$100 Million in Additional U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine

For nearly 12 weeks, Russia has waged its unprovoked and brutal war against Ukraine, its sovereignty, its territorial integrity, and its people.  Beaten back from its failed attempt to seize Kyiv, Russia continues a grinding offensive across Ukraine’s south and east.  Ukraine’s courageous defense forces remain firmly in the fight.  The United States, as well as more than …

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Deputy Assistant Secretary Olson to meet Azerbaijani officials, participate in regional Chiefs of Mission conference in Baku

Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Erika Olson, will travel to Azerbaijan for meetings with government officials and to participate in a regional Chiefs of Mission Conference April 27-28, joining U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan Earle D. (Lee) Litzenberger, U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Kelly C. Degnan, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Lynne …

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Targeting Additional Russian Financial Institutions, Officials, and Other Individuals

The United States is united with our allies and partners to ensure the Government of Russia pays a severe price for causing such death and destruction in Ukraine, and particularly for the horrors in Bucha and elsewhere. In furtherance of this goal, today we are implementing full blocking sanctions on two key Russian financial institutions: …

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$100 Million in New U.S. Civilian Security Assistance for Ukraine

The United States intends to provide an additional $100 million in civilian security assistance to enhance the capacity of the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs to provide essential border security, sustain civil law enforcement functions, and safeguard critical governmental infrastructure in the face of President Putin’s premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified attack. The increased funding will …

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$1 Billion in New U.S. Security Assistance for Ukraine This Week

In recent days, Russia has escalated its premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified war on Ukraine, striking hospitals, demolishing schools, leveling civilian infrastructure, and killing hundreds of civilians.  As Ukrainian forces bravely continue to combat Russia’s renewed invasion, the United States and its Allies and partners stand steadfast in support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Azerbaijani President Aliyev

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.  Secretary Blinken emphasized the continuing importance of the U.S.-Azerbaijani bilateral partnership and the U.S. commitment to promoting a peaceful, democratic, and prosperous future for the South Caucasus region.  Noting recent reports of escalation between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces, the Secretary called for …

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Targeting Russian Elites, Disinformation Outlets, and Defense Enterprises

The United States remains united with our allies and partners in our commitment to ensure the Government of Russia pays a severe economic and diplomatic price for its aggression against Ukraine.  Today we are targeting Russian elites and their financial networks and assets, major Russian disinformation outlets that contribute to the destabilization of Ukraine, and …

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Statement by President Biden on Russia’s Unprovoked and Unjustified Attack on Ukraine

The prayers of the entire world are with the people of Ukraine tonight as they suffer an unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces. President Putin has chosen a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human suffering. Russia alone is responsible for the death and destruction this attack will …

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Kremlin Decision on Eastern Ukraine

We strongly condemn President Putin’s decision to recognize the so-called “Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics” as “independent.” As we said when the Duma first made its request: this decision represents a complete rejection of Russia’s commitments under the Minsk agreements, directly contradicts Russia’s claimed commitment to diplomacy, and is a clear attack on Ukraine’s sovereignty …

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Readout of President Biden’s Call with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine.  President Biden reaffirmed the commitment of the United States to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.  President Biden made clear that the United States would respond swiftly and decisively, together with its Allies and partners, to any further Russian aggression against Ukraine.  The …

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Readout of President Biden’s Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Vladimir Putin of Russia about Russia’s escalating military buildup on the borders of Ukraine. President Biden was clear that, if Russia undertakes a further invasion of Ukraine, the United States together with our Allies and partners will respond decisively and impose swift and severe costs on …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov today by phone to discuss acute and shared concerns that Russia may be considering launching further military aggression against Ukraine in the coming days. The Secretary made clear that a diplomatic path to resolving …

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Updates on U.S. Travel Policy Requiring Vaccination

Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check …

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Deputy Assistant Secretary Olson will travel to Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia

Erika Olson, the newly appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, will travel to Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia to promote regional cooperation and discuss bilateral issues. While in Yerevan, DAS Olson will participate in a regional Chiefs of Mission meeting in November 2-4, joining …

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Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Hogan Meets OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of European and Eurasian Affairs Dereck Hogan and National Security Council Senior Director for Europe Amanda Sloat, met on September 27 with OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs Stephane Visconti of France, Andrew Schofer of the United States, and Igor Khovaev of the Russian Federation, as well as Personal Representative of the OSCE …

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Officers from the U.S. Embassy’s Economic team visited the Port of Baku

Last week Officers from the U.S. Embassy’s Economic team visited the Port of Baku. The Economic Section’s visit to the Port of Baku helped to illustrate the important role the port plays in Trans-Caspian trade. Did you know that Baku Port was named the first Green Port in the Caspian region in 2019 by the …

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Ambassador Litzenberger hosted the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Azerbaijan

Ambassador Litzenberger hosted Vladanka Andreeva, the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Azerbaijan, at the U.S. Embassy for a meeting today. We are pleased to work with the UN and other international organizations in Azerbaijan on a variety of projects and shared priorities. One example is our global effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Our …

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Ambassador Litzenberger delivered keynote remarks at the 2021 Naval Postgraduate School Regional Energy Security Symposium.

The Symposium, held by the Center of Excellence in EU Studies at ADA University in partnership with the NATO Energy Security Center of Excellence, the Naval Postgraduate School, BP in Azerbaijan, and State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) brought together high-caliber professionals and decision-makers from ministries, foreign missions, and experts of academic …

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Joint Statement on Afghanistan Evacuation Travel Assurances

08/29/2021 10:22 AM EDT Office of the Spokesperson The text of the following statement was released initially by the Governments of the United States of America, Albania, Australia, Belgium, Belize, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Canada, Central African Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, El …

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Ambassador Litzenberger visited Sheki Central Hospital and a training center established with USAID/Azerbaijan support

Ambassador Litzenberger visited Sheki Central Hospital and a training center established with USAID/Azerbaijan support. The Ambassador thanked Azerbaijani health care professionals for the crucial role they played during the global COVID pandemic and congratulated them on their commitment. The training center at Sheki Central Hospital is a part of the USAID PROACT-Training project which trained more …

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Azerbaijan State Agriculture University and Oklahoma State University signed a memorandum of understanding

It was a historic visit to Ganja as Azerbaijan State Agriculture University and Oklahoma State University signed a memorandum of understanding that will pave the way for future cooperation between the two universities, leading to new agricultural innovation. On hand to participate in the signing were Minister of Agriculture Inam Karimov, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, …

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Ambassador Litzenberger was delighted to welcome Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt and his family to Baku

Governor Stitt’s first stop in country was the Embassy, where we were proud to fly the Oklahoma State Flag. Azerbaijan and Oklahoma have been active partners for almost 20 years, and the Governor has brought his team here to work with Azerbaijan’s leadership to expand the relationship. Welcome to Baku, Governor Stitt

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The United States Welcomes Azerbaijan’s Release of Armenian Detainees and Armenia’s Actions to Facilitate Demining

July 6, 2021 The United States welcomes the July 3 release by Azerbaijan of 15 Armenian detainees and their return to Armenia. We also welcome Armenia’s decision to share information with Azerbaijan that will facilitate humanitarian demining. These actions follow Azerbaijan’s June 12 release of Armenian detainees and Armenia’s decision to provide Azerbaijan information to …

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Acting Assistant Secretary Philip Reeker participated in a roundtable with Azerbaijani media

Good afternoon, everyone.  It’s a real pleasure to be here in Baku on behalf of Secretary Blinken.  I had hoped to visit the region sooner – this trip was originally scheduled for March 2020 – but COVID disrupted those plans until now. My colleagues and I have held productive discussions so far, and we’re grateful …

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The Embassy is delighted to welcome 🇺🇸 Acting Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Reeker

The Embassy is delighted to welcome 🇺🇸 Acting Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Reeker to  Azerbaijan. While in Baku, Ambassador Reeker will meet with Azerbaijani officials to discuss ways to advance the relationship between our two countries, as well as talk with members of civil society and the Azerbaijani media. Welcome …

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The United States is concerned by recent developments along the international border between Armenia and Azerbaijan

The United States is concerned by recent developments along the international border between Armenia and Azerbaijan, including the detention of several Armenian soldiers by Azerbaijani forces. We call on both sides to urgently and peacefully resolve this incident. We also continue to call on Azerbaijan to release immediately all prisoners of war and other detainees, and we …

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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN

March 26, 2021 Disbarment of 2020 IWOC Recipient Shahla Humbatova   I am disturbed that human rights defense lawyer Shahla Humbatova of Azerbaijan was disbarred from the Azerbaijani bar on the eve of International Women’s Day, a year after receiving the Secretary of State’s International Woman of Courage (IWOC) award. Her work, and the work …

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Global Level 3 Health Advisory – Reconsider Travel

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported may restrict travel …

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Attention All Travelers!

On March 11, President Donald J. Trump signed a Presidential Proclamation regarding the suspension of entry as immigrants and non-immigrants of certain additional persons who pose a risk of transmitting the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security has announced it will issue a supplemental “Notice of Arrivals Restriction” for U.S. passengers who …

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Regional English Language Officer traveled to Azerbaijan

Our Regional English Language Officer traveled to Azerbaijan recently to observe the implementation of the U.S. Government-funded English Access Micro-scholarship Program at IDP schools in Mingechevir and Yevlakh. He also visited Ganja State University and the Ganja American Corner. The English Access Micro-scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational …

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“Scale-Up Accelerator for Women Entrepreneurs” program in Azerbaijan

Ambassador Litzenberger joined Dr. Beeta Ehdaie to announce the launching of the “Scale-Up Accelerator for Women Entrepreneurs” program in Azerbaijan. This exciting program will help train a group of Azerbaijani women entrepreneurs to help them build their skills and grow their business ventures, and is sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan and several local partners.

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Ambassador Litzenberger met with a delegation from George Washington University

Ambassador Litzenberger met with a delegation from George Washington University and representatives of Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Education to discuss higher education partnerships between Azerbaijan and the United States. We’re excited for opportunities like these for collaboration between our two countries!

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Ambassador Litzenberger participated at the USAID Azerbaijan-funded conference

Today Ambassador Litzenberger participated at the USAID Azerbaijan-funded conference on eliminating “forbidden professions” for women. During his speech the Ambassador emphasized the importance of equal access for candidates to any job, regardless of their gender.

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Ambassador Litzenberger and PDAS Logsdon attended the 26th Caspian Oil and Gas Exhibition

Ambassador Litzenberger and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Logsdon attended the 26th Caspian Oil and Gas Exhibition and met with U.S. companies interested in investing in Azerbaijan. At the exhibition, Ambassador Litzenberger and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Logsdon greeted President Aliyev at the Halliburton booth.

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Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Minister of Finance Samir Sharifov met at U.S.-Azerbaijan Economic Partnership Commission

“Mr. Peter Haas, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Economic Affairs, joined Minister of Finance Samir Sharifov today for the U.S.-Azerbaijan Economic Partnership Commission. This is the first time since 2012 the two countries have held these discussions. The two sides discussed ways to increase bilateral trade and investment, including through economic diversification, protection …

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Fraud Alert on the 2020 “Green Card” Diversity Visa Lottery

The US Embassy in Azerbaijan warns Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery participants about the significant increase in fraudulent e-mails and letters sent to applicants for the DV Lottery Program this time of year. Authors of these fraudulent e-mails and letters present themselves as representatives of the US government in order to convince DV Lottery applicants to …

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Ambassador Litzenberger gives us his thoughts on the 70th anniversary of the creation of NATO

Ambassador Litzenberger gives us his thoughts on the 70th anniversary of the creation of NATO, which we celebrate this week, and its important partnership with Azerbaijan. Happy Anniversary, NATO! Ambassador Welcomes NATO’s 70th Anniversary ABŞ Səfiri Litsenberqer bu həftə qeyd olunan NATO-un yaradılmasının 70-ci ildönümünə və təşkilatın Azərbaycanla apardığı vacib tərəfdaşlıq barədə olan fikirlərini sizinlə paylaşır. NATO təşkilatını 70-ci ildönümü …

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Appointment of U.S. Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC August 28, 2017   The United States is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Andrew Schofer as the next U.S. Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group for Nagorno-Karabakh. Mr. Schofer brings extensive experience in Europe and International Organizations to the position, and most recently served as …

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Statement by U.S. Department of State: On the Occasion of the One-Year Anniversary of the Attempted Coup in Turkey

One year ago, Turkey’s brave and dedicated citizens of all backgrounds and political views defended their democracy against an attempted coup. We reaffirm the United States’ steadfast support for Turkey’s democracy and democratic institutions. We offer our condolences to the friends and loved ones of those injured or killed during the coup attempt. Today, the …

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Statement by U.S. Department of State: Honoring the Memory of Journalists Natalya Estemirova and Paul Klebnikov

Today, we mark with sadness the eighth anniversary of the murder of human rights defender and journalist Natalya Estemirova and the thirteenth anniversary of the murder of American journalist and editor Paul Klebnikov, both killed in Russia. Ms. Estemirova, renowned for her writing and activism on human rights abuses in the North Caucasus, was kidnapped …

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President Trump’s vision for America abroad

Interested in learning more about American Foreign Policy priorities? Here is a quote from the latest opinion piece by our National Security Advisor and the director of the National Economic Council. “America champions the dignity of every person, affirms the equality of women, celebrates innovation, protects freedom of speech and of religion, and supports free …

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