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  • Obama: New sanctions against Russia are 'teed up' 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 1:52 am
  • TOKYO - Warning Russia that new economic sanctions are "teed up," President Barack Obama accused Moscow of failing to live up to an agreement last week to ease tensions in eastern Ukraine.

  • Analysis: Putin likely to ignore West on Ukraine 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 6:41 pm
  • MOSCOW - Since he took over Crimea, President Vladimir Putin has seen his popularity soar and his opposition fall silent. So when the U.S. vice president told Russia to defuse tensions in Ukraine, Putin had few reasons to listen.

  • Bob Dole says US should send weapons to Ukraine 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 7:10 pm
  • OVERLAND PARK, Kansas - Former Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole said Monday that the U.S. should send weapons, including tanks, to Ukraine to help it resist Russia's moves on its territory and to send Russian President Vladimir Putin a strong message.

  • US: Pictures indicate Russian troops in Ukraine 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 5:29 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The State Department has released images of soldiers in eastern Ukraine that it says are Russian forces, showing militants wearing similar uniforms and brandishing Russian weapons.

  • Biden in Ukraine to show support as tensions rise 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 3:17 pm
  • KIEV, Ukraine - Vice President Joe Biden on Monday launched a high-profile visit to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to Ukraine and push for urgent implementation of an international agreement aimed at de-escalating tensions even as violence continues. The United States will decide within "days, not weeks" whether Russia is abiding by the accord, a U.S. diplomat said.

  • Putin: no blocks to boosting relations with West 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 5:22 am
  • MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin says he sees no obstacles to improving relations with the West, which are fraught with tension over the Ukraine crisis.

  • Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions - for now 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 5:29 pm
  • GENEVA - In a surprise accord, Ukraine and Russia agreed Thursday on tentative steps to halt violence and calm tensions along their shared border after more than a month of Cold War-style military posturing triggered by Moscow's annexation of Crimea.

  • NATO ups military presence amid Russian threat 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 7:55 pm
  • BRUSSELS - NATO is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border immediately in response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine, the alliance's chief said Wednesday.

  • Russian economy hit by Ukraine turmoil 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 11:28 am
  • MOSCOW - Russia's economy slowed sharply at the start of the year as the crisis in Ukraine spooked investors into pulling money out of the country. But with Russian President Vladimir Putin still enjoying high popularity ratings, the economic damage is not yet likely to soften his politics in the region, analysts say.

  • Germany's Merkel calls Putin to discuss Ukraine 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 3:52 pm
  • BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called Russia's President Vladimir Putin to discuss the situation in Ukraine.

  • EU agrees to work more closely with NATO 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 11:16 am
  • LUXEMBOURG - Spooked by Russia's actions against Ukraine and what the Kremlin may attempt in the future, European Union defense ministers agreed Tuesday to step up cooperation with the U.S.-led NATO defense alliance.

  • Russia tests Obama's ability to stop its advances 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 8:39 am
  • WASHINGTON - With the White House asserting that Russia is stoking instability in eastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama is once again faced with the complicated reality of following through on his tough warnings against overseas provocations.

  • Little sign of progress as Obama, Putin speak 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 11:37 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Speaking for the first time in more than two weeks, President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin showed little sign of agreement on Monday, with the U.S. leader urging pro-Russian forces to de-escalate the situation in eastern Ukraine and Putin denying that Moscow was interfering in the region.

  • Putin to Obama: Russia not behind Ukraine protests 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 4:52 pm
  • MOSCOW - The Kremlin says President Vladimir Putin has urged President Barack Obama to discourage the Ukrainian government from using force against protesters in the country's east.

  • Canada says Russia's actions "imperialistic" 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 1:40 pm
  • OTTAWA, Ontario - Canada's prime minister says Russia's actions against Ukraine are "aggressive, militaristic and imperialistic" and it's time everyone recognizes the depth and seriousness of that threat.

  • Russia boosts military, global arms spending fall 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 6:04 pm
  • STOCKHOLM - For the first time in 10 years, Russia last year spent a bigger share of its overall economy on arms investments than the U.S. as it seeks to bolster its military capability, a Swedish arms watchdog said Monday.

  • Finance ministers: Economy stronger but fragile 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 5:22 am
  • WASHINGTON - The world's top financial officials say they believe the global economy is strengthening but that growth remains fragile and open to risks of new geopolitical strife, as in Ukraine.

  • A look at Ukraine's fast-growing Russian gas bill 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 1:08 pm
  • MOSCOW - The amount Russia says it is owed by Ukraine's cash-strapped government for natural gas has ballooned as if by magic - from $1.7 billion at the beginning of April to a staggering $35.4 billion, according to a letter sent by President Vladimir Putin this week to 18 European leaders.

  • Russia oil talks pose new hurdle to Iran nuke pact 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 12:48 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The United States could impose economic sanctions if Iran and Russia move forward with a reported oil-for-goods contract, Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday, discussing with a Senate panel an emerging threat to talks designed to finalize a nuclear deal with Iran.

  • Ukraine feels nervous as big powers debate fate 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 5:23 am
  • KIEV, Ukraine - As top diplomats from Russia and the United States have met in Europe's capitals to decide Ukraine's fate in recent weeks, there's been a conspicuous absence: a representative from Ukraine.

  • EU working with Russia, Ukraine to defuse crisis 
    Updated: Apr-05-14 1:52 pm
  • ATHENS, Greece - EU foreign ministers stressed the need Saturday for Russia to defuse tensions with Ukraine following a two-day informal meeting that ended with leaders insisting that all options remain on the table - including further sanctions.

  • Hagel: US strongly committed to protecting Japan 
    Updated: Apr-05-14 4:22 am
  • YOKOTA AIR FORCE BASE, Japan - Against the backdrop of Russia's takeover of Ukraine's Crimean region, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday a key message he will deliver to leaders in Tokyo this weekend is that the U.S. is strongly committed to protecting Japan's security.

  • Kerry outdoes himself in new diplomatic frenzy 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 12:02 pm
  • CASABLANCA, Morocco - More than a week into what was supposed to be only a five-day trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sat in a Paris hotel suite contemplating his next moves on multiple crisis fronts.

  • NATO general: Russians capable of quick strike 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 5:23 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The estimated 40,000 Russian troops poised along the border with Ukraine are capable of executing an attack order on 12 hours' notice, according to the American general who commands all NATO forces in Europe.

  • AP Interview: Yanukovych admits mistakes on Crimea 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 4:36 pm
  • ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia - Defensive and at times tearful, Ukraine's ousted president conceded Wednesday that he made a mistake when he invited Russian troops into Crimea and vowed to try to negotiate with Vladimir Putin to get the coveted Black Sea peninsula back.