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Apr 25, 2014

Mediators held in Ukraine as U.S. readies new Russia sanctions

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and the European Union are expected on Monday to impose new sanctions on Russian individuals, sources said on Friday, as the Ukraine crisis escalated with armed pro-Russia separatists seizing a bus carrying international mediators.

The Pentagon said Russian aircraft breached Ukraine’s airspace several times over the past 24 hours, but did not offer more details. Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren called on Russia to “take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation.”

Apr 25, 2014

Exclusive: U.S., EU seen imposing sanctions on Russia on Monday – sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and the European Union are expected to impose fresh sanctions on Russian individuals on Monday in response to Moscow’s alleged efforts to destabilize eastern Ukraine, sources familiar with the matter said.

The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the EU was expected to name 15 previously unidentified individuals to be sanctioned and would focus on those whom it believes are responsible for the unrest in Ukraine.

Apr 25, 2014

U.S., EU seen imposing sanctions on Russia on Monday -sources

WASHINGTON, April 25 (Reuters) – The United States and the
European Union are expected to impose fresh sanctions on Russian
individuals on Monday in response to Moscow’s alleged efforts to
destabilize eastern Ukraine, sources familiar with the matter
said.

The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the
EU was expected to name 15 previously unidentified individuals
to be sanctioned and would focus on those whom it believes are
responsible for the unrest in Ukraine.

Apr 25, 2014

Exclusive – Obama plans to call EU leaders in Russia sanctions push: sources

WASHINGTON (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 25, 2014

Obama plans to 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 25, 2014

Exclusive: Obama may call EU leaders in Russia sanctions push – sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – 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 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.

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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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