Obama’s executive order issued Monday names seven Russian government officials. The United States also says it identifies and targets the assets of other individuals who aren’t government officials but are supporting them.
U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power points to the hope of greater economic ties as a critical leverage point for the United States in persuading Russia to “pull back from the brink.” She joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the new sanctions announced by President Obama against Russia and how giving that country an “off-ramp” to deescalate the Ukraine conflict could be more appealing than the cost of economic and political isolation. Continue reading
The Crimean Parliament announced a referendum on whether the region should join Russia or remain part of Ukraine, but the newly formed government in Kiev pushed back, calling it illegal. President Obama criticized the upcoming vote and took action to restrict visas and place financial sanctions on Russians behind the Ukraine invasion. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration slapped new visa restrictions Thursday on pro-Russian opponents of the new Ukraine government in Kiev and cleared the way for financial sanctions as the West began punishing Moscow for its occupation of Ukraine’s Crimea region. Continue reading
Why is the world watching Iran’s nuclear program? Because many countries have accused the Islamic State of pursuing nuclear weapons capability, although Iran insists that its program is peaceful. Read on to see how they are affected by the interim deal, then take a bird’s eye tour of seven nuclear hotspots in Iran.
Fighting in the streets of Kiev stalled European diplomats from reaching the presidential palace, where they met with Ukraine’s President Yanukovych in an attempt to broker a deal to stop the bloody crackdown. E.U. foreign ministers placed sanctions on key members of the Ukrainian government, who are regarded as responsible for the violence. Lindsey Hilsum of Independent Television News reports. Continue reading
Updated 06:08 p.m. EST | Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych and opposition leaders called for a truce Wednesday after the two sides met following a deadly clash that left dozens dead in the capital of Kiev. A statement posted on Ukraine’s … Continue reading
Economic sanctions have been instrumental in getting Iran to the table for negotiations on its nuclear program. NewsHour Weekend correspondent William Brangham takes a closer look how sanctions have affected daily life in Iran, from air quality to health care to the price of a bar of soap. Continue reading
On the streets of Tehran, how are citizens reacting to the completion of an interim deal over Iran’s nuclear program? Hari Sreenivasan talks to William Brangham of NewsHour Weekend about the pressure on President Rouhani and what role economic sanctions have played in fueling diplomatic negotiations. Continue reading