Biden unhappy with officials saying US wants Ukraine to win

President Biden was reportedly unhappy with his secretaries of defense and state earlier this year after they publicly stated the US wanted Ukraine to defeat Russia in its brutal invasion that had begun months before. Biden expressed his disapproval in a conference call with Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin following … Read more

US: Turkey’s NATO issues with Sweden, Finland will be fixed

WASHINGTON (AP) — US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday he’s confident Turkey’s objections to Finland and Sweden joining NATO can be overcome swiftly, possibly in time for a summit of alliance leaders at the end of next month. At a news conference in Washington with visiting Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto, Blinken said … Read more

Blinken: US to leverage Russia-Ukraine bloc against China

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the Biden administration is aiming to lead the international bloc opposed to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine into a broader coalition to counter what it sees as a more serious, long-term threat to global order from China. In a speech outlining the administration’s China policy to be … Read more

US reopens Ukraine embassy as tide turns against Russian invasion

The State Department reopened the US embassy in Kyiv on Wednesday — more than three months after shutting down operations ahead of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement that Ukraine’s stunning initial success in fighting off Moscow’s drive at the capital allowed for the embassy to reopen. “Today … Read more

In meeting with US, Turkey gives mixed signals on wider NATO

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States struggled Wednesday to get clarity from Turkey over the severity of its opposition to Finland and Sweden joining NATOas Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took an increasingly tough line against their membership bids. In a meeting with Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the United Nations, Turkish Foreign Minister … Read more

US vice president, top officials visit UAE to pay respects

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris led a high-powered American delegation to the United Arab Emirates on Monday to pay respects to the federation’s late ruler and meet with the newly ascended president. The trip marks the highest-level visit by Biden administration officials to oil-rich Abu Dhabi, a potent show … Read more

Russia faces stall in Ukraine; Finland favors joining NATO

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Almost three months after Russia shocked the world by invading Ukraine, its military faced a bogged-down war, the prospect of a bigger NATO and a defending country invigorated by its win in a hugely popular pan-European music Sunday competition. Top NATO diplomats, including US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, gathered Sunday … Read more

Russia hits faraway targets; diplomat warns of risk of WWIII

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia unleashed a string of attacks Monday against rail and fuel installations deep inside Ukraine, far from the front lines of Moscow’s new eastern offensive, as Russia’s top diplomat warned against provoking World War III and said the threat of a nuclear conflict “should not be underestimated.” The US, meanwhile, moved … Read more

Blinken and Austin sneak into Ukraine’s capital to meet with Zelenskyy

Near the Polish-Ukrainian border — After a secrecy-shrouded visit to Kyiv, US Secretary of State Blinken said Russia is failing in its war aims and “Ukraine is succeeding.” The trip by Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was the highest-level American visit to Ukraine’s capital since Russia invaded in late February. The top officials from … Read more

Ukraine official: Zelenskyy meets top-level US delegation

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The US secretaries of state and defense met Sunday night with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in the highest-level visit to the war-torn country’s capital by an American delegation since the start of Russia’s invasion. The meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was confirmed … Read more