About: Anthony Blinken

Global Europe 21-09-2021

EU chief Michel denounces ‘lack of loyalty’ by US

EU chief Charles Michel on Monday (20 September) accused the United States of a lack of loyalty after Australia canceled a mega-contract with France to buy US nuclear submarines.
Global Europe 08-09-2021

US, Germany to host talks on how to engage with Taliban

The EU on Wednesday (8 September) sharply criticised the composition of the new Taliban “caretaker” government, as international coordination efforts are under way to find a way in dealing with the new rulers in Kabul. The Taliban on Tuesday had...
China 23-08-2021

US lends support to Lithuania against China pressure

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with Lithuania's foreign minister on Saturday (21 August) and agreed on "bilateral coordinated action" to help the country withstand pressure from China over its decision to develop ties with Taiwan, Lithuania said.
Global Europe 20-08-2021

US hails Albania for taking in Afghans

The United States on Thursday (19 August) saluted Albania, Canada, Chile, Mexico and Uganda for agreeing to take in Afghans being evacuated in a major airlift after the Taliban victory.
Global Europe 12-08-2021

Polish lower house passes media reform bill, which US denounces

Polish lawmakers advanced a bill on Wednesday (11 August) that the opposition says aims to silence a US-owned news channel critical of the government, leading to a swift denunciation from the United States, one of Warsaw's most important allies.
Energy 30-06-2021

‘Making whole’ Nord Steam-2’s opponents

Poland and Ukraine have long opposed the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, and both claim that their financial and political losses should be compensated.  But in fact, they were already ‘made whole’, Danila Bochkarev writes.
Global Europe 23-06-2021

After Biden, Blinken back to Europe to shore up Western unity

Days after Joe Biden's first presidential trip abroad, Secretary of State Antony Blinken headed back to Europe Tuesday (22 June) to keep up the work of building Western unity against a rising China.
Europe's East 22-06-2021

West piles coordinated sanctions on Belarus after plane diversion

The EU, US, Britain and Canada ratcheted up pressure on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko Monday (21 June) by imposing coordinated sanctions after the forced landing of a Ryanair airliner to arrest a regime critic.
Eastern Europe 14-06-2021

Georgian mediation obtains the release of 15 Armenian POWs by Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan on Saturday (12 June) released to Armenia 15 prisoners of war captured last year during hostilities over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, under a deal mediated by Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and saluted by the US and the EU.
Global Europe 08-06-2021

Blinken: US able to mitigate Nord Stream 2 pipeline effects

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the completion of the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline was a "fait accompli", defending the US decision to waive some sanctions if Moscow tries to use gas as a weapon.
Global Europe 21-05-2021

Israel-Hamas truce takes hold after 11 days of fighting

An Egyptian-mediated truce between Israel and Hamas took hold on Friday (21 May) after the worst violence in years, with US President Joe Biden pledging to salvage the devastated Gaza Strip and the United Nations urging renewed Israeli-Palestinian dialogue.
Global Europe 20-05-2021

US waives sanctions on Nord Stream 2 as Biden seeks to mend Europe ties

The Biden administration waived sanctions on the company behind Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday (19 May), a move decried by critics of the project in Congress.
Global Europe 19-05-2021

Republicans slam Biden administration on report of Nord Stream sanctions waivers

Republican US lawmakers on Tuesday (18 May) slammed the Biden administration over a media report that it will waive sanctions on the company behind Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline to Europe.
Global Europe 19-05-2021

US, Russia to hold Arctic talks in push for summit

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russia's veteran Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov were expected to hold talks on Wednesday night (19 May) amid a push to agree a presidential summit despite dire ties between the former Cold War foes.
Arctic Agenda 18-05-2021

Russia, US tout cooperation ahead of Arctic Council meeting

With a warming climate melting more Arctic ice cover and global industries eager to exploit the region for shipping, fishing, drilling and mining, the United States and Russia sounded a rare, cooperative note going into an Arctic meeting this week.
Global Europe 10-05-2021

Putin on WWII Victory Day vows to ‘firmly’ defend Russian interests

President Vladimir Putin on Sunday (9 May) vowed Russia will "firmly" defend national interests and denounced the return of "Russophobia", as the country marked the 76th anniversary of victory in World War II.
China 05-05-2021

G7 seeks common front on China in first talks since pandemic

The Group of Seven wealthy democracies on Tuesday (4 May) discussed how to form a common front towards an increasingly assertive China in the foreign ministers' first in-person talks in two years.
Global Europe 04-05-2021

US and Britain tell China and Russia: the West is not over yet

The Group of Seven western democracies aims to court new allies to counter challenges from China and Russia without holding Beijing down and while pursuing more stable ties with the Kremlin, two of its top diplomats said.
Global Europe 03-05-2021

Blinken in UK as G7 foreign ministers discuss in-person Russia, China

Britain this week hosts the first face-to-face meeting of G7 foreign ministers in two years, joined by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, as world powers tackle pandemic recovery plus growing tensions with Russia and China.
Global Europe 29-04-2021

Blinken alarmed at Hungary press freedom, urges openness

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken voiced alarm Wednesday (28 April) at a deterioration of press freedom in Hungary and vowed to press Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to respect pluralism.
Climate change 23-04-2021

Biden doubles US emissions cut target as summit lifts climate hopes

President Joe Biden on Thursday (22 April) doubled US ambitions on slashing greenhouse gas emissions, leading Japan and Canada at a summit in making new commitments that bring the world closer to limiting the worst climate change.
Global Europe 13-04-2021

Ukraine mobilises NATO’s diplomatic and political means over Russia troops build-up

After Kyiv and Moscow traded blame over the worsening situation in the eastern Donbas region, Ukraine was able to mobilise its Western allies at political level, with several high-level meetings planned this week.
Global Europe 12-04-2021

Blinken to return to Brussels for talks on Ukraine, Afghanistan

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will return to Brussels this week for discussions on Iran, Afghanistan and Russian activities directed at Ukraine, a US official said.
Global Europe 08-04-2021

US restores assistance for Palestinians, to provide $235 million in aid

The Biden administration announced on Wednesday (7 April) it would provide $235 million in US aid to the Palestinians, restarting funding for the United Nations agency supporting refugees and restoring other assistance cut off by then-President Donald Trump.