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Apr 25, 2014

Obama may call EU leaders in Russia sanctions push – sources

WASHINGTON, April 24 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
is expected to speak to several European leaders on Friday to
try to nudge the EU toward fresh sanctions against Russia over
Ukraine, sources familiar with the matter said.

Disagreements among European Union nations on whether to
impose new economic sanctions on Russia have held up punitive
steps by the United States, said the sources on condition of
anonymity, but Washington could also act on its own.

Apr 23, 2014

U.S. to deliver Apache helicopters to Egypt, relaxing hold on aid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Tuesday it will deliver 10 Apache attack helicopters to Egypt, relaxing a suspension of aid imposed after Egypt’s armed forces ousted President Mohamed Mursi last year and cracked down violently on protesters.

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel informed his Egyptian counterpart of the decision to lift a hold on delivery of the helicopters, which would support Egypt’s counterterrorism operations in the Sinai Peninsula, the Pentagon said.

Apr 21, 2014

Exclusive: U.S. force in Afghanistan may be cut to less than 10,000 troops

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan may drop well below 10,000 – the minimum demanded by the U.S. military to train Afghan forces – as the longest war in American history winds down, Obama administration officials briefed on the matter say.

Since Afghanistan’s general election on April 5, White House, State Department and Pentagon officials have resumed discussions on how many American troops should remain after the current U.S.-led coalition ends its mission this year.

Apr 18, 2014

How the U.S. made its Putin problem worse

WASHINGTON AND NEW YORK (Reuters) – In September 2001, as the U.S. reeled from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, Vladimir Putin supported Washington’s imminent invasion of Afghanistan in ways that would have been inconceivable during the Cold War.

He agreed that U.S. planes carrying humanitarian aid could fly through Russian air space. He said the U.S. military could use airbases in former Soviet republics in Central Asia. And he ordered his generals to brief their U.S. counterparts on their own ill-fated 1980s occupation of Afghanistan.

Apr 18, 2014

Special Report: How the U.S. made its Putin problem worse

WASHINGTON AND NEW YORK (Reuters) – In September 2001, as the U.S. reeled from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Vladimir Putin supported Washington’s imminent invasion of Afghanistan in ways that would have been inconceivable during the Cold War.

He agreed that U.S. planes carrying humanitarian aid could fly through Russian air space. He said the U.S. military could use airbases in former Soviet republics in Central Asia. And he ordered his generals to brief their U.S. counterparts on their own ill-fated 1980s occupation of Afghanistan.

Apr 18, 2014

Ukraine agreement built on fragile foundations

WASHINGTON/GENEVA (Reuters) – The agreement designed to pull Ukraine back from the brink of civil war had been floundering around lunchtime on Thursday, so U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russia’s Sergei Lavrov, a smoker, stepped outside for a private word in the open air.

They appear to have made some progress. When they came back inside, a new session of formal negotiations was hastily arranged and, finally, a deal agreed.

Apr 17, 2014

Four-way talks call for end to Ukraine violence

GENEVA/MOSCOW (Reuters) – The United States, Russia, Ukraine and European Union together called on Thursday for an immediate halt to violence in Ukraine, where Western powers believe Russia is fomenting a pro-Russian separatist movement.

Washington immediately warned Moscow that it would face further sanctions if it did not carry out the agreement, reached in four-party crisis talks in Geneva.

Apr 15, 2014

U.S. says new Russia sanctions unlikely before Thursday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday it anticipates more Ukraine-related sanctions on Russia but suggested no action was likely before a diplomatic meeting in Geneva this week.

Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine last month and the United States accuses Moscow of fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, where Ukrainian military forces are seeking to regain control of sites seized by pro-Russian separatists over the weekend.

Apr 14, 2014

Obama blasts Russia in tense call with Putin over Ukraine

WASHINGTON, April 14 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday that Russia’s
actions in Ukraine were not conducive to a diplomatic solution
of the crisis in that country, and the White House warned that
Moscow would suffer further costs for its behavior.

Obama spoke to Putin at the Russians’ request, a senior
administration official said, describing the call as “frank and
direct,” a diplomatic construction that usually means tense.

Apr 14, 2014

White House warns Russia of more ‘costs’ over Ukraine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House warned Russia on Monday that it would face further costs over its actions in Ukraine and said U.S. President Barack Obama would speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin soon.

U.S. officials stopped short of announcing a new set of sanctions against Ukraine but said they were in consultations with European partners about the prospect.

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      "I cover U.S. foreign policy for Reuters from a base at the State Department. I joined Reuters in 1988 and have worked as a correspondent in New York, Paris, Algiers and Washington, where I have covered the White House (1996-2002) and the State Department (2002-2005, 2006-present)."
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