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Mar 24, 2014
Mar 24, 2014
Mar 24, 2014

U.S. to help in ‘eliminating’ sensitive Japanese nuclear stockpile

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – Japan will turn over hundreds of kilograms of sensitive atomic material of potential use in bombs to the United States to be downgraded and disposed of, the two countries’ leaders said ahead of a nuclear security summit on Monday.

China had voiced concern earlier this year about Japan’s holding of plutonium but Washington and the United Nations nuclear agency in Vienna have made it clear they are not worried about the way Tokyo is handling the issue.

Mar 24, 2014
Mar 24, 2014

Obama trip to Europe dominated by Ukraine crisis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama takes his hard line on Russia to Europe this week and will see how far European allies are willing to go to stop Moscow from moving deeper into Ukraine after annexing Crimea.

Obama departed Washington on Sunday night for the Netherlands, his first stop on a four-nation trip that will include visits to Belgium, Italy and Saudi Arabia.

Mar 23, 2014
Mar 21, 2014

White House: world reassessing relationship with Russia after Ukraine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The world is reassessing its relationship with Russia after its invasion of Ukraine, the White House said on Friday, shortly before President Barack Obama embarks on a European trip to bolster allies’ resolve to impose tough sanctions on Moscow.

Obama will arrive in the Netherlands on Monday for a long-planned nuclear summit at The Hague, but his meetings with Group of Seven partners about Russia’s annexation of Crimea will dominate the agenda.

Mar 20, 2014
Mar 20, 2014

Obama gets personal, sanctions Putin’s inner circle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama targeted sanctions at close allies and aides of Russian President Vladimir Putin over the Ukraine crisis on Thursday and threatened broad penalties against key sectors of Russia’s economy if Moscow moves deeper into Ukraine.

Some of Russia’s wealthiest men were cited for sanctions as well as a large Russian bank with ties to Putin’s inner circle, in the most significant step Obama has taken to punish Russia for its move to annex the Crimea region of southern Ukraine.

Mar 20, 2014

Obama expands U.S. sanctions on Russians over Crimea annexation

March 20 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday
imposed sanctions on 20 Russian citizens as well as a bank
linked to Moscow’s move to annex Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula and
threatened broader penalties against key sectors of Russia’s
economy if Moscow moves further into Ukraine.

Among the 20, Obama targeted several individuals close to
Russian President Vladimir Putin in retaliation for his military
seizure of Ukraine’s Crimea region. Any assets they have in the
United States will be frozen and they will also be barred from
U.S. travel.

    • About Jeff

      "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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