BRUSSELS/MOSCOW (Reuters) – The United States and the European Union agreed on Wednesday to work together to prepare possible tougher economic sanctions in response to Russia’s behavior in Ukraine, including on the energy sector, and to make Europe less dependent on Russian gas.
U.S. President Barack Obama said after a summit with top EU officials that Russian President Vladimir Putin had miscalculated if he thought he could divide the West or count on its indifference over his annexation of Crimea.
#Obama has arrived in Rome.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO needs to boost its presence in eastern European countries that feel vulnerable to Russia after its annexation of Crimea, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday.
Some defense experts have said the Crimea crisis could put NATO membership for Ukraine and Georgia back on the agenda, but Obama said neither country was on a path to NATO membership and there were no immediate plans to expand the 28-member alliance.
#Obama says the world has an interest on a strong, responsible Russia
Interesting that #Obama is bringing up Iraq with relation to Crimea crisis. Says he opposed the war but points out the US did not annex Iraq
MOSCOW/BRUSSELS, March 26 (Reuters) – The economic impact of
annexing Crimea from Ukraine could drive Russia into a sharp
recession this year even if the West stops short of trade
sanctions, the World Bank warned on Wednesday.
The gloomy assessment, far more negative than Russian
government forecasts, came on a day when U.S. President Barack
Obama was meeting European Union and NATO leaders to discuss how
to reduce Europe’s dependence on Russian energy and bolster NATO
defences of east European allies bordering Russia and Ukraine.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Despite differences on moral issues, U.S. President Barack Obama will find in Pope Francis a welcome ally on issues of poverty and social justice when they meet for the first time at the Vatican on Thursday.
The president has sparred with the Catholic Church hierarchy in the United States over his support for abortion rights, gay marriage and the “contraception mandate” that requires employers to provide health insurance cover for artificial birth control.
THE HAGUE/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia and the West drew a tentative line under the Ukraine crisis on Tuesday after U.S. President Barack Obama and his allies agreed to hold off on more damaging economic sanctions unless Moscow goes beyond the seizure of Crimea.
Describing Russia as a “regional power” and not the biggest national security threat to the United States, Obama said Russian forces would not be removed militarily from Crimea, but the annexation of the Black Sea region was not a “done deal” because the international community would not recognize it.
THE HAGUE (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday called Russia a “regional power” that had seized part of Ukraine out of weakness rather than strength, in a dig at President Vladimir Putin.
Putin has tried to rebuild Russia’s prestige since the collapse of the Soviet Union and project Moscow as a strong player on the international stage.