Author: Laura Kelly

House Democrat targets F-16 sales to Turkey over Greek security concerns

Rep. Chris Pappas (D-N.H.) has drafted text requiring strict oversight of U.S. sales of F-16 fighter jets and related equipment over security concerns for NATO ally Greece. Pappas is introducing the text, which has 15 co-sponsors, as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the annual must-pass defense bill. The amendment would restrict…

US says it backs Canadian move to help Germany import natural gas from Russia

State Department Spokesperson Ned Price on Monday said the U.S. supports Canada’s decision to help Germany import natural gas from Russia despite global sanctions aimed at bankrupting the Kremlin from waging war in Ukraine. Canada’s government had earlier said it would provide a sanctions exemption and return a turbine that was undergoing repairs in the country to Germany…

Biden’s Middle East policy shows echoes of Trump

President Biden’s trip to Israel and Saudi Arabia next week is expected to show how the administration is putting its stamp on relations with the region, but some experts argue the president has largely continued the policies of former President Trump in the Middle East. Biden sought to reverse Trump’s decision to pull out…

Blinken won’t meet with Lavrov at G-20 summit in Indonesia

Secretary of State Antony Blinken will not meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov when the two are in Bali, Indonesia, this week for a meeting of the foreign ministers of Group of 20 nations. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said Tuesday that the “time is not right” for a bilateral engagement between the two…

Hong Kong 25 years later: Why it matters for the US

The fight for Hong Kong’s autonomy faces a grim future on the 25th anniversary of the territory’s handover back to China from the United Kingdom. What began on July 1, 1997 as a bold experiment seeking to bring the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) more toward Western, liberal democracies has instead served as a hard lesson…

US, Iran nuclear talks end in Qatar without deal: reports

Indirect talks between the U.S. and Iran to revive the 2015 nuclear deal ended in Qatar on Wednesday without any breakthroughs, according to Iranian reports. The meetings in Doha were aimed at reviving indirect talks between the two sides that had stalled in Vienna to bring Washington and Tehran back to the terms of the…

GOP Senator makes surprise trip to Kyiv

Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv, making a surprise visit to the country ahead of the NATO summit in Madrid. The senator’s office said Risch went to “see firsthand the destruction caused by Russia.” Risch also traveled outside Kyiv to…

Blinken: State Department ‘fully committed’ to reproductive health in wake of Roe

Secretary of State Antony Blinken issued a rare statement commenting on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning the constitutional right to an abortion, committing to protecting reproductive health services for State Department staff and others around the world.  Blinken issued his statement late Friday evening while in Europe attending summits on global food security prior…