• July 29, 2014   BY  

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is expected to announce a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russia Tuesday.
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  • July 28, 2014  

    In our news wrap Monday, heavy fighting between government troops and rebels in eastern Ukraine prevented an international police team from reaching the wreckage of the downed Malaysian airliner to secure the crash site. Also, a federal appeals court in Virginia ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, upholding a district judge’s decision from last February. Continue reading

  • July 22, 2014  

    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

  • July 22, 2014  

    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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