WASHINGTON — Ukraine’s foreign minister said Monday that pro-Russian separatists are continuing to try to manipulate the wreckage of the Malaysian airliner that the United States and others have accused the rebels of shooting down.
The White House says Obama held a joint call Monday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH’ oh-LAWND’), British Prime Minister David Cameron and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
The United States released satellite images Sunday that it says back up its claims that rockets have been fired from Russia into eastern Ukraine and heavy artillery for separatists has also crossed the border. Continue reading
- National Security Advisor Rice on sticking points of Mideast cease-fire and Russia proxy-war potential
National Security Advisor Susan Rice says the U.S. doesn’t support Hamas’ use of force as an attempt to end economic isolation. She joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the prospect of a 12-hour humanitarian pause in the battle between Israel and Gaza, obstacles to achieving a cease-fire and the sway that the U.S. still holds in Mideast diplomacy, as well as evidence of Moscow’s interference in Ukraine. Continue reading
In our news wrap Friday, a small group of investigators arrived at the scene of the MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine for the first time, while the U.S. ambassador to NATO reported that 15,000 Russian troops have massed at the border. Also, President Barack Obama met with the presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, seeking help to stem the flow of migrant children into the U.S. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The movement of Russian heavy caliber artillery systems across the border into Ukraine is “imminent,” the Pentagon said Friday, saying Russia is escalating the military action there. Continue reading
What is the chance Europe will form a united front when it comes to imposing further sanctions against Russia? Gwen Ifill joins Heather Conley of the Center for Strategic & International Studies about hesitation within the European Union to level tougher penalties, as well as why Europe has the power to change Russian President Putin’s calibrations. Continue reading
The Dutch foreign minister spoke passionately to his European Union colleagues of the loss his country had suffered with the Malaysia Airlines disaster and about fears that Russian-backed separatists might be tampering with evidence. Europe imposed new sanctions on individual Russian officials and they are considering tougher measures. Gary Gibbon of Independent Television News reports. Continue reading
Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes says U.S. intelligence has confirmed that the missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 originated in Ukrainian territory controlled by pro-Russian rebels, but that Russia is not yet absolved of complicity. He joins Judy Woodruff to discuss coordination with Europe on potential sanctions against Russia and U.S. hopes for a Mideast cease-fire. Continue reading
Britain has agreed to aid in the analysis of data retrieved from two black boxes that were salvaged from the downed Malaysia Airlines flight that killed 298 people Thursday. British Prime Minister David Cameron said Tuesday that investigators from the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch, which is responsible for determining the circumstances and causes of civil aircraft accidents, will recover the information for “international analysis.”