MANILA, April 29 (Reuters) – From the elaborate details of a
Japanese state visit to the more mundane question of how much
face-time to give each of his Asian hosts, President Barack
Obama’s aides spent months meticulously scripting his
four-country tour of the region.
But as the week-long trip wrapped up on Tuesday it was clear
that, while Obama scored points with sceptical allies simply by
showing up, not everything followed the White House plan.
MANILA, April 28 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
said on Monday a new military pact between the United States and
the Philippines is testimony to America’s “ironclad” commitment
to defend the southeast Asian nation.
The U.S. president’s comments came against the backdrop of
tensions between the Philippines and an increasingly powerful
China over remote uninhabited islands in the South China Sea.
MANILA/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 27 (Reuters) – U.S.
President Barack Obama announced new sanctions against some
Russians on Monday in an attempt to stop President Vladimir
Putin from fomenting the rebellion in eastern Ukraine, but held
off from broad measures that would hit Russia’s economy.
The new sanctions, to be outlined in detail later on Monday,
will add more people and firms to a list announced last month of
figures whose assets are frozen and who are denied visas to
travel to the United States.
MANILA, April 28 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said the
United States will on Monday impose new sanctions on Russia
targeting individuals and companies over the crisis in Ukraine,
a move expected to be followed by separate punitive measures
from the European Union.
Obama said the latest sanctions would restrict some
high-tech exports to Russia’s military, and he warned that a
future phase could bring broader “sectoral” sanctions against
Russian industries such as banking and defence if Moscow waged
further “aggression” against Ukraine.
KUALA LUMPUR/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Pro-Russian rebels paraded European monitors they are holding in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, freeing one but saying they had no plans to release another seven as the United States and Europe prepared new sanctions against Moscow.
U.S. President Barack Obama called for the United States and Europe to join forces to impose stronger measures to restrain Moscow. The White House said it will add names on Monday of people close to President Vladimir Putin and firms they control to a list of Russians hit by sanctions over Ukraine, and also impose new restrictions on high tech exports.
MANILA/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – The United States and the Philippines will sign a new 10-year security pact on Monday that will allow for a larger U.S. military presence as it struggles to raise its defense capabilities amid territorial disputes with China.
The agreement, which establishes a framework for a beefed-up rotation of U.S. troops, ship and warplanes through the Philippines, will be formally sealed just hours before U.S. President Barack Obama arrives on a two-day visit to Manila, U.S. and Philippine officials said.
KUALA LUMPUR/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday said the United States and Europe must join forces to impose sanctions on Russia to stop it destabilizing Ukraine, where armed pro-Russian separatists were for a third day holding eight international observers prisoner.
Washington and Brussels are expected, possibly as early as Monday, to name new people and firms close to Russian President Vladimir Putin who will be hit by punitive measures, but there is no consensus yet on wider economic sanctions.
KUALA LUMPUR/PERTH, Australia (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Sunday that the United States was fully committed to providing more assets to assist in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean.
“I can tell you the United States is absolutely committed to providing whatever resources and assets that we can,” Obama told a news conference in Kuala Lumpur with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.
SLAVIANSK, Ukraine/SEOUL, April 26 (Reuters) – Leaders of
the Group of Seven major economies agreed to impose extra
sanctions on Russia over its intervention in Ukraine, where
armed pro-Moscow separatists detained a group of international
observers and accused them of being NATO spies.
The United States said its part of the new punitive
measures, which U.S. officials said would target “cronies” of
Russian President Vladimir Putin, could be unveiled as early as
Monday unless Russia moved fast to defuse the Ukraine crisis.
SLAVIANSK, Ukraine/SEOUL (Reuters) – The leaders of the Group of Seven major economies agreed on Saturday to swiftly impose further sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis, and the United States could unveil its new punitive measures as early as Monday, officials said.
“We believe that these sanctions will have a significant impact,” U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communication Ben Rhodes said.