• newswrap
    July 17, 2014  

    In our news wrap Thursday, President Obama advised Russian President Vladimir Putin to avoid further sanctions, a day after new measures to punish Moscow’s support of Ukrainian rebels. Putin said the sanctions will push U.S.-Russia relations to a “dead end,” and harm U.S. interests. Also, Microsoft announced its biggest plans for layoffs ever. Continue reading

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    May 22, 2014  

    China and Russia struck a $400 billion gas deal amid mounting tension between the United States and both countries. Jeffrey Brown talks to Geoff Dyer of Financial Times and Julia Nanay of IHS about why China and Russia chose this moment to reach an agreement and its potential geopolitical sway on the U.S. Continue reading

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    May 7, 2014  

    Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he has pulled his military forces from Ukraine’s border, and called on pro-Russian separatists to postpone their planned secession vote. However, the White House imposed further sanctions, saying there’s no evidence of the retreat. Judy Woodruff gets insight from Angela Stent of Georgetown University and Stephen Cohen of New York University. Continue reading

  • Barack Obama and Angela Merkel on Ukraine
    May 2, 2014  

    President Obama and Germany’s Chancellor Merkel met at the White House, where Mr. Obama said they are united in their resolve to impose increasing costs on Russia for its actions in Ukraine. Earlier, Russian President Putin declared last month’s Geneva agreement dead. Jeffrey Brown gets two views on the strategy from former State Department officials Richard Burt and David Kramer. Continue reading

  • Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the strategy behind these new sanctions, their potential to hurt U.S. companies and the prospect of further sanctions still in reserve.
    April 28, 2014  

    The Obama administration has announced additional sanctions on Russian officials and key companies with close ties to President Putin to persuade Moscow to diffuse tensions in Ukraine. Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the strategy behind these new sanctions, their potential to hurt U.S. companies and the prospect of further sanctions still in reserve. Continue reading

  • Ukraine street violence
    April 28, 2014  

    Tensions in Eastern Ukraine boiled over into more violent conflict as pro-Russian protesters in the city of Donetsk attacked a march supporting the Ukrainian government. The violence came after the Obama administration attempted to ratchet up the pressure on Moscow by imposing sanctions on key Putin allies. Lindsey Hilsum of Independent Television News reports from Donetsk. Continue reading

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    April 28, 2014   BY Julie Pace, Associated Press 

    The new penalties were a response to what the West says is Russia’s failure to live up to commitments it agreed to under an international accord aimed at ending the dispute. The White House says Russia’s involvement in the recent violence in eastern Ukraine is indisputable and warned that the U.S. and its partners were prepared to impose deeper penalties if Russia’s provocations continue. Continue reading

  • Russian president Vladimir Putin has signed a law banning profanity in media and the arts .  Photo by Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg
    April 26, 2014  

    Leaders from the Group of Seven have agreed to quickly impose more sanctions against Russia in response to the crisis in Ukraine. How will these measures affect Russia’s business partners in the West? Alison Stewart speaks with Stephen Szabo at the Transatlantic Academy about the significant economic ties between Europe and Russia. Continue reading

    April 25, 2014  

    As evidence that Russia is already hurting from the initial round of sanctions, the ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has downgraded Russia’s credit rating for the first time in five years–to just one notch above junk status. Cliff Kupchan of Eurasia Group joins Judy Woodruff for a closer look at how Russia’s economy has been affected since the Ukraine crisis began. Continue reading

  • A Russian flag is seen on top of an armoured personnel carrier in Slaviansk
    April 19, 2014  

    On Friday’s program, deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes called on Russia to influence pro-Russian demonstrators to leave the government buildings they’re occupying in eastern Ukraine. To follow up on these comments, Hari Sreenivasan spoke with Timothy Frye, the director of the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, about the possibility of imposing more sanctions on Russia. Continue reading