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

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

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

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

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

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Poland’s Announcement on Westinghouse Nuclear Technology Selection

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

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

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

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International Religious Freedom Day

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

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Imposing Sanctions on Russia’s Technology Procurement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the People of Ukraine

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

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

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

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

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

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FACT SHEET

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

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

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

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World Ocean Day

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

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Targeting Russia’s Oligarchs and Vessels

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

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Commemorating Pride Month

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

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

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

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

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

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

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 15, 2022 The United States, with support from Allies and partners, is taking action to promote accountability for the Russian and Belarusian governments’ human rights abuses and violations within and outside their borders.  In doing so, we reiterate our condemnation of President Putin’s premeditated, unjustified, and unprovoked war against Ukraine, as well as …

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Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the People of Ukraine

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

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$200 Million in New Security Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 12, 2022 The people of Ukraine are inspiring the world as they defend their country from Russia’s premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified invasion of their country. The United States and our Allies and partners stand in solidarity with the people and government of Ukraine in the face …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Polish Foreign Minister Rau

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 10, 2022 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke by phone today with Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau on coordinated efforts to provide security and humanitarian support to Ukraine in the face of Russia’s unprovoked, unjustified, and premeditated war and its …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken With Piotr Krasko of TVN

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

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken At a Town Hall with Kyiv Embassy Personnel

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE HOTEL BRISTOL RZESZOW, POLAND MARCH 5, 2022 MS KVIEN:  Well, it’s my great pleasure and honor to welcome Secretary Blinken to Embassy Kyiv-West here in Rzeszow, Poland.  What you have in front of you, Mr. Secretary, is about 50 folks who have been working night and day since we …

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Secretary Blinken at a Meeting with Congressional Delegation

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE HOTEL BRISTOL RZESZOW, POLAND MARCH 5, 2022 SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, greetings, everyone.  I’m particularly pleased to be here with friends and colleagues from the Congress.  This is, as always, very powerful to see a bipartisan group of leaders from Congress standing together, coming together in support of Ukraine, and …

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

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE POLAND-UKRAINE BORDER MARCH 5, 2022 SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good afternoon, everyone.  The entire world stands with Ukraine, just as I am standing here in Ukraine with my friend, my colleague, Dmytro Kuleba, the foreign minister of Ukraine.  We’ve seen an extraordinary surgence of support from around the world against Russia’s aggression …

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

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE BRISTOL HOTEL RZESZOW, POLAND MARCH 5, 2022 MODERATOR:  Ladies and gentlemen, time for statements, and – for information, there won’t be any questions after the statements because of limited time.  Minister Rau, floor is yours. FOREIGN MINISTER RAU:  Thank you.  Ladies and gentlemen, we meeting – our meeting …

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

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

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Additional Measures Against the Russian Financial System

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

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

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

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

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

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Additional Military Assistance for Ukraine

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

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

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

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Department of State Presence in Ukraine

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

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Kremlin Decision on Eastern Ukraine

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Polish Foreign Minister Rau

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

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

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Polish Foreign Minister Rau

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

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau Before Their Meeting

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE ZBIGNIEW RAU, POLISH FOREIGN MINISTER THOMAS JEFFERSON ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. FEBRUARY 4, 2022 SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, good morning, everyone.  It’s a great pleasure to have my friend, the Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau, here in Washington at the State Department, and the timing could not be better in the …

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Political Prisoners in Belarus

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JANUARY 27, 2022 The Lukashenka regime now holds more than 1,000 political prisoners.  These Belarusians, from all walks of life, have been arrested and confined simply because they peacefully exercised their rights to freedom of expression and assembly in response to a fraudulent election and the Lukashenka …

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The Stakes of Russian Aggression for Ukraine and Beyond

SPEECH ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE BERLIN-BRANDENBURG ACADEMY OF SCIENCES BERLIN, GERMANY JANUARY 20, 2022 SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good afternoon.  First, let me say how honored I am by the presence of so many friends, colleagues, leaders across different communities here in Germany, and also leaders in the partnership that links our two countries.  I’m …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JANUARY 18, 2022 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. They discussed the January 10 Strategic Stability Dialogue, January 12 NATO-Russia Council, and January 13 OSCE Permanent Council meetings. The Secretary stressed the importance of …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Polish Foreign Minister Rau

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JANUARY 17, 2022 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau.  The Secretary reiterated the United States’ firm commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s unprovoked military buildup.  They discussed continued cooperation to …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken at a Press Availability

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE PRESS BRIEFING ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. JANUARY 7, 2022 SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good afternoon, everyone.  Very good to see folks here.  And to those I haven’t had a chance to say this to, Happy New Year. This morning, NATO’s North Atlantic Council met to discuss our coordinated response to Russia’s …

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Secretary Blinken’s Telephone Call with Polish Foreign Minister Rau

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON DECEMBER 28, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau.  Secretary Blinken emphasized our unshakeable commitment to transatlantic security as the cornerstone for regional stability and prosperity.  The Secretary reaffirmed strong U.S. support for Poland’s …

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The Politically Motivated Convictions of Belarusian Opposition Figures

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE DECEMBER 14, 2021 The United States condemns today’s politically motivated convictions of Belarusian opposition figures Syarhey Tsikhanouski, Mikalai Statkevich, Radio Liberty journalist Ihar Losik, and others in judicial proceedings that do not conform to the rule of law. Belarusian courts harshly sentenced Mr. Tsikhanouski to 18 years, Mr. …

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On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE DECEMBER 2, 2021 On December 3 International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the United States remains steadfast in our commitment and resolve to advance the human rights of persons with disabilities at home and around the world.  We urge foreign governments to engage persons with disabilities in the democratic process, to combat discrimination and abuse, counter prejudice, …

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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

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE NOVEMBER 24, 2021 Preventing and responding to gender-based violence (GBV) is a human rights imperative and one this Administration is committed to championing.  Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, GBV impeded women and girls’ free and full participation in society.  The pandemic has only exacerbated existing gender inequities, …

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Imposition of Further Sanctions in Connection with Nord Stream 2

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE NOVEMBER 22, 2021 The Department of State has submitted a report to Congress pursuant to the Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act of 2019 (PEESA), as amended.  The report lists two vessels and one Russia-linked entity, Transadria Ltd., involved in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.  Transadria Ltd. will …

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On Transgender Day of Remembrance

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE NOVEMBER 19, 2021 On November 20, we honor the lives of transgender and gender non-conforming people that have been taken from us by violence rooted in bias and intolerance. Around the world, transgender and gender non-conforming people are subjected to staggering levels of violence, harassment, and discrimination on the …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Polish Foreign Minister Rau

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 14, 2021 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke yesterday with Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau.  Secretary Blinken reaffirmed U.S. support for Poland in the face of the Lukashenka regime’s cynical exploitation of vulnerable migrants.  The actions by the Lukashenka regime threaten …

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The International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 2, 2021 A free and independent press holds leaders accountable, protects the rights of citizens, and ensures our communities are well informed. In too many countries, journalists face the threat of violence or imprisonment for their reporting. The United States condemns threats, harassment, and violence targeting journalists and media …

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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

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 11, 2021 On International Day of the Girl Child, the United States joins the global community in recognizing an inherent truth: all girls around the world deserve to live safe, healthy, and empowered lives.  Girls are critical participants in our local and global communities, poised to …

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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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Joint Statement on Afghanistan Evacuation Travel Assurances

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 29, 2021 The text of the following statement was released initially by the Governments of the United States of America, Albania, Australia, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Canada, Central African Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, …

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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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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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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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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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