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Of course, many of these investments can take time to bear fruit.
I’ve been on the phone with counterparts from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, to make sure that we’re coordinating carefully, our team as well has been in very close contact with the African Union, with other international organizations – again, to make sure that everyone is coordinated and that we are channeling the shared determination among the international community to get to a ceasefire as quickly as possible and to put Sudan back on the track of talks, negotiations, again, to restore civilian-led government in Sudan.
Yesterday, we had an American diplomatic convoy that was fired on. All of our people are safe, but this the action was reckless, it was irresponsible and, of course, unsafe.
People in Sudan want the military back in the barracks, they want democracy, they want a civilian-led government. Sudan needs to return to that path.
The major parties in Khartoum, some weeks ago reached a very important framework agreement on how to proceed with a transition to civilian government. And there’s been real progress in trying to move that forward.
Where Wagner’s been present, bad things inevitably follow.
In my own mind, there’s no doubt that he’s being wrongfully detained by Russia, which is exactly what I said to Foreign Minister Lavrov when I spoke to him over the weekend, but I want to make sure that as always, because there is a formal process, that we go through it and we will, and I expect that to be to be completed soon.
Historically, the demand’s been cyclical, the busy season is kind of March to late summer. Basically it’s full time now, we’ve hired staff to increase the adjudicative capacity to make sure that … we’ve got the customer service, phone lines manned, we have more people in the pipeline and that’s also reflected in the budget. It’s hugely important.
We expect that 65% of renewal customers for passports will be able to do so online once this program is fully up and running, i think it’s really important that we be as clear and transparent as possible with people who are looking for passports to know what they can expect.
We’ve hired staff to increase the adjudicative capacity to make sure that … we’ve got the customer service, phone lines manned, we have more people in the pipeline and that’s also reflected in the budget. It’s hugely important.
We were authorizing overtime, we’ve opened satellite offices, we’re organizing cores at the headquarters to assist in processing, processing times.
For visitor visas, the median global interview appointment wait time is two months, half of what it was a year ago.
The immigrant visas are a whole other issue. We’re doing a lot of work on that.
The government of Ethiopia is taking the first steps by publicly releasing a detailed green paper with transitional justice options based upon best practice and building upon the experiences of other states emerging from periods of mass violence.
The process is benefiting from the advice of experts in the field, including members of my team who participated in a workshop on transitional justice with other international specialists just last week.
After the department’s careful review of the law and the facts, I’ve determined that members of the Ethiopian National Defense Forces, Eritrean Defense Forces, Tigray People’s Liberation Front forces and Amhara forces committed war crimes during the conflict in northern Ethiopia.
As I discussed with both sides during my visit, to build a durable peace, there must be acknowledgment of the atrocities committed by all parties, as well as accountability, together with reconciliation.
We stand strongly with Moldova in support of its security, its independence, its territorial integrity, the very important reform efforts that the president and the government are making, at the same time, we have deep concern about some of the plotting that we’ve seen coming from Russia to try to destabilize the government, but appreciate, of course, the efforts that – the good efforts being made by Moldova to protect against that.
Both officials were complicit in the mistreatment of inmates in their custody by security forces, including through rape, torture, or other cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment.
The footage of this massacre, coupled with the ongoing killing and abuse of countless Syrians, serves as a sobering reminder for why countries should not normalize relations with the Assad regime absent enduring progress towards a political resolution, the United States calls on the Assad regime to cease all violations and abuses of human rights, including but not limited to extrajudicial killings, arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance, and torture.
The United States calls on the Assad regime to cease all violations and abuses of human rights, including but not limited to extrajudicial killings, arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance, and torture.
Sviridenko is the Russian Deputy Minister of Justice who oversees the prosecution of criminal cases, including the criminal case to which Kara-Murza is subject. Mishchenko is the judge who issued the initial ruling approving Kara-Murza’s arrest and sentenced him to 15 days in jail. Kozlov is the judge who denied Kara-Murza’s appeal of Mishchenko’s administrative arrest ruling.
The United States has put forward a serious proposal. Moscow should accept it.
Today, Russia is again slow-walking the export of food from Ukraine and with the Black Sea initiative set to expire on March 18 Russia has refused to commit to renewing it.
No plans to see either at the G20, although I suspect that we’ll certainly be in group sessions of one kind or another together.
We’ve made clear over many, many months that we were prepared to engage with North Korea without any preconditions. The response from North Korea has been missile launch after missile launch, we have been very clear that our commitment to the security of our close allies and partners – South Korea and Japan – is ironclad. And beyond making that clear, we have been working very closely together in full coordination to take appropriate steps to strengthen even more our deterrence and defense capacity.
And so the result of these actions by North Korea is simply to even further solidify the work that we do together, the alliance that we share, and our commitment to the defense of our partners and allies.
Nations around the world continue to stand with Ukraine, because we all recognize that if we abandon Ukraine, we abandon the UN Charter itself, and the principles and rules that make all our countries safer and more secure: No seizing land by force. No erasing another country’s borders. No targeting civilians in war, if we do not defend these basic principles, we invite a world in which might makes right, the strong dominate the weak.
Bucha is not normal. Mariupol is not normal. Irpin is not normal. Bombing schools and hospitals and apartment buildings to rubble is not normal. Stealing Ukrainian children from their families and giving them to people in Russia is not normal, we must not let President Putin’s callous indifference to human life become our own.
For peace to be just, it must uphold the principles at the heart of the UN Charter: sovereignty, territorial integrity, independence. For peace to be durable, it must ensure Russia can’t simply rest, rearm, and relaunch its war in a few months or a few years, any peace that legitimizes Russia’s seizure of land by force will weaken the Charter and send a message to would-be aggressors everywhere that they can invade countries and get away with it.
There are points in the Chinese plans … that are consistent with things the Ukrainians have long said, that China itself has put out there, but look, China’s been trying to have it both ways. It’s on the one hand trying to present itself publicly as neutral and seeking peace, while at the same time it’s talking up Russia’s false narrative about the war. It is, as I said, providing non-lethal assistance through its companies and now contemplating lethal assistance.
We hear the concerns of countries who worry that standing with Ukraine and holding Russia accountable is diverting focus and resources from others in need, to those countries, I would say, simply, look at our actions. And when you hear Russia and its defenders accuse the countries who support Ukraine of ignoring the rest of the world, I say: look at Moscow’s actions.
We must not let President Putin’s callous indifference to human life become our own.
No member of this Council should call for peace while supporting Russia’s war on Ukraine and on the UN Charter.
To those countries, I would say, simply, look at our actions. And when you hear Russia and its defenders accuse the countries who support Ukraine of ignoring the rest of the world, I say: look at Moscow’s actions.
Our economic sanctions, export controls, and tariffs announced this week, in coordination with the G7, demonstrate that we will continue to work with our allies and partners to increase the pressure on President Putin, make it harder for him to wage his brutal war, and continue degrading the Russian economy’s ability to fuel continued aggression.
We’ll be watching carefully to see what Russia actually does, we’ll of course make sure that in any event that we are posturing appropriately for the security of our own country and that of our allies, i think it matters that we continue to act responsibly in this area … it’s also something the rest of the world expect of us.
I can’t say dispositively what the original intent was, but that doesn’t matter because what we saw when it was over the United States was clearly an attempt to surveil very sensitive military sites.
There’s absolutely no doubt in our minds about what the balloon, once over the United States, was attempting to do. And no doubt in our minds about this surveillance balloon program that China has, and again, has been used over more than 40 countries around the world.
We’ve been watching this very closely.
The concern that we have now is based on information we have that they’re considering providing lethal support, and we’ve made very clear to them that that would cause a serious problem for us and in our relationship.
It’s going to take a massive effort to rebuild, but we’re committed to supporting Turkey in that effort, the most important thing right now is to get assistance to people who need it to get them through the winter and get them back on their feet.
Immediately after the earthquake hit, the United States and other countries jumped in.
They never have, but we’re going to make sure that we clear up any doubts about that so that anyone who’s able to can make sure they’re helping out in getting the aid to the folks who need it in Syria.
I made clear that the presence of this surveillance balloon in US airspace is a clear violation of US sovereignty and international law, that it’s an irresponsible act and that the PRC (People’s Republic of China) decision to take this action on the eve of my planned visit is detrimental to the substantive discussions that we were prepared to have.
In my call today with Director Wang Yi, I made clear that the presence of this surveillance balloon in US airspace is a clear violation of US sovereignty and international law, that it’s an irresponsible act, and that the (People’s Republic of China) decision to take this action on the eve of my planned visit is detrimental to the substantive discussions that we were prepared to have.
In my call today with Director Wang Yi, I made clear that the presence of this surveillance balloon in US airspace is a clear violation of US sovereignty and international law.
The Taliban’s most recent edicts ban women from universities and from working with NGOs, and further the Taliban’s previous measures that closed secondary schools to girls and limit the ability of women and girls to participate in the Afghan society and economy, through these decisions, the Taliban have again shown their disregard for the welfare of the Afghan people.
So far, the Taliban’s actions have forced over one million school-aged Afghan girls and young women out of the classroom, with more women out of universities and countless Afghan women out of the workforce. These numbers will only grow as time goes on, worsening the country’s already dire economic and humanitarian crises.
The Taliban cannot expect the respect and support of the international community until they respect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all Afghans, including women and girls.
This action supports our goal to degrade Moscow’s capacity to wage war against Ukraine, to promote accountability for those responsible for Russia’s war of aggression and associated abuses, and to place further pressure on Russia’s defense sector.
In the program’s first year, our goal is to mobilize at least 10,000 Americans to step forward as private sponsors and offer a welcoming hand to at least 5,000 refugees from around the world.
On China, as you know, President Biden, President Xi had a very open, candid conversation during the last G20 meeting in Bali, and they spoke about our intentions, president Biden shared our intentions and our priorities, and we got some sense of that from President Xi as well.
We support the right of people everywhere, whether it's in China, whether it's Iran, whether it's anyplace else, to protest peacefully, to make known their views, to vent their frustrations, and as that's repressed in one way or another in any given country, we speak out against it. We stand up against it and we take action against it.
We'll say what we always say and what President Biden has said to Xi Jinping, which is that human rights and basic civil liberties go to the heart of who we are as Americans and no American government, no American president is going to be silent on that, it's very important that we're communicating directly and clearly with China. We want to make sure there are no misunderstandings, no miscommunication, that we have a floor under the relationship and that the president has had a productive conversation in that sense.
It’s always concerning from my perspective when we see any restrictions on freedom of expression. It’s especially so when the expression is for diversity and for inclusion.
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My dad was 96-years-old. He was in so many ways my role model, he built a remarkable business, one of the leading investment banks in this country over many years. He led a life of dignity, of decency, of modesty that is something I've very much aspired to.
I guess I thought that -- honoring everything that he shared with me, the best way to do that was to continue doing my job.
( W) e are going to help make sure the Iranian people are not kept isolated and in the dark, this is a concrete step to provide meaningful support to Iranians demanding that their basic rights be respected.
It is clear that The Iranian government is afraid of The Iranian government own people, mahsa Amini is senselessly, tragically dead, and now The Iranian government is violently suppressing peaceful protesters rightly angry about Mahsa Amini loss.
We are taking this step against a stark backdrop, the Iranian government has cut off access to the Internet for most of The Iranian government 80 million citizens to prevent them — and the world — from watching its violent crackdown on peaceful protestors.
And of course, all of the impacts that this is having, including, for example, on food insecurity. We've spent a lot of time, a lot of focus in recent months in trying to address the challenges to food security that were exacerbated dramatically by Russia's aggression. We already had Covid, we already had climate change that were having profound effects on food insecurity. Add to that conflict, we now have well over 200 million people who are severely food insecure, this is something that leaders in countries around the world are feeling because their people are feeling it. And so and I think it increases the pressure on Russia to end the aggression.
I think what you're seeing is just a manifestation of the fact that this aggression has been an aggression against the interests of people across the planet.
This is something that leaders in countries around the world are feeling because their people are feeling it. And so and I think it increases the pressure on Russia to end the aggression.
We have a long history of working on de-mining, we're honored to be working with you on that.
We so admire the courage, the spirit of your children. It sends a very strong message all around the world, and it's an honor for me to meet you, to meet them, and to see the wonderful work that the doctors, the Minister, the Ronald McDonald House, everyone is doing. We're just happy to be able to help and to be a friend and a partner.
We've seen the consequences when international infrastructure deals are corrupt and coercive, when they're poorly built or environmentally destructive, when they import or abuse workers, or burden countries with crushing debts.
We believe people in every country should be able to express their views without fear of intimidation, imprisonment, violence or any other forms of repression.
My message to both [ DRC ] President Tshisekedi and President Kagame has been the same. Any support or cooperation with any armed group in eastern DRC endangers local communities and regional stability. And every country in the region must respect the territorial integrity of the others.
Even before President Putin launched President Putin full invasion, 193 million people around the world were in need of humanitarian food assistance. The World Bank believes Russia's invasion could add another 40 million people to this unprecedented number. Most are in Africa, the United States is there for African countries in this unprecedented crisis, because that's what partners do for each other.
Our strategy is rooted in the recognition that Sub-Saharan Africa is a major geopolitical force -- one that shaped our past, is shaping our present, and will shape our future.
The United States is there for African countries in this unprecedented crisis, because that's what partners do for each other.
An armed attack on Philippine armed forces, public vessels and aircraft will invoke State Antony Blinken mutual defense commitments under that treaty, the Philippines is an irreplaceable friend, partner, and ally to the United States.
We put forward, as you know, a substantial proposal that Russia should engage with us on. And what Sergey Lavrov said this morning and said publicly is that they are prepared to engage through channels we've established to do just that. And we'll be pursuing that.
It's very consistent with something that they put forward in March that we've we agreed to, that we would pursue it in March, but it remains to be seen whether Iran is willing and able to move forward.
We continue to believe, as I said this morning, that that would be the best path forward -- a return to compliance off both sides to the JCPOA, to make sure that we are putting Iran's nuclear program back in a box and averting any kind of crisis.
31 foreign government officials who have acted to support Russia's purported annexation of the Crimea region of The US and thereby threatened or violated Ukraine's sovereignty.
Congress is an independent, coequal branch of government, the decision is entirely the speaker's.
Until Iran is ready to return to full implementation of the JCPOA, we will continue to use our sanctions authorities to target exports of petroleum, petroleum products, and petrochemical products from Iran.
The Department is further identifying the vessel Glory Harvest as blocked property of Golden Warrior Shipping Co. Ltd.
I pressed the Kremlin to accept the substantial proposal that we put forth on the release of Paul Whelan and Brittney Griner.
We're looking to see that move forward as soon as possible.
It was the United States. And we are not running after anybody suggesting meetings. If they don’t want to talk, it’s their choice.
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The United States is designating 15 individuals and entities that engaged in the illicit sales and shipment of Iranian petroleum, petroleum products, and petrochemical products. These entities, located in Iran, Vietnam, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates( UAE), and Hong Kong, have supported Iranian energy trade generating millions of dollars' worth of illicit revenue.
The United States has been sincere and steadfast in pursuing a path of meaningful diplomacy to achieve a mutual return to full implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action( JCPOA). It is Iran that has, to-date, failed to demonstrate a similar commitment to that path. Absent a change in course from Iran, we will continue to use our sanctions authorities to target exports of petroleum, petroleum products, and petrochemical products from Iran.
We are rallying our allies and partners to make global supply chains free from the use of forced labor, to speak out against atrocities in Chinas Xinjiang, and to join us in calling on the government of the( People's Republic of China) to immediately end atrocities and human rights abuses, including forced labor.
We remain concerned about the prospects for what would be a seventh nuclear test over multiple administrations, we know that North Korea have done preparations for such a test. We are being extremely vigilant about that.
I can also tell you that Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua are here. I saw them, I met with them. I met with civil society leaders and activists from Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, there will be people from( non-governmental organizations) from different parts of those societies who are as representative, and, frankly, more representative in my judgment, of the Cuban, Nicaraguan and Venezuelan people than the regimes that are in place right now.
We're dealing with a challenge that, for a whole variety of reasons, is beyond anything that anyone has seen before, which is exactly why the approach that we're taking, including here at the summit, is so important.
We continue, effectively, to take the fight through partners to Daesh, to ISIS within Syria, and we don't want to see anything that jeopardizes the efforts that are made to continue to keep ISIS in the box that we put it in.
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President Putin's war against Ukraine is also an attack on the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity, enshrined in the UN Charter. Ukraine is fighting valiantly to defend its people and its independence with unprecedented assistance from the United States and countries around the world. United States will continue to support the people of Ukraine while promoting accountability for President President Putin and those enabling Russian aggression.
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We are not looking for conflict or a new Cold War. To the contrary, we're determined to avoid both.
Even as President Putin's war continues, we will remain focused on the most serious long-term challenge to the international order -- and that's posed by the People's Republic of China.
We don't seek to block China from its role as a major power, nor to stop China -- or any country for that matter -- from growing their economy or advancing the interests of their people. But we will defend and strengthen the international law, agreements, principles, and institutions that maintain peace and security, protect the rights of individuals and sovereign nations, and make it possible for all countries -- including the United States and China -- to coexist and cooperate.
The Russian Federation claims falsely that the international community's sanctions are to blame for worsening the global food crisis. Sanctions are not blocking Black Sea ports, trapping ships filled with food, and destroying Ukrainian roads and railways, russia is.
The cost of doing business for vital organizations like the World Food Programme, World Food Programme, World Food Programme and others, the cost of doing business is going up. We have to help them continue to do their business.
Today, given the urgency of the crisis, we're announcing another $ 215 million in new emergency food assistance, and we'll do much more, we expect our Congress very soon to approve approximately $ 5.5 billion in additional funding for humanitarian assistance and food security.
Today we are officially resuming operations at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv. The Ukrainian people, with our security assistance, have defended The Ukrainian people homeland in the face of Russia's unconscionable invasion, and, as a result, the Stars and Stripes are flying over the Embassy once again. We stand proudly with, and continue to support, the government and people of Ukraine as The Ukrainian people defend The Ukrainian people country from the Kremlin's brutal war of aggression.
Russia has sought as its principal aim to totally subjugate Ukraine, to take away its sovereignty, to take away its independence -- that has failed, it has sought to assert the power of its military and its economy. We, of course, are seeing just the opposite, a military that is dramatically underperforming and an economy... as a result of sanctions that is in shambles.
I firmly disagree with that proposition.
They were liberated as part of this empire by force.
When everything came to a head, it is abundantly clear, in President Putin's own words, that this was never about Ukraine being potentially part of NATO, and it was always about President Putin belief that Ukraine does not deserve to be a sovereign, independent country, that it must be reassumed into Russia in one form or another.
We certainly saw people on the streets of Kyiv, evidence of the fact that the battle for Kyiv was won, but that’s in stark contrast to what’s going on in other parts of Ukraine, in the south and the east, where the Russian brutality is just horrific.
In terms of Russia’s war aims, Russia has already failed and Ukraine has already succeeded.
You can't help but see these images as a punch to the gut.
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If they somehow believe that an effort to subjugate' only' -- in quotation marks -- the eastern part of Ukraine and the southern part of Ukraine can succeed, then once again they are profoundly fooling themselves.
There is no daylight between us on the fundamental proposition that Iran must never be allowed to acquire a nuclear weapon, whether there is a return to the JCPOA, the Iran nuclear agreement, or not, that principle will not change nor will our commitment to it.
Deal or no deal, we will continue to work together and with other partners to counter Iran's destabilizing behavior in the region.
Did you ask me whether I would call… Oh, I, I think he is a war criminal. yesterday, President Biden said that, in his opinion, war crimes have been committed in Ukraine. Personally, I agree.
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.
This includes the Mariupol maternity hospital, as the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights expressly noted in a March 11 report.It also includes a strike that hit a Mariupol theater, clearly marked with the word ‘дети’ — Russian for ‘children’ — in huge letters visible from the sky.
Yesterday, President Biden said that, in his opinion, war crimes have been committed in Ukraine. Personally, I agree.
One way or the other, Ukraine will be there and at some point Vladimir Putin won't.
I think what we're seeing is that Poland's proposal shows that there are some complexities that the issue presents when it comes to providing security systems. We have to make sure that we're doing it the right way.
I think that there was just an announcement a short while ago – I'm not sure if it's been made publicly yet – about Emirati support for increased production when it comes to OPEC +, which I think is an important thing to stabilize global energy markets to make sure that there remains an abundant supply of energy around the world.
We are working with Poland as we speak to see if we can backfill anything that they provide to the Ukrainians, but we also want to see if we can be helpful in making sure that, whatever they provide to Ukrainians, something goes to them to make up for any gap in the security for Poland that might result.
In fact, we're talking with our Polish friends right now about what we might be able to do to backfill their needs if, in fact, they choose to provide these fighter jets to the Ukrainians. What can we do ? How can we help to make sure that they get something to backfill the planes that they're handing over to the Ukrainians ? We're in very active discussions with them about that.
And so unless we're able to resolve a couple of outstanding issues, then we don't get -- we don't get back to the deal.
Peaceful coexistence has two words. The first is ‘peaceful,’ and Russia’s doing everything in its power to make a mockery of that word through its aggression on Ukraine.
It needs to start by actually making good on the word peaceful and ending the war, the aggression that it is committing in Ukraine, it’s pretty straightforward.
President Putin is making Russia a pariah, destroying in the space of a week 30 years of international openness and opportunity.
There’s only so much I can say given the privacy considerations at this point. Whenever an American is detained anywhere in the world, we of course stand ready to provide every possible assistance, and that includes in Russia, we have an embassy team that’s working on the cases of other Americans who are detained in Russia. We’re doing everything we can to see to it that their rights are upheld and respected.
The leadership that President Zelensky has shown, the entire government has shown, is remarkable. They’ve been the embodiment of these incredibly brave Ukrainian people.
When it comes to oil, Russian oil, I was on the phone yesterday with the President and other members of the Cabinet on exactly the subject, and we are now talking to our European partners and allies to look in a coordinated way at the prospect of banning the import of Russian oil while making sure that there is still an appropriate supply of oil in world markets.
Putin has made a terrible, terrible, terrible mistake in many ways. But it starts with the proposition that somehow Ukraine doesn’t exist as an independent country, what Ukrainians are showing every single day is, of course, exactly the opposite. And ultimately, their strength, their resolve, their determination, backed by the United States, in fact by the world, is going to prevail.
We admire the generosity of hospitality, the willingness to be such good friends to people who are in distress, and, indeed, I want to do everything we can to help you deal with the burden that this has imposed.
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 standing strongly against Vladimir Putin’s war of choice and aggression that is not only – is first and foremost affecting the people of Ukraine, but poses a threat to the basic principles of the international order that all of us stand strongly for.
We’ve seen an extraordinary surge of support from around the world against Russia’s aggression, i’m in awe of my friend, his entire government, President Zelenskyy and the courage they show every day that they are showing to the world, and it is inspiring.
The Kremlin's attacks are inflicting an ever-increasing toll on civilians there, hundreds if not thousands of Ukrainians have been killed, many more wounded, as have citizens of other countries. More than a million refugees have fled Ukraine to neighboring countries. Millions of people across Ukraine are trapped in increasingly dire conditions as Russia destroys more critical infrastructure.
The sanctions are designed … to have maximum impact on Russia and Putin while minimizing harm to us and our partners, there’s no strategic interest in reducing the global supply of energy.
The demands that Russia put on the table were beyond excessive, they were, of course, nonstarters, and what we've seen repeatedly is that Russia goes through the pretense of diplomacy to distract and continue on its aggressive path.
It’s dangerous. It adds to the risk of miscalculation. It needs to be avoided, we've assessed President Putin's directive and his statements, and at this time, we see no reason to change our own.
They’re destroying critical infrastructure which supplies millions of people across Ukraine with drinking water, with electricity, with gas to keep from freezing to death, these aren’t military targets; they are places where civilians work and families live.
Reports of Russia’s human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law mount by the hour. Russian strikes are hitting schools, hospitals and residential buildings.
One of the things that Vladimir Putin has done, starting back in 2014 when they first went into Ukraine, seizing Crimea, seizing a part of eastern Ukraine, is to totally alienate the Ukrainian people from Russia. Before 2014, actually, Russia was pretty popular in Ukraine.
Over – whether it’s in the near term, whether it’s in the medium term, whether it’s in the long term, I am convinced that democracy and the independence of Ukraine is going to prevail.
Is it a possibility that Putin goes beyond Ukraine?Sure, it’s a possibility, but there’s something very powerful standing in the way of that. That’s something we call Article 5 of NATO. That means an attack on one member of NATO is an attack on all members of NATO. The President’s been very clear that we will defend every inch of NATO territory. I think that’s the most powerful deterrent against President Putin going beyond Ukraine.
I’m convinced he’s going to try to do that, one of the things that Vladimir Putin has done, starting back in 2014 when they first went into Ukraine, seizing Crimea, seizing a part of eastern Ukraine, is to totally alienate the Ukrainian people from Russia. Before 2014, actually, Russia was pretty popular in Ukraine.
Russian missiles and bombs will drop across Ukraine. Communications will be jammed. Cyberattacks will shut down key Ukrainian institutions, after that, Russian tanks and soldiers will advance on key targets that have already been identified and mapped out in detailed plans.
Collectively they hold more than $ 80 billion in assets, these measures freeze their assets in the United States, prohibit American individuals or businesses from doing any transactions with them, shut them out of the global financial system and foreclose access to the U.S. dollar.
His plan all along has been to invade Ukraine. To control Ukraine and its people. To destroy Ukraine’s democracy, to reclaim Ukraine as a part of Russia.
( President Joe Biden) said that we will, in the event of an invasion, double down on our support for Ukraine, and that means in terms of security assistance, economic assistance, diplomatic assistance, political assistance, humanitarian assistance, you name it.
There is a growing recognition that what is happening in Ukraine matters first and foremost to Ukrainians, but it should matter to everyone in the world, what’s at stake are larger principles that are the foundation of the entire international order established after two World Wars and the Cold War … basic principles that are needed to maintain peace and security.
Russia says its drawing down those forces, we do not see that happening on the ground. Our information indicates clearly that these forces, including ground troops, aircraft, ships, are preparing to launch an attack against Ukraine in the coming days.
First Russia plans to manufacture a pretext for its attack – this could be a violent event that Russia will bring on Ukraine or an outrageous accusation that Russia will level against the Ukrainian government.
Here today we are laying it out in great detail with the hope that in sharing what we know with the world we can influence Russia to abandon the path of warand choose a different path while there is still time.
He could pull it today. He could pull it tomorrow. He could pull it next week.
What we're seeing is no meaningful pullback.
We need to talk about two State Antony Blinken citizens, Paul Whelan and Trevor Reed, who were tourists in Russia, were arrested, convicted without credible evidence, and we again ask Russia to do the right thing and let them come home.
And we are actively engaged in an effort to do that. And I'm not going to share more here because of the obvious sensitivity of it. But we would like to get Paul Whelan and Trevor Reed home as soon as possible.
Unfortunately there's a difference between what Russia says and what it does. And what we're seeing is no meaningful pullback, on the contrary, we continue to see forces, especially forces that would be in the vanguard of any renewed aggression against Ukraine, continuing to be at the border, to mass at the border.
Unfortunately, there's a difference between what Russia says and what it does. And what we're seeing is no meaningful pullback.
On the contrary, we continue to see forces, especially forces that would be in the vanguard of any renewed aggression against Ukraine, continuing to be at the border, to mass at the border.
We said that we were in a window of time in which the invasion could come at any time. President Putin's put in place the capacity to act on very short notice. President Putin could pull the trigger. President Putin could pull it today. President Putin could pull it tomorrow. President Putin could pull it next week. The forces are there if President Putin wants to renew aggression against Ukraine.
Any American in Ukraine should leave as soon as possible, and in any event in the next 24 to 48 hours, we obviously can not predict the future, we don't know exactly what is going to happen. But the risk is now high enough and the threat is now immediate enough that this is what prudence demands.
We're continuing to draw down our embassy, we will continue that process. And we've also been very clear that any American citizens who remain in Ukraine should leave now.
As we've said before, we're in a window when an invasion could begin at any time -- and to be clear that includes during the Olympics, we're continuing to draw down our embassy. We will continue that process. And we've also been very clear that any American citizens who remain in Ukraine should leave now.
What's at stake is not simply, as important as it is, Ukraine's territorial integrity, sovereignty, independence but very basic principles that have, in a hard-fought way after two World Wars and a Cold War, undergirded security, peace and prosperity for countries around the world -- principles like one country can't simply change the borders of another by force ; principles like one country can't simply dictate to another its choices, its policies, with who it will associate ; principles like one country can't exert a sphere of influence to subjugate its neighbors to its will, if we allow those principles to be challenged with impunity, even if it's half a world away in Europe, that will have an impact here as well.
Minsk does not spell out some issues of sequencing when it comes to the steps that the parties need to take.
All told, it sets out a serious diplomatic path forward should Russia choose it.
There is no change. There will be no change, we make clear that there are core principles that we are committed to uphold and defend, including Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and the right of states to choose their own security arrangements and alliances.
One of the things that we’ve been very clear about.
The alliance is looking at very practical and important measures that it would take in the event of further Russian aggression.
You can choose the path of diplomacy that can lead to peace and security or the path that will lead only to conflict, severe consequences, and international condemnation.
If a single additional Russian force goes into Ukraine in an aggressive way, as I said, that would trigger a swift, a severe and a united response from us and from Europe.
The escalation in fighting only exacerbates a dire humanitarian crisis and the suffering of the Yemeni people.
We have been working overtime to try to understand what happened and who might be responsible, while we have reached some significant interim findings, we are not done. We will continue the mission to investigate these incidents and provide access to world-class care for those who needit.
If we conclude and the Russians conclude that the best way to resolve things is through a further conversation between them, we’re certainly prepared to do that.
We’re committed to walking that path, to resolving our differences peacefully and I hope to test that proposition today.
We are, all of us, all equally committed to the path of diplomacy and dialogue to try to resolve our differences, but we're also committed, if that proves impossible and Russia decides to pursue aggression against Ukraine, to a united, swift and severe response.
We are going to continue to do everything we can, with all the resources we can bring to bear, to understand, again, what happened, why, and who might be responsible, and we are leaving no stone unturned.
We know that there are plans in place to increase that force even more on very short notice, and that gives President Putin the capacity also on very short notice to take further aggressive action against Ukraine and that, of course, has gotten not only our attention, but it's gotten the attention of virtually all of our allies and partners and not just in Europe, even beyond.
There is the path of diplomacy and dialogue to try to resolve whatever differences there are peacefully through diplomacy, clearly the preferable path, clearly the most responsible path and the one that we would prefer, but there is also the path if Russia chooses to renew aggression, of conflict, confrontation and consequences for Russia.
I think some of this is North Korea trying to get attention. It’s done that in the past. It’ll probably continue to do that, but we are very focused with allies and partners in making sure that they and we are properly defended and that there are repercussions, consequences for these actions by North Korea.
It's hard to see making actual progress, as opposed to talking, in an atmosphere of escalation with a gun to Ukraine's head. So, if we're actually going to make progress, we're going to have to see de-escalation, Russia pulling back from the threat that it currently poses to Ukraine.
It's also not about making concessions. It's about seeing whether, in the context of dialogue and diplomacy, there are things that both sides, all sides can do to reduce tensions.
When it comes to the deployment of forces and troop levels, we're not looking at troop levels. To the contrary, if Russia commits renewed aggression against Ukraine, I think it's a very fair prospect that NATO will reinforce its positions along its eastern flank.
Kazakhstan has the ability to maintain law and order, to defend the institutions of the state, but to do so in a way that respects the rights of peaceful protesters and also addresses the concerns that they've raised -- economic concerns, some political concerns.
These ought to be things that the government of Kazakhstan can handle on its own and handle in a rights-respecting way.
Moscow is simultaneously driving the false narrative that NATO is threatening Russia, that NATO plans to station military infrastructure in Ukraine to stir conflict with Russia, that NATO swore after the cold war not to admit countries in Eastern Europe, and that NATO has broken those promises, each of those claims is false.
It would seem to me that the Kazakh authorities and government certainly have the capacity to deal appropriately with protests, to do so in a way that respects the rights of protestors while maintaining law and order, so, it's not clear why they feel the need for any outside assistance.
We had hoped 2021 would offer the opportunity to partner with a democratizing Sudan, but the military's seizure of power in October and violence against peaceful protesters have cast doubt on that future, we do not want to return to the past and are prepared to respond to those who seek to block the aspirations of the Sudanese people for a civilian-led, democratic government and who would stand in the way of accountability, justice, and peace.
We’ve been very clear and consistently clear over many years that we are committed to making sure that Taiwan has the means to defend itself and … we will continue to make good on that commitment.
The targeting of innocent people and humanitarian actors is unacceptable, and the military's widespread atrocities against the people of Burma underscore the urgency of holding its members accountable.
We are looking intensely at ways to put more liquidity into the Afghan economy, to get more money into people's pockets, and doing that with international institutions, with other countries and partners, trying to put in place the right mechanisms to do that in a way that doesn't directly benefit the Taliban but does go directly to the people, we're very conscious of the fact that there is an incredibly difficult humanitarian situation right now, one that could get worse as winter sets in.
I am here, we are here, because what happens in the Indo-Pacific will, more than any other region, shape the trajectory of the world in the 21st century.
Countries in the region want this behavior to change. We do too.
We'll adopt a strategy that more closely weaves together all our instruments of national power -- diplomacy, military, intelligence -- with those of our allies and partners.
I think what people need to understand is that Ukraine is important, and we are resolute in our commitment to its sovereignty, its territorial integrity, but there is something even bigger at stake here, and it's the basic rules of the road of the international system, rules that say that one country can't change the borders of another by force, one country can't dictate to another country its choices, its decisions, and its foreign policy, with whom it will associate.
Well, it's been a trigger for action, it's been a trigger for us bringing together allies and partners around the world, starting in Europe with our closest partners, NATO, again, where I was just a couple weeks ago, bringing people together, together to make very clear not only the deep shared concern but the fact that we are prepared together in a coordinated way to take very strong action if Mr. Putin continues his aggression against Ukraine.
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As we’ve made clear, any escalatory or aggressive actions would be of great concern to the United States.
We must prepare for all contingencies.
And just as we've been clear with Moscow, we're also urging Ukraine to continue to exercise restraint, because again, the Russian playbook is to claim provocation for something that they were planning to do all along.
It takes two to tango, and if... our Russian friends are prepared to implement their commitments under Minsk and our Ukrainian friends are as well, we will fully support that, and that is the best way to avert a renewed crisis in Ukraine.
Our concern is that Russia may make a serious mistake of attempting to rehash what it undertook back in 2014, when it amassed forces along the border, crossed into sovereign Ukrainian territory and did so claiming falsely that it was provoked.
We've seen this playbook before, now, we don't know whether President Putin has made the decision to invade. We do know that he's putting in place the capacity to do so in short order should he so decide.
It's increasingly belligerent rhetoric, it's recent buildup of forces. It's unusual troop movements along Ukraine's border.
Today's report is in line with the United States' continuing opposition to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and the U.S. Government's continued compliance with PEESA, with today's action, the Administration has now sanctioned 8 persons and identified 17 of their vessels as blocked property pursuant to PEESA in connection with Nord Stream 2.
Even as the Administration continues to oppose the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, including via our sanctions, we continue to work with Germany and other allies and partners to reduce the risks posed by the pipeline to Ukraine and frontline NATO and EU countries and to push back against harmful Russian activities, including in the energy sphere.
We are talking to, to allies, to partners, to countries around the world about how they're thinking about the games, how they're thinking about participation, it's an active conversation. We're coming, we're coming up on the games, but let me leave it at that for today.
Our concern is that Russia may make a serious mistake of attempting to rehash what it undertook back in 2014, when it amassed forces along the border, crossed into sovereign Ukrainian territory and did so claiming falsely that it was provoked, so the playbook that we've seen in the past was to claim some provocation as a rationale for doing what it, what it intended and planned to do. All which is why we're looking at this very carefully.
We're concerned by reports of unusual Russian military activity.
I have repeated on numerous occasions that Russian aggression against Ukraine will end on the day Ukraine's placed as part of the West is institutionalized and undoubted. Today, we have made another important step in that direction.
Continued fighting prolongs the dire humanitarian crisis in northern Ethiopia. All parties must stop military operations and begin ceasefire negotiations without preconditions.
Since August 31, as of today, we've gotten out -- of the Americans left who said that they wanted to leave -- about 340.
What's happened since is this : more people have come forward in two ways. There were some small number of Americans in Afghanistan who didn't want to leave who have now seen that we've successfully been able to get some of the few remaining Americans out who have now come forward and said,' We do want to leave,' and there are a couple hundred of those who are ready to leave and we will work to get them out.
The families of Americans who are held captive abroad, we know that they also face incredible hardship, we remain in regular contact with these families, we are grateful for their partnership, we are grateful for their feedback – we continue to work to ensure we are communicating and sharing information with them in a way that is useful.
Taiwan's exclusion undermines the important work of the United Nations and its related bodies, all of which stand to benefit greatly from its contributions.
And let me give you some numbers that kind of highlight what's going on. This fiscal year we've had 10,000 pounds of fentanyl, 180,000 pounds of meth, 86,000 pounds of cocaine, 5,000 pounds of heroin, and 311,000 pounds of marijuana come through the southwest border this fiscal year.
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We face a challenge that in many ways is unique with tremendous pressure from illegal migratory flows coming in different ways, different parts of the hemisphere, we have to have a stronger regional approach to this challenge.
We continue to believe that diplomacy is the most effective way to do that, but it takes two to engage in diplomacy, and we have not seen from Iran a willingness to do that at this point.
I'm not going to put a specific date on it, but with every passing day and Iran's refusal to engage in good faith, the runway gets shortened.
I've got to say that if the security dialogue matches in quality what we, we experienced with the with the economic dialogue that would be -- and I fully expect it will -- be very, very positive and also productive.
People bring strongly held views to pretty much every issue that we deal with, and especially when it's an issue that engenders real passion, like Haiti, the level of desperation among the migrants is something that can't help but powerfully affect all of us, and so I really understand the passion that comes with this, and I understand Dan's passion. But that's also why both on a personal level and institutionally, we are committed to doing all we can to support the people of Haiti now and going forward.
We don't have yet an agreement by Iran to return to the talks, the question is whether and, if so, when Iran is prepared to do that.
We recognize this will take time and hard work, and will be demonstrated not only in words, but in deeds, and I'm committed to working closely with Minister Le Drian on this crucial effort.
His new recommendation was to extend the mission with US troops for a while to see if it could yield a political settlement. Buy time for negotiations.
We’re also concerned by the affiliations and track records of some of those individuals.
Without personnel on the ground, we can’t verify the accuracy of manifests, the identities of passengers, flight plans or aviation security protocols, so this is a challenge, but one we are determined to work through. We’re conducting a great deal of diplomacy on this as we speak.
Without personnel on the ground, we can’t verify the accuracy of manifests, the identities of passengers, flight plans, or aviation security protocols, so this is a challenge, but one we are determined to work through. We’re conducting a great deal of diplomacy on this as we speak.
Because all of these people are grouped together, that’s meant that flights have not been allowed to go.
We’re working around the clock with NGOs, with members of Congress and advocacy groups, providing any and all information and doing all we can to clear any roadblocks that they’ve identified to make sure that charter flights carrying Americans or others to whom we have a special responsibility can depart Afghanistan safely, without personnel on the ground, we can’t verify the accuracy of manifests, the identities of passengers, flight plans, or aviation security protocols. So this is a challenge, but one we are determined to work through. We’re conducting a great deal of diplomacy on this as we speak.
And it's my understanding is that the Taliban has not denied exit to anyone holding a valid document, but they have said those without valid documents, at this point, can’t leave.
There are groups of people who are grouped together. Some of them have the appropriate travel documents and American passport, a green card, a visa, and others do not, and it's my understanding that the Taliban has not denied access to anyone holding a valid document, but they have said that those without valid documents, at this point, can't leave.
My expectation is we will have a breakdown of the numbers of people who left Afghanistan, including not just American citizens, but green card holders, SIV applicants, SIV visa holders, Afghans at risk, those eligible for P-1 and P-2 visas, all of that will be forthcoming in the days and weeks ahead as we're able to break down the numbers.
In our effort to get as many people out as fast as we can while we had the airport functioning, we focused on doing just that.
We're trying to determine exactly how many. We're going through manifests and calling and texting through our lists.
Our commitment to them, and to all Americans in Afghanistan, and everywhere in the world, continues.
We discussed how we will work together to facilitate safe travel out of Afghanistan, including by reopening Kabul's civilian airport soon as possible, and we very much appreciate the efforts of Qatar and Turkey, in particular, to make this happen. This would enable a small number of daily charter flights, which is a key for anyone who wants to depart from Afghanistan moving forward.
We inherited a deadline negotiated by the previous administration. That deadline was May 1, and the idea that we could have maintained the status quo beyond May 1 if the president had decided to stay, I think is a fiction.
No interviews had been done when we came into office for visas for these folks going back to March 2020. Now largely that was due to Covid. We restarted the interview process, we went from about 100 visas a week back in March to 800 in July. We've issued about 5,000 all told.
We went from about 100 visas a week back in March to 800 in July. We've issued about 5,000 all told.
But here's the rub, and I acknowledge this, there is a difference between moving expeditiously to get this program off the ground, off the dead stall that it was in, and get it moving.... there's a difference between that and a full-on evacuation.
The fact of the matter is we've seen that that force has been unable to defend the country.
We’re working to make sure that our personnel are safe and secure. We’re relocating the men and women of our embassy to a location at the airport.
It seems like many in President Biden’s intelligence community got President Biden Saigon moment devastatingly wrong, and I think a lot of questions will be asked later about why just weeks ago they were saying something completely different than what we’re seeing on the ground today in Afghanistan.
The fact of the matter is had The President decided to keep forces in Afghanistan beyond May 1 attacks would have resumed on our forces. The Taliban had not been attacking our forces or NATO during the period from which the agreement was reached to May 1, the offensive Antony Blinken are seeing across the country now to take the provincial capitals would have commenced. We would have been back at war with The Taliban.
Such actions violate the Olympic spirit, are an affront to basic rights, and cannot be tolerated.
So, we look to see what The Iranians is ready to do or not ready to do, we remain fully prepared to return to Vienna to continue negotiations, but as I said, this process can not and will not go on indefinitely.
Iran that has decisions to make fundamental decisions to make about whether The Iranians too wants to return to compliance, and there is no amount of deflection that can change that, that basic fact, the ball remains in Iran's court, we will see if they are prepared to make the decisions necessary to come back into compliance.
We are committed to diplomacy, but this process can not go on indefinitely.
At some point, the gains achieved by the JCPOA, can not be fully recovered by a return to the JCPOA if The Iranians continues the activities that The Iranians's undertaken with regard to The Iranians nuclear program activities, that, of course, are breaking... through the constraints imposed by the JCPOA.
We also know from our own history and from the histories of other nations that anti-Semitism often goes hand in hand with racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia and other hatreds. None of these ideologies should have a home in our workplace or our nation.
Already, we've brought countries together around an approach that recognizes international law, to make it clear that countries are governed in cyberspace just like they are offline ; and that clarifies that laws and rules apply not only in wartime but in peacetime too, because we're now dealing with significant cyber incidents outside the context of war, we've also called for practical confidence-building measures. For example, steps as simple as establishing points of contact, so in the event of a major cyber incident, we actually know who to call.
More than anything else, our task is to put forth and carry out a compelling vision for how to use technology in a way that serves our people, protects our interests, and upholds democracy.
And while authoritarian regimes deny access to their networks, they actively reach into others and into ours -- taking advantage of and meddling in more open societies. It's no wonder that some countries are asking whether the principles around which we've organized the internet are still relevant or still tenable.
We need to become much better at anticipating the foreign policy implications of the next wave of innovation, and the wave after that. I want us to shape the strategic tech landscape, not just react to it.
Because traffickers prey on those who are vulnerable, those who are less likely to have access to good jobs or educational opportunities, who are less likely to be treated as equal by place in the justice system and who are less likely to be believed when they report that they are being targeted or abused, if we're serious about ending trafficking of persons, we must also work to root out systemic racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination and to build more equitable society in every dimension.
The Chinese government has detained more than one million people in as many as 1200 state-run internment camps throughout Xinjiang, many detainees are subjected to physical violence, sexual abuse, and torture to induce them to work producing apparel, electronics, solar equipment, agricultural products.
And while the practices are most egregious in Xinjiang, this year's report notes that China has subjected its citizens to coercive labor practices in other parts of the country as well.
We … value our continued engagement with the LGBTQI+ community, which will inform our approach and positions moving forward, with this action, I express our enduring commitment to the LGBTQI+ community today and moving forward.
We've surged resources to make sure that we could make good by the people who are seeking Special Immigrant Visas, we've added about 50 people here at the State Department. A lot of the work actually gets done here at State. We have additional people in the field. We've reduced and in fact eliminated some backlogs that existed.
Evacuation is the wrong word, we're determined to make good on our obligation to those who helped us, who put their lives on the line, put their families' lives on the line working with The US military, working with our diplomats.
In a few short days, in fact possibly as early as tomorrow, the President is going to announce in more detail the plan that he's put together to push out 80 million vaccines around the world that we have at our disposal or soon will have at our disposal.
Casualties are often reduced to numbers. But behind every number is a human being -- a daughter, a son, a father, a mother, a grandparent, a best friend. And as the Talmud teaches, to lose a life is to lose the while world, whether that life is Palestinian or Israeli.
The United States once again condemns the Lukashenka regime’s ongoing harassment and arbitrary detention of journalists, we stand with the Belarusian people in their aspirations for a free, democratic, and prosperous future and support their call for the regime to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms.
This shocking act perpetrated by the Lukashenka regime endangered the lives of more than 120 passengers, including U.S. citizens, initial reports suggesting the involvement of the Belarusian security services and the use of Belarusian military aircraft to escort the plane are deeply concerning and require full investigation.
I think there has to be. I think both sides are reminded that we have to find a way to break the cycle, because if we don't it will repeat itself at great cost.
Then reconstruction, rebuilding what's been lost, and critically, engaging both sides in trying to start to make real improvements... so that Israelis and Palestinians can live with equal measures of security of peace and of dignity.
If you go back and look at previous crises, they've lasted a lot longer, but, of course, every single day that these things go on, we see a tremendous loss in human life and in human suffering. And we were determined to get to bring that to an end.
It's vitally important that the Palestinians feel hope and have opportunity and can live in security just as it is for Israelis.
Ultimately, it is the only way to ensure Israel's future as a Jewish and democratic state and of course, the only way to give the Palestinians the state to which they're entitled.
We seek a predictable, stable relationship with Russia, we think that’s good for our people, good for Russian people and indeed good for the world.
Apparently, a (U.S.) decision was made to promote stable, predictable relations with Russia, however, if this includes constant and predictable sanctions, that’s not what we need.
We have concerns about some of the recent military activities in the Arctic, that Increases the dangers of accidents and miscalculations and undermines the shared goal of a peaceful and sustainable future for the region.
It’s also no secret that we have our differences and when it comes to those differences, as President Biden has also shared with President Putin, if Russia acts aggressively against us, our partners, and our allies, we’ll respond — and President Biden has demonstrated that in both word and deed, not for purposes of escalation, not to seek out conflict, but to defend our interests.
However, if this includes constant and predictable sanctions, that’s not what we need.
We have to proceed all of us, including Russia, based on the rules, based on norms, based on the commitments that we’ve each made and also avoid statements that undercut those.
It has long been common knowledge that this is our territory, our land. We are in charge of keeping the Arctic coast safe. Everything Russia is doing there is absolutely legal.
We have concerns about some of the increased military activities in the Arctic. That increases the injuries or prospects of accidents, miscalculation, and undermines the shared goal of a peaceful and sustainable future for the region, so we have to be vigilant about that, there's been cooperation on a number of important areas, over the years on education, oil spill response, search and rescue, pollution issues, and it is our hope that that... the Arctic means an area of peaceful cooperation and peaceful collaboration.
There's been cooperation on a number of important areas, over the years on education, oil spill response, search and rescue, pollution issues, and it is our hope that that... the Arctic means an area of peaceful cooperation and peaceful collaboration.
President Biden has been very clear for a long time in President Biden view that Nord Stream 2 is Nord Stream, i also made clear that firms engaged in pipeline construction risked State Antony Blinken sanctions.
I wish we didn't find ourselves in this situation with a pipeline that's virtually complete.
We see our alliances not as burdens but as a way to get help from others in shaping a world that reflects our interests and our values.
The pipeline divides Europe, it exposes Ukraine and central Europe to Russian manipulation and coercion, it goes against Europe's own stated energy security goals, so what I said was that we will continue to monitor activity to complete and certify the pipeline, and if that activity takes place, we'll make a determination on the applicability of sanctions.
Russia has the capacity on fairly short notice to take aggressive action if it so chooses, and so we are watching this very, very carefully, we discussed in some detail the support that we're providing, we'll continue to provide to Ukraine to continue to strengthen its security, its defenses.
We discussed in some detail the support that we're providing, we'll continue to provide to Ukraine to continue to strengthen its security, its defenses.
I can't tell you that we know Mr. [Vladimir] Putin's intentions, there are any number of things that he could do or choose not to do.
That is certainly a possible scenario.
We take very seriously its provocative announcement of an intent to begin enriching uranium at 60 percent.
I have to tell you the step calls into question Iran’s seriousness with regard the nuclear talks, just as it underscores the imperative of returning to mutual compliance with the JCPOA.
Amid growing international condemnation, the PRC continues to commit genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang, the United States reiterates The United States calls on the PRC to bring an end to the repression of Uyghurs, who are predominantly Muslim, and members of other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang, including by releasing all those arbitrarily held in internment camps and detention facilities.
That would be my judgment as well.
The Biden administration believes there are more suitable ways to work with our partner governments to manage migration across the region, the United States will build on our strong relationships and support these governments' efforts to address forced displacement without placing undue burden on them, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our approach will continue to provide support for their national action plans under the Comprehensive Regional Protection and Solutions Framework through international humanitarian partners.
In line with the President's vision, we have notified the Governments of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras that The United States is taking this action as efforts to establish a cooperative, mutually respectful approach to managing migration across the region begin.
I disagree very much with the way that he went about it in a number of areas, but the basic principle was the right one, and I think that’s actually helpful to our foreign policy.
Iran is out of compliance on a number of fronts and it would take some time, should it make the decision to do so, for it to come back into compliance and time for us then to assess whether it was meeting its obligations, we are not there yet, to say the least.
The department's been in excellent hands with you.
Every engagement in diplomacy has been designed to further the nuclear program, not to find a way out... I just urge people not to let the tactical ambiguity obstruct the strategic clarity about North Korea that we have, so we should not be overly encouraged if suddenly (North Korea leader Kim Jong Un) proposes dialogue tomorrow, nor should we be overly surprised, or discouraged, if there’s an ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) launch by Sunday.
But we would use that, as a platform with our allies and partners ..., to seek a longer and stronger agreement and also...to capture these other issues, particularly with regard to missiles and Iran’s destabilizing activities, having said that, I think we’re a long way from there.
We’re seeing the potential for a debt crisis among emerging economies and developing economies. We’re seeing public health crises in country after country because COVID has made it more difficult to provide other health services, we’re seeing state fragility increase, not decrease ... so we have actual interest in helping.
We’re seeing state fragility increase, not decrease ... so we have actual interest in helping.
The only way to ensure Israel’s future as a Jewish, democratic state and to give the Palestinians a state to which they are entitled is through the so-called two-state solution.
I think we need to take a look to see the impact that the existing sanctions have had and then determine whether (there is) more that needs to be done.
Turkey is an ally, that in many ways... is not acting as an ally should and this is a very, very significant challenge for us and we’re very clear-eyed about it.
We do have a big task ahead of us in restoring, revitalizing those relationships. I do think it starts... with showing up again, some of our allies and partners question the sustainability of our commitments based on the past few years and that’s going to be a hard hill to climb.
If we want to have (American people’s) support for American leadership, American engagement in the world, we have to demonstrate that it is actually making an improvement in their lives or preventing something.
We've seen violence directed against LGBTQI people around the world increase. We've seen, I believe, the highest number of murders of transgender people, particularly women of color, that we've seen ever, and so I think the United States playing the role that it should be playing in standing up for and defending the rights of LGBTQI people is something that State Department is going to take on and take on immediately.
I think we’re very much in agreement, the forcing of men, women and children into concentration camps; trying to, in effect, re-educate them to be adherents to the ideology of the Chinese Communist Party, all of that speaks to an effort to commit genocide.
Trying to fully decouple, as some have suggested, from China ...is unrealistic and ultimately counterproductive, it would be a mistake.
Instead of an Iron Cross, he saw a five-pointed White Star, he ran to the tank. The hatch opened. An African American GI looked down at African American. African American got down on African American knees and said the only three words African American knew in English that African American mother had taught him :' God Bless America.'.
The messages from friends and colleauges that Ive received over the past 15 hours have been humbling, honored to announce, officially, that I have been nominated to serve as Secretary of State. If confirmed, this is a mission I will take on with my full heart.
The best possible thing that could happen is for the cessation of hostilities to really take root, and to be sustained, for the humanitarian assistance to flow and then for the negotiations to start.
We are indeed very concerned about reports that medical supplies were removed from some of the aid convoys. This is an issue that was brought before the task force, we are now working, including with Russia, to ensure that going forward medical supplies remain in the aid convoys as they deliver assistance.
At the end of the day the best possible thing that could happen is for the cessation of hostilities to really take root, and to be sustained, for the humanitarian assistance to flow and then for the negotiations to start that lead to a political transition.
The removal of those supplies is yet another unconscionable act by the regime, but this is now before the task force and we will look in the days ahead as assistance continues to flow to make sure that those medical supplies are in fact included.
We're then able to immediately try to address them and to prevent them from reoccurring and thus to prevent any escalation that leads to the breakdown of the cessation of hostilities.
Remaining political prisoners must be released and human rights protected for all, no matter what their ethnicity or religion.
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