President Bill Clinton thinks that Vladimir Putin won’t be able to deny the hit that U.S. and European sanctions will have on Russia, but his control of the media will enable him to hang on. In an interview with PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff, the former president said that sanctions will be felt because, especially because of the extreme concentration of wealth and power at the top. But, he said, the state media won’t reflect the damage. Continue reading
President Barack Obama said Friday he is encouraged that NATO members universally acknowledge the “significant threat” the Islamic State poses, and that they have to take action. Continue reading
Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists have signed a cease-fire deal aimed at ending five months of fighting. It was set to begin at 11 a.m. EDT Friday. Continue reading
Obama, who faces criticism in the U.S. for being too cautious in confronting Russian President Putin, sharply condemned Moscow’s provocations. He declared in blunt terms that Russian forces that have moved into Ukraine in recent weeks are not on a humanitarian or peacekeeping mission, as the Kremlin has insisted. Continue reading
President Obama reacted to early news of the possible cease-fire saying “it’s too early to tell” if the aggressions would actually stop. Obama spoke from Estonia, where he is traveling ahead of the Nato summit. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Confronted by a Kremlin-backed military offensive in Ukraine, President Barack Obama and Western allies will approve plans this week to position at least 4,000 troops and military equipment in Eastern Europe, bolstering NATO’s security commitments to nervous member states near the Russian border.
Ahead of a high-stakes NATO summit that begins Thursday, Obama will also make a symbolic show of solidarity with Eastern Europe when he visits Estonia for meetings with Baltic leaders. He was due to arrive in the Estonian capital of Tallinn Wednesday morning.
Ukrainian officials say two Russian military columns have rolled into the southeastern part of Ukraine after missiles were fired at a border post. Continue reading
President Barack Obama played down the prospect of imminent U.S. military action in Syria on Thursday, saying “we don’t have a strategy yet” for degrading the violent militant group seeking to establish a caliphate in the Middle East. Continue reading
Updated at 12:30 p.m. EDT with NATO statement:
Russia went ahead without Ukrainian permission to send dozens of aid trucks into eastern Ukraine on Friday. Ukraine called the move a “direct invasion.”