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The devastating impacts of Russia’s failing war of aggression will be felt for generations to come.
Found on CNN 3 months ago
We’re also working, we have worked, with a diaspora population, knowing that there is a very active and engaged Nicaraguan diaspora population here in the United States who we imagine and are confident will be here to greet these individuals and to welcome them to the United States.
Found on CNN 4 months ago
If there is a need for the Department of Justice to speak to the Department of State on an investigative matter, there are channels and procedures for them to do that, they’re not channels or procedures that would involve me, they’re not channels or procedures that would involve most people in this building.
Of course, that would not be anything I would know, it is not anything White House press secretary would know. As we’ve heard from the White House, White House is not something that the president knows. This is a matter that’s being investigated, being looked at by the Department of Justice. We’re going to let that proceed.
I ’m just not going to offer any additional detail, just as the president was, [ Blinken ] was surprised to learn that there were any government records taken to that location. Had no knowledge of it at the time. But I ’m just not going to offer any additional detail. ROBERT K. HUR, President Biden SPECIAL COUNSEL, OVERSAW INDICTMENTS OF TOP BALTIMORE OFFICIALS White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Thursday also shut down several questions from the press about the classified documents and repeated that President Biden is taking this.
There’s not going to be much that I can say on a case like this for reasons that you well understand. You heard the president speak to this earlier in the week from Mexico City, just as you heard from the president, the secretary [ Blinken ] was surprised to learn that there were any government records taken to that office. As you know, as is now well known, there is a review of this matter, so we’re going to let that review play out.
A deal is closer now than it was two weeks ago, but the outcome of these ongoing discussions still remains uncertain as gaps do remain.
Found on CNN 9 months ago
The Secretary is deeply appreciative of the opportunity to meet with Shireen's family.
I am not going to be offering any advice from the is podium.
We have not raised this yet with the Russian Federation. If we feel that such outreach through our embassy in Moscow or otherwise would be productive in terms of finding more information on the whereabouts of these individuals, we won't hesitate to do that.
Found on FOX News 11 months ago
Blinken tested positive for COVID-19 this afternoon via a PCR test. The Secretary is fully vaccinated and boosted against the virus and is experiencing only mild symptoms, the Secretary tested negative on Tuesday and again as recently as this morning. The Secretary has not seen President Biden in person for several days, and the President is not considered a close contact according to guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention( CDC).
We've seen the Russians really double down on their propaganda efforts, probably, almost certainly, as a means to distract from their tactical and strategic failures on the battlefield in Ukraine.
When it comes to our efforts to free Americans, the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, Ambassador( Roger) Carstens -- he will go anywhere, he will talk to anyone if it means that we're able to come home with an American, to reunite that American with her or his family, that is true in the case of Austin Tice. It is true in the case of Paul Whelan. It is true in the case of the Americans who are detained in Iran and Americans who are detained around the world.
This was a decision that the President made.
There is no sense that these countries are preparing to move on, to look the other way, and in fact, every time we gather, there is renewed horror, there is renewed condemnation, there is renewed determination to continue to see to it that our Ukrainian partners have what they need.
Those are things that we are working through.
I think the world has continued to be shocked by the level of atrocity, the level of violence, the level of brutality, that Russia's forces have engaged in against the Ukrainian people. I think that will necessarily maintain this level of consensus within the international community, there is no sense that these countries are preparing to move on, to look the other way, and in fact, every time we gather, there is renewed horror, there is renewed condemnation, there is renewed determination to continue to see to it that our Ukrainian partners have what they need.
The fact is that we've seen very credible reports of deliberate attacks on civilians, which would, under the Geneva Conventions, constitute a war crime.
That includes allies and partners in Europe and the Indo-Pacific.
They want to destroy Ukraine politically by destroying the head of state.
We are trying to deter The Russians from moving forward with this type of activity. That is why we are making it public.
United States've spoken of the unprecedented nature of sanctions and other economic measures that would befall the Russian Federation in the event of an invasion. Were Belarus -- what should be a sovereign, independent country -- if that country were to support such an invasion, United States response would also be swift and decisive.
We are working currently with a few dozen U.S. citizens and their families who have identified themselves as prepared to depart and who have the necessary travel documents to do so, we believe at this point that, in addition to those few dozen U.S. citizens and their families, there is a relatively small number, probably fewer than 200 – again, with all the caveats that apply to these numbers fluctuating – but we’re in touch with about 150 other U.S. citizens who don’t want to leave Afghanistan at this point or otherwise not ready to depart.
We have continued as well to do what we can to support Afghans to whom we have a special commitment, and that includes those who fall within the category of the [ Special Immigrant Visas ], we are looking at alternatives to processing for the larger cohort within this category knowing that, even though our presence on the ground in Afghanistan is no more, we are doing what we can from other posts and looking at creative solutions to continue our efforts to safely relocate those individuals who wish to depart the country.
On the one hand we are encouraging, but also on the other hand we do have a set of sticks.
We've also been very clear that this is not a process that can go on indefinitely and if the Iranians through their actions or through their inactions demonstrate or suggest that they lack that good faith, that they lack that clarity of purpose, we'll have to turn to other means, we have a variety of other means we're discussing those with our allies and partners.
We are continuing to seek contact with Trevor as we monitor his case closely.
The point we have made is that even with the creation of this new bureau, even with the creation of the new cyber envoy, these issues are going to be pervasive across State Department, across the government. So it's not going to be squarely defined -- solely defined to one bureau, to one special envoy -- but we do see tremendous value in ensuring that we have a bureau that is focused on these issues, squarely on some of the most important elements of these issues.
That figure has risen in recent days as more Americans in Afghanistan have decided to depart in light of our successful facilitation of dozens of departures in recent weeks.
We’ve also consistently said there’s a slightly larger universe of Americans with whom we’re in touch and who are not yet ready, for whatever reason, to leave, that number is also far from immutable as Americans reach out to us, and given the dynamic – the very dynamic nature of human decision-making.
This is something that we have treated with the utmost priority since Saturday.
We want to see to it that those gains are preserved, that that cooperation is deepened and that we have an updated approach that accounts for the threats of today and the threats that have evolved over the course of the some 15 years that Merida has been in place.
It has enabled Mexican law enforcement agencies international accreditation at the federal and state levels, resulting in increased transparency, professionalization of institutions and respect for human rights.
When it comes to Merida, look, this is an initiative that has been on the books for, I think it is, 13 years now, we believe we are due for an updated look at our bilateral security cooperation, and we need an approach that addresses the concerns and the priorities of both governments, and this will really be one of the core elements of the discussions tomorrow.
We've been very clear publicly and we've been very clear in the messages that we have conveyed to the DPRK that we stand ready to engage in that dialogue. I will refer you to Pyongyang for any reaction that they may have, but for our part we stand ready to engage in that dialogue.
We have been very clear about what we want to see happen. We are committed to the principle that dialogue will allow us to pursue our ultimate objective and that's quite simply the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, we have no hostile intent towards the DPRK. We have been very clear about that. What we seek to do is to reduce the threat to the North Korea, to our allies in the region, and that includes the ROK( Republic of Korea or South Korea) and Japan, and we think we can do that through diplomacy with the ROK.
After experiencing symptoms for the first time this morning, I tested positive for COVID-19 shortly thereafter, will now quarantine for the next 10 days, i'm feeling under the weather but am grateful for the protection from severe illness offered by safe and effective vaccines.
We will continue to process individuals, the president has spoken of our commitment to bring … individuals who wish to leave Afghanistan to safety.
I think the fact that we will have evacuated tens of thousands of at-risk Afghans -- the vast majority of the 124,000 individuals will fall into this category -- I think speaks to our ability to keep our commitment to the individuals who have worked with us.
Before anyone who is evacuated from Afghanistan comes to this country, they undergo a rigorous vet, unless and until they complete that vet they will not be in a position to come to the U.S.
In many cases, Most SIV applicants're then taken to a third country, where Most SIV applicants will undergo more rigorous vetting if it hasn't yet been completed.
We have brought to safety, with our partners, more than 100,000 individuals, many of these individuals were precisely in that position – fearing that were they to have stayed behind they could be subject to intimidation, to violence, or worse … that is why we have worked so assiduously, together with our partners, to effect this evacuation – the results of which speak for themselves.
I'm just not in a position to confirm those details, every time we see a detail like this, we take it extraordinarily seriously, and we do what we can.
We take it for what it is, we will of course be looking for one thing and one thing only, follow through.
The Deputy Secretary raised concerns in private -- as we have in public -- about a range of PRC actions that run counter to our values and interests and those of our allies and partners, and that undermine the international rules-based order, she raised our concerns about human rights, including Beijing's anti-democratic crackdown in Hong Kong ; the ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang ; abuses in Tibet ; and the curtailing of media access and freedom of the press.
The Deputy Secretary reiterated concerns about the PRC's unwillingness to cooperate with the World Health Organization and allow a second phase investigation in the PRC into COVID-19's origins.
As we have said in the context of attacks that have taken place in recent months, they have been carried out by Iran-backed militias and President Biden in turn has responded, responded in different ways but of course, perhaps most visibly by authorizing the military strikes most recently, late last month but also, before that as well on Iran-backed militia infrastructure in Iraq and Syria, i wouldn't want to speak to the motivation of these attacks. I will say that what we recognize is that these attacks reflect and are representative of the threat that Iran-backed militias present fundamentally to Iraq's sovereignty, and to Iraq's stability.
This buildup is concerning. It raises questions about the PRC’s intent. And for us, it reinforces the importance of pursuing practical measures to reduce nuclear risks, we encourage Beijing to engage with us on practical measures to reduce the risks of destabilizing arms races - potentially destabilizing tensions.
Found on Reuters 1 year ago
This includes requiring all staff to telework and to adhere to physical distancing and masking requirements and other applicable regulations.
We have raised the issue of ransomware attacks with any number of countries and that includes Russia. I suspect, as you have heard from the White House, that this activity will be a topic when the two presidents meet next week in Geneva.
There's no connection to the delistings that we announced today to the( Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) or to negotiations that are ongoing in Vienna.
This is a routine, technical practice consistent with sanctions hygiene, with administrative processes that the Department of the Treasury routinely reviews and undertakes as appropriate.
State Antony Blinken underscored the State Department spokesman Ned Price commitment to work with Allies and partners to counter Russian efforts to undermine our collective security, and in that vein, emphasized State Department spokesman Ned Price opposition to Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
More broadly, we're deeply concerned about the situation in Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, including violent confrontations in Jerusalem.
We call on Israeli and Palestinian officials to act decisively to deescalate tensions and bring a halt to the violence, it is absolutely critical that all sides exercise restraint, refrain from provocative actions and rhetoric, and preserve the historic status quo on the Haram al-Sharif / Temple Mount -- in word and in practice.
As long as the virus is spreading uncontrolled in this country, it can mutate and it can travel beyond our borders. That, in turn, poses a threat well beyond the United States.
I would just make the broad point that if you go back and look at press reporting from the time, this certainly was not secret, and governments that were involved were speaking to this publicly, on the record.
India is enduring a deeply concerning outbreak and the entire country has been affected. We obviously do have a large diplomatic presence within India, it is tantamount to the deep engagement and partnership we have with India, but I'm not in a position to speak to any cases within our staff or embassy community.
We condemn any violence against the people of Burma and reiterate our calls on the Burmese military to refrain from violence against peaceful protesters, we will work with partners and allies to press the Burmese military to reverse its actions and to help the people of Burma realize their aspirations for peace, democracyand the rule of law.
I’m talking about current policy ... We certainly don’t expect any contact with Maduro anytime soon.
We urge Beijing to respect human rights and the rule of law and to reinstate their legal credentials at once.
We continue to be seriously concerned over the treatments of American citizens David Whelan and Trevor Reed. Both men traveled to Russia as tourists, were arrested, and were then convicted without credible evidence, we hope Russia will do the right thing and return them to their families in David Whelan. They have been deprived of their freedom for far too long. We'll continue to speak out on behalf of those cases.
Among those taking part will be representatives of the Department's employee affinity groups as well as members of the workforce from different bureaus and career tracks. Participants will also be in different stages of their careers -- some very senior and some relatively junior -- and will represent many of the functions that are so critical to our operations, whether that's custodial support or policymaking.
We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure against Taiwan and instead engage in meaningful dialogue with Taiwan’s democratically elected representatives.
There has been no substantial progress since transition officials spoke to the intransigence of the Department's political leadership late last week, as we said then, The Department is more pivotal to our national security than the Department of Defense, and an unwillingness to work together could have consequences well beyond January 20.
As the President-elect noted yesterday, the Department of Defense has continued to refuse to meet with our Agency Review Team members, there has been no substantial progress since transition officials spoke to the intransigence of the Department's political leadership late last week.
No one has ever been criminally prosecuted for unmasking. That would be tantamount to pursuing criminal charges against an intelligence analyst for merely doing his job, it's clearly an attempt to cast a patina of criminality around a routine practice.
Found on Reuters 3 years ago
Even with today's news, we can expect Trump to raise Putin's attack on our democracy in a passing, perfunctory way before again taking - or at least claiming to take - Putin's denials at face value.
Found on Reuters 4 years ago
The decision to cancel the planned summit and the manner in which it was done have the potential to put us back on a glide path to conflict.
Found on Reuters 5 years ago
The Obama administration was nothing but proactive in responding to Russian aggression in all of its forms.
Found on FOX News 5 years ago
We were looking forward to hosting the bilateral meeting, we were surprised to first learn via media reports that the prime minister, rather than accept our invitation, opted to cancel his visit.
Found on FOX News 7 years ago
We were looking forward to hosting the bilateral meeting, and we were surprised to first learn via media reports that the prime minister, rather than accept our invitation, opted to cancel his visit, reports that we were not able to accommodate the prime minister's schedule are false.
Found on Reuters 7 years ago
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