About: Anthony Blinken

China 27-05-2022

Blinken describes China as a bigger long-term challenge than Russia

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called Thursday (26 May) for vigorous competition with China to preserve the existing global order but said the United States did not seek a "Cold War."
Global Europe 20-05-2022

Blinken accuses Russia of using food as a weapon in Ukraine

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused Russia on Thursday (19 May) of using food as a weapon in Ukraine by holding "hostage" supplies for not just Ukrainians, but also millions around the world.
Global Europe 19-05-2022

How Turkey spoiled NATO’s historic moment with Finland, Sweden

When Finland and Sweden signalled they were thinking of making the historic decision joining NATO, the alliance expected a tough response from Moscow, not from one of its own.
Global Europe 17-05-2022

US backs UN push to get Ukraine grain back to global market

The United States supports efforts by UN Secretary-General António Guterres to get Ukrainian grain back into the international marketplace amid the war, the US ambassador to the United Nations said on Monday (16 May).
Cybersecurity 11-05-2022

US, UK join EU in decrying Russian cyberattack on satellite network

Russia was behind a massive cyberattack against a satellite internet network that took tens of thousands of modems offline at the onset of Russia-Ukraine war, the United States, Britain, Canada, Estonia and the European Union said on Tuesday (10 May).
Global Europe 25-04-2022

Ukraine calls for heavy arms as top US officials make Easter visit

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin arrived in Kyiv late on Sunday (24 April) and held talks President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, an aide to the Ukrainian leader said, as Russia's invasion entered a third month.
Global Europe 24-04-2022

Russia renews Mariupol attacks, Blinken to visit Kyiv, Zelenskyy says

Russia resumed its assault on the last Ukrainian defenders holed up in a giant steel works in Mariupol, days after Moscow declared victory in the southern city and said its forces did not need to take the plant.
Global Europe 04-04-2022

Outrage at Russian ‘war crimes’ swells, fresh attacks slam Ukraine

Global outrage at accusations of Russian war crimes in Ukraine mounted Sunday with the discovery of mass graves and corpses in streets near Kyiv, as President Volodymyr Zelenskyy directly blamed leaders in Moscow for the "torture" and "killings" of civilians.
Global Europe 28-03-2022

Rare Israeli-Arab summit convenes, Blinken seeks to reassure allies on Iran

Israeli and Arab partners convened for a rare summit in Israel on Sunday (27 March) attended by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who sought to reassure the US allies over Washington's diplomacy with Iran.
Global Europe 24-03-2022

Zelenskyy calls for worldwide protests against Russia’s war

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy made an impassioned plea Thursday (24 March) for citizens worldwide to pour onto streets and squares in global protest against Russia's bloody month-old invasion.
Global Europe 07-03-2022

US considers sending F-16s to Poland if Warsaw gives its MIG-29 to Ukraine

The United States is considering sending planes to Poland if Warsaw decided to send fighter jets to Ukraine, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on a visit to Moldova on Sunday (6 March).
Europe's East 05-03-2022

Blinken starts Eastern European reassurance tour in Poland

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was in eastern Poland on Saturday (5 March), kicking off a visit to several regional countries amid Russia’s intensifying offensive across the border in Ukraine. Over the following days, Blinken will visit critical allies...
Global Europe 01-03-2022

US thanks Turkey for shutting down Black Sea straits for warships

Turkey is calling on all sides in the Ukraine crisis to respect an international pact on passage through the Turkish straits to the Black Sea, Defence Minister Hulusi Akar was cited as saying after Ankara closed access.
Global Europe 17-02-2022

Russia’s military build-up near Ukraine is growing, not shrinking, warns West

There is a growing Russian military presence at Ukraine's borders, Western countries warned on Wednesday (16 February), as Estonia said battle groups were moving ahead of a likely attack to occupy "key terrain," contradicting Moscow's insistence of a pullback.
Global Europe 15-02-2022

US moving Ukraine embassy from Kyiv to Lviv amid Russian buildup

The United States is relocating its Ukraine embassy operations from the capital Kyiv to the western city of Lviv, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday (14 February), citing a "dramatic acceleration in the buildup of Russian forces."
Global Europe 08-02-2022

EU, US pledge gas cooperation as tensions rise over Ukraine

The United States and the European Union pledged to work to ensure gas supplies can respond to disruptions in pipeline gas flows, as tensions rise over the massing of troops on Ukraine's borders by Russia, Europe's biggest gas supplier.
Europe's East 27-01-2022

US, NATO provide ‘written responses’ to Russia as Ukraine tensions mount

Both US and NATO on Wednesday (26 January) said they had set out a diplomatic path to address sweeping Russian demands in Eastern Europe, as Russia intensified its military build-up near Ukraine with new drills.
Europe's East 25-01-2022

‘Stay calm’ EU tells US as Ukraine braces for the worst

While Ukraine is bracing for the worst, a possible Russian invasion, EU diplomats on Monday (24 January) regretted the US decision to evacuate diplomats' families from Kyiv could be interpreted as a sign that the West accepts such a scenario.
Global Europe 24-01-2022

NATO bolsters eastern flank as fears mount over Ukraine crisis

NATO said Monday (24 January) it was sending jets and ships to bolster its eastern European flank, as the US and EU looked to coordinate a tough response to Russia if it invades Ukraine.
Global Europe 24-01-2022

Blinken to join EU foreign ministers teleconference as Ukraine tensions rise

Amid rising fears of Russian military action against Ukraine, EU foreign minister on Monday (24 January) will seek to align their response with Washington, as US Secretary of State Anthony is set to join their virtual meeting.
Global Europe 19-01-2022

‘We want peace’: Blinken to meet Russian, Ukrainian officials, US says

US President Joe Biden's top diplomat will seek to defuse a crisis with Moscow over Ukraine when he meets the Russian foreign minister in Geneva this week following visits with Ukrainian leaders in Kyiv and European officials in Berlin.
Global Europe 10-01-2022

US, Russia set firm lines ahead of Ukraine, security talks

The United States and Russia set out firm lines Sunday (9 January) ahead of talks on Ukraine, with Washington warning of the risk of confrontation and Moscow ruling out concessions.
Global Europe 29-12-2021

Russian court orders rights group Memorial to close

Russia's Supreme Court on Tuesday (28 December) ordered the closure of Memorial, the country's most prominent rights group that chronicled Stalin-era purges and symbolised post-Soviet democratisation.
Global Europe 15-12-2021

European powers say they are nearing end of road to save Iran deal

Three key European powers said on Tuesday (14 December) "we are rapidly reaching the end of the road" to save the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, as Tehran accused Western powers of engaging in a "blame game."