Chinese economic engagement, and thereby its ability to exert greater influence in the region, has increased significantly in central Europe in recent years.
China and Russia represent challenges as well as opportunities for the United States.
On June 7th, the Ukrainian parliament took a decisive step toward rolling back systemic corruption by adopting a law to create an independent anti-corruption court.
The United States has called on the Russian Government to immediately release all political and religious prisoners.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis observed that “threats to our collective security have not waned, whether terrorism to the south or Russia's aggression and hybrid threats to the east."
The U.S. Treasury Department has announced new sanctions against three Russian individuals and five entities.
Russia’s actions have created a catastrophe of suffering in Ukraine, said U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.
On May 24th, 2018, a Dutch-led international team of investigators announced that Malaysia Airlines flight MH-17 had been shot out of the sky by pro-Russian “separatists."
“The United States unequivocally condemns Russia’s occupation on Georgian soil,” said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a plenary session of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership.
On his recent visit to NATO headquarters in Belgium, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stressed the United States is “eager to continue to lead” the alliance.
The continuing state of emergency in Turkey, imposed after the July 2016 coup attempt, has led to the severe curtailment of many fundamental freedoms, according to the latest State Department Human Rights Report.
“The Russian Government continues to quash dissent and civil society, even while it invades its neighbors and undermines the sovereignty of Western nations,” said John Sullivan, who was serving as Acting Secretary of State at the report’s release.