russia

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin was urged by President Obama over the telephone today to stop supporting separatist uprisings in eastern Ukraine.
    June 23, 2014   BY Associated Press 

    Obama and Putin spoke by telephone on Monday morning. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama urged Putin to use his personal influence with those separatists to promote peace and stability in Ukraine. He says a diplomatic solution is still possible but Russia will face additional costs if it doesn’t take concrete action. Continue reading

  • A flag of the so-called People's Republik of Donetsk waves as pro-Russian militants take the military oath during the ceremony in the centre of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on June 21, 2014. Photo by Alexander KHUDOTEPLY/AFP/Getty Images
    June 21, 2014   BY Kayla Ruble 

    Less than one day after a temporary cease-fire was put into place to put a stop to all military action in Ukraine, pro-Russian forces attacked army posts in the country near the border with Russia. Continue reading

  • newswrap
    June 18, 2014  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, the interim government in Libya insisted the U.S. hand over the newly captured suspect in the Benghazi attack, condemned the raid that seized him, and demanded that Khattala be tried in Libya. Ahmed Abu Khattala is now headed to the U.S. Also, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko offered up a cease-fire plan to end the violence plaguing the border with Russia. Continue reading

  • newswrapimage
    June 16, 2014  

    In our news wrap Monday, gunmen killed at least 48 people and burned down two hotels in the coastal town of Mpeketoni, Kenya. Witnesses said the assailants met with little resistance from government forces. Also, Russia cut off natural gas deliveries to Ukraine after demanding nearly $2 billion in past-due bills, as well as upfront payments for future supplies. Continue reading

  • syria1_assad
    June 7, 2014  

    Presidential elections were held in Syria on Tuesday, with President Bashar al-Assad taking nearly 90 percent of the vote. Is the U.S. ‘behind the curve’ in its handling of the conflict? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Liz Sly, the Beirut bureau chief at the Washington Post, about what Assad’s victory means for U.S. involvement in the ongoing war and humanitarian crisis. Continue reading

  • US President Barack Obama and then President-elect Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine hold a meeting in Warsaw, Poland, on June 4, 2014. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
    June 4, 2014  

    Despite President Obama’s urging of NATO countries to reaffirm commitment to defend democracy in Ukraine, France says it will fulfill a multi-billion dollar contract with Russia. Gwen Ifill joins to Heather Conley of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and David Kramer of Freedom House to discuss how Mr. Obama can sustain a unified effort amid divided interests in Europe. Continue reading

  • ukraine1_obama
    June 4, 2014  

    President Obama pledged support for Ukraine with loan guarantees and $5 million in additional non-lethal aid. He added that NATO countries must reaffirm their commitment to a common defense — a message that was reinforced by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. In response, Russia’s foreign minister said Western partners are promoting their own agenda. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading

  • June 4, 2014   BY Nedra Pickler, Associated Press 

    WARSAW, Poland — President Barack Obama held up 25 years of Polish democracy as a beacon for neighboring Ukraine in a public celebration Wednesday, warning Russia that the free world is united against its “dark tactics” to violate Ukraine’s sovereignty. … Continue reading

  • newswrap
    June 3, 2014  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, President Obama announced he would ask for up to $1 billion from Congress to send more troops and equipment to Europe as a counter to Russian actions in Ukraine. Also, a Nigerian newspaper reported that 10 generals and other top military officers have been convicted of aiding Boko Haram by providing guns and information to the Islamist group. Continue reading

  • President Barack Obama in Polanda
    June 3, 2014   BY Nedra Pickler, Associated Press 

    The United States is preparing to boost its military presence in Europe and at a cost of up to $1 billion, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, as tensions in the region simmer over Russia’s aggressive actions in Ukraine. Standing with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, Obama said the U.S. plans to send more military equipment and rotate additional American troops into the region. He called on lawmakers back in Washington to provide the funding to sustain the effort. Continue reading