Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov about Ukrainian political prisoner Oleh Sentsov, who has been on a hunger strike for more than three months in a Russian prison. The Secretary noted our concerns about Sentsov's health and urged Russia to immediately release Sentsov and all Ukrainian political prisoners.
Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks this afternoon at a UN Security Council briefing on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.
Chairman Corker, Ranking Member Menendez, and distinguished Members of the Committee. It is my pleasure to be invited here today, and to speak about a very serious and continued threat to the security of our nation and our allies.
I represent the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation (ISN), and I am pleased to help explain how we are employing the various sanctions tools Congress has given us vis-a-vis the Russian Federation and the various malign activities of the Putin regime.
Today marks the 100th day of the hunger strike of Oleh Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker who is arbitrarily detained in a remote Russian prison. The United States is deeply concerned about his deteriorating health, and we renew our demand that Russia immediately release him and all Ukrainian citizens unlawfully imprisoned in Russia and on the Crimean peninsula.
Chairman Corker, Ranking Member Menendez, thank you for inviting me to testify today. If you’ll indulge me, I want to start with a piece of welcome news, it’s unrelated to this morning’s testimony.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today announced North Korea-related designations, continuing the implementation of existing United Nations (UN) and U.S. sanctions.
On the fifth anniversary of the horrific Ghouta Sarin attack, the United States, the United Kingdom, and France reiterate their condemnation of the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime. Since 2012, the regime has resorted to the use of chemical weapons during military offensives, not only in Ghouta but also in Khan Sheikhoun, Ltamenah, Saraqib, and Douma, killing and injuring thousands of people.
Washington –Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is targeting Russian actors’ efforts to circumvent U.S. sanctions
MODERATOR: Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for waiting. We are very pleased this morning to welcome our senior bureau official for South and Central Asian Affairs, Ambassador Alice Wells. She will review her upcoming travel to the Indian Conference - or Indian Ocean Conference, sorry, and how it supports the Trump administration's Indo-Pacific strategy.