President Obama spoke with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Thursday in their first direct contact in four months as the United States and Russia try to manage their conflict over Ukraine while still working together on other issues like Syria and Iran’s nuclear program.
As President Obama went into a summit of world leaders in the Alps on Sunday, he made a promise over beer and wurst with Bavarian villagers to take a tough stance against Russian intervention in neighboring territories.
The Obama administration said Wednesday that it would provide another $75 million in nonlethal aid to Ukraine’s military. It also imposed sanctions against a handful of pro-Russian separatists and others blamed for fomenting the civil war that has torn apart Ukraine’s eastern regions.
The loss of the key hub town Debaltseve to Russian-backed separatists is a significant strategic and morale setback for Ukraine. Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner joins Gwen Ifill to discuss potential response to the latest military action.
A previous cease-fire last year between Ukraine and the Russian-backed rebels barely took hold, eventually collapsing altogether. What are the chances the new agreement will last? Gwen Ifill talks to Fiona Hill of the Brookings Institution and former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul.
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.
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Gwen Ifill is moderator and managing editor of "Washington Week" and co-anchor and managing editor of the "PBS NewsHour." The best-selling author of "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama," Gwen has covered seven presidential campaigns and moderated two vice presidential debates.