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What would you ask the U.S. Department of State Spokesperson if you had the chance? 

Well, here is our chance. #AskJen your most important foreign policy questions in a Twitter Q&A on Monday, April 21 at 2:15 pm EDT.
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With Iran degrading its nuclear fuel to enrichment levels useless for nuclear weapons purposes, will the US support Israel if Israel uses military efforts against Iran?
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Following talks today in Geneva to address the situation in #Ukraine, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry outlined the way forward and underscored that the international community remains #UnitedForUkraine as the Ukrainian people travel the difficult, democratic path to peace and prosperity.
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If we want democracy in Ukraine, how about withdrawing recognition for the coup?  That would be the first step.  Whatever Russia claims, that government was in fact installed extra constitutionally, not as the result of a reasonably fair and open election, in the middle of the night, no less.  And the US tripped all over itself to recognize it. 

To put it into perspective, what would Secretary Kerry do if a bunch of right wing paramilitary types installed a new government in our National Capital in the middle of the night and forced our current government to flee?  Would Sec. Kerry immediately recognize the coup, or would he call it (correctly) illegitimate?  So why then is a rightist mob's overthrowing of the, for better or worse, legitimately elected government of Ukraine something that merits our recognition?  Is it just because those are the people who, whatever else they want to do, have agreed to push our agenda in the region?  Because that's cynical, and, frankly, is beneath the better nature of our country.
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While in Geneva, Switzerland, #SecKerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia, and European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton hold a quadrilateral meeting focused on #Ukraine. Follow Secretary Kerry's trip and view more photos here: 
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This week the U.S. Government announced additional assistance for Ukraine. 

The United States and #Ukraine signed a loan guarantee agreement intended to unlock $1 billion in financing for the Government of Ukraine and bolster its ability to provide critical services as it implements necessary reforms, while protecting vulnerable Ukrainians from the impact of much-needed economic adjustments.

The loan guarantee agreement was signed at the Department of Treasury by USAID Associate Administrator Mark Feierstein and Ukrainian Minister of Finance Oleksandr Shlapak. The United States is committed to helping Ukraine access international markets as quickly as possible.

USAID and the State Department are also providing over $11.4 million in assistance to promote free, fair, and peaceful elections on May 25. This will include support for domestic and international election observers, transparent and effective election administration, and voter education campaigns among other activities.

Read more to find out what other efforts are being made to assist the people of Ukraine:
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"On the security side, we have long-standing military-to-military cooperation with Ukraine."

Looks like we're in for the long haul.
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After years of supporting peacekeeping in Kosovo and the International Security Assistance Forces in Afghanistan, #Armenia is preparing to further expand its role in supporting global security.

Armenia is in the final stage of completing an agreement to deploy approximately 60 soldiers to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) peacekeeping mission.  Recognizing Armenia’s contributions and progress, the Department of State’s Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) selected the country as the only new partner to the program in 2013 and will now assist Armenia’s ongoing efforts to expand its peacekeeping capabilities.

Armenia’s willingness to expand its role and commitment to international peacekeeping not only represents laudable progress for a country that has not yet celebrated 25 years of independence, but it also represents how U.S. security assistance programs like GPOI can enhance diplomatic partnerships that help us all work together to promote international peace and security.

Read more on the U.S.-Armenia partnership and how it is helping to promote peace and security:
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Perhaps a new NATO partner?
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North Korea's egregious #humanrights violations include one of the world's last remaining systems of forced labor camps and penal colonies. Over 100,000 North Koreans are held captive in camps beset by starvation and brutal abuse. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of North Koreans have perished from preventable hunger. The more we learn about conditions inside #NorthKorea, the harder it becomes for the regime to deny the facts, and the more determined we become to change them. For more information, go to
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+Blake Ridler that would be nice  I have heard that there are families on both sides that can not see each north Korea will not allow it
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Today in Geneva, Switzerland, #SecKerry delivered remarks on the situation in Ukraine. #UnitedForUkraine  
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US Mind your own business. Let the ppl decide just like Crimea. Haha. 
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Secretary of State John Kerry is on travel to Geneva, Switzerland to participate in a meeting among the United States, Ukraine, #Russia, and the #EuropeanUnion to discuss the ongoing situation in and around #Ukraine. While in Geneva, Secretary Kerry will also meet with Joint Special Representative Brahimi to discuss #Syria. You can go to to learn more about the Secretary's trip.
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Makes me wonder how long he stood there before he realized it wasn't an escalator :)
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Special Advisor for International Disability Rights Judith Heumann will travel to #Beijing and Guangzhou, #China, from April 18-26 and to Hanoi, #Vietnam, from April 26-30 to meet with government, private sector, and civil society representatives in both countries to discuss issues of mutual concern related to the rights of persons with #disabilities.

Ms. Heumann will discuss with Chinese and Vietnamese counterparts issues such as accessibility to physical spaces; inclusive education; access to stable and productive employment; well-written legislation governing persons with disabilities that is effectively implemented and enforced; and the ability of disabled persons’ organizations to advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities. Ms. Heumann will draw on the experiences, challenges, and lessons learned from the disability movement in the United States and explore ways to increase international cooperation to share best practices.

Judy Heumann leads the U.S. comprehensive strategy to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities internationally. The United States, as part of our foreign policy, works to remove barriers and create a world in which disabled people enjoy dignity and full inclusion. Discrimination against people with disabilities is not simply unjust; it hinders economic development, limits democracy, and erodes societies.

For more information, visit and follow the Special Advisor on Twitter:@IntDisability and on Facebook:
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Your face looks familiar to me
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One year ago this week, #SecKerry renewed the Obama Administration’s commitment to rebalance our engagements, activities, and resources in Asia. Addressing the Tokyo Institute of Technology, the Secretary stated, "My commitment to you is that as a Pacific nation that takes our Pacific partnership seriously, we will continue to build on our active and enduring presence." 

One year after Secretary Kerry’s address in Asia, our relationship continues to focus on the strengths of our alliances and on our shared goals for strategic stability. We will continue our engagement with the people of the Asia to ensure peace, stability, and prosperity both in the Pacific and here at home. 

Read more to find out what one of our diplomats is doing in #Japan and #SouthKorea to support the rebalance.
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Je préfère que ce message soit privé connaissant les russes ...toute fois selon votre convenance et celui du président Obama si cela doit être rendu publique que cela soit ainsi car c'est la vérité. 
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