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March 5, 2021

National Security  Ukraine President Biden recently stated, “we reaffirm a simple truth: Crimea is Ukraine.” Additionally, Secretary of State Blinken stated the U.S. welcomes Ukraine’s Crimean Platform, and looks forward to continuing to work with Ukraine, our allies and partners to end Russia’s occupation. Of note, Ukraine rescheduled its Crimean (de-occupation) Platform Summit from May to August. Comment: International …

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February 26, 2021

National Security Syria, Iran, Russia The White House Press Secretary stated yesterday’s strike against Iranian backed militias in Syria was an “unambiguous message … to protect Americans.” Reportedly, the U.S. followed deconfliction protocols to inform Russia of this operation. Russia’s Foreign Minister objected stating, through the news media, they were only given a few minutes …

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February 19, 2021

National Security Saudi Arabia The Biden Administration stated it will recalibrate its relationship focusing on respect for human rights, rule of law, and working to ensure the advance of U.S. values. President Biden decided not to engage directly with Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman and reserves direct communication with the King. Yesterday, Secretary of Defense …

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February 12, 2021

National Security Russia U.S. officials stressed they will be “clear-eyed” in dealings with the Russian Federation and that its adversarial actions in Crimea, eastern Ukraine, Georgia and the Middle East must be countered. On January 23, the U.S. Navy conducted the first joint maritime and air training mission in the Black Sea for 2021. Comment:  …

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February 4, 2021

National Security Russia President Biden stated today, “We will not hesitate to raise the cost on Russia and defend our vital interests and our people, and we will be more effective in dealing with Russia when we work in coalition and coordination with other like-minded partners.” Comment: The Biden Administration continues to review Russian related …

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