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Mar 2, 2014

U.S. brandishes threat of sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States brandished the threat of economic sanctions on Russia on Sunday, with Secretary of State John Kerry calling Moscow’s moves on Ukraine an “incredible act of aggression.”

As Washington’s already strained relations with Moscow deteriorated further, Kerry was scathing in his condemnation and said the United States has “all options on the table” including a military response.

Feb 27, 2014

Kerry decries ‘new isolationism’, says U.S. acts like poor nation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry decried what he called a “new isolationism” in the United States on Wednesday and suggested that the country was beginning to behave like a poor nation.

Speaking to reporters, Kerry inveighed against what he sees as a tendency within the United States to retreat from the world even as he defended the Obama administration’s diplomatic efforts from Syria to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Feb 26, 2014

Russian military action in Ukraine would be ‘grave mistake’: U.S

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States warned Russia on Wednesday it would be a “grave mistake” to intervene militarily in Ukraine and said it was considering $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees and additional funding to help Kiev.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made the comments after Russian President Vladimir Putin put 150,000 combat troops on high alert for war games near Ukraine, Moscow’s boldest gesture since the ouster of ally Viktor Yanukovich as president in Kiev.

Feb 19, 2014

Kerry, Abbas meet at ‘important point’ in talks, U.S. says

PARIS (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met for dinner on Wednesday at what the United States called “an important point in the negotiations” over an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

Peace talks resumed on July 29 after a nearly three-year break. At the time, Kerry said : “Our objective will be to achieve a final status agreement over the course of the next nine months.”

Feb 18, 2014

Kerry praises Tunisian progress, promises help against militants

TUNIS (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday praised democratic progress in Tunisia, where the “Arab Spring” began, and offered to help the North African country’s fight against Islamist militants.

During a brief visit to Tunis, Kerry said Tunisia and the United States would start a strategic dialogue, usually meaning regular high-level meetings, beginning with a trip to Washington by Tunisia’s premier.

Feb 18, 2014

Kerry praises democratic progress in visit to Tunisia

TUNIS (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced visit to Tunisia on Tuesday to praise democratic progress in the country where the “Arab Spring” began and discuss the threat of Islamist militants there.

After a crisis last year brought on by the killing of two opposition leaders, Tunisia’s transition got back on track when it adopted a new constitution and the ruling Islamists stepped aside for a caretaker administration to govern until elections.

Feb 18, 2014

Kerry to praise progress on unannounced visit to Tunisia: officials

TUNIS (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced visit to Tunisia on Tuesday to praise democratic progress in the country where the “Arab Spring” began and discuss its efforts to tackle Islamist militants, his staff said.

After a crisis last year brought on by the killing of two opposition leaders, Tunisia’s transition got back on track when it adopted a new constitution last month and ruling Islamists stepped down for a caretaker administration to govern until elections this year.

Feb 17, 2014

Syria peace talks failure spurs U.S.-Russia recriminations

JAKARTA/MOSCOW (Reuters) – The United States accused Damascus on Monday of paralyzing Geneva peace talks, while Russia said nations backing Syrian rebels were leaning toward a military, not a negotiated, outcome to a civil war whose death toll exceeds 140,000.

A second round of talks in Geneva broke up on Saturday with chief mediator Lakhdar Brahimi lamenting a failure to advance much beyond agreement on an agenda for a third round later.

Feb 17, 2014

Asia-Pacific stability depends on success of ASEAN code of conduct -Kerry

JAKARTA, Feb 17 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John
Kerry increased diplomatic pressure on China on Monday to
resolve maritime disputes with Southeast Asia based on
international legal principles, rather than through individual
deals as Beijing prefers.

Speaking in Jakarta, Kerry said the stability of the
Asia-Pacific depended on achieving a binding code of conduct to
help nations peacefully address competing claims in the South
China Sea and to avoid conflict in one of the world’s most
strategically important waterways.

Feb 17, 2014

Kerry blames Assad government for failure of latest Syria peace talks

JAKARTA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry blamed the Assad government for stalling Syrian peace talks and pressed Russia to stop supplying it weapons, telling Moscow it needed to be part of the solution.

International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said in Geneva on Saturday that the first two rounds of peace talks had not made much progress but that the two sides had agreed on an agenda for a third round at an unspecified date.

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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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