US State Department

Domestic and Sexual Violence Sentences ‘Often Lenient’ in South-East Europe

The US State Department's global human rights report for 2022, published on Monday, said that in the majority of south-east European countries, perpetrators of domestic violence and rape often receive lenient sentences.

In some countries, the authorities also fail to properly investigate spousal rape cases, according to the State Department report.

An explosion resounded; They are getting ready; Russians: We are under attack

Despite the difficult situation, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are preparing a counteroffensive in the Bakhmut sector until March 24.
North of Avdeyevka, Russian units succeeded at Krasnogorovka and broke through the defenses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near the railway line.

The US on Bulgaria in 2022: Impunity and Corruption, Problems with Media Freedom

The US State Department's new 2022 annual human rights report says the Bulgarian government's efforts to address corruption and human rights abuses are "insufficient."

The report said steps had been taken to investigate officials accused of human rights abuses and corruption, but there was a problem of impunity.

The US is selling Strategic Military Equipment to Greece

The US State Department has approved Greece's potential purchase of several amphibious assault ships, noting that "the proposed sale will support US foreign policy and national security objectives by helping to improve the security of a NATO ally that is an important partner for political stability and economic progress in Europe".

Drecun: Strategic geopolitical deal with US and West necessary

BELGRADE - The head of the Serbian parliamentary committee on Kosovo-Metohija Milovan Drecun said on Thursday Serbia was in a situation where it needed a strategic geopolitical deal with the US and the West.

"Without intensifying the cooperation with the US, the world's biggest power, we cannot count on a promising future," Drecun told Pink TV.

Dacic: US welcomes Vucic's stance on Kosovo-Metohija dialogue

WASHINGTON - The US welcomes Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic's constructive stance on dialogue on Kosovo-Metohija, FM Ivica Dacic said on Thursday in Washington after attending the Prayer Breakfast.

He said conversations with US State Department Counsellor Derek Chollet and US special Western Balkans envoy Gabriel Escobar were the highlights of his visit to Washington.

Dacic: Discussions at US State Department successful

WASHINGTON - Serbian FM Ivica Dacic said his discussions in Washington ahead of Thursday's National Prayer Breakfast had been successful for Serbia and that the US State Department had once again confirmed Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic's actions were correct.

Dacic said Serbia was protecting its state and national interests without jeopardising its own future.

The US to Bulgaria and North Macedonia: Quickly Solve your Problems and Reduce Tension

The United States is calling on Bulgaria and North Macedonia to "de-escalate" their rhetoric and quickly resolve "bilateral disputes".

This is stated in a position of the US State Department, expressed to the Macedonian section of "Voice of America".