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Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs

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Outline map of EuropeThe Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, headed by Assistant Secretary Daniel Fried, implements U.S. foreign policy in Europe and Eurasia. The Bureau promotes U.S. interests in the region on issues such as national security, NATO enlargement, coordination with the European Union and other regional organizations, support for democracy, human rights, civil society, economic prosperity, the war on terrorism, and nonproliferation.

U.S.-Georgia Charter on Strategic Partnership
Date: 01/09/2009 Description: Secretary Rice and Georgian Foreign Affairs Minister Grigol Vashadze at signing ceremony for the United States and Georgia Charter on Strategic Partnership. State Dept PhotoSecretary Rice (Jan. 9): "Georgia is a very important partner of the United States, a valued partner. Our relationships rest, of course, on shared values of democracy, on security, on economic prosperity. And this Charter underscores the principles and outlines a way to advance our relationship and our cooperation in defense, trade, energy security, strengthening democratic institutions, people-to-people contacts, and cultural exchanges. The United States supports and will always support Georgia’s sovereignty and its territorial integrity, as well as its Euro-Atlantic aspirations and its integration into the institutions of the Euro-Atlantic." Full Text | Remarks at Stakeout | U.S.-Georgia Charter

Kosovo: Deployment of EULEX
Assistant Secretary Fried (Nov. 26): "The EULEX mission is to help the Kosovo authorities establish a single unitary system of the rule of law throughout the country. The effect is to reinforce sovereignty in Kosovo. That, in turn, will help advance Kosovo's European future." Full Text | Press statements: Nov. 26, Dec. 9 | Ambassador DiCarlo's Remarks  

Joint U.S.-EU Statement on U.S. Participation in the EULEX Mission in Kosovo
Date: 10/22/2008 Location: Brussels, Belgium Description: Assistant Secretary Fried signs the Agreement on the participation of the United States in the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo, EULEX KOSOVO, on October 22 in Brussels, Belgium.     © Council of the EU PhotoU.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Dan Fried signed an agreement October 22 that will allow the U.S. to participate in the EULEX mission in Kosovo. This will be the first time the U.S. has participated in a European Security and Defense Policy (ESDP) mission with the EU. In remarks after the signing ceremony in the EU Council building in Brussels, Assistant Secretary Fried said the U.S. would contribute 80 police officers and up to eight judges and prosecutors to the mission. Full Text | Joint U.S.-EU Statement | More on Kosovo

 U.S.-Russia Relations
Secretary Rice addresses U.S.-Russia Relations at the German Marshall Fund. [State Dept. photo]Secretary Rice (Sept. 18):
"Whether Russia’s leaders overcome their nostalgia for another time, and reconcile themselves to the sources of power and the exercise of power in the 21st century – still remains to be seen. The decision is clearly Russia’s – and Russia’s alone. And we must all hope, for the good of the Russian people, and for the sake of us all, that Russia’s leaders make better and right choices." Full Text | More on Russia | More on Situation in Georgia

U.S.-Russia Relations in the Aftermath of the Georgia Crisis
File photo: Daniel Fried, Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. [State Dept. photo]Assistant Secretary Fried (Sept. 9): "This is the first time since the breakup of the Soviet Union that Moscow has sent its military across an international frontier in such circumstances, and this is Moscow’s first attempt to change the borders that emerged from the breakup of the Soviet Union. This is a troubling and dangerous act." Full Text | Testimony before Senate Committee on Armed Services | Press Statement | More on Georgia

U.S. Support for Georgia
President Bush (Sept. 3): "The United States applauds the actions taken by the European Union, and we will participate in the EU’s reconstruction conference. As part of America’s contribution to this international effort, today, I am announcing $1 billion in additional economic assistance to meet Georgia’s humanitarian needs and to support its economic recovery." Full Text | Fact Sheet | Secretary Rice's Remarks and Briefing on U.S. Economic Support Package for Georgia | More on Georgia

U.S. Signs Ballistic Missile Defense Agreement With Poland
Secretary Rice and Poland’s Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski shake hands after signing Missile Defense Agreement. [AP Images]On August 20, Secretary Rice and Poland’s Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski signed in Warsaw the Agreement Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Poland Concerning the Deployment of Ground-Based Ballistic Missile Defense Interceptors in the Territory of the Republic of Poland. Full Text | Declaration on Strategic Cooperation: Media Note | Text of Declaration | Secretary Rice's Remarks from Poland

Kosovo: A New Chapter Begins
U.S. Director of Foreign Assistance and USAID Administrator Henrietta H. Fore led the U.S. delegation at the International Donors' Conference for Kosovo in Brussels on July 11. Read her blog about the conference on the State Department's DipNote blog.  Full Text 
| Conference Remarks | More on Donors Conference

U.S. Perspectives on the Black Sea Region
Deputy Assistant Secretary Garber (June 10):
 "U.S. interests in the Black Sea are focused on advancing democratic and market reforms; on strengthening economic ties, energy diversity and a cleaner, more sustainable environment to preserve the Black Sea’s natural beauty and resources; and improving security throughout the region.  At its foundation, it follows from the same goals we have worked so hard to achieve in Europe for the past fifty years:  peace, democracy, and prosperity." Full Text

Looking Forward to the Medvedev Administration in Russia
Assistant Secretary Fried (May 8): "U.S. policy, however, will remain consistent: we seek to cooperate with the Government of Russia wherever our interests overlap, and we will do so in working with President Medvedev. And we will continue to stand by our principles and friends, dealing frankly with differences when these arise." Full Text

Interview With Greek Journalists on Energy Issues
Deputy Assistant Secretary Bryza (Apr. 30):
"When we talk about a community of shared values and shared interests, which is NATO or the USEU, it’s not empty rhetoric. We know that our national security is best served in an economic sense when markets function efficiently." Full text

Bucharest: NATO and the Future of the Transatlantic Alliance
Acting Assistant Secretary Volker (Apr. 7):
"If I can turn to the Bucharest Summit, what we’ve seen there is a furthering of this transformation process. We’ve seen invitations to new members -- Albania and Croatia; and a commitment to Macedonia; we’ve seen enhancement of partnerships, and particularly with Ukraine and Georgia. Here I think NATO took an extraordinary step by saying that we believe that Ukraine and Georgia will be members of NATO. They will become members of NATO." Full Text | View Video | More on NATO Summit

North Atlantic Council Summit Meeting
President George W. Bush greets NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, April 2, 2008, at the JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel in Bucharest, site of the 2008 NATO Summit. [White House photo]President Bush (Apr. 3):
"For nearly six decades the NATO Alliance has been the hope of a world moving toward freedom and justice, and away from patterns of conflict and fear. During times of great challenge we have advanced our ideals. We've stood form in defending -- firm in defending them, and we have offered NATO's promise to nations willing to undertake the hard work and sacrifices required of its members....NATO's door must remain open to other nations in Europe that share our love for liberty, and demonstrate a commitment to reform, and seek to strengthen their ties with the transatlantic community." Full Text | Fact Sheet: 2008 NATO Summit | More on NATO Summit

NATO: Enlargement and Effectiveness
Assistant Secretary Fried (Mar. 11): "NATO provided a foundation for freedom’s victory in the Cold War. It is now evolving into its 21st century role: defending the transatlantic community against new threats and meeting challenges to our security and values that are often global in scope." Full Text | More on NATO

Kurt Volker, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, delivers remarks at Hudson Institute. [Photo courtesy of the Hudson Institute]The Transatlantic Energy Challenge--Security, Prosperity, Climate
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Volker (Feb. 1):
"… we have to diversify sources of energy so that we are not dependent solely upon fossil fuels. More coal, more wind, more sun, more everything. We have to diversify sources in terms of who the supplier is so we do not end up in monopolistic environments. We have to diversify routes of delivery of fuels so that we are not dependent on the geopolitical implications of it being one thing or another." Full Text



For speaking and interview requests on European and Eurasian Affairs, please fax your request to the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs' Office of Press and Policy Outreach at 202-647-5116.

Georgia: Bilateral Charter
Question on text of a new bilateral charter. Full Text

Georgia: Closure of OSCE Mission
Statement on closure of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Mission to Georgia. Full Text

U.S., Ukraine Sign Charter on Strategic Partnership
Ukranian Foreign Minister Volodymyr Orgyzko, left, and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, right, at joint signing ceremony for U.S. - Ukraine Charter on Strategic Partnership. AP photo.Secretary Rice (Dec. 19): "This charter underscores our principles of relations. It outlines a way to advance cooperation in defense and security, in economics and trade, in energy security, in democracy, and in people-to-people contacts and cultural exchanges." Full Text l Media Note l U.S.-Ukraine Charter

Montenegro signs NATO's PfP Status of Forces Agreement. Full Text

Assistance to Georgia
Statement on $1 billion assistance commitment to Georgia. Full Text

Raid on Research Center in Russia
Statement on raid on Memorial’s Research Center. Full Text

Adriatic Charter Expands to Include New Countries
Press statement issued by the U.S. Mission to the OSCE. Full Text | Fact Sheet

Travel to Europe
Secretary Condoleezza Rice traveled to London, Brussels, and Copenhagen from November 30 to December 5. More

Upcoming NATO Ministerial Meeting
Assistant Secretary Fried delivered remarks at special briefing. Full Text

U.S.-Armenia Joint Economic Taskforce
The U.S. welcomed Armenian Minister of Economy Nerses Yeritsian and his delegation for the annual U.S.-Armenia Joint Economic Taskforce (USATF). Full Text

Travel to Ireland and Northern Ireland
Deputy Secretary of State John D. Negroponte traveled to Dublin and Belfast. More

Statement on explosion in North Ossetia. Full Text

Statement on Azerbaijan proposal to discontinue local broadcast of international media. Full Text

The Future for Macedonia
Assistant Secretary Fried spoke with Macedonian journalists. Full Text

50th Anniversary of the American Exhibits to the U.S.S.R.
Date: 1989 Description: Crowds outside of Design USA exhibit. Photo by Amanda MerulloThe American Exhibits to the U.S.S.R. were the centerpiece of America’s cultural exchange agreement with the Soviet Union, spanning five decades from the late 1950s to the early 1990s. Read More

U.S. Pledges $1 Billion in Assistance to Georgia
Remarks by Henrietta H. Fore, USAID Administrator and Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance, at the United States Mission to the European Union. Full Text | Media Note

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