Ambassador George P. Kent Interview to ERR’s Välisilm

US Ambassador: Russia Isn’t Safe for Foreigners or Russians by Tarmo Maiberg (ERR) Aired on ERR ETV Välisilm program on February 26, 2024 . Text version published on February 27, 2024.   Russia is a dangerous place for Russians and foreigners alike, U.S. Ambassador to Estonia George P Kent said during an interview with “Välisilm”. The diplomat said he is confident the U.S. support package for Ukraine will be passed, and discussed …

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Estonia National Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 24, 2024 On behalf of the United States, I extend my warmest congratulations to the people of Estonia as they celebrate their National Day. Estonia’s unwavering commitment to democracy, human rights, and the rule of law continues to inspire us all. As we mark this significant …

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Ambassador George P. Kent Remarks for Task Force Võit Award Ceremony

Tapa Base February 21, 2024   Tere Hommikust. Bonjour. Good morning.  Under Secretary Duneton, MGEN Palm, UK Ambassador Allen.  I am honored to join this morning’s ceremony. We are here at Tapa to recognize the service and contributions of UK, French, and U.S. soldiers to our collective defense within NATO, for 75 years the guarantor …

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Ambassador George P. Kent Remarks at Varnja Memorial Ceremony

February 8, 2024 Ambassador Kent: Thank you for inviting us, as colleagues, as allies, to join you for this day. In English, we often say that geography is destiny. Estonia has been on the border of east and west for hundreds of years. And I think that is the reality that you, as the guardians …

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U.S., Baltic States Sign Bilateral 5-Year Roadmaps for Defense Cooperation

Dec. 15, 2023 Dr. Celeste Wallander, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, hosted a triple signing ceremony today for the bilateral defense cooperation roadmaps with the defense policy directors from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania at the Pentagon. Allies were represented by Tuuli Duneton, the Undersecretary for Defence Policy for the Republic of Estonia; …

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Ambassador Kent’s Remarks at Department of Defense WMD Crime Scene Operations Course

December 4, 2023 Good morning to our Estonian and U.S. colleagues and to our visitors from the United States. We’re very honored to have representatives from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s International Counterproliferation Program (DTRA’s ICP) back in Estonia to work with Estonian officials over the next two weeks.  The collaboration that was established during …

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Readout of National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan with Prime Minister Kallas of Estonia

November 14, 2023 National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met today with Prime Minister Kaja Kallas of Estonia to reaffirm the strength of the bilateral relationship and our close coordination as NATO Allies. They discussed a full range of challenges, including with respect to European security, cyber, the Middle East, and the People’s Republic of China. They also underscored their …

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Assistant Secretary Holmgren’s Travel to Estonia

November 7, 2023   U.S. Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research (INR) Brett M. Holmgren will travel to Tallinn, Estonia, from November 7-8, 2023, to meet with senior intelligence, security, and diplomatic counterparts. The visit underscores the importance of the bilateral relationship and aims to exchange views and deepen intelligence and security cooperation on topics of …

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U.S. Army 1-506 Infantry Battalion Medals Ceremony – Remarks

October 16, 2023 Aitäh, Minister Pevkur.  I recall six months ago in March, when you arrived here in Vǒru, the snow was deep, and the temperatures 14F high. I am honored to join today’s ceremony, which recognizes your service and contributions to our collective defense as NATO allies.  Some of you may know that I …

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Ambassador Kent’s Welcome Remarks at Polar Seminar hosted by the Estonian Academy of Sciences

September 20, 2023 Good afternoon, President Soomere, distinguished panelists, Members of the Academy, and guests.  It is truly wonderful to be in this architectural gem of a building, designed by Martin Gropius, the uncle of famed German-American architect Walter Gropius, who started the Bauhaus movement and ended up in my family’s town of Boston.  I …

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Maryland National Guard and Estonian Defense Forces Celebrate 30 Years of Partnership, with a focus on Cyber

September 20, 2023 The U.S. Maryland National Guard and Estonia celebrate thirty years of State Partnership this year.  During Baltic Blitz, a cyber exercise with Airmen from the Maryland Air National Guard and Estonian Defense Forces, senior leaders from both sides participated in a commemorative ceremony on September 19th at Ämari Air Base. The partnership …

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Ambassador Kent interview with Eesti Päevaleht, September 5, 2023

Eesti Päevaleht So to start somewhere, tell us about these two conferences this week centered on governance and on cyber – what are the main areas of common interest in these areas? Ambassador Kent Well, I think, as you say, those are two topics that both of our countries care about deeply. We have the …

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The Signal of Deterrence and Reassurance

Tetiana Fedosiuk September 8, 2023 This article was written for  ICDS Diplomaatia magazine . Views expressed in ICDS publications are those of the author(s). It is not for the U.S. or other outsiders to define what constitutes a victory for Ukraine or the end of the war for Ukraine. The terms will be set by Ukraine, finds US …

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USAID Administrator Samantha Power’s Visit to Tallinn Highlights Importance of International Cooperation

USAID Administrator Samantha Power’s Visit to Tallinn Highlights Importance of International Cooperation on Improving Government Accountability September 8, 2023 United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power visited Estonia on September 6 and 7 to participate in the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit, engage with civil society, and participate in U.S.-Estonia bilateral …

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Administrator Samantha Power at 2023 Open Government Partnership Global Summit’s Closing Plenary

Administrator Samantha Power at 2023 Open Government Partnership Global Summit’s Closing Plenary | Europe and Eurasia | Speech | U.S. Agency for International Development (usaid.gov) Thursday, September 7, 2023 Tallinn, Estonia Remarks ADMINISTRATOR SAMANTHA POWER: How exciting. Thank you so much. It is great to be here, and I’m so honored to be a part of a dream team panel to wind down this incredibly important gathering. Thanks to Annabel [Cruz] and Taimar [Peterkop] for all of their work pulling …

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Administrator Samantha Power at the 2023 Open Government Partnership Global Summit Event

Administrator Samantha Power at the 2023 Open Government Partnership Global Summit Event: State in a Smartphone – The Future of Digital Government Thursday, September 7, 2023 Tallinn, Estonia ADMINISTRATOR SAMANTHA POWER: Hello, everyone. It is great to be here, just off a plane. And I know I’ve missed some really rich discussions the last few days but we’ve had USAID, and U.S. government officials, and civil society colleagues giving us live rolling updates and it sounds like it’s …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken Video Remarks at the Open Government Partnership Summit

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE PRE-RECORDED TALLINN, ESTONIA SEPTEMBER 6, 2023 Secretary Antony J. Blinken Video Remarks at the Open Government Partnership Summit SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Hello, everyone.  I’m glad to join this year’s Open Government Partnership Summit.  I’m grateful to everyone who made this event possible: our host and OGP steering committee co-chair, the Government of Estonia, and our CEO Sanjay Pradhan. Twelve years ago, eight …

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GSA Administrator Robin Carnahan’s Visit to Tallinn Highlights the U.S. Commitment to the Open Government Partnership

September 7, 2023 U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Robin Carnahan visited Estonia from September 4 to 7 to jointly lead the U.S. Delegation to the 8th Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit and to participate in the Tallinn Digital Summit (TDS). She also participated in several bilateral and multilateral meetings. “We believe that open …

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Large Delegation of U.S. Officials to Visit Tallinn for Tallinn Digital Summit and Open Government Partnership

September 5, 2023   A delegation of more than 40 U.S. officials will visit Tallinn this week to participate in the Tallinn Digital Summit (TDS) and Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit. The delegation includes representatives from across the United States Government including the White House, the Department of State, United States Agency for International …

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How the U.S. Supports Estonia: 10 Things You Might Not Know About U.S.-Estonia Partnership

How the U.S. Supports Estonia 10 Things You Might Not Know About U.S.-Estonia Partnership    By: George P. Kent, U.S. Ambassador to Estonia Published in Õhtuleht on July 4, 2023   Today is the United States’ 247th Independence Day. People across the U.S. are celebrating with food, family, and fireworks. It is a day to …

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U.S. Congressional Delegation Emphasizes Cyber Partnership

June 28, 2023 A delegation of three U.S Congressional leaders from the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security is visiting Estonia from June 27-29 to reinforce the cybersecurity partnership between the United States and Estonia. During their visit to Tallinn, the delegation will discuss cyber cooperation with Estonian Ambassador-at-Large for Digital Affairs Nele Leosk, …

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U.S. Ambassador at Large for Cyberspace and Digital Policy Nathaniel Fick’s Visit to Estonia

U.S. Ambassador at Large for Cyberspace and Digital Policy Nathaniel Fick’s Visit to Estonia Highlights Strong Bilateral Partnership June 1, 2023 United States Ambassador at Large for Cyberspace and Digital Policy Nathaniel C. Fick visited Estonia on June 1 to discuss U.S.-Estonia bilateral cyber cooperation. While in Tallinn, Ambassador Fick met with Estonian Ministry of …

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U.S. Acting National Cyber Director Highlights Importance of International Cooperation on Cyber Issues

June 1, 2023 United States Acting National Cyber Director Kemba Walden visited Tallinn, May 29-June 1, to discuss international cooperation on cyber issues with Estonian government officials and to participate in the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence’s (CCDCOE) CyCon conference. During her visit, Acting National Cyber Director Walden met with Estonian Ambassador-at-Large for …

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U.S. Senator Cory Booker Emphasizes U.S.-Estonia Partnership

May 27, 2023 United States Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) is visiting Estonia from May 25th to 28th to meet with Estonian leaders, including Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, Minister of Foreign Affairs Margus Tsahkna, and Minister of Defense Hanno Pevkur. During his meetings in Tallinn, Senator Booker highlighted the important partnership between the United States and …

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United States and Baltic Countries Collaborate to Combat Transnational Financial Crimes

May 18, 2023 The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training (OPDAT), in conjunction with U.S. Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), conducted a five-day workshop on Financial Investigative Techniques, designed to enhance the skills and expertise of prosecutors, financial investigators, and FIU analysts by equipping them with the …

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U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation Recognizes Estonian Agencies for Outstanding Law Enforcement Cooperation

May 16, 2023   Representatives of the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) presented awards to members of the Estonian Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO), Tax and Customs Board, and Internal Security Service (KAPO) in Tallinn, Estonia on May 15, 2023, for their work and assistance in three separate cases involving individuals alleged to have …

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U.S. Ambassador Highlights Cooperation to Tackle Emerging Challenges During Financial Intelligence Unit Conference

March 29, 2023 U.S. Ambassador George P. Kent gave opening remarks at the March 29 Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) Conference in Tallinn, where he stressed the importance of strong sanctions enforcement and ratcheting up pressure to cut off revenues supporting Russia’s war machine and protect international financial systems. “The Estonian Financial Intelligence Unit is making …

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Ambassador Kent and U.S. Army Security Assistance Commander Visit U.S., Estonian, and NATO Forces in Tapa

February 28, 2023 U.S. Ambassador to Estonia George P. Kent and Brigadier General Brad Nicholson, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command, visited the Tapa Base today to meet with U.S. forces stationed there, as well as members of the Estonian Defense Forces and NATO Battle Group. During their visit, Ambassador Kent and …

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U.S. Secretary of State Statement on Estonian National Day

Antony J. Blinken United States Secretary of State February 24, 2023   On behalf of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Estonia as you celebrate your independence on February 24.  For more than 100 years, the close partnership and alliance between the United States and Estonia has been grounded in our …

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Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III at a Press Availability in Tallinn

February 16, 2023 Good afternoon, everyone. Minister Pevkur, thanks for hosting me in this beautiful city. It’s my first visit to Tallinn as Secretary of Defense, and I’m grateful for your warm welcome – especially in the February weather. I was delighted to be able to host you in Washington last year, and I’m very …

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s Visit to Estonia Highlights Strong U.S.-Estonia Defense Partnership

                February 16, 2023 United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III arrived to Estonia today to meet with Estonian leaders, including Prime Minister Kaja Kallas and Minister of Defense Hanno Pevkur. During his meetings in Tallinn, Secretary Austin reaffirmed the strong security partnership between the United …

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U.S. Secret Service Opens Regional Cyber Training Program in Tallinn

February 13, 2023 Today, the U.S. Secret Service, in partnership with the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences and Baltic regional law enforcement authorities, opened a new cyber training program. The Baltic Computer Forensics Training Program (CFTP) will bring together law enforcement officers from around the Baltic region to develop new techniques to investigate and prosecute …

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U.S. Army Commanding General Highlights Support for HIMARS Procurement

January 6, 2023 Major General Stephen Maranian, Commanding General of the United States Army Europe-Africa’s 56th Artillery Command, participated in a ceremony at the Tapa military base on Friday to highlight United States support for Estonia’s recent procurement of HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems. Major General Maranian was joined during the ceremony by Estonian Minister of …

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Update on Ambassador Designate George P. Kent

George P. Kent was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 13th to become the next United States Ambassador to the Republic of Estonia. We look forward to working with the Ambassador Designate as he proceeds through the next steps in the ambassadorial process. Gabrielle Cowan remains the Chargé d’Affaires of U.S. Embassy Tallinn until …

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The Estonian Ministry of Interior and the U.S. State Department held CBRN Response & Assistance Workshop

December 13, 2022 On December 6 and 7, the Estonian Ministry of Interior and the U.S. Department of State co-hosted the “Sub-Regional CBRN Response & Assistance Workshop (SR2 Estonia)”. The training brought together representatives from Estonian ministries involved in internal security, defense, civil protection, health, environmental protection and international affairs with officials from the United …

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U.S. Brigadier General Meets With Estonian President At Joint Military Medical Conference

December 2, 2022 On Thursday, December 1, 2022, U.S. Brigadier General Clinton K. Murray, Commanding General for U.S. Army Medical Readiness Command, Europe, Defense Health Agency Region-Europe, and Command Surgeon for U.S. Army Europe-Africa, met with Estonian President Alar Karis at the 29th Multinational Military Medical Exchange (MMME) and 15th War & Disaster Medicine Conference …

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United States Department of Justice Visit Highlights Strong U.S. – Estonia Law Enforcement Cooperation

December 1, 2022 United States Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. visited Estonia today. While in Tallinn, the Assistant Attorney General met with Estonian Prosecutor General Andres Parmas and Estonian Ministry of Interior Undersecretary of Internal Security Veiko Kommusaar. “Estonia is an outstanding partner and ally.  I have enjoyed visiting Tallinn …

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Secretary of Defense Austin III Bilateral Meeting With Estonian Minister of Defense Pevkur

October 18, 2022 Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III met Estonian Minister of Defense Hanno Pevkur. Secretary Austin reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to deterring Russian aggression against NATO Allies. The two leaders also discussed the ongoing efforts to ensure NATO’s credible deterrence and defense posture. Secretary Austin and Minister Pevkur discussed security cooperation and …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Estonian Foreign Minister Reinsalu

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 2, 2022   The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu. Secretary Blinken congratulated Foreign Minister Reinsalu on his appointment as Foreign Minister and highlighted the strength of the partnership between Estonia and the United States as we marked …

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Statement from President Biden Commemorating 100 Years of U.S. Diplomatic Relations with our Baltic Allies

July 28, 2022 The White House Statements and Releases Statement by President Biden Today, we mark 100 years of unbroken diplomatic relations between the United States and our three Baltic Allies — Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.  Through a century of struggle and reclamation, the United States has always stood by the legitimate governments of these …

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Department of State Officials Mark United States’ 100th Anniversary of Relations with the Baltic States

On July 28, 2022, the United States celebrated the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and State Department Spokesperson Ned Price marked the anniversary with statements.   I am pleased today to announce that we are marking the 100th anniversary of unbroken diplomatic relations between the …

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Chargé d’Affaires Gabrielle Cowan and Foreign Minister Reinsalu Highlight the Strength of U.S.-Estonian Relations

July 28, 2022   Today, on the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Estonia and the United States, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Gabrielle Cowan met with Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu to highlight the strength of the U.S.-Estonian relationship and to discuss our shared priorities, including continued support for Ukraine. The United States of America officially …

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CDA Brian Roraff’s Remarks at the Independence Day and U.S. – Estonia 100th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations Reception

June 16, 2022 U.S. Chief of Mission Residence, Tallinn Good afternoon and welcome to our annual celebration.  It’s great to be able to celebrate our Independence Day like this for the first time since 2019. The first thing I think I need to address is why are we celebrating July 4th on June 16th?  That’s …

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Four Senior U.S. Government Officials Visit Tallinn for Consultations This Week

May 14, 2022 Four senior United States Government officials are visiting Tallinn this week to meet with Estonian government officials and participate in engagements with civil society. The officials are: Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Celeste Wallander, Permanent Representative to the OSCE Ambassador Michael Carpenter, and …

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Senior U.S. Official Visits Tallinn to Highlight Cooperation on International Security Issues

March 22, 2022 C.S. Eliot Kang, the United States’ Acting Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation, visited Tallinn on March 21 and 22 to build on the close bilateral ties between the United States and Estonia and to consult with Estonian government officials on regional security issues, including Russia’s unjustified war on Ukraine. …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas at a Joint Press Availability

03/08/2022 10:34 AM EST Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State Kaja Kallas, Estonian Prime Minister Tallinn, Estonia Stenbock House MODERATOR:  Dear guests, distinguished ladies and gentlemen of the press, we are very happy to welcome the Secretary of State of the United States of America here in Tallinn, in Estonia, in Stenbock House.  The Prime …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas Before Their Meeting

03/08/2022 06:23 AM EST   Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State Tallinn, Estonia Stenbock House PRIME MINISTER KALLAS:  Okay.  So welcome.  It is my great, great honor to welcome you to Estonia.  I’ve been a great admirer of all of your work.  I have quoted you many times over these weeks (inaudible).  I think you’ve …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken And Estonian Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets After Their Meeting

03/08/2022 06:53 AM EST Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State Tallinn, Estonia Ministry of Foreign Affairs FOREIGN MINISTER LIIMETS:  Dear Secretary Blinken, dear Tony, it’s really an honor for me to welcome you today in Tallinn.  We just met in Washington, D.C. on the 16th of February, just on the eve of this unjustified war …

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Visits Estonia

March 6, 2022 Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley visited Tallinn on March 6, 2022, to highlight the strong U.S.-Estonia defense partnership and to discuss ways to continue to enhance security cooperation in the future. Milley met with Lieutenant General Martin Herem, Commander of the Estonian Defense Forces.  Milley also visited …

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Estonia National Day

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Statement by Secretary Antony J. Blinken   February 24, 2021 Estonia National Day   On behalf of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Estonia as you celebrate your independence on February 24. The United States and Estonia have a close partnership grounded in …

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Joint Statement on U.S.-Estonia Relations

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE February 16, 2022 The following is the joint statement released by the Secretary of State of the United States and the Foreign Minister of the Government of Estonia. Begin text: The United States and Estonia are close Allies and share a strong …

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U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO Conducts Virtual Visit to Tallinn for Consultations on Regional Security 

February 7, 2022 Ambassador Julianne Smith, the United States Permanent Representative to NATO, conducted a virtual visit to Tallinn on February 7 to highlight the close bilateral defense ties between the United States and Estonia and to consult with Estonian government officials regarding ongoing work to strengthen NATO’s deterrence and defense posture. In virtual meetings with Ministry of Foreign …

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Summit for Democracy Features Estonian Prime Minister and Youth Leader

U.S. Summit for Democracy, Featuring Estonian Prime Minister and Youth Leader, Reinforces Global Commitment to Democracy and Human Rights December 9, 2021 United States President Joe Biden welcomes world leaders from 110 countries, including Estonia, to the virtual Summit for Democracy on December 9-10, 2021.  The Summit, which includes participation by Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas …

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#SpeakOut: Ambassadors to Estonia join UNiTE campaign: “Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now!”

November 25, 2021 Ambassadors and Embassies from Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States in Estonia speak out and take a stand. They join 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) “Orange the World: End Violence against …

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Readout of President Biden’s Meeting with Prime Minister Kaja Kallas of Estonia

November 1, 2021 President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., met today with Prime Minister Kaja Kallas of Estonia. The President expressed his appreciation for the Prime Minister’s leadership in joining consensus on the OECD Inclusive Framework on the taxation of multinational companies. The leaders discussed their cooperation on global challenges, including climate change. They also talked …

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Press Release: Senior U.S. Official for Europe Highlights Strength of U.S.-Estonia Partnership

Watch Assistant Secretary Donfried’s message to Estonia here. October 26, 2021 Senior U.S. Official for Europe Highlights Strength of U.S.-Estonia Partnership, Commitment to Transatlantic Relationship During Visit to Tallinn The United States Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Dr. Karen Donfried, will visit Tallinn on October 26 and 27 to meet with Estonian …

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Press Release: U.S. Secretary of Commerce To Visit Tallinn, Participate in Tallinn Digital Summit 

September 6, 2021   United States Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo will be in Tallinn September 6 and 7, where she will participate in the Tallinn Digital Summit and hold bilateral meetings. Secretary Raimondo is the first senior official from the Biden Administration to visit Estonia and the first Cabinet-level official to visit since …

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Press Release: USS Arleigh Burke to Visit Port in Tallinn

September 3, 2021   Tallinn, Estonia: The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that a U.S. Navy ship – the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) – will arrive in Tallinn, Estonia this weekend for a scheduled port visit. This port visit provides the opportunity to enhance U.S.-Estonia relations as the two …

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Readout from NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Call with Prime Minister Kaja Kallas of Estonia

THE WHITE HOUSE STATEMENTS AND RELEASES August 9, 2021 National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke today with Prime Minister Kaja Kallas of Estonia to reinforce the strong bilateral relations between our countries, international economic cooperation, and their shared support for transparent infrastructure investments in Europe and around the world. Mr. Sullivan reaffirmed the unwavering U.S. support for the …

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United States Congressional Delegation Highlights Strong U.S.-Estonia Partnership

July 8, 2021 A delegation from the United States Congress visited Estonia, July 6-8, to meet with Estonian leaders. While in Tallinn, the delegation met with Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets, former President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, and Chair of the Riigikogu Foreign Affairs Committee Marko Mihkelson. The delegation also traveled to …

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SOCOM Commander Visits Estonia to Highlight U.S.-Estonia Defense Cooperation

Press Release June 29, 2021   U.S. EMBASSY TALLINN, Estonia – U.S. Army Gen. Richard D. Clarke, U.S. Special Operations Command commander, visited Tallinn June 27 and 28 to highlight the strong U.S.-Estonia defense partnership and to discuss ways to continue to enhance security cooperation in the future. Clarke met with a number of key …

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U.S. Embassy and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Open Exhibit Highlighting Key Moment in U.S.-Estonia Relations

June 3, 2021 U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Brian Roraff and Jonatan Vseviov, Secretary General of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Secretary General and former Estonian Ambassador to the United States, visited the opening of Vabamu’s new temporary exhibition “US Declaration in Support of Estonian Independence” on June 2, 2021. The exhibit tells the story of …

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Holding Russia to Account

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 15, 2021 Today, we announced actions to hold the Russian Government to account for the SolarWinds intrusion, reports of bounties on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, and attempts to interfere in the 2020 U.S. elections. We have engaged Russian authorities to share our concerns about their actions and the steps we are taking …

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President Biden Participates in European Council Summit

MARCH 25, 2021 WHITE HOUSE STATEMENTS AND RELEASES Today, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. participated virtually in a scheduled summit of the European Council. Meeting with the heads of state or government of the 27 member states of the European Union (EU) chaired by European Council President Charles Michel, the President reaffirmed his commitment to …

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Reaffirming and Reimagining America’s Alliances

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE NATO HEADQUARTERS AGORA BRUSSELS, BELGIUM MARCH 24, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good afternoon. A few weeks ago, not long after becoming Secretary as State, I spoke directly to the American people.  I said that my number one job is to ensure that America’s foreign policy delivers for them – that it makes their lives more secure, …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Estonian Foreign Minister Liimets, Latvian Foreign Minister Rinkēvičs, and Lithuanian Foreign Minister Landsbergis

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 24, 2021   The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets of Estonia, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs of Latvia, and Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis of Lithuania today in Brussels. Secretary Blinken and the Foreign Ministers emphasized their steadfast commitment to security …

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A Foreign Policy for the American People

SPEECH ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE BEN FRANKLIN ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. MARCH 3, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good morning.  My fellow Americans, five weeks ago I was sworn in as your Secretary of State.  My job is to represent the United States to the world, to fight for the interests and values of the American people.  When President Biden asked me …

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Imposing Sanctions on Russia for the Poisoning and Imprisonment of Aleksey Navalny

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 2, 2021   The United States joins the European Union in condemning and responding to the Russian Federation’s use of a chemical weapon in the attempted assassination of Russian opposition figure Aleksey Navalny in August 2020 and his subsequent imprisonment in January 2021.  We share the EU’s concerns regarding Russia’s deepening authoritarianism and …

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Press Statement: Estonian National Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 24, 2021   On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I send congratulations to the people of Estonia as you celebrate the 103rd anniversary of your independence. The United States and Estonia share a strong commitment to global security, economic opportunity, and democratic values.  As NATO Allies, we …

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Secretary Blinken’s Participation in the EU Foreign Affairs Council

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 22, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken participated virtually in today’s EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) at the invitation of EU High Representative Josep Borrell. Secretary Blinken highlighted the United States’ commitment to repairing, revitalizing, and raising the level of …

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A Proclamation on Remembering the 500,000 Americans Lost to COVID-19

FEBRUARY 22, 2021 PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS   As of this week during the dark winter of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 500,000 Americans have now died from the virus.  That is more Americans who have died in a single year of this pandemic than in World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War combined.  On this solemn occasion, …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 4, 2021   The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov today. Secretary Blinken and Minister Lavrov discussed the New START extension and the need for new arms control that addresses all of Russia’s nuclear weapons and the growing threat …

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Advancing the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Persons Around the World

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 4, 2021 Today, President Biden signed a Presidential Memorandum directing all U.S. government departments and agencies engaged abroad to ensure that U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI+) persons around the world. The struggle to end violence, discrimination, criminalization, and stigma …

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Remarks by President Biden on America’s Place in the World

FEBRUARY 04, 2021 •  SPEECHES AND REMARKS U.S. Department of State Headquarters Harry S. Truman Building Washington, D.C. 2:45 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Mr. Secretary, it’s great to be here with you.  And I’ve been looking forward a long time to be able to call you “Mr. Secretary.” Good afternoon, everyone.  It’s an honor to be back at the …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken Introductory Remarks for President Biden

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE BEN FRANKLIN ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. FEBRUARY 4, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN: Good afternoon. Today I get to say something that brings me tremendous happiness: President Biden, Vice President Harris, welcome to the State Department. For more than two decades, I’ve had the privilege of watching President Biden at work. I’ve seen his commitment to the American …

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Inaugural Address by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

JANUARY 20, 2021     The United States Capitol  11:52 AM EST    THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice President Pence, distinguished guests, and my fellow Americans.  This is America’s day.  This is democracy’s day.  A day of history and hope.  Of renewal and resolve.  Through a …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Estonian Foreign Minister Reinsalu

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U.S. Welcomes Estonia’s Action Against Hizballah

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 24, 2020   Estonia is sending a strong message in Europe, and within the European Union, by prohibiting Hizballah affiliates from entering its territory, mitigating the threat Hizballah poses to the security of Estonia and international partners. Like the actions taken by Germany, Lithuania, and Kosovo, and the commitment by Serbia earlier …

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Press Release: USAID Deputy Administrator’s Visit to Estonia Highlights Development Cooperation

For immediate release. October 22, 2020.   On October 20 and 21, USAID Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick visited Estonia to meet with Estonian government officials and private-sector technology companies to discuss U.S.- Estonia relations, opportunities for increased development cooperation in third countries, countering malign Kremlin influence, and USAID’s efforts to advance European and Eurasian countries …

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Under Secretary Krach: Clean Vision for Three Seas

  Clean Vision for Three Seas   Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Keith Krach October 21, 2020 The United States congratulates the Three Seas member states on a productive virtual summit. We commend President Kersti Kaljulaid and the Estonian government for organizing this important event during complicated circumstances. The …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at the Three Seas Virtual Summit and Web Forum

REMARKS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, D.C. OCTOBER 19, 2020   SECRETARY POMPEO:  (In progress) — [The West] stands for the rule of law, democracy, freedom of expression.  We drive economic growth through innovation.  We protect our people. And our way of life is the envy for the entire world. Look at the freedoms for which the people of …

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United States – Estonia Joint Statement on Secure Telecommunications Infrastructure

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson September 23, 2020 The text of the following statement was released by United States Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Mr. Keith Krach and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia Mr. Urmas Reinsalu on the importance of secure telecommunications infrastructure. Begin Text: Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu and …

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Press Release: High-Ranking U.S. Diplomat Highlights Joint Commitment to 5G Security

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 United States Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, Keith Krach is visiting Tallinn on Wednesday, September 23.  During his time in Estonia, Under Secretary Krach will have meetings with the President of the Republic of Estonia, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Minister of Foreign …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Estonian Prime Minister Ratas

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 3, 2020   The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas.   Secretary Pompeo and Prime Minister Ratas discussed the importance of the U.S.-Estonian partnership within the NATO Alliance and international organizations.  The Secretary thanked Estonia for its leadership on …

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Michael R. Pompeo: On the Treaty on Open Skies

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson   For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO May 21, 2020 On the Treaty on Open Skies   Tomorrow, the United States will submit notice of its decision to withdraw from the Treaty on Open Skies to the Treaty Depositaries and to all other States …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at a Press Availability (May 20)

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at a Press Availability   REMARKS TO THE PRESS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE PRESS BRIEFING ROOM WASHINGTON, DC MAY 20, 2020 (Video available here .) SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good morning, everyone.  This morning, early, I had the chance to drive through Arlington Cemetery, and as we approach Memorial Day Weekend, I want to reflect on the sacrifices of …

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Delivering on American Commitments in the COVID-19 Response with Additional Foreign Assistance

Delivering on American Commitments in the COVID-19 Response with Additional Foreign Assistance   PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 20, 2020 Months into fighting the COVID-19 pandemic at home and abroad, the United States is continuing to lead the global charge against the pandemic, building on decades of leadership in life-saving health and humanitarian assistance. Through the generosity …

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Europe Day

Europe Day   PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 9, 2020   On behalf of the Government of the United States and the American people, I congratulate the citizens of the European Union as you celebrate Europe Day. For nearly three-quarters of a century, the enduring bonds of shared history, democratic values, and a commitment to peace and prosperity …

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Secretary Pompeo: Message on the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE Day)

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO May 8, 2020 Message on the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE Day) Today we mark 75 years since the end of hostilities in Europe in the Second World War.  We pay tribute today to all those …

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Joint Statement on the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War

Joint Statement on the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War   MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 7, 2020 The following is a joint statement by the U. S. Secretary of State and the Foreign Ministers of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia. Begin text: Marking the 75th …

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World Press Freedom Day

World Press Freedom Day   PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 2, 2020 On World Press Freedom Day, recognized around the world on May 3, we highlight the critical role of independent media in facilitating the open exchange of information and ideas so vital to free, prosperous, and secure democratic societies. This year, as the world faces the …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo Remarks to the Press (April 7)

REMARKS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE PRESS BRIEFING ROOM WASHINGTON, DC APRIL 7, 2020   (Video available here .) SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good morning, everyone.  Glad we’re all together, everybody healthy, everybody looking good, staying apart – all fantastic. I wanted to start with just a few brief items here this morning, beginning in the Western Hemisphere. First, I want to express …

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Estonia National Day

02/24/2020 12:01 AM EST Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State On behalf of the people and government of the United States, I congratulate the Republic of Estonia on the 102nd anniversary of your independence. I also congratulate Estonia on the 100th anniversary of the Treaty of Tartu. Both the Treaty of Tartu and the U.S. …

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U.S. Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security visits Estonia

Monday, July 22 Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Affairs Andrea L. Thompson will be in Tallinn July 23-24 to conduct bilateral meetings with Ministry of Defense Permanent Secretary Kristjan Prikk, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Under Secretary Paul Teesalu and Ambassador Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar. While in Estonia, Under Secretary Thompson will deliver remarks at the …

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Assistant Treasury Secretary Centers on Addressing Money Laundering

Monday, May 20, 2019 U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes Marshall Billingslea visited Tallinn May 16 – 19 to meet with banking oversight officials as well as representatives from Estonia’s banking sector.  Assistant Secretary Billingslea also had an opportunity to meet with Prime Minister Ratas and President Kaljulaid.  In …

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Press Availability at NATO Foreign Ministerial 2019

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Joint Statement by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen

Chinese Actors Compromise Global Managed Service Providers   Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 20, 2018 Since at least 2014, Chinese cyber actors associated with the Chinese Ministry of State Security have hacked multiple U.S. and global managed service and cloud providers. These Chinese actors used this access to compromise the networks …

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Sanctions Announcement on Russia

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 19, 2018 Today, the Departments of State and the Treasury took joint action against Russia’s continued and blatant disregard for international norms. Specifically, the State Department added 12 individuals and entities to the List of Specified Persons (LSP) pursuant to Section 231 of the Countering America’s …

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On EU Resolve in Holding Russia Accountable

Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC December 15, 2018 The United States welcomes recent steps by the EU and its Member States to hold Russia accountable for its aggression against Ukraine. The European Parliament’s December 12 resolution reiterates the importance of Ukraine’s role in the European energy supply network and condemns the construction of …

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Remarks to the First Plenary of the 2018 OSCE Ministerial Council

A. Wess Mitchell Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs 2018 Meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council Milan, Italy December 6, 2018 Thank you, Minister Moavero, for hosting us this week. Secretary Pompeo regrets that he could not be here today. He returned to Washington to pay his respects to President George H.W. Bush. During …

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Remarks at the Ukraine-Hosted Side Event at the 2018 OSCE Ministerial Council

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Russia’s Dangerous Escalation in the Kerch Strait

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC November 26, 2018 The United States expresses its deep concern over the incident in the Black Sea that occurred November 25 as Ukrainian vessels attempted to transit through the Kerch Strait. Reports that Russian vessels rammed and fired on the Ukrainian ships, injuring Ukrainian crewmen, …

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Opening Remarks by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

For Immediate Release  REMARKS July 25, 2018 Opening Remarks by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee July 25, 2018 Washington, D.C. SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good afternoon, Chairman Corker, Ranking Member Menendez, and distinguished members.  Thank you for the opportunity to be with you today. During my confirmation hearing you asked …

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Remarks by President Trump and President Putin in Joint Press Conference

  July 16, 2018 Presidential Palace Helsinki, Finland 5:10 P.M. EEST PRESIDENT PUTIN:  (As interpreted.)  Distinguished Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen: Negotiations with the President of the United States Donald Trump took place in a frank and businesslike atmosphere.  I think we can call it a success and a very fruitful round of negotiations. We …

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Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Mitchell’s Heritage Speech

Anchoring the Western Alliance Good morning everyone. I’d like to thank Heritage Foundation for inviting me to speak today. I have followed Heritage’s research for years and appreciate the work that its scholars do in bringing original ideas to the policy debate. I especially want to acknowledge James Carafano, Luke Coffey and the rest of …

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REMARKS: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at Swearing-in Ceremony

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Secretary of State Mike Pompeo  At Swearing-in Ceremony May 2, 2018 Ben Franklin Room Washington, D.C. SECRETARY POMPEO:  This is truly humbling.  Thank you very much, Mr. President, for those kind words.  Thank you, Mr. Vice President, for being here today to honor me …

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THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release May 2, 2018 REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP  AT SWEARING-IN CEREMONY OF MIKE POMPEO AS SECRETARY OF STATE State Department Washington, D.C. THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  I must say, that’s more spirit that I’ve heard from the State Department in a long time — many years.  …

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Statement from the President on the Confirmation of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 26, 2018 Statement from the President on the Confirmation of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State I am pleased with the Senate’s confirmation of Mike Pompeo to serve as our country’s top diplomat. Having a patriot of Mike’s immense talent, energy, and intellect …

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Opening Statement to Press in Estonia by Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, EUCOM Commander

  14 March 2017 It’s an honor to be here with our host your Commander of Defense Force General Riho Terras.  We are good friends, we have developed a great friendship and relationship since I came into the job. Thank you for a great visit.  We truly appreciate the strong Alliance between our countries and …

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