(CNN) - While millions are transfixed watching the Olympics in Sochi, Sen. John McCain said he is focusing on Russia’s next moves concerning Ukraine after the Games.
“I’m very worried about what actions after the Olympics that (President Vladimir) Putin may take,” McCain said Thursday night on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live.” “… He will do what’s necessary to keep Ukraine the crown jewel of the Russian empire in the Russian orbit.”
The Arizona Republican said he disagreed with President Barack Obama’s assessment that the U.S. approach “is not to see these as some Cold War chessboard in which we’re in competition with Russia.
(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden defended President Barack Obama on Sunday, saying the president was only stating "the obvious" in his "hot mic" moment with the Russian president earlier this week.
"The idea that in this election year we're going to be able to deal with an agreement with the Russians on further reducing our nuclear arsenals ... is difficult," Biden said on CBS's "Face the Nation."
(CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hit back Sunday against Mitt Romney's comments this week that Russia is America's main "geopolitical foe."
Labeling Romney's words as "dated," Clinton said in an interview with CNN there were more pressing matters of concern in global affairs.
(CNN) – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev tweaked Mitt Romney for his characterization of Russia as the "No. 1 geopolitical foe" of the United States, saying the comments did not reflect the current relationship between the two countries.
"It is very reminiscent of Hollywood and also of a certain phase in Russian-U.S. relations," Medvedev said at the end of the nuclear security summit in South Korea Tuesday.
(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Monday he was unfazed by recent ramped-up rhetoric coming from his opponent Rick Santorum.
"I'm not going to worry too much about what Rick is saying these days," Romney said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." "I know when you're falling further and further behind, you get a little more animated."
(CNN) - Republicans wasted no time Monday pouncing on President Barack Obama's now-controversial "open-mic" comment with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
In a new web video, the Republican National Committee painted a stark picture of Obama's exchange with the Russian leader, introducing the conversation with the text: "What Obama tells world leaders when he thinks you aren't listening."
Seoul, South Korea (CNN) - In a private conversation about the planned U.S.-led NATO missile defense system in Europe, President Barack Obama asked outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for space on the issue.
"This is my last election," Obama told Medvedev. "After my election I have more flexibility."
Washington (CNN) - There was more evidence Thursday that First Lady Michelle Obama's healthier eating campaign has yet to win over the President.
Mr. Obama treated visiting Russian President Dmitri Medvedev to an all American lunch at Ray's Hell Burger in Arlington, Va.
In the bi-lat spirit, the two Presidents shared an order of fries.
For the "main course," President Obama ate a cheddar cheeseburger, topped with lettuce, tomato and 'bread and butter' pickles. He washed it all down with bottled iced tea.
Mr. Medvedev passed up lettuce and pickles for jalapenos and mushrooms, then tossed back the all American drink, Coca-cola.
A large pool of Russian and American press tagged along on what was an unscheduled lunch stop.
Washington (CNN) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will meet U.S. President Barack Obama for talks at the White House on Thursday after taking a technology tour of California a day earlier.
After the leaders have lunch, Obama will attend a U.S.-Russia business summit at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
On Wednesday, Medvedev visited Cisco Systems for the company's announcement of a $1 billion investment in Russian projects. He sent his first Twitter message after the meeting.
"Greetings to everyone, I'm at Twitter and this is my first message," the Russian leader tweeted from Twitter headquarters in San Francisco. Medvedev also posted a photograph of the "view outside my hotel window" in San Francisco and another of himself greeting Twitter employees from the new @KremlinRussia account.