Washington, DC - Special Representative for Global Food Security Nancy Stetson will travel to Milan, Italy, May 18–21.

Washington, DC - On May 14, U.S. and Belarusian officials met in Washington to discuss human rights, civil society, and democracy. Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Eric Rubin, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Rights, Democracy, and Labor Philip Kaplan, and USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator for Europe and Eurasia Jonathan Katz participated for the United States in meetings with senior Belarusian Foreign Ministry officials, Director-General for Multilateral Diplomacy Yury Ambrazevich and Director for the Americas Oleg Kravchenko, as well as with Belarusian Charge d’Affaires Pavel Shidlovsky.

Washington, DC - Today, Crimean Tatars mark the 71st anniversary of the Soviet government’s forcible deportation of more than 230,000 Tatars from their homeland.  The event has been marked in Crimea every year since the 50th anniversary was commemorated in Simferopol in 1994.  This year, however, under Russian occupation, the Tatars have been banned from marking the occasion with their traditional memorial demonstration.

Washington, DC - President Obama’s Global Development Policy, released in the fall of 2010, elevated development as a core pillar of American power and recognized global development as a strategic, economic, and moral imperative for the United States.

Washington, DC - Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland is in Moscow May 17-18 to meet with senior Russian government officials to discuss next steps in Minsk implementation, following her May 14-16 visit to Kyiv, Ukraine and Secretary Kerry’s May 12 meetings in Sochi, Russia.

Washington, DC - Special Representative for Global Partnerships Andrew O’Brien will travel to Paris, London, and Dublin from May 18-27.