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Mar 25, 2014

Obama brings U.S. allies South Korea and Japan together for talks

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama brought together the leaders of Japan and South Korea on Tuesday for their first face-to-face talks, seeking to thaw chilly relations between two of Washington’s closest Asian allies.

The United States hopes the move may improve the bilateral relationship between Seoul and Tokyo, clouded by resentment over Japan’s colonial past, and strengthen their combined response to regional concerns such as North Korea and China.

Mar 25, 2014

Obama, in dig at Putin, calls Russia ‘regional power’

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday called Russia a “regional power” that had seized part of Ukraine out of weakness rather than strength, in a dig at President Vladimir Putin.

Putin has tried to rebuild Russia’s prestige since the collapse of the Soviet Union and project Moscow as a strong player on the international stage.

Mar 25, 2014

G7 warns Russia of more sanctions if Ukraine crisis escalates

THE HAGUE/FEODOSIA, Crimea (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and major industrialized allies warned Russia on Monday it faced damaging economic sanctions if President Vladimir Putin takes further action to destabilize Ukraine following the seizure of Crimea.

Leaders of the Group of Seven nations, meeting without Russia, agreed to hold their own summit this year instead of attending a planned G8 meeting in the Russian Olympic venue of Sochi, along the Black Sea coast from Crimea, and to suspend their participation in the G8 until Russia changes course.

Mar 24, 2014

Obama seeks allied, China support as Ukraine exits Crimea

THE HAGUE/FEODOSIA, Crimea (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama sought support from European allies and China on Monday to isolate Russia over its seizure of Crimea, and Ukraine told its remaining troops to leave the region after Russian forces overran one of Kiev’s last bases there.

Obama, who has imposed tougher sanctions on Moscow than European leaders over its takeover of the Black Sea peninsula, will seek backing for his firm line at a meeting with other leaders of the G7 – a group of industrialized nations that excludes Russia, which joined in 1998 to form the G8.

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 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”.

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