Crimea Declaration

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC July 25, 2018 Russia, through its 2014 invasion of Ukraine and its attempted annexation of Crimea, sought to undermine a bedrock international principle shared by democratic states: that no country can change the borders of another by force. The states of the world, including Russia, ...
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Press Releases: Reaffirming U.S. Commitment to a Sovereign and Whole Ukraine on the Third Anniversary of Russia’s Crimean “Referendum̶

Press Statement, Mark C. Toner, Acting Spokesperson, March 16, 2017 https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2017/03/268482.htm Three years ago, Russia seized and occupied Crimea. Russia then staged an illegitimate referendum in which residents of Crimea were compelled to vote while heavily armed foreign forces occupied their land. The United States does not recognize Russia’s “referendum” of March 16, 2014, nor its attempted ...
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Ambassador Gardner Remarks at Independence Day Celebration

Welcome.  Thank you for attending this year’s Independence Day Celebration. And I would like to thank our sponsors for making this event possible. All of you know that July 4 represents the birth of the United States as an independent country. But what exactly happened on that day? It wasn’t the day when the Continental ...
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Ambassador Gardner’s Remarks before the EP’s Committee on International Trade

Good morning. Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for your kind invitation to appear before this committee. This is my first appearance before a Committee of the European Parliament. When I arrived in Brussels in March, you were already in election mode. I’m pleased that the Parliament is now in full operation and that we can begin ...
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Ambassador Gardner’s July 4 Remarks

Welcome to this July 4 celebration, two days early. Here at the U.S. Mission to the EU and the U.S. Embassy to Belgium, we like to stay ahead of events. Out team played well last night, but we are gracious in defeat: I would like to congratulate our host country for the magnificent performance of ...
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