Contents tagged with US State Department

  • State Department: The probability of a conflict between the U.S. and Russia in the Arctic is low

    The probability of a conflict between the United States and Russia in the Arctic remains low, according to the State Department, as reported by RIA Novosti, citing comments made at a briefing on the Arctic Council Ministerial on May 8, 2017, by Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries for International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, David A. Balton.

    According to him, the threat of an armed conflict remains "low in the Arctic compared to many other places in the world." In …

  • US Department of State calls on Russia to contribute to the investigation of the death of an American OSCE member near Luhansk

    The US called on Russia to use its influence in Eastern Ukraine to conduct a complete investigation of the death of an American citizen in the explosion of an OSCE vehicle near Luhansk. The US Department of State published a statement to this effect on their website.

    Washington expressed shock at the death of the US citizen who worked as a paramedic in the OSCE Mission to Ukraine.

    Aside from that, in the State Department’s report the US calls on Russia to use its influence with the …

  • US State Department condemns Russia for violating human rights in the Crimea

    The US State Department released its annual report on the status of human rights in the world.

    Out of almost 200 countries reviewed in the first report by the new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, some of the harshest criticism is directed towards Russia, which contrasts sharply with the largely reconciliatory rhetoric of US President Donald Trump with respect to Moscow and his avoidance of public statements about human rights in Russia or anywhere else in the world.

    In the section devoted to …

  • US State Department has not received an invitation to participate in negotiations on Syria in Astana

    The U.S. government stated that they have not yet received an official invitation to participate in the Syrian negotiations to be held in Astana, which will take place on January 23, as stated by State Department spokesman Mark Toner when responding to the question regarding the role of the USA in these negotiations. 

    "I don’t know whether we will have our role in negotiations. Ask the organizers, Russia and Turkey. We have not been invited,” he said. "We support any negotiations which attempt …

  • US State Department calls on Kiev to accelerate reforms and root out corruption

    The US State Department issued a press release on February 20th, the second anniversary of the Maidan Revolution in Ukraine, and called for Kiev to accelerate reforms and follow the framework set forth by the IMF.

    “The United States calls on Ukraine’s leaders to honor the memory of the Maidan by working together, accelerating reform, and respecting the will of the Ukrainian people who want progress. That means fulfilling the conditions of Ukraine’s IMF program, rooting out corruption, and …