German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with President Obama to discuss how to defuse fighting on the Ukrainian border. While Merkel has warned that adding more weapons to the equation would simply escalate the war, Obama said arming Ukrainian forces will remain on the table for the U.S. since Russia is arming the rebels. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports. Continue reading
President Obama and Germany’s leader Angela Merkel showed unity in their support for an end to fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels, but there have been signs of a rift over whether to send arms to the Ukrainian government. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner joins Gwen Ifill to discuss what the president may do and the relationship between the two leaders. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are trying for a public display of unity despite a potential split over arming Ukrainian fighters to wage a more effective battle against Russian-backed separatists.
World leaders have been meeting to try to end the fighting in Eastern Ukraine that intensified recently and threatens to become an even broader conflict. Associated Press reporter Peter Leonard joins Alison Stewart via Skype from Donetsk, where pro-Russian rebels are battling Ukrainian government forces. Continue reading
In our news wrap Friday, leaders of France and Germany traveled to Moscow to try to end the war in Ukraine. Hundreds of people took advantage of the brief truce to flee the fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels. Also, Shiite Houthi rebels said they‘ve officially taken over the government in Yemen and dissolved the parliament. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says the U.S. must resist the urge to “overreach” when it comes to involvement in global crises. Continue reading
The leaders of France and Germany went to Kiev to discuss diplomatic solutions to the escalating war, while NATO defense ministers met in Brussels to plan how to counter Russia’s aggressive actions. The White House has debated sending weapons to aid the Ukrainian military effort, a move that other nations have discouraged but has gained support in Washington. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading
With the reigniting of the war in Ukraine, Western leaders are battling over how to help end the conflict. Should the U.S. send arms to fight Russian-backed rebels? Gwen Ifill hears opposing views from former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer and John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago. Continue reading
KIEV, Ukraine — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Ukraine to show support for the embattled government as the Obama administration weighs sending arms to Kiev to help it fight Russian-backed separatists. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is reconsidering sending lethal assistance to Ukraine, a senior administration official said Monday, but continues to have concerns about the effectiveness of that step and the risks of a proxy war between the U.S. and Russia.