MR PALLADINO: Thanks, Deja. Good morning, everybody. Thank you all for joining us. Today we’re going to be talking about European energy security and the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, and we are pleased to have with us our Assistant Secretary for Energy Resources Frank Fannon.
Today, on International Human Rights Day, we mark with deep sorrow the passing in Russia of one of the world’s great defenders of human rights, Ludmilla Mikhailovna Alexeeva, who died on December 8 at the age of 91. Until the last, she was a force for human dignity, inspiring and mentoring multiple generations of citizen activists in her native country.
The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:
Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met with Senegalese Prime Minister Mohammed Dionne today in Washington, D.C. The Secretary reiterated the United States’ commitment to Senegal with the signing of Senegal’s second Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact.
Au nom des États-Unis, je félicite le Sénégal de la signature de son compact avec la Millennium Challenge Corporation.
Since President Donald J. Trump’s first day in office, he has remained resolute in his commitment to defend the American people from the threat of terrorism. In October, the President signed a comprehensive National Strategy for Counterterrorism, which details the Administration’s approach to defeating ISIS and other extremist groups at home and abroad.
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, Ambassador Alice Wells will travel to Astana, Kazakhstan December 8-12 for the U.S.-Kazakhstan Enhanced Strategic Partnership Dialogue.
Earlier this fall, I led a delegation to the International Anticorruption Conference, the largest global civil society gathering dedicated to combating corruption.
Corruption facilitates transnational crime, fuels terrorism, obstructs economic growth and development, weakens the rule of law, and undermines democracy. Ultimately, it endangers our national security.
On November 24, 2018, the Assad regime and Russia falsely accused the opposition and extremist groups of conducting a chlorine attack in northwestern Aleppo.
The past four years of Russian aggression against Ukraine I think have been a wake-up call for all of us. If ever in the OSCE’s history there were a reason for its existence, it’s today, in Ukraine. Recent events in the Black Sea and Sea of Azov should give us all a new sense of urgency.