Contents tagged with US Secretary of State

  • The US considers imposing sanctions on Russia for violations of religious freedoms

    During a telephone briefing with journalists, United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Samuel Brownback confirmed that the US government may impose sanctions on Russia because of violations religious freedom. "They [ the Russian authorities] really… intensified their oppression," said Brownback while speaking of Russian authorities and religious freedoms, as quoted by TASS.

    The briefing was held after US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo’s recent decision to assign …

  • US Secretary of State supports the Ukrainian Orthodox Church’s pursuit of autocephaly

    The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated that Washington supports “Ukrainians’ rights to pray the way they want to” and called on the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and government officials to actively promote these values of “tolerance, restraint, and understanding,” according to his statement published on the State Department’s website on October 19.

    "The United States reiterates its strong support for religious freedom and the freedom of members of religious groups, including Ukraine’s …

  • Lavrov demands the US release Russian spy Maria Butina

    According to a statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry’s official website, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held a phone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss the improvement of bilateral relations. During the conversation, Lavrov stressed “the unacceptability of the actions of U.S. authorities, who have arrested Russian citizen Maria Butina in the United States on the basis of fabricated charges, and the need for her early release.”

    Maria Butina is accused …

  • US Secretary of State: NATO hopes Ukraine will take steps necessary to join the Alliance

    A group of NATO countries hope that Ukraine will take the actions that would put it in a position to become an aspirant for NATO membership, as stated by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo following the Foreign Ministers' NATO summit in Brussels.

    Pompeo noted that Kyiv has much work to achieve the long-awaited membership in NATO.

    "I think that I’m always careful to describe consensus when there were lots of differing voices about how to approach it and what the right action set ought to be to …