Obama defends handling of Ukraine crisis
March 25th, 2014
01:05 PM ET
4 weeks ago

Obama defends handling of Ukraine crisis

The Hague, Netherlands (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended his response to Russia's military led annexation of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine.

At a news conference after a nuclear security summit in the Netherlands, Obama noted that Moscow could face further sanctions should Russian forces invade other parts of Ukraine.

He issued a warning to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Filed under: Mitt Romney • President Obama • Russia • Ukraine • Vladimir Putin
Ukraine aid bill advances in Senate
Russian military personnel surround a Ukrainian military base in Perevalnoe, Crimea, on March 19. Ukrainian troops have been encircled by pro-Russian forces in their bases for days.
March 24th, 2014
06:47 PM ET
1 month ago

Ukraine aid bill advances in Senate

(CNN) - A Ukrainian aid package that previously stalled on Capitol Hill cleared a procedural hurdle on Monday as senators agreed to begin debating the bill this week.

The vote was 78 to 17 and came on the same day that the United States and other industrialized powers stepped up their pressure on Russia over the annexation of Crimea.

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Filed under: Harry Reid • Russia • Senate • Ukraine
March 23rd, 2014
01:37 PM ET
1 month ago

White House continues calls to isolate Russia, support Ukraine

(CNN) - The Obama administration said Sunday that action against Russia for its incursion into Crimea is working, as Moscow’s economy struggles under sanctions imposed by the United States and other countries.

"This is exactly already a real cost for (Russian President Vladimir) Putin and in Russia and the economy," White House deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken said on CNN's "State of the Union."

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Filed under: Obama administration • Russia • TV-State of the Union • Ukraine
Obama’s Europe trip shifts focus to Ukraine
March 23rd, 2014
11:43 AM ET
1 month ago

Obama’s Europe trip shifts focus to Ukraine

(CNN) – President Barack Obama’s European tour – originally focused on nuclear security and a first-time meeting with the new Pope – has taken on new urgency as international allies seek ways to punish Russia for its incursion into Ukraine.

Obama’s four-day continental excursion still features some Old World flair at the newly refurbished Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and a tour of the Colosseum in Rome. But amid the Vermeers and ancient ruins, the President must try to rally European leaders around a tougher response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s movement into the Crimean Peninsula.

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Filed under: European Union • President Obama • Russia • Ukraine • Vladimir Putin
House Intel chair says Putin isn’t done in Ukraine
March 23rd, 2014
10:47 AM ET
1 month ago

House Intel chair says Putin isn’t done in Ukraine

(CNN) - Rep. Mike Rogers said Sunday he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin has even more aspirations in Ukraine - and the troops to back them up.

Rogers is chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and said he based his belief on information from U.S. intelligence officials.

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U.S. concerned Russians not being truthful about Ukraine intentions
March 21st, 2014
04:21 PM ET
1 month ago

U.S. concerned Russians not being truthful about Ukraine intentions

(CNN) - Based on intelligence, Obama administration officials are very concerned the Russians are not being truthful when they say their forces near Ukraine's eastern and southern borders are merely there for training exercises, sources tell CNN.

Officials assess that Russia - as early as coming days - could use any number of pretexts to justify further military incursions into Ukraine.

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Filed under: Obama administration • Russia • Ukraine
Susan Rice: White House reassessing U.S.- Russia relations
March 21st, 2014
03:50 PM ET
1 month ago

Susan Rice: White House reassessing U.S.- Russia relations

Washington (CNN) – Asked whether the United States is reassessing its relationship with Russia given the crisis in Ukraine, White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice offered a direct answer.

"Yes," Rice flatly told reporters Friday during a briefing for President Obama's trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia next week.
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Obama announces more Russian sanctions
March 20th, 2014
11:17 AM ET
1 month ago

Obama announces more Russian sanctions

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Thursday announced more sanctions on individuals and one bank in response to Russia's moves to annex the Crimean Peninsula, as well as a new executive order that authorizes possible further sanctions on what he called "key sectors" of the Russian economy.

"We want the Ukrainian people to determine their own destiny and have good relations with the United States, Russia, Europe - anyone they choose," the President  said in calling for continued diplomatic efforts to resolve the ongoing crisis over Russia's moves to annex the Crimean Peninsula.


Filed under: President Obama • Russia • Ukraine
March 18th, 2014
09:01 AM ET
1 month ago

Romney slams Obama, Clinton for foreign policy 'failure'

(CNN) - Mitt Romney is blaming President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the crisis in Ukraine as well as other foreign policy challenges across the globe.

In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee says a "failure" by the President and former secretary of state to lead when they had the chance has led to the current situation.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Russia • Ukraine
Bill Clinton: Putin 'highly intelligent' with skewed sense of greatness
March 17th, 2014
04:29 PM ET
1 month ago

Bill Clinton: Putin 'highly intelligent' with skewed sense of greatness

(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton says that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a "highly intelligent" leader but he has a flawed perception of his country's greatness and his quest for power comes at a cost to ordinary Russian citizens.

"Here's what I think about Putin. First of all, he is highly intelligent, deeply, deeply patriotic in terms of Russia but he sees it more in the terms of the greatness of the state and country than what happens to ordinary Russians," Clinton said Sunday at the Global Education & Skills Forum in Dubai.

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Filed under: Bill Clinton • President Obama • Russia • Ukraine • Vladimir Putin
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