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US warns Russia of ‘additional consequences’ over Ukraine

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US Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Ukraine later this month, officials said Saturday, as Washington warned Moscow of “additional consequences” if it fails to reduce tensions with Ukraine.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Kerry denounces use of energy as weapon

This Feb. 28, 2014 file photo shows Secretary of State John Kerry speaking at the State Department in Washington. AP FILE PHOTO

United States Secretary of State John Kerry is denouncing the use of energy as a weapon, a day after Russia sharply hiked the price for natural gas to Ukraine.

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

US, Russia talks fail to end Ukraine deadlock

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov before the start of their meeting at the Russian Ambassador's residence about the situation in Ukraine, in Paris Sunday March 30, 2014. Kerry traveled to Paris for a last minute meeting with Lavrov. AP

The United States and Russia agreed Sunday that the crisis in Ukraine requires a diplomatic resolution, but four hours of talks between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov failed to break a tense East-West deadlock over how to proceed.

Posted: March 31st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Kerry urges Russia to pull back forces from Ukraine borders

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives to speak to the media at the US Ambassador to France's residence in Paris on Sunday, March 30, 2014, after he met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov about the situation in Ukraine. Kerry urged Russia to pull back its forces from the borders of Ukraine, and said any talks on the country's future must include Kiev's leaders.  AP

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday called on Russia to pull back its forces from the borders of Ukraine, and said any talks on the country’s future must include Kiev’s leaders.

Posted: March 31st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

West ready sanctions after Crimea vote

Secretary of State John Kerry talks with Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 13, 2014, prior to Kerry's testimony before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Foreign Operations and Related Programs hearing on the State Departments fiscal 2015 budget. AP

With little hope of halting a vote to separate a strategic Ukraine peninsula from the rest of the country, the West is readying to impose harsh sanctions on Russia for what United States officials described as Moscow’s insistence in undermining the new upstart government in Kiev, and fueling tensions among those who oppose it.

Posted: March 14th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Ukraine crisis stirs Kerry-Lavrov tensions

US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki speaks at the daily briefing at the State Department in Washington,DC on March 10, 2014. Washington called on Russia to prove that it was willing to act on a series of US proposals aimed at ending the crisis over Ukraine. AFP

Russian-US tensions over Ukraine exploded into a public row Monday, as Secretary of State John Kerry refused to attend talks in Moscow after his counterpart snubbed Kiev’s interim leaders.

Posted: March 11th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Obama vs Putin: Getting personal over Crimea

Russia's president-elect Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama. AP PHOTOS

Now it’s personal. By upping the ante with his threat to isolate Russia with sanctions over Crimea, US President Barack Obama risks setting off a cycle of confrontation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Posted: March 9th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Diplomatic exit? Ukraine players converge on Paris

Ukrainian men wearing camouflage uniforms march along a street at a memorial for people killed during clashes with police at Kiev's Independence Square, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Stepping back from the brink of war, Vladimir Putin talked tough but cooled tensions in the Ukraine crisis Tuesday, saying Russia has no intention "to fight the Ukrainian people" but reserves the right to use force. AP

Top diplomats from the West and Russia trying to find an end to the crisis in Ukraine are gathering in Paris on Wednesday as tensions simmered over the Russian military takeover of the strategic Crimean Peninsula.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Putin: Russia has right to use force in Ukraine

President Vladimir Putin answers journalists' questions on current situation in Ukraine at the Novo-Ogaryovo presidential residence outside Moscow on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. AP

Accusing the West of encouraging an “unconstitutional coup” in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Moscow reserves the right to use its military to protect Russians there but voiced hope it won’t need to do so. The Russian leader’s first comments on Ukraine since its fugitive president fled to Russia came just as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kiev to meet with Ukraine’s new government.

Posted: March 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

US suspends military cooperation with Russia, Kerry heads to Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. AP FILE PHOTO

The United States suspended military cooperation with Russia due to its military intervention in Ukraine, as Secretary of State John Kerry prepared to visit Kiev Tuesday amid a deepening crisis.

Posted: March 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Kerry to visit Kiev as US cuts some ties with Moscow

US Secretary of State John Kerry. AP FILE PHOTO

US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Kiev this week in a high-profile show of support for the embattled Ukrainian leadership, as Washington began Sunday to implement punishing cuts in normal ties with Moscow.

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

World scrambles as Russia tightens grip on Crimea

Ukrainian soldiers, left and unidentified gunmen, right, guard the gate of an infantry base in Privolnoye, Ukraine, Sunday, March 2, 2014. Hundreds of unidentified gunmen arrived outside Ukraine's infantry base in Privolnoye in its Crimea region. The convoy includes at least 13 troop vehicles each containing 30 soldiers and four armored vehicles with mounted machine guns. The vehicles — which have Russian license plates — have surrounded the base and are blocking Ukrainian soldiers from entering or leaving it. AP

Warning that it was “on the brink of disaster,” Ukraine put its military on high alert Sunday and appealed for international help to avoid what it feared was the possibility of a wider invasion by Russia.

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Kerry accuses Assad of stonewalling in peace talks

United States Secretary of State John Kerry looks out at Lake Geneva outside his meeting room in Montreux, Switzerland Wednesday Jan. 22, 2014. AP.

United States Secretary of State John Kerry is accusing Syrian President Bashar Assad of stonewalling in peace talks and is calling on Russia to push its ally to negotiate with opposition leaders.

Posted: February 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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