(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.
(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.
(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.
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.
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.
(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.
(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.
Washington (CNN) - After announcing Ukriane-related sanctions targeting some Russian officials and others, U.S. President Barack Obama told reporters Monday that the United States wants to make it clear to Russia "that further provocation (in Ukraine) will do nothing" except diminish Russia's standing in the world.
He said he believes "there's still a path to resolve" the Ukrainian situation with Russia diplomatically. That would include, he said, Russia pulling its forces back to bases, deploying international monitors, and Russia engaging in dialogue with the Ukrainian government.
(CNN) - Speaking in Kiev, Sen. John McCain called Saturday for the United States to provide long-term military assistance to Ukraine, saying it is "the right and decent thing to do," as reports surfaced that Russian troops had traveled farther north into Ukraine from Crimea.
McCain was part of a bipartisan delegation of U.S. senators who traveled to Kiev ahead of Sunday's secession referendum in Crimea. The White House and U.S. allies in Europe have denounced the referendum as unconstitutional and illegal because Russian troops have essentially taken over the southern Ukraine peninsula.
McCain also had strong words for President Barack Obama in an op-ed appearing in The New York Times. He called for the President to take actions to restore the United States' credibility and strength around the world.
Washington (CNN) - As the crisis in the Ukraine continues, a new national poll indicates that for the first time in more than a decade, more than half of Americans see Russia as a serious threat to the U.S.
A CNN/ORC International survey released Friday also indicates that Russian President Vladimir Putin's unfavorable rating among Americans has soared over the past month. And the poll indicates that the vast majority of the public says Moscow's actions in neighboring Ukraine break international law, and half of those questioned say a new Cold War between the U.S. and Russia is likely.