Opening Session of the 2017 Annual Security Review Conference

Opening Session of the 2017 Annual Security Review Conference As prepared for delivery by Deputy Assistant Secretary for European Affairs Kathleen A. Kavalec to the 2017 Annual Security Review Conference, Vienna June 27, 2017 Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Last year, I delivered an intervention at this conference asking participating States to consider what we as …

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Conventional Arms Control and Building Confidence- and Security-building Measures: Problems and Prospects

In parallel we can – and, in fact, have begun to – engage in a comprehensive dialogue on our security concerns, to explore all the factors that are currently contributing to a sense of lessening stability and security in Europe. We must work toward finding practical ways to reverse those negative trends. The United States …

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Reply to the Opening Session of the RFOM Conference “Media Freedom in Volatile Environments”

We agree that we can all do more to strengthen journalist protections.  We agree that there is a need for more fact-based reporting.  And we agree that these issues need to be addressed democratically and in a manner consistent with OSCE principles and commitments.

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Closing Session of the Second Preparatory Meeting of the 25th OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum in Astana, Kazakhstan

The United States will remain an active participant in this continuing conversation, one that includes civil society, academic experts, government officials, and business representatives, to discuss opportunities to strengthen security and good governance through a greener economy and stronger partnerships.

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Remarks to the Opening Session of the Second Preparatory Meeting of the 25th OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum

Remarks to the Opening Session of the Second Preparatory Meeting of the 25th OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum As delivered by U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan George A. Krol Astana, Kazakhstan June 15, 2017 Thank you, Mr. Chair. Good morning fellow delegates, representatives, and distinguished guests, including many of you who have joined us from capitals, …

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Remarks by Secretary of State Tillerson to NATO-Ukraine Commission

The OSCE must be able to fulfill its mandate which included monitoring throughout the conflict zone and to the international border. And Russia must understand there is no basis to move forward on the political aspects of the Minsk agreements until there is visible, verifiable, and irreversible improvement in the security situation.

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Ambassador Haley’s Remarks to the UN Security Council on Conflicts in Europe

The OSCE is playing a crucial role observing and monitoring the situation in eastern Ukraine. U.S. bonds with NATO and the OSCE have stood the test of time. These are institutions that bring together partners on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean to defend our shared ideals.

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Reply to Russian Federation on Russia’s Ongoing Violations of Ukraine’s Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity | Statement to the PC

I wanted to respond, not really directly to our distinguished Russian colleague, but rather, to point out to the rest of my distinguished colleagues around this table – just picking up on that last point that we heard from the Russian delegation this morning: that all those who are interested in dialogue need to accept …

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On Ministerial Council Declaration “From Lisbon to Hamburg: On the 20th Anniversary of the OSCE Framework for Arms Control” | Interpretative Statement

On the occasion of the adoption of the Hamburg Ministerial Council Declaration, “From Lisbon to Hamburg: Declaration on the Twentieth Anniversary of the OSCE Framework for Arms Control,” the United States of America would like to make the following interpretative statement under paragraph IV.1(A)6 of the OSCE Rules of Procedure. We note that the declaration …

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On the Conflict in Georgia | Joint Statement of the Group of Friends of Georgia to the 2016 OSCE Ministerial Council

We reaffirm our full support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. We underline the need for a peaceful resolution over the conflict in Georgia, based on full respect of the UN Charter, the Helsinki Final Act, and the fundamental norms and principles of international law. We call upon the Russian Federation to fully implement …

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On the Ministerial Council decision on the OSCE’s Role in the Governance of Large Movements of Migrants and Refugees | Interpretative Statement

In connection with the Ministerial Council decision just adopted on the OSCE’s Role in the Governance of Large Movements of Migrants and Refugees, the United States would like to make the following interpretative statement under paragraph IV.1(A)6 of the OSCE Rules of Procedure. The United States believes that this phenomenon is truly a multi-dimensional, cross-cutting …

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On the Ministerial Decision on the OSCE’s Role in the Governance of Large Movements of Migrants and Refugees | Joint Interpretative Statement

In connection with the adoption of the Ministerial Decision on the OSCE’s Role in the Governance of Large Movements of Migrants and Refugees, we would like to make the following interpretative statement under paragraph IV.1(A)6 of the OSCE Rules of Procedure: The delegations of Azerbaijan, Canada, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, Ukraine, and the United States …

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Reply to Russia’s Response to Ukraine on Media Freedom in the Russian Federation | Statement to the PC

Given past statements made by the Russian delegation in this room, I can only assume that the distinguished representative of the Russian Federation is making his snide remarks about sponsors with reference to several of us around this table. I think it is important to back up and recognize that what happened in Ukraine three …

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Reply to Russian Federation on Response to Report by RFoM Dunja Mijatović | Statement to the PC

Thank you, Mr. Chair. Allow me to make a response to the comments just made by our distinguished Russian colleague. First, our distinguished Russian colleague said that not a word was said about concerns about journalists in the United States. That is simply false. In fact, my statement started today in recounting an exchange that …

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Replies to Russia on the OSCE Observer Mission at the Russian Border Checkpoints Gukovo and Donetsk | Statement to the PC

Thank you very much, Mr. Chair. I, too, was disappointed with the statement from the Russian delegation today. Colleagues, I think it’s important — I’d just like to remind of one quote from our Russian colleague today — that some of us around the table point to “an external boogie man who can be blamed …

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Reply (2) to Russia on Constitutional Policing in the United States | Statement to the PC

I’d just like to respond to our distinguished Russian colleague. First, I didn’t say that the United States doesn’t have statistics, I said that a member of the Federal Government testifying before Congress might not have statistics at his fingertips — while he was testifying — that come from all 50 states. That’s different. Second, …

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Reply to Russia on Constitutional Policing in the United States | Statement to the PC

Thank you, Mr. Chair, and thank you to the Russian Federation for expressing concern about human rights. As colleagues are aware, the United States has regularly raised in the Permanent Council incidents in which African Americans were killed in encounters with the police.  We have not attempted to hide the fact that the United States …

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Reply to Russia on its Ongoing Violations in Ukraine | Statement to the PC

Thank you, Mr. Chair. I, too, wanted to respond to some of the comments made by our distinguished Russian colleague. First, to remind all colleagues around this table about SMM reporting, which we value highly and study closely. For many months now, SMM reporting — obviously, as folks know, the SMM can only report things …

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Reply to Russia on International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists | Statement to the PC

I’d like to reserve my right to reply more fully to the list of cases raised by our distinguished Russian colleague, but I would like to say today that my delegation is happy to follow-up on any cases that our distinguished Russian colleague or others want to raise in good faith with us. And we …

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Reply to Russia and the OSCE Secretary General on the Update on OSCE Cooperation with Regional and International Organizations | Statement to the PC

Thank you, Mr. Chair, and thank you, Secretary General, for your update this morning. Understanding the request of our distinguished Russian colleague, I would point out two things. One, that although our distinguished Russian colleague said that not knowing about the topic of today’s presentation would limit the Russian Federation from replying, our distinguished Russian …

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Reply to Azerbaijan on Nagorno-Karabakh | Statement to the PC

Thank you to our distinguished colleague from Azerbaijan for raising his delegation’s concerns. There are US companies that are currently providing goods and services in Nagorno Karabakh and in the neighboring territories. In some cases these are resellers of goods purchased elsewhere and resold in Nagorno Karabakh, in other cases goods and services are being …

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Reply to Russia on Russia’s ongoing violations in Ukraine | Statement to the PC

I’d just like to take the opportunity to respond to a couple of the statements made by our distinguished Russian colleague. First, there is no parallel reality. Many of us – I didn’t have the pleasure of seeing our distinguished Russian colleague there last week in Potsdam – but many of us were present in …

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Reply to Russia on International Day for the Victims of Enforced Disappearances | Statement to the PC

I’d like to respond to the statement by our distinguished Russian colleague. First, a technical point: the distinguished Russian colleague is within his rights within this forum to raise whatever issues he wants to; under the topic of enforced disappearances, I don’t think that he raised anything that applies to my country. Enforced disappearances are …

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Reply to Azerbaijan on Freedom of Expression Concerns in Azerbaijan | Statement to the PC

I just would like to express my regret at the interpretation that our distinguished Azerbaijani colleague puts on my delegation’s raising our genuinely held concerns. I don’t think that it is accurate to say that there is a permanent focus on any particularly participating State, but rather that we consistently try to use the common …

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Replies to Russia on its Ongoing Violations in Ukraine | Statement to the PC

Thank you very much, Mr. Chair. Just to respond to the statement of our distinguished Russian colleague — who just responded to my statement and said that he disagreed with what he claimed I said– He claimed I said that all restrictions on the SMM are the result of the Russia-backed separatists. I did not …

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On the 2015 Annual Evaluation Plan on the Promotion of Gender Equality | Statement to the PC

The United States thanks the Secretary General for his comprehensive report. We recognize the influential role that the empowerment of women can play in advancing international security, and we are committed to furthering this agenda. The concept is both simple and powerful: that we are all safer, that our efforts at peacebuilding are stronger, that …

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Right of Reply to the Holy See and Russia on Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict | Statement to the PC

First, to our colleague from the Holy See — I wanted to reassure our colleague at the Holy See that, indeed, through what has now been years of negotiations in which the Holy See has played a very active role on the Addendum on the Gender Action Plan, that there is no secret agenda there …

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Protecting the Rights of Migrants in the U.S. | Statement to the PC

Last month at the Permanent Council, we said that we would return to the issue of the human rights of migrants in the United States. Let me begin by emphasizing that the United States takes its international obligations and OSCE commitments with regard to migrants very seriously. We are, after all, a country of immigrants, …

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On the Implementation of OSCE Recruitment Policies | Statement to the PC

We would like to thank the Secretary General and his team for the presentation on the implementation of OSCE recruitment policies in 2015. The United States continues to support transparent, merit-based, unbiased recruitment policies and practices. An organization’s greatest asset is its employees and we applaud the OSCE’s ongoing efforts to strengthen its recruitment processes …

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Right of Reply to Russia on Freedom of Association Concerns in Russia | Statement to the PC

Thank you to our distinguished Russian colleague for his comments. I just wanted to clarify that the statement from my delegation was not a request for special treatment of any individuals under the law, it was an expression of concern that, as you said yourself, we have several times made clear that we see the …

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Reply to Russia on the Renewal of the Russia-Ukraine Border Checkpoint Observation Mission | Statement to the PC

Since the distinguished Russian ambassador made a statement that directly contradicts or responded to an element in the statement by my delegation, I just wanted to clarify that the part of the Minsk Protocol – since the distinguished Russian ambassador said that the Minsk Protocol of September 2014 in no way mentions monitoring of the …

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Right of Reply to Russia and the CSTO at Working Session IV | Statement at the 2016 ASRC

I wanted to reply to the request from the CSTO for a speaking role at ministerials, and to just emphasize that there is a long-standing practice that organizations that both have a founding philosophy and approach that overlaps with that of the OSCE, as well as have over a third or 40 per cent of …

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Countering Terrorism – Transnational Threats in the OSCE Area | Statement at the 2016 ASRC

Thank you, Mr. Chair. And thank you to all of our speakers for their presentations. As the tragic attack that occurred in Istanbul this week demonstrated, the scourge of terrorism is a deplorable reality that affects far too many of us, tears at the fabric of our societies, and causes the suffering of our citizens. …

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On the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict | Statement to the PC

As we mark one year since the establishment of the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, it is important to recall that sexual and gender-based violence – in conflict as well as in peace – is a wide-spread and horrific crime. It perpetuates conflict, undermines the security, livelihood, and health of …

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Reply to Russia on the Occasion of the 75th Anniversary of Nazi Germany’s Invasion of the Soviet Union | Statement to the PC

I just wanted to respond to our distinguished Russian colleague who said that he was surprised that we looked at this issue through a present perspective. I heard a number of statements that both reflected on the historical perspective and the present perspective, including the statement by the Russian Federation which went on at some …

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On the Occasion of the 75th Anniversary of Nazi Germany’s Invasion of the Soviet Union | Statement to the PC

Nazi Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941, marked a terrible escalation of the Second World War, which began in Europe when Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. We remember with deepest respect and sorrow the tremendous sacrifices made by the people of the multinational Soviet Union, which lost 24 million …

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Response to Russia on the Geneva Discussions | Statement to the PC

Colleagues, I’d just like to call attention once again, since this has been a pattern, to the statement just made by our distinguished Russian colleague. When we see the continued denial of the reality of the situation that Russia is occupying territory that belongs to neighboring countries – and that’s countries plural, obviously – it …

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Response on Freedom of Expression in Russia, as raised by the European Union | Statement to the PC

The United States would like to align itself with the statement made by the European Union, and we reiterate the importance of protecting freedom of expression online and off, consistent with our OSCE commitments. EU Statement on New Legislation restricting freedom of expression and access to information in Russia 1. On June 10, the Russian …

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Right of Reply to Russia on its Ongoing Violations in Ukraine | Statement to the PC

I’ve appreciated listening to the discussion this morning, and in particular the exchange we just heard between our distinguished Russian colleague and our distinguished Ukrainian colleague – and the rest of us, because we’re all part of this conversation. I agree with our distinguished Russian colleague that, ideally, what we should aim for is that …

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Reply to Uzbekistan regarding Response to the OSCE Project Coordinator in Uzbekistan | Statement to the PC

I’d like to thank our distinguished colleague from Uzbekistan for his update on recent interactions with respect to the cotton harvest and longstanding concerns about forced child labor and forced labor in the cotton harvest, and I’d also like to acknowledge his point that in this forum we should raise concerns that connect directly to …

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Response to Russia on the Observer Mission at the Russian Checkpoints at Gukovo and Donetsk: Statement to the PC

I’d like to respond to some of the comments made by our distinguished Russian colleague. First, the repeated claim that observation of the international border between Russia and Ukraine is only possible because of a goodwill gesture of the Russian Federation: our Ukrainian colleague has just recalled the sequence of events, and the fact that …

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Right of Replies to Russia on its Ongoing Violations in Ukraine: Statement to the PC

Our distinguished colleague raised a couple of points from the previous item on our agenda, and I wanted to respond here. First, with respect to the citation of President Putin’s words in the TV news conference, where he said that Russia had been engaged in the “military sphere,” I will go back and look at …

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On the Scales of Contribution: Statement to the Reinforced Meeting of PC

The United States thanks Ambassador Stefan-Bastl for her presentation and for her diligent efforts thus far on Scales of Contribution reform. As I’ve said to you before, I don’t envy your task. We remain committed to finding an appropriate, consensus-based mechanism for financing the OSCE’s vital work and will continue to engage constructively with all …

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OSCE Needs Assessment Mission for General Elections in the United States: Statement to the PC

Following our invitation to the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, and participating States to observe the November 8 U.S. general election, the United States hosted representatives of ODIHR and the Parliamentary Assembly for a Needs Assessment Mission May 16-20.  This was the result of weeks of close …

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Reply to Russia on Harassment and Intimidation of the Political Opposition in Russia: Statement to the PC

Thank you, Mr. Chair. I just have a couple of quick comments. One, in answer to our distinguished Russian colleague’s question about my use of the term “violence.” Just to be clear: the definition that we would use for violence is any kind of physical attack, and I am very surprised to hear that the …

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On the Extension of the Project Coordinator in Ukraine: Statement to the PC

In connection with the adoption of the Decision for the Extension of the Mandate of the OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine, the United States would like to make the following interpretative statement under paragraph IV.1(A)6 of the OSCE Rules of Procedure: The United States notes that Crimea remains an integral and internationally-recognized part of Ukraine, …

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Replies to Russia on its Ongoing Violations in Ukraine: Statement to the PC

Reply 1: I appreciate the question from our distinguished Russian colleague and I think it gets right to the heart of Russia’s fundamental misunderstanding of the situation. Our distinguished Russian colleague has the unfortunate responsibility to represent a regime, an authoritarian regime, that has invaded a neighboring state. That is totally different from invited assistance …

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Replies to the Holy See on the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT) | Statement to the PC

Thank you very much, Mr. Chair. I’d like to respond to the statement just made by our distinguished colleague from the Holy See. I’m not sure – especially since he made clear that his delegation does not recognize this day – why he felt obliged to take the floor, but I’m glad that he did. …

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Reply to Russia on Ongoing Violations by the Russian Federation in Ukraine: Statement to the PC

Just to respond to our distinguished Russian colleague: the Current Issue item under which we spoke this week, as it has been for many weeks now, was about Russia’s contraventions of its OSCE commitments with respect to its violation of the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of Ukraine. The issue that you raised about the …

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On the Release of the 2015 Human Rights Reports: Statement to the PC

Yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry released the State Department’s Country Reports on Human Rights Practices covering calendar year 2015.  These reports, commonly known as the Human Rights Reports, document the human rights situation in 199 countries and territories around the world.  Every year, diplomats and staff at U.S. embassies and consulates work with human …

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Response to Russia on Certain Russian Citizens In Prison in the U.S.: Statement to the PC

The United States mission received the Russian-language version of this statement yesterday evening, and haven’t had time to fully consider it, and so I’d like to reserve the right to respond to Russia’s allegations in a future Permanent Council meeting. But I want to take this opportunity to clarify a few facts and to draw …

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Reply to Russia on its Ongoing Violations in Ukraine: Statement to the PC

I just want to respond to a few points made by our distinguished Russian colleague. First of all, his statement that “responsibility lies entirely with the Ukrainian forces” for the deterioration on the ground is false.  That statement is not borne out by the SMM reports, or by plenty of open source reporting, so I …

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On the executions of Coy Wesbrook, Adam Ward, Joshua Bishop, and Pablo Vasquez: Statement to the PC

Thank you to our colleagues from the delegations of Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Mongolia, San Marino and Switzerland for raising their concerns.  As they noted, on March 9, the State of Texas executed Coy Wesbrook for murdering Gloria Jean Coons, Diana Ruth Money, Antonio Cruz, Anthony Ray Rogers, and Kelly Hazlip in 1997. On March 22, …

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Response to Chief of the Observer Mission at the Russian Checkpoints of Gukovo and Donetsk: Statement to the PC

Mr. Eugster, the United States warmly welcomes you for your final visit to the Permanent Council as Chief Observer of the OSCE Observer Mission at the Russian Checkpoints of Gukovo and Donetsk.  We thank you for your service, and wish to express our appreciation for the work of all of the mission’s observers, which occurs …

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Abduction, Detention, and Sentencing of Ukrainian Citizens Russia: Statement to the PC

The United States condemns the continued detention of Nadiya Savchenko, Oleg Sentsov, Oleksander Kolchenko, Stanislav Klikh, Mykola Karpyuk, Akhtem Chiygoz, and all other Ukrainians unjustly held in Russia and in Russian-occupied Crimea. Human rights groups estimate that there are currently at least 20 such cases.

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Reply to Russia on Department of Defense Investigations into Alleged Torture: Statement to the PC

Thank you, Mr. Chair. I appreciate the opportunity to respond to the statement just made by our distinguished Russian colleague. First of all, at the outset, I would like to say that the United States is very proud of our record as a world leader in respecting, promoting, and defending human rights and the rule …

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OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine’s Mandate Extension: Interpretative Statement to the PC

The United States welcomes the extension of the mandate of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine. In so doing, we reaffirm the interpretative statements we made upon adoption of the mandate on March 21, 2014, upon the first extension of the mandate on July 24, 2014, and upon the second extension of the mandate …

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Reply to Russia (1) on its Ongoing Violations in Ukraine: Statement to the PC

Before responding to a couple of the specific points made by our distinguished Russian colleague, I just want to offer a general observation. Having listened to our distinguished Russian colleague, and having listened to the statements that represent the views of so many others around this table today, I think it is important for the …

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Reply to Russia (2) on its Ongoing Violations in Ukraine: Statement to the PC

Thank you, Mr. Chair, just very briefly, our distinguished Russian colleague is correct that I did not read the entirety of Secretary Kerry’s remarks at Munich. I commend them to all of you. And as Secretary Kerry and many others have done many times, on behalf of my government, we have called for Russia and …

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