U.S. Government Imposes Sanctions on Supporters of Russia’s Occupation of Crimea and Forcible Control of Eastern Ukraine

Today, the United States imposed financial sanctions on three individuals and nine entities that are supporting Russia’s attempt to integrate Crimea region of Ukraine through private investment and privatization projects or those that are engaging in serious human rights abuses in furtherance of Russia’s occupation or control over parts of Ukraine. The sanctioned individuals are ...
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International Day To End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

Today, we commemorate the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists. We renew our steadfast commitment to promoting a free and independent press and advocating for accountability against those who commit violence or other crimes against journalists. Commemorating this day is particularly important this year, as we continue to seek all facts in ...
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International Religious Freedom Day 2018

Today we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the signing of the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act (IRF Act) into law. The IRF Act expanded U.S. foreign policy capabilities to promote and defend religious freedom around the world. It builds on our founding fathers’ firm conviction that the freedom of individuals to believe as they see ...
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Heather Nauert on Political and Religious Prisoners held by the Russian Government

U.S. Department Of State Office of the Spokesperson Statement By Heather Nauert, Spokesperson June 18, 2018 The United States is deeply concerned by the growing number of individuals—now more than 150—identified by credible human rights organizations as political and religious prisoners held by the government of the Russian Federation. We are especially concerned about the ...
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Statement on 100th anniversary of Brest-Litovsk Peace and Belarusian People’s Republic

One hundred years ago, the Brest-Litovsk Treaty was signed.  A horrible war receded from this land but left conflict, grief and debris in its wake. And unfortunately the peace that ensued did not last long. World War I left an indelible mark on mankind. Together with embassies of other countries, which fought in “the Great ...
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Secretary of State on Belarus National Day

On behalf of the American people, best wishes to the people of Belarus celebrating Independence Day. The United States remains committed to working with the government and people of Belarus to support the country’s sovereignty and independence, increasing respect for democratic institutions and fundamental freedoms, and promoting a thriving economy. Through continued diplomatic and people-to-people ...
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President Trump’s full speech inaugural address.

President Trump delivered this inaugural address on January 20, 2017. THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of ...
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Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia Bridget Brink Remarks to the Press

Thank you all for coming here so late in the day.  I am pleased to be back in Minsk. Today, I had positive meetings with Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei, representatives of opposition parties, members of civil society, and human rights activists to discuss the depth and breadth of our bilateral relationship. As part of this ...
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U.S. and Belarus Exchange Non-Resident Defense Attachés

On August 8, Colonel Michael C. VanDeVelde received accreditation from the Government of Belarus as non-resident Defense Attaché from the United States of America to the Republic of Belarus.  His Belarusian counterpart Lieutenant Colonel Andrei Mishuta will be accredited as a non-resident Defense Attaché in Washington, D.C. this month.  Colonel VanDeVelde’s accreditation represents the next ...
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Statement on the Death of Pavel Sheremet

Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC July 20, 2016 We are shocked and saddened by the killing of Ukrainska Pravda journalist Pavel Sheremet in a car bombing in Kyiv. We join the government of Ukraine in support of a full and impartial investigation that will bring those responsible ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry on the Occasion of the National Day of the Republic of Belarus (July 3)

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the people of Belarus on the anniversary of Belarus’ declaration of independence from the Soviet Union on July 27, 1990, and on the officially observed Independence Day on July 3. I also congratulate the people of Minsk on the anniversary of the liberation of ...
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Brest Fortress Receives U.S. State Department Award

Honorable officials, Fellow diplomats, Dear friends, Today is one of those occasions which highlight the best in our two peoples—the dramatic and glorious history of our partnership to defeat the greatest enemy of the 20th Century.  It is an occasion for Americans to pay respect to the sacred ground in and around Brest Fortress. We ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Scott Roland’s remarks at the opening of the Project “The Bell of Centuries” at the National Library of Belarus

Today we are here to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, to honor those who served in that war in defense of liberty and their countries, and to promote mutual history and values. We are pleased to share with you our American Embassy exhibit entitled “WWI in American Posters, Books, ...
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