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This will help us address the threats we face today, and also prevent such risks from arising in the future.
Found on CNN 12 months ago
He was quite focused on how he was going to approach his conversation with President Zelensky and, in part, how the two of them were really going to look out over the course of 2023 and try to come to a common understanding of what the objectives are, where Ukraine is trying to get and how the United States can most effectively support them alongside our allies and partners in getting to where it wants to get.
If Russia crosses this line, there will be catastrophic consequences for Russia. The United States will respond decisively.
Found on Reuters 1 year ago
We assess an official Russian delegation recently received a showcase of Iranian attack-capable UAVs. We are releasing these images captured in June showing Iranian UAVs that the Russian government delegation saw that day, this suggests ongoing Russian interest in acquiring Iranian attack-capable UAVs.
Brittney Griners is wrongfully detained, unjustly detained and we have made that clear as an official determination of the Jake Sullivan government. Second, the Russian government should release Brittney Griners and allow Brittney Griners to be returned and reunited with Brittney Griners family and come home safe and sound.
If in fact an American journalist was killed, it is a shocking and horrifying event, it is one more example of the brutality of Vladimir Putin and his forces. They’ve targeted schools and mosques and hospitals and journalists. And it is why we are working so hard to impose severe consequences on him and to try to help the Ukrainians with every form of military assistance we can muster to be able to push back against the onslaught of these Russian forces.
Our intelligence community has developed information, which has now been downgraded, that Russia is laying the groundwork to have the option of fabricating the pretext for an invasion, we saw this playbook in 2014. They are preparing this playbook again and we will have, the administration will have, further details on what we see as this potential laying of the pretext to share with the press over the course of the next 24 hours.
Ensuring peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, having clear communication, avoiding miscommunication, is going to be an important and intensive aspect of work between our militaries, our national security councils and between our diplomats, so you will see at multiple levels an intensification of the engagement to ensure that there are guardrails around this competition so that it doesn't veer off into conflict.
What the president was not prepared to do was enter a third decade of conflict, throwing in thousands more troops – which was his only other choice – to fight in the middle of a civil war that the Afghan army wouldn't fight for itself. He would not do that to America's men and women or their families. And that is why he made the decision with withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan.
There is never any substitute for leader-to-leader engagement, particularly for complex relationships, but with Putin this is exponentially the case, he has a highly personalized style of decision making and so it is important for President Biden to be able to sit down with President Biden face to face, to be clear about where we are, to understand where President Biden is, to try to manage our differences, and to identify those areas where we can work in America's interests to make progress.
The power of America's example is a power to influence the choices of other countries, whether they're going to be transparent, respect human rights and deliver good governance to their citizens or go the route of a China or Russia. That comes down in part to America showing the world that its model can effectively deliver for its citizens, he believes a world in which there are more like-minded capable democracies is a world that is more hospitable to American interests and values.
We have communicated to the Russian government that what happens to Mr. Navalny in their custody is their responsibility and they will be held accountable by the international community, in terms of the specific measures that we would undertake, we are looking at a variety of different costs that we would impose and I am not going to telegraph that publicly at this point, but we have communicated that there will be consequences if Mr. Navalny dies.
We have communicated to the Russian government that what happens to Mr. Navalny in their custody is their responsibility and they will be held accountable by the international community, in terms of the specific measures that we would take, we are looking at a variety of different costs that we would impose and I'm not going to telegraph that publicly at this point.
We intend to very directly communicate with the Iranians about the complete and utter outrage -- the humanitarian catastrophe that is the unjust, unlawful detention of American citizens in Iran, we have begun to communicate with the Iranians on this issue, yes, and we will continue to do so as we go forward.
North Korea in particular.Now kind of comes back to the lack of visibility that we have right now into a number of critical issues relating to military operations because of( Department of Defense)'s obstruction and roadblocks, and North Korea in particular.Now will mean that we are going to have to take time at the beginning of the administration after January 20 to take a hard look at how we're postured, and what threats we're up against, and what continuing the drawdowns look like in the way of risk to force and other considerations.
My team needs a clear picture of our force posture around the world and our operations to deter our enemies, we need full visibility into the budget planning underway at the Defense Department and other agencies in order to avoid any window of confusion or catch-up that our adversaries may try to exploit.
Secretary Clinton supports diplomacy with Iran. In fact, she helped launch the diplomacy that helped, but normal relations with Iran right now? President Obama doesn't support that idea. Secretary Clinton doesn't support that idea. And it's not at all clear why it is that Sen. Sanders is suggesting it.
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