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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 21, 2014

Obama hits closest Putin allies with sanctions over Crimea

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama raised the stakes in an East-West confrontation over Crimea on Thursday by targeting some of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s closest long-time political and business allies with personal sanctions.

The extension of visa bans and asset freezes into Putin’s inner circle came as Moscow rushed to consolidate the annexation of the Black Sea peninsula, seized from Ukraine last month, and to boost its military presence in the region.

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.

Mar 20, 2014

Obama targets Putin allies as Russia races to complete Crimea annexation

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW, March 20 (Reuters) – U.S. President
Barack Obama announced sanctions on Thursday against prominent
Russians including close allies of President Vladimir Putin, as
Moscow raced to complete its annexation of Crimea and built up
its forces in the region.

Moscow responded by announcing its own sanctions against
senior U.S. politicians in retaliation against visa bans and
asset freezes imposed by Washington on its citizens, with the
foreign ministry saying U.S. action would “hit the United States
like a boomerang”.

Mar 18, 2014

U.S. condemns Russia move to annex Ukraine’s Crimea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin’s move on Tuesday to formally annex Ukraine’s Crimea region and vowed to impose more sanctions, the White House said.

“This action – the results of the referendum and the attempt to annex a region of Ukraine – will never be recognized by the United States and the international community,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

Mar 17, 2014

Obama imposes sanctions on 11 Russians, Ukrainians over Crimea move

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday imposed sanctions on 11 Russians and Ukrainians blamed for Russia’s military incursion into Crimea, including two top aides to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The sanctions were the most visible sign of U.S. anger at Russia’s attempt to absorb the Crimea region of southern Ukraine, reflecting the deepest plunge in U.S.-Russian relations since the Cold War.

Mar 16, 2014

Democrats seek ways to limit Obamacare fallout after Florida defeat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and his Democrats face the challenge of limiting fallout from Obamacare and drumming up voter enthusiasm in the November congressional elections, problem areas exposed by the loss of a Florida candidate who had led in the polls.

The defeat of Democrat Alex Sink by Republican David Jolly in a special election last Tuesday has raised anxiety levels for Democrats as they struggle to hold on to control of the Senate in November and pick up seats in the Republican-held House of Representatives.

Mar 15, 2014

Obama national security aides meet to discuss Ukraine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s national security team discussed the Ukraine crisis in a session at the White House on Saturday after a last-ditch bid to find a diplomatic solution to the Cold War-style standoff with Russia floundered.

Secretary of State John Kerry, who just returned from talks with his Russian counterpart in London, was at the White House meeting along with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Mar 12, 2014

Obama, Ukraine premier outline potential opening over Crimea

WASHINGTON, March 12 (Reuters) – Just days before a
referendum in Crimea to decide if it should become part of
Russia, President Barack Obama and Ukraine’s prime minister
outlined a potential diplomatic opening on Wednesday that could
give Russians a greater voice in the disputed region.

The United States and its European allies are trying to head
off the referendum that Crimea’s pro-Russian parliament is to
stage in the southern region of Ukraine.

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