WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama warned Russia on Wednesday the West would be forced to apply a cost to Moscow if it fails to change course in its dispute with Ukraine, in a high-profile show of support for Ukraine’s embattled prime minister.
Obama held face-to-face talks with new Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk in the Oval Office in a search for diplomatic leverage that will force Russian President Vladimir Putin to loosen his military grip on Ukraine’s southern Crimea region.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Leaders of the Group of Seven economies told Russia on Tuesday to stop its work on a referendum in Ukraine’s Crimea region and “cease all efforts to change the status of Crimea” or face action.
The statement came in response to Crimea’s parliament voting to join Russia and setting a referendum for Sunday on the decision in a dramatic escalation of the crisis over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula.
WASHINGTON/KEY LARGO, Florida (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Russia on Saturday that any steps to annex Ukraine’s Crimea region would close the door to diplomacy, a U.S. State Department official said.
Kerry’s latest telephone call with his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, came as the standoff between occupying Russian forces and besieged Ukrainian troops intensified in Crimea.
MIAMI (Reuters) – President Barack Obama gave a feel-good campaign-style speech at a gymnasium packed with screaming high school students on Friday, sketching out the main points of his populist agenda ahead of a special election in Florida on Tuesday.
Obama did not mention the race for the House of Representatives seat that had been held by the late Republican Bill Young in a congressional district that includes St. Petersburg, a city north of Miami.
ON BOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) – The White House on Friday appeared to play down the possibility of changing U.S. policy on exporting natural gas to address the situation in Ukraine.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Air Force One that policy changes would not have an immediate effect and noted that natural gas stocks in Europe were above normal levels because of a mild winter.
BOSTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama gently chided Democratic donors on Wednesday for paying too much attention to the next presidential race in 2016 and not enough attention to the upcoming midterm elections in 2014.
Reminding Democrats at a fundraiser in Boston that “we got whalloped” in the 2010 midterms, when Republicans took control of the U.S. House of Representatives, Obama warned that “it could happen again if we don’t fight on behalf of the things we care about in this election.”
, March 5 (Reuters) – A day after
unveiling a budget that stands little chance of passing
Congress, President Barack Obama traveled to Connecticut on
Wednesday to campaign for another proposal that has been
dismissed by Republicans: raising the minimum wage.
Obama and his fellow Democrats are fighting to keep control
of the Senate in November midterm elections, and are promoting
populist measures that poll well, like raising the minimum wage,
seeking to set themselves apart from Republicans.
, March 4 (Reuters) – Democrats need to wake up
and understand the stakes involved in holding on to control of
the U.S. Senate in the November congressional elections,
President Barack Obama told Democratic Party donors at a
fundraiser on Tuesday.
“Something about midterms – I don’t know what it is about
us. We get a little sleepy. We get a little distracted. We don’t
turn out the vote. We don’t fund campaigns as passionately,”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama spoke to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday about a potential resolution to the crisis ignited by Russian intervention in Ukraine’s Crimea region, a senior administration official said.
Under the proposal, Russia would pull back its forces in Crimea to their bases in the region, limit the Russian troop numbers to a Ukraine-mandated ceiling of 11,000, and allow in international monitors to ensure the human rights of ethnic Russians are being protected, the official said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will fly to St. Paul, Minnesota, on Wednesday to propose a four-year, $302 billion plan to create jobs by fixing the nation’s crumbling roads, bridges, rail and transportation infrastructure.
Congress faces a September 30 deadline to renew federal funding for transportation programs, a deadline that has made state governors concerned about planning projects that typically run through September and into the fall months.