WASHINGTON, March 6 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on
Thursday ordered the freezing of U.S. assets and a ban on travel
into the United States of those involved in the Russian military
intervention into the Crimea region of Ukraine.
Obama signed an executive order aimed at punishing those
Russians and Ukrainians responsible for a Russian move into
Crimea, a crisis that has raised old-style Cold War tensions.
KIEV, March 4 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
on Tuesday condemned Russia’s “act of aggression” in Ukraine’s
Crimea region and said Moscow was looking for a pretext to
invade more of the country.
Visiting Kiev to show support for Ukraine’s new leaders
after Russian forces took control of Crimea, Kerry said there
was no evidence to support Moscow’s version of events – that
Russian speakers are in danger in Ukraine.
KIEV (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kiev on Tuesday and announced an economic package and technical assistance for Ukraine in a show of support for its new government amid escalating tensions with Russia.
Kerry’s visit comes as Washington and its Western allies step up pressure on Moscow to withdraw its troops from Ukraine’s Crimea region or face economic sanctions and diplomatic isolation.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ukraine’s new leadership will need to show it is willing to tackle reforms and pervasive corruption in exchange for long-term support from the international community, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Tuesday.
Hague was speaking after talks with his U.S. counterpart, Secretary of State John Kerry, in a hastily arranged trip to Washington to discuss events in Ukraine where the parliament ousted president Viktor Yanukovich on Saturday and handed the reins to acting president Oleksander Turchinov.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Georgian Prime Minister Irakly Garibashvili on Tuesday urged Ukraine to consider following his country’s path of integration with the West through increased trade and investment, as it grapples with its future.
In an interview with Reuters in Washington, where he met President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden for talks, Garibashvili said he was concerned that the political upheaval in Ukraine could destabilize the wider region.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Monday it was ready to provide financial assistance to Ukraine to complement a loan program from the International Monetary Fund in the aftermath of the ouster of Ukraine’s president Viktor Yanukovich.
Two days after the dramatic departure of pro-Moscow Yanukovich after bloody clashes in Kiev, the White House sought to apply subtle pressure on Russia to let events unfold in Ukraine without interfering. This message has been delivered in recent days from President Barack Obama on down.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Saturday the dramatic ouster of Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich and the release of opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko could move the country away from violence toward a political settlement.
The White House said Washington was keen to see the country build a new government and hold early elections.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has assured Ukraine it will have “strong support” from Washington in seeking an IMF-backed economic program to stabilize the country’s economy after months of crippling street violence, a State Department official said on Friday.
A fragile peace deal between Ukraine’s government and opposition was struck late on Thursday, ending months of violence in which 77 people were killed.