Articles Tagged 'Crimea'

Tillerson Tussles with Rubio

January 11, 2017
Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson sought Wednesday to assuage bipartisan concerns about his ties to Russia, testifying at his confirmation hearing he thinks Moscow… READ MORE

Russia faces struggle to wean Crimea economy off Ukraine supplies

DZHANKOI/SIMFEROPOL Crimea | Scrambling to compensate for a lack of water from mainland Ukraine, farmhands are laying row after row of pipe to drip water across dusty fields in Crimea’s arid north. The water shortage highlights the huge logistical hurdles Russia faces to wean Crimea off dependence on Ukraine, from which it seized the Black Sea peninsula in March. More… READ MORE

Russia criticizes U.N. resolution condemning Crimea’s secession

by Reuters
March 28, 2014
MOSCOW | Russia said on Friday a U.N. resolution declaring invalid Crimea’s Moscow-backed referendum on seceding from Ukraine was counterproductive and accused Western states of using blackmail and threats to drum up “yes” votes. The non-binding resolution passed with 100 votes in favor, 11 against and 58 abstentions in the 193-nation U.N. General Assembly on Thursday, in a vote that… READ MORE

U.S. eyes military supplies for Ukraine, seeks to avoid escalation

WASHINGTON | The Pentagon said on Thursday it was focusing for now on Ukrainian requests for non-lethal support, as opposed to any weaponry, as a senior U.S. official said Washington wanted to avoid further militarizing the standoff with Russia. Ukraine’s government has put its heavily outnumbered and outgunned forces on alert for an invasion from Russia in the east following… READ MORE

Putin signs Crimea treaty as Ukraine serviceman dies in attack

MOSCOW/KIEV | Defying Ukrainian protests and Western sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty in Moscow on Tuesday making Crimea part of Russia again but said he did not plan to seize any other regions of Ukraine. On the peninsula, a Ukrainian serviceman was killed when a base still held by Kiev came under attack in the main town… READ MORE

Romney blasts Obama, Hillary Clinton for ‘failed leadership’ in op-ed

by Kyle Balluck, The Hill
March 18, 2014

Former Massachusetts governor and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is taking aim at President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for foreign policy… READ MORE

Ukraine ‘will never accept’ Crimea annexation, President says

Western powers slapped sanctions on more than two dozen Russian officials and their allies in Ukraine’s Crimea region on Monday, while Ukrainian officials vowed they would never accept the territory’s annexation by Russia. In a televised address Monday night, interim Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov said his government would do “everything possible” to solve the crisis diplomatically, and he praised his… READ MORE

Cold War reflexes return to Europe over Ukraine

by PAUL TAYLOR, Reuters
March 17, 2014
BERLIN | The Cold War is back. Russia’s military seizure of Crimea and preparations for a possible annexation of the southern Ukrainian province have revived fears, calculations and reflexes that had been rusting away since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Whether the crisis triggered by President Vladimir Putin’s attempt to prevent Ukraine, a strategic former Soviet republic,… READ MORE

West prepares sanctions as Russia presses on with Crimea takeover

SEVASTOPOL/DONETSK, Ukraine | Dozens of Russians involved in Russia’s gradual takeover of Crimea face U.S. and EU travel bans and asset freezes on Monday, after six hours of crisis talks between Washington and Moscow ended with both sides still far apart. Moscow shipped more troops and armor into Crimea on Friday and repeated its threat to invade other parts of… READ MORE

As Crimea falls, Obama takes Key Largo golf vacation, Biden hits Virgin Islands

While Russia beefed up its forces in Ukraine and the U.S. unemployment rate ticked up slightly, President Obama was criticized for spending the weekend on… READ MORE

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