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Mar 27, 2014

U.S., EU to work together on tougher Russia sanctions

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.

Mar 26, 2014
Mar 26, 2014

Obama says NATO needs to boost presence in eastern Europe

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.

Mar 26, 2014
Mar 26, 2014
Mar 26, 2014

Economic cost of Crimea seizure mounts for Russia

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.

Mar 26, 2014

Obama to find ally on justice in first meeting with Pope Francis

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.

Mar 25, 2014

West, Russia signal line drawn in Ukraine crisis

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.

Mar 25, 2014

Obama, in dig at Putin, calls Russia ‘regional power’

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.

Mar 25, 2014
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      "Jeff Mason has covered the White House since 2009 and was the lead correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign. He joined Reuters in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry and German business news. He then spent 3 1/2 years in Brussels, Belgium covering the European Union with a focus on climate change and energy policy. He moved to Washington in 2008 to cover the historic primaries and presidential race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain, traveling with all three candidates. Jeff has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, BBC, and Canada's CBC. He is a graduate of ..."
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