- State Dept. Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
- European Union website
- Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
- United Nations Security Council (UNSC)
- Facts on the U.S.-EU Economic, Strategic Partnership (June 2013)
- Overview of U.S. Contributions to Peace and Security in Europe Since WWII
- A Persistent Presence: U.S. commitment to European Security
- U.S. Policy in the Balkans
- U.S. Mission to the European Union
- Evidence of Russian Support for Destabilization of Ukraine (State.gov)
- Russian Fiction the Sequel: 10 More False Claims About Ukraine (State.gov)
- Fact Sheet: 10 False Claims About Ukraine
- White House Facts on U.S. Assistance to Ukraine
Briefings on the 25 May 2014 Ukraine Elections are available from the Ukraine Crisis Media Center (UCMC):
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25 August 2014 DoD: Russian Movements Further Increasing Tensions Despite Russian claims of de-escalating tensions with Ukraine, their actions, including movement of heavy equipment across the border continues to increase tension, Defense Department spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren told Pentagon reporters today. “We’ve seen columns of Russian heavy equipment flow from Russia into Ukraine for the last several weeks,” he said.
15 August 2014 White House on Reports of Russian Military Column in Ukraine "We are working to gather more information regarding reports that
Ukraine’s security forces disabled vehicles in a Russian military convoy
inside Ukraine. We are not currently in a position to confirm these
reports. Even as we work to gather information, we reiterate our concern
about repeated Russian and Russian-supported incursions into Ukraine.
Russia has no right to send vehicles, persons, or cargo of any kind into
Ukraine, under any pretext, without the Government of Ukraine’s
• Hagel's Phone Call with Russian Defense Minister Shoygu
14 August 2014 U.S. Envoy on Russia’s Ongoing Violations, Situation in Ukraine (IIPDigital)
09 August 2014 International Community Must Act to Meet Ukraine’s Needs The humanitarian situation in Ukraine urgently needs addressing, but not by those who caused it, the United States’ top envoy to the United Nations said August 8, adding, “[A]ssistance should be delivered by the international humanitarian organizations that have the expertise, experience, and independence to provide it. It should not be delivered by Russia.”
05 August 2014 Amb. DiCarlo at U.N. Security Council Briefing on Ukraine (IIPDigital)
01 August 2014 Obama, Russia's Putin Discuss Ukraine in Phone Call
30 July 2014 Russian Forces Continue to Gather on Border with Ukraine More than 10,000 Russian soldiers in combined arms battalion tactical units are massed at the border, Pentagon press secretary Navy Rear Admiral John Kirby said.
29 July 2014 Treasury’s Lew on Further Action Against Russia Regarding Ukraine In response to Russia’s continued efforts to destabilize eastern Ukraine, the U.S. Department of the Treasury July 29 imposed prohibitions on additional entities operating within the financial services sector of the Russian economy.
29 July 2014 Obama on Further Sanctions on Russia Regarding Ukraine President Obama: "Since the shoot-down, however, Russia and its proxies in Ukraine have failed to cooperate with the investigation and to take the opportunity to pursue a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Ukraine."
28 July 2014 Russian Troops, Equipment Mass Along Ukraine Border Russian troops continue to mass along the border with Ukraine, and heavy and sophisticated Russian equipment continues to flow across the border to Russian-backed Ukrainian separatists, Pentagon spokesman Army Colonel Steve Warren said July 28.
24 July 2014 Amb. Baer on Extension of OSCE Ukraine Mission
21 July 2014 Amb. Power on U.S. Vote for U.N. Resolution on Downed Airliner Explanation of Vote by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, after a Vote on Security Council Resolution 2166 on the Downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine.
21 July 2014 U.S. Defense Dept.: No Hint Russia Has Ceased Rebel Support Although it’s unclear who is helping separatists fighting in Ukraine and how much help is being provided, there are no indications that Russia has stopped its support, the Pentagon press secretary, Navy Rear Admiral John Kirby, said July 18.
20 July 2014 Russia Must Act to Reduce Tensions in Ukraine, Kerry Says Russia’s actions contributed to the circumstances that caused the crash of a plane carrying nearly 300 people in Ukraine and it must take responsibility, Secretary of State John Kerry says.
18 July 2014 Obama: Missile Downed Malaysia Plane over Ukraine
17 July 2014 Statement by the Press Secretary on Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (Whiteouse.gov)
17 July 2014 Press Statement by John Kerry on Crash in Eastern Ukraine (state.gov)
17 July 2014 White House Readout of President Obama’s Call with President Poroshenko of Ukraine (Whitehouse.gov) President Poroshenko welcomed the assistance of international investigators to ensure a thorough and transparent investigation of the crash site. President Obama assured him that U.S. experts will offer all possible assistance immediately.
16 July 2014 U.S. Sets New Ukraine-Related Sanctions on Entities, Individuals In response to Russia’s continued attempts to destabilize eastern Ukraine and its ongoing occupation of Crimea, the U.S. Department of the Treasury imposed a package of sanctions on entities in the financial services, energy and arms or related materiel sectors of Russia, and on those undermining Ukraine’s sovereignty or misappropriating Ukrainian property.
16 July 2014 Russian Military Buildup Near Ukraine Concerns DoD Officials U.S. defense officials are concerned about a buildup of Russian troops along that country’s border with Ukraine, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said today.
15 July 2015 Amb. Baer’s Response to Serbian Foreign Minister Dačić ""Russia’s violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, in breach of international law and fundamental OSCE principles and commitments, is at the root of this crisis.""
13 July 2014 Obama's Call with U.K. Prime Minister Cameron The President spoke today with Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom to discuss the situations in Ukraine, Afghanistan, and Iraq, as well as the status of the P5+1 talks with Iran taking place in Vienna.
12 July 2014 Biden's Call with Ukrainian President Poroshenko (via IIPDigital)
09 July 2014 Assistant Secretary Nuland on Russia and Developments in Ukraine "In previous testimony before this committee, I have outlined four pillars of U.S. policy: support for Ukraine as it tackles urgent political, economic and security challenges; diplomatic efforts to de-escalate the crisis and to encourage Russia to end support for separatists; readiness to impose further costs —including targeted sectoral sanctions— on Russia and separatists for fomenting violence and unrest in Ukraine; and reassurance of frontline NATO allies and friends like Georgia and Moldova. Today, I will focus on the first two lines of effort"
08 June 2014 State Department on Renewed Focus on European Energy Security Testimony by Hoyt Yee, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Washington, DC.
27 June 2014 Congratulating Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine on the Signing of Agreements with the European Union (via State.gov)
23 June 2014 President Obama's Call with Russian President Putin President Obama spoke with Russian President Putin today about the situation in Ukraine. President Obama welcomed President Poroshenko’s peace plan and urged that Russia and separatist leaders work closely with the Ukrainian government to take concrete steps to implement it. The President called upon President Putin to press the separatists to recognize and abide by the ceasefire and to halt the flow of weapons and materiel across its border into Ukraine.
20 June 2014 Treasury Sanctions Target Seven Separatists in Ukraine The U.S. Department of the Treasury June 20 sanctioned seven separatists in Ukraine responsible for or complicit in actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, stability, sovereignty or territorial integrity of Ukraine, and/or asserting governmental authority over a part or region of Ukraine without the authorization of the government of Ukraine.
07 June 2014 White House Facts on U.S. Assistance to Ukraine The United States is committed to supporting Ukraine’s democratic reforms, economic development, and sovereignty and territorial integrity. Following Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s discussions with President Obama on June 4 in Warsaw, Vice President Joe Biden announced on June 7 an additional $48 million in assistance to help the Ukrainian Government conduct key reforms, build law enforcement capacity, and strengthen national unity.
05 June 2014 Proclamation on D-Day National Remembrance Day 2014
05 June 2014 D-Day: Shared Suffering, Shared Glory Among Nations
05 June 2014 White House Fact Sheet on G7 Summit in Brussels
04 June 2014 French Sailors Remember Yorktown, 233 Years Later Yorktown, Virginia — Twenty-one blasts reverberated across the waterfront of Yorktown, Virginia, on June 2, rolling across the water as the French frigate La Fayette rendered honors to the U.S. and French sailors who stood ashore.
03 June 2014 Obama Announces Initiative to Strengthen European Security President Obama reaffirmed the “enduring commitment” of the United States to the security of Poland and other NATO allies and announced a $1 billion fund to increase U.S. military deployments to Europe to bolster military readiness on the continent.
03 June 2014 U.S. Actions Underscore European Commitment, Official Says The United States is demonstrating its continued commitment to collective security in Europe through a series of actions designed to reassure NATO allies and partners of America’s dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region, in light of the Russian intervention in Ukraine, a senior Pentagon official said.
03 June 2014 U.S. Defense Officials Meet with Ukrainian Leadership A team of senior U.S. Defense Department officials recently returned from two days of “productive meetings” with Ukrainian leadership in Kyiv, Ukraine said Pentagon spokesman Army Colonel Steve Warren.
03 June 2014 European Reassurance Initiative and Other U.S. Efforts in Support of NATO Allies and Partners Since
early March, the United States has taken action, both bilaterally and
through NATO, to reassure allies of our solemn commitment to their
security and territorial
integrity as members of the NATO Alliance. A persistent U.S. air,
land, and sea presence in the region, especially in Central and Eastern
Europe, is a necessary and appropriate show of support to allies who
have contributed robustly and bravely to Alliance
operations in Afghanistan and elsewhere and who are now deeply
concerned by Russia’s occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea and
other provocative actions in Ukraine.
• A Persistent Presence: American's Continued Commitment to European Security
02 June 2014 Vice President Biden’s Travel to Ukraine (via IIPDigital) The Vice President will lead a Presidential delegation to Kyiv on June 7 to attend the inauguration of Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko.
27 May 2014 U.S. Sends Expert Team to Balkans After Floods Unearth Land Mines The U.S. State Department is deploying its Quick Reaction Force, a group of civilian explosive-ordnance-disposal experts, to Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina after flooding increased the danger from land mines and unexploded ordnance in those nations.
27 May 2014 Readout of the President’s Call with President-elect Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine (Whitehouse.gov)
23 May 2014 Briefing live-stream by Andriy Mahera, Deputy Chairman of the Ukrainian Central Election Commission
On Friday 23 May 2014 at 13:00 Brussels time (14:00 in Kyiv), the UCMC will host a briefing by Andriy Mahera, Deputy Chairman of the Ukrainian Central Election Commission who will discuss the state of preparedness for the elections. The briefing will be available to view live on the UCMC website at http://uacrisis.org/
22 May 2014 U.S. General Discusses Russian Tactics in Ukraine Army General Martin E. Dempsey discussed the Ukraine situation with his counterparts at the NATO defense chiefs’ conference. The defense leaders used the phrase “proximate coercion and subversion” to describe Russia’s actions in Ukraine over the past few months.
22 May 2014 Under Secretary Stengel: The Ukrainian Evolution "Elections are never perfect — and this one will not be either. There will be disruptions, and some people will stay home in the east, where election officials have been intimidated and in some cases even kidnapped. Russia has also ensured that no voting will take place in Crimea. But instead of preventing people from voting, the separatists should register their dissent in the voting booth."
20 May 2014 State Dept. on Russians Sanctioned Under Magnitsky Act Today the State Department, in concert with the Treasury Department, submitted to Congress a list of persons who have been sanctioned under the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act. The Act allows for the designation of individuals responsible for Magnitsky’s detention, abuse, and death.
19 May 2014 State’s Malinowski Analyzes Putin’s ‘Hypocrisy’ in Ukraine (IIPDigital)
19 May 2014 White House on NATO, Bilateral Reassurance Measures in Romania (IIPDigital)
19 May 2014 State Dept. on flooding in the Balkans "The United States wishes to express its condolences to all those in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Croatia who have suffered as a result of the devastating flooding over the past several days. We extend our readiness to assist the governments and people of each of these countries as they mourn the dead, treat the injured, and address the extensive losses and damage caused by this natural disaster."
19 May 2014 Ukraine Issues $1 Billion Bond with U.S. Guarantee The National Bank of Ukraine on May 16, acting on behalf of the government of Ukraine, closed on its offering of a $1 billion sovereign bond, guaranteed by the United States, acting through the U.S. Agency for International Development.
15 May 2014 State Dept. Background Briefing on Ukraine (state.gov)
15 May 2014 Ambassador Baer at OSCE on Russian Violations, Ukraine About the ongoing Violations of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation and the Situation in Ukraine.
14 May 2014 European Union to Host Counter Piracy Meeting in New York The European Union, this year’s chair of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, will host the Group’s 16th Plenary in New York on May 14. The Contact Group has helped lead the world’s counter-piracy effort in the Gulf of Aden since 2009. Attendees will be reminded of the continuing danger of counter-piracy work during the May proceedings.
10 May 2014 State Dept. On the Illegal Referenda in Eastern Ukraine "As President Obama and Chancellor Merkel stated on May 2, the Russian leadership must know that if it continues to destabilize eastern Ukraine and disrupt this month’s presidential election, we will move quickly to impose greater costs on Russia. The Russian government can still choose to implement its Geneva commitments, as well as follow through on President Putin’s statement of May 7. We call on them to do so."
08 May 2014 On the Occasion of Europe Day "On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of the European Union as you celebrate Europe Day on May 9."
08 May 2014 Amb. Baer on Challenges in OSCE Area, Engagement with Ukraine (via IIPDigital)
07 May 2014 Defense Dept. Works to Counter Russian Intervention in Ukraine The Defense Department is working with the State Department and NATO allies to provide reassurance, deterrence and support to Ukraine, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The U.S. government’s response to Russia’s actions in the region is being done carefully and without taking actions that would escalate the crisis, Evelyn N. Farkas said.
07 May 2014 Ukrainian Border Guards Getting Equipment, DOD Says Ukraine’s border guard has received a large percentage of the U.S.-funded equipment it requested, a Defense Department spokesman said. Army Colonel Steven Warren told Pentagon reporters that DOD recently provided funding to Ukraine for locally purchased equipment.
07 May 2014 Treasury's Glaser at Senate Foreign Relations Hearing on Ukraine Testimony of Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing Daniel Glaser before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Washington, DC.
07 May 2014 Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Notification to Remove Certain Trade Benefits from Russia (via Whitehouse.gov)
06 May 2014 Kerry, Ashton Urge Russians Not to Sabotage Ukraine Election Secretary of State John Kerry says that if Russian elements continue to sabotage the democratic process and prevent Ukraine from holding its May 25 presidential election, the United States and the European Union will impose additional, stronger economic sanctions.
• Assistant Secretary Nuland at Senate Hearing on Ukraine (State.gov)
06 May 2014 Ukraine Conflict Demonstrates Need for Close U.S.-EU Cooperation (IIPDigital)
05 May 2014 U.S. Increases Support for Media, Press Freedom in Ukraine The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing an additional $1.25 million to the U-MEDIA program in Ukraine, a project of Internews and its Ukrainian partner organizations aimed at supporting Ukrainian media outlets as they prepare for the Ukrainian presidential election. Members of the media in Ukraine have faced serious challenges and dangers over the past several months, USAID said in announcing the grant on its website
02 May 2014 Obama, Merkel Say Stronger Sanctions Likely Against Russia (IIPDigital) President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel say additional and more severe economic sanctions against Russia are likely because of continued destabilizing actions in eastern Ukraine.
29 April 2014 Kerry at Atlantic Council on NATO, Ukraine "If we want a Europe that is both whole and free, then we have to do more together immediately, with a sense of urgency, to ensure that European nations are not dependent on Russia for the majority of their energy."
29 April 2014 Events in Ukraine a “Wake-up Call” for NATO, Kerry Says “The crisis in Ukraine now calls us back to the role that this alliance was originally created to perform, and that is to defend alliance territory and advance trans-Atlantic security,” Kerry said in remarks delivered April 29 at a conference hosted by the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based nonpartisan think tank.
29 April 2014 U.S. Commerce Dept. Expands Export Restrictions on Russia (IIPDigital) As part of a series of sanctions announced April 29 by the United States, the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced that it is expanding its export restrictions on items subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) in response to Russia's continued actions in southern and eastern Ukraine.
28 April 2014 United States Imposes More Sanctions on Russia The United States imposed additional economic sanctions against Russia on April 28 targeted at seven Russian government officials and 17 companies, and also restricted certain U.S. exports. At a meeting in Geneva, Secretary of State John Kerry and the foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine and the European Union agreed on a number of measures aimed at ending the situation in eastern Ukraine, including refraining from further violence and provocative acts.
28 April 2014 RAF deploys Typhoon jets to bolster NATO air policing mission (via gov.UK) Four Royal Air Force Typhoons have deployed today to take part in the Nato Baltic air policing mission over Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. [UK] Defence Secretary Philip Hammond announced this to the House of Commons in March. The deployment forms part of a series of measures taken by Nato to support and reassure its eastern member states.
28 April 2014 United States Expands Export Restrictions on Russia (State.gov)
28 April 2014 White House on Sanctions Related to Situation in Ukraine (IIPDigital)
28 April 2014 U.S. Sanctions Russian Officials, Entities over Ukraine Actions The U.S. Department of the Treasury April 28 designated seven Russian government officials, including two key members of the Russian leadership’s inner circle, and 17 entities pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13661. E.O. 13661 authorizes sanctions on, among others, officials of the Russian government and any individual or entity that is owned or controlled by, that has acted for or on behalf of, or that has provided material or other support to, a senior Russian government official.
25 April 2014 Crimeans Facing Russian-Style Repression, U.S. Diplomat Says "One unfortunate effect — and perhaps intent — of the Russian government’s threats against eastern Ukraine has been to divert the world’s attention from the part of Ukraine it has already seized. ... The desire to live in freedom, under a state that serves its citizens, not the other way around, is universal. Ukrainians don’t want to lose their freedom. Their fellow citizens in Crimea, and neighbors in Russia, deserve to reclaim it."
25 April 2014 Obama’s Call with French, German, Italian, U.K. Leaders on Ukraine (IIPDigital)
24 April 2014 Secretary Kerry on Ukraine “It has now been a week since the United States, the European Union, Russia, and Ukraine met in Geneva... One week later, it is clear that only one side, one country, is keeping its word.”
22 April 2014 U.S. Increases Financial Support for Ukraine The Obama administration announced a new package of assistance totaling $50 million to help Ukraine pursue political and economic reform and strengthen the partnership between the United States and Ukraine.
• Facts on U.S. Support Package for Ukraine (IIPDigital)
22 April 2014 Remarks to Press by Biden, Ukrainian Prime Minister in Kyiv VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: Mr. Prime Minister, let me begin by thanking you both for your hospitality, but much more importantly for the incredible leadership you’ve shown under very, very, very difficult circumstances.
15 April 2014 Russian Aircraft Flies near U.S. Navy Ship in Black Sea A Russian attack aircraft repeatedly flew near the USS Donald Cook in international waters in the Black Sea on April 12. ... “This provocative and unprofessional Russian action is inconsistent with international protocols and previous agreements on the professional interaction between our militaries.”
14 April 2014 Obama’s Call with Russian President Putin (IIPDigital) "At Moscow’s request, President Obama spoke with Russian President Putin today about the situation in Ukraine. The President expressed grave concern about Russian government support for the actions of armed, pro-Russian separatists who threaten to undermine and destabilize the government of Ukraine."
14 April 2014 Kerry to Meet with Foreign Ministers on Ukraine Crisis Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Ukrainian, Russian, European Union and Swiss counterparts in Geneva April 17 to discuss ways to resolve the rising crisis in Ukraine. Kerry is continuing efforts to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine and curb further tensions, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in an April 11 announcement.
14 April 2014 State Dept. on Additional Assistance for Ukraine
13 April 2014 Russian Fiction the Sequel: 10 More False Claims About Ukraine (State.gov) Russia continues to spin a false and dangerous narrative to justify its illegal actions in Ukraine. The Russian propaganda machine continues to promote hate speech and incite violence by creating a false threat in Ukraine that does not exist. We would not be seeing the violence and sad events that we've witnessed this weekend without this relentless stream of disinformation and Russian provocateurs fostering unrest in eastern Ukraine. Here are 10 more false claims Russia is using to justify intervention in Ukraine, with the facts that these assertions ignore or distort.
13 April 2014 Evidence of Russian Support for Destabilization of Ukraine (State.gov)
12 April 2014 U.S.-Ukraine Economic and Finance Working Group (State.gov) The working group discussed ways of moving President Obama and Prime Minister Yatsenyuk’s economic agenda forward, focusing on U.S. assistance efforts, increasing bilateral trade and investment flows, combating corruption, and carrying out economic reforms.
11 April 2014 Treasury Announces New Sanctions Related to Ukraine [These] individuals and this entity are being sanctioned for being responsible for or complicit in, or having engaged in, actions or policies that undermine democratic processes or institutions in Ukraine, actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of Ukraine, or misappropriation of state assets of Ukraine or of an economically significant entity in Ukraine; or having asserted governmental authority over any part or region of Ukraine without the authorization of the government of Ukraine.
11 April 2014 Author Robert Service on 'Putin’s Czarist Folly'
11 April 2014 Russia's accusations -setting the record straight (PDF, 400Kb, 4 pages) Russia’s aggression against Ukraine has led to Russia’s international isolation, including NATO’s suspension of all practical cooperation with Russia. To divert attention away from its actions, Russia has levelled a series of accusations against NATO which are based on misrepresentations of the facts and ignore the sustained effort that NATO has put into building a partnership with Russia. Russia has also made baseless attacks on the legitimacy of the Ukrainian authorities and has used force to seize part of Ukraine’s territory.
11 April 2014 NATO Defends Accuracy of Satellite Images With Additional Proof (via NATO.int) "NATO's Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) defends the accuracy of the images that were released to media on April 10, 2014. The dates of the images released by SHAPE were collected by the DigitalGlobe satellite 'Constellation' between late March and early April 2014. The images are unclassified and are commercially available in DigitalGlobe's public archive. SHAPE did not alter or edit the images in any way prior to release."
• Related: NATO Tumble images here and here
10 April 2014 Transatlantic Security Challenges: Central and Eastern Europe Testimony by Assistant Secretary Nuland, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Washington, DC.
10 April 2014 Hagel’s Call with Ukraine’s Acting Defense Minister Koval Secretary Hagel spoke by phone with Ukraine's Acting Minister of Defense Mykhaylo Koval on his return flight to Washington from Beijing. It was their first conversation since the minister took office last month.
09 April 2014 Ukraine: Confronting Internal Challenges and External Threats Testimony by Assistant Secretary Nuland, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission), Washington, DC.
08 April 2014 Kerry Warns Russia to Stop Separatist Actions in Eastern Ukraine Secretary of State John Kerry warned Russia to end its separatist actions in eastern Ukraine or face tough new economic sanctions. ... “No one should be fooled — and believe me, no one is fooled by what could potentially be a contrived pretext for military intervention just as we saw in Crimea,” Kerry added.
01 April 2014 White House Press Secretary on Ukraine (IIPDigital) "The President welcomes today’s congressional action to finalize an assistance package for Ukraine. This legislation will allow us to provide crucial support to Ukraine through loan guarantees that will facilitate access to needed financing to Ukraine as it takes essential steps to restore economic stability and return to growth and prosperity."
31 March 2104 'No Decisions About Ukraine Without Ukraine,' Kerry Says After meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Paris, Secretary of State John Kerry says they agreed that the crisis in Ukraine requires a diplomatic resolution and that further talks must include the Ukrainians.
30 March 2014 Secretary Kerry’s Press Availability in Paris on Ukraine Press availability in Paris, France.
28 March 2014 Russia Reinforcing Units on Border with Ukraine, Pentagon Says (via IIPDigital)
27 March 2014 Amb. Power on U.N. General Assembly Resolution on Ukraine "The world has made clear that the international community will not accept Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea."
27 March 2014 Treasury Secretary Lew on IMF-Ukraine Preliminary Agreement (IIPDigital)
27 March 2014 Statement by the White House Press Secretary on Ukraine "The United States welcomes the preliminary agreement between the Government of Ukraine and International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff on a loan program of $14-18 billion. This represents a powerful sign of support from the international community for the Ukrainian government, as we help them stabilize and grow their economy, and move their democracy forward."
26 March 2014 Obama Says No Easy Answers for Crimean Crisis President Obama told European youth that no one can know what future events in Ukraine and the Crimean region may bring, but eventually the voices for human dignity, opportunity, individual rights and the rule of law will triumph.
Fact Sheets and statemements from the Brussels Summit 2014:
- White House on U.S.-EU Common Security and Defense Policy
- Joint Statement from EU-U.S. Summit
- White House Fact Sheet: U.S.-EU Economic Ties
- Press Briefing by Hagel, U.K. Defense Minister Hammond
- Fact Sheet: U.S. Efforts in Support of NATO Allies and Partners
24 March 2014 U.S. Official on G7 Meeting in The Hague "First of all, there’s a very clear statement that what Russia has
done is a violation of the principles on which the entire international
system is built. And this was a key part of the discussion, that the
challenge in Ukraine goes beyond simply the violation of Ukraine’s
sovereignty and territorial integrity; it goes to the heart of the
principles of international law upon which the international system is
founded. ... Furthermore, there was a strong statement from the G7 that Russia’s
actions will have significant consequences.
• Hague Declaration in Support of Ukraine’s Sovereignty
• White House Briefing on Obama’s Meetings in The Hague (IIPDigital)
21 March 2014 Hagel Gets Assurances About Russian Troops on Ukraine Border Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu assured U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that Russian troops along the Russia-Ukraine border are there solely for exercise purposes and will not cross over into Ukrainian territory, Pentagon press secretary Navy Rear Admiral John Kirby said. At a Pentagon news conference, Kirby said Hagel had an hour-long phone conversation with Shoygu.
20 March 2014 U.S. Treasury Dept. Issues Sanctions Related to Ukraine Situation The U.S. Department of the Treasury on March 20 designated 16 Russian government officials, four members of the Russian leadership’s inner circle and a bank as subject to financial sanctions under an executive order signed by President Obama.
20 March 2014 Statement by the President on Ukraine "As
part of that process, I signed a new executive order today that gives
us the authority to impose sanctions not just on individuals but on key
of the Russian economy. This is not our preferred outcome. These
sanctions would not only have a significant impact on the Russian
economy, but could also be disruptive to the global economy."
• White House Letter and Executive Order -- Blocking Property of Additional Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine
• Executive Order -- Blocking Property of Additional Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine (PDF, 3 pages)
• White House Letter -- Blocking Property of Additional Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine (PDF, 2 pages)
20 March 2014 Obama Orders Sanctions on More Russian Officials over Crimea President Obama says the United States, working closely with European allies, is imposing more sanctions on senior Russian officials and others for their involvement in the Crimean crisis in Ukraine. The United States expanded sanctions that target 20 individuals inside and outside the government, and a private Russian bank, Bank Rossiya, because of their involvement or direct support in the Crimean crisis. The latest round of penalties follows the first set of sanctions levied March 17 against 11 high-ranking Russian and Crimean officials.
19 March 2014 Biden Says World Rejects Russia’s Behavior in Crimean Crisis Vice President Biden told Baltic leaders that the United States stands with them in support of the Ukrainian people and against Russia’s aggressive acts in the Crimean Peninsula.
19 March 2014 Amb. Power at U.N. Security Council Meeting on Ukraine (IIPDigital)
18 March 2014 Remarks to the Press by Vice President Joe Biden and President Toomas Ilves of Estonia (Whitehouse)
18 March 2014 Biden Meets with Polish Leaders on Russia Vice President Biden met at length with Poland’s Prime Minister Donald
Tusk on to discuss Eastern Europe’s security crisis following
the Crimean vote to join Russia.
• Remarks to the Press by Vice President Joe Biden with Prime Minister Donald Tusk of Poland (Whitehouse)
• U.S. Official on Biden’s Trip to Poland, Lithuania (IIPDigital)
18 March 2014 Obama's Call with Chancellor Merkel of Germany on Ukraine (IIPDigital)
18 March 201 Hagel Discusses Ukraine With French Defense Minister (IIPDigital)
17 March 2014 Background Briefing by Senior Administration Officials on Ukraine (Whitehouse.gov)
17 March 2014 Letter and Executive Order -- Blocking Property of Additional Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine
Attached is the text of a letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate and an Executive Order signed yesterday regarding blocking property of additional persons contributing to the situation in Ukraine.
• Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate (PDF, 2 pages)
• Letter -- Blocking Property of Additional Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine
• FACT SHEET: Ukraine-Related Sanctions
16 March 2014 United States Rejects Crimea Referendum, Calls it Destabilizing The United States rejects the March 16 Crimean secession referendum and calls Russia’s military actions in the Ukrainian region “dangerous and destabilizing.” ... The White House has announced Vice President Joseph Biden will travel to Poland and Lithuania March 17-19 to meet with regional leaders and discuss the events in Ukraine and priority security issues.
16 March 2014 16 March 2014 Readout of the President’s Call with President Putin (Whitehouse.gov)
16 March 2014 Statement by the Press Secretary on Ukraine (Whitehouse.gov) The United States has steadfastly supported the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Ukraine since it declared its independence in 1991, and we reject the “referendum” that took place today in the Crimean region of Ukraine. This referendum is contrary to Ukraine’s constitution, and the international community will not recognize the results of a poll administered under threats of violence and intimidation from a Russian military intervention that violates international law.
15 March 2014 Remarks to Press by U.S. Envoy Power After U.N. Ukraine Vote (IIPDigital) "Today’s vote is a reflection of what Russia denies and the whole world knows. The whole world knows the government of Ukraine has acted with restraint in the face of repeated provocations. From the beginning, Ukraine’s leaders have sought dialogue and a peaceful solution. Unlike the former President, who fled the country, they have sought to fulfill the spirit of the February 21 agreement."
14 March 2014 Kerry, Russia’s Lavrov Discuss Crimean Crisis Secretary of State John Kerry says a referendum on the future of Ukraine’s Crimean region is effectively a backdoor annexation of Crimea into Russia. The United States entered the talks to ask Russia to have the Crimea referendum postponed and select other diplomatic options. Western nations proposed a contact group of nations to discuss solutions to the crisis.
• Kerry's Press Availability in London on Ukraine
14 March 2014 Background Briefing on Secretary Kerry's Trip to London
13 March 2014 Ambassador Power at U.N. Security Council Meeting on Ukraine "Ukraine’s leadership is properly focused on the needs of its people. ... In Moscow, we see a different kind of leadership. Russia has pursued a
course of military action from the outset. At the very start of the
crisis, Russia massed its forces along Ukraine’s border for “military
exercises” while supporting efforts inside Crimea to take control of
Ukrainian border posts, surround Ukrainian military facilities, seize
control of public facilities, and replace Ukrainian media with Russian
• Ambassador Power's Remarks to Press at U.N. on Ukraine
12 March 2014 Obama, Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk After Their Meeting "We do not know yet what our diplomatic efforts will yield, but we'll keep on pressing. In the meantime, the main message I want to send is that we are highly supportive of a government in Kyiv that is taking on some very tough decisions, is committed to law and order, inclusivity, committed to the rights of all Ukrainian people, and is committed to fair and free elections that should settle once and for all any questions that there may be about what’s transpired since former President Yanukovych left the country."
12 March 2014 State Dept. Facts on Increased U.S. Cooperation with Ukraine During Prime Minister Yatsenyuk’s visit to Washington today, we discussed specific steps the United States is taking to support Ukraine at this critical time, including the $1 billion loan guarantee we are working with Congress to provide, and the package of technical and other assistance we are preparing, to meet Ukraine’s priority needs.
12 March 2014 Statement of G-7 Leaders on Ukraine We, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission, call on the Russian Federation to cease all efforts to change the status of Crimea contrary to Ukrainian law and in violation of international law. We call on the Russian Federation to immediately halt actions supporting a referendum on the territory of Crimea regarding its status, in direct violation of the Constitution of Ukraine.
10 March 2014 Obama's Call with Chinese President Xi on Ukraine (IIPDigital) The two leaders agreed on the fundamental importance of focusing on common interests and deepening practical cooperation to address regional and global challenges for the development of bilateral relations. In that context, they affirmed their shared interest in reducing tensions and identifying a peaceful resolution to the dispute between Russia and Ukraine.
10 March 2014 U.S. Ambassador To Ukraine Says Crimea Should Stay In Ukraine "Crimea is and should remain a part of Ukraine. Discussion over. That said, I have been encouraged to see comments from Prime Minister Yatseniuk and others indicating that the government, the Ukrainian government is open to enhance levels of autonomy for the people in Crimea. But this is something that (a) Ukrainians have to decide within their own constitutional framework, and (b) it can't happen under the barrel of a gun."
08 March 2014 Obama's Calls on Ukraine with 6 European Leaders The President spoke separately with Prime Minister Cameron, President Hollande, and Prime Minister Renzi today about Ukraine. The President welcomed the strong, unified stance of the United States and the European Union regarding Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine, including in the conclusions of the March 6 European Council. The leaders reiterated their grave concern over Russia’s clear violation of international law and reaffirmed their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
07 March 2014 The Importance of IMF Reforms to Support Ukraine "Given the events unfolding in Ukraine, the important role the United States has in providing economic support for the Ukrainian government, together with the International Monetary Fund and our international partners, has become even more urgent. While delivering a statement on the ongoing situation in Ukraine today, President Obama highlighted this issue by calling on Congress to quickly approve IMF legislation that would enable the United States to do just that."
06 March 2014 Obama Says Proposed Crimean Referendum Illegal President Obama said a proposed March 16 referendum on the future of Crimea that is being supported by Russia would be illegal. At a White House briefing, President Obama said, “Any discussion
about the future of Ukraine must include the legitimate government of
Ukraine.” The proposed referendum would violate the Ukrainian
Constitution and international law, he said. “In 2014, we are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders,” he added.
• President Obama’s Call with Russian President Putin on Ukraine (Whitehouse.gov)
06 March 2014 Hagel, General Dempsey Outline U.S., Partner Approach to Ukraine In advance of their budget testimony before a Senate panel, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army General Martin E. Dempsey, outlined Defense Department activities pertaining to the crisis in Ukraine.
06 March 2014 U.S. Foreign Policy Toward Ukraine (State.gov) Eric Rubin,, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs "I would like to address four areas in my remarks. I will begin by discussing the political situation in Ukraine. Second, I will talk about regional stability, Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine and the response of the United States and the international community to Russia’s action. Third, I will briefly touch on Ukraine’s current perilous economic situation and the tools necessary in the immediate and mid-term to begin the process of economic healing after years of severe mismanagement. My colleague from Treasury will build on this more thoroughly. Finally, I will briefly address U.S. technical assistance in Ukraine and support for the country’s return to the normal democratic process."
06 March 2014 Statement by the Press Secretary on Ukraine "Pursuant
to the President’s guidance, today the State Department is putting in
place visa restrictions on a number of officials and individuals,
reflecting a policy decision
to deny visas to those responsible for or complicit in threatening the
sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. This new step stands
in addition to the policy already implemented to deny visas to those
involved in human rights abuses related to political
oppression in Ukraine."
• Background Briefing by Senior Administration Officials on Executive Order on Ukraine (Whitehouse)
05 March 2014 Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom As part of our continuing close consultations on shared security challenges, the President spoke to Prime Minister Cameron today regarding the events unfolding in Ukraine The leaders expressed their grave concern over Russia’s clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity, and both noted that the current circumstances are unacceptable.
05 March 2014 State Dept. Fact Sheet: 10 False Claims About Ukraine
05 March 2014 Kerry with Press in Paris on Ukraine, Russia, Lebanon (IIPDigital)
05 March 2014 Biden’s Call with Latvian President Berzins on Ukraine (IIPDigital)
05 March 2014 Reply to the Statement of the Russian Federation on Ukraine at the Special Meeting of the Permanent Council (via State.gov) Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland
04 March 2014 Ukraine Getting Extensive Assistance Package from U.S. The United States is providing economic assistance to the Ukrainian government — including a $1 billion energy subsidy package — that is part of a broader international effort to ensure sufficient funding to restore financial stability and a return to prosperity in Ukraine, the White House announced.
04 March 2014 White House Fact Sheet: International Support for Ukraine President Obama has made clear that the United States will continue to support the Government of Ukraine, including economically. We have been working closely with international partners to develop an assistance package that will provide rapid financial and technical assistance to help Ukraine restore economic stability and conduct free, fair, and inclusive new elections that will allow the Ukrainian people to continue to make democratic choices about their future.
04 March 2014 Treasury Secretary Lew on U.S. Economic Assistance to Ukraine (IIPDigital)
03 March 2014 Briefing by State's Nuland After OSCE Special Meeting on Ukraine (IIPDigital)
03 March 2014 Readout of the Vice President’s Calls on Ukraine (Whitehouse.gov)
03 March 2014 Ambassador Power's Rejection of Russian Rationale for Action in Ukraine "The bottom line is that, for all of the self-serving rhetoric we have heard from Russian officials in recent days, there is nothing that justifies Russian conduct. As I said in our last session, Russia’s actions speak much louder than its words. What is happening today is not a human rights protection mission and it is not a consensual intervention. What is happening today is a dangerous military intervention in Ukraine. It is an act of aggression."
03 March 2014 Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Russian Prime Minister Dmitriy Medvedev (Whitehouse.gov)
03 March 2014 U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) puts military activities with Russia on Hold (Defense.gov)
03 March 2014 Amb. Power on U.S. Support for Ukraine's Territorial Integrity (via IIPDigital)
02 March 2014 Readout of the President's Calls with Prime Minister Cameron, President Komorowski, and Chancellor Merkel (Whitehouse.gov) President Obama spoke separately this afternoon with Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom, President Komorowski of Poland, and Chancellor Merkel of Germany. The leaders expressed their grave concern over Russia’s clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity, which is a breach of international law and a threat to international peace and security. The leaders stressed that dialogue between Ukraine and Russia should start immediately, with international facilitation as appropriate.
02 March 2014 Secretary Kerry's Travel to Kyiv (via State.gov) In Kyiv on March 4, Secretary Kerry will meet with senior
representatives of Ukraine’s new government, leaders of the Rada, and
members of civil society. The Secretary will reaffirm the United States'
strong support for Ukrainian sovereignty, independence, territorial
integrity, and the right of the Ukrainian people to determine their own
future, without outside interference or provocation.
• Kerry's Interview on Ukraine with CBS News (via IIPDigital)
• Kerry's Interview with ABC News on Ukraine (via IIPDigital)
• Kerry’s Interview with NBC News on Ukraine (via IIPDigital)
02 March 2014 North Atlantic Council Statement on Situation in Ukraine Military action against Ukraine by forces of the Russian Federation is a breach of international law and contravenes the principles of the NATO-Russia Council and the Partnership for Peace. Russia must respect its obligations under the United Nations Charter and the spirit and principles of the OSCE, on which peace and stability in Europe rest. We call on Russia to de-escalate tensions.
02 March 2014 G7 Leaders' Statement on Ukraine We, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States and the President of the European Council and President of the European Commission, join together today to condemn the Russian Federation’s clear violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, in contravention of Russia’s obligations under the UN Charter and its 1997 basing agreement with Ukraine.
• President Obama's Call with Russian President Putin
01 March 2014 Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's Phone Call with Russia's Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu (Defense.gov)
01 March 2014 Obama’s Calls on Ukraine with Leaders of France, Canada (IIPDigital)
01 March 2014 President Obama's Call with Russian President Putin (Whitehouse.gov)
01 March 2014 Secretary Kerry on the Situation in Ukraine "The United States condemns the Russian Federation's invasion and occupation of Ukrainian territory... This action is a threat to the peace and security of Ukraine, and the wider region. "
28 February 2014 Statement by the President on Ukraine (Whitehouse.gov)
28 February 2014 Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (Whitehouse.gov)
27 February 2014 Hagel Says U.S. Defense Strategy Demands Closer European Ties Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told NATO defense ministers meeting in
Brussels that U.S. defense strategy calls for a closer partnership with
European allies while protecting readiness and enhancing modernization. Hagel added, “Ahead of this year’s Wales Summit, the [NATO]
secretary-general is putting a focus on improving NATO’s military
capabilities so that we can make a down payment on meeting shortfalls.”
• Hagel Press Briefing at NATO Headquarters in Brussels
27 February 2014 Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (Whitehouse.gov)
26 February 2014 Statement by the Press Secretary on Ukraine (Whitehouse.gov)
22 February 2014 Statement by the Press Secretary on Ukraine The United States is closely monitoring developments in Ukraine.
20 February 2014 Obama Condemns Ukraine Violence President Obama reiterated his condemnation of the violence that has
erupted in Ukraine, killing dozens and leaving hundreds more injured
over the past few days. “We have been deeply engaged with our European partners as well as
both the Ukrainian government and the opposition to try to assure that
that violence ends,” Obama said in brief remarks to journalists while in
Mexico for the North American Leaders Summit.
• Senior State Dept. Official’s Briefing on Situation in Ukraine
18 February 2014 Vice President Biden's Call with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych Vice President Biden called Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych today to express grave concern regarding the crisis on the streets of Kyiv. He called on President Yanukovych to pull back government forces and to exercise maximum restraint.
28 January 2014 Vice President Biden’s Call with Ukrainian President (via IIPDigital.gov) President Yanukovych of Ukraine called Vice President Biden today to update him on the current crisis in Ukraine. The Vice President welcomed the progress made today and urged President Yanukovych to sign the parliament’s repeal of several of the January 16 laws without delay.
23 January 2014 Biden's Call with Ukrainian President Yanukovych Vice President Biden called Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych today to urge an immediate de-escalation in the standoff between protesters and security forces in downtown Kyiv.... While emphasizing that violence by any side is not acceptable, the Vice President underscored that only the government of Ukraine can ensure a peaceful end to the crisis and further bloodshed would have consequences for Ukraine’s relationship with the United States.
22 January 2014 State Dept. on Reported Deaths in Ukraine Street Clashes "The United States strongly condemns the increasing violence on the streets of Kyiv, which has led to casualties and the shooting deaths of two protesters. We urge all sides to immediately de-escalate the situation and refrain from violence. ... However, the aggressive actions of members of extreme-right group Pravy Sektor are not acceptable and are inflaming conditions on the streets and undermining the efforts of peaceful protestors. "
16 January 2014 State Dept. on the Passage of Undemocratic Legislation in Ukranian Parliament The United States expresses its deep concern that the Ukrainian Rada pushed through several controversial measures today without adhering to proper procedures.
15 January 2014 State's Nuland at Senate Hearing on Crisis in Ukraine "As I have said repeatedly over the past few months, Ukraine’s
European integration is not a zero-sum calculation. We encourage Ukraine
to continue to develop normal and strong, sovereign relations with all
neighbors. There is also, unfortunately a good deal of disinformation in
Russia about the potential effect that the EU’s Eastern Partnership
could have on its economy and arrangements with neighbors. We have
encouraged the EU to redouble its efforts to counter false narratives in
Russia and actively make its case that a more prosperous, European
Ukraine will lift the whole neighborhood, both economically and in terms
of democratic stability."
• State Dept. on the Situation in Ukraine
13 January 2014 In Europe, U.S. Treasury Secretary Advances Shared Economic Goals U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew underscored Europe’s importance as a U.S. partner in his fourth official trip to the continent, which concluded the week of 10 January. During a three-country, two-day tour to France, Germany and Portugal, Lew met with his counterparts and other senior government officials to promote global economic growth and financial stability.
30 December 2013 White House on Attacks in Russia "The United States condemns the terrorist attacks that struck the Russian city of Volgograd and sends deepest condolences to the families of the victims with hopes for the rapid healing of those wounded."
21 December 2013 Secretary Kerry on Release of Mikhail Khodorkovskiy
17 December 2013 Hagel, Russian Defense Minister Hold First Video Teleconference (via Defense.gov) Fulfilling an agreement they made in August on the margins of a meeting between their countries’ senior diplomatic and defense officials, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu conducted their inaugural video teleconference yesterday to maintain an open dialogue and defense cooperation. Hagel and Shoigu discussed a number of issues, including missile defense, Syria, cybersecurity and countering improvised explosive devices.
16 December 2013 Assistant Secretary Nuland at U.S.-Ukraine Foundation Conference "When Ukrainians say they are European, this is what they mean. And as one very prominent Ukrainian businessman said to me, “The Maidan Movement’s greatest achievement is that it has proven that the people of Ukraine will no longer support any president -- this one or a future one -- who does not take them to Europe.” "
13 December 2013 Russian Nuclear Megatons Become U.S. Megawatts The last scheduled delivery of low enriched uranium (LEU) under the landmark 1993 U.S.-Russia highly enriched uranium (HEU) purchase agreement arrived in Baltimore the week of December 10, and on that day the United States and Russia commemorated the expected completion of the agreement. The two countries also pledged continued collaboration on nuclear nonproliferation, the U.S. Department of Energy announced in a press release.
11 December 2013 State’s Nuland After Meeting with Ukraine President Yanukovych
11 December 2013 State Dept. on Outcomes of 2013 OSCE Ministerial Against the backdrop of ongoing protests in Ukraine, Assistant Secretary Nuland urged the Ukrainian government to uphold its OSCE commitments and listen to Ukrainian citizens’ demands for reform, justice and the chance to shape a future in partnership with Europe. Assistant Secretary Nuland also drew OSCE member states’ attention to concerns about human rights violations and democratic backsliding elsewhere, the shrinking space for civil society and independent journalism, rising anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim sentiment, and increasing intolerance against Roma and other ethnic and religious minorities, migrants and LGBT persons.
10 December 2013 Secretary Kerry Statement on Events in Ukraine "The United States expresses its disgust with the decision of Ukrainian authorities to meet the peaceful protest in Kyiv's Maidan Square with riot police, bulldozers, and batons, rather than with respect for democratic rights and human dignity. This response is neither acceptable nor does it befit a democracy."
10 December 2013 White House on U.S.–Russia “Megatons to Megawatts” Program With this week’s off-loading at the Port of Baltimore, Maryland, of the last delivery of low-enriched uranium derived from 500 metric tons of highly enriched uranium, our countries have seen to fruition the implementation of the 1993 U.S.-Russia Highly Enriched Uranium Purchase Agreement.
09 December 2013 Homeland Security Secretary Meets with European Counterparts Acting U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Rand Beers was joined in Brussels by U.S. Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole to participate in a ministerial meeting, organized and hosted by Belgium Interior Minister Joëlle Milquet, with European counterparts on foreign fighters in Syria.
09 December 2013 Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland Meetings in Russia In productive bilateral meetings with Russian Government officials, the sides discussed economic relations, issues on the bilateral arms control and security agenda and people-to-people contacts. Assistant Secretary Nuland expressed U.S. deep concern about the situation in Ukraine... .
04 December 2013 Secretary Kerry's Remarks at Top of Meeting With EU High Representative Cathy Ashton, NATO, Brussels (via State.gov)
26 November 2013 OSCE Continues to Tackle Global Challenges The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) continues to build trust and confidence among its 57 member states to advance political-military, economic and environmental security, Ambassador Daniel Baer, U.S. permanent representative to the OSCE, said during a State Department Foreign Press Center briefing.
14 November 2013 State's Nuland on Europe’s Eastern Partnership Summit A Pivotal Moment for the Eastern Partnership: Outlook for Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Belarus, Armenia, and Azerbaijan: Testimony by Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, before the Subcommittee on European Affairs of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Washington, DC.
13 November 2013 Toward A Transatlantic Renaissance: Ensuring Our Shared Future Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland holds her first major speech at the Atlantic Council in Washington on the transatlantic relationship.
24 October 2013 U.S. Response at OSCE to Secretary-General of Council of Europe "The United States believes that the OSCE and the Council of Europe
have significant, complementary roles to play in strengthening respect
for human rights, fundamental freedoms, democracy, and rule of law...we note that there has been
excellent cooperation between our organizations in the fight against
terrorism and in countering trafficking in human beings."
24 October 2013 U.S. Response to OSCE Economic, Environmental Report "As we have said on many occasions, the United States firmly believes that the Ministerial Declaration on Good Governance and Combating Corruption, Money-Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism was a significant achievement for the OSCE."
16 October 2013 Joint Statement on Marine Protected Areas Around Antarctica Statement released by the foreign ministers of Australia, France, New Zealand and the United States and the commissioner for maritime affairs and fisheries of the European Union.
25 September 2013 Kerry, Major Powers to Meet with Iran on Nuclear Dispute President Obama announced during his address to the United Nations that Secretary of State John Kerry will pursue a renewed diplomatic effort with the five permanent Security Council members plus Germany and Iran’s new foreign minister over his country’s nuclear weapons development program.
17 September 2013 Russia-U.S. Pact to Expand Collaboration on Nuclear Research Russia and the United States have signed an agreement to expand cooperation between the countries in nuclear research.
16 September 2013 European, U.S. Defense Ministers Build Security Cooperation U.S. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Rand Beers traveled to Rome September 12–13 to meet with his Group of Six (G6) international counterparts from France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom.
29 August 2013 Amb. Power at U.N. Security Council Debate on Kosovo
09 August 2013 Remarks Before the Russia 2+2 Meeting With John Kerry Secretary of State U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu
09 August 2013 Obama Acknowledges “Emerging Differences” Between Russia, U.S. President Obama said that while the United States and Russia have made much progress and cooperated on many important issues during the past four years, there are “emerging differences” between the two nations, but still room for both to work together for the betterment of both their peoples.
02 August 2013 EU Market Will Retain Access to High-Quality American Beef U.S. beef producers will continue to provide European consumers with high-quality beef produced from non-hormone-treated cattle, the United States announced August 1.
22 July 2013 Kerry on the the European Union Agreement To Designate Hezbollah "We applaud the European Union for the important step it has taken today in agreeing to designate the military wing of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. With today’s action, the EU is sending a strong message to Hezbollah that it cannot operate with impunity, and that there are consequences for its actions, including last year’s deadly attack in Burgas, Bulgaria, and for plotting a similar attack in Cyprus."
18 July 2013 State Dept. on Conviction, Sentencing in Russia We call on the Russian government to guarantee that individuals can freely exercise their human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the freedoms of expression and assembly. We urge Russia to ensure conditions for a fair and impartial appeal of the verdict in accordance with the law and its international human rights obligations.
10 July 2013 Secretary Kerry on 18th Anniversary of Srebrenica Genocide (via State.gov) "On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I join the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina today in honoring the memory of those lost in the horrific act of genocide in Srebrenica in July 1995, which stole the lives of over 8,000 innocent people. … We reject efforts to rewrite or manipulate history, deny the genocide, or negate Bosnia and Herzegovina’s multiethnic character."
30 June 2013 Secretary Kerry on Croatia's Accession to the European Union (via State.gov) "On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of the Republic of Croatia as you celebrate entry into the European Union. Today is an occasion to honor Croatia and the many achievements of its citizens."
26 June 2013 Facts on U.S.-EU Dialogue on Trade Controls to Fight Proliferation Representatives from 34 countries and administrative regions, as well as experts from industry and nongovernmental organizations, came together the last three days to discuss how countries can reduce the threat of global proliferation of weapons of mass destruction through cooperation to strengthen strategic trade controls.
17 June 2013 U.S.-EU Trade Talks to Begin Week of July 8 President Obama and European leaders said negotiations for a new trade
agreement known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
(T-TIP) will begin in Washington in early July. The talks are aimed at
deepening the economic relationship between the United States and the
• Obama, European Union Leaders on Trans-Atlantic Trade
• Key Facts on the U.S.-EU Economic, Strategic Partnership
17 June 2013 Russia-U.S. Joint Statement on Confidence Building Cooperation We, the Presidents of the United States of America and the Russian Federation, recognize the unprecedented progress in the use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs), the new capacity they create for the economies and societies of our countries, and the increasing interdependence of the modern world.
29 May 2013 U.S., EU Lead Global Nonproliferation, Biosurveillance Efforts As nuclear, biological and chemical threats continue to evolve worldwide, partnership between the United States and European Union countries to counter such threats remains critical, a senior Defense Department official said in Helsinki.
14 May 2013 Ambassador DiCarlo at U.N. Debate on Bosnia and Herzegovina "Mr. President, the United States is steadfast in our commitment to the success of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and we, like our allies, have invested much in the country since the signing of the Dayton Peace Agreement in 1995. ... The continuing threats to the Dayton Peace Accords are why we continue to support the presence of OHR until the 5+2 criteria have been met."
01 April 2013 USTR Fact Sheet on Expanding U.S. Food and Agricultural Exports In 2012, the Obama Administration opened markets for a wide range of food and agricultural products from across the United States. The Administration’s success in removing unwarranted sanitary and phytosanitary barriers to U.S. exports is a critical element in expanding new markets for U.S. food and agricultural exports and is an important milestone under the Administration’s National Export Initiative.
27 March 2013 Hagel, Russian Counterpart Discuss Mutual Security Issues Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu made a congratulatory call to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and the two leaders discussed a range of issues said Pentagon Press Secretary George Little.
25 March 2013 Admiral Presses for More NATO-Russia Dialogue Noting increased cooperation between NATO and Russia in several key areas, the top NATO and U.S. European Command commander emphasized March 25 the importance of working through stumbling blocks in what he called a “complicated partnership.”
22 March 2013 Euro-U.S. Space Mapping Reveals Older Universe A new map of the oldest light searing through space reveals that the universe is older than previously believed — about 100 million years older. The findings come from the Planck Space Observatory, a European Space Agency (ESA) mission, which receives support from NASA and the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
18 March 2013 Europe Remains Strategically Vital to U.S., Admiral Says The top U.S. commander in Europe, Navy Admiral James G. Stavridis, emphasized the importance of NATO and the United States’ forward presence in Europe, while acknowledging that he continues to prod the allies to meet their financial defense commitments.
Secretary Kerry Travels to Europe & Middle East, February 2013
25 February 2013
• Kerry Travels to Europe, Middle East for Talks
26 February 2013 Kerry Meets Berlin Youth U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry took time from talks with high-level counterparts to meet young Berliners who crowded into an Internet café and greeted him with applause.
26 February 2013 Trans-Atlantic Trade Deal a "Unique Opportunity" for U.S., EU Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. relationship with Germany is one of its “most vibrant” global alliances, and that a proposed trans-Atlantic trade deal with the European Union would help to lift the economies of both participants, as well as raise global trading standards.
25 February 2013 Secretary Kerry's Remarks to the Staff and Families of Embassy London (State.gov)
25 February 2013 Prime Minister Cameron's meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Kerry (Downing Street) "Prime Minister Cameron and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discussed their shared priorities of securing an EU-US trade deal and how the UK and U.S. could work together to build support for a deal on both sides of the Atlantic. "
25 February 2013 Secretary of State John Kerry visits UK Parliament and No 10 Downing Street (Flickr)
Secretary of State John Kerry was greeted to the UK with a breakfast at No 10 Downing Street. This was followed by a tour of the Houses of Parliament, guided by Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Lords Baronness D'Souza and UK Foreign Secretary William Hague.
21 February 2013 Kerry Travels to Europe, Middle East for Talks Secretary of State John Kerry, on his first international trip since becoming secretary earlier in February, will meet with world leaders for discussions on a wide range of issues, from Europe and Afghanistan to Mali and Syria and to Middle East peace. Kerry will meet first with senior British officials in London before traveling to Berlin, where he’ll discuss trans-Atlantic issues with German officials.
19 February 2013 Secretary of State John Kerry's Travel to Europe and the Middle East "The Secretary will travel first to London, the United Kingdom, where he will meet with senior British officials to discuss the range of bilateral and global issues on which we are closely coordinating."
Vice President Biden's Trip to Europe, February 2013
05 February 2013 Remarks by Dr. Jill Biden at Wounded Warriors Reception at Winfield House
• Photos of the Reception are on Flickr.
(Photo credit = "U.S. Embassy photographer")
04 February 2013 Biden: U.S. Will Handle Economic Challenges "Just Fine" Vice President Biden said economic conditions in the United States are improving, and he urged European countries to resolve their economic crisis, saying a “strong and capable Europe” is in the interests of the United States and the rest of the global community.
02 February 2013 Biden Addresses Europe, Iran, Syria in Munich Security Speech Vice President Biden, in his second appearance at the annual Munich
Security Conference, says neither the United States nor any other
country can address the security and economic challenges that the world
• Vice President Biden at Munich Security Conference
01 February 2013 Biden and Syrian Opposition Leadership to Meet in Germany The highest-level meetings to date between U.S. officials and the Syrian opposition will take place in Germany, U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford told Al-Hurra Television. The meetings, Ford said, are a sign of the growing relationship between the United States and the Syrian opposition.
31 January 2013 Biden's European Trip to Include Discussions on Syria, Mali Vice President Biden is traveling to Germany, France and the United Kingdom February 1–5. He will attend the Munich Security Conference and discuss the conflict in Syria, as well as U.S. support for military action by France and the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to take back northern Mali from armed Islamist rebels.
31 January 2013 Briefing on Vice President Biden's Trip to Europe "Finally, we get to Monday evening. The meetings are Tuesday. Tuesday morning, the Vice President and Dr. Biden will visit with our embassy staff. And then the Vice President will go to 10 Downing Street. He’ll have a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Clegg followed by a working lunch with Prime Minister Cameron. And then the Vice President will join a meeting of the United Kingdom’s National Security Council, chaired by Prime Minister Cameron. There again, I would expect the issues to be many of the ones he will have covered in meetings with Chancellor Merkel and President Hollande, including Syria, Afghanistan, North Africa, Iran, and the economic relationship between the United States and Europe, which is a very good segue to my friend and colleague Mike Froman."
Secretary Panetta in Europe - January 2013
18 January 2013 Panetta in London on U.S. Defense Policy Remarks by Secretary of Defense Panetta at King's College London.
18 January 2013 via 10 Downing Street - Prime Minister Cameron's Meeting with Defense Secretary Panetta "”Earlier the PM met the US Secretary of State for Defence, Leon Panetta, at Downing Street. The PM told Mr Panetta that he greatly appreciated the strong working relationship that Britain has enjoyed with Mr Panetta during his time in office at the Pentagon and CIA."
17 January 2013 Secretary of Defense Panetta Arrives in London With Speech, Meetings Scheduled Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta arrived in London for the last scheduled stop on his weeklong tour of European capitals, which also has taken him to Lisbon, Portugal; Madrid and Rome.
16 January 2013 Panetta Press Round Table in Rome Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta answers questions from members of the press on a variety of international security issues in Rome.
15 January 2013 In Europe Remarks, Panetta Stresses NATO Commitment In a joint news conference here with Spanish Defense Minister Pedro Morenes Eulate, and in an earlier event today with Portuguese Defense Minister Jose Pedro Aguiar-Branco, the secretary praised NATO allies’ resolve over the past 10-plus years of war, and urged their continued commitment to the transatlantic alliance.
15 January 2013 Panetta Arrives in Portugal, First Stop on Europe Tour Defense Secretary Panetta landed in Lisbon on the first leg of what he said is likely his last international trip as secretary. The secretary is scheduled to meet separately with Foreign Minister Paulo Portas and Defense Minister José Pedro Aguiar-Branco, with whom he is scheduled to hold a joint news conference. Panetta also will visit Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO, known as STRIKFORNATO. Alliance officials said the organization is NATO’s premier maritime battle staff and the alliance’s primary link for integrating U.S. maritime forces into NATO operations.
14 January 2013 Press Briefing by Secretary Panetta en route to Lisbon, Portugal " This is -- as you all know -- likely my last international trip as secretary of defense. And as I mentioned to you, as a -- as a son of Europe, it's appropriate that this last trip would take me back to Europe. We're going to be going to Portugal and Spain, Italy, and then Great Britain. "
14 February 2013 Kerry, EU High Representative Ashton Before Their Meeting
13 February 2013 U.S.-EU Joint Consultative Group Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation The United States and the European Union met to discuss ways to enhance their science, technology and innovation cooperation.
13 February 2013 Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership U.S. Trade Representative Kirk Welcomes Presidential Decision to Pursue Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
•Statement from United States President Barack Obama, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso
07 January 2013 Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip H. Gordon will travel to the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Ireland January 7-11 Assistant Secretary Gordon will travel to London on January 9, where he
will meet with senior British government officials to discuss a range of
bilateral and global issues . At the start of the United Kingdom’s G8
presidency, Assistant Secretary Gordon will also meet with senior
officials to review our broad cooperation in that forum, as well as in
the G20, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and the European
10 December 2012 The Prize of Greater Global Transparency Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Barbara J. Stephenson at Europe House.
06 December 2012 Frontlines and Frontiers: Making Human Rights a Human Reality Remarks by Secretary of State Clinton at Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland.
06 December 2012 Clinton Urges European Partners to Strengthen Security Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is calling on the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe to strengthen its capacity to promote peace and security, champion democracy and defend universal human rights and dignity.
06 December 2012 Secretary Clinton at Dublin City University (DCU) - Live-stream starts Thursday afternoon.
06 December 2012 Secretary Clinton's Remarks: Intervention at the OSCE Ministerial Council First Plenary Session "The United States remains committed to the goal of a Europe that is whole, free, and at peace and to the OSCE whose principles are sound. We welcome any and all efforts to strengthen this organization, but that means empowering the institutions we already have to function free from interference, not curtailing them."
06 December 2012 Secretary Clinton's Remarks at the Plenary Session in Dublin A live-stream courtesy of the OSCE starts at 9.30am on December 6th.
05 December 2012 Joint Statement on the U.S.-EU Energy Council The Energy Council, a central component of the U.S.-EU energy relationship, promotes transparent and secure global energy markets; fosters cooperation on regulatory frameworks that encourage the efficient and sustainable use of energy; and identifies joint research priorities that promote clean energy technologies. These actions help to boost economic growth, reduce carbon emissions, and create new jobs on both sides of the Atlantic.
05 December 2012 Clinton, EU's Ashton at U.S.-EU Energy Council Meeting
05 December 2012 EU, U.S. to Boost Efforts on Small Business Trade Promotion The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration and the European Commission Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry have agreed to work together to support and promote trans-Atlantic trade among small and medium-sized enterprises.
30 November 2012 Secretary Clinton Travels to Europe in Early December Secretary of State Clinton travels to Europe December 3–7 for the 38th time as secretary shortly before she leaves office. Clinton will travel to the Czech Republic, Belgium, Ireland and Northern Ireland.
29 November 2012 Secretary Clinton on The U.S. and Europe: A Revitalized Global Partnership "There’s an old saying: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” And over the past four years – and for decades before that – the United States and Europe have come far, together. Now we’re called to take on two tasks at once: to continue the work of advancing our shared interests and values around the world, even as we shore up the sources of our strengths at home."
• Clinton Praises Strength of U.S.-European Relations
28 November 2012 Biden's Meeting with European Parliament President Schulz
21 November 2012 State's Gordon Urges Georgia to Respect Laws Following Elections The top U.S. diplomat for Europe and Eurasia has advised Georgia’s newly elected prime minister to avoid selective prosecutions of political enemies following hotly contested parliamentary elections in October.
20 November 2012 Diplomat Encourages U.S.-Russia Engagement at Lower Levels Reta Jo Lewis, the State Department’s special representative for global intergovernmental affairs, repeated for an audience at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington the United States’ commitment to deepening its relationship with Russia.
14 November 2012 State's Gordon on U.S. Policy Toward the Balkans Remarks by Philip H. Gordon, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC.
01 November 2012 Clinton Urges Reforms as Path to Albania's EU Membership As Albania prepares to celebrate 100 years of independence, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton addressed the country’s parliament. She lauded Albania’s rise since the end of communism and pledged U.S. support for its aspirations to join the European Union.
31 October 2012 Clinton Promotes European Integration in Bosnia-Herzegovina During a visit to Sarajevo, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton stressed the importance of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s ongoing reform efforts, based on the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords, for its full integration into Euro-Atlantic institutions.
31 October 2012 Clinton Endorses Kosovo's Efforts to Join EU, NATO Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has promised U.S. backing for Kosovo’s drive to join the European Union and NATO. Speaking in Pristina Clinton said normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia is key to Kosovo’s entry into the EU and NATO.
30 October 2012 Clinton, EU Representative Ashton in Sarajevo
• Joint Press Statements by Secretary of State Clinton, Serbian Prime Minister Ivaca Dacic, and EU High Representative Cathy Ashton
• Secretary Clinton's Remarks With Bosnian Presidency Chairman Bakir Izetbegovic and EU High Representative Lady Catherine Ashton
29 October 2012 State Dept on Parliamentary Elections in Ukraine The United States Government is concerned that the conduct of Sunday’s parliamentary elections constituted a step backwards from progress made during previous parliamentary elections and the 2010 presidential election, elections that had marked important steps forward for Ukraine’s democracy.
29 October 2012 EU, U.S. Partner to Promote Global Open Investment Policies Senior officials of the European Union and the United States met in Washington to continue discussions on global investment policy. The talks have worldwide implications because the United States and the European Union are the world's largest sources and destinations for foreign investment.
26 October 2012 White House Adviser Brennan on U.S.-European Security Cooperation Prepared Remarks of John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, at the Institute of Institutional and European Affairs in Dublin, Ireland.
15 October 2012 U.S. Envoy at OSCE on Parliamentary Elections in Georgia "The United States congratulates the citizens of Georgia on their peaceful and active participation in the parliamentary elections on October 1. This was a historic day for all Georgians and for Georgia’s democratic future."
13 October 2012 White House on Nobel Peace Prize for European Union "This award recognizes Europe’s commitment to the principles of democracy, freedom, and human rights, as well as its efforts to advance these values across the world."
02 October 2012 Georgia's Vote Sets Democratic Example In a statement, White House press secretary Jay Carney said the Georgian people have “set a regional and global example by conducting a competitive campaign, freely exercising their democratic rights, and affirming their commitment to undertake a peaceful transfer of power.”
22 September 2012 Press Gaggle by State's Gordon on U.S. Policy in Europe
20 September 2012 U.S, European Satellites Work Together for Weather The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites launched the environmental satellite METOP-B from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The satellite will provide data for NOAA to feed into numerical prediction models used to forecast weather and climate, according to the agency’s top satellite official.
17 September 2012 Assistant Secretary Gordon on Trans-Atlantic Trends During his European visit, Camuñez conducted the Economic and Commercial Dialogue (ECD) with high-level government officials in the Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade and led the U.S. delegation to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s 20th Economic and Environmental Forum in Prague.
17 September 2012 U.S. Official Concludes Economic, Commercial Talks in Europe Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Market Access and Compliance Michael Camuñez wrapped up a weeklong European visit in Berlin to conduct the Informal Commercial Exchange talks with counterparts in the German government.
14 September 2012 U.S. Joins International Flash Flood Project in Europe The HyMex Experiment is a 10-year international effort to better understand the hydrologic cycle in support of improved forecasts of flash floods in the Mediterranean region. The project targets central Italy, southern France, the Balearic Islands, Corsica and northern Italy — all areas particularly susceptible to devastating flash flood events.
11 September 2012 Clinton's Interview in Russia with CBS News
10 September 2012 U.S. Congratulates Russia on Joining World Trade Organization Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton praised Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), saying it was good for Russia, the United States and the global trading system.
08 September 2012 Clinton, Russia's Lavrov on U.S.-Russia Cooperation Agreements U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Russian Foreign
Minister Sergey Lavrov met during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
Summit in Vladivostok, Russia to sign a Memorandum
of Understanding for Cooperation in Antarctica and to issue Joint
Statements on Pursuing a Transboundary Area of Shared Beringian Heritage
and on Enhancing Interregional Cooperation.
• U.S.-Russia Action on Antarctica, Interregional Areas, Beringia
24 August 2012 Russia's WTO Accession Is "Good News," U.S. Says U.S. officials congratulated Russia for its formal accession to the World Trade Organization and said the move brings one of the world's fastest-growing markets under the rules of the global trading system and will help increase trade between Russia and the United States.
01 August 2012 Background Briefing: Senior Administration Official Provides a Readout of the European Union Emissions Trading System ETS Meeting "We just hosted a meeting today and yesterday of 16 other countries and the United States focused on international aviation emissions. We are among a large number of countries, probably most everybody outside of Europe that have opposed the application of Europe’s emission trading system to foreign air carriers on both legal and policy grounds. But at the same time as we have opposed the application of the ETS in that manner, we have been strongly supportive and many countries strongly supportive of the objective of reducing emissions from aviation."
20 July 2012 U.S. Envoy Kelly at OSCE on LGBT Rights in Russian Federation "We note our continued concern about new laws in Russia that restrict the freedoms of expression and assembly for all Russians, but which are especially distressing to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. ... We call on Russia to meet its obligations to protect human rights and fundamental freedoms under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and to fulfill its OSCE commitments. "
16 July 2012 U.S. Trade Official at U.S.-EU Economic Council Forum Opening Remarks by Ambassador Miriam Sapiro at the EU-U.S. Small and Medium Enterprises TEC Workshop in Rome, Italy.
14 July 2012 U.S. at OSCE on Russian Legislation on Nongovernmental Groups Noting the unusual speed with which these draft bills appear to be moving through the Duma, the United States strongly urges Russian authorities to approach these legislative initiatives in a spirit of deliberation in order to ensure that their provisions meet Russia’s international human rights obligations, OSCE commitments on human rights, fundamental freedoms, and the rule of law and allow the opportunity for public comment and debate.
05 July 2012 U.S. at OSCE on Russian Law on Foreign Agents If passed, the law would require domestic nongovernmental organizations (or NGOs) accepting foreign contributions and engaging in “political activities” to register as “foreign agents.” As Secretary Clinton underscored in St. Petersburg just a week ago, we want Russia to fulfill its own potential. That means giving the Russian people the chance to develop a vibrant civil society, including organizations that promote free and fair elections for Russians, fight discrimination against Russians, and protect Russian workers’ rights.
01 July 2012 White House on European Union Actions on Iranian Oil This collective decision of the 27 countries of the European Union represents a substantial additional commitment on the part of our European allies and partners to seek a peaceful resolution that addresses the international community’s concerns about Iran’s nuclear program.
26 June 2012 U.S., EU Cooperate on Law Enforcement, Security Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Attorney General Eric Holder traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark, to join their European counterparts for the biannual U.S.-EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting. The focus was U.S.-EU efforts related to border management, countering violent extremism, law enforcement cooperation, global supply-chain security, aviation security and cybersecurity.
20 June 2012 Russia's Accession to the World Trade Organization and Granting Russia Permanent Normal Trade Relations Testimony by Deputy Secretary Burns before the Ways and Means Committee of the United States House of Representatives.
20 June 2012 Obama Confident in Europe's Economic Recovery The president said Europe has the resources to solve its crisis, and mainly needs “a sense of specifics and the path” to the solution, which in turn will help “build confidence and reverse psychology” for global investors.
19 June 2012 U.S., EU on High-Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth "We are encouraged by the Report's analysis of the benefits of an ambitious and comprehensive market opening arrangement for agricultural and manufactured goods, services and investment, the identification of ways to promote compatible regulatory approaches, and tackle behind-the-border barriers, and possible approaches to intellectual property rights."
18 June 2012 Facts on U.S.-Russia Economic Cooperation
09 June 2012 Treasury's Geithner on Spain's Action on Banking System Secretary Geithner said "We welcome Spain's action to recapitalize its banking system and the commitment by its European partners to provide support."
08 June 2012 Remarks by President Obama on the U.S. Economy and European Economic Challenges The President said "The bottom line is the solutions to these problems are hard, but there are solutions. The decisions required are tough, but Europe has the capacity to make them."
05 June 2012 EU, U.S. Begin Streamlined Trade of Organic Products Organic products certified in the United States or European Union may now be sold as organic in either market, as trade opened up June 1 under a new U.S.-EU equivalency partnership. Previously, producers and companies wanting to trade products on both sides of the Atlantic had to obtain separate certifications to two standards, which resulted in a double set of fees, inspections and paperwork.
25 May 2012 State's Gordon Praises U.S.-European Strategic Alignment “This … is not an accident or the fortuitous or temporary alignment of geopolitical tectonic plates,” Gordon said in Washington. “It is … the result of a deliberate and conscious strategy to invest in a partnership with the world’s most advanced, military-capable and democratic peoples who share our values and ideals.”
15 May 2012 U.S. Envoy at U.N. Security Council Debate on Bosnia Remarks by Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo, Deputy U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Bosnia and Herzegovina.
04 May 2012 Remarks at the German Marshall Fund Remarks by Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Philip Gordon in Berlin, Germany.
27 April 2012 Spending Stimulus Urged for Euro Economies Not in Crisis U.S. Treasury Under Secretary Lael Brainard urges European countries to use short-term stimulus to end Europe's economic crisis, even if this means short-term deficits.
10 April 2012 U.S.-EU Agreement on Investment Policies Today, the United States and the European Union (EU), under the auspices of the Transatlantic Economic Council, announced an agreement on Shared Principles for International Investment, which reaffirms our commitment to open, transparent, and non-discriminatory international investment policies.
02 April 2012 Assistant Secretary Gordon's Interview in Rome Assistant Secretary Gordon discussed a variety of important issues Europe - United States issues.
29 March 2012 U.S. Response on Recent Activities of the Council of Europe Ambassador Kelly: "We appreciate the Secretary General’s role in fostering greater unity and facilitating economic and social progress in the region. Both the OSCE and the Council of Europe have significant, complementary roles to play in strengthening respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms and democracy in the region."
28 March 2012 U.S. Remains Committed to Europe as Region Recovers The United States will continue to work with its European partners to promote financial stability and sustainable, balanced growth as the region’s economy moves toward recovery. Calling the U.S.–European Union economic relationship “one of the central drivers of the world economy,” Under Secretary of State Robert Hormats said the partnership accounts for almost 50 percent of global gross domestic product.
28 March 2012 Military Observation Flights Bolster Peace in Europe The chief U.S. arms control official has called on former Cold War adversaries to continue cooperating to improve the effectiveness of military observation flights over each other’s territory to minimize the chance of triggering an accidental war.
21 March 2012 U.S. Treasury Secretary on Economic Developments in Europe Geithner: "We are encouraged by the progress that our European colleagues have made over the last few months. We hope they are able to build on these efforts in the coming weeks and months to put in place a more durable foundation for financial stability and economic growth. We do not want to see Europe weakened by a protracted crisis. We will continue to work closely with them, and with the IMF, to facilitate further progress."
05 March 2012 State Department on Presidential Elections in Russia The United States congratulates the Russian people on the completion of the Presidential elections, and looks forward to working with the President-elect after the results are certified and he is sworn in.
01 March 2012 The United States and Europe: Meeting Global Challenges Remarks by Philip H. Gordon, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
18 February 2012 Statement by Deputy Secretary of State Burns on Kosovo
17 February 2012 The U.S., NATO, and Russia Asisstant Secretary Burns said "Our relationship has evolved since the Cold War era to its current role of confronting a host of new challenges."
17 February 2012 Secretary Clinton's Remarks With European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton After their meeting Clinton welcomed Iran's apparent readiness to return to talks, but said, "If we do proceed, it will have to be a sustained effort that can produce results."
15 February 2012 European Union and United States Agree to Historic New Partnership on Organic Trade The European Union and the United States announced today that beginning June 1, 2012, organic products certified in Europe or in the United States may be sold as organic in either region. This partnership between the two largest organic-producers in the world will establish a strong foundation from which to promote organic agriculture, benefiting the growing organic industry and supporting jobs and businesses on a global scale. The organics sector in the United States and European Union is valued at more than $50 billion combined, and rising every year.
14 February 2012 The State of Transatlantic Relations Assistant Secretary Philip Gordon: “I look forward to continuing the dialogue with my European counterparts about the many challenges facing the transatlantic alliance. Whether the issue is the security transition in Afghanistan or the continuing violence in Syria, it is clear that the United States has no better partner than Europe.”
09 February 2012 U.S. Treasury Official at European Financial Services Conference Remarks by Deputy Assistant Secretary Mark Sobel at the 10th Annual European Financial Services Conference.
30 January 2012 U.S. and Russian Federation Conclude Joint Inspection in Antarctica A joint team from the U.S. and the Russian Federation concluded a six-day inspection of foreign research stations, installations and equipment in Antarctica, pursuant to the Antarctic Treaty of 1959 and its Environmental Protocol.
11 January 2012 Remarks in Berlin by State’s Gordon on Trans-Atlantic Relations Remarks by Philip Gordon, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, at the Korber Foundation in Berlin, Germany.
09 January 2012 Trans-Atlantic Partnership Vital to Global Security The trans-Atlantic relationship remains an essential source of stability in an unpredictable world, and Europe is the principal U.S. partner in promoting global and economic security, Assistant Secretary of State Philip Gordon says. The strategy outlined by President Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta January 5 reaffirms the U.S. commitment to European security and ensures continued ability to meet NATO commitments.
14 December 2011 State’s Gordon at Senate Hearing on U.S. Policy in Russia Testimony by Philip Gordon, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, before the Subcommittee on European Affairs of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
12 December 2011 Enhancing the U.S. - EU Science and Technology Partnership (State Dept.) Remarks by Kerri-Ann Jones, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. Delivered at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) at a conference organized by the Polish Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the Delegation of the European Union to the United States.
09 December 2011 U.S. Leaders Applaud Russia’s Steps Toward WTO Accession President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk are applauding Russia for moving toward accession to the World Trade Organization as the group prepares to issue the country a formal invitation for membership during its annual ministerial conference later in December.
01 December 2011 White House Fact Sheet: U.S.-EU Partnership The United States and the European Union are committed to ensuring that our partnership brings greater prosperity and security to our 800 million citizens and to working together to address global challenges. Our shared values and experience will enable us to spur economic recovery and job creation; buttress transitions to democracy in the Middle East and North Africa; and, protect our citizens.
29 November 2011 Joint Statement on the U.S.–EU Energy Council Ministerial The U.S.-EU Energy Council met in Washington DC to review progress achieved on strategic energy issues, cooperation on energy policies, and research collaboration on sustainable and clean energy technologies.
28 November 2011 Obama, EU Leaders Meet amid Euro Crisis The United States urged European Union officials to move forcefully
and decisively in responding to the mounting crisis involving the euro
and a potential threat to the world economy. President Obama met with European Council President Herman Van
Rompuy and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso at the
White House for an annual summit.
• Fact Sheet: U.S.-EU High-Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth
14 November 2011 USTR Kirk Applauds Progress on Russia’s WTO Accession “I congratulate Minister of Economic Development [Elvira] Nabiullina and Russia’s entire WTO negotiating team on the conclusion of years of negotiations paving the way for Russia to join the World Trade Organization,” United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk said in a statement.
01 November 2011 Eurozone Crisis Likely to Be Primary Topic at G20 Summit The current Eurozone financial crisis is likely to be the primary topic at the annual summit of the Group of 20 (G20) advanced economies, but the leaders are also expected to focus on measures set in place for strong, balanced and sustainable global economic growth, senior White House advisers say.
31 October 2011 White House Press Secretary on the United States-European Union Summit President Obama will welcome the leaders of the European Union to a summit in Washington, D.C., on November 28th. The most recent United States-European Union Summit was held in Lisbon, Portugal on November 2010.
25 October 2011 Treasury Official on Eurozone Debt Crisis, Implications for U.S. U.S. Department of the Treasury Assistant Secretary for International Finance Charles Collyns, written Testimony before the House Committee on Financial Services Subcommittee on International Monetary Policy and Trade.
19 October 2011 Ambassador Kelly’s Closing Remarks at OSCE Meeting in Vienna "As we have said many times over the last three days, good governance will continue to be a core issue in meeting economic and environmental security commitments. ... Secretary Clinton, in her remarks to the New York Economic Club last Friday, spelled out a number of issues the OSCE is already addressing, including developing international norms and rules on budgetary transparency, and deploying new energy efficient technologies and renewable energy sources, and investing in better transportation infrastructure, including border crossings."
10 October 2011 Obama’s Calls with U.K. Prime Minister, French President Today the President spoke by phone separately with British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, continuing his close consultations with these key allies about the situation in the eurozone.
06 October 2011 Amb. Johnson at OSCE Session on Human Trafficking Ambassador Johnson of the United States Mission to the OSCE at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, Warsaw.
05 October 2011 Remarks by USTR Official at U.S.-Russia Business Council Meeting Remarks by Chistopher Wilson, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for WTO and Multilateral Affairs at the U.S.-Russia Business Council Annual Meeting.
15 September 2011 U.S.-Poland Missile Plan Enters into Force The United States and Poland announced that an
agreement to place land-based SM-3 interceptors at a small air base near
the northern town of Redzikowo, Poland, part of a broader limited
missile defense system for Europe, has entered into force.
• White House Fact Sheet: Implementing Missile Defense in Europe
11 July 2011 U.S.-European Union Relations Secretary Clinton's Remarks With European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton.
27 June 2011 EU, U.S. Partner to Secure Global Supply Chain The United States remains committed to working with the international community to ensure the safety and resilience of world trade, the U.S. secretary of homeland security Janet Napolitano told an international commerce panel in Brussels.
14 June 2011 U.S. Policy in the Balkans Remarks by Philip H. Gordon
Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
26 May 2011 U.S. Hails Serbia’s Arrest of Ratko Mladić Serbia’s arrest of Ratko Mladić shows that those who commit crimes against humanity and genocide will not escape judgment, say President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice.
08 May 2011 Secretary Clinton On the Occasion of Europe Day
06 May 2011 U.S. Officials Praise Strength of Security Ties with Europe The United States and its European allies have created a global alliance against terror that leaders should continue to enhance to prevent future attacks, according to senior U.S. security officials.
23 March 2011 Gates Reflects on U.S.-Russian Cooperative Relations Reflecting on current relations between Russia and the United States, Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the two former Cold War foes have come a very long way, and in a real sense the relationship can be defined by a single word: cooperation.
14 March 2011 First US-Russia Joint Open Skies Observation Flight Today, the United States and the Russian Federation will begin the first ever joint U.S.-Russian Observation flight under the Treaty on Open Skies. On March 14-18, this historic joint mission will be conducted over the territory of Sweden on a Russian aircraft with a team of Russian, American and Swedish personnel.
27 December 2010 Secretary Clinton on the Verdict in the Khodorkovsky-Lebedev Case
17 December 2010 Transatlantic Economic Council Joint Statement The United States and the European Union met today as part of their annual Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC) to advance the U.S.-EU economic relationship and mutual growth and job creation.
19 November 2010President Obama: 'Europe and America, Aligned for the Future' Op-ed text
17 November 2010 The Obama Administration's European Agenda Remarks at the Atlantic Council by Philip Gordon, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.
10 November 2010 The United States and Europe: A New Era of Engagement The Dillon Lecture at Chatham House, delivered by Dr. Philip H. Gordon, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs.
14 October 2010 Joint Press Statements With EU High Representative Lady Catherine Ashton Secretary Clinton and Lady Ashton have been consulting closely and regularly on a full range of issues that are of concern to both the European Union and the United States.
20 June 2010 Secretary Clinton Phone Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov Secretary Clinton spoke by telephone with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov. They discussed preparations for the upcoming June 24 summit between President Obama and President Medvedev.
09 May 2010 Statement by Secretary Clinton on Europe Day "Sixty years ago, Robert Schuman called for an organized European continent blessed by solidarity and peace. Out of this “Schuman declaration” evolved the strong and prosperous European Union we hail as a friend and key ally today, a tremendous achievement for the people of Europe."
29 January 2010 Secretary of State's Speech on
European Security In a speech today at the Ecole Militaire in Paris,
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton emphasized that the United States and
Europe are essential partners in meeting today’s global challenges, and stressed
that we are eager to strengthen cooperation with a Europe that is strong and
• Factsheet on the Secretary's Speech on European Security
15 December 2009 The Lisbon Treaty: Implications for Future Relations Between the European Union and the United States Statement by Philip H. Gordon, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, before the Subcommittee on Europe of the House Foreign Affairs Committee
26 November 2009 Europe and Eurasia Remarks by William J. Burns, Under Secretary for Political Affairs at Oxford University
09 November 2009 Secretary Clinton’s Remarks at the Brandenburg Gate Celebration
09 November 2009 Moving Beyond History: The Fall of the Berlin Wall Secretary Clinton Meets with U.S. Embassy Berlin personnel and their families.
04 November 2009 U.S. Perspectives on Central and Eastern Europe Philip H. Gordon, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.
28 October 2009 U.S. Foreign Policy and the OSCE: Shared Core Values Statement by Philip H. Gordon, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Secretary Clinton in London, Dublin, Belfast, October 09-12, 2009 Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton travelled to London, Dublin, Belfast, and Moscow from October 9 to 15, 2009.
08 July 2009 Remarks by President Obama and Italian President Napolitano Discuss U.S. and Europe raising standards on financial institutions
16 June 2009 Strengthening the Transatlantic Alliance: An Overview of the Obama Administration's Policies in Europe Statement by Philip H. Gordon, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs
15 April 2009 Partnerships Hold Key to Success in Europe, Beyond, General Says Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, commander of U.S. Army Europe, emphasized international partnerships as being a key element in military operations.