SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Thank you.  I’m really at a loss for words because I can tell you, that song never sounded like that before.  (Laughter.)  And never will again.  Dave, thank you for really the highlight of a lifetime. And everyone here, good evening.  Welcome to the State Department.  First let me say how grateful I […]

ASSISTANT SECRETARY KRITENBRINK:  Good evening, everyone.  Good evening, everyone, and welcome to the State Department and to the Benjamin Franklin Room.  Esteemed guests and friends from across the Pacific, it is my honor to welcome you tonight to our dinner program and to introduce our co-hosts, the Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the U.S. […]

SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Thank you.  Thank you very, very much.  So we’re, what, about halfway through High-Level Week, I think – (laughter) – which is known at the department basically as speed-dating for diplomats.  And we have lots of events, lots of meetings, lots of gatherings.  But I have to tell you I was really looking […]

SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Thank you.  Thank you very much.  It is wonderful to be back here at the New York Public Library.  And I have to say at the outset that I very much share my good friend and colleague James Cleverly’s sense of optimism.  It is an occupational hazard.  In fact, I think we’re both […]

SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, good afternoon, everyone.  Let me first say what an absolute pleasure it is to have my friend and colleague Annalena Baerbock here in Washington for what have proven to be, as always, very, very good consultations and conversations on an incredibly wide array of issues.  And I think that’s evidence of the fact […]

When Vadym Zgonnik was walking through the outdoor market in Kostyantynivka, Ukraine, with his wife and 6-year-old daughter on Wednesday afternoon, it was at first a bustling scene much like any other afternoon. Then a huge fireball struck the market after a Russian missile attack, destroying several buildings, sending dozens fleeing for cover and killing […]

FOREIGN MINISTER KULEBA: (Via interpreter) Tony, welcome to Kyiv.  I think that there is – we don’t need any formal greetings because during this time with joint work – specifically with the beginning of the large-scale invasion – our relationship with the Ukraine and United States, they went to such level that we don’t need a […]

MS SMITH:  Good morning. AUDIENCE:  Good morning. MS SMITH:  Thank you.  (Laughter.)  Secretary Blinken; Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources Richard Verma; OSCE High Commissioner for National Minorities Kairat Abdrakhmanov; UNESCO Assistant Director General for Social and Human Sciences Gabriela Ramos; Ambassador Ruth A. Davis, the first black woman career ambassador in the State Department […]

SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good morning.  Good morning. QUESTION:  Good morning. QUESTION:  Well, barely morning.  (Laughter.) SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Speak for yourself, Matt. Very good to see everyone here.  Actually, I kind of hoped more of you might be on vacation by now but – (laughter) – I see we have a pretty full house.  And I think to some extent […]

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged all countries at the United Nations on Thursday to tell Russia to stop using the Black Sea as blackmail after Moscow quit a deal that had allowed Ukraine to safely ship its grain to global markets. “Every member of the United Nations should tell Moscow ‘enough’,” said Blinken […]

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