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Indictment charges Russians, Italians, others with attempting to evade security sanctions

Individuals and companies disguised destination of mining equipment
SAVANNAH, GA:  A newly unsealed superseding indictment has charged Russian and Italian nationals, a U.S. Citizen and various companies in a conspiracy to evade international trade sanctions.

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Acting Assistant Secretary Reeker’s Travel to Ukraine, Slovakia, and Italy

Acting Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip T. Reeker will travel to Ukraine, Slovakia, and Italy December 3-10.
On December 4, Ambassador Reeker will meet with the U.S. Embassy team and Ukrainian officials in Kyiv.

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The United States Takes Action Against the Movement of Venezuelan Oil to Cuba

On December 3, the United States identified six PDVSA-owned vessels, pursuant to E.O. 13884 or 13850, being used by the former Maduro regime to ship oil to Cuba. In addition, the Esperanza was identified as the new name for the vessel previously named the Nedas, which was blocked on April 12, 2019.

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State Department Launches Quick-Response Force Training and Competition in Senegal

The U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) and the government of Senegal today opened the SPEAR Summit Challenge, a five-day tactical law enforcement training and competition for U.S.-trained Special Program for Embassy Augmentation and Response (SPEAR) teams from across Africa.

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Central African Republic National Day Statement

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of the Central African Republic and join you in celebrating your national day on December 1.

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Europe Must Put Security First With 5G

EU communications ministers will gather in Brussels on Tuesday[1] to discuss how to safeguard emerging fifth-generation (5G) wireless networks. Their decisions could have lasting impacts on European countries’ ability to protect their people’s privacy, and ultimately, safeguard their freedoms.


The International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Chemical Warfare

On this Remembrance Day, we remember and honor all victims of chemical warfare. The use of chemical weapons has caused some of the most horrific deaths and injuries in modern history.

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On the New EU Leadership Assumption of Office

We congratulate European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, High Representative Josep Borrell, the new College of European Commissioners, and European Council President Charles Michel as they assume office.

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On the Syrian Constitutional Committee in Geneva

The United States continues to support the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, and the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, in their efforts to facilitate the work of the Syria Constitutional Committee. This past week, the drafting committees had the second round of meetings which were meant to move the process forward of drafting a constitution that reflects the will of the entirety of the Syrian people.


United States Acting Assistant Secretary Michael Kozak Travels to Colombia

A U.S. delegation will travel to Bogota, Colombia, December 2-4 to attend the meeting of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR) Organ of Consultation. The delegation will include Michael Kozak, Acting Assistant Secretary for the State Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs and Carlos Trujillo, U.S. Ambassador to the U.S. Organization of American States.

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