Wednesday, January 26, 2022

State Department Recap: January 5-12, 2022

Here’s a look at what US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and other top diplomats are up to this week:

America, Russia, Ukraine

The United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies speak in unison urging Russia to de-escalate tensions along Ukraine’s border and reject Moscow’s demand that the alliance stop expanding, as diplomatic Europe See you in

FILE – US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, left, and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov attend security talks at the United States Mission in Geneva, Switzerland, January 10, 2022.

US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, who led the US delegation to attend the NATO-Russia meeting in Brussels on Wednesday and Monday’s US-Russia meeting in Geneva, told reporters that the talks should be held in Moscow to defuse tensions. for “A Quiet Challenge” and “Choose the Path of Diplomacy” and “Continue to Engage in Honest and Interpersonal Dialogue.”

While NATO is not bumbling over its “open door” policy, the Western Coalition has offered no timetable for Ukraine’s call to join NATO, prompting some observers to argue that Russian President Vladimir Putin is already exercising the veto on NATO membership.

US, NATO navigate diplomacy as Russia avoids de-escalation

Apart from Kiev, no one in the rush for Ukraine to join NATO

US, Russia keep first day of talks ‘clear and clear’ amid Ukraine tensions

America, North Korea

The United States on January 12 imposed sanctions on five North Koreans they allege are responsible for securing goods for Pyongyang’s weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs. The latest US sanctions come after North Korea announced success in its second “hypersonic missile” test this year.

“We anticipate that some rethinking will need to be done on Pyongyang,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters, adding that current US policy is not working as North Korea continues its nuclear and missile programs and talks have been hit. a deadlock.

US targets North Koreans in Russia, China to aid Pyongyang’s weapons development

State media: Kim Jong Un observes North Korea’s latest ‘hypersonic’ launch

Kazakhstan

The State Department said it welcomes the “peace report” in the city of Almaty, but cautioned that Washington will continue to call on the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and Kazakhstan’s government to respect human rights . Secretary Blinken questioned why Russia deployed troops and denounced the shoot-to-kill order issued by Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. Protests erupted in Kazakhstan over fuel prices earlier this month and escalated into widespread violence, the worst since the former Soviet republic gained independence three decades ago.

Putin: no more color revolution

Kazakh president issues shooting order to stop protests

America, Nicaragua

The US and European Union on Monday announced sanctions on six Nicaraguan officials, which the Biden administration called “the fraudulent national election his regime conducted in November, further tightening its control of power to the detriment of the Nicaraguan people”. ” The announcement comes on the inauguration day of President Daniele Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo. The US Treasury Department accused the six officials of “state acts of violence”, spreading misinformation and targeting journalists.

US announces further sanctions on Nicaraguan officials

America, Japan

The United States and Japan held a virtual US-Japan Security Advisory Committee (“2+2”) meeting on 6 January.

Secretary Blinken said the two countries should “strengthen our alliance and face the toughest challenges”, citing Beijing’s “provocative” actions on Russia’s military build-up against Ukraine, Taiwan and North Korea’s latest missile launches. .

US, Japan to launch new defense research and development agreement

US, Japan to hold virtual talks on security, Indo-Pacific region

Horn of Africa

Secretary Blinken has named career diplomat David Satterfield as the new special envoy to the Horn of Africa “in the midst of some of the world’s most challenging conflicts”. Satterfield, 67, who has experience in the Persian Gulf states, Lebanon and Iraq, most recently served as ambassador to Turkey. He replaces another veteran diplomat, Jeffrey Feltman, who had posted Horn of Africa since last April, covering the countries of Somalia, Djibouti, Eritrea and Ethiopia.

Blinken called the appointment “crucial” in continued efforts to “promote a peaceful and prosperous Horn of Africa and advance US interests in this strategic region”.

US names envoy to New Horn of Africa

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